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Affairs and Appointments – May 21, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – May 21, 2010

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Mintz Announce New Debt Collection Regulations to Protect New Yorkers from Being Harassed for Debts They Do Not Owe
  • Mayor Bloomberg Signs Three Bills
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces that Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Leiber will Leave City Government
  • Tavern on the Green Talks Fail; City Plans a Visitors Center

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Paterson Releases Report Detailing New York’s Progress in the Disbursement of Stimulus Funds
  • Governor Paterson Announces Modified Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax Package

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • Operation and Maintenance of a Seasonal Café Units

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 5/24 – 5/28


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Mintz Announce New Debt Collection Regulations to Protect New Yorkers from Being Harassed for Debts They Do Not Owe
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz announced new debt collection regulations designed to prevent New Yorkers from being harassed about debts they don’t owe – a problem that has grown since the onset of the national recession in late 2007. For information on this new policy, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Three Bills
Mayor Bloomberg signed three bills this week:

  • Intro 27-A (Gonzalez): increases transparency at the Administration for Children’s Services’ juvenile detention facilities.
  • Intro 99 (Comrie): Extends the operating authority of two unsubsidized bus services.
  • Intro 182 (Brewer): Requires headphone-only sound equipment for open air tour buses.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces that Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Leiber will Leave City Government
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber will leave City government in June and return to the private sector. Lieber joined the Bloomberg Administration in January 2007, serving first as President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation before being named Deputy Mayor in December 2007. Deputy Mayor Lieber will become a senior executive at Island Capital Group’s affiliated companies Anubis Advisors and C-III Capital Partners. Island Capital Group is a real estate merchant banking and asset management firm headquartered in New York City. No replacement has been made as of yet. For more information, click here.

Tavern on the Green Talks Fail; City Plans a Visitors Center
Tavern on the Green is back in the market for a new operator after labor negotiations collapsed this week. According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the City intends to temporarily transform Tavern on the Green into a visitor center, snack bar and retail shop as it solicits new proposals. For more information, click here. A statement by Mayor Bloomberg can be found here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Paterson Releases Report Detailing New York’s Progress in the Disbursement of Stimulus Funds
Governor David A. Paterson issued a report prepared by the New York State Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Cabinet highlighting the State’s progress during the first quarter of 2010, which ended March 31. This report details funding for the third round of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) which recently ended. The report is available on New York State’s Economic Recovery website, www.recovery.ny.gov.

Governor Paterson Announces Modified Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax Package
Governor Paterson this week announced a revised beverage tax plan. The Governor’s revised sugar sweetened tax package will result in lower revenues but will be even more effective in fighting the obesity epidemic because the price differential between the high sugar-high calorie and low sugar-low calorie beverages will widen and encourage consumers to make healthier choices. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

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.

Operation and Maintenance of a Seasonal Café (due July 15, 2010) – The Department of Parks & Recreation is seeking proposals for the operation and maintenance of a seasonal cafe at the Union Square Park Pavilion, with an option to develop, operate and maintain a small scale, satellite kiosk at the Licensed Premises. For more information, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 5/24 – 5/28

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

Date: Monday, May 24
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearings
10:00 AM – Consumer Affairs
11:45 AM – Education

Date: Tuesday, May 25
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearings
9:30 AM – Community Development
11:00 AM – Small Business / Economic Development
12:00 PM – Technology

Committee on Public Housing
Date: Monday, May 24
Time: 12:45 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Reso 207 – Calling on Congress to enact H.R. 4224 the “Together We Care Act of 2009”

Committee on Veterans
Date: Monday, May 24
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Methods to Enhance Outreach to the Veterans Community
Reso 56 – Department of Motor Vehicles to insert a question on the driver’s license application that inquires about veteran status.

Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations
Date: Monday, May 24
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Material for the Arts 33-00 Northern Blvd
Agenda: Off-Site Hearing and Tour: Oversight – Materials for the Arts Warehouse in Long Island City

Committee on Transportation
Date: Monday, May 24
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Intro 232 – Amending the taxicabs passengers’ bill of rights
Intro 233 – Reporting of overcharge complaints and enforcement actions by the taxi and limousine commission.
Intro 234 — Requiring a driver or retired driver member on the taxi and limousine commission.
Intro 235 — Certain information to be collected by taxicab equipment and that such information be shared with the taxi and limousine commission upon request.
Intro 236 — Fees for the inspection of taxicabs by the taxi and limousine commission.

Committee on Health
Date: Monday, May 24
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 206 – Permits for the sale or transfer of milk and milk products and to medical records respectively.
Intro 207 – Air quality standards for compressed air in underwater breathing tanks.
Intro 226 – Relating to reports regarding child care facilities.

Subcommittee on Zoning & Franchises
Date: Tuesday, May 25
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Land Use
Date: Tuesday, May 25
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Tuesday, May 25
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: Council Chambers

Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services
Date: Thursday, May 27
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers
Agenda: Intro 209 – Removal or deactivation of fire department alarm boxes.
Intro 210 – Establishing fees for certain probation services.

Committee on Immigration
Date: Friday, May 28
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Bay Parkway Community Job Center
Agenda: Tour: Bay Parkway Community Job Center

Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
Date: Friday, May 28
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight: Public Litter Baskets

Committee on Environmental Protection
Date: Friday, May 28
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Intro 194 – Use of clean heating oil in New York City.