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Affairs and Appointments – May 6, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – May 6, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Presents FY 2012 Executive Budget
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Nissan NV 200 As Taxi of Tomorrow
  • NYC Department of Homeless Services Opens a New Intake Center in the South Bronx

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Zimpher Unveil Groundbreaking “NYSUNY 2020” Program
  • Governor Cuomo Unveils the ‘People First Tour’ to Build Support for His Reform Agenda
  • New York State Senate Passes 18 Bills

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • DSBS: Employment Initiatives for NYC Probationers

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 5/9 – 5/13


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Presents FY 2012 Executive Budget
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presented a Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Executive Budget and an updated four-year financial plan. The Mayor outlined a plan to balance the budget with no tax increases for New Yorkers. The budget details the expanding gap between strong City support for services and declining State and Federal support for services, which has forced City taxpayers to cover the increasing costs of services. Further, much of the increase in cost for services is dictated by State and Federal mandates. The Executive Budget relies on $5.4 billion in savings for FY 2012 generated though ten rounds of deficit closing actions taken by City agencies since 2008 and the use of $3.2 billion of expense funding saved in FY 2011, which is used to prepay expenses in FY 2012 to reduce the need for further service reductions. To read the press release, click here, to see the budget documents, click here and for reactions by elected officials and other stakeholders, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Nissan NV 200 As Taxi of Tomorrow
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith and Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky announced that the NV200, designed by Nissan North America, Inc., has been chosen as the winner of the Taxi of Tomorrow competition. The City now will enter into final negotiations with Nissan to make the NV200 the first taxicab specially built for use in New York City and the City’s exclusive taxicab for a decade. The NV200 will be the safest taxi ever used in the City. It will be the first cab with passenger airbags and the first to complete U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash testing with the taxi partition and taxi equipment installed. For more information, click here.

NYC Department of Homeless Services Opens a New Intake Center in the South Bronx
The city’s Department of Homeless Services on Tuesday opened a new intake center in the South Bronx, a $65.5 million building designed to greet families seeking shelter with much more of a smile than in the old days. With light-filled floors, a place to check luggage and a medical clinic, the center, known as Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing, or PATH, was designed to move homeless families through the shelter application process in about six hours. It uses an electronic numbering system, not unlike the Department of Motor Vehicles, tracking families as they move from one station to the next, depending on their needs. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Zimpher Unveil Groundbreaking “NYSUNY 2020” Program
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher unveiled the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program. Phase one of the program is worth up to $140 million to the SUNY University Centers in Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo and Stony Brook. The NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program will initially consist of $35 million in capital funding per school ($20 million administered by Empire State Development Corporation and $15 million from SUNY’s construction fund) for the four SUNY University Centers. The mission of the program is to make SUNY a leading catalyst for job growth throughout the state, strengthen the academic programs of the University Centers and demonstrate that New York is open for business. The funding will be integrated with the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Councils and administered by ESDC. The approach will leverage private sector and other source funding to further the goals of job creation and economic development. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Unveils the ‘People First Tour’ to Build Support for His Reform Agenda
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo held a cabinet meeting to outline plans for his “People First Tour” in which he will deliver his message of reform directly to New Yorkers. During the “People First Tour” the Governor and his team will deliver detailed presentations outlining the administration’s top priorities for the current legislative session and how the public can support them. Beginning next week and continuing throughout the legislative session, the “People First Tour” will feature the Governor and Lt. Governor visiting communities across New York to build support for his legislative priorities, specifically, a property tax cap, ethics reform, and marriage equality. In addition, the Governor will deploy certain members of his cabinet in order to bring his message and ideas to as many New Yorkers as possible. For more information, click here.

New York State Senate Passes 18 Bills
The New York State Senate today passed 18 bills that covered a variety of topics including the strengthening of penalties and prohibitions for dangerous driving, as well as helping certain property owners receive the STAR tax exemption benefits for which they are eligible. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

East Midtown Waterfront Park and Esplanade RFP (due May 9, 2011) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking a consultant or consultant team to provide engineering, design, and planning services for the East Midtown Waterfront Esplanade and Greenway Project (the “Project”). For more information, click here.

Arlington Yard RFEI (due May 11, 2011) – seeking expressions of interest for the use of all or any portion of an approximately 9-acre parcel of land located within the Arlington Railyard in Staten Island, NY. The Site is zoned for rail freight and industrial uses, offers exceptional access to local and continental rail and road networks, and sits immediately across from Howland Hook Marine Terminal, a major deep water container port. For more information, click here.

Renovation, Operation and Maintenance of the Carousels at Forest Park and Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens (due May 13, 2011)– Request for Proposals for the Renovation, Operation, and Maintenance of the Carousel and Snack Bar and the Optional Development, Operation and Maintenance of a Family Amusement Venue at Forest Park, Queens, and the Renovation, Operation, and Maintenance of the Carousel and Operation of Three (3) Mobile Food Units and Two (2) Souvenir Carts at Flushing Meadow Corona Park, Queens. For more information, click here.

Teen Action Program (May 13, 2011) – Through this RFP, the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) is seeking appropriately qualified organizations to deliver Teen ACTION programs to school students enrolled in Grades 7 through 10, at sites located in targeted neighborhoods in New York City (City). In addition, through a separate competition in the RFP, DYCD is seeking one Technical Assistance (TA) vendor to provide training on the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH)component of the Teen ACTION curriculum and related service projects as detailed below. For more information, click here.

Community Organization Consultant for Green Committees (due May 13, 2011) — NYCHA is seeking a qualified community organization to organize and support “Green Committees” for NYCHA residents of five NYCHA developments in Queens, New York. The developments are NYCHA`s Pomonok, Woodside, Ravenswood, Queensbridge and Astoria Houses. For more information, click here.

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.

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.

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 Civil Service and Labor
Date: Monday, May 9th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Examining the NYC Workforce Reform Taskforce Report and Recommendations

Committee on Youth Services (Jointly with Committee on Civil Rights)
Date: Monday, May 9th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 363 – Requiring the commission on human rights to educate the public on various types of bias-related harassment

Committee on Community Development
Date: Monday, May 9th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – 2010 Census NYC – Undercounting: Causes, Consequences and Corrective Action

Committee on Housing and Buildings
Date: Monday, May 9th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – The renewal of rent-regulations in New York City.
Reso 700 – Renew and strengthen the laws regulating rents and eviction of tenants.

Committee on Veterans (Jointly with the Committee on Small Business)
Date: Tuesday, May 10th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Reintegration of Veterans into the Workforce and Small Business Community

Committee on Finance
Date: Wednesday, May 11th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Chinatown BID
Clinton Commons – 533-543 West 52nd Street

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Wednesday, May 11th
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Emigrant Savings Bank – 49-51 Chambers Street
Agenda: Can be found here.

Committee on Standards and Ethics (Jointly with the Committee on Finance)
Date: Thursday, May 12th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearings – Standards and Ethics

Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management (Jointly with Committee on Finance)
Date: Thursday, May 12th
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearings – Sanitation and Solid Waste Management

Committee on Public Housing (Jointly with Committee on Finance)
Date: Thursday, May 12, 2011
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearings – Public Housing

Committee on Contracts
Date: Thursday, May 12, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Proposed Intro 251-A: Requiring the payment of a living wage to employees employed on property developed by recipients of financial assistance for economic development

Committee on Technology
Date: Friday, May 13, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – The Effects of Social Networking on Children

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