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Affairs and Appointments – October 15, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – October 15, 2010

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Goldsmith, Commissioner Sadik-Khan Announce Start of City’s First Car Share Program
  • Mayor Bloomberg Launches NYC BigApps 2.0 Competition
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Launch Love Love. Hate Hate. Campaign
  • New York City Council Passes New Water Efficiency Standards and Anti-Bullying Measures

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Paterson Highlights Smart Growth Investment for Upstate

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • EDC: On-Call Environmental Consulting Services
    • DPR: Landscape Architecture Design Services

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 10/18 – 10/22


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Goldsmith, Commissioner Sadik-Khan Announce Start of City’s First Car Share Program
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Operations Stephen Goldsmith andTransportationCommissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced the start of the City’s first-ever “car share” program for City employees, which allows employees at the Department of Transportation to share use of dedicated Zipcar vehicles for daily official business and those vehicles will also be made available to the general public on evenings and weekends. Under the one-year pilot program, 300 employees will share 25 vehicles, most of which are hybrids, which are housed in Lower Manhattan parking garages, through a contract with car share company Zipcar. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Launches NYC BigApps 2.0 Competition
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel and Deputy Mayor for Operations Stephen Goldsmith launched NYC BigApps 2.0, the second annual contest for software developers and members of the public to create web or mobile applications using City data. Building upon the success of the inaugural NYC BigApps Competition launched in October 2009, the City has roughly doubled the number of datasets available, bringing the total to more than 350. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Launch Love Love. Hate Hate. Campaign
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn today launched the Love Love. Hate Hate. public service advertising campaign to celebrate diversity and condemn hate crimes in New York City. Starting October 22nd, print ads will be placed at 100 bus shelters and 100 phone kiosks throughout the five boroughs, all either donated or from within the City’s existing inventory. For more information, click here.

New York City Council Passes New Water Efficiency Standards and Anti-Bullying Measures
At today’s Stated meeting, the Council will vote on a set of bills that will save the City one billion gallons of water every year. Earlier this year, the Green Codes Task Force, a group convened by The Urban Green Council at the request of the Speaker and the Mayor, submitted its report outlining a comprehensive series of recommendations on how to make buildings in the city more efficient. The report contains many firsts in the nation – a few of which will be voted on today. Also, the Council introduced a resolution calling on Congress to pass two pieces of critical anti-bullying legislation. In addition, the Council will also be introducing a resolution that calls on the New York State Legislature to override Governor Paterson’s veto of a bill that would provide persons living with HIV/AIDS to receive rental assistance. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Paterson Highlights Smart Growth Investment for Upstate
Governor David A. Paterson was joined by Senator William T. Stachowski, Senator Antoine M. Thompson and Assemblyman Sam Hoyt at the Buffalo Niagara Square to highlight the passage of three pieces of Smart Growth legislation. The Smart Growth legislation will guide the State in making more sustainable and strategic infrastructure investments, create jobs, increase property values and revitalize historic areas, particularly those in upstate New York. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

Tobacco Warehouse (due October 18, 2010) – Brooklyn Bridge Park is seeking proposals for the rehabilitation and adaptive re-use of the former Tobacco Warehouse for cultural, educational or community purposes. The Tobacco Warehouse is an historic 25,000 square foot open air structure with stabilized exterior walls, located in the Empire Fulton Ferry Park section of Brooklyn Bridge Park on Water Street between Dock Street and New Dock Street in Dumbo. Click here to download the RFP.

Green Jumpstart NYC, Consult Services RFP (due October 20, 2010) – In April 2009, NYCEDC worked with the Levin Institute to launch a pilot JumpStart NYC program that focused on helping recently displaced financial service industry professionals transition to general entrepreneurial opportunities in the City. NYCEDC is now seeking to launch a dedicated Green JumpStart NYC program, which will be open to participants with a range of professional experience, not just finance professionals. NYCEDC is interested in seeking one or more Consultant(s) to establish and administer a year-long Program. To download the RFP, click here.

On-Call Environmental Consulting Services (due October 26, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) seeks environmental consultants to perform the following on-call environmental services: Environmental Investigation and Remediation of brownfields, Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Planning, including: IT-design and GIS analysis; Petroleum Tank Compliance; and Grant Writing. To download the RFP, click here.

U.S. and Global Real Estate Equity Securities Investment Management Services (due October 28, 2010) – The Comptroller of the City of New York (the “Comptroller”), acting on behalf of the Teachers’ Retirement System of the City of New York (“TRS”), and the New York City Fire Department Pension Fund, Subchapter Two (“Fire”), collectively referred to as the “Systems”, is issuing this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to identify investment management firms and/or a pool of investment management firms to create and manage U.S. and Global real estate equity securities portfolios for one or more of the Systems. To download the RFP, click here.

Parking Availability and Payment Technology (due October 29, 2010) – The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is issuing a Request for Expressions of Interest (“RFEI”) to invite interested vendors to submit information about parking technologies that can provide more convenient payment options, information about parking space availability on a real-time basis, and provide the basis for dynamic pricing of parking spaces, or adjusting meter rates to obtain desired parking conditions. NYCDOT seeks effective technology and system approaches from interested firms that would accomplish these goals, taking into account the demanding New York City operating environment. To download the RFP, click here.

Willoughby Square Garage Development Opportunity (due November 1, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is issuing a request for proposals (“RFP”) for the construction and operation of an underground parking garage (the “Garage”) and the construction of an approximately 1.15-acre street-level public open space on top of the Garage (“Willoughby Square”) to be approximately located on Willoughby Street between Duffield Street and Gold Street in Brooklyn, New York (the “Site”). To download the RFP, click here.

Landscape Architecture Design Services (due November 3, 2010) – The City of New York is committed to achieving excellence in the design and construction of its capital program and building on the tradition of innovation. As part of this effort, Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the following contracting opportunity: Landscape Architectural Design Services to prepare documents as needed for the Construction or Reconstruction of various parks and playgrounds located in the five boroughs of the City of New York. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 10/18 – 10/22

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Veterans (Jointly with the Committee on Civil Service and Labor)
Date: Monday, October 18
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Veterans in Civil Service Position

Committee on Technology
Date: Tuesday, October 19
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Tech and the City: New York City’s Mobile Workforce – Making the Best Use of Technology.

Committee on Small Business
Date: Tuesday, October 19
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – How can Government Help Freelancers Recover Unpaid Wages
Reso 480 – Allow self-employed individuals to file claims with the Department of Labor to recoup unpaid earning from clients that have not paid.

Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment
Date: Tuesday, October 19
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – the Status of Construction of the World Trade Center

Committee on Housing and Buildings
Date: Wednesday, October 20
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Intro 338 – In relation to greenhouses
Intro 340 – Increasing the allowable extension of sun control devices from building facades.
Intro 341 – Allowing large solar rooftop installations
Intro 342 – Installation of rooftop solar panels
Intro 346 – Installation of solar power
Intro 347 – Requiring cool roof coating standards aligned with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards
Intro 348 – Require the Department of Buildings to develop and, where appropriate, adopt existing detailed criteria for the installation of vegetated green roofs.
Intro 349 – Requiring photovoltaic installations on city-owned buildings.
Intro 350 – Adoption of standards and a protocol that accommodates the installation of wind energy turbines on buildings.
Intro 351 – Installation of city-owned solar hot water systems on city-owned buildings.
Intro 352 – Fees for the installation of solar power energy systems.
Intro 353 – Creation of a Solar Map, accessible online, and to establish a Smart Solar program to help residents and businesses pursue the best solar solution for their locale.
Intro 358 – Exempting solar panels from limits on rooftop coverage.

Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
Date: Wednesday, October 20
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Packaging Reduction: Production and Design

Committee on Consumer Affairs
Date: Wednesday, October 20
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Bed Bugs: DCA’s role in Protecting Consumers

Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations
Date: Thursday, October 21
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – How are Cultural Institutions in New York City Providing Affordable Access for Families and Quality Programming for Children

Committee on Higher Education
Date: Thursday, October 21
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – The status of retention and graduation rates at CUNY – How can they be improved.

Committee on Community Development
Date: Thursday, October 21
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – New York City Poverty 2010: A Look at the Impact of the recession on communities, people and the Administration’s Poverty Reduction Plan

Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services
Date: Thursday, October 21
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Examining the FDNY’s Modified Response Pilot Program and Traffic Safety.