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Affairs and Appointments – July 13, 2009

Affairs and Appointments – July 13, 2009

New York City

New York State

City Council Hearings


Dear Clients + Friends,

A lot has happened in New York City and State government since our last email newsletter. We have seen the complete shutdown of New York State government as a result of the June 8th State Senate coup, an adopted city budget and a number of exciting new public policy initiatives proposed by Mayor Bloomberg, the New York City Council and by individual elected officials throughout our City.

As a firm, we have been diligently serving our clients and have experienced some of our greatest successes. Here is a sample of just a few:

St. Vincent’s Hospital– On July 7, the Landmarks Preservation Commission officially approved the residential portion of the project to construct a new state-of-the-art St. Vincent’s Hospital (the Hospital design was fully approved by the Landmarks Commission in March).

Capalino+Company is honored to serve as a government and community advisor to the St. Vincent’s and Rudin Management team. When completed, this project will deliver a set of extraordinary benefits to the City of New York. In addition to an unprecedented improvement to health care and emergency preparedness on the West Side of Manhattan, the new hospital makes possible a new, 563-seat middle school, community-planned open space and the creation of hundreds of new jobs. Its design also has been found to be fully appropriate for the Greenwich Village Historic District.

This plan still requires ULURP and State Department of Health approvals but we are confident given the overwhelming amount of support that the outcome will be positive.

High Line – On June 8, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, the Friends of the Highline and many other elected officials and supporters officially opened Phase 1 – Gansevoort Street to 20th Street – of the High Line Park to the public. After 10 years of battling to save this historic structure and then ensuring that the High Line had the necessary funding and City, State and Federal approvals, Capalino+Company have been involved from the inception of the campaign to save of High Line. For further information and coverage on the opening, please go to www.thehighline.org.

Museum of the Moving Image – On June 19, the New York City Council officially adopted the FY 2010 budget. Included in the budget was an additional $3 million for the Museum of the Moving Image expansion in Astoria, Queens, effectively completing a City commitment to the project of over $50 million. Earlier this year, the Museum of the Moving Image broke ground on a $61 million expansion plan which will double the size of the current museum by adding a new theater, Education center and other amenities. The new Museum is expected to open in Fall 2010.

It has been an honor serving these and all of our clients and playing a role in their successes. As always, if there is anything our firm can do to help you achieve your goals, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

The Capalino+Company Team


Plan for the World Trade Center is Proposed

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey made a proposal this week that it said could break the long impasse at ground zero and allow the developer Larry A. Silverstein to build two skyscrapers on the 16-acre site, providing he can raise $625 million.

[click here to read the NY Times article]

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Eight Initiatives to Strengthen the Media Industry in New York City

Programs will promote innovation within the media sector, support New York City’s media workforce and attract the next generation of successful media companies to New York City.

[click here for more information]

Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Announce Housing Asset Renewal Pilot Program

City will transform unsold condominiums, unrented apartments and stalled construction sites into affordable housing for working families.

[click here for more information]

Mayor Bloomberg and HUD Secretary Donovan Announce Federal Stimulus Funding

New York City will receive $73.9 Million in Federal stimulus funds to help homeless New Yorkers stay in their homes and in their communities. New York City is the Largest Single Grantee in the Nation. Prevention Programs Receive $51.5 Million for Households on the Brink of Homelessness; $22.4 Million to Help Move Families and Individuals Living in Shelters and on the Streets Back into the Community.

[click here for more information]

New York State Senate is Back, First Bills are Passed

The bitter standoff that has paralyzed the New York Senate for nearly five weeks ended on Thursday, when a senator from the Bronx who had defected to the Republicans returned to the Democratic fold, giving the party the majority it needed to re-establish control. As part of this agreement, Senator Malcolm A. Smith remained as President, Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. has been named Majority Leader and Senator John L. Sampson has been named leader of the Democratic Conference.

[Click here to read the New York Times coverage]

Governor Paterson appoints Richard Ravitch as Lieutenant Governor

Historic announcement by Governor Paterson is made to clarify the state’s line of succession. However, appointment is not without controversy.

[Click here and here for the latest information]

Governor Paterson Announces Administration Appointments

Governor David A. Paterson today announced the appointments of Marty Mack to serve as Deputy Secretary for Appointments, Cathy Calhoun to serve as Deputy Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs and Thomas Congdon to serve as Deputy Secretary for Energy.

Governor Paterson also announced the appointment of Marissa Shorenstein as Deputy Director of Communications and Press Secretary and Latia Curry as Director of Special Projects.

[Additional information can be found here]

Governor Paterson Creates New York State Small Business Task Force

The Task Force will focus existing State resources and develop new strategies to promote the growth and development of small business enterprises in New York. William J. Grinker, former President and Chairman of Seedco Financial Services, Inc.

[note: Seedco is Capalino+Company client] has been named Chair of the Task Force.

Public hearings for Week of July 13, 2009

There are no hearings scheduled for next week.