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Affairs and Appointments – November 18, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – November 18, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg and New York City Economic Development Corporation Announce Request for Proposals for New Small Business Incubator Space in Harlem
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan, NYC Transit President Prendergast Release Report On First/Second Avenue Select Bus Service and Launch New Curbside Fare Payment for 34th Street Select Bus Service
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces New York City Will Have a Record 90,000 Hotel Rooms by Year’s End, Contributing to City’s Booming Tourism Sector and Creating Jobs
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Announce That Civil Service Exam Fees Will Be Waived for Veterans

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Launches Volunteer Initiative to Serve New Yorkers During Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Enhanced Enforcement Period Targeting Drivers That Use Hand Held Devices
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Clean Technology Vehicle Manufacturer to Open Facility in New York City, Create More Than 100 Jobs
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Health Insurer Rate Filings Now Available to Public
  • Governor Cuomo Announces New Reforms Designed to Keep State Highway Construction Projects On Budget and On Time
  • DiNapoli Names Freeman as Communications Director
  • DiNapoli: October Results Support Downward Financial Plan Revenue Revisions

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • DOE: Parent Academy
    • DPR: Operation and Maintenance of the Coney Island Carousel, Food Service Facility and Special Event Concession
    • EDC: Harlem Incubator

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 11/21 – 11/25


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg and New York City Economic Development Corporation Announce Request for Proposals for New Small Business Incubator Space in Harlem
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel and New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky announced that the City is seeking proposals from individuals, organizations and companies to develop, operate and maintain a new business incubator space in Harlem. The incubator, which will be part of the City’s network of spaces designed to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation across a variety of sectors, is an important part of the Administration’s ongoing efforts to support the revitalization of 125th Street. Originally launched in 2009, the City’s incubator program provides a wide array of affordable workspaces available to small start-up businesses through the City, promoting entrepreneurship and making it easier to start businesses and create jobs. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan, NYC Transit President Prendergast Release Report On First/Second Avenue Select Bus Service and Launch New Curbside Fare Payment for 34th Street Select Bus Service
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and MTA/New York City Transit President Tom Prendergast launched curbside fare payment for Select Bus Service on 34th Street, the latest phase of the new service on 34th Street that is bringing faster, more reliable service to the more than 33,000 bus passengers that use the corridor daily. Select Bus Service features dedicated bus lanes, bus-lane camera enforcement and off-board fare collection with hybrid, low-floored buses – all to improve travel time and safety. Additionally, the Department of Transportation released a report that found, one year after implementing the M15 Select Bus Service on First and Second Avenues bus travel times improved up to 18 percent, ridership increased nine percent, time passengers spent boarding was reduced by 36 percent, and there was a 21 percent reduction in crash injuries on the section of the corridor where the fullest street safety treatments were used. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces New York City Will Have a Record 90,000 Hotel Rooms by Year’s End, Contributing to City’s Booming Tourism Sector and Creating Jobs
Mayor Bloomberg announced New York City will reach a record 90,000 hotel rooms by year’s end, representing a 24 percent increase since 2006. More than 7,000 rooms are in the pipeline that will add to the City’s hotel inventory, with an average 40 percent of new openings taking place in boroughs other than Manhattan, including in Long Island City, Queens, a hotbed of hotel development. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Announce That Civil Service Exam Fees Will Be Waived for Veterans
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn announced that in order to recognize the service of U.S. veterans, and as a way to recruit talent into City government, the City will soon offer military veterans a waiver of the fee required to take a civil service test. Applicants can request a waiver at the time of submitting an exam application either online or by mail, and then mail in documentation supporting their request. Instructions will be available on the website of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, which will administer the program and launch it within the next few months. The civil service exams most frequently taken by veterans are those for uniformed positions at the Police Department, Fire Department and Department of Corrections. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Launches Volunteer Initiative to Serve New Yorkers During Thanksgiving Holiday
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched a Thanksgiving volunteer initiative where senior staff members from the Cuomo administration will participate in volunteer activities around the state as New Yorkers gather to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.
"As families across New York State come together to celebrate Thanksgiving and the blessings of the past year, it is important that we remember those who are less fortunate," Governor Cuomo said. "New Yorkers have always been the first to lend a helping hand to their neighbors, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, each of us should do all we can to help others." For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces Enhanced Enforcement Period Targeting Drivers That Use Hand Held Devices
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that during the Thanksgiving holiday, the New York State Police will conduct an enhanced enforcement campaign called "Operation Hang Up" to target motorists that use their cell phone and other electronic devices while driving."Over the Thanksgiving holiday we will be stepping up our enforcement measures to send a clear message to drivers: keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel," Governor Cuomo said. "Using a handheld device while driving is illegal and puts the lives and safety of New Yorkers on the road at risk. I thank the State Police and local law enforcement officers for their hard work to keep New Yorkers safe." For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces Clean Technology Vehicle Manufacturer to Open Facility in New York City, Create More Than 100 Jobs
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Smith Electric Vehicles (Smith), a leader in zero-emission, all-electric commercial vehicles, will establish a clean technology manufacturing facility in New York, which is expected to create more than 100 new direct jobs. Smith will lease a 90,000 square foot building near Hunts Point in the South Bronx and make investments in renovations, equipment, training and other project costs. A package of state and city incentives valued at over $6 million, including $3.4 million in Excelsior tax credit benefits from Empire State Development, and $1.7 million in tax exemptions approved by the New York City Industrial Development Agency (NYCIDA), is being provided to augment the company’s private investment. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces Health Insurer Rate Filings Now Available to Public
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that rate increase requests from health insurers are now available on the Department of Financial Services’ website, www.dfs.ny.gov. DFS has determined that all rate increase requests should be available so that the public could comment effectively, but health insurers initially objected. Then, led by United Healthcare, the insurers dropped their objections. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces New Reforms Designed to Keep State Highway Construction Projects On Budget and On Time
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced new reforms designed to keep state highway construction projects on budget and on time. These changes come after a series of recommendations from an independent review, ordered by the Governor, of delays and cost over-runs which have affected I-287 in Westchester for over a decade."I have repeatedly said that government must protect every taxpayer dollar by being efficient and effective," Governor Cuomo said. "For over a decade, the I-287 project has been mired in delays and cost over-runs, and that’s why I ordered an independent review and that’s why the Department of Transportation is making these important reforms." The I-287 Cross Westchester Expressway Corridor project began 15 years ago. The original cost of the first five stages was expected to be $490 million, but ended up being $568 million, as overruns drove the price up by 16%. For more information, click here.

Comptroller DiNapoli Names Freeman as Communications Director
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced that he has named Jennifer Freeman as director of communications for the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC). Freeman has held diverse positions in both government and the private sector. Freeman is currently the assistant vice president for external affairs at Albany Medical Center where she oversees public relations, marketing, advertising and community education for the 7,000-employee academic medical center. For more information, click here.

DiNapoli: October Results Support Downward Financial Plan Revenue Revisions
All Funds tax collections through October 31 were $584 million below August projections, consistent with predictions and recent Financial Plan revisions, according to the October 2011 monthly cash report released by Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Nonetheless, All Funds tax collections of $35.3 billion through October were 11.1 percent or $3.5 billion higher than the same period last year. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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

Opportunities for Educational Enrichment (November 21, 2011) – Department of Education requests proposals by 1 p.m. on Nov. 21 from organizations experienced in providing direct student support services in grades prekindergarten through 12 to increase opportunities for educational enrichment. A pre-proposal conference will be held Monday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., courtroom, Brooklyn. To make inquiries, contact ispsupport@schools.nyc.gov. For more information, click here.

Student Support Services (November 21, 2011) – The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), on behalf of the Office of School and Youth Development (OSYD), seeks proposals from organizations experienced in providing direct student support services in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 to increase opportunities for educational enrichment. Successful providers will offer a range of engaging and positive genres to help students achieve academic success, personal growth and a promising future. The purpose of this MTAC is to continue to provide services that effect the advancement of teaching and learning for students who participate within the various programs. Services will have a meaningful impact on classroom practice and schools’ curriculum goals. Vendors should identify and include programs that have proven successful and work best with students. For more information, click here.

Sponsorship of Multi-Service Centers(November 21, 2011) – Pre-Proposal Conference will be held on October 21, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at 180 Water Street, 12th Floor Conference Room, New York, NY 10038. For more information, click here.
Bush Terminal Piers Open Space Construction Services (November 30, 2011) – The Bush Terminal Piers Open Space Project is located within Bush Terminal, along First Avenue and largely between 43rd and 51st Streets on the Sunset Park waterfront. The project includes a comfort station, new multi-purpose fields, decorative pavements, plantings, lighting, and related improvements. Detailed submission guidelines are outlined in the Bid package. The cost of the Bid package is $150.00. The only form of payment accepted will be exact cash, certified check or money order payable to NYCEDC. For more information, click here.

A vendor to Establish a Network of Community Outreach Locations for Persons Living with AIDS (December 1, 2011) – Human Resources Administration requests proposals by 2 p.m. on Dec. 1 for a qualified vendor to establish, directly or through subcontractors, a network of community outreach locations at which on-site meals, care packages consisting of packaged and canned foods, clothing items and a variety of counseling services, would be offered to persons living with AIDS, their spouses and children. These services would be made available at a minimum of four locations in at least two boroughs throughout New York City, in communities with a high density of people living with AIDS and/or persons with HIV-related illness. There will be a preproposal conference on Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. located at 180 Water St., Manhattan. To make inquiries, contact Paula Sangster-Graham at (212) 620-9275 or sangstergrahamp@hra.nyc.gov. For more information, click here.

Meals and Counseling (December 1, 2011) – The HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) of the Human Resources Administration (HRA) of the City of New York is seeking an appropriately qualified vendor to establish, directly or through subcontractors, a network of community outreach locations at which on-site meals, care packages consisting of packaged and canned foods, clothing items, and a variety of counseling services would be offered to Persons Living With AIDS (PLWA), their spouses and children. These services would be made available at a minimum of four locations in at least 2 boroughs throughout New York City, in communities with a high density of PLWA and/or persons with HIV related illness. There will be a Pre-proposal Conference on October 27, 2011 from 10:00AM TO 12:00PM located at 180 Water Street, New York, NY. Attendance by proposers is optional but recommended. For more information, click here.

Harlem Incubator( December 15, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking proposals from qualified individuals, organizations, or companies to develop, operate and maintain an incubator space in the Manhattan neighborhood of Harlem, preferably along, or within a two-block walk of 125th Street. NYCEDC may make certain funding available to help cover specific incubator start-up costs and operating expenses. NYCEDC will consider incubator programs for (i) startup businesses in technology, new media, or services sectors, generally, (ii) co-working space for freelancers, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and startups, or (iii) a combination thereof. Food use or similar programs will not be considered for purposes of this incubator. For more information, click here.

Homebase (December 15, 2011) – DHS is issuing a RFP, E-PIN 07112P0003 seeking appropriately qualified contractors to provide homeless prevention services in eleven (11) Service Areas citywide. The Homebase program under this RFP consists of the identification and resolution of housing problems in the community to avert shelter entry and/or re-entry. DHS anticipates awarding 11 contracts for Homebase services. A proposer may propose to provide services in more than one service area. However, a separate and complete proposal package must be submitted for each. A Pre-Proposal Conference is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., located at the 2 Washington Street, 19th Floor, Room 1995, New York, NY 10004. Attendance at the pre-proposal conference is optional but proposers are strongly encouraged to attend. Please bring appropriate identification for security clearance. For more information, click here.

Out of School Time (December 16, 2011) – DYCD seeks qualified not-for-profit organizations to deliver year-round out-of-school time (OST) programs to New York City (City) public and private, including charter, school students in kindergarten through the middle school grades. The OST programs will be located in neighborhoods throughout the City (Service Areas 1 and 2). In addition, DYCD seeks vendors to provide technical assistance (TA) to support the OST program contractors and conduct outcomes tracking and evaluation (Service Areas 3 and 4). Attendance at Pre-proposal conferences are optional, but strongly recommended. Multiple sessions will be held as follows: Service Areas 1 and 2 (Direct Program Services)Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 10:00am to 12:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:00pm and Wednesday November 16, 2011 at 10:00am to 12:00pm.These Pre-Proposal conferences will be held at NYC Technical College, Klitgord Center 285 Jay Street Brooklyn, NY 11201. For more information, click here.

Parent Academy (December 28, 2011) – December 1, 2011 at 2:30 P.M. ET, Located at 65 Court St., Conference Room #1201, 12th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), on behalf of the Division of Family and Community Engagement (FACE), is seeking proposals to support greater student achievement by increasing family involvement. Pursuant to the Chancellor’s Children First agenda, the NYCDOE established a parent support system, including placement of full-time parent coordinators in more than 1,600 schools. The parent support system helps give families and communities the access, information, and tools needed to be full partners in the education of the City’s public school children. The NYCDOE will contract with up to two vendors to increase family involvement in children’s education by providing workshops and training for school administrators and school-based families. Working closely with the Department of Education and key community partners, the contracted vendor(s) would be required to complete the required services in one or both of the following components:

  • School-based community training to support implementation of the five Partnerships
  • Standards for Schools and Families for Schools and Families
  • Borough-wide family workshops

The awarded vendor for Component 1 will be responsible for developing a comprehensive training curriculum and materials to support school communities as they implement the Partnership Standards. The vendor will incur the cost of advertising and all outreach to recruit schools. The awarded vendor for Component 2 will develop and deliver workshops to help families support their children’s academic success on topics delineated in the solicitation. 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.

307 Rutledge St. Land Sale (December 19, 2011) – NYCEDC seeks proposals for the sale and development of a vacant 8,600 SF parcel of land located at 307 Rutledge Street (Block 2221 Lot 42) in Brooklyn. The Site is currently owned by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and is currently leased to a local non-profit for surface parking on a month-to-month basis. The Site is located within a C8-2 zoning district, which allows for a wide variety of commercial and industrial uses, with a maximum FAR of 2.0. Accessory parking for nearby businesses may be considered for the Site but preference will be given to those respondents that promote the highest intensity of building square footage, commercial or manufacturing/industrial business expansion, and number of jobs created. For more information, click here.

Operation and Maintenance of the Coney Island Carousel, Food Service Facility and Special Event Concession(January 18, 2012) – In Steeplechase Park, Brooklyn.
There will be a recommended proposer meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 11 am. We will be meeting in Room 407 of the Arsenal, which is located at 830 5th Avenue, in Central Park, Manhattan. If you are considering responding to this RFP, please make every effort to attend this recommended meeting. TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICE FOR THE DEAF (TDD) 212-504-4115. For more information, click here.

Rossville Municipal Site RFEI (January 18, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking expressions of interest for the redevelopment of up to 33 acres of the Rossville Municipal Site located at 2629 Arthur Kill Road on the Arthur Kill Channel in Richmond County, in the Rossville area of Staten Island, New York. The site is the largest New York City-owned property available for maritime development and one of the few remaining industrial waterfront properties available and suitable for shipping in the entire region. The site’s approximately 2000 linear feet of shoreline along the federally maintained Arthur Kill Channel and its easy access to a highway are major and unique assets. For more information, click here.

Saratoga Square (due May 18, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeks proposals for the sale or lease of an approximately 25,762 square foot parcel of land located on Block 1557, Lots 3, 4, 23, 26, 28, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, and 37 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn (the “Site”). Through this Request For Proposals (“RFP”), NYCEDC is seeking individuals or organizations to develop the Site for a use that maximizes the creation of jobs for local residents, generates proceeds attributed to new development from tax revenue and purchase price/ground rent, and is contextually appropriate in terms of both design and use. For more information, click here.

Halleck Industrial Development Site at Hunts Point (due May 23, 2012) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the New York City Department of Small Business Services (“SBS”), is seeking qualified proposals to develop an unimproved parcel of land in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx under a long term ground lease. The parcel, known as the Halleck Industrial Development Site, is a prime, shovel-ready site for new construction of a modern industrial facility. For more information, click here.

Non-Secure Detention Group Homes (due May 31, 2013) – 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.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Our new feature Food for Thought presents recently issued policy or research reports which you may find of interest.

State of New York City’s Subsidized Housing: 2011

The Furman Center For Real Estate & Urban Policy and the Institute for Affordable Housing Policies have released their annual report regarding the State of New York City’s subsidized housing for 2011. As household incomes has been stagnated for the last 40 years and their rent doubled, more than 171,000 New York City households currently depend on city, state and federal government subsidy programs to ensure that their monthly rent remains affordable. These subsidies also aim at encouraging “private developers to build housing affordable to low- and moderate-income (LMI) households.” This report describes four main categories of public subsidy programs used to develop or rehabilitate privately-owned affordable rental housing units in New York City: HUD financing and insurance, HUD project-based rental assistance, New York City and New York State Mitchell-Lama, and the Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). To view the entire report, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 11/21 – 11/25

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Immigration
Date: Monday, November 21, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Civil Service and Labor
Date: Monday, November 21, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on General Welfare
Date: Monday, November 21, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl
Agenda: Oversight – Fighting hunger in New York City. A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to reporting on finger imaging of food stamp applicants.

Committee on Public Housing
Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Environmental Protection
Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Contracts
Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Emigrant Savings Bank – 49-51 Chambers Street
Agenda: Intro 251-A: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the payment of a living wage to employees employed on property developed by recipients of financial assistance for economic development.

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