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Affairs and Appointments – February 12, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – February 12, 2010

Week in Review

I. This week in New York City Government

  • Mayor Bloomberg and EPC Commissioner Holloway Launch new Program to Relieve Water Debt and Help Prevent Mortgage Foreclosures
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan Announce ‘Green Light for Midtown’ Project will be made Permanent
  • New York City Council passes Tenant Fair Chance Act

II. This week in New York State Government

  • Governor Paterson announces 21-day amendments to the 2010-11 Executive Budget
  • New York State Senate votes to expel Hiram Monserrate; Governor Paterson calls for special election on March 16

III. Current RFPs

  • New this week:
    • DHS: Rapid Re-Housing Services

IV. City Council Public Hearing Schedule – Week of of February 15-19


THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT
  1. Mayor Bloomberg and EPC Commissioner Holloway Launch new Program to Relieve Water Debt and Help Prevent Mortgage Foreclosures
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway launched the Water Debt Assistance Program, a new initiative that will temporarily relieve homeowners at risk of foreclosure of past-due water and sewer debt. The program is a component of Mayor Bloomberg’s 2010 State of the City pledge to launch the most ambitious home foreclosure prevention effort of any city in the nation.  For more information, click here.

  2. Mayor Bloomberg, Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan Announce ‘Green Light for Midtown’ Project will be made Permanent
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced that the Green Light for Midtown pilot initiative to improve traffic and safety at Times and Herald Squares will be made permanent.  For more information, click here.

  3. New York City Council passes Tenant Fair Chance Act
    At today’s Stated Council meeting the members of the City Council voted to approve the Tenant Fair Chance Act, legislation designed to assist tenants in accessing reports that many landlords use to determine a tenant’s suitability for housing. Additionally, the Council will also voted on legislation to heighten penalties for participating in criminal street gang initiation activity.  For more information on these actions and the Stated Meeting, click here.

THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT
  1. Governor Paterson announces 21-day amendments to the 2010-11 Executive Budget
    Governor David A. Paterson announced the release of his 21-day amendments to the 2010-11 Executive Budget. Major recommendations include amendments to the MTA Mobility Tax, the proposed sale of wine in grocery stores, aid to the Yonkers School District, tuition assistance for nursing programs, aid to SUNY statutory colleges, and other initiatives.  For more information on these actions, click here.

  2. New York State Senate votes to expel Hiram Monserrate; Governor Paterson calls for special election on March 16
    The State Senate on Tuesday expelled a senator convicted of domestic assault, the first time in nearly a century that the Legislature has forced a member from office.  The Senate voted 53-to-8 to immediately oust the senator, Hiram Monserrate, a Queens Democrat convicted last fall of a misdemeanor for dragging his companion down the hallway of his apartment building.  For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

  1. Caregiver Services (due February 17, 2009) – The Department for the Aging (DFTA) is seeking qualified vendors to design and operate innovative programs, throughout New York City, that provide direct services and extensive community linkages to support caregivers of persons 60 years of age or older; and/or grandparent or other relative age 55 and older who lives with and acts as primary caregiver for a child(ren) age 18 or younger. For more information, click here.

  2. 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.

  3. NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center (due February 25, 2010) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) intends to issue a request for proposals (“RFP”) for the creation and maintenance of a NYC building technology innovation center, seeking responses from capable academic or non-profit institutions. The purpose of this RFP is to promote economic development in NYC by fostering a building technology cluster in NYC around the Center’s work and resulting business activity. RFP can be found here.

  4. Universal Prekindergarten Services (due March 1, 2010) – New York City Department Of Education (NYCDOE) is seeking eligible high-quality early childhood providers who are willing to collaborate with Borough(s) to implement the Universal Prekindergarten Program in New York City districts with a high need for prekindergarten seats. For more information, click here.

  5. Disability Program Navigator (due March 9, 2010) – The New York City Department of Small Business Services is seeking a qualified vendor to fulfill conditions of a New York State Department of Labor grant to provide Disability Program Navigator (DPN) services in ten (10) Workforce1 Career Centers (WF1CC) in New York City. RFP can be found here.

  6. Creation of Medical Review and Consultation Team (due March 9, 2010) – The Department of Homeless Services (“DHS”) is seeking a licensed Article 28-certified health care provider to create a Medical/Psychiatric Consultation and Review Team (M/PCRT), the primary responsibilities of which will be to receive, from shelter and outreach providers, information on seriously ill and/or hospitalized individuals, and review standardized referrals on homeless individuals, forwarded by medical facility staff (including hospital in-patient units, detox facilities, sub-acute care facilities, hospital-based detoxification/rehab units, and City or State Department of Corrections medical or psychiatric units. For more information, click here.

  7. New York City Licensing Rights (due March 12, 2010) – On behalf of the City of New York, NYC and Company, the city`s exclusive licensing agent, is seeking proposals from qualified firms for concession licensing rights within the major merchandise categories listed below.

    Adult Apparel and Accessories
    Children`s Apparel and Accessories
    Souvenirs, Novelties and Collectibles
    Plush Products
    Replica Vehicles
    Licensing Representation outside North America

    For more information, please click here.

  8. Rapid Re-Housing Services (due March 16, 2010) – Rapid Re-Housing Services, also known as Housing First, is focused on quickly providing homeless families with permanent housing first and then providing a set of services to promote housing stability. Rapid Re-Housing is centered around the premise that homeless families are more responsive to social service support after they are in housing of their own. The intended services are a key initiative provided through Workforce Investment Act funding included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“ARRA”).  Click here for more information and to download the RFP.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

On February 11, 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 FEBRUARY 15-19

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Juvenile Justice (Jointly with the Committee on General Welfare)
Date:  Monday, February 16
Time:  11:00 AM
Location:  Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda:   Oversight – Merging the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Administration for Children Services.