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Affairs and Appointments – December 4, 2009

Affairs and Appointments – December 4, 2009

Week in Review

I. This week in New York City Government

  • Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Caswell F. Holloway as Commissioner of the Dept. of Environmental Protection and Vincent N. Schiraldi as Commissioner of the Department of Probation
  • Mayor Bloomberg and HHC President Aviles Announce Construction of First Comprehensive Medical Simulation Center
  • New York City Council votes on Final Piece of Construction, Demolition, and Abatement Overhaul Legislation
  • Speaker Quinn, Council Members launch HIV/AIDS Social Networking Campaign

II. This week in New York State Government

  • State Supreme Court rules against Eminent Domain for Columbia University
  • New York State Senate votes down Gay Marriage Bill
  • State Officials agree upon Deficit Reduction Plan
  • Governor Paterson Accepts Final Report from Small Business Task Force

III. Current RFPs

  • New this week: Development, Maintenance and Operation of an Indoor Tennis and Sports Facility

IV. New York City Council Stated Meeting Agenda

V. City Council Public Hearing Schedule – Week of December 7-11


THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT
  1. Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Caswell F. Holloway as Commissioner of the Dept. of Environmental Protection and Vincent N. Schiraldi as Commissioner of the Department of Probation
    Commissioner Holloway currently serves as Chief of Staff to Deputy Mayor for Operations Edward Skyler and as Special Advisor to Mayor Bloomberg. He will replace Acting Commissioner Steven Lawitts, who has served as Acting Commissioner since the departure of Commissioner Emily Lloyd last October.
    Commissioner Schiraldi is a national leader in the field of rehabilitation, with more than 25 years of experience and a record of reform and success. He most recently led Washington, DC’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, where he turned a troubled agency that was on the verge of being placed under court supervision into a national model.

  2. Mayor Bloomberg and HHC President Aviles Announce Construction of First Comprehensive Medical Simulation Center
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) President Alan D. Aviles announced the start of construction of the nation’s first among public hospitals, and New York City’s largest, most advanced medical training technology center, which will offer hands-on simulation and training to improve clinical learning, patient care and patient safety. The HHC Institute for Medical Simulation and Advanced Learning, a $10-million, 10,000 square foot facility, will replicate emergency rooms, operating rooms and other patient care settings to help healthcare provider teams and individuals learn, practice and master skills, making the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation the first public hospital system in the nation to have such a high-tech training center. For more information, click here.

  3. New York City Council votes on Final Piece of Construction, Demolition, and Abatement Overhaul Legislation
    At its Stated Meeting on November 30th, the City Council voted on a variety of pieces of legislation including bills that would:

    • Prohibit simultaneous demolition and asbestos abatement activities within the same building;
    • Improve public safety and deter vandalism by requiring that certain city businesses only install see-through security gates in front of commercial store fronts; and
    • Protect the City’s water supply by requiring building owners to install backflow prevention devices as necessary.

      For more information, click here.

  4. Speaker Quinn, Council Members launch HIV/AIDS Social Networking Campaign
    Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Health Committee Chair Joel Rivera, Council Member Rosie Mendez, and representatives from HIV/AIDS organizations from around New York City launched a social networking driven campaign to encourage and increase HIV/AIDS awareness. The groundbreaking campaign, which was announced on World AIDS Day, today, utilizes YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to re-start the conversation about HIV and AIDS in our communities. For more information, please click here.

THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT
  1. State Supreme Court rules against Eminent Domain for Columbia University
    A New York appeals court ruled Thursday that the state could not use eminent domain on behalf of Columbia University to obtain parts of a 17-acre site in Upper Manhattan, setting back plans for a satellite campus at a time of discord over government power to acquire property. For more information, please click here.

  2. New York State Senate votes down Gay Marriage Bill
    The New York State Senate decisively rejected a bill on Wednesday that would have allowed gay couples to wed, providing a major victory for those who oppose same-sex marriage and underscoring the deep and passionate divisions surrounding the issue. The 38-to-24 vote startled proponents of the bill and signaled that political momentum, at least right now, had shifted against same-sex marriage, even in heavily Democratic New York. For more information on this vote, please click here. Please click here for Governor Paterson’s statement and here for Mayor Bloomberg’s statement.

  3. New York State Legislature passes deficit reduction legislation
    A plan to shrink the state budget by $2.7 billion to keep New York from going broke was passed by the Legislature on Wednesday. The package of legislation and cuts includes:

    • $140 million cut from the MTA
    • $26.2 million in aid to NYC
    • $53 million in aid to CUNY and $5.3 million from CUNY community colleges
    • Restoration of school-aid cuts
    • $100 million in health care reductions
    • Acceleration of $400 million in Education-related federal stimulus funds to cover budget gaps
    • Legislation to create a new and less generous pension tier (called Tier 5) review which raises the minimum retirement age for state and local government employees outside the city who are not police or firefighters
  4. For more information on these actions and a full list of the reductions, please click here.

  5. Governor Paterson Accepts Final Report from Small Business Task Force
    Governor David A. Paterson today accepted the Final Report of the Small Business Task Force. The Final Report includes proposals to address increasing access to capital; reducing red tape and providing regulatory reform; strengthening and enhancing training and technical assistance for business owners, employees and aspiring entrepreneurs; and improving access to, and awareness of, available State resources. Each of these priorities includes a series of actionable initiatives that will spur economic growth and make doing business in the State easier. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

The following Request for Proposals have been recently issued by City and State government

  1. Willets Point RFQ (due December 7, 2009) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation is seeking statements of Qualifications from qualified developers in connection with the proposed redevelopment of theWillets Point District in Queens, New York. The purpose of this Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) is to solicit SOQs from prospective developers to help achieve the City’s redevelopment goals for Willets Point by transforming the District from a largely underutilized site with substandard conditions and substantial environmental degradation into a lively, mixed-use, sustainable community and regional destination. For more information, click here.

  2. Coney Island Amusement Operator RFP (due December 18, 2009) — New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking proposals for the development and operation of an amusement park and/or ancillary entertainment attractions in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The amusement park is envisioned to be a central and integral part of the Coney Island entertainment district, and will advance the City’s redevelopment goals for Coney Island by enhancing the amusement and entertainment experience of the neighborhood. This RFP presents a unique opportunity to develop the centerpiece of this historic, thriving, urban entertainment destination. For more information, click here.

  3. General Investment Consultant (due December 18, 2009) The Teachers Retirement System of the City of New York is seeking the services of qualified professionals to provide general investment consulting/advisory services. RFP can be found here.

  4. East New York Industrial Site (due February 1, 2010)NYC EDC is seeking proposals for the disposition and development of seven (7) sites varying in size between 2,000 square feet and 19,600 square feet in the East New York section of Brooklyn. RFP can be found here.

  5. Development, Maintenance and Operation of an Indoor Tennis and Sports Facility (due February 24, 2010) – The Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking a firm to develop, maintain and operate an indoor tennis and sports facility in the East River Park in Manhattan at Delancey Street. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

On November 30, the Council held a stated meeting where they passed and introduced new legislation and land use items. The agenda can be found here.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL HEARINGS FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 27

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability (Jointly with the Committee on Civil Service & Labor and Lower Manhattan Redevelopment)
Date: Monday, December 7
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Examining the NYC World Trade Center Medical Working Group 2009 Annual Report on 9/11 Health.

Subcommittee on Public Housing
Date: Monday, December 7
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – NYCHA’s Annual Plan Process and Criteria for Amendments

Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Monday, December 7
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Monday, December 7
Time: 9:45 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Land Use
Date: Monday, December 7
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Consumer Affairs
Date: Tuesday, December 8
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 240 – Penalties associated with the sale of toy guns

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Wednesday, December 9
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall

Committee on Technology in Government (Jointly with Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services and Public Safety)
Date: Thursday, December 10
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Examining the FDNY/NYPD Unified Call Taking System.

Committee on Parks and Recreation
Date: Thursday, December 10
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Naming of 67 thoroughfares and public places.

Committee on Youth Services
Date: Thursday, December 10th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: To be determined

Committee on Women’s Issues (Jointly with the Committee on Health)
Date: Thursday, December 10th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Evaluating New Recommendations in Breast Cancer Screening.

Committee on Environmental Protection
Date: Thursday, December 10th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Intro 1062 – Controlling emissions from businesses located in mixed-use buildings that use chemicals.

Committee on Higher Education
Date: Friday, December 11th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – National Healthcare Reform: How Will CUNY Students be Affected?

Committee on General Operations
Date: Tuesday, November 24th
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 1025 – Requiring the Corporation Counsel to submit quarterly reports to the City Council detailing the number and disposition of civil actions filed against the NYPD.

Committee on Economic Development
Date: Tuesday, November 24th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight of the New York State Empire Zone Program: Should it be Preserved, Reformed or Eliminated.

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