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Affairs and Appointments – May 20, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – May 20, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne unveiled Road Map for the Digital City – a comprehensive strategy to make New York the nation’s leading digital City
  • Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Deputy Mayor Linda I. Gibbs launched New York City’s first official prescription discount card – offering substantial discounts throughout the five boroughs
  • Mayor Bloomberg Signs 3 Bills Into Law
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Request for Private Companies to Install Solar Energy Systems at City Buildings
  • Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced New York City will launch a global communications and marketing campaign designed to promote Lower Manhattan to visitors and worldwide travel media
  • New York City Comptroller John C. Liu announced a victory for NYC pensioners and institutional investors in the effort to increase corporate disclosures of political donations

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Announces Appointments and Nominations
  • Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that their legislation to prevent a massive rate hike on New York City energy customers has passed the Legislature unanimously in both houses
  • Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announces that the State Senate unanimously confirmed former Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Assembly Approves Legislation to Protect New Yorkers with Disabilities from Discrimination as Part of its Annual Observance of Disabilities Awareness Day
  • Silver Announces Legislation to Prevent a Tax Windfall for Millionaires and to Avoid Unnecessary Cuts in School Aid
  • The New York State Senate passed Brittany’s Law (S.3645B), a bill that would establish a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring offenders to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services upon release from prison
  • The New York State Senate passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Jim Alesi (R-C- I, Perinton), that would enable public and private academic and research libraries in New York State to create an information infrastructure unequaled in the world

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • Develop and Operate Designer as Entrepreneur Program Development, Operation and Maintenance of an Indoor Tennis Facility
    • Defend Medical Malpractice Regulatory and Health Law Matters for HHC
    • East 73rd Street Development

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 5/23 – 5/27


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne unveiled Road Map for the Digital City – a comprehensive strategy to make New York the nation’s leading digital City
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne unveiled Road Map for the Digital City – a comprehensive strategy to make New York the nation’s leading digital City. At the Mayor’s direction, Sterne – New York City’s first Chief Digital Officer – conducted a 90-day review in collaboration with numerous City agencies and based on meetings with stakeholders in the public and private sectors and input from residents from all five boroughs on how New York City should enhance its use of digital media and its standing as a digital City. The resulting digital road map provides a framework to enhance City government’s engagement with New Yorkers, increase New Yorkers’ access to new technologies, continue making government information and services more transparent, and promote the tech industry. For more information, click here, to read the report, click here.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Deputy Mayor Linda I. Gibbs launched New York City’s first official prescription discount card – offering substantial discounts throughout the five boroughs
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Deputy Mayor Linda I. Gibbs launched New York City’s first official prescription discount card – offering substantial discounts throughout the five boroughs. Managed by Capalino+Company client HealthTrans, the BigAppleRx card will be one of the most widely distributed prescription drug discount cards in the nation, and is available to anyone regardless of age, income, citizenship or health insurance status. The cards will save an average of 47 percent on prescription medications and can be used by anyone who lives, works or visits the City. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Signs 3 Bills Into Law
This week, Mayor Bloomberg signed 3 bills into law:

  • Intro 287-A (Lander) – Reducing sanitation street cleaning days upon request of community boards with high cleanliness rating.
  • Intro 467-A (Garodnick), 334-A (Garodnick), 466-A (Garodnick) – Enhancing regulations for the pedicab industry.
  • Intro 458-A (Garodnick) – Enhancing citymap with information about street closures and parking regulations.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Request for Private Companies to Install Solar Energy Systems at City Buildings
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Operations Stephen Goldsmith, Department of Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Edna Wells Handy and Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability Director David Bragdon announced that the City is seeking proposals from private companies to install and operate solar energy systems on five city buildings, an important step towards accomplishing key clean energy supply initiatives in PlaNYC. For more information, click here.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced New York City will launch a global communications and marketing campaign designed to promote Lower Manhattan to visitors and worldwide travel media
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced New York City will launch a global communications and marketing campaign designed to promote Lower Manhattan to visitors and worldwide travel media. The campaign will encourage visitors to stay in Lower Manhattan’s hotels, eat in its restaurants, shop in its stores and get a glimpse of all of what the neighborhood has to offer. Lower Manhattan continues to grow with new residents, businesses, cultural attractions and open space, and the 9/11 Memorial will begin welcoming visitors in September 2011. For more information, click here.

Comptroller John Liu: NYC Funds Win Support for Political Disclosure
New York City Comptroller John C. Liu announced a victory for NYC pensioners and institutional investors in the effort to increase corporate disclosures of political donations. Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) released vote totals this week that show 53% of votes at its annual shareholder meeting support the New York City Pension Funds’ proposal for transparency on its political contributions. It is one of the largest majorities ever recorded on the issue. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Announces Appointments and Nominations
This week, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the following nominations and appointments to his administration.

Name Title Current Position
Benjamin M. Lawsky Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services Governor’s Chief of Staff
James J. Wrynn Deputy Superintendent of Financial Services Superintendent for the New York State Insurance Department
Fernando Ferrer Member of the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Jonathan Sheffer Member of the Council on the Arts New York City New York City Council Speaker’s designee to the board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
John T. Milgrim Deputy Inspector General for Public Affairs Governor’s Director of Special Projects

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that their legislation to prevent a massive rate hike on New York City energy customers has passed the Legislature unanimously in both houses
The measure proposed by Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg will allow the City to guarantee property tax abatements to power plants. This will change property tax abatements for power plants from a discretionary program back to an “as-of-right” program and, in doing so, addresses the primary reason the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) cited for requiring the rate increase. “With New York City ratepayers facing hundreds of millions of dollars in unwarranted electricity rate increases, we moved quickly with our partners in government and the Legislature to protect consumers and address the issues cited by FERC in its initial decision,” Governor Cuomo said. “Now that the bill has passed, there are no grounds to increase rates; therefore we are moving immediately to file papers with FERC seeking a reversal of its January decision.” For more information, click here.

Assembly Approves Legislation to Protect New Yorkers with Disabilities from Discrimination as Part of its Annual Observance of Disabilities Awareness Day
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb, along with Task Force on People with Disabilities Chair Michael J. Cusick, Mental Health Committee Chair Felix Ortiz and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on Mental Health Steve Katz, announced the passage of a legislative package to prevent the use of discriminatory practices against New Yorkers with disabilities. “The Assembly’s annual observance of Disabilities Awareness Day not only recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of people with disabilities and New York’s disability advocates, but it also zeros in on some of the challenges they face. I’m pleased to say that the legislation we approved includes anti-discrimination measures for the protection of people with disabilities that will ensure their most basic rights in the areas of housing, emergency preparedness, transportation and the election process,” said Silver (D-Manhattan). For more information, click here.

Silver Announces Legislation to Prevent a Tax Windfall for Millionaires and to Avoid Unnecessary Cuts in School Aid
As residents in school districts across the state go to the polls to vote on school budgets that will slash thousands of teaching jobs, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr., announced they have introduced legislation (A.7802) aimed at stopping a tax reduction slated to benefit millionaires and multi-millionaires. The legislation would prevent a lowering of the existing tax rate for the wealthy, help schools stave off the worst cuts, and give them the resources so that our children’s education will not be shortchanged. The Assembly’s proposal would affect only those earning more than $1 million in adjusted gross income, which constitutes less than one percent of all taxpayers. For more information, click here.

The New York State Senate passed Brittany’s Law (S.3645B), a bill that would establish a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring offenders to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services upon release from prison
The law is intended to increase the safety of all New Yorkers by providing access to the list of convicted violent offenders. Sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) and Senator Mike Nozzolio (R-C, Fayette), Brittany’s Law is named for 12 year-old Brittany Passalacqua, who was murdered in Geneva, N.Y. in 2009 along with her mother Helen Buchel by a violent convicted felon who had been released from prison. For more information, click here.

The New York State Senate passes legislation, sponsored by Senator Jim Alesi (R-C- I, Perinton), that would enable public and private academic and research libraries in New York State to create an information infrastructure unequaled in the world
Known as ARIA, the Academic Research Information Access Act (S.3736-A), leverages the state’s public and private higher education sector – arguably the largest and most diverse in the nation – to facilitate collaboration and efficiencies by providing for the voluntary pooling of assets in order to obtain access to high-end electronic, peer-reviewed, information resources such as journals, serials, and databases. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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.

Defend Medical Malpractice Regulatory and Health Law Matters for HHC (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.

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.

Rooftop Solar Electricity on Public Building (due June 14, 2011) – The City of New York’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services (“DCAS”) is seeking an appropriately qualified developer to supply electricity generated by solar photovoltaic (PV) systems through a long-term power purchase agreement (“PPA”). Under the PPA, the developer will provide electricity services through the installation, ownership, and operation of PV systems on the rooftops of five (5) City-owned host buildings. The electricity generated by each PV system will be sold to the City and used by the City-owned host building over the course of a twenty (20) year contract term. For more information, click here.

Develop and Operate Designer as Entrepreneur Program (due June 17, 2011) – In January 2010, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in partnership with fashion industry stakeholders, launched Fashion.NYC.2020, a year-long program to identify the important trends affecting the industry and to develop actionable initiatives based on such findings. For more information, click here.

Development, Operation and Maintenance of an Indoor Tennis Facility (Due July 7, 2011) – For more information, click here.

East 73rd Street Development (due July 28, 2011) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf and at the request of the New York City Department of Sanitation (“DSNY”), is issuing this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for the redevelopment of a DSNY site at 525 East 73rd Street (Lot 15 on Block 1485 of the Borough of Manhattan) on the Upper East Side (the “Site”). The Site is approximately 68,000 square feet, zoned M3-2, and partially occupied by a month-to-month tenant. 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 5/23 – 5/27

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations (Jointly with Committee on Finance and the Select Committee on Libraries)
Date: Monday, May 23rd
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Emigrant Savings Bank- 49-51 Chambers Street
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearing

Committee on Housing and Buildings
Date: Monday, May 23rd
Time: 12:45 PM
Location: Emigrant Savings Bank – 49-51 Chambers Street
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearing

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Health (Jointly with the Committee on Finance & the Committee on
Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services and the Subcommittee on Drug Abuse)
Date: Tuesday, May 24th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearing

Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Tuesday, May 24th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Parks and Recreation (Jointly with the Committee on Finance)
Date: Tuesday, May 24th
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearing

Committee on Civil Rights (Jointly with the Committee on Finance)
Date: Wednesday, May 25th
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearing

Committee on Land Use
Date: Wednesday, May 25th
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Land Use (Jointly with the Committee on Finance and the Committee on Technology)
Date: Wednesday, May 25th
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearing

Committee on Consumer Affairs (Jointly with the Committee on Finance)
Date: Wednesday, May 25th
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Housing and Buildings
Date:Thursday, May 26th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Reso 813 – To permit Mutual Redevelopment Houses to impose an annual capital assessment.

Committee on Finance
Date:Thursday, May 26th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Intro 569 – Establishment of the Chinatown Business Improvement District

Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections
Date:Thursday, May 26th
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: LaShann DeArcy Hall – NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission

City Council Stated Meeting
Date:Thursday, May 26th
Time:1:30 PM
Location: Emigrant Savings Bank – 49-51 Chambers Street
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

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