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Affairs and Appointments – January 29, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – January 29, 2010

Week in Review

I. This week in New York City Government

  • Mayor Bloomberg Presents the FY 2011 Preliminary Budget
  • Department of Education votes to phase out underperforming schools
  • Mayor Bloomberg appoints Howard Wolfson as Counselor to the Mayor

II. This week in New York State Government

  • MTA announces revised service cuts

III. Current RFPs

IV. City Council Public Hearing Schedule – Week of of February 1-5

  1. Mayor Bloomberg Presents the FY 2011 Preliminary Budget
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presented a Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Preliminary Budget and an updated four-year financial plan. The Mayor outlined a plan to close a $4.9 billion deficit for FY 2011 with no tax increases for New Yorkers. The plan is centered on $1.6 billion in new agency gap closing actions, which amounts to a reduction in controllable City expenses compared to the prior year and reducing the growth in teacher and City employee salary costs.

    Below is a chart which outlines the actions to close agency gaps for FY 2010 and FY 2011 as well as the actions that will have to be taken should Governor Paterson’s proposed budget go through.

    For more information on the Preliminary budget, click here and for the budget publications, click here.

    FY 2010 Savings

    FY 2011 Savings

    State Budget Mods


    Eliminate 32 Units in Protective
    Services Increasing Caseload
    Average to 10.6 from 9.5

    $5.9 million


    Preventive slots will be reduced by approximately 30 percent or 2,584 slots at the Administration for Children’s Services

    $9.2 million


    Reduce day care vouchers at the Administration for Children’s Services for low-income households by more than 25 percent or 6,000 vouchers.

    $35.6 million


    Close 15 less utilized senior centers.

    $3.5 million


    Reduction of 291
    Uniformed Positions
    through Increased Staffing

    $8.1 million

    $26.9 million


    Eliminate 978 Correction Officer positions – this would require a daily census reduction of 15.5 percent or 2,063 inmates. A 38 percent reduction in Court Processing time by 60 days – from 157 to 97 – also would reduce the daily census by this amount. This would require a major initiative in the State managed judiciary system.

    $44.1 million


    Increase Commercial Parking
    Rates from $2 to $2.50 Pe r
    Hour in Midtown Manhattan

    $4.1 million


    Reduction of 8,500 teachers

    $493 million


    Hire 29 Additional Tax
    Auditors to Increase
    Audit Revenue

    $6.2 million

    $13.1 million


    Eliminate Staffing of Four
    Additional Engine Companies

    $5.6 million


    Eliminate Fifth Firefighter on 60 Engine Companies

    $7.9 million


    Eliminate staffing for 42 engine companies, resulting in 1,050 uniform firefighter layoffs

    $63.9 million


    Eliminate Nurse Coverage for
    Elementary Schools with
    Less than 300 Students

    $3.1 million


    Reduce school nurse coverage to one nurse per 500 students.

    $5.5 million


    Close a 24 Hour Drop-In
    Center in Manhattan

    $1.0 million

    $2.4 million


    Reduce by 248 Direct City
    Case Management Staff at
    HIV/AIDS Services Administration

    $4.2 million


    Eliminate funding to 500 soup kitchens and food pantries Citywide.

    $10.2 million


    Reduce Utilization
    of Detention Capacity

    $5.0 million


    Reduce Subsides to
    Library Systems

    $12.9 million

    $22.1 million


    Close Four Pools and Shorten
    Outdoor Pool Season by Two Weeks

    $1.4 million


    Eliminate 484 positions – 19 percent of total headcount. This reduction is also equal to the total cost of all pools, beach lifeguards and recreation centers Citywide

    $24.4 million


    Uniform Attrition of 892

    $55.4 million


    Reduction in Overtime
    Spending via Improved
    OT Management Strategies

    $25.0 million

    $50.0 million


    Layoff 3,150 police officers, reducing operational strength to 1985 levels. This reduction is also equal to the total cost of the NYPD Transit Bureau

    $182.3 million


    In districts outside of high-rise residential areas, refuse collection will be reduced by one pick-up per week.

    $8.6 million.


    Recycling pick-up will be reduced from weekly to every other week

    $15.6 million


    Street cleaning and street litter basket collection will be eliminated.

    $32.2 million

  2. Department of Education votes to phase out underperforming schools
    On Wednesday morning, the city Education Department’s panel voted to close 19 failing city schools. After more than eight hours of testimony, the Panel for Educational Policy gave the go-ahead shortly after 3:00 a.m. For more information, click here and click here for Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein’s comments.

  3. Mayor Bloomberg appoints Howard Wolfson as Counselor to the Mayor
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the appointment of Howard Wolfson as Counselor to the Mayor. In this capacity, Wolfson will advise the Mayor on a wide range of policy and strategic communication issues. Wolfson, who served as Communications Director for the Mayor’s 2009 re-election campaign, will begin work in March. For more information, click here.

  1. MTA announces revised service cuts
    A newly configured slate of proposed transit changes, unveiled Friday by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, would resurrect a subway line and restore service to many of New York City’s bus routes, including crosstown lines in Manhattan, that had been singled out for elimination. The M10 bus, which carries about 3.6 million fares annually on Eighth Avenue, would no longer be eliminated, and the Z subway line from Lower Manhattan to Jamaica, Queens, would be restored, under the most recent plan. Trains would continue to run every 20 minutes during the overnight hours, not every 30 minutes, as had been proposed. The V train, which now ends at Second Avenue and Houston Street, would replace the M train and travel east to Metropolitan Avenue in Queens. For more information, click here.


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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.


Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Consumer Affairs
Date: Monday, February 1
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 97 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to disclosure of tenant screening reports.

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Can be found here.