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Affairs and Appointments – January 22, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – January 22, 2010

Week in Review

I. This week in New York City Government

  • Mayor Bloomberg delivers State of the City – announces new initiatives for small businesses, youth at risk, the unemployed and a plan to increasing efficiency in City government
  • New York City Council announces Committee assignments
  • Mayor Bloomberg and the American Institute for Architects unveil new design for sidewalk sheds
  • Mayor Bloomberg makes personnel announcements

II. This week in New York State Government

  • Governor Paterson releases 2010-11 Executive Budget which includes major cuts to school aid, health care and agency spending
  • Governor Paterson proposes public higher education reforms
  • New York State Legislature approves ethics and campaign finance reform

III. Current RFPs

  • New this week:
    • SBS: Disability Program Navigator
    • DJJ: Creation of Medical Review and Consultation Team (due March 9, 2010)

IV. City Council Public Hearing Schedule – Week of of January 25-29


THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT
  1. Mayor Bloomberg delivers State of the City – announces new initiatives for small businesses, youth at risk, the unemployed and a plan to increasing efficiency in City government
    On Tuesday, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg outlined his State of the City agenda for 2010, prioritizing efficiency in government and announcing a number of new initiatives aimed at helping people in need. These include:

    New Assistance for New Yorkers hit hardest by the National Recession

    1. Job training and placement services will be expanded to connect more people to middle class job opportunities.

    2. Financing fairs for immigrant small business owners with lenders.

    3. A new public-private loan pool to those in debt if they commit to sound financial practices.

    4. First-ever bank accounts that do not require minimum balances or charge hidden fees organized by the Department of Consumer Affairs.

    5. A robust foreclosure assistance program to enable 1,000 middle-class families to refinance their mortgages.

    Overhaul of Local Government’s Support for Small Businesses

    1. A “New Business Acceleration Team” which is a multi-agency initiative to streamline inspections and reduce wait time.

    2. Expansion of the Business Express website will cover nearly ever industry sector in the City.

    Citywide Campaign to get better results for youth at risk

    1. Announcement of a major public-private partnership led by Eagle Academy’s David Banks and New York Women’s Foundation’s Ana Oliveira to connect young people to opportunities and supports that can lead them to success.

    2. New citywide goals will be established and public agencies will be managed against them.

    3. Overhaul of the juvenile justice system including merging the Department of Juvenile Justice with the Administration for Children Services.

    Stretching Public Dollars and Demanding New Agency Efficiencies

    1. Interagency taskforce led by Deputy Mayor for Operations Ed Skyler to identify opportunities to consolidate vehicle fleets, centralize human resource and other shared functions, and reduce the City’s office space by 10% over the next four years.

    2. Launch of MYnyc.gov to allow New Yorkers to customize the information from City agencies.

    3. A new feature on nyc.gov to let New Yorkers with automated meters track and better control how much water they use.

    4. Bracelets embedded with GPS so families can locate seniors with Alzheimer’s or children with special needs.

    For a full transcript of the speech, click here.

  2. New York City Council announces Committee assignments
    At its Stated Meeting on Thursday, the City Council voted on its Committee Chairmanships and assignments, and leadership team. The Chairs and leadership team are as follows. A full list of the Committee assignments can be found on the Capalino+Company web site here.

    Leadership
    Speaker: Christine Quinn
    Majority Leader/ Rules Committee Chairman: Joel Rivera
    Deputy Majority Leader/Land Use Chairman: Leroy Comrie
    Assistant Majority Leader/ Standards and Ethics Chairman: Inez Dickens
    Assistant Majority Leader/ Youth Services Chairman: Lewis Fidler
    Majority Whip/ Community Development Chairman: Al Vann
    Minority Leader: Jimmy Oddo
    Minority Whip: Eric Urlich

    Finance: Domenic Recchia

    Aging: Jessica Lappin
    Civil Rights: Larry Seabrook
    Civil Services and Labor: James Sanders
    Consumer Affairs: Karen Koslowitz
    Contracts: Darlene Mealy
    Cultural Affairs, Libraries, and International Relations: Jimmy Van Bramer
    Economic Development: Thomas White
    Education: Robert Jackson
    Environmental Protection: Jim Gennaro
    Fire and Criminal Justice: Elizabeth Crowley
    General Welfare: Annabel Palma
    Government Operations: Gale Brewer
    Health: Maria Del Carmen Arroyo
    Higher Education: Ydanis Rodriguez
    Housing and Buildings: Eric Martin Dilan
    Immigration: Daniel Dromm
    Juvenile Justice: Sara Gonzalez
    Lower Manhattan Redevelopment: Margaret Chin
    Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, and Disability: G. Oliver Koppel
    Oversight and Investigations: Jumaane Williams
    Parks and Recreation: Melissa Mark-Viverito
    Public Housing: Rosie Mendez
    Public Safety: Peter Vallone Sr.
    Sanitation and Solid Waste Management: Leticia James
    Small Business: Diana Reyna
    State and Federal Legislation: Helen Diane Foster
    Technology: Daniel Garodnick
    Transportation: Jimmy Vacca
    Veterans: Mathew Eugene
    Waterfronts: Mike Nelson
    Women’s Issues: Julissa Ferreras

    Sub-Committees:
    Zoning and franchises (Land Use): Mark Weprin
    Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses (Land Use): Brad Lander
    Planning, Dispositions and Concessions (Land Use): Stephen Levin
    Drug Abuse (Mental Health): Fernando Cabrera
    Senior Centers (Aging): Debi Rose

    Select Committees
    Libraries: Vincent Gentile

  3. Mayor Bloomberg and the American Institute for Architects unveil new design for sidewalk sheds
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert D. LiMandri and President of Capalino+Company client New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Anthony Schirripa today unveiled a new design for sidewalk sheds – the wood and steel structures built to protect pedestrians walking alongside buildings under construction. The design of the City’s sidewalk sheds has remained primarily unchanged since the 1950s and the new design will improve quality of life, reduce construction impacts on businesses, increase pedestrian safety and increase available space for pedestrians on sidewalks. For more information, click here.

  4. Mayor Bloomberg makes personnel announcements
    This week, the Mayor made a number of personnel announcements. They include:

THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT
  1. Governor Paterson releases 2010-11 Executive Budget which includes major cuts to school aid, health care and agency spending
    Governor David A. Paterson proposed a 2010-11 Executive Budget that makes significant spending reductions in order to eliminate a $7.4 billion deficit and institutes key reforms to put New York on the road to economic and fiscal recovery. The Executive Budget proposal includes spending reductions across every area of the budget; limits State spending to far below both the Governor’s proposed spending cap and the rate of inflation; implements the most significant public higher education reforms in a generation; and provides fiscal relief to local governments through an aggressive mandate reform agenda. For more information on the State budget plan, click here and here.

  2. Governor Paterson proposes public higher education reforms
    Governor David A. Paterson today announced that his 2010-11 Executive Budget includes the most significant reforms to the State’s system of public higher education in a generation. The Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act will provide the State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY) the flexibility needed to become centers of job creation. For more information, click here.

  3. New York State Legislature approves ethics and campaign finance reform
    On Wednesday, the State Assembly and Senate approved a package of bills meant to combat political corruption and require elected officials to disclose more about their outside financial interests. Click here for more information, click here for information on the Assembly bill and here for information on the Senate bill.

CURRENT RFPS

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Provision of Mental Health Services for Youth in Detention (due February 5, 2010) – The New York City Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is seeking an appropriately qualified vendor to deliver quality, timely, integrated and comprehensive mental health services to youth in DJJ’s custody. To download the 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL HEARINGS FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 14

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Can be found here.

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Can be found here.

Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Can be found here.

Committee on Land Use
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Can be found here.