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Affairs and Appointments – November 20, 2009

Affairs and Appointments – November 20, 2009

Week in Review

I. This week in New York City Government

  • Mayor Bloomberg launches NYC service program to help food programs serve more New Yorkers during the Holiday season
  • Mayor Bloomberg signs four new bills
  • Mayor Bloomberg proposes $550 million in budget cuts for FY 2010, $1.2 billion for FY 2011
  • City Council approves several pieces of legislation to improve parking rules and regulations

II. This week in New York State Government

  • Governor Paterson signs a number of bills into law including legislation on municipal clean energy loans, foreclosure and DWI
  • Governor Paterson and Legislative Leaders announce agreement on Public Authorities Reform Legislation
  • Governor Paterson prepares wage bill for construction sites

III. Current RFPs

  • New this week: East New York Industrial Site

IV. New York City Council Stated Meeting Agenda

V. City Council Public Hearing Schedule – Week of November 27


THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT
  1. Mayor Bloomberg launches NYC service program to help food programs serve more New Yorkers during the Holiday season
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the Food Bank For New York City launched an NYC Service initiative – “Adopt a Food Program” – to match groups of volunteers with food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the five boroughs to increase the effectiveness of these critical organizations and the number of New Yorkers in need served this year. For more information, click here.

  2. Mayor Bloomberg presides over bill signing ceremony
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed four pieces of legislation into law:

    • Intro 1070Requires advertisements for distressed property consultants to inform homeowners at risk of foreclosure of their rights
    • Intro 1023-A – Establishes the commuter van bill of rights
    • Intro 874-A – Amending the plumbing code to require approval of piping systems to vent radon or methane gas
    • Intro 947-A – Increases fines for leaving a vehicle unattended without locking the ignition or removing the key
  3. Mayor Bloomberg proposes $550 million in budget cuts for FY 2010, $1.2 billion for FY 2011
    As part of an ongoing effort to deal with next year’s expected nearly $5 billion deficit, Mayor Bloomberg directed agencies across the city to cut millions from their budgets. Budget Director Mark Page sent a letter to agency heads asking them for proposals to cut 4% of their FY 2010 budgets and 8% of FY 2011 and beyond. Fire and Police Departments are only being asked to cut 2% in FY 2010 and 4% in FY 2011 while the Department of Education is being asked to cut 1.5% in FY 2010 and 4% thereafter. For more information, please click here and here.

  4. City Council approves several pieces of legislation to improve parking rules and regulations and other items
    At its Stated Council meeting, the New York City Council passed several pieces of legislation to improve parking rules and regulations around the five boroughs. Specifically, the Council adopted legislation that will:

    • Create a five minute grace period for alternate side parking and muni-meter violations;
    • Improve notification about temporary and permanent changes in parking restrictions;
    • Improve DOT notification about various parking meter changes; and
    • Update parking permit rules for members of the clergy.

The Council also voted to approve the construction of a new police academy in Queens’ College Point as well as a comprehensive environmental protection resolution in support of a variety of actions to protect New York City’s water supply from the dangers of natural gas drilling.
For more information on the Stated Meeting, please click here.

THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT
  1. Governor Paterson signs a number of bills into law including legislation on municipal clean energy loans, foreclosure and DWI
    Governor Paterson this week signed a number of bills into law following a Senate special session. New laws include:

    • Municipal Clean Energy Loan Legislation: The legislation allows municipalities to leverage federal funds in order to provide loans to commercial and residential property owners to finance energy efficiency retrofits and renewable energy systems.
    • Comprehensive Foreclosure Legislation: This legislation provides additional critical protections for New York State homeowners, tenants and neighborhoods in the wake of the ongoing foreclosure crisis.
    • Leandra’s Law – Child Passenger Protection Act: This legislation makes it a felony for individuals to drive while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs (DWI) with children in the car.
  2. Governor Paterson and Legislative Leaders announce agreement on Public Authorities Reform Legislation
    Governor David A. Paterson and Legislative Leaders today announced an agreement on legislation to reform New York’s public authorities. The measures include the creation of an independent Authorities Budget Office with expanded regulatory responsibilities and subpoena power to improve the oversight of authority operations. The New York State Comptroller will also be empowered to review certain noncompetitively procured contracts for more than $1 million. The reforms, while raising transparency standards, will maintain the authorities’ ability to promote economic development. For more information, click here.

  3. Governor Paterson prepares wage bill for construction sites
    According to the New York Times, Governor Paterson is readying legislation that would require developers to pay prevailing wages on many construction projects that receive public financing, meaning that construction workers would have to be paid significantly more than minimum wage.

CURRENT RFPS

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. East New York Industrial Site (due February 1, 2010)NYC EDC is seeking proposals for the disposition and development of seven (7) sites varying in size between 2,000 square feet and 19,600 square feet in the East New York section of Brooklyn. RFP can be found here.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

On November 16, the Council held a stated meeting where they passed and introduced new legislation and land use items. The agenda can be found here.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL HEARINGS FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 27

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability (Jointly with the Committee on Parks and Recreation)
Date: Monday, November 23
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Are Parks Serving All People? – An Update on Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
Date: Monday, November 23
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Street Cleaning, Operation Scorecard, and the Inspections of the Street Condition Observation Unit (SCOUT) Relating to Sanitation.

Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations
Date: Monday, November 23
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight: Reexamining Arts Education in New York City Public.
Reso 837 — Department of Education to maintain a minimum level of arts funding in NYC public schools.

Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services
Date: Monday, November 23rd
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Examining the FDNY’s 2009-2010 Strategic Plan.

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Monday, November 23rd
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses
Date: Monday, November 23rd
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Waterfronts
Date: Tuesday, November 24th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Improving Public Recreational Boating Access in the New York City Waterfront.

Committee on Small Business (Jointly with the Committee on Contracts)
Date: Tuesday, November 24th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: The Department of Small Business Services’ Compliance with Local Law 129 and Administration of the MWBE program.

Committee on Land Use
Date: Tuesday, November 24th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Housing and Buildings
Date: Tuesday, November 24th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Intro 1008 – Issuance of building permits.

Committee on General Welfare
Date: Tuesday, November 24th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – New York City’s Strategies for Achieving the President’s Goal of Ending Childhood Hunger by 2015.

Committee on Economic Development
Date: Tuesday, November 24th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight of the New York State Empire Zone Program: Should it be Preserved, Reformed or Eliminated.

Committee on Community Development
Date: Wednesday, November 25th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight: Update: Post-Foreclosure: How is Community Development Affected?