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Affairs and Appointments – May 13, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – May 13, 2011, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Wireless Provider Executives Unveil New, First-in-the-Nation Emergency Notification Service That Will Reach Mobile Devices Located in Affected Areas
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo Propose State Legislation to Protect New York City Electricity Ratepayers from Massive Rate Increase
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Mintz Celebrate the 10,000th Financial Empowerment Center Client
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Gibbs and Homeless Services Commissioner Diamond Open the City’s New Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing Center in the Bronx After Eight Years of Development
  • Mayor Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan Announce New Traffic Safety
  • New York City Council Approves Legislation to Ensure Taxi Drivers Do Not Discriminate Against Passengers’ Destination and Other Measures
  • Speaker Quinn, Council Members Reyna and Eugene Announce Workforce Initiative for Veterans

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Announces New York Awarded $354.4 Million in Federal Funds for High-Speed Rail Projects
  • Governor Cuomo Launches SAGE Commission Web Site for Public to Submit Ideas on How to Make Government More Efficient

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • EDC: Real Time Labor Market Information Data System Vendor Services Consultant Services
    • Development, Operation and Maintenance of an Indoor Tennis Facility

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA
CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 5/16 – 5/20


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Wireless Provider Executives Unveil New, First-in-the-Nation Emergency Notification Service That Will Reach Mobile Devices Located in Affected Areas
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg joined Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator W. Craig Fugate to announce the launch of a new emergency notification service that will send geographically targeted messages to any enabled mobile device in the area of an emergency, providing details of imminent threats and critical safety information. The service, known as PLAN – the Personal Localized Alerting Network – will issue emergency alerts to users located in the affected area at the time of the emergency, regardless of where the user lives or purchased his or her phone. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Mintz Celebrate the 10,000th Financial Empowerment Center Client
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz joined the City’s Financial Empowerment Center’s 10,000th client today at a ceremony at Gracie Mansion. The City’s Financial Empowerment Centers have provided free, one-on-one, professional financial counseling to thousands of New Yorker for the last two years. Since 2009, the Centers’ financial counselors have conducted more than 18,700 counseling sessions, reviewed more than 7,100 credit reports, created more than 5,200 budgets, helped New York City residents pay down more than $4.2 million in debt and build more than $367,000 in savings. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo Propose State Legislation to Protect New York City Electricity Ratepayers from Massive Rate Increase
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that they will propose a measure to prevent a massive rate hike on New York City energy customers. The measure proposed by Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo will allow the City to guarantee property tax abatements to power plants. This would change property tax abatements for power plants from a discretionary program back to an “as-of-right” program. This will address the primary reason FERC cited for requiring the rate increase. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Gibbs and Homeless Services Commissioner Diamond Open the City’s New Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing Center in the Bronx After Eight Years of Development
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Linda I. Gibbs, and Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Seth Diamond opened the City’s new state-of-the-art intake center for homeless families seeking shelter. With more than 75,000 square feet, the new Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (PATH) facility has 213 percent more space than the original intake site, and houses more than 200 specialists from the Department of Homeless Services, Administration for Children’s Services and Human Resources Administration. The new facility replaces the dilapidated and inefficient Emergency Assistance Unit (EAU). For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan Announce New Traffic Safety
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced new traffic-safety initiatives to further drive down already record-low traffic fatalities and injuries in New York City as the United Nations launched its Decade of Action for Road Safety campaign to draw global attention to the growing need to address roadway safety and implement measures to reduce traffic deaths in 120 countries. For more information, click here.

New York City Council Approves Legislation to Ensure Taxi Drivers Do Not Discriminate Against Passengers’ Destination and Other Measures
To ensure taxi drivers do not discriminate against passengers’ destination — or race — the council approved legislation Wednesday that would drastically increase fines for drivers who refuse certain passengers. In addition to the taxi legislation, the council also approved its largest rezoning, covering South Jamaica. The rezoning would preserve the area’s low-density character, officials said, but also allow for larger building heights on main thoroughfares. For more information, click here.

Speaker Quinn, Council Members Reyna and Eugene Announce Workforce Initiative for Veterans
City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Small Business Committee Chair Diana Reyna and Veterans Committee Chair Mathieu Eugene, announced a partnership with Capalino+Company client, Seedco, a non-profit organization that advances economic opportunities for people and communities, and the city’s Workforce1 Career Centers to assist returning veterans with job placement and better prepare them to enter the workforce. The program, Veterans Employment Transition Education Reintegration and Network Services (VETERANS) connects veterans to the civilian job market, prepare them for the job search and help place them into the workforce. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Announces New York Awarded $354.4 Million in Federal Funds for High-Speed Rail Projects
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced New York was awarded a total of $354.4 million in federal funding from the United States Department of Transportation for three projects that advance New York’s high-speed rail plans. Shortly after being elected, then Governor-elect Cuomo wrote to Transportation Secretary LaHood urging him to direct any federal high-speed rail money rejected by other states to New York. Projects approved include:

  • Northeast Corridor Congestion Relief: $295 million to alleviate major delays for trains coming out of Manhattan by fixing up the Harold Interlocking.
  • New York – Empire Corridor Capacity Improvements: $58 million to construct upgrades to tracks, stations and signals, improving rail operations along the Empire Corridor.
  • Empire Corridor West: Rochester Intermodal Station: $1.4 million for a preliminary engineering and environmental analysis for a new Rochester Intermodal Station on the Empire Corridor.

Governor Cuomo Launches SAGE Commission Web Site for Public to Submit Ideas on How to Make Government More Efficient
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of the Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission’s Web site to invite the public’s participation in the process of modernizing and right-sizing state government, improving performance, increasing accountability and saving taxpayers’ money. The Web site, www.governor.ny.gov/sage, allows the public to suggest ways to improve the efficiency and quality of government services. The submissions will be an integral component to the reform process. The site will also include listings of the SAGE Commission’s public meetings and materials from the Commission’s first meeting on April 25. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

The following Request for Proposals have been recently issued by City and State government
Provision of Non-Secure Detention Group Homes (due May 31, 2011) – 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.

Operational Efficiencies (due May 31, 2011) – With substantial System assets ranging from upstate reservoirs to in-City wastewater treatment plants, the Board and DEP seek to optimize the operation and maintenance (“O and M”) of such assets and reduce costs borne by the ratepayers while maintaining or improving the current level of service. Therefore, the Board seeks to procure the services of a contractor or contractors that will provide consulting services focused on improving DEP’s O and M performance, while reducing costs and enhancing its operational efficiencies. For more information, click here.

Real Time Labor Market Information Data System Vendor Services Consultant Services (due June 3, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeks proposals from a reputable service vendor (“Vendor”) to supply real-time Labor Market Information (“LMI”) data to the City of New York over a 6-month trial period, with the possibility of one renewal term of 6 months, at NYCEDC’s option and subject to the availability of funds. For more information, click here.

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.

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

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

On May 11, the Council held a stated meeting where they passed and introduced new legislation and land use items. The agenda can be found here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 5/16 – 5/20

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services (Jointly with the Committee on Finance)
Date: Monday, May 16th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda:Oversight – Executive Budget Hearing

Committee on Education (Jointly with Committee on Finance)
Date: Tuesday, May 17th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda:Executive Budget Hearing

Committee on Environmental Protection (Jointly with the Committee on Finance)
Date: Tuesday, May 17th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda:Executive Budget Hearing

Committee on Public Safety (Jointly with the Committee on Finance)
Date: Wednesday, May 18th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda:Executive Budget Hearing

Committee on Community Development (Jointly with the Committee on Finance & Committee on Youth Services)
Date: Thursday, May 19th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda:Executive Budget Hearing

Committee on Small Business (Jointly with the Committee on Finance and the Committee on Economic Development)
Date: Thursday, May 19th
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda:Executive Budget Hearing

Committee on Public Housing
Date: Friday, May 20th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda:Executive Budget Hearing

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