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Affairs and Appointments – March 23, 2012

Affairs and Appointments – March 23, 2012

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan Unveil New Pothole Filling Machine and Begin Road Paving Season
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces New York City Wins Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize for Leadership in Sustainability
  • Comptroller John C. Liu Names Alex Doñé Executive Director for Private Equity/ Emerging Managers
  • Comptroller John C. Liu: Management of 911 Call Center Project was Ineffective

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Announces More Than 120 Businesses Join NY Youth Works Program, Creating Jobs For 2,900 At-Risk Youth
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of Capitol Exhibit Honoring Prominent New York Women
  • Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Announces $3.45 Million in Grants to Revitalize Communities Affected by Brownfields
  • Governor Cuomo Signs Law to Expand New York’s DNA Databank

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • EDC: Fresh Kills Renewable Energy
    • DOE: Periodic Assessment Program
    • DOP: Advocate Intervene Mentor

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 3/26 – 3/30


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan Unveil New Pothole Filling Machine and Begin Road Paving Season
Mayor Bloomberg and Department of Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan today unveiled a new pothole filing machine and launched the start of road paving season, a months-long, dedicated campaign to resurface streets citywide to maintain them in a state of good repair. The new pothole machine is currently being tested and is designed to fill potholes with fewer crew members and only block one lane of traffic while making road repairs. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces New York City Wins Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize for Leadership in Sustainability
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced that New York City has won Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize in recognition of its leadership and achievement in sustainable policy, including the City’s landmark planning program PlaNYC. The international honor is presented biennially for outstanding contributions to sustainable urban policy that are practical and cost-effective, and serve as a model for cities across the globe. For more information, click here.

Comptroller John C. Liu Names Alex Doñé Executive Director for Private Equity/ Emerging Managers
New York City Comptroller John C. Liu today announced the appointment of Alex Doñé as Executive Director for Private Equity/Emerging Managers in the Comptroller’s Office – responsible for leading the expansion of the New York City Pension Funds’ commitment to minority and women-owned firms (MWBEs). The Comptroller, in conjunction with the Pension Funds, is currently seeking an additional $500 million commitment on top of the $6 billion already allocated to MWBE investment managers. For more information, click here.

Comptroller John C. Liu: Management of 911 Call Center Project was Ineffective
City Comptroller John C. Liu released an audit that found the Emergency Communications Transformation Program (ECTP) has suffered severe management flaws since its inception, resulting in a domino effect of delays and a billion dollars in cost overruns. ECTP is now a billion dollars over budget, from an estimated $1.3 billion, to now an estimated $2.3 billion (City Capital Commitment plan, dated February 2012.) The project was scheduled to be completed in 2008. The latest figures released by Mayor Bloomberg now peg completion in 2015 – seven years behind schedule. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Announces More Than 120 Businesses Join NY Youth Works Program, Creating Jobs For 2,900 At-Risk Youth
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that more than 120 businesses across the state have joined the New York Youth Works Program, creating 2,900 full and part-time job openings for young, at-risk New Yorkers. Mylan Denerstein, Counsel to the Governor, and Alphonso David, Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights, today joined members of the Legislature and representatives from participating businesses to encourage additional youth and companies to take advantage of the program. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of Capitol Exhibit Honoring Prominent New York Women
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of an exhibit in the State Capitol that honors prominent New York women and their contributions to society. The new exhibit is part of the Governor’s ongoing efforts to highlight New York’s history at the Capitol, which began earlier this year with the restoration of the Hall of Governors and the Black History Month Exhibit on display in the War Room. For more information, click here.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Announces $3.45 Million in Grants to Revitalize Communities Affected by Brownfields
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $3.45 million in grants through the “Brownfield Opportunity Areas” (BOA) program for 15 communities throughout the state. The grants will help create jobs, support environmental remediation, revitalize communities, and expand the tax base in distressed neighborhoods that have been adversely affected by Brownfield sites. Brownfields are dormant properties where contamination has impeded redevelopment, turning the properties into economic and environmental drains on localities. The BOA grants support programs aimed at redeveloping Brownfields. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Signs Law to Expand New York’s DNA Databank
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo joined by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today signed into law a historic bill that makes New York State the first “all crimes DNA” state in the nation, by requiring DNA samples be collected from anyone convicted of a felony or Penal Law misdemeanor. In addition, the new law also significantly expands defendants’ access to DNA testing and comparison both before and after conviction in appropriate circumstances, as well as to discovery after conviction where innocence is claimed. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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

Willoughby Square Development Rights (March 30, 2012) NYCEDC, on behalf of the City of New York (the “City”), is offering to sell approximately 170,000 square feet of floor area development rights (the “Floor Area Development Rights”) associated with Willoughby Square, an approximately 1.1-acre planned public space and underground garage located in Downtown Brooklyn (the “Floor Area Sale”). The sale is expected to be accomplished by the City by means of a zoning lot merger and zoning lot development agreement with a lot adjacent to Willoughby Square. NYCEDC would also consider alternative transaction structures proposed by respondents (together with the Floor Area Sale, the “Transaction”). Respondents are not required to have ownership of an adjacent site that can receive the development rights offered for sale (“Eligible Site”). If a Respondent does not own an Eligible Site, the City expects to enter into a contract with the Respondent wherein the City would agree to the Transaction for the benefit of Respondent’s qualified designee, or, with the Respondent if it acquires an Eligible Site. All proposals must compensate NYCEDC and the City up-front for the fair market value of the Transaction, as confirmed by independent appraisal. For more information, click here.

Emergency Management Consulting and Training Services (April 2, 2012) – The Corporation is seeking to enter into an agreement for a period ending July 31, 2013 with a vendor that has demonstrated expertise and extensive experience in Emergency Management regulatory requirements, Emergency Operation Plan development, training and exercising. The vendor will be selected based on a thorough analysis of the company`s ability in achieving the Corporation`s goals and ability to meet the deliverables and timeframe outlined within this RFP. For more information, click here.

Final Design Services (April 3, 2012) – HWK614D, For the Reconstruction of Bergen Avenue Area, Borough of Brooklyn, You can download the Request for Proposal at http://ddcftp.nyc.gov/rfpweb/ from March 7, 2012, or contact the person listed for this RFP. The contract resulting from this Request for Proposal will be subjected to Local Law 129 of 2005. Minority Owned and Women Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) program. For more information, click here.

Springfield Gardens Industrial Park (April 5, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a consultant or consultant team to provide construction inspection and resident engineering services for the Springfield Gardens Residential Area – Phase D2 Construction. Phase D2 is approximately 68 acres in size and is defined primarily by the residential R3-2 (Medium Density) zoned areas south of South Conduit Avenue, the southernmost of which is 149th Avenue, the westernmost of which is Springfield Boulevard, and the easternmost of which is 224th Street. The proposed project includes the installation of new drainage infrastructure, upgrading existing sanitary sewers and water mains as well as the reconstruction of streets. The system will include three (3) proposed Constructed Stormwater Wetlands – Best Management Practices (BMPs) that would serve to cleanse the storm water before discharging into the natural wetland systems. For more information, click here.

Operation of a Free Concert Series and a Maximum of Six (6) Kiosks (April 12, 2012) – At Orchard Beach, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx.
There will be a recommended proposer meeting on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm. We will be meeting in Room 407 of the Arsenal, which is located at 830 5th Avenue, in Central Park, Manhattan. If you are considering responding to this RFP, please make every effort to attend this recommended meeting.
TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICE FOR THE DEAF (TDD) 212-504-4115. For more information, click here.

Consulting Services, Rockaway Courthouse RFEI (April 16, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation on behalf of the City of New York is seeking expressions of interest for the purchase and redevelopment of the Rockaway Courthouse Building, a 24,000 square foot, three story limestone and Tennessee marble building that was constructed in 1932 and is located in the Hammels neighborhood in the Rockaways in Queens, New York. The purpose of the RFEI is to generate expressions of interest from qualified development teams for ways to revitalize a historic structure and continue the redevelopment of the Rockaways. Companies who have been certified with the New York City Department of Small Business Services as Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (“M/WBE”) are strongly encouraged to apply. To learn more about M/WBE certification and NYCEDC’s M/WBE program, please visit http://www.nycedc.com/opportunitymwdbe. Respondents may submit questions and/or request clarifications from NYCEDC no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2012. Questions regarding the subject matter of this RFP should be directed to rockawaycourthouserfei@nycedc.com. For all questions that do not pertain to the subject matter of this RFEI please contact NYCEDC’s Contracts Hotline at (212) 312-3969. Answers to all questions will be posted by Monday, March 12, 2012 to www.nycedc.com/RFP. Please submit eight (8) sets of your expression of interest to NYCEDC. For more information, click here.

NY/NY III Scatter Housing and Supportive SVCS (April 16, 2012) – The Human Resources Administration (HRA) is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to provide non-emergency scatter-site supportive housing to chronically homeless single adults who are living with HIV/AIDS and who suffer from a co-occurring serious and persistent mental illness, a substance abuse disorder, or a Mentally Ill Chemical Abuse (MICA) disorder. Pre-Proposal Conference will be held March 20, 2012 from 10:00AM to 12:00 Noon at 180 Water Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10038. For more information, click here.

Homemaking SVCS to Families of Persons Diagnosed HIV/AIDS (April 17, 2012) – The HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) of the Human Resources Administration (HRA) is seeking approximately seven appropriately qualified vendors to directly provide homemaker services (e.g., personal care, supervision of children,shopping for food and household items, preparation and/or serving of meals, leaning, laundry,etc.) to HASA family cases with children under the age of 12. For families with children over the age of 12, the need for homemaking will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Pre- Proposal Conference: March 14, 2012 from 10:00AM to 12:00 Noon at 180 Water St, 12th FL,New York, NY 10038. For more information, click here.

Periodic Assessment Program (April 23, 2012) – The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), on behalf of the Division of Academics, Performance and Support, is seeking proposals to provide student assessments, related assessment administration, and an assessment results reporting technology platform. These formative tests, primarily in Literacy and Mathematics, are administered at least once per year for grades K-12, but grades K-2 are assessed in literacy only. This RFP seeks standards-aligned assessments, resources for assessments in Science and Social Studies and online assessment resources for classroom instruction. For more information, click here.

Advocate Intervene Mentor (April 25, 2012) – The New York City Department of Probation (DOP), in collaboration with the Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), is seeking three to six qualified vendors to provide intensive mentoring and advocacy programming for high risk youth facing the highest probability of out-of-home-placement, as a result of Family Court delinquency adjudication. The ultimate goal of AIM is to help build stronger and safer communities, reduce crime and recidivism, and promote lifelong gains for youth involved in the juvenile justice system in New York City. The Pre-Proposal Conference will be held in two sessions, the first on April 4, 2012 at 9 AM and the second on April 5, 2012 at 10:30 AM. Both will be held at the Department of Probation, 33 Beaver Street, New York, NY 10004. Attendance is optional but recommended. For more information, click here.

Brielle Ave (May 31, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), on behalf of the City of New York, is seeking expressions of interest for the purchase and redevelopment of all or select portion(s) of an approximately 46-acre parcel located in the Willowbrook neighborhood of Staten Island (the “Site”). The Site is a portion of the property identified as Block 1955, Lot 1 in Staten Island, and is roughly bounded by Walcott Avenue to the north, Brielle Avenue to the east, Colonial Avenue to the west, and the Staten Island Greenbelt to the south. The Site is located within the Farm Colony – Seaview Hospital Historic District. For more information, click here.

Saratoga Square (due May 18, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeks proposals for the sale or lease of an approximately 25,762 square foot parcel of land located on Block 1557, Lots 3, 4, 23, 26, 28, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, and 37 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn (the “Site”). Through this Request For Proposals (“RFP”), NYCEDC is seeking individuals or organizations to develop the Site for a use that maximizes the creation of jobs for local residents, generates proceeds attributed to new development from tax revenue and purchase price/ground rent, and is contextually appropriate in terms of both design and use. 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.

New and Emerging. Solid Waste Management Technology(June 5, 2012) – The New York City Department of Sanitation seeks proposals from qualified contractors to develop a facility(ies) demonstrating the application of new and emerging technology in the processing of DSNY-managed waste. There will be an optional pre-proposal conference at 10:00 AM, on April 9, 2012, at 110 William Street, Conference Room 4 A/B, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10038. There will be an optional site visit of the Staten Island City Provided Site on April 9, 2012, for which the bus will leave at 1:00 PM from Water Street between Fulton and John Streets, New York, NY. All written inquiries about the RFP should be submitted on or by 5:00 PM on May 4, 2012, to sdolinar@dsny.nyc.gov. A proposal submitted in response to this RFP is required to be accompanied by a proposal deposit in the amount of $10,000.00. Vendors are strongly advised to call the Contract Unit before they come to pick up the RFP. Contract books will be available on March 6, 2012. For more information, click here.

Industrial Space Modernization (December 12, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (the “City”), is seeking proposals from qualified individuals, organizations or companies (“Respondents”) to renovate and reactivate, via subdivision, privately-held vacant industrial building/space(s) in New York City that face challenges leasing to modern manufacturers and industrial companies. NYCEDC, in cooperation with the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”), intends to disburse up to $8 million from the City Council Small Manufacturing Investment Fund (the “Industrial Fund”) to incentivize one or more property owners and developers to make capital improvements related to the subdivision and modernization of their industrial spaces. Both not-for-profit and for-profit Respondents are encouraged to submit proposals. The primary programmatic goal for the use of the funds is the subdivision of large floor plates tailored to the space needs of smaller industrial businesses throughout New York City as described above. Secondary programmatic goals for the Industrial Fund include, but are not limited to:
1. Improvement of space where leasing ability has been limited due to a lack of capital investment
2. Preservation of existing industrial space at affordable rents
3. Modernization of obsolete industrial space
4. Investment in raw industrial space to make available for leasing
For more information, click here.

Fresh Kills Renewable Energy (February 15, 2013) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York, is seeking proposals for the long-term lease of approximately 75 acres of land on and adjacent to the former Fresh Kills landfill in the borough of Staten Island. Specifically, NYCEDC and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (“NYCDEP”) seek proposals for the ownership, design, construction, and operation of utility-scale installations of solar and wind energy facilities in coordination with the planning of the future Freshkills Park. 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.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Our new feature Food for Thought presents recently issued policy or research reports which you may find of interest.

NYC Green Codes Task Force

Two years after the NYC Green Codes Task Force released its influential report, 29 of its 111 recommendations have been incorporated into laws and practices, with many others in the pipeline. By 2030, the measures already implemented will reduce citywide carbon emissions by almost 5%, lower daily water consumption by the equivalent of 30 Central Park Reservoirs, and divert 100,000 tons of asphalt from landfills annually, all while helping ensure that NYC’s real estate industry takes a leadership role in creating new jobs in the clean tech economy. While code changes often occur below the radar, they have profoundly influenced energy consumption, water conservation, air quality, public health, and use of recycled materials and will continue to do so for decades. Building codes are the DNA of a city – rules that are applied many times over in literally millions of design and development decisions every year, having an exponential impact on how the city functions. To continue reading the report, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 3/26 – 3/30

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Education
Date: Monday, March 26, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Housing and Buildings
Date: Monday, March 26, 2012
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Transportation
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Education
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Rm, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Environmental Protection
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Finance
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

The New York City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on General Welfare
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Governmental Operations
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Women’s Issues (Jointly with the Committee on General Welfare)
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012 Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Juvenile Justice (Jointly with the Committee on General Welfare)
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Small Business (Jointly with the Women’s Issues)
Date: Friday, March 30, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Women Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment
Date: Friday, March 30, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.