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Affairs and Appointments – June 18, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – June 18, 2010

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Launches NYC Media Lab
  • Mayor Bloomberg Presents 2010 Doris C. Freedman Award to Friends of the Highline
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Citywide Fatherhood Initiative to Strengthen New York City Families
  • Public Advocacte De Blasio Launches “The Public Advocate’s Guide to Community Organizing”

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Paterson Signs Eighteen Bills into Law
  • Budget Extender bill passed
  • NY Empire Zone program to be scrapped

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • HHC: Technical Support Services for HHC’s Long Term Care Facilities
    • DOT: Management and Operation of Flatiron Public Plaza
    • EDC: East River Waterfront Esplanade and Piers Project Esplanade Package 2
    • CUNY: Manhattan Student Housing
    • EDC: Audit Services

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 6/21 – 6/25


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Launches NYC Media Lab
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg launched NYC Media Lab, a new initiative to promote innovation within New York City’s media industry. The new laboratory – a consortium of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) and Columbia University – will drive new technology research and connect companies looking to advance new media technologies with local academic institutions undertaking related research. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Presents 2010 Doris C. Freedman Award to Friends of the Highline
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presented the 2010 Doris C. Freedman Award to Capalino+Company client, the Friends of the High Line for its dedication to preserving an essential piece of New York’s industrial history and for transforming the High Line into an innovative public space. For information on this historic award, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Citywide Fatherhood Initiative to Strengthen New York City Families
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the launch of a citywide fatherhood initiative to strengthen New York City families by helping fathers be active in their children’s lives. The launch comes after the Mayor directed city agencies to review their policies and practices to make sure fathers were not unintentionally excluded from, or missing opportunities to engage in their children’s lives. The initiative includes more than a dozen programs ranging from offering parenting classes at public hospitals and homeless shelters, to educational activities for dads and their children at Housing Authority community centers. To oversee the effort, the City will hire its first-ever Citywide Fatherhood Services Coordinator. For more information, click here.

Public Advocacte De Blasio Launches “The Public Advocate’s Guide to Community Organizing”
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio launched “The Public Advocate’s Guide to Community Organizing” a toolkit offering New Yorkers easy to understand information about how City government works, strategies to make City government more responsive, and tools to organize residents around issues affecting their communities. For more information, click here, for the toolkit, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Paterson Signs Eighteen Bills into Law
Governor David A. Paterson this week signed 18 bills into law. They include:

  • A.8827A/S.7742 into law, which will enhance the availability of safe, affordable and accessible child day care.
  • A.2374A/S.2613-A, which will enact the “Jury Pool Fair Representation Act” to provide for the collection and submission of demographic data of jurors in an annual report.
  • A.9737/S.7021, which extends the period of time that a Vietnam War veteran may file a lawsuit to recover for injuries caused by exposure to Agent Orange.
  • A.8313A/S.5838-A: Amends Executive Law 23-b to clarify that standard promulgated by the Disaster Preparedness Commission for disaster preparedness plans for nursing homes and assisted living facilities do not modify or override duly promulgated agency regulations or preclude agencies from promulgating future regulations in the area.
  • A.6249B/S.2269-A: Exempts Roslyn Rescue Hook and Ladder Company No.1 from State law residency requirements applicable to fire districts.
  • A.8525/S.7742: Allows for the appointment of election commissioners where there are no members of legislative body who are members of the political part that filed the certificate of appointment.
  • A.9766A/S.6702-A: Permits a Village Justice of the Village of Sag Harbor to live outside the village, so long as he or she residents either in the towns of East Hampton or Southampton.
  • A10556/S.7100: Clarifies protection for timber operations from unreasonably restrictive ordinances; clarifies which woodland acreage is eligible to receive such protection; and clarifies how counties may request approval of the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Markets to correct errors made in their filings with the Department.
  • S.2405/A.11051: Amends Criminal Procedure Law 410.91 to make clear that a person who receives a determinate prison term for a drug offense pursuant to Penal Law 70.70(3)(b) is eligible to have that term executed as a parole.
  • S.5486/A.8256: Makes a technical correction to an identical provision appearing in Town Law, Village Law and General City Law that contains an incorrect reference to a section of the regulations that implement environmental impact statements.
  • S.5843B/A.9022-A: Authorizes the Dormitory Authority to construct and finance athletic facilities of the Convent of the Sacred Heart School of New York.
  • S.6268/A.9231: Repeals controversial and unpopular statutory authorization for the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets to conduct surveys of beekeeper and apiary yards.
  • S.6720/A.10060: Extends the authorization of the City of Yonkers to market serial bonds at private sale.
  • S.6730/A.9817: Extends and increases the authorization for the Town of East Hampton to issue serial bonds.
  • S.6833/A.9941: Extends the authorization of Erie County to market serial bonds at private sale.
  • S.6862/A.9951: Extends the authorization of the City of Buffalo to market serial bonds at private sale.
  • S.7221/A.1509: Clarifies that any action of a manual audit of voting records following an election will be directed to the Supreme Court as a Special Proceeding.
  • A.5462A/S.2233-A: Allows a foster care agency to delay filing a petition to terminate parental rights where a parent is incarcerated or participating in a residential treatment program where the delay would be in the best interest of the child.

For more information on these bills, click here.

Budget Extender bill passed
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr. announced passage of emergency extender legislation which includes over $325 million in reductions to human services ($175 million) and mental hygiene ($150.2 million) programs while restoring funding to vital services (A.11437). For more information, click here.

NY Empire Zone program to be scrapped
Two New York state officials say a tentative deal has been struck to replace a long criticized business tax-break program with a smaller, more closely scrutinized economic development incentive for employers to retain and grow jobs. The officials say that Gov. David Paterson and legislative leaders are expected to announce the landmark change that would do away with the Empire Zone program this week. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 6/21 – 6/25

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Technology
Date: Monday, June 21
Time: 10:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Intro 29 – Creating open data standards

Subcommittee on Drug Abuse
Date: Monday, June 21
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 151 West 26th Street
Agenda: Tour: Exponents Drug Treatment Outpatient Program

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Monday, June 21
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Education
Date: Monday, June 21
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight: DOE Admissions Policies and Procedures

Committee on Contracts
Date: Monday, June 21
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Reso 115 – support of H.R. 3771, which amends the Small Business Act to establish mentorship and assistance programs designed to help minority, veteran-owned, and women-owned small businesses operate in the construction industry.

Committee on Housing and Buildings
Date: Tuesday, June 22
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 87 – Filing of registration statements by owners of dwellings.
Intro 262 – Reducing unnecessary artificial lighting in lobbies and hallways.
Intro 263 – Reducing the waste of drinking water for cooling.
Intro 264 – Drinking fountain
Intro 266 – Energy efficiency in commercial buildings.
Intro 267 – Including environmental concerns as an interest of the NYC Building Code
Intro 268 – Preventing water waste in buildings.
Intro 271 – Enhancing water efficiency
Intro 273 – Lighting of temporary walkways at construction sites.
Intro 277 – Improving lighting efficiency in dwellings

Committee on Higher Education
Date: Tuesday, June 22
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – “Examining the Impact of CUNY’s May 8th Enrollment Cut Off Date and the Waiting List for Late Applicants”.

Committee on Civil Rights (Jointly with the Committee on General Welfare and the Committee on Oversight and Investigations)
Date: Wednesday, June 23
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Source of Income Discrimination and the Enforcement of Local Law 10 of 2008.

Committee on Juvenile Justice
Date: Thursday, June 24
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Should Bridges Juvenile Center Be Closed?

Committee on Small Business (Jointly with the Committee on Governmental Operations and Committee on Economic Development)
Date: Friday, June 25
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 91 – Small business regulatory flexibility.

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