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Affairs and Appointments – June 10, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – June 10, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Opens Elmhurst Park In Queens
  • Chancellor Walcott Announces a $3 Million Gift of Professional Development and Curricula to Address Bullying in Middle and High Schools
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Announce New Approach to Target Most Dangerous Illegally Converted Apartments
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn and Friends of the Highline Open Section two of the Highline
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Borough President Markowitz, NYCEDC, NYU-POLY, and Two Trees Management Announce Dumbo Business Incubator to Support Technology Entrepreneurs
  • Mayor Bloomberg and AT & T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson Launch Free Wi-Fi Service in 20 New York City Parks
  • Mayor Bloomberg Signs 3 Bills
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Announce New Initiatives to Help Small Industrial Businesses Stay and Grow in New York City

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Introduces Program Bill on Ethics Reform
  • Health Care for All New Yorkers Bill Introduced
  • Governor Cuomo Introduces Pension Reform Legislation
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Appointment of Assemblyman Jonathan Bing to New York Liquidation Bureau
  • Speaker Silver and Assembly Majority Announce Moratorium on Hydrofracking
  • Senate Passes Measure to Reduce Medicaid Fraud
  • Senate Passes Legislation to Establish ResultsNY.gov Website
  • DiNapoli Releases Review of the Financial Plan of the City of New York

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • DOE: Labor Support Consultants and Labor Support Consultant Team Leader
    • CEO: Anti-Poverty Program Evaluation
    • EDC: The 10,000 Small Business NYCEDC Food Manufacturers Fund For Community Development Financial Institution
    • DOE: Chancellor’s and Superintendent’s Representatives

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 6/13 – 6/17


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Opens Elmhurst Park In Queens
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe opened Elmhurst Park, a former brownfield turned greenspace, in Queens. The $20-million six-acre project began in 2007 at the request of the community for more open space. The park replaces the former KeySpan gas tank site and features a new playground, a decorative fountain, lighting, new trees and landscaping, fencing, walking paths, benches, and the renovation of an existing building that will be used for maintenance staff. For more information, click here.

Chancellor Walcott Announces a $3 Million Gift of Professional Development and Curricula to Address Bullying in Middle and High Schools
Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced a $3 million gift to address bullying in the City’s public middle and high schools and to teach students to recognize and correct hurtful and inappropriate behavior. The goal of this program is to teach students to respect others, set personal goals and develop leadership skills as they prepare for college and careers. The funding, called the New York City Gifting Initiative, is being provided by the Community for Education Foundation, a nonprofit education reform organization founded in 1992, and will offer the organization’s Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills Program to schools. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Announce New Approach To Target Most Dangerous Illegally Converted Apartments
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Deputy Mayor for Operations Stephen Goldsmith, Chief Policy Advisor John Feinblatt,FireCommissioner Salvatore J. Cassano andBuildingsCommissioner Robert D. LiMandri announced the results of a new targeted approach to identify high-risk illegal conversions, quickly conduct joint-agency inspections, and take action to address dangerous conditions. A multi-agency task force, chaired by Chief Policy Advisor Feinblatt, developed a risk assessment model that will be applied to illegal conversion complaint records weekly. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn and Friends of the Highline Open Section two of the Highline
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Capalino+Company client, Friends of the High Line Co-Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond celebrated the opening of the second section of the High Line, the public park built 30 feet above the streets on a 1930s-era elevated freight rail line. The opening of the second section doubles the length of the public park. After years of planning, design and construction, the High Line is now one mile long, running from Gansevoort Street to West 30th Street, connecting the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea, and Midtown West. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Borough President Markowitz, NYCEDC, NYU-POLY, and Two Trees Management Announce Dumbo Business Incubator to Support Technology Entrepreneurs
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), and Capalino+Company client Two Trees Management announced a new City-sponsored business incubator to support the development of technology startup businesses in Brooklyn. The DUMBO Incubator, located at 20 Jay Street – one block from Brooklyn Bridge Park – will accommodate technology entrepreneurs in the downtown Brooklyn neighborhood and across New York City over the next three years and is expected to be fully operational by the fall of 2011. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and AT & T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson Launch Free Wi-Fi Service in 20 New York City Parks
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson announced a five-year initiative to provide free Wi-Fi service at 26 locations in 20 New York City parks across the five boroughs. Parks include:

  • Bronx: Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx River Park and Devoe Park
  • Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Fort Greene Park, Herbert Von King Park, McCarren Park and Prospect Park
  • Manhattan: Battery Park, Thomas Jefferson Park, Central Park (multiple locations), the High Line, Holcombe Rucker Park, Marcus Garvey Park and Tompkins Square Park
  • Queens: Astoria Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park and MacDonald Park
  • Staten Island: Clove Lake Park and South Beach

For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Three Bills
This week, Mayor Bloomberg signed three bills into law. They include:

  • 450-A (Vallone) – Temporarily increasing maximum age for firefighter exam applications.
  • 363-A (Fidler) – Requires the Commission on Human Rights to develop a course of instruction on bias related harassment for public institutions.
  • 444-A (Palma) – Requires the reporting on use of and applications for citywide temporary emergency housing.

Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Announce 22 New Initiatives to Help Small Industrial Businesses Stay and Grow in New York City
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Speaker Christine C. Quinn announced a $10 million fund – capitalized by Goldman Sachs – to provide growth capital to New York City food manufacturers, a $10 million fund to transform out-of-date industrial space across the five boroughs, and 20 other initiatives to strengthen the City’s industrial sector and help small industrial businesses stay and grow in New York City. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Introduces Program Bill on Ethics Reform
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo introduced the “Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011,” to address major inadequacies in the current ethics system and restore public trust in government. The Governor’s program bill establishes unprecedented transparency, strict disclosure requirements, and a strong independent monitor with broad oversight of New York State government. For more information, click here.

Health Care for All New Yorkers Bill Introduced
All New York residents would receive comprehensive health coverage under “New York Health,” a universal health care bill introduced by key legislators. Under the plan, publicly-sponsored coverage would replace insurance company coverage, and premiums would be replaced by broad-based public financing based on ability to pay. The bill, A.7860/S.5425, introduced by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Senate Health Committee Ranking Member Thomas K. Duane, is co-sponsored by 62 other legislators. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Introduces Pension Reform Legislation
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced he has introduced pension reform legislation that would impose a new Tier VI for future employees and save taxpayers $93 billion over the next 30 years, a figure that does not include New York City. These reforms will reduce costs for local governments and schools and help get control of local property taxes for homeowners and businesses across the state. The bill also includes, at the request of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a separate pension reform proposal for New York City and the uniformed services. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces Appointment of Assemblyman Jonathan Bing to New York Liquidation Bureau
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the appointment of Assemblyman Jonathan Bing to serve as Special Deputy Superintendent of the New York Liquidation Bureau. Most recently, Jonathan Bing was serving his fifth term in the New York State Assembly where he represented the 73rd Assembly District since November of 2002. During his eight years in office Assemblyman Bing has authored 70 pieces of legislation, 30 of which have been signed into law. His 2010 legislative successes included the law which provides for no fault divorce in New York State, ending the State’s notoriety as the only jurisdiction in the nation without this provision. For more information, click here.

Speaker Silver and Assembly Majority Announce Moratorium on Hydrofracking
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Robert Sweeney announced the Assembly has passed legislation establishing a one year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in New York. Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as hydrofracking, injects chemicals and highly pressurized water into underground rock formations to extract natural gas and could potentially threaten vital drinking water supplies. For more information, click here.

Senate Passes Measure to Reduce Medicaid Fraud
The New York State Senate passed a bill that implements a recommendation of the Senate Republican Task Force on Medicaid Fraud and increases the prosecution of Medicaid waste and abuse while also bringing significant savings to the state and counties. For more information, click here.

Senate Passes Legislation to Establish ResultsNY.gov Website
The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.3657), sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C, Rome) to create a new website, ResultsNY.gov, that would enable the public to review the performance of government programs to see how effectively agencies are spending tax dollars. People visiting the site could also submit their own suggestions and recommendations on how to stop government waste and reduce State spending. For more information, click here.

DiNapoli Releases Review of the Financial Plan of the City of New York
New York City’s May 2011 financial plan projects a surplus of $3.2 billion for FY 2011, resulting largely from a drawdown in reserves, higher revenues due to an improving economy, and agency cost-reduction actions, according to a review released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The surplus will be used by the City to help balance the FY 2012 budget. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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

Arts Education Services (June 13, 2011) – The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), on behalf of the Office of Arts and Special Projects (OASP) seeks proposals from organizations experienced in providing high quality arts education services for students in grades pre-kindergarten to 12 with optional related Professional Development and/or Parent Engagement Services. For more information, click here.

Employment Initiatives for NYC Probationers (due June 14, 2011) – The Department of Small Business Services seeks appropriately qualified contractors, or collaborations between no more than two appropriately qualified contractors for a single center, to directly provide employment-related services to businesses and Probationers at up to two (2) centers at distinct locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn. These centers will receive referrals and provide services to Probationers from other boroughs to provide citywide coverage. For more information, click here.

Rooftop Solar Electricity on Public Building (due June 14, 2011) – The City of New York’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services (“DCAS”) is seeking an appropriately qualified developer to supply electricity generated by solar photovoltaic (PV) systems through a long-term power purchase agreement (“PPA”). Under the PPA, the developer will provide electricity services through the installation, ownership, and operation of PV systems on the rooftops of five (5) City-owned host buildings. The electricity generated by each PV system will be sold to the City and used by the City-owned host building over the course of a twenty (20) year contract term. For more information, click here.

Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Service (due June 17, 2011) – A Negotiated Acquisition Extension (NAE) is proposed to be entered into between the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)and the Center for New York City Neighborhoods (CNYCN) for Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Services. The NAE would include comprehensive citywide programming in the areas of free legal services, housing counseling, consumer education and will focus on efforts in neighborhoods with concentrated foreclosure activity. For more information, click here.

Develop and Operate Designer as Entrepreneur Program (due June 17, 2011) – In January 2010, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in partnership with fashion industry stakeholders, launched Fashion.NYC.2020, a year-long program to identify the important trends affecting the industry and to develop actionable initiatives based on such findings. For more information, click here.

Brokerage Services for the Sale of Interests in Private Equity Partnerships for the NYC Retirement Systems (due June 21, 2011) – The Comptroller, acting on behalf of the New York City Retirement Systems, is seeking to identify a firm or firms to provide brokerage services for the sale of interests in private equity partnerships for the Systems. For more information, click here.

Chancellor’s and Superintendent’s Representatives (due June 27, 2011) – The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is seeking consultants to serve as Chancellor’s or Superintendent’s representatives in the grievance and other administrative processes that are required by the various collective bargaining agreements between NYCDOE and various unions, and NYCDOE rules and regulations. For more information, click here.

Waterfront Properties, Consultant Services (due June 28, 2011) – NYCEDC is seeking a consultant to assist it in the performance of its current waterfront property management responsibilities. For more information, click here.

The 10,000 Small Business NYCEDC Food Manufacturers Fund For Community Development Financial Institution (due July 6, 2011) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) to make and service loans in connection with the 10,000 Small Businesses NYCEDC Food Manufacturers Fund (the “Fund”), a joint initiative by NYCEDC and Goldman Sachs Bank USA (GS) to provide affordable loans to food manufacturers in the City. For more information, click here.

Development, Operation and Maintenance of an Indoor Tennis Facility (Due July 7, 2011) – For more information, click here.

CEO Anti-Poverty Program Evaluation (due June 21, 2011) – The NYC Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) and NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) are seeking qualified contractors to conduct research and evaluations of antipoverty programs and research on a wide range of poverty issues. For more information, click here.

East 73rd Street Development (due July 28, 2011) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf and at the request of the New York City Department of Sanitation (“DSNY”), is issuing this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for the redevelopment of a DSNY site at 525 East 73rd Street (Lot 15 on Block 1485 of the Borough of Manhattan) on the Upper East Side (the “Site”). The Site is approximately 68,000 square feet, zoned M3-2, and partially occupied by a month-to-month tenant. For more information, click here.

121 West 125th Street Retail Space for Lease (due July 29, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking to lease retail spaces ranging from 800 square feet to 4,000 square feet for retail uses at 121 West 125th Street located in Manhattan. NYCEDC wishes to enter into leases with companies to provide services to residents in the neighborhood and to the neighboring communities. For more information, click here.

Whole School Reform (due August 1, 2011) – The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), on behalf of the Office of School, seeks proposals from organizations experienced in working with schools in need of whole school reform. The ultimate goal is for the program designs to function as transitional plans that ultimately lead to the ability of schools to continue reform efforts on their own. For more information, click here.

Earlylearn (due August 11, 2011) – The New York Children’s Services (ACS) is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to provide quality early care and education services within all five New York City boroughs. For more information, click here.

Bush Terminal Ground-Up Development (due December 29, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeks proposals for the lease of an approximately 130,000 square foot parcel of land located on Block 725, part of Lot 1, in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn (the “Site”). The Site is part of the Bush Terminal Campus and the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone. For more information, click here.

Urbancanvas (due October 14, 2012) – The urbancanvas Design Competition was a challenge to professional artists and designers to create printed designs for temporary protective structures at construction sites to beautify New York City’s streetscape. The competition sought complementary proposals for designs to enliven different types of temporary protective structures located on City-owned property: construction fences, sidewalk sheds, supported scaffolds and cocoon systems. For more information, click here.

Halleck Industrial Development Site at Hunts Point (due May 23, 2012) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the New York City Department of Small Business Services (“SBS”), is seeking qualified proposals to develop an unimproved parcel of land in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx under a long term ground lease. The parcel, known as the Halleck Industrial Development Site, is a prime, shovel-ready site for new construction of a modern industrial facility. For more information, click here.

Non-Secure Detention Group Homes (due May 31, 2013) – ACS Division of Youth and Family Justice is soliciting applications from organizations interested in operating non-secure detention group homes in New York City. This is an open-ended solicitation. For more information, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 6/13 – 6/17

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Public Safety (Jointly with the Committee on Women’s Issues)
Date: Monday, June 13
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Consumer Affairs
Date: Monday, June 13
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Governmental Operations
Date: Monday, June 13
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Intro 361: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the posting of executive orders and memoranda of understanding on the city’s website.

Committee on Education
Date: Monday, June 13
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Finance
Date: Tuesday, June 14
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Tuesday, June 14
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Emigrant Savings Bank – 49-51 Chambers Street
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Economic Development
Date: Wednesday, June 15
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: “Reviewing the Status of $100 million in capital projects allocated for airport communities in Queens”

Committee on Small Business
Date: Wednesday, June 15
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: Small Business Incubators in New York City.

Committee on Governmental Operations
Date: Thursday, June 16
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Public Safety
Date: Thursday, June 16
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 55 Broadway
Agenda: Tour: Lower Manhattan Security Initiative

Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment
Date: Thursday, June 16
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: Update on the Status of the 9/11

Committee on Youth Services (Jointly with the Committee on Juvenile Justice)
Date: Thursday, June 16
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: Examining the Link between Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Juvenile Justice System.