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Affairs and Appointments – May 14, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – May 14, 2010

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly Announce Revision of City’s Laws, Rules and Procedures for Gun Licensing to Improve Public Safety and Investigative Effectiveness
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Elected Officials Announce Start of Construction of First Phase of $700 Million East Harlem Multi-Use Development
  • Mayor Bloomberg makes two Personnel Announcements
  • Mayor Bloomberg and TV Personality Rachael Ray Announce New Programs to Promote Healthy Eating
  • City Council Passes Legislation on the Business Owner’s Bill of Rights and other items
  • City Council Announces Efforts to Expand Recycling in City’s Public Spaces

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Comptrollers DiNapoli and Liu Team Up to Audit MTA
  • Governor Paterson Establishes Cabinet to Implement Federal Health Care Reform in New York
  • New York State Senate Approves Members to Key Economic and Urban Development Positions, Authorities and Appeals Boards

CURRENT RFPs

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 5/17 – 5/21


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly Announce Revision of City’s Laws, Rules and Procedures for Gun Licensing to Improve Public Safety and Investigative Effectiveness
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced a package of improvements to the way New York City handles gun licenses and other measures to improve the efficiency of investigations in the license application process. The new practices, some of which have been put in place in recent months and some of which will require changes in local laws and police regulations, will streamline the gun permit application process and enable the Police Department to focus more resources on background investigations. The Mayor also announced local legislation that can result in gun license revocation and jail for anyone convicted of carrying guns while intoxicated. For more information on this announcement, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Elected Officials Announce Start of Construction of First Phase of $700 Million East Harlem Multi-Use Development
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito and other government officials announced the start of construction of the first phase of a 1.7-million-square-foot, mixed-use development on three predominantly vacant parcels in East Harlem. The final development, to be known as the East Harlem Media, Entertainment and Cultural Center, will include 30,000 square feet of dedicated community and cultural space, more than 600 affordable housing units, a public plaza, new office and retail space, and a hotel. The $700 million project will create 1,500 permanent jobs and 4,000 construction jobs. Construction of the entire development will be a five-phase process with a target completion date of 2016. Phase one, located on the southeast corner of East 125th Street and 3rd Avenue, will consist of both affordable housing and neighborhood retail, and is expected to be completed by July 2011. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg makes Personnel Announcements
This week, Mayor Bloomberg made two personnel announcements:

  • Appointed Francis S. Barry as Director of Public Affairs. Click here for announcement.
  • Announced that Jeffrey Kay, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations, Will Leave. Mr. Kay joined Muss Development. Click here for announcement.

Mayor Bloomberg and TV Personality Rachael Ray Announce New Programs to Promote Healthy Eating
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Rachael Ray announced a series of initiatives to help our City’s youth eat healthier and understand where their food comes from. The new initiatives include:

  • Launching a new mini-grant program (grants of $500-$1,000) this fall for schools in need of funds to start a garden.
  • Creating a website for schools, being designed by GrowNYC, to be launched by this fall with resources including:
    • Additional technical assistance provided by GrowNYC and GreenThumb.
    • Information on how to locate and connect to local community gardens.
    • Complimentary programming provided by City and nonprofit partners.
    • Information for teachers on how to incorporate garden instruction into existing curricula to maximize their academic impact.
  • Expanding the “Garden to Café” pilot program from 25 schools to more than 50 schools in the 2010 school year. The program’s goal is to connect school gardening and lunch menus through seasonal harvest events and educational activities. PS 29 is one of the initial Garden to Café sites and the school uses what is grown in the garden in its salad bar and to create recipes for special events.
  • Starting a teen intern program to take care of school gardens during the summer months. NYC Service will also help coordinate volunteers to care for the gardens.

For more information, click here.

City Council Passes Legislation on the Business Owner’s Bill of Rights and other items
At this week’s State City Council meeting, the Council passed and introduced a number of new laws, resolutions and initiatives. They are:

  • Business Owner’s Bill of Rights – to help educate business owners on the inspection process and what their rights are.
  • Ensuring Safe Neighborhood Playing Fields – Creates a committee to advise on which materials are safe to install in neighborhood playgrounds and playing fields.
  • Landmarking West Park Presbyterian Church – Landmarked a historic church on the Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
  • Helping Seniors with Social Security – Called on the U.S. Congress to authorize at least a $250 economic stimulus payment for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income recipients to help seniors during this economic downturn.
  • Spurring Housing Development and Safety – Revises the Commencement of Construction standard used by HPD to determine eligibility for 421-a tax benefits or when construction benefits may be claimed.
  • Combats Asthma Triggers – Introduction of a bill that will help identify buildings throughout the five boroughs that have the greatest number of mold, rats, mice, insects, water and garbage violations – conditions that are considered triggers for pulmonary problems such as asthma.

For more information on this agenda, please click here.

City Council Announces Efforts to Expand Recycling in City’s Public Spaces
Following the introduction of a comprehensive legislative package to expand and improve recycling programs in New York City, City Council members discussed important legislation to expand the number of recycling bins in public locations across the five boroughs. For more information on these proposals, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Comptrollers DiNapoli and Liu Team Up to Audit MTA
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and New York City Comptroller John C. Liu announced their offices would conduct a joint audit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The comptrollers said the audit would review the fiscal and community impact of subway and commuter rail service disruptions, as well as how effectively and efficiently the MTA managed the planned service changes. For more information, click here.

Governor Paterson Establishes Cabinet to Implement Federal Health Care Reform in New York
Governor David A. Paterson announced the Governor’s Health Care Reform Cabinet to manage the implementation of federal health care reform in New York State. The Cabinet will advise and make recommendations to the Governor on all aspects of federal health care reform and strategic planning to guide the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. The Cabinet will be chaired by the Director of State Operations with the Deputy Secretary for Health, Medicaid and Oversight and the Deputy Secretary for Labor and Financial Regulation serving as vice-chairs. For more information, click here.

New York State Senate Approves Members to Key Economic and Urban Development Positions, Authorities and Appeals Boards
The New York State Senate confirmed five appointees to key boards:

  • Dennis M. Mullen – President & CEO, Empire State Development Corporation; Commissioner, New York State Department of Economic Development; Director, Urban Development Corporation
  • Fernando Mateo – Member, Battery Park City Authority
  • Jeffrey R. Cassidy – Member, Industrial Board of Appeals
  • Walter David Schermerhorn – Member, Port of Oswego Authority
  • Michael J. McGuire – Director, New York Convention Center Operation Corporation
CURRENT RFPS

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

New York City Business Solutions Center II (due May 18, 2010)The Department of Small Business Services (“DSBS” or “Agency”) is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to provide outcome-focused services and assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs at NYC Business Solutions Centers (“BSCs” or “Centers”), including, but not limited to: business courses, legal services (through partner attorneys providing pro-bono assistance), financing, business launch, recruitment services, training funds, and M/WBE Certification. For more information, click here.

Atlantic Basin Upland Programming, Consultant Services RFP (due May 27, 2010)NYCEDC is seeking proposals for the development and implementation of a public events program that utilizes the bus staging area at Pier 11 of the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in the Atlantic Basin (the Site) on non-cruise days. It is contemplated that the Program may consist of a variety of commercial and/or non-profit uses such as festivals, markets, arts and performance events, and recreational uses. For more information, click here.

Coney Island Steeplechase Plaza RFP (due May 27, 2010) New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a construction manager (“CM”) to lead its staff and/or a consultant team in the provision of construction management and related services for Steeplechase Plaza at Coney Island (the “Project”). For more information, click here.

To Provide Architectural, Engineering and Other Services Necessary to Design and Support Development of a Recyclables Transfer Facility and Environmental Center in Manhattan (New Gansevoort MTS) (due June 4, 2010) The New York City Department of Sanitation seeks proposals from qualified architecture, design and/or engineering contractors to provide the design and support the development of a recyclables transfer facility and environmental center (New Gansevoort MTS) in Manhattan on the Gansevoort peninsula in Hudson River Park. Fore more information, click here.

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.

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.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

On May 12, 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 5/17 – 5/21

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

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

Date: Monday, May 17
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearings
10:00 AM – Governmental Operations
11:45 AM – Aging
1:15 PM – Juvenile Justice

Date: Tuesday, May 18
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearings
11:00 AM – Women’s Issues
9:30 AM – General Welfare

Date: Friday, May 21
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearings
1:00 PM – Public Housing
10:00 AM – Transportation