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Affairs and Appointments – November 5, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – November 5, 2010

SPECIAL SECTION: 2010 GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Six New Initiatives to Grow New York City’s Fashion Industry Over the Next Decade
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces First Bronx Business Incubator to Support 400 Entrepreneurs
  • Comptroller Liu Issues New York City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2010

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Paterson calls for $300 million in cuts

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • EDC: Bush Terminal Ground-up Development RFP
    • CEO: SIF Workadvance
    • DCAS: Professional Development Training and Related Services
    • CEO: Young Adult Internship Programs
    • DHS: Tier II Family Shelters
    • EDC: Financial Advisory Services to New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 11/8 – 11/12


SPECIAL SECTION: 2010 GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS

This week, people across the country voted to elect Governors, Senators, Representatives and other positions. Below are the results of some of the major statewide races in New York State. For a full list of local results – including State Senate and Assembly – click here or here. For a full list of national results, click here.

Governor: Andrew Cuomo (Dem)
Attorney General: Eric Schneiderman (Dem)
Comptroller: Thomas DiNapoli (Dem)
U.S. Senator: Charles Schumer
U.S. Senator: Kirsten Gillibrand

Both referendums placed on the ballot by the New York City Charter Commission were approved.

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Six New Initiatives to Grow New York City’s Fashion Industry Over the Next Decade
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel and New York City Economic Development President Seth W. Pinsky announced six new initiatives to support the long-term growth of the City’s $55 billion fashion industry. The initiatives grew out of FashionNYC2020, a year-long examination of the challenges facing the fashion industry designed to help the City build on its competitive advantages to maintain its status as a global fashion capital. Industry Chairs for FashionNYC2020 included Capalino+Company clients Diane von Furstenberg and Andrew Rosen, CEO of Theory. New initiatives include:

  1. NYC Fashion Fund: The NYC Fashion Fund will provide a unique venue to support emerging designers in New York City by assisting them to access capital for production financing, and providing them with a list of ‘vetted’ manufacturers interested in serving emerging designers, and other support services to help them through their first production cycle.
  2. Project Pop-Up: To maintain New York City’s position as a retail leader, and raise its status as a location where retailers want to start and grow businesses, the City is launching “Project Pop-up,” an annual competition to promote new and innovative retail concepts.
  3. New York City Fashion Draft: The annual New York City Fashion Draft will convene nominated students from domestic and international universities in the City for a structured week of interviews with New York City-based fashion businesses.
  4. Fashion Campus NYC: To provide up-and-coming fashion and retail management professionals with additional opportunities in the industry, the City will launch Fashion Campus NYC.
  5. New York City Fashion Fellows: The New York City Fashion Fellows will recognize 30 “rising stars” in fashion management who will receive mentoring services and networking opportunities with industry professionals and their peers.
  6. Designer as Entrepreneur: To equip emerging creative talents with the tools necessary to launch and manage a fashion business, the City is launching Designer as Entrepreneur.

For more information on these initiatives, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces First Bronx Business Incubator to Support 400 Entrepreneurs
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg broke ground on the first City-sponsored business incubator to facilitate development of new startup businesses in the Bronx. The Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator, located in the historic BankNote Building at 890 Garrison Avenue in Hunts Point, will accommodate up to 400 entrepreneurs from the Bronx and across New York City over the next three years and is expected to be fully operational by February 2011. For more information on this effort, click here.

Comptroller Liu Issues New York City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2010
New York City Comptroller John C. Liu released his Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year 2010, the first of his administration. The report, which provides a detailed look at the City’ s finances during Fiscal Year 2010, shows that for the 30th consecutive year New York City completed its fiscal year with a General Fund surplus. For more information on the report, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Paterson calls for $300 million in cuts

New York Governor David Paterson on Thursday urged that the state’s $300 million deficit be closed before the next administration takes office in January. Paterson said the legislature should authorize him to make the same reductions agreed to earlier this year as a contingency plan against possible Medicaid cuts by the federal government that turned out to be less onerous than expected. That plan calls for a 1 percent across-the-board cut on all state agencies, he said. For more information on these plans, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

Clothing for Cash Assistance Applicants (due November 9, 2010) – Human Resource Administration is seeking a qualified vendor to provide cash assistance applicants, on an emergency basis, non-food related immediate need articles such as clothing, shoes, coats, etc. State regulations require HRA to assess all cash assistance applicants on the day they apply for any emergency needs. The vendor must operate at least seven stores within the five (5) boroughs. For more information, click here.

Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center (due November 17, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking qualified individuals, companies or organizations to operate, program and maintain a theater and event space (the “Space”) located in the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center (the “Site”) at 1680 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York. For more information, click here.

Financial Advisory Services to New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (due November 18, 2010) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation is seeking firms to serve as financial advisor to the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (the “Corporation”) in all matters relating to the general program design and financial structuring to support various energy efficiency financing programs. For more information on this opportunity, click here.

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.

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.

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.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 11/8 – 11/12

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management (Jointly with the Committee on Transportation)
Date: Tuesday, November 9
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Street cleaning and alternate side parking rules
Intro 113 – Limited the days that alternate side of the street parking is in effect in residentially zoned districts.
Intro 287 – Reducing department of sanitation street cleaning days
Intro 375 – Allowing vehicles to park on the restricted side of a street which is subject to alternate side parking rules without being ticketed if the owner is in the vehicle and able to move it or if the street has already been cleaned.

Committee on Public Safety (Jointly with Committee on Finance)
Date: Tuesday, November 9
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – An examination of the budgets of the District Attorneys and the Special Narcotics Prosecutor of New York City

Committee on Finance
Date: Tuesday, November 9
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – An examination of the budgets of the District Attorneys and the Special Narcotics Prosecutor of New York City

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Wednesday, November 10
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Immigration (Jointly with Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services)
Date: Wednesday, November 10
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 13th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Examining New York City’s Department of Correction’s Cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Committee on Civil Service and Labor
Date: Wednesday, November 10
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Reso 245 – Establishing the Wage Theft Prevention Act

Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses
Date: Wednesday, November 10
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Click here for the agenda.

Subcommittee on Planning, Disposition and Concessions
Date: Wednesday, November 10
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Click here for the agenda.

Committee on Environmental Protection
Date: Wednesday, November 10
Time: 1:00 PAM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 75 – Requiring city plantings to be storm water tolerant so as to facilitate storm water retention and filtration
Intro 398 – Increasing biodiversity in sidewalk plantings.
Intro 399 – Increase biodiversity in public landscapes
Intro 1920 – Convening an advisory board to develop a strategic long-term plan to slow the spread of invasive plant species.

Committee on Juvenile Justice (Jointly with Committee on General Welfare)
Date: Thursday, November 12
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Intro 195 – Merging the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Administration for Children’s Services

Committee on Housing and Buildings
Date: Thursday, November 12
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 343 – Amending the New York City Energy Conservation Code