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Affairs and Appointments – July 9, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – July 9, 2010

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Board Members of the Newly Established Trust For Governors Island
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly Swear in New Class of 1,249 NYPD Recruits
  • Weak Controls by HHC Over Hundreds of Millions in Contract Payments to Columbia for Services Provided to Harlem Hospital

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Paterson Signs Fifteen Bills into Law
  • Governor Paterson Vetoes 6,681 spending items desired by lawmakers.
  • Governor Paterson Announces $50 Million Revolving Loan Fund to Support Small Businesses in New York
  • Legislation Creating A High Speed Rail Planning Board Passes Both Houses

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • HRA: Housing and Shelter for Persons with AIDS
    • DYCD: Beacon Community Centers
    • DOE: ILEARNNYC Online Learning
    • TBTA/MTA: Substructure and Underwater Work at the Cross Bay Bridge

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 7/12 – 7/16


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Board Members of the Newly Established Trust For Governors Island
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the board members of the Trust for Governors Island, the new City-controlled entity that will guide the future of the island. Earlier this year, Mayor Bloomberg, Governor David A. Paterson, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senator Daniel L. Squadron announced an agreement on the long-term development, funding and governance of Governors Island, transferring from New York State to New York City the responsibility to develop and operate 150 acres of the island. The first board meeting will take place on July 13. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly Swear in New Class of 1,249 NYPD Recruits
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today swore in a new class of 1,249 New York City Police Department recruits. The recruits begin formal Police Academy training this week. This is the first large class to enter the Police Academy since the beginning of the national recession. The large hire was made possible by the Fiscal Year 2011 budget that funded officer positions that were to be lost due to attrition. For more information, click here. For photos, click here.

Weak Controls by HHC Over Hundreds of Millions in Contract Payments to Columbia for Services Provided to Harlem Hospital
The Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC) failed to meet its responsibilities to closely monitor compliance with the terms of an affiliation agreement between Columbia University and Harlem Hospital, according to an audit completed by Comptroller John C. Liu. As a result, HHC cannot ascertain what services were actually rendered by Columbia for Harlem Hospital. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Paterson Signs Fifteen Bills into Law
Governor David A. Paterson this week signed 14 bills into law. They include:

  • A.10664/S.4999-A: Allows individuals to register with the State’s “Donate Life Registry” over the Internet. Currently, prospective registrants can visit the registry website but must print out a form and return it by mail to effectively register.
  • A.9220-A/S.7575: Allows the courts to include a program, training session or counseling session on hate crime prevention and education as part of the sentence for a defendant convicted of a hate crime.
  • A.2346/S.7127: Directs the Division of Housing and Community Renewal to give preferences to economically feasible projects located on former brownfield sites when considering applications for funding affordable housing development.
  • A.8531-A/S,6058: Broadens the exemption from public inspection and copying of any information, regardless of the source, where the exposure of that information would jeopardize a State agency or other entity’s capacity to guarantee the security of its information technology assets. This bill is a departmental bill of the New York State Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination (CSCIC).
  • A.8540/S.7610: Allows the New York City Board of Elections to conduct its own procurement and leasing.
  • A.8693/S.6910-A: Authorizes the New York State Board of Elections to set standards for the change of a candidate’s mailing address and requires a candidate to provide the board with depository information.
  • A.9174-A/S.6215-A: Provides certain employees of the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) an opportunity to buy back service credit, by paying both the employee’s and employer’s costs, for time during which they were suspended from their employment due to SCA fiscal problems, beginning December 1, 2002 until their return to such service prior to January 8, 2008.
  • A.9829/S.6762: Authorizes health care professionals licensed in other states to provide services to athletes at the Ironman triathlon competition to be held in Lake Placid later this month.
  • A.9992/S.6945: Authorizes the Village of Plandome Heights, Nassau County, to discontinue, sell and convey the use of certain municipal parkland.
  • A.11322/S.7583: Extends the effective date of chapter 172 of the laws of 2002 amending the public authorities law relating to the powers of the New York mortgage agency
  • A.11352-A/S.8151; A.11353-A/S.8152; A.11354-A/S.8153: These three bills will define the Election Day paper ballots that will be used with the new optical scanning voting machines, to provide for the timing of poll openings and the duties of election inspectors in relations to these voting machines, and to provide for the canvass of the election process that would be conducted with the new voting machines, respectively.
  • S.4823/A.8174: Authorizes the Onondaga County Water Authority to operate and maintain the Town of Constantia’s water system.
  • S.7858-A/A.11099-A: Clarifies the authority of New York City Parks Enforcement Patrol officers to issue summonses for violations of rules of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation applicable in the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

For more information on these bills, click here.

Governor Paterson Vetoes 6,681 spending items desired by lawmakers
Governor David Paterson’s VetoThon ended with a thud Wednesday as his representatives dropped off hundreds of pounds’ worth of spending vetoes on the desks of legislative leaders. All told, the governor spent a total of seven hours over two days hand-signing the vetoes. In doing so, he lopped off $525 million in spending. That included the $419 million in education funding lawmakers have tried to put back in the still-uncompleted 2010-11 budget and up to $190 million in member items, or pork barrel grants that lawmakers request and hand out to groups in their districts. For more information, click here. To view the veto summary, click here.

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=948712#ixzz0tDK4TS1o

Governor Paterson Announces $50 Million Revolving Loan Fund to Support Small Businesses in New York
Governor David A. Paterson today announced the creation of a $50 million Small Business Revolving Loan Fund to provide capital to minority and women-owned enterprises and other entrepreneurs that are having difficulty accessing regular credit markets. The fund, which is supported by $25 million in State funds, will leverage $25 million in private matching funds from selected lending institutions. Governor Paterson proposed the creation of such a fund in his 2010 State of the State address and included funding for it in his 2010-11 Executive Budget. For more information, click here.

Legislation Creating A High Speed Rail Planning Board Passes Both Houses
Legislation that will create a temporary 11 member High Speed Rail Planning Board within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has passed in both the Senate and the Assembly. The legislation is sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm A. Smith, co-chair of the High Speed Rail Working Group of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and David F. Gantt (D-Rochester), Chairman of the Assembly Standing Committee on Transportation. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

Manhattan Student Housing (due July 9, 2010) – The City University Construction Fund (“CUCF”), on behalf of the City University of New York (“CUNY”), is seeking a qualified development partner to renovate and manage one or more existing buildings to serve as student residences for three CUNY Colleges located in Manhattan: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Hunter College and Baruch College (the “Colleges”). For more information, click here.

City-Wide Economic Development Services for Governor’s Island (due July 9, 2010) – The New York City Department of Small Business Services intends to enter into sole source negotiations to purchase the above services from the Governors Island Corporation for the purposes of providing planning, preservation, redevelopment and ongoing operations and maintenance of approximately 150 acres of Governors Island plus surrounding lands under water. For more information, click here.

Beacon Community Centers (due July 12, 2010) – In accordance with Section 4-04(a) of the Procurement Policy Board Rules, the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) intends to renew Beacon Community Center Programs, which provide programming during after school hours at school sites throughout New York City. The term of the contracts shall be from September 1, 2010 to August 31, 2013. For more information, and the list of locations, click here.

Operation and Maintenance of a Seasonal Café (due July 15, 2010) – The Department of Parks & Recreation is seeking proposals for the operation and maintenance of a seasonal cafe at the Union Square Park Pavilion, with an option to develop, operate and maintain a small scale, satellite kiosk at the Licensed Premises. For more information, click here.

ILEARNNYC Online Learning (due July 16, 2010) NYCDOE will be issuing two Requests For Proposals (RFPs) related to the implementation of iLearnNYC. It will offer online courses for initial credit as well as credit recovery and enhance the learning experience of traditional face-to-face classes by integrating online resources in a blended learning environment. One proposal is for an integrated Learning Environment. A separate proposal for online content for iLearnNYC and NYCDOE professional development will also be issued. For more information, click here.

Technical Support Services for HHC’s Long Term Care Facilities (due July 16, 2010) – The purpose of this RFP is to select a consulting firm to provide technical support services to help restructure long-term care (LTC) services at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC or the “Corporation”). HHC is seeking assistance from a firm that has, or can secure partners that have, competencies in: LTC financial, clinical and operational issues; knowledge of the role of LTC within the health care continuum; experience conducting clinical, financial and operational analyses using large data sets; and experience in LTC services operations. To download the RFP, click here.

Management and Operation of Flatiron Public Plaza (due July 16, 2010) – The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (“BID”) is seeking proposals from qualified firms to manage and operate an outdoor food or beverage kiosk (“Kiosk”) at the Flatiron Plaza “North” located on Broadway between 23rd and 24th Streets. For more information, click here.

Drydocking Fuel Oil Barge No. 4 (due July 21, 2010) – Drydocking, Inspection, and Related Repairs of the New York City Department of Transporation`s Fuel Oil Barge No.4. For more information, click here.

Out-of-Home Media Buying Services (due July 23, 2010) – Seeking vendor with proven expertise in planning, negotiating and buying out-of-home media including bus shelters, urban panels and telephone kiosks. Subway cards not included. Proposer must demonstrate background in health care/managed care and New York City market and maintain a NYC office. For more information, click here.

Media Buying and Advertising Services (due July 23, 2010) – Seeking vendor with proven skills producing English and multiethnic radio and television commercials; strategic media planning and conceptualization and the management of social media. Proposer must demonstrate background in managed care and New York City market and maintain a NYC office. For more information, click here.

East River Waterfront Esplanade and Piers Project Esplanade Package 2 (due July 23, 2010)New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a construction contractor to provide construction services for the East River Waterfront Esplanade and Piers Project – Esplanade Package 2 (the “Project”). The purpose of the Project is to redevelop the East River Esplanade from the Battery Maritime Building to Wall Street. The Project includes, without limitation, demolition and removals, grading, new pavers, planters, landscaping, lighting, railing, drainage, new curb, new bikepath, replacement of approximately 500 feet of an existing watermain, replacement of approximately 25 feet of an existing outfall, roadway reconstruction and other related work as more specifically described in the Contract Documents. For more information, click here.

Audit Services (July 23, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), on behalf of the Trust for Cultural Resources for the City of New York (the “Trust”) is seeking to engage an independent auditor to perform the annual audit of its financial statements. NYCEDC plans to select an independent auditor on the basis of factors stated in the RFP which include, but are not limited to: the quality of the proposal, experience of key staff identified in the proposal, experience and quality of any subcontractors proposed, demonstrated successful experience in performing services similar to those encompassed in the RFP and the proposed fee. For more information, click here.

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.

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.

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.

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 7/12 – 7/16

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Thursday, July 15
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Technology
Date: Thursday, July 15
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Stuck in the Middle: Protecting Consumers from Cable/Broadcaster Disputes

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Thursday, July 15
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Stuck in the Middle: Protecting Consumers from Cable/Broadcaster Disputes