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Affairs and Appointments – June 11, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – June 11, 2010

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg, Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan Announce Faster, More Efficient Bus Service on Manhattan’s East Side
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Buildings Commissioner Limandri Announce Creation of Three Solar Empowerment Zones
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces First-Ever Citywide Campaign to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy in City Schools
  • Mayor Bloomberg Receives Final Report and Recommendations from the City’s Commission of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Runaway and Homeless Youth
  • City Council Passes Three Bills to Stop Taxi Scams and Other Items

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Paterson Signs Landmark Health Insurance Reform Legislation
  • New York State Senate Passes Legislation Expanding Opportunities for New Yorkers with Disabilities

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • EDC: Retainer Contract for Environmental Testing, Remediation and Monitoring Services

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 6/14 – 6/18


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg, Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan Announce Faster, More Efficient Bus Service on Manhattan’s East Side
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jay H. Walder announced the start of construction on dedicated bus-only lanes – Select Bus Service – on First and Second Avenues from 125th Street to Houston Street, one of the slowest bus corridors in the city. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Buildings Commissioner Limandri Announce Creation of Three Solar Empowerment Zones
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri announced that the City and Sustainable CUNY have created three Solar Empowerment Zones, strategically selected areas where solar power systems are most beneficial and technically viable, and where development of solar power will be encouraged. Solar power is a reliable, renewable source of electricity for New York City that reduces demand on the City’s electrical grid. Encouraging solar energy production furthers PlaNYC’s goal of providing cleaner, more reliable power for every New Yorker. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces First-Ever Citywide Campaign to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy in City Schools
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the creation of a new Mayoral Interagency Task Force to be headed by John Feinblatt, the Mayor’s Chief Advisor for Policy and Strategic Planning, to strengthen the City’s response to chronic absenteeism and truancy at City schools. The Task Force will develop and launch the city’s first-ever comprehensive set of initiatives to reduce truancy and chronic absenteeism. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Receives Final Report and Recommendations from the City’s Commission of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Runaway and Homeless Youth
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg received the final report of recommendations from the City’s Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Runaway and Homeless Youth. The Commission, which began its work in October 2009, was charged with developing strategies to address the unique needs of LGBTQ youth. Many of the strategies outlined in the report can be undertaken immediately, and the Mayor has directed the City’s Department of Youth and Community Developmentto raise the age limit from 21 to 24 in its drop-in centers. The Mayor also directed the agency to reach out to New York State regarding regulatory changes that would require other runaway and homeless youth residential programs to serve the expanded age range. For more information, click here and for the report, click here.

City Council Passes Three Bills to Stop Taxi Scams and Other Items
At this week’s Stated Council Meeting, the Council voted on three bills that were drafted in the wake of discovering that thousands of passengers had been overcharged in their taxi rides. These bills are intended to ensure that passengers will not get overcharged or scammed. The Council also approved a bill meant to preserve public park space by enforcing the boundary of concession stand vendors. In addition, the Council voted on two resolutions, the first called on the U.S. Congress to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and in the second support of state legislation that would fight domestic violence. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Paterson Signs Landmark Health Insurance Reform Legislation
Governor David A. Paterson signed into law Governor’s Program Bill No. 278, that reinstates the New York State Insurance Department’s authority to review and approve health insurance premium increases before they take effect. Since 2000, New York had regulated health insurance premiums under a “file and use” law that significantly limited the State’s ability to disapprove health insurance premium increases and allowed the insurance industry to self-regulate. For more information, click here.

New York State Senate Passes Legislation Expanding Opportunities for New Yorkers with Disabilities
The Senate Democratic Majority announced the passage of a comprehensive 9-point package of legislation providing New Yorkers with disabilities expanded access to polling places, transportation and medical equipment, as well outlawing discriminatory practices in employment, housing and public services. Those with disabilities face discriminatory practices in many different parts of their lives; city bus drivers refuse to stop and pick up those in wheelchairs because of the time it takes to operate the lift, qualified individuals are passed over at job openings and landlords deny individuals from renting places to live. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

The Sale of Specialty Food from Mobile Food Units (due June 15, 2010) Parks is seeking proposals for the sale of specialty food items from pushcarts, processing carts and mobile trucks (herein collectively referred to as “Mobile Food Units”) at various locations Citywide. For the purposes of this RFP, “Mobile Food Unit” shall be defined as a self-contained service operation, located in a vehicle or a movable stand, self or otherwise propelled, used to store, prepare, display or serve food intended for individual portion service. Pushcarts, processing carts, and, click here. mobile trucks shall all be considered Mobile Food Units. To download this RFP, click here.

Retainer Contract for Environmental Testing, Remediation and Monitoring Services (due June 28, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a consultant or consultant team to provide environmental services with respect to hazardous waste collection, identification and analysis for various City-owned properties located within the five boroughs. For more information, click here.

Search Engine for the NYC Department of Education’s E-Catalogue (June 29, 2010) – The New York City Department of Education (DOE) is seeking proposals from organizations experienced in implementing Search Engine software and services. For more information, click here.

Outdoor Advertising Opportunities at Brooklyn Properties RFP (due June 30, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking one or more outdoor advertising companies to install and maintain outdoor advertising signage upon which the company may sell outdoor advertisements at one or more of the following sites located in Brooklyn, New York: (1) Bush Terminal; (2) Brooklyn Cruise Terminal; and (3) the East New York Incubator (collectively referred to as the “Sites”). For more information, 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.

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.

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.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

On June 9th, the Council held a stated meeting where they passed and introduced new legislation and land use items. The agenda can be found here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 6/14 – 6/18

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Executive Budget Hearings – Committee on Finance (Jointly with relevant Committees)

Committee on Small Business (Jointly with Committee on Transportation)
Date: Monday, June 14
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – The 2nd Avenue Subway and the East Side – Is there light at the end of the tunnel?

Subcommittee on Planning, Disposition and Concessions
Date: Tuesday, June 15
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Tuesday, June 15
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, June 15
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Civil Service and Labor
Date: Tuesday, June 15
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – An Update of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services’ Implementation of the Provisional Employee Reduction Plan: Is it Working?

Committee on Immigration
Date: Wednesday, June 16
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – A Review of Governor Paterson’s Immigrant Pardon Board and its Potential Impact on Immigrant New Yorkers Facing Deportation.

Committee on Women’s Issues
Date: Wednesday, June 16
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Closing the Gender Wage Gap.

Committee on Housing & Buildings
Date: Wednesday, June 16
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 224 – Establishment of a pilot program for the remediation of mold and vermin conditions in certain multiple dwellings.

Committee on Governmental Operations
Date: Wednesday, June 16
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 260 – Requiring the City Clerk to provide the public with certain information regarding same sex marriages.

Committee on Consumer Affairs
Date: Wednesday, June 16
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Intro 272 – Revoking food vendor permits for parking violations.

Committee on Waterfronts
Date: Thursday, June 17
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Clearing the Air: Greening New York City’s Working Waterfront.

Committee on Youth Services
Date: Thursday, June 17
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight: Teen Fatherhood Initiatives.

Committee on Land Use
Date: Thursday, June 17
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Finance
Date: Thursday, June 17
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 172 – Repeal Local Law 41 for the year 2009.

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