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Affairs and Appointments – July 15, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – July 15, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Signs Seven Bills
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Redevelopment of Two Major, Long-Vacant Sites On Harlem’s 125th Street Commercial Corridor
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Steel And Small Business Services Commissioner Walsh Present 10th Annual Neighborhood Achievement Awards
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces “Re-Invent NYC.Gov” Hackathon To Encourage Developers And Designers To Help Transform New York City’s Website
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Silver and Officials Open First Section Of Lower Manhattan’s New East River Waterfront Esplanade
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Addition of 70 New Electric Vehicles to City’s Fleet and Launches New City Efforts to Inform the Public About Electric Vehicles
  • City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Council Members Announce Comprehensive Plan to Fight Domestic Violence

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Signs Law Strengthening Enforcement Against Drivers Caught Using Handheld Electronic
  • Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Appoints Leaders forNonprofit Reform Committee
  • Comptroller DiNapoli Releases State Audits
  • Comptroller DiNapoli Announces Pension Fund Earns 14.6% Return for Fiscal Year 2011

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • DOE: Technology Literacy Assessment System
    • EDC: Charleston Environmental Planning Work
    • HA: Architectural and Engineering Services
    • TBTA: Design and Construction Support Services for Project

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 7/18 – 7/22


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Seven Bills
This week, Mayor Bloomberg signed seven bills. They include:

  • Intro 590-A – The legislation renames Fifty Six Thoroughfares and Public Places.
  • Intro 354-A – The bill requires the Department of Education to provide to the City Council and post online an annual report identifying the number of students discharged or transferred from each school, much of which is already posted online.
  • Intro 364-A – The bill requires the Department of Education to provide to the City Council and post online an annual report identifying schools that have been closed and the number of students who did not complete graduation before the closure.
  • Intro 201-A – The bill increases both the rates and penalties for private towing in the City.
  • Intro 473, 570, 571 – The legislation increasing fees at the Taxi and Limousine Commission, the Department of Buildings and the Board of Standards and Appeals.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Redevelopment of Two Major, Long-Vacant Sites On Harlem’s 125th Street Commercial Corridor
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President Seth W. Pinsky announced the selection of developers to rehabilitate the former Taystee Bakery Complex and the Corn Exchange Building, both located along the 125th Street commercial corridor in Harlem. The two projects will result in more than 350,000 square feet of new state-of-the-art commercial space and are expected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars of new economic activity in Harlem. The projects will create 530 permanent jobs and 570 construction jobs. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Addition of 70 New Electric Vehicles to City’s Fleet and Launches New City Efforts to Inform the Public About Electric Vehicles
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Operations Stephen Goldsmith, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability David Bragdon andDepartment of Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Edna Wells Handy announced the addition of 70 new electric vehicles to the City’s fleet and launched new City efforts to provide New Yorkers with the facts about electric vehicles. Research has shown most consumers are unaware of basic facts about electric vehicles, and the likelihood of a consumer purchasing an electric vehicle rather than an internal combustion vehicle increases dramatically once they are provided with the facts about electric vehicles. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Steel And Small Business Services Commissioner Walsh Present 10th Annual Neighborhood Achievement Awards
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel and Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh presented the 2011 New York City Neighborhood Achievement Awards to 14 recipients from all five boroughs. Established in 2002, the awards honor organizations, businesses and individuals that have demonstrated excellence in enhancing New York City neighborhoods by fostering economic opportunity. Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Steel and Commissioner Walsh presented the recipients with their awards in a ceremony at Gracie Mansion. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces “Re-Invent NYC.Gov” Hackathon To Encourage Developers And Designers To Help Transform New York City’s Website
Mayor Michael R. Bloombergannounced “Reinvent NYC.gov,” the City’s first-ever hackathon, or collaborative website development and design event. Reinvent NYC.gov will take place at General Assembly, a Manhattan technology and design business incubator for entrepreneurs, during the weekend of July 30th -July 31st. It invites developers and designers to create imaginative, new prototypes of NYC.gov, the City of New York’s primary web presence. The goal of the event, building off the success of the City’s annual Big Apps competition, is to encourage collaboration and engagement with New York City’s technology and design community while helping to inform the City’s redesign of NYC.gov, as outlined in the Road Map for the Digital City, introduced by Mayor Bloomberg in late May. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Silver and Officials Open First Section Of Lower Manhattan’s New East River Waterfront Esplanade
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and other officials opened the first section of the new East River Waterfront Esplanade just south of the South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan. The first phase – from Wall Street to Maiden Lane – is part of a larger $165 million project that is revitalizing a once neglected two-mile stretch of City-owned land along the water’s edge from the tip of Lower Manhattan to East River Park north of the Manhattan Bridge. The vibrant esplanade will transform the Lower Manhattan and Lower East Side waterfronts into a pedestrian-friendly new public open space destination with sweeping views across the East River and New York Harbor. For more information, click here.

City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Council Members Announce Comprehensive Plan to Fight Domestic Violence
Speaker Christine C. Quinn, NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, and Council Members gathered to announce a citywide plan that will focus on broadening awareness about domestic violence, and how everyone can take an active part in combating it. With the collaboration of city agencies and domestic violence service providers, the goal of the plan is to increase community awareness about domestic violence with substantive training, outreach and public service awareness campaigns. In 2010, there were 75 family related homicides in New York City. For more information, click here.

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer Collaborate for Restoration of Woodside, Queens, Roadway
New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer announced that DOT is completing a resurfacing of a critical, seven-block stretch ofRoosevelt Avenue between 51st and 58th streets in Woodside designed to restore a seven-block section of a keyQueens corridor in need of improvement. Council Member Van Bramer has worked in conjunction with DOT to expedite repairs of the 1.4 lane miles of this well-used corridor. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Signs Law Strengthening Enforcement Against Drivers Caught Using Handheld Electronic
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed a new law that strengthens the enforcement against drivers who use handheld electronic devices for activities such as texting while a vehicle is in motion. The legislation makes this action a primary traffic offense, giving law enforcement the power to stop drivers solely for engaging in this activity. The Governor also announced that he will increase the penalty for using a cellular phone without a hands-free device or a handheld device while driving from two to three points through changes in state regulations. For more information, click here.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Appoints Leaders forNonprofit Reform Committee
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced his appointments for the Nonprofit Reform Committee:

  • Peter Dunn, the President and CEO of the Central New York Community Foundation in Syracuse. For more information, click here.
  • Michael Cooney, a Partner at Nixon Peabody LLP. For more information, click here.
  • Jennifer Leonard, President and Executive Director of the Rochester Area Community Foundation. For more information, click here.
  • Cali Brooks, Executive Director of the Adirondack Community Trust in Lake Placid, to serve on his Leadership Committee for Nonprofit Revitalization. For more information, click here.
  • Sharon Ball, the Executive Director of the Broome County Arts Council in Binghamton. For more information, click here.
  • Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. For more information, click here.
  • Susan Hager, President and CEO at United Way of New York State, and Doug Sauer, CEO of the New York Council of Nonprofits. For more information, click here.

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases State Audits
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced the audits for the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, License Fee Revenue (2010-N-1) and the Higher Education Services Corporation – Tuition Assistance Program Berkeley College (2010-T-2). For more information, click here.

Comptroller DiNapoli Announces Pension Fund Earns 14.6% Return for Fiscal Year 2011
The New York State Common Retirement Fund (Fund) earned a 14.6 percent rate of return for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011, according to an estimate New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released. The estimated value of the Fund is $146.5 billion, the highest since the global economic downturn in fiscal year 2008-2009. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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

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.

Technology Literacy Assessment System (due July 20, 2011) – The New York City Department of Education intends to enter into negotiations with Eastern Suffolk BOCES to develop and deploy a comprehensive online system to assess students’ technology literacy and application skills. Development to be completed and system deployed by July 2012. This system is a pilot funded by New York State Education Department. Ten (10) NYC public schools will participate, one grade each, and one or 2 subjects each grade.

Rental And Staffing of Various Rides And Amusements (due July 21, 2011) – NYCHA is seeking to enter into a contract for Rental and Staffing of Various Rides and Amusements in connection with the New York City Housing Authority Annual “Education Through Sports” Summer Carnivals on August 9, 2011 at Prospect Park and August 11, 2011 at Randall’s Island. NYCHA intends to enter into one agreement with the responsible proposer that submits a proposal in conformance with the terms and conditions of the solicitation and determined to have proposed the most advantageous terms to provide the staff along with Rides and Amusements for the Events and perform the Services to NYCHA`s sole satisfaction. 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.

Full Service Maintenance, Repair and Emergency Services for Life Safety Systems (due July 25, 2011) – Apple Industrial Development Corp. (“Apple”) is seeking proposals from experienced life safety companies to provide life safety services at Various Sites citywide. Apple plans to select the life safety 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.

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.

Design and Construction Support Services For Project (due August 2, 2011) – Request for Expressions of Interest for the Design and Construction Support Services for Project MP-03, Electrical and Mechanical Rehabilitation at the Marine Parkway Bridge. 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.

Standardized Pedestrian Way Finding System For New York City (due August 8, 2011) – For more information, click here.

Charleston Environmental Planning Work (due August 8, 2011)NYCEDC is seeking proposals for Environmental and Planning Work (EPW) to create a master site plan, conduct an environmental review, prepare necessary ULURP applications, and related studies to facilitate the proposed development of City-owned land in Charleston, Staten Island (the “Charleston Site”). The proposed mixed-use development of the Charleston Site will include: two retail parcels, a new public park, a new public school, a new public library, senior housing, and the mapping of Englewood Avenue. For more information, click here.

Five Boroughs Labor Services, Consultant Services (due August 9, 2011) New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a consultant to provide on-site training, supervision and labor for general maintenance services including, but not limited to, graffiti removal, vacant lot cleanup, cleaning out and/or securing of City-owned buildings, minor landscaping, minor concrete work, minor carpentry work, debris removal from City streets, litter removal from City-owned properties, snow removal and other general maintenance services at locations designated by NYCEDC throughout the City of New York. 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.

Architectural and Engineering Services (due August 10, 2011)All Proposers are encouraged to attend the Pre-Proposal Conference which will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 from 10:00am-Noon at New York City Housing Authority. Licensed qualified firms shall have a minimum of five years experience as an ongoing concern and must have provided Professional Services on projects of similar magnitude. 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.

SACAP (September 7, 2011) – 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.

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.

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.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 7/18 – 7/22

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

There are no hearings scheduled at this time.