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Affairs and Appointments – July 1, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – July 1, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • City Council Adopts Fiscal Year 2012 New York City Budget
  • Mayor Bloomberg Signs Two Bills
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces More Than Half A Million Public School Students Performed Service Projects As Part of Service In Schools Initiative
  • Chancellor Walcott Announces Record Participationin Annual Public School Survey
  • Comptroller John Liu Expands Pension NYC With Two New Live Applications
  • Department of Transportation Announces Summer Streets’ Return, Bringing Sand Castles, Climbing Wall and Family-fun Activities to Car-free Streets for Three Saturdays in August
  • The New York City Economic Development Corporation, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, and Baruch College Launch Competition THRIVE, A Business Plan Competition to Help Reach Immigrant Ventures and Entrepreneurs

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Announces Passage of Marriage Equality Act
  • Attorney General Schneiderman Appoints Public Integrity Officers In Every Regional Office Statewide
  • Attorney General Schneiderman Announces Members of A.G.’s Leadership Committee for Non-Profit Revitalization
  • To Combat Corruption, Attorney General Schneiderman Appoints Public Integrity Officers In Every Regional Office Statewide
  • New York State Senate Releases Summary of 2011 Legislative Action
  • New York State Senate Passes NY-SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Legislation

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • DOT: Protective Coating Greenpoint Ave Bridge Over Newton Creek
    • DOT: Standardized Pedestrian Way Finding System For New York City
    • EDC: Saratoga Square
    • EDC: Sidewalk Shed Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Services at Various Locations

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 7/4 – 7/8


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

City Council Adopts Fiscal Year 2012 New York City Budget
This week, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and the City Council announced an agreement for an on-time, balanced City budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, which begins on July 1st. The plan balances the budget with no tax increases and avoids more severe budget cuts – despite an record reduction of the amount of tax dollars the State returns to the City – through the use of more than $4 billion of prudently saved prior year resources, billions in agency savings actions, an increase in revenues and concessions from the United Federation of Teachers. Below are links to additional information about the Budget:

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Two Bills
This week, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, signed two bills. They include:

  • Intro 64-A – The bill updates the current Electrical Code by adopting the 2008 version of the National Electrical Code and makes several technical and administrative amendments to ensure that the Electrical Code remains up to date and focused on the needs of New York City.The “Complete Streets” legislation would require state, county and local transportation agencies to consider roadway design features that increase the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.
  • Intro 361-A – The bill requires the Administration to post on the City’s web site all Executive Orders issued since Mayor’s Beame’s time in office, as well as many Memoranda of Understanding issued since July of 2010.

Bloomberg Announces More Than Half A Million Public School Students Performed Service Projects As Part of Service In Schools Initiative
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Chief Service Officer Diahann Billings-Burford and Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced that 572,229 New York City public schools students have performed 7,874 unique service projects to improve their communities as a part of Service in Schools, an initiative of NYC Service and the Department of Education. Over the past year, students in all five boroughs participated in projects which included planting school gardens, holding canned food drives, and assembling packages for home-bound seniors, among other projects. For more information, click here.

Chancellor Walcott Announces Record Participationin Annual Public School
Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced that a record 960,191 parents, students, and teachers participated in this year’s New York City School Survey, providing important feedback on the quality of our public schools. The School Survey measures parent, student, and teacher satisfaction with academic expectations, communication, engagement, and safety in every school. Survey results determine 10-15 percent of the letter grade on a school’s Progress Report. For more information, click here.

Comptroller John Liu Expands Pension NYC With Two New Live Applications
New York City Comptroller John C. Liu launched the next phase of his Pension NYC initiative when an Online Library and Interactive FAQ went live this morning. Working in collaboration with the Boards of Trustees at the New York City Pension Funds, more information regarding the $122 billion pension systems is now publicly available than ever before. The Online Library makes available to the public, for the first time in one convenient place, documents relating to the Pension Funds including Quarterly Pension Reports, Shareholder Resolutions, Meeting Agendas and Minutes, as well as Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports. For more information, click here.

Department of Transportation Announces Summer Streets’ Return, Bringing Sand Castles, Climbing Wall and Family-fun Activities to Car-free Streets for Three Saturdays in August
New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner (NYC DOT) Janette Sadik-Khan; NBA legend and former New York Knicks player John Starks; and former New York Mets pitcher and MLB star John Franco announced the fourth annual Summer Streets is returning in August, bringing nearly seven miles of car-free streets to Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park for three Saturdays on Aug. 6, 13 and 20 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as introducing Weekend Walks to 18 neighborhoods in all five boroughs throughout the summer. For more information, click here.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, and Baruch College Launch Competition THRIVE, A Business Plan Competition to Help Reach Immigrant Ventures and Entrepreneurs
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, and Baruch College launched the Competition to Help Reach Immigrant Ventures and Entrepreneurs (THRIVE). The purpose of Competition THRIVE is to generate proposals which will assist immigrant entrepreneurs to start, operate, and expand their businesses in New York City. All organizations which have ideas of how to facilitate entrepreneurial business and better serve the immigrant community are encouraged to enter a proposal. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Announces Passage of Marriage Equality Act
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced passage of the Marriage Equality Act, granting same-sex couples the freedom to marry under the law, as well as hundreds of rights, benefits, and protections that have been limited to married couples of the opposite sex. “New York has finally torn down the barrier that has prevented same-sex couples from exercising the freedom to marry and from receiving the fundamental protections that so many couples and families take for granted,” Governor Cuomo said. “With the world watching, the Legislature, by a bipartisan vote, has said that all New Yorkers are equal under the law. With this vote, marriage equality will become a reality in our state, delivering long overdue fairness and legal security to thousands of New Yorkers.” For more information, click here.

To Combat Corruption, Attorney General Schneiderman Appoints Public Integrity Officers In Every Regional Office Statewide
As part of his effort to crack down on corruption and restore the public’s trust in government, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the appointment of public integrity officers to serve in all of the Attorney General’s regional offices across the state. They will be charged with giving taxpayers a place to go to report complaints of government corruption without fear of local politics influencing the outcome. For more information, click here.

Attorney General Schneiderman Announces Members of A.G.’s Leadership Committee for Non-Profit Revitalization
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the members of his Leadership Committee for Nonprofit Revitalization. The task force, composed of 29 leaders in the nonprofit sector from across New York State, is charged with presenting a series of recommendations to the Attorney General to reduce the regulatory burdens and costs on nonprofits while strengthening nonprofit accountability. For more information, click here.

Senate Releases Summary of 2011 Legislative Action
On March 30, 2011, the New York State Senate completed early passage of the 2011-2012 State budget. The budget achieved the goals established by Senate Republicans to reduce state spending, cut taxes, and to help businesses create new private sector jobs. For more information, click here.

New York State Senate Passes NY-SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Legislation
The legislation represents a three-way agreement among the Governor, Senate and Assembly and would establish the NY-SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program that includes capital funds for investments in economic expansion and job creation at the four SUNY University Centers, as well as a predictable and rational plan for SUNY tuition that will allow students and families to plan for tuition costs. For more information, click here.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Housing Committee Chair Vito Lopez Announce New York’s Rent Laws Expanded For First Time Since 1993
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Housing Committee Chair Vito Lopez announced passage of legislation to extend the rent laws and expand rent protections for tenants for the first time since 1993. The deal, passed as part of the Affordable Housing Act (A.8518), includes important provisions that increase vacancy decontrol thresholds and provide tenants with enhanced protections. “Despite fierce and well-financed opposition to working families in New York City, we were able to secure important victories for tenants,” Silver (D-Manhattan) said. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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

Coach Buses For Community Operations (July 6, 2011) – The New York City Housing Authority(NYCHA) is seeking round trip transportation in a safe, clean school bus for residents and staff, transporting them from a NYCHA Community Facility located in one of the five Boroughs of New York City to a cultural, educational or amusement facility (the “Destination”) located in the Tri-State area. Interested firms may obtain a copy and submit it on NYCHA`s website: Doing Business With NYC HA. Vendors are instructed to access the “Register Here” link for “New Vendors”; if you have supplied goods or services to NYCHA in the past and you have your log-in credentials, click the “Log into iSupplier” link under “Existing Vendor”. If you do not have your log-incredentials, click the “Request a Log-in ID” using the link under “Existing Vendor”. Upon access, reference applicable RFQ number per solicitation. For more information, click here.

Food Entrepreneurs Fund (July 6, 2011) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) to make and service loans in connection with the 10,000 Small Businesses NYCEDC Food Manufacturers Fund, a joint initiative by NYCEDC and Goldman Sachs Bank USA (GS) to provide affordable loans to food manufacturers in the City. For more information, click here.

The 10,000 Small Business NYCEDC Food Manufacturers Fund For Community Development Financial Institution (due July 6, 2011) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) to make and service loans in connection with the 10,000 Small Businesses NYCEDC Food Manufacturers Fund (the “Fund”), a joint initiative by NYCEDC and Goldman Sachs Bank USA (GS) to provide affordable loans to food manufacturers in the City. For more information, click here.

Rooftop Solar Electricity on Public Buildings (due July 7, 2011) – The City of New York’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services (“DCAS”) is seeking an appropriately qualified developer to supply electricity generated by solar photovoltaic (PV) systems through a long-term power purchase agreement (“PPA”).Under the PPA, the developer will provide electricity services through the installation, ownership, and operation of PV systems on the rooftops of five(5) City-owned host buildings. The electricity generated by each PV system will be sold to the City and used by the City-owned host building over the course of a twenty (20) year contract term. For more information, click here.

Development, Operation and Maintenance of an Indoor Tennis Facility (Due July 7, 2011) – For more information, click here.

Sunset Park Material Recycling Facility (due July 12, 2011) – Sims Municipal Recycling of New York, LLC (SMR) is issuing a public single prime contractor bid for Marine Phase II Work at 472-490 30th Street Pier, Brooklyn,NY, including the furnishing and installation of wharf piles, pipe and sheet piles, pile caps, concrete relieving platforms, wharf fendering system, bollards and fairleads. Also, furnish, install and maintain containment booms and siltation curtains incidental thereto. For more information,click here.

Protective Coating Greenpoint Ave Bridge Over Newton Creek (due July 12, 2011) – For more information, click here.

Universal PreKindergarten Full Day (due July 18, 2011) – This solicitation process is intended to identify providers who are willing to collaborate with DOE Early Childhood Field Office(s) to implement the Universal Prekindergarten Full Day Programs (5 days – 31 hours per week) in New York City districts with a high need for prekindergarten seats. Providers will not be eligible unless they have a contract for ‘11- ’12 school year and have at least two years of UPK services under a DOE contract. Providers serving districts 4,6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 23 and/or 32 and sites accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) are encouraged to apply. For more information, click here.

Sidewalk Shed Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Services at Various Locations (due July 18, 2011) – Apple Industrial Development Corp. (“Apple”) is seeking proposals from experienced scaffolding companies to provide sidewalk shed services at the 25th St. Pier, Moore McCormack Building A; Bush Terminal, Unit B; and Various Sites Apple plans to select the scaffolding company on the basis of factors stated in the RFP which include, but are not limited to: respondent experience and reputation, commitment of personnel, quality of proposal, favorable history, and price. For more information, click here.

Insurance Brokerage and Advisory Services (due July 25, 2011) – The New York City Educational Construction Fund is seeking proposal from organizations that are capable of providing insurance brokerage and advisory services to a public benefit corporation organized under the laws of the State of New York. A copy of the request for proposals (RFP) may be obtained from ECF by contacting the Fund at (718) 472-8287. For more information, click here.

Standardized Pedestrian Way Finding System For New York City (due July 27, 2011) – For more information, click here.

East 73rd Street Development (due July 28, 2011) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf and at the request of the New York City Department of Sanitation (“DSNY”), is issuing this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for the redevelopment of a DSNY site at 525 East 73rd Street (Lot 15 on Block 1485 of the Borough of Manhattan) on the Upper East Side (the “Site”). The Site is approximately 68,000 square feet, zoned M3-2, and partially occupied by a month-to-month tenant. 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.

Whole School Reform (due August 1, 2011) – The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), on behalf of the Office of School, seeks proposals from organizations experienced in working with schools in need of whole school reform. The ultimate goal is for the program designs to function as transitional plans that ultimately lead to the ability of schools to continue reform efforts on their own. For more information, click here.

Laundry Machine Concession (due August 1, 2011) – Metropolitan Hospital Center, a member of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation is seeking to establish a contractual relationship with a Pay Per Use Laundry Vendor to operate Laundry Machines for MHC’s residents. In addition, thew inning Vendor will be required to provide, maintain, and service approximately10 non-revenue generating machines, which shall be used by a limited number of MHC’s patients solely for therapeutic purposes. For more information, click here.

Durable Medical Equipment and Supplies (due August 5, 2011) – Bellevue Hospital Center part of the South Manhattan Health Care Network, and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation is seeking to establish contractual relationships with manufacturers or authorized distributors of Durable Medical Equipment and medical supplies for our inpatients and patients post-discharge needs. For more information, click here.

Pier 15 Maritime Pavilion and Berthing Spaces (due August 9, 2011) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) on behalf of the City of New York, acting through its Department of Small Business Services, is issuing a request for proposals from qualified individuals or organizations (“Respondents”, each a “Respondent”) in connection with the City’s award of a lease (or leases) or other occupancy agreements covering the following sites located on Pier 15 along the East River in Lower Manhattan:
(1) Enclosed pavilion space on the western portion of Pier 15 (the “Maritime Pavilion”).
(2) Berthing and tie-up space on the south, east, and northeast sides of Pier 15
(3) At Respondent’s option, permanent and/or transient berthing and tie-up space along the north side apron of Pier 15
Pier 15 and associated Maritime Pavilion and berth areas are being constructed as part of the larger East River Esplanade Project, which is intended to transform the waterfront area into a new pedestrian-friendly, publicly-accessible open space. For more information, click here.

Earlylearn (due August 11, 2011) – The New York Children’s Services (ACS) is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to provide quality early care and education services within all five New York City boroughs. For more information, click here.

Brooklyn Army Terminal 4E Lease (August 15, 2011) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeks proposals for the lease of an approximately 20,400 square foot space in Unit 4E of Building B (the “Site”) of Brooklyn Army Terminal, located in Block 5778, part of Lot 1, in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. The Site is part of the Brooklyn Army Terminal Campus and is located in the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone. For more information, click here.

Bush Terminal Ground-Up Development (due December 29, 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. For more information, click here.

Saratoga Square (due May 18, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeks proposals for the sale or lease of an approximately 25,762 square foot parcel of land located on Block 1557, Lots 3, 4, 23, 26, 28, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, and 37 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn (the “Site”). Through this Request For Proposals (“RFP”), NYCEDC is seeking individuals or organizations to develop the Site for a use that maximizes the creation of jobs for local residents, generates proceeds attributed to new development from tax revenue and purchase price/ground rent, and is contextually appropriate in terms of both design and use. 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 streets cape. 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.

Halleck Industrial Development Site at Hunts Point (due May 23, 2012) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the New York City Department of Small Business Services (“SBS”), is seeking qualified proposals to develop an unimproved parcel of land in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx under a long term ground lease. The parcel, known as the Halleck Industrial Development Site, is a prime, shovel-ready site for new construction of a modern industrial facility. For more information, click here.

Non-Secure Detention Group Homes (due May 31, 2013) – ACS Division of Youth and Family Justice is soliciting applications from organizations interested in operating non-secure detention group homes in New York City. This is an open-ended solicitation. For more information, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 7/4 – 7/8

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

There are no hearings scheduled at this time.