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Affairs and Appointments – January 7, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – January 7, 2011


  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces New York City Drew Record-Breaking 48.7 Million Visitors in 2010
  • Mayor Bloomberg Presides Over Bill Signing Ceremony
  • City Council Votes to Expand Protective Housing Law for New Yorkers Living in the City’s Worst Buildings
  • Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Finance Chair Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. and Council Members Announce Budget Restorations
  • Mayor Bloomberg Releases Workforce Reform Report to Modernize Work Rules, Cut Costs and Empower City Workers


  • Governor Cuomo’s Inaugural Address
  • Governor Cuomo delivers the 2011 State of the State Address
  • Governor Cuomo to Launch Weekly Webcast Series for Students and Schools Across the State
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Appointments and Nominations
  • Attorney General Schneiderman Makes Staff Appointments
  • Remarks by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos at the State of the State
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Members of The Medicaid Redesign Team


  • New this week:

    • DPR: Development, Operation and Maintenance of a Sports/Recreation and Food Service Facility
    • DDC: Design Services for the Reconstruction of 9th Avenue/Gansevoort Area
    • DHS: Medical Services for Homeless Families



Mayor Bloomberg Announces New York City Drew Record-Breaking 48.7 Million Visitors in 2010
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel and NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta announced New York City drew a record-breaking 48.7 million visitors in 2010. The higher-than-projected 6.8 percent increase over 2009 keeps the City on pace to meet its goal of attracting 50 million annual visitors by 2012 – a goal set by the Bloomberg Administration in 2007, prior to the national recession. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Presides Over Bill Signing Ceremony
This week, Mayor Bloomberg Signed the Following Bills into Law:

  • Intro 442 (Jackson) – Requires the Education and Police Departments to Provide Statistics on Public School Discipline and Safety
  • Intro 437 (Recchia) – Increases the Annual Expenditure of Seven Business Improvement Districts

City Council Votes to Expand Protective Housing Law for New Yorkers Living in the City’s Worst Buildings

At this week’s Stated Council meeting, members of the City Council will vote to greatly expand the criteria for the Alternative Enforcement Program (AEP), a tool of the Safe Housing Act designed to focus on the top 200 properties that generate a significant level of enforcement activity at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). These changes will now specifically designate asthma triggers, including mold conditions and vermin infestation, as conditions mandating improvement will both increase the number of housing units that are captured by the law and identify new conditions requiring improvement. For more information, click here.

Speaker Christine Quinn, Finance Chair Domenic Recchia and Council Members Announce Budget Restorations
This week, the City Council announced an agreement with the Administration on a revised FY 2011 budget. Cuts that were restored include:

  • Fire Companies – Nighttime company closures.
  • Administration for Children’s Services – Funding for nearly 200 ACS staff position in the areas of child welfare and child protective services.
  • Senior Serivces – Case management services.
  • Youth Programs – Runaway and homeless youth programs.
  • Parking Meters – Deferral on the increases to parking meter rates outside of Manhattan and above 86th Street.
  • Recreation Centers – Membership fees will remain at their current rates and not double.

To achieve these restorations, the following cuts were made:

  • $4.5 million in Department of Education contractual services.
  • $200,000 in evaluation of Center for Economic Opportunity programs.
  • $15 million in underspending; including tuition payments for City students enrolled in upstate community colleges; worker’s compensation payments and mental health hearings to determine competency to stand trial.
  • $4.5 million in additional agency personal services budget savings.

For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Releases Workforce Reform Report to Modernize Work Rules, Cut Costs and Empower City Workers
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg released the report of the Workforce Reform Task Force, chaired by Martha Hirst, former Commissioner of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services. The report outlines 23 specific steps to improve the civil service system so that City workers can perform their job functions without being overburdened and constrained by rules and narrow classifications. The recommendations focus on three areas for reform: governance, hiring flexibility and organizational excellence. Combined, these three areas show how rules on testing and hiring have not kept pace with current practices in workforce development and limit the City from managing, training and rewarding its employees in the best way. For more information, click here. Click here to download the report.


Governor Cuomo’s Inaugural Address
On January 1, Andrew Cuomo took the oath of office to become Governor. To read his inaugural address, click here, click here to view the video of the inaugural ceremony.

Governor Cuomo delivers the State of the State Address
This week, Governor Cuomo delivered his first State of the State Address. To read his remarks, click here. To watch the State of the State, click here. In summary, the Governor announced the following initiatives:

  • Emergency Fiscal Plan: Governor Cuomo outlined an Emergency Financial Plan that closed the $10 billion deficit in the 2011-12 budget without raising taxes or borrowing. This includes imposing a one-year salary freeze on most public employees; holding the line on taxes; and imposing a State spending cap limiting spending growth to the rate of inflation.
  • Rightsizing Government: Cuomo issued an Executive Order creating the Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission to make state government more accountable and efficient by reducing the number of agencies, authorities and commissions by 20 percent. Paul Francis will serve as Co-Chair along with other, future Gubernatorial appointees.
  • Redesigning the Medicaid Program: Cuomo issued an Executive Order aimed at redesigning New York State’s costly Medicaid program. The order creates a new Medicaid Redesign Team to find ways to save money. Jason Helgerson – who was responsible for Wisconsin’s successful Medicaid model – was appointed by Cuomo appointed to serve as New York State Medicaid Director.
  • Providing Mandate Relief: Through Executive Order, Cuomo also created the “Mandate Relief Redesign Team” to review unfunded and underfunded mandates imposed by the New York State government on school districts, local governments, and other local taxing districts. This “Team” will be Chaired by Senior Advisor to the Governor Larry Schwartz.
  • Redesigning Local Governments: Governor Cuomo is creating a program to reward local governments that save money by rightsizing. The Citizen Re-Organization Empowerment Grants will provide up to $100,000 to cover all or part of the costs of merger and dissolutions studies.
  • Redesigning Education: Noting that New York is first in spending but 34th in results, Governor Cuomo proposed restructuring a portion of New York’s education aid to create incentives that reward school districts for improving student performance and implementing management efficiency policies.
  • Transforming the ethical environment in Government: Governor Cuomo’s “Clean Up Albany” agenda includes instituting campaign finance reform to include a system of public financing for elections, limiting contribution levels, creating an independent redistricting commission, create independent monitoring and enforcement of ethics laws; and requiring full disclosure of outside income and clients. Governor Cuomo also proposed to outlaw “pay to play” to limit the impact of special interests, strip pensions for public officials convicted of a felony for abusing the public trust; and improving government performance and transparency through technology.
  • Creating regional Economic Development Councils: Lieutenant Robert Duffy will lead these Councils – which will be drawn from the private sector, local governments, state agencies and academic institutions – whose mission it is to properly allocate state resources region-by-region.
  • Fixing the recently-enacted Excelsior Tax Credit Program: Cuomo’s proposals would restructure the value and length of the tax credit to provide greater incentives for job creation; restructure incentives for improving properties; pay credits as job-creation milestones are met rather than at the end of the proposal; expand research and development tax credits; and streamline the application and approval process.
  • Create a permanent Power for Jobs Program: To help keep manufacturers in New York State, Governor Cuomo introduced a permanent Power for Jobs program to provide predictability and stability of supply with long-term contracts, and incorporate efficiency incentives to reward improvements.
  • Enacting Property Tax Relief: Governor Cuomo’s property tax cap will set the cap at the rate of inflation or two percent, whichever is less; prohibit any property tax levy above the cap unless endorsed by both by the local governing board and a 60 percent majority of the people during an election; and provide only limited exceptions such as extraordinary legal or capital expenditures.
  • Better protecting consumers and investors: Cuomo will create the Department of Financial Regulation which will merge the Insurance Department, Banking Department and the Consumer Protection Board.
  • A cleaner, greener environment: Governor Cuomo will create the “NY Cleaner, Greener Communities Program” to provide competitive grants that will encourage communities to develop regional sustainable growth strategies in housing, transportation, emissions control, energy efficiency.
  • Expanding Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) support: To ensure that MWBE’s have the opportunity to earn their fair share of the State’s business, Governor Cuomo directed State agencies to double the current MWBE participation goal from 10 to 20 percent and ease bonding restrictions that they will face and expand the Owner-Controlled Insurance Program model to expand opportunities for small businesses.
  • Juvenile Justice Reorganization: With a goal of reducing wasteful spending, Governor Cuomo will undertake an immediate reorganization of the State’s youth detention facilities with the goal of consolidation, while providing current staff the priority for relocation to other facilities, retraining and/or reemployment opportunities.
  • Expanding fresh food into urban centers: To help revitalize urban areas and develop markets for New York farmers, Governor Cuomo will seek ways to expand the presence of locally-grown food markets in urban areas.
  • Providing for marriage equality for all New Yorkers: To end discrimination against same–sex couples who wish to get married, Governor Cuomo called for the passage of legislation legalizing marriage for same-sex couples as has been done in many states and other countries.
  • Protect Reproductive Rights: To protect a woman’s right to choose options in the face of an unplanned or problem pregnancy, Governor Cuomo will fight for passage of reproductive rights legislation to protect the fundamental right of reproductive freedom and a woman’s right to make private health care decisions.

Governor Cuomo to Launch Weekly Webcast Series for Students and Schools Across the State
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he is beginning a new online, interactive educational project as part of his ongoing initiative to increase openness and transparency in government. Working with input from educators, parent groups, and school administrators, the Governor will launch a weekly interactive webcast series called “Albany at Work” aimed at helping high school students learn about and keep updated on the workings of New York State government. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces Appointment and Nominations
Governor Cuomo announced a series of appointments and nominations this week:

Name Title Current Position
Joseph Martens Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation President, Open Space Institute
Elizabeth Glazer Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Chair, New York State Juvenile Justice Advisory Group
Dede Scozzafava Deputy Secretary for Local Government at the Department of State Minority Leader, New York State Assembly
Joseph Percoco Executive Deputy Secretary Campaign Manager, Andrew Cuomo 2010
Darrel J. Aubertine Commissioner, Department of Agriculture and Markets New York State Senator, 48th Senate District
John S. Dyson Trustee, Board of the New York Power Authority Chairman, Millbrook Capital Management

Attorney General Schneiderman Announces Appointments
This week, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman made a number of senior appointments:

Name Title Current Position
Christina Harvey Director of Operations Chief of Staff, State Senator Eric Schneiderman
Neal Kwatra Chief of Staff Executive Director, New York State Democratic Party
Martin J. Mack Executive Deputy Attorney General for Regional Affairs Deputy Secretary for Appointments, Governor Paterson
Shanti Nayak Chief Operating Officer Chief of Staff, Roosevelt Institute
Kent T. Stauffer State Counsel Executive Vice President, Chartis, Inc.
Blake Zeff Senior Advisor to the Attorney General Managing Director, BerlinRosen Public Affairs
Fernando Aquino Press Secretary (Spanish) Press Secretary, Democratic Conference of the New York State Senate
James Freedland Deputy Director of Communications Director of Communications, State Senator Schneiderman
Jennifer Givner Press Secretary (Upstate) Director of Communications, New York Lottery
Danny Kramer Press Secretary (Downstate) Communications Director, Florida Governor Charlie Christ for Senate

Remarks by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos at the State of the State

At this week’s State of the State, both New York State Assembly Speaker and New York State Senate Majority Leader gave remarks. To view these speeches, click here for Assembly Speaker Silver and here for Majority Leader Skelos.

Governor Cuomo Announces Members of the Medicaid Redesign Team
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the members of his Medicaid Redesign Team. The Team, established by an Executive Order announced by Governor Cuomo in his State of the State address, is charged with finding ways to save money within the Medicaid program for the upcoming state budget for the 2011-12 Fiscal Year. New York State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson with serve as the Team’s Executive Director. The members of the team include:

  • Michael Dowling, President and CEO of North Shore LIJ Health system.
  • Dennis Rivera is the former Chair of SEIU Healthcare and is currently the Senior Advisor to the International President of SEIU.
  • Kenneth E. Raske is the President of the Greater New York Hospital Association.
  • George Gresham is the President of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East.
  • Dan Sisto is the President of the Healthcare Association of New York State.
  • Frank Branchini is the President and COO of EmblemHealth.
  • Eli Feldman is the President and CEO of the Metropolitan Jewish Health System as well as the Chairman of the Continuing Care Leadership Coalition.
  • Carol Raphael is the President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.
  • Linda Gibbs is the Deputy Mayor of New York City for Health and Human Services.
  • Ed Matthews is the CEO of the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City as well as the President of the Interagency Council.
  • Dr. Nirav Shah is the newly nominated Commissioner of Health.
  • Mike Hogan is the Commissioner for the Office of Mental Health.
  • James Introne is the Deputy Secretary for Health and the Director of Healthcare Redesign.
  • Max Chmura is the Acting Commissioner of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.
  • Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez is the newly nominated Commissioner of the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.
  • Lara Kassel is a Coordinator at Medicaid Matters New York.
  • Karen A. Ballard is the President of the New York State Nurses Association.
  • Stephen J. Acquario serves as the Executive Director of the New York State Association of Counties.
  • Dr. Jeffrey A. Sachs is the Co-Chair of the JFK Jr. Institute for Work Education at City University of New York.
  • Ann F. Monroe is the President of the Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York.
  • Steve Berger is the former Chairman for the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century and a board member for the Partnership for New York City.
  • Dr. William Streck is the Chair of the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council.
  • Elizabeth Swain is the CEO of the Community Health Care Association of New York State.
  • Senator Kemp Hannon is the former Chairman of the Senate Committees on Health and Housing. Senator Hannon was appointed by the Majority Leader of the Senate
  • Senator Tom Duane is the former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, 2009-2010. Senator Duane was appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate.
  • Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried serves as the Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Health. Assemblyman Gottfried was appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.
  • Assemblyman Joe Giglio of the 149th Assembly District currently sits on the Medicaid Waste, Fraud and Abuse Task Force. Assemblyman Giglio was appointed by the Minority Leader of the Assembly.

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

Fatherhood Program (due January 10, 2011) – Building on the success of a hallmark Fatherhood Initiative begun in 2002, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) is seeking appropriately qualified organizations to operate Fatherhood Programs in New York City (City). Each Fatherhood Program will address the needs of non-custodial fathers aged 16 and over. There will be separate competitions for three specific groups: young fathers (16 to 24 years of age), fathers over 24 years of age, and fathers with prior involvement in the criminal justice system. To download this RFP, click here.

Learning-to-Work Programs for Young Adult Borough Centers, Transfer Schools, New Pathways Schools and GED Programs (due January 11, 2011) – The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is seeking proposals from experienced organizations eligible to provide specialized support services to students who are over-age and under-credited in our secondary schools. The purpose is to provide direct services to students who need additional support in order to successfully complete appropriate academic requirements, as well as assisting the students in the development of career readiness skills and planning for post-secondary experiences. For more information, click here.

M/W/DBE Mobilization Loan Program, Consultant Services, RFP (due January 13, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking commercial lenders and community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to make business loans to certified minority, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises (“M/W/DBE(s)”) that hold contracts on NYCEDC construction projects. The loans are to be utilized to meet long lead equipment, material and/or labor costs related to projects. For more information, click here.

Former Taystee Bakery Complex RFEI (due January 19, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking expressions of interest for the purchase and redevelopment of the former Taystee Bakery complex (the “Site”) located in the West Harlem neighborhood of New York, New York. To download the RFEI, click here.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 Restaurant Concession RFP (due January 25, 2011) – Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) announced the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a restaurant concession on Pier 6 at the foot of Atlantic Avenue, the southern gateway to the Park. The restaurant concession includes the 2,000 sq. ft. indoor restaurant, an adjacent outdoor terrace and a rooftop seating area. This premier location provides a unique opportunity to lease, fit out, and operate a waterfront restaurant in a beautiful park setting. For more information and to download the RFP, click here.

City-Owned Single Room Occupancy Residences (due January 26, 2011) – The Department of Homeless Services (DHS) is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to operate and manage four City-owned Single Room Occupancy (SRO) residences located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. To download the RFP, click here.

Bush Terminal Ground-Up Development (due January 28, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeks proposals for the lease of an approximately 130,000 square foot parcel of land located on Block 725, part of Lot 1, in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn (the “Site”). The Site is part of the Bush Terminal Campus and the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone. Through this Request For Proposals (“RFP”), NYCEDC is seeking developers or users of industrial and/or manufacturing space, to lease and redevelop the Site for an as-of-right industrial use as permitted within a M3-1 zoning. A successful RFP will accomplish the following goals: (1) enable and enhance the growth of the City’s industrial and/or manufacturing base through the redevelopment of the Site, (2) protect and create industrial jobs, (3) create a financially feasible and economically viable project, (4) expand and preserve quality jobs for local residents, and (5) serve as a physical example of high-quality, sustainable design and construction. To download this RFP, 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.

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.

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.


Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Finance
Date: Monday, December 20th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Intro 437 – Authorizing an increase in the amount to be expended in 7 BIDS
Reso 2101 – Approving the new designation and changes in the designation of certain organizations to receive funding in the Expense Budget.

Committee on Public Safety (Jointly with the Committee on Education)
Date: Monday, December 20th
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 442 – Reports on school discipline and police department activity relating to schools.

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Monday, December 20th
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Emigrant Savings Bank – 49-51 Chambers Street
Agenda: Can be found here.