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Affairs and Appointments – July 17, 2009

Affairs and Appointments – July 17, 2009

New York City

New York State

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Mayor Bloomberg releases latest Campaign Accountability Report

On July 13, Mayor Bloomberg released his latest Campaign Accountability Report.  According to the Mayor, 97% of the 100 campaign promises the Mayor made during the 2005 campaign are either listed as done or are currently being implemented. 

The press release can be found here and the report here.

Council Member Miguel Martinez resigns from the City Council and admits to stealing $100,000

Former New York City Council Member Miguel Martinez (Democrat – District 10) officially resigned on July 14th.  On July 16th, Martinez admitted in court to stealing approximately $106,000.

Mayoral Control of schools still not voted on by the State Senate

As of the end of this week, the New York State Senate still had not acted on the Assembly bill (supported by Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Paterson) to reauthorize Mayoral control of New York City schools. 

Coverage of this matter can be found here and here.

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Legislation Providing Assistance for Small Business

Mayor Bloomberg, on July 17th, signed into law two bills to provide relief to small businesses.  Intro 1022 establishes a panel on regulatory review and Intro 1041 establishes a three-month penalty forgiveness period for businesses and individuals with default judgments at the Environmental Control Board.

Jay Walder picked to lead MTA…State Senate must confirm the appointment

One July 14th, Governor Paterson announced the appointment of Jay Walder to serve as Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

For more information on this appointment, please click here and here.

New York State Senate passes new internal reforms

The leadership of the New York State Senate, on July 16th, announced a series of reforms to make the Senate more transparent, accountable and to operate more fluidly.

Statement can be found here and coverage here.

State Senate releases list of discretionary grants

The New York State Senate, on July 17th, announced its annual discretionary grants which can be found here.  This spending includes $85 million with $77 million going to Democratic Senators and $8 million going to Republicans.

Governor Paterson announces more than $31 million in affordable housing grants

On July 15, Governor David A. Paterson today announced $31.4 million in funding for the modification, repair, and rehabilitation of 1,991 units of affordable housing for low-income families, senior citizens, and people with disabilities.

Public hearings for Week of July 20, 2009

There are no hearings scheduled for next week.

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