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Affairs and Appointments – June 4, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – June 4, 2010

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Launches Measures to Make New York City’s Environmental Review Process More Transparent and User-Friendly for Small Businesses and Homeowners
  • Mayor Bloomberg Signs Seven Bills
  • Mayor and Vice President Biden Mark Start of Brooklyn Bridge Rehabilitation Project
  • Mayor Bloomberg and the Corporation for National and Community Service Announce Federal Grant to Support NYC Service ‘Civic Corps’ Program
  • Mayor Bloomberg and NYC & Company Launch “C’mon Lebron” Campaign

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Paterson Submits Legislation to Begin Implementation of Juvenile Justice Task Force
  • Governor Paterson Announces Widespread, Statewide Support for Power for Jobs Reform
  • New York State Assembly Speaker Silver Notes on Public Leaders Meeting Concerning the State Budget

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • EDC: Bathgate Industrial RFP

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 6/7 – 6/11


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Launches Measures to Make New York City’s Environmental Review Process More Transparent and User-Friendly for Small Businesses and Homeowners
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg launched four measures to make New York City’s environmental review process more transparent and user-friendly for small businesses and homeowners. The measures include a new Environmental Assessment Statement short form with clear requirements that apply to small projects such as changes in property line delineation; a clarified full form to better target and improve the analysis of the potential impacts on medium-sized projects; an upgraded Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination website to create a one-stop-shop for environmental review including forms, calendars and review support; and a revised and more user-friendly City Environmental Quality Review Technical Manual to improve the quality of analysis and its reporting. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Seven Bills
This week, Mayor Bloomberg signed seven bills, they are:

  • Intro 118-A (Koslowitz) – Requiring the creation of a Business Owner’s Bill of Rights.
  • Intro 123-A (Mark-Viverito) – Establishing an Advisory Committee on the safety of new surface materials.
  • Intro 66 (Dilan) – Clarifying language related to the 421a Tax Exemption program
  • Intro 68-A (Dilan) – Increases civil penalties for unlicensed plumbing and fire suppression work.
  • Intro 206, 207, and 226-A (Arroyo, Palma) – Streamlines provisions of New York City’s Health Code.

Mayor and Vice President Biden Mark Start of Brooklyn Bridge Rehabilitation Project
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg joined Vice President Joe Biden to mark the start of work on the Brooklyn Bridge rehabilitation project, a $508 million project – supported by $30 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds – that will bring the nationally and locally landmarked bridge into a state of good repair and improve traffic flow. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and the Corporation for National and Community Service Announce Federal Grant to Support NYC Service ‘Civic Corps’ Program
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the Corporation for National and Community Service announced that New York City will receive a $5.85 million, three-year AmeriCorps grant to support the NYC Civic Corps, which is the center-piece program of NYC Service – the Mayor’s comprehensive initiative to promote a new era of volunteerism in New York City and direct volunteers toward the City’s areas of greatest need. NYC Civic Corps is a first-of-its-kind program where members work at nonprofits and public agencies to help those entities use more volunteers and use volunteers more effectively to assist New Yorkers in need. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and NYC & Company Launch “C’mon Lebron” Campaign
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta launched a global promotional campaign to build upon New Yorkers’ enthusiasm to lure LeBron James to New York City and sign with either the New York Knicks or New Jersey (soon Brooklyn) Nets. The campaign will include both on-street and online promotions in which New Yorkers and celebrated public figures are encouraged to help convince LeBron James to sign with one of the two regional teams after the July 1, 2010 free agency period begins. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Paterson Submits Legislation to Begin Implementation of Juvenile Justice Task Force
Governor David A. Paterson has sent to the Legislature a bill that would implement certain recommendations of the Governor’s Task Force on Transforming Juvenile Justice, creating an independent oversight body to address systemic issues within the juvenile justice system and limiting the placement of youth with the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to those cases in which the youth poses a serious risk to his or her community. The bill is part of Governor Paterson’s broader effort to transform the State’s juvenile justice system. For more information, click here.

Governor Paterson Announces Widespread, Statewide Support for Power for Jobs Reform
Governor David A. Paterson announced the Energize New York Program – for which there is bipartisan support in the New York State Senate – has received widespread and statewide support among business and agriculture groups. The Energize New York Program would reform and improve the Power for Jobs and Energy Cost Savings Benefit Programs, which have supported over 300,000 jobs at more than 500 businesses in New York. For more information, click here.

New York State Assembly Speaker Silver Notes on Public Leaders Meeting Concerning the State Budget
New York State Assembly Speaker Silver posted his notes from the Public Leaders meeting on the New York State Budget. It can be found here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

Jobseeker and Business Services at Workforce1 Career Centers (June 8, 2010) The New York City Department of Small Business Services (“Agency”) is seeking appropriately qualified contractors to directly provide employment-related services to businesses and jobseekers as described below at up to five distinct locations.
Employer Services provided at the Workforce1 Career Centers include, but are not limited to, direct hiring assistance, logistics and planning support for recruitment opportunities, linking businesses and their employees to training opportunities, and additional services that help New York City business start, operate, and expand. RFP can be found here.

East River Esplanade: Pier 15 Commercial and Maiden Lane Pavilions RFP (due June 11, 2010) NYCEDC, seeking proposals from qualified individuals/companies to lease, operate and maintain two enclosed pavilion spaces/adjacent outdoor space along the East River Waterfront in Lower Manhattan. For more information, click here.

East River Esplanade: Pier 15 Maritime Pavilion RFP (due June 11, 2010) – NYCEDC is seeking proposals from qualified individuals or organizations interested in leasing and programming an enclosed pavilion space on the western portion of Pier 15 in Lower Manhattan (the “Pier 15 Maritime Pavilion”). For more information, click here.

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.

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.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 6/7 – 6/11

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

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

Date: Tuesday, June 7
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearings
10:00 AM – Finance

Committee on Community Development
Date: Tuesday, June 8
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Reso 247 – Congress to task the relevant agencies with amending the Community Reinvestment Act

Committee on Civil Rights (Jointly with Veterans Committee)
Date: Tuesday, June 8
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Reso 169 – Calling to pass language in the 2011 Defense Authorization Act

Committee on Parks & Recreation
Date: Tuesday, June 8
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 21 – Location of concessions within a park

Committee on Transportation
Date: Tuesday, June 8
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Intro 232 – Amending the taxicab passengers bill of rights
Intro 233 – Reporting of overcharge complaints and enforcement actions by the Taxi & Limousine Commission
Intro 235 – Certain information to be collected by taxicab equipment and that such information be shared with the Taxi and Limousine Commission upon request

Committee on Public Safety
Date: Tuesday, June 8
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Creating the crimes of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and strangulation in the first and second degrees.

Committee on State and Federal Legislation
Date: Wednesday, June 9
Time: 10:45 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Amend the real property tax law, in relation to the determination of adjusted base proportions in special assessing units which are cities for fiscal year 2011.

Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections
Date: Wednesday, June 9
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Consideration of Victoria Sammartino, Youth Board

Committee on Finance
Date: Wednesday, June 9
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Bryant Mews, Bronx and Mid-Bronx Plaza, Bronx

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Wednesday, June 9
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall

Committee on Health
Date: Thursday, June 10
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 175 – Sale of toys and child care products that contain bisphenol A or phthalates.

Committee on General Welfare
Date: Thursday, June 10
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – DHS’ Procedures for Locating Transitional Housing for the Homeless.

Committee on Technology
Date: Friday, June 11
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 214 – Enhanced 911 emergency telephone system surcharge.