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Affairs and Appointments – November 25, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – November 25, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Presides Over Bill Signing Ceremony
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Steel, Housing Commissioner Wambua Announce $14.4 Million in Tax Credits Awarded to 13 Affordable Housing Projects Which Will Generate 1,400 New Jobs
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Robles-Roman and Chief Policy Adviser John Feinblatt Announce Expansion of Legal Services for Immigrants
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Suit Against "Roll-Your-Own" Cigarette Businesses Evading Taxes
  • Mayor Bloomberg Breaks Ground on New Key Food, First Supermarket in Staten Island to Use Fresh Program, Which Has Created and Retained 1,000 Jobs

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Launches “Help Your Neighbor” Initiative to Urge Businesses and New Yorkers to Give to Food Banks
  • Senate Issues Mid-Year Economic and Revenue Report
  • Assembly Issues Midyear Report On Economic Forecast, Revenues And Expenditures

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • DOE: Pre-Kindergarten and Early Intervention Transportation Services
    • CUNY: Center for Advanced Technology Research Laboratory Located at Steinman Hall City College
    • DOT: Transportation Planning, Transportation Engineering, Urban Design and Related Services

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 11/28 – 12/2


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Presides Over Bill Signing Ceremony
Intro 656-Awill, in certain circumstances, limit the Department of Correction from honoring detainer requests made by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement within the Department of Homeland Security to hold specific inmates beyond their court mandated time in Department custody.
Intro 412-Athis bill requires the Department of Transportation to notify community boards and City Council members ninety days before a bike lane is to be constructed or removed in their district.

Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Steel, Housing Commissioner Wambua Announce $14.4 Million in Tax Credits Awarded to 13 Affordable Housing Projects Which Will Generate 1,400 New Jobs
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel, and Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua announced that the City has allocated $14.4 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits to 13 affordable housing projects. The tax credits were provided by New York State and serve as a critical source of funding for low-income affordable housing developments.New York City worked closely with the Cuomo Administration to complete these financing deals, which will support a total of 737 affordable units. It is expected that the work being done on these 10 new construction projects and three preservation projects will create approximately 1,400 new construction and related industry jobs throughout the course of their construction period. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Robles-Roman and Chief Policy Adviser John Feinblatt Announce Expansion of Legal Services for Immigrants
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs Carol Robles-Roman, Chief Policy Adviser John Feinblatt, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence Yolanda Jimenez and Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Fatima Shama announced new programs to expand the legal services for immigrants in need of defense counsel and immigrants who are domestic violence victims. The City’s Family Justice Centers will each add an additional full-time attorney to counsel immigrant domestic violence victims and each of the City’s 10 indigent criminal defense providers will add a new full-time immigration attorney. Together, these attorneys will help ensure that immigrants – in the courts and at the City’s Family Justice Centers – have access to the counsel they need and do not suffer unnecessary immigration consequences as they navigate the legal system. The Robin Hood Foundation is providing funding for the new domestic violence attorneys and the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services has provided a grant for the new immigration attorneys. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Suit Against "Roll-Your-Own" Cigarette Businesses Evading Taxes
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the filing of a lawsuit against Island Smokes LLC and Island Smokes III LLC, businesses that evade cigarette taxes by providing customers with loose tobacco, tubes of cigarette paper and access to machinery that instantly produces finished cigarettes for the customer onsite. These “roll-your-own” businesses sell cigarettes in disregard of tax and other regulatory statutes applicable to cigarettes, claiming that the business owners do not sell cigarettes, but merely “facilitate” the customers’ assembly of the cigarettes themselves. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Breaks Ground on New Key Food, First Supermarket in Staten Island to Use Fresh Program, Which Has Created and Retained 1,000 Jobs
Mayor Bloomberg broke ground on a 9,000-square-foot Key Food supermarket in the South Beach area of Staten Island, the latest in a series of new or expanded supermarkets that have been created as a result of the City’s Food Retail Expansion to Support Health program, also known as FRESH, which was launched in 2009 in partnership with the City Council. FRESH was created to increase access to food in underserved communities by incentivizing the establishment and retention of neighborhood supermarkets. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Launches “Help Your Neighbor” Initiative to Urge Businesses and New Yorkers to Give to Food Banks
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched "Help Your Neighbor," a statewide initiative to urge businesses and New Yorkers to give directly to regional food banks this holiday season. The Governor also announced $1 million in grants will be given to eight food banks across the state and an additional $620,000 in grants for emergency food relief organizations in communities hit hard by the recent flooding and storms. Regional food banks are the primary source of food for those in need, as they stock networks of food pantries and soup kitchens. As a result of the recent storms and flooding as well as the difficult economic times, food banks have struggled to provide enough food for those seeking assistance. The "Help Your Neighbor" initiative urges all businesses and New Yorkers to give what they can to help make sure those in need do not go hungry during the holiday season. For more information, click here.

Senate Issues Mid-Year Economic and Revenue Report
Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and Senate Finance Committee Chairman John A. DeFrancisco released a mid-year economic and revenue forecast for New York State. A copy of the report can be found at the Senate website,www.nysenate.gov. Highlights of the report including the following: National and State Economy, Overall Disbursements and Receipts,Medicaid, Public Assistance and School Aid. For more information, click here.

Assembly Issues Midyear Report On Economic Forecast, Revenues And Expenditures
Assembly Issues Midyear Report On Economic Forecast, Revenues And Expenditure Forecast for 2012: Slow Growth in Employment, Wages and Tax Revenues Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr. today provided a midyear update on revenues, expenditures and the economic outlook for New York State. The Midyear Update, prepared by the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, is required by the "quick start" budget process in order to assist in creating and reviewing the state budget. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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

Sponsorship of Multiservice Centers (November 29, 2011) – Human Resources Administration requests proposals by 2 p.m. on Nov. 29 for the sponsorship of multiservice centers. To make inquiries, contact William French at (212) 331-5153 or frenchw@hra.nyc.gov. 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.

Center for Advanced Technology Research Laboratory Located at Steinman Hall City College (December 9, 2011 – On behalf of The City University Construction Fund (CUCF), Triton Construction acting as Construction Manager, is soliciting the services of a General Contractor to provide all labor, material, and equipment necessary for the renovation of the existing Center for Advanced Technology Research Laboratory located at the Steinman Hall Science Building at City College of New York. Bid documents may be downloaded from the Triton Construction’s under “Bid Opportunities” section at www.tritonconstruction.net. Bid documents will also be available for pickup at Triton Construction, 100 Quentin Roosevelt Boulevard, Suite 200, Garden City, NY. Bidders MUST contact Christopher Pearson, Preconstruction Manager, Triton Construction, at 516-780-8100 or cpearson@tritonconstruction.net to arrange for pickup of bid documents. Unless otherwise requested, these documents will be provided on a compact disk (CD-ROM/DVD) in PDF format. Proper identification will be required at ground floor entrance such as Driver’s License or Passport, and access for document pick-up will limited to regular business hours. 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.

Pre-Kindergarten and Early Intervention Transportation Services (December 16, 2011) – The DOE is seeking bids from organizations experienced in providing safe, reliable and efficient transportation services to children and other approved participants receiving Early Intervention, Pre-Kindergarten or similar services. It is expected that services will begin July 1, 2012 for a period of five years. The NYCDOE anticipates entering into agreements with multiple vendors resulting from this Request for Bids (RFB). If you cannot download this BID, please send an e-mail to VendorHotline@schools.nyc.gov with the BID Number and title in the subject line of your e-mail. For all questions related to this BID, please send an e-mail to Lrodrig@schools.nyc.gov with the BID Number and title in the subject line of your e-mail. 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.

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.

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.

Transportation Planning, Transportation Engineering, Urban Design and Related Services (January 09, 2012) – Engineering Service Agreement (ESA) for Transportation Planning, Transportation Engineering, Urban Design and Related Services. A Pre-Proposal Conference (Optional) will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 10:00 AM @ 55 Water Street, Ground Floor Conference Room, New York, NY 10041. For additional information, please contact Ellen Zielinski (212) 839-6478. 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.

Responding to Climate Change in New York State

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has published a Research Development Technical Report Environmental regarding the responses to Climate Change in New York State. Its 2008 program Assessment for Effective Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in New York State (ClimAID) aims at providing “New York State decisionmakers with cutting-edge information on its vulnerability to, as well as its ability to derive benefits from, climate change and to facilitate the development of adaptation strategies informed by both local experience and scientific knowledge” regarding water resources, coastal zones, ecosystems, agriculture, energy, transportation, telecommunications, and public health in New York State. To view the entire report, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 11/28 – 12/2

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Economic Development (Jointly with the Committee on Small Business)
Date: Monday, November 28, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Industrial Business Zones and Retaining Small Manufacturing Businesses.

Committee on Finance
Date: Monday, November 28, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway- Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Civil Service and Labor
Date: Monday, November 28, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Emigrant Savings Bank – 49-51 Chambers Street
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Waterfronts
Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Update on Governors Island

Committee on Housing and Buildings (Jointly with the Committee on Aging)
Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Examining How Existing and New Residential Housing Can Meet the Needs of Older New Yorkers.

Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations
Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Intro 0711: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring various agencies to distribute information on how to obtain a library card.

Committee on Parks and Recreation
Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Women’s Issues
Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Rose M. Singer Center (RMSC)
19-19 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11370
Agenda: Tour: Rose M. Singer Center (RMSC)

Committee on Education
Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.