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Affairs and Appointments – May 11, 2012

Affairs and Appointments – May 11, 2012

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Launches Nation’s Largest Public Ad Campaign to Fight Chronic Absenteeism and Announces New Resources to Help Parents Improve Student Attendance
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Film and Television Industry Has Spent $60 Billion in New York City Over Past Decade, and Television Production Is Now at an All-Time High
  • Mayor Bloomberg and the Robin Hood Foundation Announce Initiatives to Help New York City’s Veterans Find Jobs and Housing as They Transition Back to Civilian Life
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan and Citi CEO Vikram Pandit Announce Citi Will Sponsor New York City’s New Bike Share Program – Citi Bike
  • City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, Council Members and NYC & Company Unveil Public Service Campaign to Fight Domestic Violence
  • Comptroller Liu Unveils Infrastructure Plan to Create 15,000 Jobs

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Presents New Legislation to Protect Vulnerable New Yorkers in Westchester
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Statewide Coalition to Support Legislation Protecting People With Special Needs and Disabilities Grows to Over 100 Members
  • Governor Cuomo Announces First in the Nation Reforms to Protect People with Special Needs and Disabilities
  • Governor Cuomo Announces $10.3 Million Federal Grant to Help Unemployed New Yorkers Accelerate Their Job Searches
  • Comptroller DiNapoli Appoints Nancy Hernandez Deputy Comptroller for Diversity
  • Comptroller DiNapoli: State Pension Fund Invests in New York City’s Technology Sector
  • Comptroller DiNapoli Announces Changes to New York’s College Savings Plan

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • CHA: Assessment Services for Special Education Students For 2012-15

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 5/14 – 5/18


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Launches Nation’s Largest Public Ad Campaign to Fight Chronic Absenteeism and Announces New Resources to Help Parents Improve Student Attendance
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg launched a new public ad campaign to fight chronic absenteeism and truancy, kicking off the largest effort in the nation to inform parents that students who routinely miss school are more likely to drop out. The campaign – created with the support of AT&T and the Ad Council – target parents and guardians to reinforce the startling consequences of repeated absences from school: students who miss 20 days or more in a single year have a dramatically reduced chance of graduation. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Mayor Bloomberg Announces Film and Television Industry Has Spent $60 Billion in New York City Over Past Decade, and Television Production Is Now at an All-Time High
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Media & Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver announced the results of an economic study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group that details the growth and economic impact of New York City’s media and entertainment industries. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and the Robin Hood Foundation Announce Initiatives to Help New York City’s Veterans Find Jobs and Housing as They Transition Back to Civilian Life
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the Robin Hood Foundation announced new initiatives designed to help veterans find jobs and housing as they transition back to civilian life in New York. Beginning this summer, the City’s Workforce 1 centers will provide priority job placement services for veterans and will open a veteran-specific center in Manhattan to help place more veterans in full and part-time jobs. This initiative is supported by a grant from Robin Hood to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, which is dedicated to supporting public-private partnerships and is working with Robin Hood on a range of veteran-specific efforts. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan and Citi CEO Vikram Pandit Announce Citi Will Sponsor New York City’s New Bike Share Program – Citi Bike
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Citi CEO Vikram Pandit announced that Citi will be the title sponsor for New York City’s new bike share program, “Citi Bike.” The $41 million agreement will allow the nation’s largest public bike share system to be provided at a low cost to users and at no cost to taxpayers. For more information, click here.

City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, Council Members and NYC & Company Unveil Public Service Campaign to Fight Domestic Violence
Citywide Outreach Effort to Raise Community Awareness and Involvement One Police Plaza, NY– Speaker Christine C. Quinn, New York City Police Department Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence Commissioner, Yolanda B. Jimenez, George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company and Council Members gathered to unveil a public service campaign that will focus on increasing reporting of domestic violence. ‘Don’t Mind Your Own Business’ was a concept developed, designed and produced by NYC & Company which will appear at bus shelters, phone kiosks and news stand ads throughout the 5 boroughs. The goal is by getting the community involved in reporting domestic violence, law enforcement can better respond to such incidents. For more information, click here.

Comptroller Liu Unveils Infrastructure Plan to Create 15,000 Jobs
Comptroller John C. Liu unveiled details of an innovative plan to accelerate school construction and other vital capital projects that have already been approved. The plan would create jobs now, improve infrastructure, and take advantage of historically-low borrowing costs and relatively low construction costs. Comptroller Liu is advocating for adoption of this plan in the Fiscal Year 2013 budget. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Presents New Legislation to Protect Vulnerable New Yorkers in Westchester
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo presented his new legislation at the College of New Rochelle in Westchester County that would establish the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting people with special needs and disabilities. Governor Cuomo’s bill will create a new Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, an initiative that will transform how the state protects over one million New Yorkers in State operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces Statewide Coalition to Support Legislation Protecting People With Special Needs and Disabilities Grows to Over 100 Members
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the grassroots coalition formed to support the Governor’s proposed legislation to reform how New York State protects people with special needs and disabilities has grown with more than 100 advocacy groups from across the state now signed on. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces First in the Nation Reforms to Protect People with Special Needs and Disabilities
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled new legislation to establish the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting people with special needs and disabilities. Governor Cuomo’s legislation will create a new Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, an initiative that will transform how the state protects over one million New Yorkers in State operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces $10.3 Million Federal Grant to Help Unemployed New Yorkers Accelerate Their Job Searches
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York State has received $10.3 million from the U.S. Department of Labor as part of its Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) initiative. The grant will help the state provide individualized job search and training services to individuals receiving unemployment insurance benefits in order to get unemployed New Yorkers back to work as quickly as possible. New York’s grant was the largest among the 42 that were awarded nationwide, as recognition of the success of the state’s One-Stop Career Centers. For more information, click here.

Comptroller DiNapoli Nancy Hernandez Deputy Comptroller for Diversity
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced that he has appointed Nancy R. Hernandez as deputy comptroller for Diversity Programs. Hernandez served as a councilwoman and deputy supervisor for the Town of Colonie. She started her new position on April 26. For more information, click here.

Comptroller DiNapoli: State Pension Fund Invests in New York City’s Technology Sector
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli toured two New York City tech businesses, Truveris and Movable Ink, which received funding through the New York State Common Retirement Fund’s (Fund) In-State Private Equity Program. The Fund has invested nearly $250 million in New York City companies through the program. For more information, click here.

Comptroller DiNapoli Announces Changes to New York’s College Savings Plan
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced that New York’s 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan has negotiated even lower fees for individuals participating in the program. In addition, other changes expand access to investment options for potential investors. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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

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 20, 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.

Homemaker Services (May 21, 2012) – The New York Children`s Services (ACS) is issuing the Homemaker Services Request for Proposal (RFP), PIN 06812P0001. ACS is seeking qualified providers to provide homemaking services for families residing in the five (5) Boroughs of New York. The RFP can be obtained in person at ACS, Office of Procurement, 150 William Street, 9th Floor reception area, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. The RFP can also be downloaded from the ACS website:www.nyc.gov/acs and clicking on Business Opportunities. If you obtain a copy of this RFP from any other source, you will not be registered as a potential proposer and will not receive any addenda issued after the release of the RFP, which may affect the requirements and/or terms of the RFP.A Pre-proposal conference is scheduled on April 20, 2012 for 10:00 AM, at 150 William Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10038. For more information, click here.

Reconstruction of the Ballfields and Miscellaneous Site Work in Fort Washington Park (May 22, 2012)Located between West 163rd and West 168th Streets in Fort Washington Park, known as Contract M028-211M(PLaNYC) E-PIN:84612B0270.
This procurement is subject to participation goals for MBEs and/or WBEs as required by Local Law 129 of 2005. This contract is subject to Apprenticeship program requirements. Bid documents are available for a fee of $25.00 in the Blueprint Room, Room #64, Olmsted Center, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The fee is payable by company check or money order to the City of NY, Parks and Recreation. A separate check/money order is required for each project. The Company name, address and telephone number as well as the project contract number must appear on the check/money order. Bidders should ensure that the correct company name, address, telephone and fax numbers are submitted by your company/messenger service when picking up bid documents. For more information, click here.

T Bldg. Relocation Medical Planning Consultant/Senior Healthcare Architect (May 22, 2012) – For more information, click here.

The Halleck Industrial Development Site (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. The site benefits from its location within the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, a City-owned industrial park comprising wholesale food distribution businesses and other food-related enterprises, as well as outstanding access to transportation, a strategic location within an industrial cluster, and minimal required site preparation. For more information, click here.

Advocate Intervene Mentor (May 24, 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. 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.

Job Plus (June 5, 2012) – The Human Resources Administration (HRA) seeks up to eight (8) contractors to Provide services under the Jobs-Plus model, which has three key elements: employment services, rent-based and other financial incentives to “make work pay,” and community support for work. Such services will be provided to employed and unemployed working-age residents of public housing developments. The public housing developments will be: (a) Jefferson Houses, located at 335 E.111th Street, New York, NY 10029,a current Jobs-Plus site for which the existing Jobs-Plus services will continue until services through a contract awarded through this RFP begin, and (b) up to seven (7) additional developments or clusters of developments, located throughout the City, that are not currently served by Jobs-Plus. Residents who receive Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits (also known as Food Stamps), those who are Cash Assistance recipients who have been sanctioned for non-compliance with rules, and custodial and non-custodial parents will also be a focus for Jobs Plus. 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.

Assessment Services for Special Education Students For 2012-15 (June 7, 2012) – The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is seeking proposals from experienced organizations to provide assessments in English, Spanish, and/or other languages for students referred to Committees on Special Education (CSE), Children First Networks (CFN), Committees on Preschool Special Education (CPSE), and District 75 as needing these services to ensure an appropriate educational program. If you cannot download this BID, please send an e-mail to VendorHotline@schools.nyc.gov with the BID Number and title in the subject line of your e-mail. For all questions related to this BID, please send an e-mail to pfrey@schools.nyc.gov with the BID Number and title in the subject line of your e-mail. There will be a Pre-Bid Conference on May 18th, 2012 at 2:30 PM at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11201
BID OPENING DATE and TIME: June 8th, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. For more information, click here.

Civic Center Building Sales (July 31, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is issuing a request for proposals (“RFP”) for the disposition of three City-owned office buildings in Lower Manhattan. The buildings offered for sale (the “Properties” and each a “Property”) are identified as follows:
• 22 Reade Street (Block 154, part of Lot 23)
• 346 Broadway (Block 170, Lot 6)
• 49-51 Chambers Street (Block 153, Lot 1)
This RFP is part of a broader initiative announced by Mayor Bloomberg to reduce the amount of City government-occupied office space by 1.2 million square feet by 2014. Each Property is currently occupied primarily by City agencies and affiliated not-for-profit organizations. The disposition of the Properties, which comprise approximately 750,000 gross square feet, represents a significant step towards consolidating City operations and making City government more efficient. 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.

Bathgate Industrial Site (February 19, 2013) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking proposals for the purchase of an approximately 109,000 square foot property in the Bronx for development as an industrial facility. The Site is located within the Bathgate Industrial Business Zone, is designated as Industrial by the Fourth Amended Bathgate Urban Renewal Plan, and is zoned M1-4. It is an ideal opportunity for a build-to-suit industrial development. For more information, click here.

MTA Gun Hill (March 29, 2013) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (“City”) in collaboration with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”), is seeking proposals (each, a “Proposal”) from qualified developers to purchase, and possibly redevelop, an approximately 550,000 square foot property (“Site”) located at 1824 Allerton Avenue in the Baychester section of the North Bronx. Comprised of the southern portion of Lot 100 in Block 4804 on the Tax Map of the City, the Site is situated in an M1-1 zoning district, which, amongst other uses, typically permits light manufacturing, retail and commercial. This is an open RFP, which allows Respondents over the course of up to approximately one year to submit Proposals for NYCEDC’s review at the following quarterly submission deadlines: 4:00 p.m., Friday June 29, 2012; 4:00 p.m., Friday September 28, 2012; 4:00 p.m., Friday December 21, 2012; and 4:00 p.m., Friday March 29, 2013. For more information, click here.

MTA Avenue I Brooklyn (March 29, 2013) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (“City”), in collaboration with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”) is seeking proposals (each, a “Proposal”) from qualified developers to purchase, and possibly redevelop, an approximately 7,920 square foot property (“Site”) located at 851 East 15th Street in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn. Comprised of a portion of the larger Block 6699 Lot 47 on the Tax Map of the City, the Site is situated in an R5 zoning district, which typically permits a variety of residential uses. For more information, click here.

MTA 99th Street Queens (March 29, 2013) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (“City”), in collaboration with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”) is seeking proposals (each, a “Proposal”) from qualified developers to purchase, and possibly redevelop, an approximately 5,000 square foot property (“Site”) located at 103-54 99th Street in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens. Comprised of Block 9121 Lot 30 on the Tax Map of the City, the Site is situated in an M1-2 zoning district which typically permits for light industrial and commercial uses. For more information, click here.

MTA East 211th Street (March 29, 2013) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (“City”), in collaboration with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”) is seeking proposals (each, a “Proposal”) from qualified developers to purchase, and possibly redevelop, an approximately 7,201 square foot property (“Site”) located at 707 E. 211th Street in the Williamsbridge neighborhood of the Bronx. Comprised of Block 4657 Lot 51 on the Tax Map of the City, the Site is situated in an R7A zoning district with a C1-4 overlay, which typically permits for a variety of residential and commercial uses. This is an open RFP, which allows Respondents over the course of up to approximately one year to submit Proposals for NYCEDC’s review at the following quarterly submission deadlines: 4:00 p.m., Friday June 29, 2012; 4:00 p.m., Friday September 28, 2012; 4:00 p.m., Friday December 21, 2012; and 4:00 p.m., Friday March 29, 2013. For more information, click here.

MTA 351 East 139th Street (March 29, 2013) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (“City”) in collaboration with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”), is seeking proposals (each, a “Proposal”) from qualified developers to purchase, and possibly redevelop, an approximately 6,650 square foot property (“Site”) located at 351 East 139th Street in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx. Comprised of Block 2302 Lot 50 on the Tax Map of the City, the Site is situated in an R6 zoning district, which typically permits single- and two-family houses, multi-family apartment complexes, and mixed-use development with residential space above office, retail or commercial ground floors.
This is an open RFP, which allows Respondents over the course of up to approximately one year to submit Proposals for NYCEDC’s review at the following quarterly submission deadlines: 4:00 p.m., Friday June 29, 2012; 4:00 p.m., Friday September 28, 2012; 4:00 p.m., Friday December 21, 2012; and 4:00 p.m., Friday March 29, 2013. For more information, click here.

MTA Van Sinderen Avenue Brooklyn (March 29, 2013) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (“City”), in collaboration with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”) is seeking proposals (each, a “Proposal”) from qualified developers to purchase, and possibly redevelop, an approximately 4,200 square foot property (“Site”) located at 379 Van Sinderen Avenue in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn. Comprised of Block 3765 Lot 3 on the Tax Map of the City, the Site is situated in an M1-1 zoning district, which typically permits for light industrial/commercial use. This is an open RFP, which allows Respondents over the course of up to approximately one year to submit Proposals for NYCEDC’s review at the following quarterly submission deadlines: 4:00 p.m., Friday June 29, 2012; 4:00 p.m., Friday September 28, 2012; 4:00 p.m., Friday December 21, 2012; and 4:00 p.m., Friday March 29, 2013. For more information, click here.

MTA East Houston Street (March 29, 2013) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (“City”) in collaboration with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”), is seeking proposals (each, a “Proposal”) from qualified developers to purchase, and possibly redevelop, an approximately 6,190 square foot property (“Site”) located at 19 East Houston Street in the SoHo neighborhood of downtown Manhattan. Comprised of Block 511 Lot 19 on the Tax Map of the City, the Site is situated in an M1-5B zoning district, which typically permits, amongst other uses, light manufacturing, retail and commercial. The Site is also situated within the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District. With its prime location at this bustling intersection, the Site serves as the gateway to SoHo and, as the only undeveloped corner, is positioned for crucial transformation. 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.

New Tech City

This week, the Center for Urban Future, with support from the Association for a Better New York and AT & T New York, issued a new report called New Tech City on the tech sector in New York. Ever since his initial year in office, Mayor Bloomberg has been sounding the alarm that New York City is overly dependent on Wall Street and needs to diversify its economy. But finding that new engine of job growth has proved difficult. Until now. In just a few short years, New York’s tech sector has emerged as an increasingly powerful economic driver for the city. At a time when few other industries were growing in New York, more than a thousand new tech start-ups were formed in the city. This burst of tech company formation has created thousands of good paying jobs in the five boroughs, attracted large amounts of capital from outside the city, pumped new life in the city’s entrepreneurial economy, and lured some of the world’s smartest and most innovative people to New York at a time when the most competitive cities are the ones with the best human capital and greatest capacity for innovation. To continue reading the report, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 5/14 – 5/18

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations (Jointly with the Committee on Finance and the Select Committee on Libraries)
Date: Monday, May 14, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearing

Committee on Environmental Protection (Jointly with the Committee on Finance)
Date: Monday, May 14, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearing

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Finance (Jointly with the Committee on Aging, Subcommittee on Senior Centers and the Committee on Parks and Recreation)
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearing

Committee on Finance (Jointly with the Committee on Public Safety)
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearing

Committee on Finance (Jointly with the Committee on Higher Education and the Committee on Civil Rights)
Date: Friday, May 18, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearing

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