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Affairs and Appointments – July 24, 2009

Affairs and Appointments – July 24, 2009

New York City

New York State

Request for Proposals

City Council Hearings


Mayor Bloomberg announces programs to expand the reactivation of Brooklyn’s working waterfront

Mayor Bloomberg announces the “Sunset Park Waterfront Vision Plan”, in which the City will invest more than $165 million in the industrial waterfront, activate 3.5 million square feet of industrial space, create 2,000 industrial and construction jobs over the next two years and 11,000 jobs in all, add 22 acres of open space and reduce regional truck traffic by 70,000 trips per year.  Capalino + Company client, the Axis Group — who will operate the auto processing center at Sunset Park — joined the Mayor at the press conference.

City Officials announce Imclone will locate its research headquarters at the East River Science Park

Imclone, a global biopharmaceutical company, is the first signed tenant of New York City’s new State-of-the-Art commercial bioscience complex. 

Coverage can also be found here.

Financial Disclosures of Mayor Bloomberg and Comptroller Thompson are released

In accordance with Campaign Finance rules, Mayor Bloomberg and Democratic candidate for Mayor, William C. Thompson, disclosed their financial documents. 

Coverage of this disclosure can be found here.

Judge Temporarily Halts Order Blocking Appointment of Ravitch as Lieutenant Governor

An appellate court judge temporarily reinstated Richard Ravitch as lieutenant governor late Wednesday evening, handing Gov. David A. Paterson an interim legal victory in his fight against Republicans seeking to block the appointment.

Lawmakers Move to Reform State’s Public Authorities

The state’s shadow government may soon be getting some sunlight.  In one of the Senate’s final acts last week, lawmakers passed an overhaul of the state’s hundreds of public authorities, from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to the Empire State Development Corporation, in a move aimed at making them more accountable to outside oversight.

Governor Paterson Vetoes 14 Bills, Saves New York State $5.7 Million

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that he has vetoed 14 bills that would have added significant costs to taxpayers and further strained the State Budget. The bills were drafted outside of the budgetary process and would have expanded non-essential programs and services at a cost of $5.7 million. The proposed legislation did not offer reductive measures to compensate for the spending increases.

Paterson to Negotiate Personally With WTC Owner Silverstein

Gov. David A. Paterson announced on Monday afternoon that he would negotiate personally with Larry A. Silverstein, the developer, in an attempt to resolve the long-running deadlock at ground zero over the construction of office towers on the 16-acre site.

Latest Request for Proposals

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

  1. NYC Media Lab Project Consultant Services – The New York City Economic Development Corporation seeks an institution to host, develop and manage the NYC Media Lab whose purpose is to facilitate greater cooperation between private sector and academic researchers.  Click here for the RFP.

  2. NYSERDA Energy Conservation Study – Funding to complete Energy Conservation Studies for municipal governments, public K-12 schools, public universities or colleges, hospitals, and not-for-profits.  Click here for the RFP.

  3. Disconnected Youth TrainingAn RFP by the NYS Department of Labor to fund projects that will serve disconnected youth by expanding career awareness, providing dropout prevention services and developing foundation skills and competencies needed to motivate youth to achieve and succeed in their adult and work life.  Click here for RFP.

  4. Broadband Infrastructure Application – Funding to expand broadband access to unserved and underserved communities across the U.S., increase jobs, spur investments in technology and infrastructure, and provide long-term benefits.  Click here for RFP.

Public hearings for Week of July 27, 2009

Zoning & Franchises Subcommittee
Date:               Monday, July 27, 9:30 AM
Time:               9:30 AM
Location:         Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda:          Can be found here

Planning, Dispositions & Concessions Subcommittee
Date:               Monday, July 27
Time:               1:00 PM
Location:         Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda:          Can be found here.

Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Committee
Date:               Monday, July 27
Time:               1:00 PM
Location:         Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda:          Update on Rebuilding of the World Trade Center Site

Health Committee
Date:               Monday, July 27
Time:               1:00 PM
Location:         250 Broadway, 14th Floor
Agenda:          Proposed Int. 642-A – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting smoking on and around hospital grounds.

Consumer Affairs Committee
Date:               Tuesday, July 28
Time:               9:45 AM
Location:         Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda:          Proposed Int. 1031-A – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to pedicab licensing.

Civil Service & Labor
Date:               Tuesday, July 28
Time:               10:00 AM
Location:         Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda:          Int 992-A – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the  of New York in relation to residency requirements for city employees. M 1466 – Communication from the Mayor – Mayors veto and disapproval message of Introductory Number 992-A, in relation to the residency requirement for city employees.

Land Use Committee
Date:               Tuesday, July 28
Time:               10:00 AM
Location:         Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda:          Can be found here.

Contracts Committee
Date:               Tuesday, July 28
Time:               1 PM
Location:         Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda:          Proposed Res 1773-A – Resolution calling upon the New York State legislature to pass and the Governor to sign A. 6807 and S. 3185 of 2009, which authorize political subdivisions to award public procurement contracts to participants of a minority and women owned business enterprise program at a cost premium not to exceed ten percent of the lowest bid.  Res 1977 – Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to enact S.3514 and A.7369 of 2009, which authorize political subdivisions to award public competitively bid contracts to businesses that participate in programs designed to foster participation by small local businesses in public procurement at a cost premium not to exceed ten percent of the lowest bid.

Finance Committee
Date:               Wednesday, July 29
Time:               11:00 AM
Location:         Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda:          Details: Int. No. 598 –A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the tax on coin-operated amusement devices. Preconsidered L.U.____ – Full exemption from real property taxes for rental housing for the elderly, located at Finlay Plaza in Council District 16, Bronx, pursuant to Section 577 of the Private Housing Finance Law. Preconsidered L.U.____ – Full exemption from real property taxes for the rehabilitation of housing for low income families located at 200 East Moshulu Parkway South in Council District 11, Bronx, pursuant to Section 577 of the Private Housing Finance Law. Preconsidered L.U.____ – Full exemption from real property taxes for the rehabilitation of housing for low income families located at the Livonia Terrace Apartments in Council District 43, Brooklyn, pursuant to Section 577 of the Private Housing Finance Law AND SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS MAY BE NECESSARY

Rules, Privileges & Elections Committee
Date:               Wednesday, July 29
Time:               11:00 AM
Location:         Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda:          Preconsidered M____ – Michael Regan, candidate for re-appointment by the Council to the New York City Board of Correction AND SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS MAY BE NECESSARY

Stated Council Meeting
Date:               Wednesday, July 29
Time:               1:30 PM
Location:         Council Chambers – City Hall