Affairs and Appointments – November 4, 2011
NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update
- Mayor Bloomberg Convenes International Summit On Business Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Job Creation Sponsored by New York City Global Partners at Columbia University
- Mayor Bloomberg Announces Major Progress at Hudson Yards – City’s Historic Development Project On Manhattan’s West Side – As Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group Announce Coach Inc. Will Anchor First Tower
- Mayor Bloomberg Signs Legislation Requiring New Information to Be Included in the Department of Education’s Report On Capacity and Utilization of Schools
- Mayor Bloomberg Announces Next Steps in City’s Groundbreaking Economic Development Initiative Seeking a New or Expanded Applied Sciences Campus in New York City
- Mayor Bloomberg and Alec Baldwin Present 2011 Mayor’s Awards for Arts & Culture at Alice Tully Hall
- Council Votes to Increase Community Board Input on Bicycle Lanes Installation
- Public Advocate Bill de Blasio: Close Gaps in Jobs Data from Economic Development
- Comptroller Liu Issues New York City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2011
- Public Advocate de Blasio Launches Online Tools to Track Freedom of Information Requests & Display Public Records
- NYC DOT Commissioner Sadik-Khan and Mayor Koch Encourage Active Transportation for New York City Students, Launch Program to Encourage Walking to School
NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update
- Governor Cuomo Announces Appointments
- Governor Cuomo Announces Launch of “Jobs Express” Website to Help Unemployed New Yorkers Find Job Openings
- Governor Cuomo Signs Law to Expand Health Care Coverage for Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Governor Cuomo Launches Program to Incentivize Improvements In Student Performance
- New this week:
- OST: Out of School Time
- EDC: Rossville Municipal Site RFEI
- EDC: 307 Rutledge St. Land Sale
Mayor Bloomberg Convenes International Summit On Business Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Job Creation Sponsored by New York City Global Partners at Columbia University
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg addressed delegates representing 23 international cities during the New York City Global Partners Summit “Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship: City Strategies.” The Mayor and Jeff Immelt, the Chair of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and CEO of GE, discussed how global cities can spur innovation and create new employment opportunities. Their conversation was part of a three-day international meeting of government officials and private sector representatives showcasing best practices, such as promoting entrepreneurship through access to capital and affordable incubator space; facilitating business creation by reducing government red tape; supporting infrastructure for energy efficient business development; and creating public-private partnerships which diversify the local economy and develop the workforce. For more information, click here.
Mayor Bloomberg Announces Major Progress at Hudson Yards – City’s Historic Development Project On Manhattan’s West Side – As Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group Announce Coach Inc. Will Anchor First Tower
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Related Companies, Oxford Properties Group and Coach, Inc., announced that Coach’s new global corporate headquarters will anchor the initial tower of the Eastern Rail Yards site within the 26-acre mixed-use Hudson Yards development site on Manhattan’s far West Side. For more information, click here.
Mayor Bloomberg Signs Legislation Requiring New Information to Be Included in the Department of Education’s Report On Capacity and Utilization of Schools
Intro 155-A: Requires additional information be included in the Department of Education’s report on capacity and utilization, which is also known as the ‘Blue Book.’ Under this legislation the Department of Education to submit to the Council a report on enrollment, capacity and utilization data for the prior school year. This data includes information relating to the number of cluster rooms, locker rooms, teacher’s lounges, auditoriums, libraries, lunchrooms, and other spaces — grouped by community school district, Council district and borough.
Mayor Bloomberg Announces Next Steps in City’s Groundbreaking Economic Development Initiative Seeking a New or Expanded Applied Sciences Campus in New York City
Mayor Bloomberg announced that the City has received seven qualifying responses to Applied Sciences NYC, the City’s groundbreaking initiative to build or expand a state-of- the-art engineering and applied sciences campus in New York City. Seventeen world- class institutions from around the globe, in some cases together with technology industry leaders, responded to the Request for Proposals, which seeks a university, institution or consortium to develop and operate a new or expanded campus in the City in exchange for access to City-owned land and up to $100 million in City capital. For more information, click here.
Mayor Bloomberg, and Alec Baldwin Present 2011 Mayor’s Awards for Arts & Culture at Alice Tully Hall
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Emmy Award-winner Alec Baldwin presented the 2011 Mayor’s Awards for Arts & Culture to six individuals and organizations in celebration of their outstanding contributions to New York City’s cultural life. The Mayor also presented the 2011 NYC Handel Medallion, New York City’s highest award for achievement in the arts, to composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Recipients of the Mayor’s Awards were Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alice Diamond, Jimmy Heath, Maya Lin, P.S. 94 Principal Ronnie Shuster, and the Theatre Development Fund. The event was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The Mayor was joined at the awards ceremony by Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin and Cultural Advisory Commission Chair Agnes Gund. The event featured performances and appearances by special guest artists. For more information, click here.
Council Votes to Increase Community Board Input on Bicycle Lanes Installation
The City Council voted on legislation that will require the Department of Transportation to consult with community boards before installing bicycle lanes.
The Council also voted on a bill that would limit the Department of Correction’s cooperation with federal immigration authorities to reduce unnecessary immigrant deportations in New York City. Finally, the Council voted on a home rule message to request the State Legislature pass legislation authorizing the Council to implement a residential parking permit program in New York City. For more information, click here.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio: Close Gaps in Jobs Data from Economic Development
Following the release of an Independent Budget Office report on NYC Economic Development Corporation subsidies, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has introduced new legislation requiring EDC to report the number and cost of jobs created at each of its project sites. The IBO report, conducted at the request of Public Advocate de Blasio, found that EDC often only reports on a company’s total employment across the five boroughs, making it difficult to determine whether subsidies for specific sites are producing the jobs intended. EDC currently manages $898 million in discretionary City aid commitments to economic development projects. For more information, click here.
Comptroller Liu Issues New York City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2011
City Comptroller John C. Liu released his Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year 2011. The report, which provides a detailed look at the City’s finances, shows that for the 31st consecutive year New York City completed its fiscal year with a General Fund surplus, as determined by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The General Fund remains a primary indicator of the financial activity and legal compliance for the City within the financial reporting model set forth by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). The CAFR shows that the General Fund had revenues and other financial sources in Fiscal Year 2011 totaling $65.320 billion and expenditures and other financing uses of $65.315 billion, resulting in a surplus of $5 million. For more information, click here.
Public Advocate de Blasio Launches Online Tools to Track Freedom of Information Requests & Display Public Records
As part of a continued effort to improve access to public information, Public Advocate de Blasio launched new online tools to track Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests he has received since taking office. The Public Advocate’s website allows anyone to submit a FOIL request and view its status online; as well as access a Document Library containing public records and correspondence from the Public Advocate’s office. De Blasio announced the new tools following his proposal of the Accountability in Information Requests (AIR) Act, requiring City agencies to report monthly to the Public Advocate and the City Council on how many FOIL requests they receive and grant—along with explanations for any delays or denials. For more information, click here.
NYC DOT Commissioner Sadik-Khan and Mayor Koch Encourage Active Transportation for New York City Students, Launch Program to Encourage Walking to School
New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Mayor Edward I. Koch hosted a special reading of Eddie Shapes Up, a children’s book written by the mayor, and launched Walk Ways, a new program that helps schools establish the importance of active transportation and gives them the resources to encourage walking among students. Schools can visit nyc.gov/dot to register, download lesson plans and connect with DOT safety educators for guidance and to develop tailored walk-to-school route plans. The Commissioner and Mayor joined fourth and fifth graders from P.S. 64 in Manhattan’s East Village for the event. For more information, click here.
Governor Cuomo Announces Appointments
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced his appointment of Leecia Eve to Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and his recommendation of Gil Quiniones to be President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA). For more information, click here.
Governor Cuomo Announces Launch of “Jobs Express” Website to Help Unemployed New Yorkers Find Job Openings
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of “Jobs Express,” a new website designed to help New Yorkers who are seeking employment. The site takes thousands of jobs listed on the New York State Jobs Bank and sorts them by region to help job seekers evaluate what industries are growing in their area and find out what opportunities are available in specific economic sectors. For more information, click here.
Governor Cuomo Signs Law to Expand Health Care Coverage for Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed a law that will require health insurance providers to offer coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. The legislation will help families afford the expensive health care costs related to treating loved ones with autistic disorders. Under the new law, health insurance companies will be required to provide coverage for treatment of autism spectrum disorders, though coverage may be subject to deductibles, co-pays, and coinsurance consistent with those imposed on other benefits. For more information, click here.
Governor Cuomo Launches Program to Incentivize Improvements In Student Performance
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of the School District Performance Improvement Awards program that is designed to transform New York State’s education system by incentivizing student achievement and encouraging school districts to implement innovative reforms to improve student performance. For more information, click here.
The following Request for Proposals have been recently issued by City and State government
NYC Venture Connect, Consultant Services (November 7, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a consultant or consultant team to re-design, re-launch and manage the NYCVentureConnect.com website to serve as a dynamic, central, up-to-date resource for the entrepreneurial community. In February 2009, Mayor Bloomberg announced 11 initiatives to diversify New York City’s (the “City”) economy, all designed to foster entrepreneurship and innovation. One of these initiatives is a website, “Venture Connect” (www.NYCVentureConnect.com), designed to enhance the success of high-growth potential and venture capital-fundable entrepreneurs in the City by offering a centralized website with critical information such as funding sources, real estate options, and network opportunities. The portal details the City’s entrepreneurship and innovation communities and accomplishments in financial services, digital media, web 2.0, gaming, advertising, bioscience, clean technology, and fashion. In addition to serving as an informational resource, the website is also intended to serve as a marketing tool to showcase the vibrant and burgeoning startup and entrepreneurial communities in the City. For more information, click here.
Rutgers Slip Pavilion RFEI (November 10, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) on behalf of the City of New York is seeking expressions of interest from experienced and qualified individuals, companies, and/or organizations either alone or in partnership interested in programming a to-be-built enclosed pavilion and certain outdoor space located at the intersection of Rutgers Slip and South Street along the East River Waterfront Esplanade (the “Esplanade”) on the Lower East Side of Manhattan (collectively, the “Pavilion”). It is contemplated that the Pavilion will house two unique uses: 1) a restaurant, retail, or other commercial use and 2) a non-profit, educational, and/or community use pursuant to a lease or other occupancy agreement (the “Lease”). For more information, click here.
Audit Services: Compliance of Revenue Sharing within Tenant Leases and Contracts of Sale (November 11, 2011) – NYCEDC is seeking a consultant or consultant team to audit long-term ground lease or net lease (collectively, “Leases”) or sales to either third party tenants or developers. NYCEDC acts as a ground lessor or landlord to a variety of industrial and commercial developers and tenants (collectively, “Tenants”) and oversees the leasing of more than 60 million square feet of real property throughout the five boroughs. Most Tenants report annual operating revenues of several million dollars. Certain NYCEDC Leases and applicable sales documentation (“Contracts of Sale”) contain revenue sharing provisions. As part of an effort to maximize revenues to NYCEDC, the Consultant shall, at the direction of NYCEDC, audit specific Leases and Contracts of Sale contained in NYCEDC’s real estate portfolio to determine Tenant compliance with the applicable revenue sharing provisions. For more information, click here.
St. George Waterfront (November 10, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking expressions of interest for the disposition and redevelopment of either or both of two parcels (collectively, the “Sites”) located on the waterfront of St. George, Staten Island, New York. The Sites occupy a prominent waterfront location near a major transportation hub and a commercial, cultural, and civic center. The appropriate development of the Sites would greatly contribute to the land use goals and economic health of St. George, Staten Island’s North Shore, and the borough as a whole by creating a greater presence both locally and throughout the greater metropolitan region. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 streets cape. 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.
Our new feature Food for Thought presents recently issued policy or research reports which you may find of interest.
Avoiding Past Mistakes: Principles for Governing Regional Economic Development Councils
The Citizens Budget Commission (CBC) recently released a report on the subject of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ten newly created Regional Councils. The Regional Councils are meant to be advisory bodies that will coordinate economic development ventures, with the principal responsibility of preparing “strategic plans for their regions,” which will be evaluated on a competitive basis, and awarded with new grants. The CBC however warns that these Regional Councils could fail like those of the past which had “limited authority, set few measurable goals, and operated with little accountability.” Therefore to avoid previous shortcomings, the CBC sets forth four principles that should “govern the design and operation” of the Regional Councils to ensure maximum and effective spurring job growth. The view the report, click here.
Please note that this calendar is subject to change.
Committee on Economic Development
Date: Monday, November 7
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.
Committee on Veterans (Jointly with the Committee on General Welfare)
Date: Monday, November 7
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: Veteran Homelessness
Committee on Technology
Date: Wednesday, November 9
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: Access to New York City Businesses for Persons with Disabilities.
Committee on Health (Jointly with the Committee on General Welfare)
Date: Thursday, November 10
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Coordination between the Department of Health and the Administration for Children’s Services when inspecting and monitoring child care centers in New York City.