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Affairs and Appointments – January 15, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – January 15, 2010

Week in Review

I. This week in New York City Government

  • Mayor Bloomberg outlines response to disaster in Haiti
  • Mayor Bloomberg announces new Neighborhood Stabilization program
  • Task Force on Financially Distressed Rental Housing holds first meeting

II. This week in New York State Government

  • Governor Paterson announces 2010-11 Executive Budget will provide More Than $1 Billion In Property Tax Relief In 2011-12, advance a four-year moratorium on unfunded mandates and includes another 100 other reform mandates.
  • State Senate and Assembly unveil ethics and campaign finance reform legislation

III. Current RFPs

  • New this week:
    • DOE: Universal Prekindergarten Services

IV. City Council Public Hearing Schedule – Week of of January 18-22

  1. Mayor Bloomberg Outlines Response to Disaster in Haiti
    Mayor Bloomberg – along with numerous other Elected Officials – announced the City’s response to the earthquake in Haiti. Remarks can be found here.

    Capalino+Company urges everyone to please do what you can to help address this incredibly unfortunate incident. To help, please consider the following:

  2. Mayor Bloomberg announces new Neighborhood Stabilization program
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded more than $20 million in Recovery Act funding to the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development under HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2. The grants were awarded competitively to applicants who developed the most innovative ideas to address the impact of the foreclosure crisis on local communities while demonstrating they have the capacity to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars. The City will use the funds to buy, renovate and resell foreclosed properties in the most-affected neighborhoods to low- and moderate-income families. For more information, click here.

  3. Task Force on Financially Distressed Rental Housing Holds First Meeting
    City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council Members Erik Martin Dilan, Inez Dickens and Annabel Palma, and New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Rafael Cestero held the first meeting of the Task Force on Financially Distressed Rental Housing. The task force was created to monitor problems resulting from the continued fallout of the housing market crash, and perform rapid response when these problems threaten the welfare of building tenants. For more information, click here.

  1. Governor Paterson announces 2010-11 Executive Budget Will Exceed Requirements Of His Proposed Spending Cap, Provide More Than $1 Billion In Property Tax Relief In 2011-12
    Governor Paterson announced that his 2010-11 Executive Budget will not only meet, but exceed, the requirements of his inflation spending cap. If enacted, this spending cap initiative will generate a more than $1 billion surplus in the 2011-12 fiscal year. This surplus will be returned directly to property taxpayers in the form of a progressive circuit-breaker tax credit that averages approximately $1,000 per recipient. In addition, the Governor’s budget will advance long-overdue Wicks Law repeal for school districts to help them lower costsand includesMore than 100 Mandate Reform Initiatives to Provide Nearly $1 Billion in Local Savings over Next Three Years, Billions of Dollars in Future Savings.For more information, click here and here.

  2. State Senate and Assembly unveil ethics and campaign finance reform legislation
    Measures include stricter campaign finance rules and greater penalties for violations, increased disclosure of outside income for legislators, enhancements to the lobby law, strengthened legislative and executive oversight. Information on the Senate legislation can be found here and information on the Assembly legislation can be found here.


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

  1. 2010 New Markets Tax Credit Program Applicant RFP (due January 20, 2010)The New York City Department of Economic Development (NYCEDC) is seeking a company to collaborate with on the application for, and deployment of, New Markets Tax Credits (“NMTC”). RFP can be found here.

  2. Consultant Services, NYC Capital Access Revolving Loan Guarantee Program (due January 25, 2010)— NYCEDC, in cooperation with the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ), is seeking commercial lenders and community development financial institutions (CDFIs) who make loans to businesses in New York City with 100 or fewer employees. A total of $4.5MM in guaranty funding is expected to be available with approximately $3MM of the total provided by UMEZ specifically for loans made to Upper Manhattan Businesses. As the initial loans mature, NYCEDC expects to re-use the guaranty capital to guaranty additional small-business loans. RFP can be found here.

  3. Pier A RFQ (due January 29, 2010)— Battery Park City Authority seeks qualifications from interested parties to lease, operate and maintain Pier A, a 38,725 square foot building, at the southwestern tip of Manhattan. Through the RFQ, BPCA aims to solicit qualifications from prospective bidders and generate programming concepts that would enhance the public profile of this historically significance structure. The 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. Domestic Violence Initiative (due February 2, 2010) — The Administration for Children`s Services is seeking an appropriately qualified vendor to provide training, technical assistance, case consultation and other programmatic and consulting support to DVPP and the Agency’s foster care and preventive agencies to ensure appropriate assessment of and intervention with families in which domestic violence and child maltreatment co-occur. To download this RFP, click here.

  6. Out of School Youth Workforce Development Programs (due February 10, 2010) — The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) is seeking qualified organizations to provide services to out-of-school youth to be funded by the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The purpose of OSY workforce development programs is to provide out-of-school youth with the skills necessary to build a successful career. To learn more, click here.

  7. NYC Business Plan Competition, Consultant Services (due February 12, 2010) – NYCEDC plans to select a consultant on the basis of factors stated in the RFP which include, but are not limited to: the quality of the proposal, experience of key staff identified in the proposal, experience and quality of any subcontractors proposed, demonstrated successful experience in performing services similar to those encompassed in the RFP, and the proposed fee. To download this RFP, click here.

  8. Redevelopment, Federal Building #2 (due February 12, 2010) – NYCEDC seeking proposals from qualified developers or qualified end users with development capabilities for the disposition and redevelopment of a site that contains an approximately 1.1 million square feet, eight story vacant building known as Federal Building #2 and an adjacent approximately 100,000 square feet lot located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. To download this RFP, click here.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.


Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2010
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Vote on Committee Chairmanships and Memberships

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2010
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall