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Affairs and Appointments – February 18, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – February 18, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Presents FY 2012 Preliminary Budget
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Brooklyn Brewery Cut Ribbon on New Brewhouse in Williamsburg
  • Speaker Quinn delivers State of the City

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • New York State Senate Passes Anti-Crime Bills
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Legislation to Establish Independent Redistricting Commission
  • Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Establishing Minority – And Women – Owned Business Enterprise Team

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • DYCD: Adult Literacy Services Young Adult Literacy Services
    • DPR: Sale of Food from Pushcarts, Processing Carts, Nut Carts, Ice Cream Carts and Mobile Trucks
    • CC: City Council Expense Funding

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA
CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 2/21 – 2/25


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Presents FY 2012 Preliminary Budget
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today presented a Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Preliminary Budget and an updated four-year financial plan. The Mayor outlined a plan to close a $4.58 billion deficit with no tax increases for New Yorkers and without additional cuts in City-funded services. The plan relies on $5.2 billion in savings generated though nine rounds of deficit closing actions taken by City agencies, additional tax revenues that reflect the City’s continually improving economy and $600 million in actions taken at the State level. The budget outlines the steps required to compensate for a loss of $2.1 billion in State funding, returned to the City, as detailed in the proposed State Executive Budget, and for the pre-existing $2.4 billion City deficit.  Here are a couple aspects:

  • City tax revenues: City tax revenues are forecasted to grow above previous projections, producing an additional $2.1 billion in revenues.
  • Education: Reduces education funding to the City for FY 2012 by $1.4 billion.  To accomplish this, a total reduction of 6,166 teaching positions will be eliminated, including 4,666 via layoffs.
  • State Social Service Cuts: As a result of $403 million in State Social Service Cuts, the City’s Preliminary Budget uses $124 million of City funds to restore cuts to preserve the most essential services.  To address the remaining $279 million, the Preliminary budget includes the elimination of:
    • 15,000 Advantage Rental Subsidies – $192 million
    • Title XX Funding for Senior Centers – $27 million
    • 5,500 Summer Youth Employment slots – $8.5 million
  • State Actions to Achieve Balance: The preliminary budget relies on three changes to balance the budget:
    • Equitable Distribution of State Revenue Sharing Funds – $200 million.
    • Moderate Reform of the Variable Supplement Fund – $200 million.
    • Additional State Education Aid – $200 million.
  • Capital Spending – Reduction of the City’s ten-year capital construction program, excluding water projects, by 10 percent from $39.8 billion to $35.8 billion.

For more information, click here.  To download the budget publications, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Brooklyn Brewery Cut Ribbon on New Brewhouse in Williamsburg
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Brooklyn Brewery President Steve Hindy cut the ribbon on Brooklyn Brewery’s new brewhouse next door to its existing facility in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The $8 million expansion increases Brooklyn Brewery’s production capacity from 12,000 barrels per year to 120,000 barrels per year.  For more information, click here.

Speaker Quinn delivers State of the City
In her annual State of the City address, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn spoke about the importance of working with New Yorkers to address the problems and concerns facing them, both large and small. In today’s speech, Speaker Quinn tackled issues ranging from job creation and growth the City still greatly needs to the protection of valuable affordable housing to parking violations that are a source of frustration for New York drivers.  For more information on the speech, click here and click here to download the speech.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

New York State Senate Passes Anti-Crime Bills
The New York State Senate today passed a package of bills that would strengthen laws and toughen criminal penalties for certain sex offenses related to rape and child pornography.  In addition, bills were passed to expand information on criminal background checks for individuals applying for employment in law enforcement and increasing penalties for the crime of criminally negligent homicide.  For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces Legislation to Establish Independent Redistricting Commission
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the Redistricting Reform Act of 2011 to establish an Independent Redistricting Commission to permanently reform how congressional and state legislative districts lines are drawn in New York.  The Redistricting Reform Act delivers unprecedented transparency and independence to a process that has been widely criticized for placing political considerations that protect incumbent office-holders and partisan objectives above the public’s interest in fair and equal representation.  Under Governor Cuomo’s proposal, the commission will hold extensive public hearings across the state and post its redistricting plans and corresponding data on the Internet. Provisions in the bill require that the commission is bi-partisan, reflects the state’s diversity, and is free from any conflicts of interest.  For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Establishing Minority – And Women – Owned Business Enterprise Team
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued an executive order establishing a team to explore ways to meet his goal of expanding minority- and women-owned business enterprise (M/WBE) participation in state contracting to 20 percent.  For more information and a listing of the team, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

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.

Adult Literacy Services Young Adult Literacy Services (due March 21, 2011) – DYCD currently supports a wide spectrum of literacy programs for adults, adolescents, and families. Through this RFP DYCD seeks appropriately qualified providers of literacy services for adults living in New York City (City). DYCD will fund programs that offer Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Educational Development (GED) Tests preparation, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and Basic Education in the Native Language (BENL) instructional services. In collaboration with the Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) DYCD also seeks providers that will offer pre-GED instruction to young adults ages 16-24 as well as a technical assistance (TA) vendor to support those programs.  For more information, click here.

City Council Expense Funding (due March 24, 2011) – FY 2012 expense application is now available.  Click here for more information.

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.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

On February 16, the Council held a stated meeting where they passed and introduced new legislation and land use items.  The agenda can be found here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 2/21 – 2/25

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

There are no Council Hearings scheduled for next week.

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