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Affairs and Appointments – February 11, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – February 11, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Testifies Before the State Assembly Ways and Means Committee and State Senate Finance Committee About Impact of Proposed State Budget on New York City
  • Mayor Bloomberg Unveils Development Plan for Hunter’s Point South in Queens – New York City’s Largest New Affordable Housing Complex Since the 1970s
  • Speaker Quinn, Department of Education, Small Business Services and Council Members Announce Citywide Pilot Program to Increase Job Opportunities and Access to the GED
  • Mayor Bloomberg Launches Wake Up! NYC Campaign to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy in City Schools and Releases Early Data from Truancy Program

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Announces Appointments and Nominations
  • Speaker Silver Announces Leadership Positions and Committee Chairs for 2011-2012 Legislative Session
  • Skelos and Silver Announce Joint Legislative Budget Schedule

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • BBP: Brooklyn Bridge Park Bicycle Concession
    • DPR: Sale of Food from Pushcarts, Processing Carts, Nut Carts, Ice Cream Carts and Mobile Trucks

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 2/14 – 2/18


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Testifies Before the State Assembly Ways and Means Committee and State Senate Finance Committee About Impact of Proposed State Budget on New York City
At a joint Senate/Assembly hearing this week, Mayor Bloomberg testified about how the cuts Governor Cuomo presented last week will impact the City. According to Mayor Bloomberg, the Governor’s Executive Budget proposes a reduction in aid to the City that totals $2.1 billion. That includes a reduction of approximately $1.4 billion in aid to our public schools; $361 million in cuts and cost shifts in social services; and a $300 million cut in revenue sharing funds. To read the Mayor’s remarks, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Unveils Development Plan for Hunter’s Point South in Queens – New York City’s Largest New Affordable Housing Complex Since the 1970s
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg unveiled the development plan for Hunter’s Point South, the largest new affordable housing complex to be built in New York City since the 1970s. A development team, consisting of Phipps Houses, Related Companies and Monadnock Construction, has been selected through a competitive process to build the residential portion of the first phase of the Queens waterfront complex, which includes two mixed-use buildings comprising more than 900 housing units and roughly 20,000 square feet of new retail space. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today unveiled the development plan for Hunter’s Point South, the largest new affordable housing complex to be built in New York City since the 1970s. A development team, consisting of Phipps Houses, Related Companies and Monadnock Construction, has been selected through a competitive process to build the residential portion of the first phase of the Queens waterfront complex, which includes two mixed-use buildings comprising more than 900 housing units and roughly 20,000 square feet of new retail space. For more information, click here.

Speaker Quinn, Department of Education, Small Business Services and Council Members Announce Citywide Pilot Program to Increase Job Opportunities and Access to the GED
The New York City Council kicked off a citywide campaign to get more New Yorkers to sign up for the GED and for free adult education courses at the Upper Manhattan Workforce1 Career Center. Speaker Quinn, Council Members Robert Jackson and Diana Reyna launched “Bridge To Tomorrow’ which is pilot program by the Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) that will connect individuals who come into a Workforce1 Career Center without a high school diploma to GED testing and test preparation courses. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Launches Wake Up! NYC Campaign to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy in City Schools and Releases Early Data from Truancy Program
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg launched the City’s first multimedia campaign to reduce truancy and chronic absenteeism in City schools. The campaign, called WakeUp! NYC was developed by the Mayor’s Interagency Task Force on Truancy and Chronic Absenteeism, led by John Feinblatt, the Mayor’s Chief Policy Advisor. The WakeUp! NYC campaign will begin next week with automated phone calls to students in a core group of 25 schools with principals who have volunteered to participate in the Task Force’s work this year, and then expand chronically absent students citywide. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Announces Appointments and Nominations

Name Title Current Position
Darryl Towns Commission and CEO, New York State Homes and Community Renewal Assembly Member
Barbara Fiala Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles County Executive of Broome County
Brian Stratton Director, New York State Canal Corporation Mayor of the City of Schenectady
Matthew J. Driscoll President and CEO of the Environmental Facilities Corporation President and CEO of the Environmental Facilities Corporation

Speaker Silver Announces Leadership Positions and Committee Chairs for 2011-2012 Legislative Session
These positions are listed below:

Leadership Team
Speaker – Sheldon Silver
Majority Leader – Ron Canestrari
Chair, Ways & Means – Herman D. Farrell, Jr.
Deputy Speaker – Earlene Hooper
Assistant Speaker – Rhoda Jacobs
Speaker Pro Tem – Peter M. Rivera
Chair, Committee on Committees – Vivian E. Cook
Assistant Speaker Pro Tem – Harvey Weisenberg
Deputy Majority Leader – N. Nick Perry
Assistant Majority Leader – Dov Hikind
Majority Whip – Sam Hoyt
Deputy Majority Whip – Barbara M. Clark
Assistant Majority Whip – Annette Robinson
Chair, Majority Conference – William Colton
Vice Chair, Majority Conference -Michael Cusick
Secretary, Majority Conference – Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes
Chair, Majority Program – Margaret M. Markey
Chair, Majority Steering – Barbara Lifton
Vice Chair, Majority Steering – Naomi Rivera
Chair, House Operations – William Boyland, Jr.

Standing Committees
Chair, Aging – Jeffrey Dinowitz
Chair, Agriculture – William Magee
Chair, Alcoholism & Drug Abuse – Steven Cymbrowitz
Chair, Banks – Darryl C. Towns
Chair, Children & Families – Amy Paulin
Chair, Cities – Carl Heastie
Chair, Codes – Joseph Lentol
Chair, Consumer Affairs – Audrey Pheffer
Chair, Corporations, Authorities & Commissions – James Brennan
Chair, Correction – Jeffrion Aubry
Chair, Economic Development – Robin Schimminger
Chair, Education – Catherine Nolan
Chair, Election Law – Joan Millman
Chair, Energy – Kevin Cahill
Chair, Environmental Conservation – Robert Sweeney
Chair, Ethics & Guidance – Daniel O’Donnell
Chair, Governmental Employees – Peter Abbate
Chair, Governmental Operations – RoAnn Destito
Chair, Health – Richard Gottfried
Chair, Higher Education Deborah J. Glick
Chair, Housing – Vito Lopez
Chair, Insurance – Joseph Morelle
Chair, Judiciary – Helene Weinstein
Chair, Labor – Keith Wright
Chair, Libraries & Education Technology – Bob Reilly
Chair, Local Governments – William Magnarelli
Chair, Mental Health – Felix Ortiz
Chair, Oversight, Analysis & Investigation – Jonathan Bing
Chair, Racing & Wagering – J. Gary Pretlow
Chair, Real Property Taxation – Sandra Galef
Chair, Small Business – William Scarborough
Chair, Social Services – Michele R. Titus
Chair, Tourism – Steven Englebright
Chair, Transportation – David Gantt
Chair, Veterans’ Affairs – Phil Ramos

Task Forces & Legislative Commissions
Chair, Administrative Regulations Review – Charles D. Lavine
Chair, Farm, Food & Nutrition – Jose Rivera
Chair, Government Administration – George Latimer
Chair, Reapportionment – John J. McEneny
Chair, Rural Resources – Aileen Gunther
Chair, Science & Technology – Donna Lupardo
Chair, Skills Development & Career Education – Michael Benedetto
Chair, State-Federal Relations – Carmen E. Arroyo

Skelos and Silver Announce Joint Legislative Budget Schedule
Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced an agreement on a joint legislative budget schedule that sets out deadlines the Legislature will adhere to in order to achieve an on-time budget for New York State.

The agreed-to legislative budget schedule for 2011 is as follows:
On or before:

February 28 Senate/Assembly Fiscal Committee Economic & Revenue Reports Released
February 28 Consensus Economic and Forecasting Conference
March 1 Revenue Consensus Report
March 15 Senate & Assembly Budget Actions
March 15 Joint Senate/Assembly Budget Conference Committees Commence
March 28 Final Report of Joint Conference Committees
March 28 – 31 Joint Legislative Budget Bills Taken Up by Senate & Assembly
CURRENT RFPS

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

Provide Audits of Hospital Auxiliaries by an Independent CPA Firm(s) (due February 14, 2011) – The Corporation plans to enter into an agreement with a CPA firm that has demonstrated expertise in the areas of financial and compliance audits in a governmental and/or health care organization. The contract is expected to have a three (3) calendar year duration with an option to renew for two (2) subsequent years, exercisable at the sole discretion of the Corporation. For more information, click here.

Development, Operation and Maintenance of a Sports/Recreation and Food Service Facility (due February 16, 2016) – The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation issued an RFP to develop, operate and maintain a sports/recreation and food service facility at 1 City Island Road, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx. For more information, click here.

NYC Business Solutions – Industrial Service (due February 17, 2011) – NYC Department of Small Business Services is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to deliver a suite of outcome-focused services that help industrial businesses to operate and expand in New York City. The suite of services will include, but will not be limited to: financing, navigating government, accessing incentives, recruitment, training employees, Minority Women-owned Business Enterprise certification M/WBE, and selling to government. For more information, click here.

On Call Planning Retainer Contracts (due February 18, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a consultant or consultant team to provide on call planning, environmental assessment and traffic consultant services for various City-owned properties located within the five boroughs. Environmental assessment work will be completed in accordance to Federal (NEPA), State (SEQR) or City (CEQR) environmental quality review procedures and industry accepted methods and standards. For more information, click here.

SIF Family Rewards Program (due February 18, 2011) – The Mayor`s Fund to Advance New York City is seeking appropriately qualified not-for-profit organizations or public agencies to establish and operate a conditional cash transfer (CCT) program in New York City as part of the federal Social Innovation Fund (SIF). For more information, click here.

Construction Services, Brooklyn Rail Improvements: SBMT Rail Extension Project (due February 23, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) on behalf of the City of New York is issuing a public bid for the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (“SBMT”) Rail Extension Project portion of the Brooklyn Rail Improvements. The project site is located at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal located between Second Avenue and the Gowanus Bay from approximately the south end of 39th Street to approximately the north end of 29th Street in the Borough of Brooklyn. The project includes removal of existing rails, construction for and installation of new rails, construction for and installation of new utilities, pavement restoration, paving and other related work. For more information, click here.

Official Sports Network and Partner of the PSAL Sponsorship Procurement (due February 24, 2011) – The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is seeking proposals from cable distributors and networks and/or other interested parties to be the Official Sports Network and partner of the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL™). To download the RFP, click here.

Sale of Specialty Food from Mobile Food Units (due February 25, 2011) – NYC Department of Parks and Recreation issued and RFP for the sale of specialty food for mobile food units at various locations Citywide. For more information, click here.

Immigrant Services (due February 28, 2011) – As the designated Community Action Agency in New York City, the Department of Youth and Community Development is the recipient of federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds, which are used to combat poverty and revitalize low-income communities by providing a range of services and activities. This RFP will fund community-based organizations that offer such services to immigrants (foreign-born residents and their children). General goals for immigrant services programs funded through the CSBG are to: (a) Assist immigrants to become more self-sufficient; (b) Assist immigrants to strengthen their families and support systems, and (c) Assist immigrants to improve their living conditions. For more information, click here.

M/W/DBE Technical Advisor, Consultant Services RFP (due February 28, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a consultant or consultant team to provide in-depth and individualized technical assistance to select certified M/W/DBE construction firms in NYC with the goal of addressing the business, financial and technical management needs of their businesses. For more information, click here.

Universal Prekindergarten Services (due March 1, 2011) – The proposal process is intended to identify eligible high-quality early childhood providers who are willing to collaborate with Early Childhood Field Office(s) to implement the Universal Prekindergarten Program in New York City districts with a high need for prekindergarten seats. This RFP is open to providers serving any of New York City’s 32 community school districts. For more information, click here.

Develop and Operate Fashion Campus NYC Program (due March 2, 2011) – The purpose of the Fashion Campus NYC program (the “Program”) is to enhance the overall summer internship experience by creating opportunities for interns to hear inspirational and motivational stories from fashion industry leaders (especially on the management side). For more information, click here.

Develop and Operate NYC Fashion Draft Program (due March 3, 2011) – A key growth opportunity identified through Fashion.NYC.2020 is the need to increase the pipeline of high-potential management talent entering New York City’s (the “City”) fashion industry directly out of undergraduate programs. NYCEDC is issuing a request for proposals (“RFP”) from respondents who wish to enter into a contract to develop and execute the Program. For more information, click here.

Fasttrac Program Services (due March 7, 2011) – NYC Department of Small Business Services is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to directly manage the day to day aspects of the FastTrac program: marketing and outreach, recruitment and management of Facilitators and Business Coaches, recruitment and management of guest speakers, classroom space, participant registration, budget, class logistics, reporting and evaluating program performance, alumni communication and networking, and coordination with NYC Business Solutions. For more information, click here.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Bicycle Concession (due March 7, 2011) – Brooklyn Bridge Park is soliciting proposals for a concessionaire to operate a bicycle rental business in the park starting this spring. Click here for more information.

Applied Sciences, Consultant Services (due March 11, 2011) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation is offering a unique opportunity to develop a premier science and research facility and campus in the City of New York (“the City”). In a City with more than 626,000 students and 39 percent of global market capitalization, the City is a business and academic capital, both nationally and internationally. For more information, click here.

Sale of Food from Pushcarts, Processing Carts, Nut Carts, Ice Cream Carts and Mobile Trucks (due March 14, 2011) – Request for Proposals for the sale of specialty food from Mobile Food Units at various locations Citywide. For more information, click here.

Charleston Retail Sites (due March 31, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking proposals to acquire and develop of two undeveloped land parcels, each approximately 10 acres, located in Charleston section of Staten Island (the “Sites”). Proposed programs for the Sites should be predominantly for retail uses in response to the thriving regional and local market but may include uses complementary to retail. For more information, click here.

Brooklyn Incubator RFP (due April 8, 2011) – NYCEDC is seeking proposals from qualified individuals, companies or organizations to develop, operate and maintain an incubator space (the “Incubator”) within either the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, East New York, or Crown Heights or, within a portion of the Moore Street Market’s basement level (the “Site”). For information on this project, click here.

Housing and Shelter for Persons with AIDS (extended: due April 30, 2011) – For more information, click here.

121 West 125th Street Retail Space for Lease (due July 29, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking to lease retail spaces ranging from 800 square feet to 4,000 square feet for retail uses at 121 West 125th Street located in Manhattan. NYCEDC wishes to enter into leases with companies to provide services to residents in the neighborhood and to the neighboring communities. For more information, click here.

Urbancanvas (due October 14, 2012) – The urbancanvas Design Competition was a challenge to professional artists and designers to create printed designs for temporary protective structures at construction sites to beautify New York City’s streetscape. The competition sought complementary proposals for designs to enliven different types of temporary protective structures located on City-owned property: construction fences, sidewalk sheds, supported scaffolds and cocoon systems. For more information, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 2/14 – 2/18

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Transportation
Date: Monday, February 14
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 370 – Pedestrian safety reporting.
Intro 374 – Requiring the compilation of bicycle crash data.
Intro 377 – Traffic study determinations.

Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment (Jointly with the Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services and the Committee on Civil Service and Labor)
Date: Monday, February 14
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Examining the NYC World Trade Center Medical Working Group 2010 Annual Report on 9/11 Health.

Committee on Parks and Recreation (Jointly with Committee on Health)
Date: Monday, February 14
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – The Department of Parks and Recreation’s Compliance with Local Law 20 – Public Access to Automated External Defibrilators

Committee on Finance
Date: Wednesday, February 16
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Approving new designation and changes in the designation of certain organizations to receive funding in the Expense Budget

Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections
Date: Wednesday, February 16
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Charles D. McFaul – Civil Service Commission
Robert F. Nolan – NYC Health and Hospitals, Board of Directors

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Wednesday, February 16
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: City Council Stated Meeting

Committee on Public Housing (Jointly with the Committee on Public Safety)
Date: Thursday, February 17
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – An eye toward safety – Examining NYCHA’s Safety and Security Task Force
Reso 423 – Provide a specific allocation of funding for video security systems at NYC Housing Authority developments

Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
Date: Thursday, February 17
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Lower East Side Ecology Center Coleman Park
Agenda: Tour: Lower East Side Ecology Center

Committee on Veterans (Committee on Higher Education)
Date: Thursday, February 17
Time: 10:00 AM

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