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Affairs and Appointments – July 23, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – July 23, 2010

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Goldsmith and Speaker Quinn Announce New Plan to Consolidate and Modernize Back-Office Operations to Save $500 Million Over Four Years While Improving Services to New Yorkers
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Board Members of the New Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation
  • Mayor Bloomberg Breaks Ground On Indoor Track and Field Facility at Ocean Breeze Park On Staten Island

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Paterson Signs Three Bills to Advance Clean Energy Agenda and Forty-Five Other Bills into Law
  • Governor Paterson Announces Approval for First Phase of the Moynihan Station Project
  • Governor Signs Legislation Requiring Oil Industry to Provide Cleaner Heating Fuels

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • EDC: Consultant Services, Department of City Planning (DCP) Business Process Reform
    • SCA: Exploratory Probe and Inspection Services

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 7/26 – 7/30


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Goldsmith and Speaker Quinn Announce New Plan to Consolidate and Modernize Back-Office Operations to Save $500 Million Over Four Years While Improving Services to New Yorkers
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Operations Stephen Goldsmith and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn announced a new plan to consolidate and modernize the City’s back-office operations that will save taxpayers a total of $500 million over the next four years – with savings of $500 million in each subsequent year – while improving services provided to New Yorkers. The plan announced today is the first stage of a comprehensive initiative to stretch every dollar spent by City government. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Board Members of the New Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the board members of the new Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, the new City-controlled entity that will guide the future of the park. Earlier this year, Mayor Bloomberg, Governor David A. Paterson, State Senator Daniel L. Squadron, Assembly Member Joan L. Millman and Borough President Marty Markowitz announced an agreement on the long-term development, funding and governance of Brooklyn Bridge Park, transferring from New York State to New York City the responsibility to develop and operate the waterfront park. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Breaks Ground On Indoor Track and Field Facility at Ocean Breeze Park On Staten Island
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro and Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe broke ground on the $70 million Ocean Breeze Track and Field Complex at Ocean Breeze Park in Staten Island. The park is one of eight regional parks being improved as part of PlaNYC, and the new complex will be the first public indoor track and field facility on Staten Island. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Paterson Signs Three Bills to Advance Clean Energy Agenda and Forty-Five Other Bills into Law
Governor David A. Paterson announced that he has signed into law three bills to advance the development of the clean energy economy. The bills expand the consumer appliances for which the Department of State has the authority to set energy efficiency standards; allow natural gas utilities to implement on-bill recovery programs for their customers that make energy efficiency investments; and expand the definition of alternate energy production facilities to include kinetic energy storage devices to facilitate their siting and support of utility-scale renewable energy projects.

In addition to the clean energy bills, the Governor signed the following bills into law:

  • A.6964/S.3359: Relates to unemployment benefits for innocent bystanders during industry controversy.
  • A.7662/ S.3258-A: Relates to the sale, delivery, dispensing and/or distribution of controlled substances.
  • A.7961/S.5963: Relates to the filing of a probation report for certain misdemeanor cases.
  • A.8462-A/S.3248-A: Establishes June second as Italian Independence Day, a day of commemoration.
  • A.8498-A/S.3255-A: Relates to persons who may register for the adoption information registry; repealer.
  • A.8952/S.5570-A: Relates to modifying child support orders, employer reporting of new hires and quarterly earnings, work experience programs and noncustodial earned income tax.
  • A.9047-A/S.5938-A: Provides authority for financing and construction of facilities for Mercy Flight, Inc., of Western New York.
  • A.9096/S.6646: Designates the Bushkill stream as an inland waterway.
  • A.9181/S.7933: Includes Cherry Grove fire district as among those districts that have elections on the second Tuesday in July.
  • A.9465-A/S.6688-A: Authorizes the dormitory authority to construct and finance certain facilities of the Trevor Day School.
  • A.9511-A/S.7404: Authorizes the Time Out Club Development Corporation to file an application for a real property tax exemption.
  • A.9512/S.7859: Renames the Seek Program as the Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program.
  • A9768/S.6677: Authorizes the town board of the town of Rockland, in the county of Sullivan, to diminish the area of the Roscoe sewer district.
  • A.9789/S.6706: Extends certain provisions of law relating to tuition waivers for police officer students of the City University of New York.
  • A.9810/S.6854: Relates to certain funds used by the center for advanced technology.
  • A.9825-A/S.6772-A: Requires the establishment of procedures or mechanisms to receive allegations of abuse or mistreatment of patients served by programs licensed or operated under the mental hygiene law; repealer.
  • A.9938A/S.7702-A: Relates to expanding the definition of sexual contact.
  • A.10118/S.7748-A: Amends chapter 219 of the laws of 2003 in relation to extending the provisions of such chapter.
  • A.10551/S.7279: Relates to notice requirements pertaining to residential utility service to residential health care facilities
  • A.10771/S.7329: Protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination and provides equal opportunity to enjoy common portions of dwellings.
  • A.10772/S.7417: Authorizes persons who held temporary employment as certain members of the emergency veterinary corps to appear before a State agency.
  • A.10791/S.7253: Discontinues the requirement that certificates of incorporation be approved by the commissioner of mental retardation and developmental disabilities; repealer.
  • A.10853B/S.7931: Designating October eighteenth as Disabilities History Day.
  • A.11064/S.7816-A: Extends the effectiveness of chapter 618 of the laws of 1998.
  • A.11067/S.7819-A: Extends the effectiveness of chapter 552 of the laws of 1995.
  • A.11320/S.8164: Expands the definition of eligible applicant for the affordable home ownership development program.
  • S.1145-C/A.10108/A.8642-A: Requires a reduction in sulfur emissions for all heating oil used in non-attainment areas.
  • S.3780-B/A.8914-B: Relates to phosphorus in household cleansing products and lawn fertilizer.
  • S.5987-B/A.8681-B: Creates the Metropolitan Transit Authority Small Business mentoring program; repealer.
  • S.6120/A.7848: Requires access aisles of handicapped parking spaces to be marked with a sign and diagonal stripes.
  • S.6150-A/A.9149-A: Relates to the powers of the State of New York mortgage agency.
  • S.6699/A.10941: Relates to extending the provisions of chapter 591 of 2001 relating to limiting the check cashing exemption for national banks.
  • S.6949-A/A.10275-A: Relates to the listing of group policyholders in a directory.
  • S.7099/A.10557: Relates to the licensing of slaughterhouses.
  • S.7149/A.10856: Provides that in certain cases notification can be provided by overnight delivery service with proof of mailing or by personal services.
  • S.7422/A.10293: Relates to redistributing 2009 bond volume allocations.
  • S.7439/A.11157: Relates to the minimum hours of supervised driving requirement for licensing.
  • S.7444/A.10930: Relates to authorized and unissued shares of bank, trust company and investment company stock and changes the presumption as to preemptive rights of shareholders.
  • S.7446/A.11120: Relates to bank holding companies; simplifies and streamlines the application of the bank holding company provisions; repealer.
  • S.7582/A.11239: Extends certain provisions relating to the powers of the State of New York mortgage agency.
  • S.7696/A.11531: Relates to the sale of bonds and notes of the City of New York.
  • Governor’s Program Bill No. 68, S.7715-A/A.9051-A: Directs the New York State bridge authority to acquire and maintain the walkway over the Hudson Bridge.
  • S.7827/A.11240: Requires reporting of newborn hearing screening results and data to the Department of Health.
  • S.8017/A.11319: Relates to charter schools.
  • Governor’s Program Bill No. 302, S.8367/A.11558: Enacts the “City of Newburgh Fiscal Recovery Act” to authorize such city to issue bonds to liquidate certain deficits, and impose certain budgetary requirements.

For more information on these bills, click here.

Governor Paterson Announces Approval for First Phase of the Moynihan Station Project
Governor David A. Paterson announced that the Public Authorities Control Board (PACB) approved the first phase of improvements that will transform the Farley Federal Post Office Building in Manhattan into the new Moynihan Station, a grand rail gateway into New York City. For more information, click here.

Governor Signs Legislation Requiring Oil Industry to Provide Cleaner Heating Fuels
Governor David A. Paterson signed legislation that will require the oil industry to reduce the amount of sulfur in the fuel oil used to heat New York homes and businesses. The cleaner fuel will lead to lower levels of dangerous fine particle pollution that makes people sick and shortens lives. The new measure will begin with the 2012-2013 heating season and continue thereafter. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

Mart 125 Site Redevelopment (due July 30, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), acting on behalf of the City of New York and in consultation with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (“DCA”) and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (“UMEZ”), is seeking proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of a 10,000 square foot site at 260 West 125th Street in Manhattan, commonly known as Mart 125 (“the Site”). An approximately 17,400 square foot building, currently located on the Site, will require demolition prior to redevelopment. RFP can be downloaded here.

Exploratory Probe and Inspection Services (due August 4, 2010) – The Consultants selected under this solicitation will provide technical engineering assistance to the Authority’s staff as well as engineering consultants in exploratory probe services at various schools when testing is required. There is an increased demand for testing, including the support for Non-Destructive Testing which is also used to help determine construction defects. For more information, click here.

Java Street Pier Site, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (due August 5, 2010) – NYCEDC, on behalf of the New York City Industrial Development Agency (“NYCIDA”), is seeking proposals for the sale and development of an approximately 17,880 square foot underwater parcel of land located on Block 2543, p/o Lot 50, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (the “Site”). The Site is mostly underwater, except for small triangular portion at the northeast corner of the Site, which is located above the high water mark on the shoreline. The Site is situated at the terminus of Java Street and extends approximately 380 feet westward beyond the bulkhead line into the East River. For more information, click here.

NYCEDC.com Redevelopment (due August 6, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)is seeking a consultant to redevelop and enhance it’s existing external website to incorporate Web 2.0 functionality, interactivity and improved performancein a manner that will more effectively attract, engage and retain its users. For more information, click here.

Consultant Services, Department of City Planning (DCP) Business Process Reform (due August 13, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in conjunction with the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) is seeking a consultant or consultant team to analyze DCP’s core processes, including the management of the City Charter-mandated land use review process, related business processes (including environmental review), and document management/business systems. For more information, click here.

Bathgate Industrial Site RFP (due August 16, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (the “City), is seeking proposals for the disposition and development of a vacant industrial property located within the Bathgate Industrial Business Zone in the Bathgate section of the Bronx. The full-block site measures approximately 109,000 square feet, and is situated on Bathgate Ave., just south of the Cross-Bronx Expressway. To download the application, click here.

North Williamsburg Ferry Landing (due August 18, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) intends to build a passenger ferry landing in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY on the East River. The ferry landing will connect to an existing pier. NYCEDC is seeking a consultant or consultant team to provide resident engineering and inspection services related to the construction of the proposed ferry landing. For more information, click here.

Substructure and Underwater Work at the Cross Bay Bridge (due August 18, 2010) – A site tour is scheduled for Thursday, July 29,2010 at 11:00 am. For more information and instructions, click here.

Plan Investment and Administrative Services for NYCHHC (due September 1, 2010) – This Request for Proposals is to select a vendor to provide full administration of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation 403b defined contribution plan, including investment management, record keeping, customer services, and employee education. For more information, click here.

Hub at 149th Street (due September 22, 2010) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation is seeking proposals for the disposition and development of two parcels located within the Bronxchester Urban Renewal Area in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx. The sites are prominently located near the Hub, which is one of the Bronx’s busiest commercial and retail corridors and in close proximity to mass transit. For more information, click here.

Housing and Shelter for Persons with AIDS (extended: due April 30, 2011) – For more information, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 7/26 – 7/30

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Tuesday, July 27
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Tuesday, July 27
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses
Date: Tuesday, July 27
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Standard and Ethics
Date: Wednesday, July 28
Time: 8:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Rule 10.80 hearing regarding Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez.

Committee on Land Use
Date: Wednesday, July 28
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on General Welfare
Date: Wednesday, July 28
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Support of the Plaintiffs-appellees in the litigation captioned Tapia v. Successful Management Corp., Index No. 400563/08.

Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections
Date: Wednesday, July 29
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Submitting the names of Frederick Bland, Robert Tierney, Christopher Moore and Joan Gerner to the Council for its advice and consent regarding his reappointment to the Landmarks Preservation Commission

Committee on Finance
Date: Wednesday, July 29
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Approving the Designation and Changes in Designation of Certain Organizations to Receive Funding in the Fiscal 2009, 2010 and 2011 Expense Budgets.
89 Carlton Avenue – Private Housing Finance Law

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Wednesday, July 29
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Emigrant Savings Bank – 49-51 Chambers Street
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

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