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Affairs and Appointments – November 19, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – November 19, 2010

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Releases November Financial Plan Update; Announces Major Budget Cuts & Layoffs
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Taxi Commissioner Yassky Announce Three Finalists to be the New, Exclusive New York City Taxicab
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Marvel Entertainment Unveil “Spider-Man, You’re Hired” – A Special Print and Digital Comic Promoting New York City’s Free Job Placement Resources
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn, Deputy Mayor Gibbs and Commissioner Mattingly Announce the Merger of the City’s Department of Juvenile Justice and the Administration for Children’s Services
  • Mayor Bloomberg Convenes International Summit on Urban Education Sponsored by New York City Global Partners at Columbia University
  • New York City Council Votes on Authorization of Agency Merger of the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Administration for Children’s Services; Begins Online Streaming of All State Meetings
  • Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Lorraine Grillo President of School Construction Authority

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor-Elect Cuomo Announces Transition Committees
  • Governor Paterson Announces $25 Million in Small Business Revolving Loan Fund Allocations Throughout State

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • EDC: Former Taystee Bakery Complex RFEI
    • DYCD: Fatherhood Program
    • DoITT: Consultant Services for the New York City Human Services Data Project

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA
CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 11/15 – 11/19


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Releases November Financial Plan Update; Announces Major Budget Cuts & Layoffs
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg released the City’s November Financial Plan for Fiscal Year 2011 and an updated four-year financial plan. In September, Mayor Bloomberg ordered a partial hiring freeze and directed City agencies to submit proposals to help eliminate the budget gap for the next fiscal year – Fiscal Year 2012 – that begins on July 1, 2011. As a result, City agencies will be taking $585 million of new budget gap closing actions in the current fiscal year and $1 billion of new budget gap closing actions in Fiscal Year 2012. The budget gap closing actions have reduced the Fiscal Year 2012 budget deficit from $3.3 billion to $2.4 billion. For a listing of all the adjustments, click here. Below is a graphic outlining the cuts, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal:

Mayor Bloomberg and Taxi Commissioner Yassky Announce Three Finalists to be the New, Exclusive New York City Taxicab
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Taxi and Limousine Commissioner/Chairman David S. Yassky unveiled the three finalists to be the new, exclusive New York City taxicab. The competition, called the “Taxi of Tomorrow,” will introduce the first-ever custom-built taxicab specifically designed for New York City. The three designs selected as the finalists to be the Taxi of Tomorrow are submissions from Ford Motor Company, Capalino+Company client, Karsan USA and Nissan North America, Inc. The three finalists can be viewed at the Taxi of Tomorrow website, located at www.nyc.gov, and New Yorkers can log on to the site to vote on the features they want in taxicabs. Survey participants will also be entered into a contest to win a year’s worth of free taxi rides. For more information, click here. To view the photos of the winning designs, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Marvel Entertainment Unveil “Spider-Man, You’re Hired” – A Special Print and Digital Comic Promoting New York City’s Free Job Placement Resources
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver, Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh, Marvel Entertainment Editor-in-Chief and Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, New York Daily News CEO Bill Holiber and Editor-in-Chief Kevin Convey, and Spider-Man announced the creation of “Spider-Man, You’re Hired,” an all-new comic book highlighting City resources available to New Yorkers who are navigating the job market. The comic, which features an unemployed Peter Parker starting his job search, is the Administration’s latest effort to connect out-of-work New Yorkers to job training and placement services. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn, Deputy Mayor Gibbs and Commissioner Mattingly Announce the Merger of the City’s Department of Juvenile Justice and the Administration for Children’s Services
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Deputy Mayor Linda I. Gibbs and Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner John B. Mattingly announced passage of legislation to formally integrate the City’s Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). The City Council voted to amend the City Charter and Administrative Code to merge DJJ and ACS, combining the City’s juvenile detention and child welfare programs. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Convenes International Summit on Urban Education Sponsored by New York City Global Partners at Columbia University
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg addressed delegates representing 24 international cities during the New York City Global Partners Summit “Urban Education: Innovations in K-12.” His remarks were part of a three-day international meeting of government officials and policymakers analyzing how global cities are transforming urban education systems, changing the management of schools, improving teaching and learning in the classroom, and using technology to educate diverse and growing populations that can compete in a global economy.The summit was developed by New York City Global Partners, Inc. in cooperation with the New York City Department of Education and Columbia University. For more information, click here.

New York City Council Votes on Authorization of Agency Merger of the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Administration for Children’s Services; Begins Online Streaming of All State Meetings
The New York City Council voted on legislation at the Stated Meeting that will authorize the proposed merger of the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). The Council also voted on legislation that will require the Department of Parks and Recreation to provide notification prior to planting trees within 100 feet of a hospital’s or school’s entrance or exit and, for the first time, streamed online its Stated Meeting. Click here for more details.

Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Lorraine Grillo President of School Construction Authority
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed Lorraine Grillo President of the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA). Lorraine has been serving as Acting President since April when the Mayor and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein announced the appointment of then SCA President Sharon Greenberger to the position of Chief Operating Officer for theDepartment of Education. For more information on this announcement, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor-Elect Cuomo Unveils Transition Team
Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo is staying on track with his preparations to take over the second floor of the State Capitol, rolling out a transition team that will be headed by Lieutenant Governor-Elect Robert Duffy. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, former New York State Comptroller Carl McCall and former Chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corp Felix Rohatyn will serve as the transition co-chairs. For a list of the members of the transition team, click here.

Governor-Elect Cuomo Announces Transition Committees
This week, Governor-Elect Cuomo announced a number of Transition Committees including (click on the links to view the lists):

Governor Paterson Announces $25 Million in Small Business Revolving Loan Fund Allocations Throughout State

Governor David A. Paterson and Empire State Development (ESD) announced allocations from the State’s new Small Business Revolving Loan Fund to community development financial institutions and other community-based lending organizations statewide. The Small Business Revolving Loan Fund is targeted to ‘Main Street,’ everyday businesses and will provide $50 million in loans to small businesses across New York State over the next two years. For more information on this announcement, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

CEO SIF Jobs-Plus RFP (due November 22, 2010) – The Mayor`s Fund to Advance New York City is seeking appropriately qualified sub-grantees to establish and operate the Jobs-Plus program in New York, NY. This program and research study helps residents of public housing increase their earnings through on-site employment-related services, financial incentives, and community support for work activities. For more information, click here.

Two-Stage Congregate Services Procurement Process (due November 29, 2010) – The Department for the Aging (DFTA) intends to prequalify prospective organizations to provide congregate services to seniors through an innovative procurement process. Information on the innovative procurement process can be found at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dfta/downloads/pdf/city_record81310.pdf.

Only prequalified vendors will be eligible to participate in the upcoming procurements and prequalification will be good for a period of 3 years. DFTA will prequalify applicants based on two proposed congregate services program models, Neighborhood Centers and Innovative Senior Centers. For more information and to download the RFP, click here.

CEO SIF Workadvance (due November 30, 2010) – The Mayor`s Fund to Advance New York City is seeking appropriately qualified sub-grantees to establish and operate the WorkAdvance program. This research study and sector-based employment and advancement program combines several promising New York City programs and builds on recent evaluations by MDRC, Public/Private Ventures and CEO. For more information on this RFP, click here.

Wecare Program (due December 1, 2010) – The Human Resources Administration (“HRA” or “Agency”) is seeking two qualified vendors to provide a continuum of integrated services, directly or through subcontract, to applicants for and recipients of Cash Assistance (CA) and other HRA services who have, or may have, medical and/or mental health conditions that significantly reduce their functional capacity. For more information, click here.

Emergency Shelters (due December 2, 2010) – The Human Resources Administration “HRA” or “the Agency” is seeking four (4) appropriately qualified vendors to operate four (4) emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence. These residential facilities provide a safe, supportive environment for families and individuals that are victims of domestic violence or abuse. Services including counseling, advocacy, housing and employment assistance, are aimed at assisting the family toward resuming independent living in the community. To download the RFP, click here.

Professional Development Training and Related Services (due December 8, 2010) – The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services, Division of Citywide Personnel Service (DCPS) is seeking the services of up to forty (40) qualified practitioners to provide short-term practical professional development training and training program design courses, special team-building events, individualized and small group coaching, strategic planning/retreat design and facilitation, and curriculum development/instructional design. These services will be provided for the City of New York and other entities seeking these services through DCAS. To download this RFP, click here.

Young Adult Internship Programs (due December 15, 2010) – In 2006, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg created the Commission for Economic Opportunity (Commission) to examine nontraditional approaches to addressing poverty in New York City (City). The Commission’s recommendations, released in September 2006, identified young adults as an important target population for anti-poverty efforts. Citing a range of labor market challenges, the Commission recommended that strategies be adopted to re-engage youth who are disconnected from school and work. For more information, click here.

Tier II Family Shelters (due December 15, 2010) – The Department of Homeless Services (“DHS”, “Agency” or “Department”) is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to operate Privately Owned Tier II Family Residences. Tier II Residences, which are required to be operated in accordance with New York State Codes, Rules and Regulations, Title 18, Part 900 (18 NYCRR 900), provide temporary housing accommodations and social services to homeless families until permanent housing alternatives become available. To download the RFP, click here.

Consultant Services for the New York City Human Services Data Project (HS Data) – New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) is soliciting proposals from prospective proposers to support the Human Services Data Project in developing financial analysis and common performance measures for Client and Community Based Service (CCS) providers in New York City. DoiTT is seeking to award up to two (2) contracts for the following two options: Option 1 Performance Outcome Measures and Option 2 Financial Health Measurement. For more information on this, click here.

Zerega-Havemeyer Industrial (due December 17, 2010) – Seeking proposals for the sale of an approximately 99,370 square foot parcel of land located on Block 3540, Lots 29 and 40, in the Zerega/Castle Hill section of the Bronx (the “Site”). The Site is part of the Zerega Industrial Business Zone. To download the RFP, click here.

City-Owned Tier II Residential Shelters (due December 21, 2010) – The Department of Homeless Services is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to operate city-owned Tier II Residential Shelters for Homeless Families located at Blake Avenue in Brooklyn, Briarwood in Queens and Nelson Avenue Shelter in the Bronx. Tier II residences, To download the RFP, click here.

Fatherhood Program (due January 10, 2011) – Building on the success of a hallmark Fatherhood Initiative begun in 2002, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) is seeking appropriately qualified organizations to operate Fatherhood Programs in New York City (City). Each Fatherhood Program will address the needs of non-custodial fathers aged 16 and over. There will be separate competitions for three specific groups: young fathers (16 to 24 years of age), fathers over 24 years of age, and fathers with prior involvement in the criminal justice system. To download this RFP, click here.

Former Taystee Bakery Complex RFEI (due January 19, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking expressions of interest for the purchase and redevelopment of the former Taystee Bakery complex (the “Site”) located in the West Harlem neighborhood of New York, New York. To download the RFEI, click here.

Bush Terminal Ground-Up Development (due January 28, 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. Through this Request For Proposals (“RFP”), NYCEDC is seeking developers or users of industrial and/or manufacturing space, to lease and redevelop the Site for an as-of-right industrial use as permitted within a M3-1 zoning. A successful RFP will accomplish the following goals: (1) enable and enhance the growth of the City’s industrial and/or manufacturing base through the redevelopment of the Site, (2) protect and create industrial jobs, (3) create a financially feasible and economically viable project, (4) expand and preserve quality jobs for local residents, and (5) serve as a physical example of high-quality, sustainable design and construction. To download this RFP, click here.

Housing and Shelter for Persons with AIDS (extended: due April 30, 2011) – 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.

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.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

On November 17, 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 11/22 – 11/26

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Aging
Date: Monday, November 22
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Examining the Prevalence of Elder Abuse and Crimes Against the Elderly in NYC

Committee on Community Development
Date: Monday, November 22
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Foreclosure Prevention Initiatives for New York City: Do current federal and state initiatives represents the best methods or are there more effective methods readily available?

Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Monday, November 22
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Tuesday, November 23th
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Finance
Date: Tuesday, November 23rd
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – An examination of the role of the Banking Commission in selected depository banks.

Committee on General Welfare
Date: Tuesday, November 23rd
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14h Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Fighting Hunger in New York City

Committee on Land Use
Date: Wednesday, November 24th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

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