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Affairs and Appointments – June 3, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – June 3, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg, Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs and NYC Service Launch Professional Attire Clothing Drive for Returning Soldiers
  • A new report from Comptroller John C. Liu’s Retirement Security NYC initiative shows that City pension costs will peak in 2016 before they begin a gradual, steady decline
  • Council Speaker Quinn, Deputy Mayor Steel, NYCEDC President Pinsky, NY Waterway, and Council Members Announce New Details of East River Ferry Service
  • NYC Department of Transportation Releases Bridge Condition Report, Marks More Than $4 Billion of Investment in City’s State of Good Repair in Four Years
  • Department of Small Business Services Launches Neighborhood Retail Leasing Program
  • Speaker Quinn and Finance Chair Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. Propose Alternative Cuts to the Department of Education Budget to Prevent Teacher Layoffs

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Senate Passes Anti-Bullying Legislation
  • Attorney General Schneiderman announced he will file a lawsuit against the federal government for its failure to study “FRACKING”
  • Governor Cuomo Announces $191 Million in Project Awards to Increase Renewable Energy in New York State
  • Governor Cuomo Suspends Participation in Federal Secure Communities Program

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • ACS: Non-Secure Detention Group Homes
    • HPD: Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Service
    • NYCEDC: Halleck Industrial Development Site at Hunts Point

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 6/6 – 6/10


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg, Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs and NYC Service Launch Professional Attire Clothing Drive for Returning Soldiers

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs Terrance C. Holliday, and Chief Service Officer Diahann Billings-Burford launched a professional attire clothing drive for veterans and returning service members seeking employment in honor of Memorial Day. In partnership with Veterans on Wall Street, an initiative dedicated to honoring former military personnel and employees currently serving in the National Guard and Reserves by facilitating career and business opportunities in the financial services industry, the City will place donation bins in Deutsche Bank, Citi, and Credit Suisse buildings, as well as the lobby of a number of City agencies, including City Hall, to collect new and gently used business attire. For more information, click here.

A new report from Comptroller John C. Liu’s Retirement Security NYC initiative shows that City pension costs will peak in 2016 before they begin a gradual, steady decline

From 2016 through 2040 and beyond, pension costs will grow at a slower rate than the City’s economy, using up significantly less of its budgeting resources. The report titled, “Sustainable or Not? NYC Pension Cost Projections through 2060,” finds the long-term decline in pension costs is primarily due to the introduction of new, less expensive benefit plans that took effect between 1995 and 2009. For more information, click here.

Council Speaker Quinn, Deputy Mayor Steel, NYCEDC President Pinsky, NY Waterway, and Council Members Announce New Details of East River Ferry Service

The ferry will provide year-round service between East 34th Street and Pier 11 in Manhattan, Long Island City in Queens, Greenpoint, North Williamsburg, South Williamsburg, and DUMBO in Brooklyn, and seasonally to Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn and Governor’s Island.The ferry service is launching June 13, 2011 and will be free of charge for all customers through June 24, 2011. For more information, click here.

NYC Department of Transportation Releases Bridge Condition Report, Marks More Than $4 Billion of Investment in City’s State of Good Repair in Four Years

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan released the agency’s Annual Bridges and Tunnels Condition Report and announced that with the recent award of $70 million in citywide streetlight maintenance contracts, DOT has surpassed $4.3 billion in capital investments on more than 775 projects in just the last four years, an unprecedented surge in the Administration’s commitment to bring the city’s roads, bridges and sidewalks into a state of good repair. For more information, click here.

Department of Small Business Services Launches Neighborhood Retail Leasing Program

In a proactive effort to attract new and expanding businesses to the city’s neighborhood commercial districts, the Department of Small Business Services launched a Neighborhood Retail Leasing Program with the goal ofhelping communities to fill vacancies in their commercial corridors and to create a vibrant mix of businesses that serve local neighborhood needs. For more information, click here.

Speaker Quinn and Finance Chair Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. Propose Alternative Cuts to the Department of Education Budget to Prevent Teacher Layoffs

In a statement released this week, Council Speaker Quinn and Finance Chair Recchia proposed a series of cuts and savings in the budget to prevent teacher layoffs. For a list of these proposals, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Senate Passes Anti-Bullying Legislation

The New York State Senate passed comprehensive anti-bullying legislation to help put an end to this destructive activity that often interferes with a student’s education and emotional well-being. The bill (S.4921), sponsored by Senator Stephen Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), would help prevent cyber-bullying as well as conventional bullying on school grounds to create safer learning environments for children. For more information, click here.

Attorney General Schneiderman announced he will file a lawsuit against the federal government for its failure to study “FRACKING”

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a sweeping new initiative that will give the Attorney General the authority to investigate and potentially prosecute any wrongdoing involving government spending, including member items, contracts, and pension fraud. By working with the Comptroller to police public integrity in Albany, the Attorney General is building on his multi-pronged approach to root out waste, fraud and corruption in state government. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces $191 Million in Project Awards to Increase Renewable Energy in New York State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Public Service Commission (PSC) have awarded $191 million to 17 power projects across the state that will produce and deliver renewable electricity to New Yorkers. In addition to producing clean, renewable energy, NYSERDA estimates that these power projects will produce nearly $500 million in economic benefits over the expected 20-year life of the facilities. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Suspends Participation in Federal Secure Communities Program

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York State will suspend participation in the federal Secure Communities Program to review the mounting evidence that the program is not meeting its stated goal and has serious consequences for witnesses, victims of crime and law enforcement. The goal as stated by the federal government was to deport serious felons, and, based on evidence to date, it appears the program in New York is failing in this regard and is actually undermining law enforcement. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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.

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.

Development, Operation and Maintenance of an Indoor Tennis Facility (Due July 7, 2011) – 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.

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 5/30 – 6/3

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Finance
Date: Monday, June 6th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Emigrant Savings Bank – 49-51 Chambers Street
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearing

Committee on Land Use
Date: Tuesday, June 7th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services (Jointly with Committee on Housing and Buildings)
Date: Tuesday, June 7th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

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