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Affairs and Appointments – May 28, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – May 28, 2010

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly Announce New York City Remains the Safest Big City in America
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Firstmark Capital Announce First Investment of the NYC Entrepreneurial Fund
  • New York / New Jersey Awarded 2014 Super Bowl
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Central Amusement International Celebrate the Opening Weekend of Luna Park at Coney Island
  • At the City Council Stated Meeting, Council votes to rezone Astoria, Queens and other matters

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Andrew Cuomo announces candidacy for Governor; Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy to run for Lieutenant Governor
  • Governor Paterson Introduces Legislation to Amend New York’s Rent Laws
  • Governor Paterson and State Legislature Agree on Plan to Keep State Parks Open
  • New York State Assembly Passes Sweeping Education Reforms to Support New York State’s Application for Race to the Top Funding

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • DOE: Search Engine for the NYC Department of Education’s E-Catalogue
    • EDC: Mart 125 Site Redevelopment

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 5/31 – 6/4


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly Announce New York City Remains the Safest Big City in America
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced that New York City remains the safest big city in America, according to the FBI’s Crime in the United States, the preliminary Uniform Crime Report for 2009. The report shows that total crime decreased by 5.1 percent in New York City during 2009, outpacing national trends. Murders fell by 9.9 percent, compared to 7.2 percent nationwide. According to NYPD Compstat data, crime is down an additional 1.5 percent citywide for the first five months of the year when compared to 2009 levels. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Firstmark Capital Announce First Investment of the NYC Entrepreneurial Fund
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and FirstMark Capital announced the first investment of the NYC Entrepreneurial Fund. MyCityWay, a mobile application provider and the developer of NYCWay – one of the winning applications of the City’s inaugural NYC BigApps competition in February 2010 – is the fund’s first seeded company. The City created the $22 million fund – the first of its kind outside Silicon Valley – to be managed by FirstMark Capital to provide promising New York City-based technology startup companies with early-stage capital. New York City Economic Development Corporation contributed $3 million to establish the fund, and FirstMark Capital, a leading New York City-based venture capital firm, will contribute up to an additional $19 million. For more information, click here.

New York / New Jersey Awarded 2014 Super Bowl
NFL owners voted to deliver Super Bowl XLVIII to the New Meadowlands Stadium, the glittering 82,500-seat stadium where the Giants and Jets will begin playing their home games this season. The game, which will be played in February 2014, will be the first Super Bowl played in a cold-weather, outdoor venue. The Giants and Jets co-sponsored the bid – officially entitled “Make Some History”- to bring the Super Bowl to the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area for the first time. The region was selected over competing bids from South Florida and Tampa to host the 2014 Super Bowl. The game is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 2, 2014. For more information, click here and here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Central Amusement International Celebrate the Opening Weekend of Luna Park at Coney Island
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Central Amusement International celebrated the opening of Luna Park at Coney Island – a new 3.1 acre amusement park featuring 19 traditional and cutting-edge state-of-the-art rides from Zamperla S.p.A, the renowned Italian designer and manufacturer of amusement attractions. For more information on this announcement and a list of the rides, click here.

At the City Council Stated Meeting, Council votes to rezone Astoria, Queens and other matters
At today’s Stated Meeting, the Council will vote on a Department of City Planning rezoning proposal, which will preserve the character and encourage business and affordable housing in Astoria, Queens. Also, in an effort to increase fire and public safety, the Council will vote on a bill that will increase the minimum civil penalty and criminal fines against unlicensed plumbers and fire suppression contractors. The Council will also vote on two bills that will streamline and modernize the Department of Health’s administrative health code. For more information on the Council’s votes, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Andrew Cuomo announces candidacy for Governor; Rochester Mayor Duffy to run for Lieutenant Governor
Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced his candidacy for governor on Saturday, saying he was seeking not only to lead New York but to remake a state mired in political scandal and paralyzed by financial crisis. On Wednesday, Cuomo announced that Mayor Robert J. Duffy of Rochester was selected to run for lieutenant governor on his ticket. For more information, click here and here.

Governor Paterson Introduces Legislation to Amend New York’s Rent Laws
Governor David A. Paterson unveiled a package of proposed amendments to New York’s rent laws that would help to restore stability and certainty to a chaotic housing market. The amendments would modify and extend the State’s rent laws – due to expire in 2011 – for eight years, reduce the rate at which apartments become deregulated, provide additional protections for tenants, and address a recent Court of Appeals decision that left many questions about the status of thousands of deregulated apartments. For more information, click here.

Governor Paterson and State Legislature Agree on Plan to Keep State Parks Open
Governor David A. Paterson announced that an agreement has been reached with the Legislature to ensure there are sufficient revenues to maintain operations at all New York State parks and historic sites, including all Department of Environmental Conservation campgrounds in the Adirondacks and Catskills. The agreement with the Legislature achieves $74 million in State General Fund savings and contains Governor Paterson’s E-waste Program Bill. For more information, click here.

New York State Assembly Passes Sweeping Education Reforms to Support New York State’s Application for Race to the Top Funding
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Education Committee Chair Catherine Nolan said that the Assembly expects to pass legislation to reform the state’s charter school system. The legislation (A.11310) would raise the cap on charter schools from 200 to 460, helping to ensure that New York State will have one of the nation’s most competitive applications for federal funding under the Race to the Top (RTTT) grant program in time for the June 1 deadline. This measure, in conjunction with a strong teacher evaluation system authorized earlier in the week and funding for long-term assessment of student achievement, will help ensure that New York State receives maximum RTTT funding. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

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.

Search Engine for the NYC Department of Education’s E-Catalogue (June 29, 2010) – The New York City Department of Education (DOE) is seeking proposals from organizations experienced in implementing Search Engine software and services. For more information, 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.

Mart 125 Site Redevelopment (due July 30, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), acting on behalf of the City of New York and in consultation with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (“DCA”) and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (“UMEZ”), is seeking proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of a 10,000 square foot site at 260 West 125th Street in Manhattan, commonly known as Mart 125 (“the Site”). An approximately 17,400 square foot building, currently located on the Site, will require demolition prior to redevelopment. RFP can be downloaded here.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

On May 25, 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 5/31 – 6/4

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

Date: Tuesday, June 1
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearings
10:00 AM – Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
12:00 PM – Fire and Criminal Services
2:30 PM – Parks and Recreation

Date: Tuesday, June 2
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearings
10:00 AM – Health
10:30 AM – Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services

Date: Wednesday, June 3
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearings
10:00 AM – Public Safety

Date: Thursday, June 4
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearings
9:00 AM – Fire & Criminal Justice Services
11:00 AM – Cultural Affairs & Libraries
1:45 PM – Housing & Buildings

Subcommittee on Zoning & Franchises
Date: Tuesday, June 1
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses
Date: Tuesday, June 1
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Tuesday, June 1
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Land Use
Date: Thursday, June 3
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

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