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Affairs and Appointments – May 7, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – May 7, 2010

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Presents FY 2011 Executive Budget
  • Mayor Bloomberg , HUD Secretary Donovan, Speaker Quinn and Other Officials Announce 100,000 Units of Affordable Housing Finance Through City’s Housing Plan
  • Mayor Bloomberg and NYC Media Launch New Television Line-up on NYC Life

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Metropolitan Transit Authority opens up data for internet developers to create apps.
  • Governor Paterson creates panel to review cases of legal immigrants facing deportation
  • Governor Paterson Signs Five Bills Into Law

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • Parks: Sale of Specialty Food from Mobile Food Units

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 5/10 – 5/14


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Presents FY 2011 Executive Budget
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presented a Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Executive Budget and an updated four-year financial plan. The Mayor outlined a plan for a balanced budget that totals $62.9 billion with no tax increases for New Yorkers. Without a State budget in place, the City was forced to make assumptions in the Executive Budget on the amount of tax dollars the State will return to the City – the Executive Budget assumes a State Budget that reduces the amount of tax dollars the State returns to City by $1.3 billion. Among the cuts proposed include:

Agency

Program

FY 2011 Savings

Education

Reduction of 6,414 teachers

Libraries

Reduce subsidies to Library Systems

$31.2 million

Parks

Close four pools and shorten outdoor pool season by two weeks

$1.4 million

Fire

Eliminate staffing of four engine companies, in addition to the 16 already proposed

$5.6 million

Fire

Eliminate fifth firefighter on 60 engine companies

$7.9 million

Transportation

Increase parking rates from $2 to $2.50 per hour in midtown Manhattan

$12.2 million

Children’s Services

Eliminate 32 Units in Protective Services increasing Caseload Average from 9.5 to 10.6

$5.9 million

Human Resources

Reduce by 248 Direct City Case Management Staff at HIV/AIDS Services Administration

$4.2 million

Homeless

Close a 24 Hour Drop-In Center in Manhattan

$2.4 million

Health

Eliminate Nurse Coverage for Elementary Schools with Less than 300 Students

$3.1 million

Juvenile

Reduce secure detention capacity

$5.0 million

Aging

Close 50 senior centers serving 1,600 seniors daily

$4.2 million

Youth & Community Development

Eliminate City Funded Adult Literacy Programs under Contract at DYCD

$4.6 million

For more information on this announcement, click here. To review the budget publications, click here. Below are the statements from various elected officials on the Mayor’s announcements:

  • City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Finance Chair, Domenic Recchia: click here.
  • Comptroller John Liu: click here.
  • Public Advocate Bill de Blasio: click here.
  • New York State Budget Director Robert Megna: click here.

Mayor Bloomberg , HUD Secretary Donovan, Speaker Quinn and Other Officials Announce 100,000 Units of Affordable Housing Finance Through City’s Housing Plan
Public officials announced that the City has financed the preservation or construction of more than 100,000 affordable homes since 2003. The City is on track to reach the goal set forth in its New Housing Marketplace Plan – the creation and preservation of 165,000 affordable housing units for half a million New Yorkers by 2014. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and NYC Media Launch New Television Line-up on NYC Life
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and NYC Media President and General Manager Katherine Oliver unveiled the new television line-up on NYC life (Channel 25), the flagship station of NYC Media, the official TV, radio and online network of the City ofNew York. The new primetime line-up, which premieres on Monday, May 10, features nightly themes covering an array of topics, including City history, arts and culture, small businesses, children and teenagers, food and restaurants, music, LGBT culture, and others. For more information on this announcement and the lineup of shows, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Metropolitan Transit Authority opens up data for internet developers to create apps.
Hoping to generate the next great iPhone, Android or web application that will improve – or potentially revolutionize – the way that New Yorkers commute, the MTA held a conference for tech developers on Wednesday at Google’s New York City office. For information on this initiative, click here and here.

Governor Paterson creates panel to review cases of legal immigrants facing deportation
Governor David A. Paterson announced the creation of a panel to assist the Governor in reviewing pardon applications of legal immigrants facing deportation as a result of criminal convictions. This panel will make recommendations to the Governor’s Office on those cases deserving of additional consideration based on the facts and circumstances of the applicant’s individual case, such as cases in which the conviction concerned a minor offense, is old, or the individual has shown extensive efforts towards rehabilitation. For more information, click here.

Governor Paterson Signs Five Bills Into Law
Bills signed include:

  • S.5111/A.8215 – clarifies that municipal corporations are permitted, but not required, to offer health insurance coverage to volunteer fire and ambulance workers, and would allow such volunteers to buy into the New York State Health Insurance Program.
  • S.5481-A/A.2231-B – Designates August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day in New York State.
  • S.5945-A/A.9368 – Authorizes courts to order that the voter registration records of victims of domestic violence be kept confidential in certain cases, to protect the victim.
  • A.4217/S.2516: Permits municipal corporations to provide municipal services or funding to financially struggling public cemetery corporations in order to prevent the abandonment of cemeteries.
  • A.5985-A/S.3070-A: Eliminates the 21-year duration of trusts established for pets and provides that the length of such trust would last for the duration of the pet’s existence.

Governor Paterson vetoed A.5497/S.5924, which would have commissioned a study regarding the quality of health care services received by foster children in New York State.

For more information on these actions, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

Consulting Services – Finance, Accounting and Auditing (due May 10, 2010)The Agency is seeking an appropriately qualified independent certified public accounting firm to provide consulting services, on an as-needed basis, to help the Agency and the City address a variety of ad-hoc situations requiring financial analysis, accounting, and/or audit related consulting skills. For more information, click here.

NYC Taxi of Tomorrow (due May 14, 2010)The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), on behalf of the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), is seeking upgrades to the New York City taxi fleet to better meet the needs of passengers, drivers, owners, and NYC residents. DCAS and the TLC are seeking a highly qualified Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), or a team that includes an OEM, to provide an innovative vehicle developed or modified for use as a taxi. For more information, click here.

Lender Services, NYC Capital Access Revolving Loan Guaranty Program (Due May 14, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking lenders who make small and micro business loans to businesses in New York City with 100 or fewer employees. NYCEDC, through the Capital Access Program, is trying to increase lending to small and micro businesses and is willing to guaranty a portion of the loan principal in return for lenders agreeing to expand their underwriting criteria and/or offer more flexible loan terms to borrowers. For more information, click here.

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.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 5/10 – 5/14

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Public Housing
Date: Monday, May 10
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Update on Section 3 Employment Opportunities for New York City Housing Authority Residents
Res 207 — Congress to enact H.R. 4224, the “Together We Care Act of 2009.”

Committee on Immigration
Date: Monday, May 10
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Agenda to be Announced

Committee on Environmental Protection
Date: Monday, May 10
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Agenda to be Determined

Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services
Date: Tuesday, May 11
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Reforms to hospital inpatient psychiatric care policies in light of recent incidents.

Committee on Governmental Operations
Date: Tuesday, May 11
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Intro 118 – Requiring the mayor’s office of operations to develop and disseminate a business owner’s bill of rights.

Committee on Finance
Date: Tuesday, May 11
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 18-A – Establishing a prevailing wage requirement for building service employees in buildings owned, or managed, in whole or in part by persons receiving financial assistance or rent derived in whole or in part from the city treasury.

Committee on Consumer Affairs
Date: Tuesday, May 11
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 201 – Rates for the towing of motor vehicles

Committee on Civil Service and Labor
Date: Tuesday, May 11
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 97 – Provision of paid sick time earned by employees

Committee on Aging
Date: Tuesday, May 11
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Reso 7 – Social Service Cost of Living Increase

Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses
Date: Wednesday, May 12
Time: 10:15 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: LU 60 – Landmarks, West Park Presbyterian Church

Committee on Land Use
Date: Wednesday, May 12
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: LU 60 – Landmarks, West Park Presbyterian Church

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Wednesday, May 12
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall

Executive Budget Hearings – Committee on Finance (Jointly with relevant Committees)
Date: Thursday, May 13
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearings
10 AM – Finance
11 AM – Department of Design & Construction
12 PM – Environmental Protection (Capital)
1 PM – Environmental Protection (Expense)

Date: Friday, May 14
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Executive Budget Hearings
10 AM – Equal Employment Practices Commission
10:30 AM – Human Rights Commission
11 AM – City University of New York
12:30 PM – Education & School Construction Authority (Capital)