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Affairs and Appointments – January 28, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – January 28, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg and General Assembly Announce Opening of New Technology and Design Campus
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Consumer Affairs Commissioner Mintz and Finance Commissioner Frankel Announce That New Yorkers Making Less Than $57,000 Have More Options Than Ever to Claim Their Tax Refunds
  • Mayor Bloomberg Discusses Innovations to Improve and Strengthen Our Legal System
  • Mayor Bloomberg and DEP Commissioner Holloway Propose New Home Heating Oil Regulations to Clean the Air New Yorkers Breathe

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Announces Creation of New Mobile App for New Yorkers to Gain Real-Time Travel Info
  • Governor Cuomo Nominates Kenneth Adams to Serve as President and CEO of ESDC
  • Governor Cuomo Nominates Rose Harvey as Commissioner of Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
  • Attorney General Schneiderman Launches New Initiative to Bolster Recovery of Taxpayer Dollars & Fight Government Fraud
  • New York State Assembly and Senate Announce Joint Budget Hearing Schedule

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • OOM: SIF Family Rewards Program
    • SBS: Fasttrac Program Services
    • EDC: Construction Services, Brooklyn Rail Improvements: SBMT Rail Extension Project
    • EDC: M/W/DBE Technical Advisor, Consultant Services RFP

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 1/31 – 2/4


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg and General Assembly Announce Opening of New Technology and Design Campus
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel, New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky and General Assembly Co-Founder Adam Pritzker announced the opening of the new General Assembly technology and design campus in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. The 20,000 square foot space, located at the intersection of Broadway and 20th Street, will offer technology-related classes for the public and provide space for entrepreneurs to build new start-up businesses in New York City. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Consumer Affairs Commissioner Mintz and Finance Commissioner Frankel Announce That New Yorkers Making Less Than $57,000 Have More Options Than Ever to Claim Their Tax Refunds
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg,Department of Consumer AffairsCommissioner Jonathan Mintz, andDepartment of FinanceCommissioner David M. Frankel launched a new city-sponsored discount tax preparation program with H&R Block as part of New York City’s9th Annual Tax Credit Campaign, which offers New Yorkers more ways than ever to file their taxes and claim their tax refunds for free or at very low cost. Last year’s Tax Credit Campaign helped over 72,000 New Yorkers file their taxes for free and claim more than $117 million in tax credits and refunds. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Discusses Innovations to Improve and Strengthen Our Legal System
This week, at a New York State Bar Association’s President Summit, Mayor Bloomberg gave a speech suggesting innovations to improve and strengthen our legal system. To read the speech, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and DEP Commissioner Holloway Propose New Home Heating Oil Regulations to Clean the Air New Yorkers Breathe
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway, Sustainability Director David Bragdon and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley proposed new rules to reduce emissions from the approximately 10,000 boilers in New York City that burn grades Numbers 4 and 6 oil, the dirtiest heating oil types available in New York. Numbers 4 and 6 heating oil have significantly higher levels of sulfur, nickel, and other pollutants compared to other available heating fuels. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Announces Creation of New Mobile App for New Yorkers to Gain Real-Time Travel Info
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state Department of Transportation has upgraded its 511 New York system, including a new free mobile device application that provides New Yorkers with up-to-the-minute information regarding traffic, transit and emergency service notifications as well as weather advisories. For more information, click here. To download the app, click here.

Governor Cuomo Nominates Kenneth Adams to Serve as President and CEO of ESDC
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the nomination of Kenneth Adams as President and CEO of the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC). Governor Cuomo said the appointment is part of his plan to change the leadership structure of ESDC, separating the CEO and Chairperson functions. Kenneth Adams has been President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, the state’s leading business association, since 2006. Mr. Adams has led the organization in its mission of creating “economic growth, good jobs and strong communities across New York State.” The Business Council represents nearly 2,500 member businesses, chambers of commerce and professional and trade associations, employing a total of more than 1 million New Yorkers. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Nominates Rose Harvey as Commissioner as Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the nomination of Rose H. Harvey as commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Currently, Ms. Harvey is a senior fellow at the Jonathan Rose Companies, where she acts as an advisor and researcher on parks and open space issues, and launched a non-profit organization to fund, design and develop safe, well-managed parks in urban neighborhoods. She was also recently a McCluskey Fellow and Lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. For more information, click here.

Attorney General Schneiderman Launches New Initiative to Bolster Recovery of Taxpayer Dollars & Fight Government Fraud
With the state facing a budget crisis and a loss of confidence in its government, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced an aggressive plan to root out fraud and return money illegally stolen from New York taxpayers and their government. Schneiderman’s initiative consists of a one-two punch, establishing a new “Taxpayer Protection Unit” (TPU) to target corrupt contractors, pension con-artists, and large-scale tax cheats who rip-off New York State government and its taxpayers — and bolstering his office’s award-winning Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with dozens of additional prosecutors, investigators, and auditors, using federal funds and increased recoveries, an initiative that will pay for itself and cost state taxpayers no additional money. For more information, click here.

New York State Assembly and Senate Announce Joint Budget Hearing Schedule
Senate Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr., announced the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2011-2012 Executive Budget proposal. These hearings, each of which focuses on a programmatic area, are intended to provide the appropriate legislative committees with public input on the executive budget proposal. These hearings are available for viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites. To see the schedule, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

Medical Services for Homeless Families (due February 2, 2011) – The Department of Homeless Services (DHS) is seeking to enter into contract with an Article 28-Certified Agency or Hospital to provide referral-based preliminary health exams; medical and psychiatric triage and episodic acute care; targeted psychiatric and substance use evaluations, upon request; specific health education on Safe Sleeping, as applicable, and, as needed, referrals for ongoing health care, in the community, to homeless families applying at the New Family Intake Center (“NFIC”), located at 151 E 151st, Bronx, N.Y. For more information, click here.

Brooklyn Municipal Building Retail (due: February 7, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York, is seeking proposals from qualified developers and/or commercial businesses to purchase or lease and redevelop an approximately 37,000 square foot space in the western portion of the ground and second floors of 210 Joralemon Street. For more information, click here.

Cultural Development Fund (due February 7, 2011) – Cultural Development Fund Fiscal 2012 Application Process Opens The Department of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce that the Fiscal 2012 Cultural Development Fund Application is now available. The deadline for submission is Monday, February 7, 2011. Arts or cultural organizations that meet the agency’s eligibility criteria may apply for funds for cultural activities taking place between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. Click here for more information.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 1/31 – 2/4

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations
Date: Monday, January 31
Time: 9:15 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Reso 626 – Congress to reinstate the privileges, formerly held by the Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner and other delegates, allowing them to vote on amendments and procedures in the Committee of the Whole

Committee on Economic Development
Date: Monday, January 31
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – How can tourism in New York City be increased and enhanced beyond Manhattan?

Committee on Community Development
Date: Monday, January 31
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Does the Harlem Children’s Zone Neighborhood Services Approach to Poverty Reduction Improve School Outcomes?

Committee on Small Business
Date: Monday, January 31
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – A Review of New York City Government Programs to Help Small Businesses

Committee on Contracts
Date: Monday, January 31
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Preferred Source Vendors

Committee on Technology (Jointly with the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services and the Committee on Public Safety)
Date: Tuesday, February 1
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Update on FDNY/NYPD Unified Call Taker System

Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations
Date: Tuesday, February 1
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Reso 626 – Congress to reinstate the privileges, formerly held by the Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner and other delegates, allowing them to vote on amendments and procedures in the Committee of the Whole

Committee on Finance
Date: Wednesday, February 2
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda to be Announced

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Wednesday, February 2
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Emigrant Savings Bank – 49-51 Chambers Street

Committee on Community Development (Jointly with the Committee on Small Business and the Committee on Economic Development)
Date: Thursday, February 3
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Emigrant Savings Bank – 49-51 Chambers Street
Agenda: Oversight – When Wal-Mart Comes to Town: The Effect on Small Businesses and Communities: A Historical and Prospective View

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