Affairs and Appointments – July 17, 2009
New York City
- Mayor Bloomberg releases latest Campaign Accountability Report
- Council Member Miguel Martinez resigns from the City Council and admits to stealing $100,000
- Mayoral Control of schools still not voted on by the State Senate
- Mayor Bloomberg Signs Legislation Providing Assistance for Small Business
New York State
- Jay Walder picked to lead MTA…State Senate must confirm the appointment
- New York State Senate passes new internal reforms
- State Senate releases list of discretionary grants
- Governor Paterson announces more than $31 million in affordable housing grants
City Council Hearings
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
There are no hearings scheduled for next week.