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Affairs and Appointments – June 17, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – June 17, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn and Officials Launch New East River Ferry Service
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Harlem RBI, New York Yankee Mark Teixeira and Officials Announce Development of New School and Affordable Housing Units in East Harlem
  • Mayor Bloomberg Signs Executive Order Increasing Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings Oversight of Restaurant, Taxi and Other Hearings
  • Mayor Bloomberg and New York Yankees Announce Partnership to Combat Truancy and Chronic Absenteeism for NYC Public School Students
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Plans to Create a New Entity to Extend Tax-Exempt Financing to Non-Profit Organizations Seeking to Expand or Upgrade Facilities
  • New York City Comptroller John C. Liu releases NYC Claims Report
  • The New York City Council Votes to Increase Transparency in City Government
  • New York City Officials Welcome Cruise Canada New England Symposium to New York City

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Proposes Legislation Establishing Health Insurance Exchange to Comply with Federal Health Care Law
  • Governor Cuomo Proposes Marriage Equality Act
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Unanimous Senate Confirmation of Nominees
  • New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Announces Completion of School Audits
  • New York State Senate Passes Ten Bills
  • New York State Assembly Passes Historic Marriage Equality Act
  • New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Releases Municipal Audits
  • Attorney General Schneiderman’s Unveils Prescription Drug Bill to Fight Abuse & Addiction
  • Attorney General Schneiderman Announces Shutdown of a Major East Coast Drug Distribution Network

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • EDC: Food Entrepreneurs Fund
    • EDC: Construction Management Services for Various Waterfront Properties
    • EDC: Brooklyn Army Terminal 4E Lease
    • EDC: Pier 15 Maritime Pavilion and Berthing Spaces

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA
CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 6/20 – 6/24


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn and Officials Launch New East River Ferry Service
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and other officials launched the new East River Ferry Service, a key component of the City’s comprehensive waterfront plan. The new service will provide year-round ferry transportation between East 34th Street and Pier 11 in Manhattan, Long Island City in Queens, Greenpoint, North Williamsburg, South Williamsburg, and DUMBO in Brooklyn, and, in the summer, to Brooklyn Bridge Park (Fridays only) and Governors Island (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only). For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Harlem RBI, New York Yankee Mark Teixeira and Officials Announce Development of New School and Affordable Housing Units in East Harlem
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, New York City Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea, Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Matthew M. Wambua, New York Yankee Mark Teixeira and Harlem RBI Executive Director Rich Berlin announced a partnership to develop a landmark, mixed-use facility in East Harlem that will include approximately 90 new affordable housing units, the DREAM Charter School and Harlem RBI’s program and office space. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Executive Order Increasing Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings Oversight of Restaurant, Taxi and Other Hearings
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs Carol Robles-Román announced that the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) will have increased oversight of hearings on tickets issued to restaurant owners, taxi drivers and many other small businesses in the City. Executive Order 148, signed by the Mayor, will transfer the management of the administrative tribunals of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and of the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) to OATH beginning on July 3, 2011.For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and New York Yankees Announce Partnership to Combat Truancy and Chronic Absenteeism for NYC Public School Students
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced a partnership with the New York Yankees to reduce truancy and chronic absenteeism in City schools. The partnership is an initiative of the Mayor’s Interagency Task Force on Truancy, Chronic Absenteeism & School Engagement, which launched a comprehensive set of initiatives last year called “Every Student, Every Day” to reduce chronic absenteeism at City schools. The program selected 25 schools for a pilot program this year. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Plans to Create a New Entity to Extend Tax-Exempt Financing to Non-Profit Organizations Seeking to Expand or Upgrade Facilities
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced plans to create a new entity focused on helping non-profit organizations receive access to low-cost, tax-exempt financing to expand or upgrade facilities, eliminating significant obstacles presently facing many organizations across the City. he new entity, a local development corporation, will be created in the next four to six months and will be able to issue triple-tax exempt financing to eligible entities subject to board approval. For more information, click here.

New York City Comptroller John C. Liu releases NYC Claims Report
New York City Comptroller John C. Liu released his Claims Report for Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010. The report, the first under Comptroller Liu’s tenure, provides a comprehensive examination of data regarding claims filed against the City and analyzes recent trends. Comptroller Liu’s report shows that in FY 2010 the City paid out $520.6 million in personal injury and property damage tort settlements and judgments; seven percent less than FY 2009, when the City paid $559.9 million.
For more information, click here.

The New York City Council Votes to Increase Transparency in City Government
The New York City Council approved a bill that will require the Mayor’s office to post executive orders and memoranda of understanding (MOUs) online. This transparency bill will help the public search for and access information that was previously only accessible with a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request. The Council will also vote on a bill that will make changes to the city’s electrical code in order to ensure that the code is brought in line with national standards. Specifically, the electrical code will adopt the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC), along with amendments specific to the needs of New York City. The City will continue to review and update the electrical code on a regular cycle.For more information, click here.

New York City Officials Welcome Cruise Canada New England Symposium to New York City
New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky and NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta welcomed the Cruise Canada New England Symposium to New York City for the first time in its 13 year history. The symposium brings together cruise industry leaders to network, learn best practices, and also to promote the Canada and New England region as an international cruise destination. This year’s symposium attracted over 225 attendees including six cruise line presidents. The cruise ship industry continues to play an increasingly important role in New York City’s tourism industry and overall economy – cruise passengers and crew spent approximately $144 million while ashore in the City last year, contributing to the record-breaking 48.8 million visitors who visited New York City in 2010. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Proposes Legislation Establishing Health Insurance Exchange to Comply with Federal Health Care Law
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he has submitted a Governor’s program bill that would establish a new Health Benefit Exchange in order to comply with the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010. New York will operate its own exchange, rather than have the federal government operate one for the state, given the complexity and diversity of the insurance market in New York. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Proposes Marriage Equality Act
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo submitted a program bill to bring marriage equality to New York state. The Marriage Equality Act permits all couples to enter into marriage in New York state, thereby removing the current barrier same-sex couples face in recognizing their relationships, protecting their families and obtaining essential benefits. Specifically, the Act grants same-sex couples who seek to marry equal status under the law as well as hundreds of rights, benefits and protections that are currently limited to married couples of the opposite sex. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces Unanimous Senate Confirmation of Nominees

Name Position Previous Position
Julie Shimer, Ph.D. Chair of the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) CEO & President of Welch Allyn
Howard P. Milstein Chair, New York State Thruway Authority Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of New York Private Bank & Trust

The following nominees were also confirmed:

  • Donald Capoccia was confirmed to the Battery Park City Authority.
  • Fernando Ferrer was confirmed as a Member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
  • Raymond LeChase was confirmed to the Power Authority.
  • Jeffrey Lynford was confirmed as Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
  • Dennis Mehiel was confirmed as a Member of the Empire State Development Corporation.
  • Scott Howard Rechler was confirmed as Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
  • Aby Rosen was confirmed as the Chair of the Council on the Arts.

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Announces Completion of School Audits
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.

New York State Senate Passes Ten Bills
This week, the New York State Senate passed seven bills. They include:

  • S.5679 (Skelos) – The Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 significantly expands disclosure of outside employment and income of all legislators and makes the information available to the public.
  • S.3953 (Hannon & Nolan) – The Concussion Management Awareness Act would direct the State Education Department, in consultation with the State Health Department, to adopt rules and regulations for the recognition and monitoring of concussions in students.
  • S.2468 (Libous) – The Buy From the Backyard Act requires state agencies with food contracts to buy at least 20 percent of their food from New York sources.
  • S.5145 (Skelos) – The bill gives adoptees born in other states the same ability to access information as eligible New York-born adoptees.
  • S.5643 (Marcellino, Alesi, Robach)-The bill would make text messaging while driving a primary violation rather than a secondary violation.
  • S.1542 and S.1544 (Skelos) – These bills would increase penalties and make it a felony for certain sex offenders who fail to register or report a change of address.
  • S.2593 (Flanagan) – The bill includes new registry requirements for certain individuals who commit a sex offense and who have entered a plea or had a verdict rendered against them of “not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect”.
  • S.3744 (Lanza) – The bill restricts certain sex offenders who are released on parole from entering public, association or free libraries.
  • S.5565 (Young & Maziarz) – The bill known as “Renee’s Law” would help protect staff of the state’s youth residential programs and ensure appropriate placement of youth based on their criminal history.

New York State Assembly Passes Historic Marriage Equality Act
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell announced the passage of the historic Marriage Equality Act, a measure that will allow same-sex couples the same opportunity to enter into civil marriages as opposite-sex couples. Silver and O’Donnell commended Governor Cuomo on his extraordinary leadership and urged the State Senate to finally make marriage equality a law in New York. The Assembly first passed marriage equality legislation in 2007, and twice again in 2009. On each occasion, as well as today, the bills received support from majority and minority members from throughout the state. For more information, click here.

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Releases Municipal Audits
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced his office completed audits for the Belfast Fire District, the Dayton Fire District, the Ellery Center Fire District, the Town of Essex, the Ransomville Fire District and the Varysburg Fire District.
For more information, click here.

Attorney General Schneiderman’s Unveils Prescription Drug Bill to Fight Abuse & Addiction
Addressing the growing wave of prescription drug abuses in New York State, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman unveiled legislation that would create an online database to report and track the prescription and dispensing of certain controlled substances. The “Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act,” or “I-STOP,” would provide health care practitioners and pharmacists with centralized information to avoid over-prescribing, help shut down prescription drug trafficking, and identify and treat patients who seek to abuse prescription drugs. For more information, click here.

Attorney General Schneiderman Announces Shutdown of a Major East Coast Drug Distribution Network
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the arrest and indictment of 37 individuals accused of taking part in a major drug distribution network that was funneling cocaine from New York City, Georgia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania throughout the Capital Region and elsewhere in New York. “Drug traffickers destroy our communities and wreak havoc on families across the state,” saidAttorney General Schneiderman. “This investigation has shut down a major pipeline of illegal drugs coming into the Capital Region from up and down the east coast. I want to thank our partners in law enforcement – the Albany Police Department, the State Police and the Schenectady Police Department – for working with us to get deadly narcotics off the streets so they no longer infect our neighborhoods.” For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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

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.

Construction Management Services for Various Waterfront Properties (June 28, 2011) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is a not-for-profit corporation that performs a variety of development and property management functions on behalf of The City of New York. NYCEDC’s current property management portfolio is quite extensive and includes various properties owned, managed and/or leased by the City, by an agency of the City or by NYCEDC. A large portion of these properties are waterfront properties and lands under water. For more information, click here.

Food Entrepreneurs Fund (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, 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.

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.

Pier 15 Maritime Pavilion and Berthing Spaces (due August 9, 2011) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) on behalf of the City of New York, acting through its Department of Small Business Services, is issuing a request for proposals from qualified individuals or organizations (“Respondents”, each a “Respondent”) in connection with the City’s award of a lease (or leases) or other occupancy agreements covering the following sites located on Pier 15 along the East River in Lower Manhattan:
(1) Enclosed pavilion space on the western portion of Pier 15 (the “Maritime Pavilion”).
(2) Berthing and tie-up space on the south, east, and northeast sides of Pier 15
(3) At Respondent’s option, permanent and/or transient berthing and tie-up space along the north side apron of Pier 15
Pier 15 and associated Maritime Pavilion and berth areas are being constructed as part of the larger East River Esplanade Project, which is intended to transform the waterfront area into a new pedestrian-friendly, publicly-accessible open space. 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.

Brooklyn Army Terminal 4E Lease (August 15, 2011) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeks proposals for the lease of an approximately 20,400 square foot space in Unit 4E of Building B (the “Site”) of Brooklyn Army Terminal, located in Block 5778, part of Lot 1, in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. The Site is part of the Brooklyn Army Terminal Campus and is located in the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone. 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.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

On June 15th, the Council held its stated meeting. The agenda can be found here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 6/20 – 6/24

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Technology
Date: Monday, June 20
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: Reviewing the Road Map for the Digital City

Committee on Environmental Protection
Date: Monday, June 20
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Intro 534: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York in relation to requiring the department of environmental protection to undertake an assessment of the electricity generation capability of the City’s water supply, wastewater treatment and bodies of water within the City’s jurisdiction.

Committee on Parks and Recreation
Date: Monday, June 20
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Tuesday, June 21
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations
Date: Tuesday, June 21
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: The Power of Art for LGBTQ Youth in New York City.

Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses
Date: Tuesday, June 21
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Immigration (Jointly with the Committee on Consumer Affairs)
Date: Tuesday, June 21
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Employment Agencies in New York City: Are they getting the job done for Immigrant New Yorkers?

Committee on Housing and Buildings
Date: Tuesday, June 21
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Tuesday, June 21
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Health
Date: Wednesday, June 22
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation’s Decision to Privatize Brooklyn Central Laundry Services.

Committee on Transportation
Date: Wednesday, June 22
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: Update on the Status of the 9/11

Committee on General Welfare
Date: Wednesday, June 22
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: Barriers that Youth and Young Adults Face In Accessing Public Assistance.

Committee on Community Development
Date: Wednesday, June 22
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: Youth Employment Training – How successful is
the Center for Economic Opportunity’s Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP) as an effective City-wide model to significantly reduce long term economic hardship for low-income young adults?

Committee on Youth Services
Date: Thursday, June 23
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: Addressing the Needs of New York City’s Latino Disconnected Youth.

Committee on Land Use
Date: Thursday, June 23
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Veterans
Date: Thursday, June 23
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Intro 480:A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to the mayor’s office of veterans’ affairs and the establishment of veteran liaisons.

Committee on Small Business
Date: Thursday, June 23
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: Small Business Incubators in New York City.

Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services
Date: Thursday, June 23
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.