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Affairs and Appointments – March 25, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – March 25, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Announce New Program to Allow New Yorkers to Contest Tickets Online
  • Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Mathew M. Wambua as Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development
  • City Council Approves Renaming of the Queensboro Bridge to the Ed Koch Queenboro Bridge

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo releases Video Message on the Budget

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • EDC: Corn Exchange Building
    • EDC: Sackman Street Industrial
    • EDC: Legal Services for Landlord Tenant RFP

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 3/28 – 4/1


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Announce New Program to Allow New Yorkers to Contest Tickets Online
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Deputy Mayor for Operations Stephen Goldsmith, Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs Carol Robles-Román,FinanceCommissioner David M. Frankel, Administrative Justice Coordinator David Goldin and Chief Administrative Law Judge Suzanne Beddoe announced the launch of a new program to allow New Yorkers to contest tickets online, eliminating the need for a time consuming trip to an in-person hearing. Online hearings – part of the City’s NYC Simplicity agenda to make City government more efficient, innovative, and customer-focused – are now available for parking tickets administered by theDepartment of Financeand many tickets administered by theEnvironmental Control Board, including health and sanitation code violations. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Mathew M. Wambua as Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg named Mathew M. Wambua Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). Wambua will replace Rafael E. Cestero, who will leave public service at the end of March as previously announced. Wambua will become Commissioner on April 4th. Wambua has served in the Bloomberg Administration since 2002. In 2008, he took on the responsibility of Executive Vice President of New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), one of the nation’s largest issuers of multi-family affordable housing bonds and a finance arm of HPD. For more information, click here.

City Council Approves Renaming of the Queensboro Bridge to the Ed Koch Queenboro Bridge
The City Council voted 38 to 12 on Wednesday to rename the Queensboro Bridge after Mr. Koch, who led New York City from 1978 to 1989 and emerged as one of its most familiar faces. The city is expected to officially christen the bridge the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge next month. The bridge, which serves as connective tissue between Manhattan and Queens, is a signature of the New York skyline, depicted in movies and memorialized in song. Its steel frame extends from 59th Street over the East River. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo releases Video Message on the Budget
The April 1 deadline for a new state budget is in approximately one week. At that time, the Legislature will pass — or fail to pass — the budget that Governor Cuomo proposed. The Governor’s budget closes a $10 billion deficit with no new taxes, cuts waste and inefficiency, and ensures that the government will finally tighten its belt – just like every family in this state has had to do. This week, Governor Cuomo released a video to New Yorkers about his commitment to deliver a budget that makes this government work for the people once again. Click here to view the message from the Governor.

CURRENT RFP’s

Charleston Retail Sites (due March 31, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking proposals to acquire and develop of two undeveloped land parcels, each approximately 10 acres, located in Charleston section of Staten Island (the “Sites”). Proposed programs for the Sites should be predominantly for retail uses in response to the thriving regional and local market but may include uses complementary to retail. For more information, click here.

Sackman Street Industrial (due April 6, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking proposals for the sale and development of a site consisting of Lots 19, 21 and 23 on Block 3676 of the Borough of Brooklyn (“Site”) for an as-of-right industrial use. For more information, click here.

NYC Coolroofs Program Administration (due April 7, 2011) – The Department of Buildings (”the Department”) seeks an appropriately qualified vendor to assume responsibility for day to day coordination and management of the operational aspects of the NYC °CoolRoofs program. For more information, click here.

Legal Services for Landlord Tenant RFP (due April 7, 2011) – Apple Industrial Development Corp. (“Apple”) and the New York City Economic Development Corp. (“NYCEDC”) are seeking proposals from professional law firms to serve as outside litigation counsel to provide legal services pertaining to landlord-tenant and other related matters. For more information, click here.

Brooklyn Incubator RFP (due April 8, 2011) – NYCEDC is seeking proposals from qualified individuals, companies or organizations to develop, operate and maintain an incubator space (the “Incubator”) within either the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, East New York, or Crown Heights or, within a portion of the Moore Street Market’s basement level (the “Site”). For information on this project, click here.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Support Competition Consultant Services (due April 11, 2011) – 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. For more information, click here.

Corn Exchange Building (due April 22, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking expressions of interest for the purchase and redevelopment of the Corn Exchange Building (the “Site”) located in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, New York. For more information, click here.

Housing and Shelter for Persons with AIDS (extended: due April 30, 2011) – For more information, click here.

Arlington Yard RFEI (due May 11, 2011) – seeking expressions of interest for the use of all or any portion of an approximately 9-acre parcel of land located within the Arlington Railyard in Staten Island, NY. The Site is zoned for rail freight and industrial uses, offers exceptional access to local and continental rail and road networks, and sits immediately across from Howland Hook Marine Terminal, a major deep water container port. 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.

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.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 3/28 – 4/1

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

FY 2012 Preliminary Budget Hearings (note: all hearings done in conjunction with the Finance Committee)

Committee on Health
Date: Monday, March 28th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Medical Examiner; Department of Health & Mental Hygiene; Health & Hospitals Corporations

Committee on Public Housing
Date: Monday, Monday 28th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: New York City Housing Authority

Committee on Drug Abuse (Jointly with the Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services)
Date: Monday, March 21st
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Committee on Standards and Ethics
Date: Tuesday, March 29th
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Conflicts of Interest Board

Committee on Education
Date: Wednesday, March 30th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Department of Education and School Construction Authority

Committee on Parks and Recreation
Date: Thursday, March 31st
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Department of Parks & Recreation

Non-FY 2012 City Council Hearings

Committee on Standards and Ethics
Date: Tuesday, March 29th
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda to be Announced