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Affairs and Appointments – November 13, 2009

Affairs and Appointments – November 13, 2009

Week in Review

I. This week in New York City Government

  • Mayor Bloomberg, Council Member Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. and other Electeds Announce Acquisition of Coney Island Amusement Park Property

II. This week in New York State Government

  • State Assembly and Senate pass bills that provide property tax relief and close a loophole in sentencing laws
  • Governor Paterson announces reform of Mitchell-Lama regulations

III. Current RFPs

  • New this week: Coney Island Amusement Operator RFP

IV. City Council Public Hearing Schedule – Week of November 16


THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT
  1. Mayor Bloomberg, Council Member Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. and other electeds announces City Acquisition of Coney Island Property to Expand and Permanently Preserve Historic Amusement District
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Council Member Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., State Senator Diane Savino, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Assembly Member Alec Brook-Krasny and other City officials announced the City has signed a contract with Capalino+Company client, Thor Equities, to acquire 6.9-acres in Coney Island for $95.6 million, which will allow the City to expand, enhance and make permanent Coney Island’s historic amusement district. With the acquisition of three waterfront parcels, the City will create a 12.5-acre outdoor amusement park within a new 27-acre amusement and entertainment district. For more information on this announcement, please click here.

THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT
  1. State Assembly and Senate pass bills that provide property tax relief and close a loophole in sentencing laws
    Governor Paterson and Legislative Leaders announced the passage of two key pieces of legislation. The first provides measures to evaluate the costs of mandates on local governments, helping them to control costs and provide relief to property taxpayers. The second closes a loophole in sentencing laws that allowed some violent criminals to become eligible for parole and medical parole earlier than intended. For more information, please click here.

  2. Governor Paterson announces reform of Mitchell-Lama regulations
    Governor Paterson announced the first comprehensive review and reform of New York State’s Mitchell-Lama affordable housing regulations. The revisions, proposed by the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), include: (1) Eliminating unneeded and overly burdensome regulations and streamlining procedures; (2) Focusing DHCR supervision on problem areas and strengthening the agency’s enforcement capability; (3) Utilizing contemporary and best agency practices; (4) Conforming regulations to recent legislation and judicial decisions; and (5) Encouraging preservation of the portfolio as affordable housing. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

  1. Artist as Entrepreneur (due November 16, 2009) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation is seeking a consultant or consultant team to develop and implement an artist training program that equips selected New York City-based artists with business training and support. This intensive training program will help up to 50 artists build entrepreneurial skills. RFP can be found here.

  2. Promote the Arts Clusters (due November 16, 2009) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a consultant or consultant team to develop and implement a marketing and tourism incentive program to promote and increase visitation to arts neighborhoods within New York City’s five boroughs. This initiative aims to (1) positively impact earned revenue of under-promoted organizations in the Arts Sector; (2) develop the long-term economic vibrancy of an under-promoted arts neighborhoods in the City; and (3) generate increased metro and regional tourism and visitation to the City. RFP can be found here.

  3. Willets Point RFQ (due December 7, 2009) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation is seeking statements of Qualifications from qualified developers in connection with the proposed redevelopment of theWillets Point District in Queens, New York. The purpose of this Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) is to solicit SOQs from prospective developers to help achieve the City’s redevelopment goals for Willets Point by transforming the District from a largely underutilized site with substandard conditions and substantial environmental degradation into a lively, mixed-use, sustainable community and regional destination. For more information, click here.

  4. Coney Island Amusement Operator RFP (due December 18, 2009) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking proposals for the development and operation of an amusement park and/or ancillary entertainment attractions in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The amusement park is envisioned to be a central and integral part of the Coney Island entertainment district, and will advance the City’s redevelopment goals for Coney Island by enhancing the amusement and entertainment experience of the neighborhood. This RFP presents a unique opportunity to develop the centerpiece of this historic, thriving, urban entertainment destination. For more information, click here.

  5. General Investment Consultant (due December 18, 2009) The Teachers Retirement System of the City of New York is seeking the services of qualified professionals to provide general investment consulting/advisory services. RFP can be found here.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL HEARINGS FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 9

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses
Date: Monday, November 16
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Please click here.

Committee on Transportation
Date: Tuesday, November 16
Time: 10:45 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 662 – Clergy parking permits
Intro 907 – Establishing a grace period for certain parking violations
Intro 1017 – Notification of changes in parking restrictions
Intro 1076 – Notification of changes in parking meter regulations

Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections
Date: Monday, November 16
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Recommendation of Kimberley A. Hayes to the Council to the Youth Board

Committee on Land Use
Date: Monday, November 16th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Finance
Date: Monday, November 16th
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Monday, November 16th
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Subcommittee on Zoning & Franchises
Date: Tuesday, November 17th
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Civil Service and Labor
Date: Tuesday, November 17th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 1059 – Paid Sick Leave earned by employees

Committee on Veterans
Date: Wednesday, November 18th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Employment Opportunities for Veterans in NYC

Committee on Higher Education
Date: Wednesday, November 18th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – How the Governor’s deficit reduction plan impacts CUNY.

Committee on Governmental Operations
Date: Wednesday, November 18th
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Intro 1025 – Requiring the Corporation Counsel to submit quarterly reports to the City Council detailing the number and disposition of civil actions filed against the NYPD.

Committee on Consumer Affairs
Date: Wednesday, November 18th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 913 – Licensing doorbuster sales

Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment
Date: Thursday, November 19th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Lower Manhattan Emergency Preparedness

Committee on Civil Rights (jointly with Committee on Immigration)
Date: Thursday, November 19th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Executive Order 127 – Ensuring that NYC Hard to Count populations are identified and encouraged to participate in 2010 census
Reso 190 – Amend Election law so prisoners are counted as residents of the county they reside prior to incarceration.
Reso 1758 – Census Bureau to enforce a decennial census enumeration policy in which incarcerated juveniles and adults are counted in keeping with the “one person, one vote” principle inherent in the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution.

Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Thursday, November 19th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Transportation (Jointly with the Committees on Public Safety and Women’s Issues)
Date: Thursday, November 18th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Sexual Harassment and Assault on the New York City Subways.

Committee on Youth Services
Date: Thursday, November 19th
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: To be determined

Committee on Health (Jointly with Committee on Aging)
Date: Thursday, November 19th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – End of Life Care: What Everyone Should Know

Committee on Environmental Protection
Date: Thursday, November 19th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 935 – Backflow prevention device reporting and certification

Committee on Technology in Government
Date: Friday, November 20th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight: Establishing strong network neutrality principles in order to protect the Internet
Reso 712-A – Calling on the U.S. Congress to codify strong network neutrality principles

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