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Affairs and Appointments – October 16, 2009

Affairs and Appointments – October 16, 2009

Week in Review

I. This week in New York City Government

  • Mayor Bloomberg and Comptroller Thompson debate
  • Mayor launches Flu Fighters initiative to bolster flu prevention services
  • City Council votes on bills bar sale of all flavored tobacco products in New York City, expedite restarting of stalled construction sites and other bills

II. This week in New York State Government

  • Governor Paterson proposes two-year, $5 billion deficit reduction plan
  • Governor Paterson signs the Green Jobs/Green New York Bill
  • Attorney General Cuomo builds support for legislation to reform state pension fund

III. Current RFPs

IV. IV. New York City Council Stated Meeting Agenda

V. City Council Public Hearing Schedule –Week of October 19


THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT
  1. Mayor Bloomberg and Comptroller Thompson spar at 1st Mayoral debate
    This week, Mayor Bloomberg and Comptroller Thompson debated at El Museo del Barrio. If you missed the debate, please click here to watch it. Coverage can be found here, here and here.

  2. Mayor Bloomberg launches flu fighters initiative to bolster flu prevention efforts this season
    The program will mobilize hundreds of volunteers to conduct outreach at community events, schools, senior centers and houses of worship in New York City to raise awareness about influenza and the importance of getting vaccinated. Press release can be found here.

  3. City Council votes on bills bar sale of all flavored tobacco products in New York City, expedite restarting of stalled construction sites and other bills
    At its Stated Council meeting this week, the City Council voted to expand on the Food and Drug Administration’s action to ban the sale of flavored cigarettes by banning the sale of all flavored tobacco products in New York City. The Council also voted to adopt legislation that will:

    • Allow developers to quickly restart stalled construction sites by agreeing to increased safety standards while construction is suspended; and

    • Provide oversight of the practices at out-of-state educational facilities attended by New York City special needs children.

For more information on the actions taken at this week’s Stated Meeting, please click here.

THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT
  1. Governor Paterson proposes two-year, $5 billion deficit reduction plan to address current-year budget gap and improve New York’s long-term fiscal stability
    Governor Paterson’s plan would eliminate the State’s current-year budget gap without raising taxes, as well as institute major structural reforms – such as Tier V pension refore and a State spending cap – in order to improve New York’s long-term fiscal health. Specifically, the plan calls for cuts to local assistance spending such as education and health, a tax penalty forgiveness program and a variety of instant revenue enhancements such as Battery Park City Authority and Dormitory Authority transfers. The plan requires Legislative approval. For more information on these cuts, please click here and click here for Mayor Bloomberg’s statement.

  2. Governor Paterson signs the Green Jobs/Green New York Bill
    This bill establishes a program that will create green jobs and stimulate investment in weatherization and energy efficiency improvements for residential and commercial buildings. NYSERDA will act as the lead agency and will create revolving loan and green jobs training programs to retrofit homes. More information can be found here.

  3. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo builds support for legislation to reform state pension fund
    Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, along with a number of State Senators and State Assembly Members announced support for the Attorney General’s sweeping pension reform bill, which would replace the sole trustee at the New York State Common Retirement Fund with a board of trustees and eliminate pay to play in state public pension funds. Press release can be found here. Comments by State Comptroller DiNapoli can be found here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

  1. Artist as Entrepreneur (due November 16, 2009) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation is seeking a consultant or consultant team to develop and implement an artist training program that equips selected New York City-based artists with business training and support. This intensive training program will help up to 50 artists build entrepreneurial skills. RFP can be found here.

  2. Promote the Arts Clusters (due November 16, 2009) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a consultant or consultant team to develop and implement a marketing and tourism incentive program to promote and increase visitation to arts neighborhoods within New York City’s five boroughs. This initiative aims to (1) positively impact earned revenue of under-promoted organizations in the Arts Sector; (2) develop the long-term economic vibrancy of an under-promoted arts neighborhoods in the City; and (3) generate increased metro and regional tourism and visitation to the City. RFP can be found here.

  3. NYC Performs RFP (due November 9, 2009) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a consultant or consultant team to develop and implement a performing arts program that utilizes select properties owned by the City of New York to stage musical, dramatic, and other artistic performances by New York City performance artists. The objective of is to enable local artists to gain exposure to wider audiences by providing short-term opportunities to perform in nontraditional venues. Additionally, as a public benefit to New York City residents and visitors, the proposed events and/or programming are intended to be free of charge and open to the general public. NYCEDC envisions that the program shall target New York City artists who are in the early stages of their career and could benefit from greater exposure and publicity. RFP can be found here.

  4. Curate NYC (due November 9, 2009) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a consultant or consultant team to develop and implement a curatorial program that utilizes select NYCEDC managed properties to exhibit the artwork of New York City visual artists. The objective of “Curate New York City” is to assist artists in the City by providing short-term opportunities to display their work and provide a public benefit to New York City residents and visitors by opening these exhibitions to the public free of charge. RFP can be found here.

  5. Top Level Domain .NYC (due November 12, 2009) – The DoITT is seeking a vendor to provide services to obtain, manage, administer, maintain and market the geographic Top Domain name .nyc. Information can be found here.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

On October 14, 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 OCTOBER 19

Committee on Community Development (Jointly with Committee on Finance)
Date: Monday, October 19
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 1071: A local law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the sale of water liens

Committee on Civil Rights (jointly with the Committee on Parks & Recreation)
Date: Tuesday, October 20
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – More Than One Year After Wright v. Stern: Ensuring No Future Discrimination at the Parks Department

Committee on Government Operations
Date: Tuesday, October 20
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Resolution calling upon the United States House of Representatives to pass both H.R. 22, the United States Postal Service Financial Relief Act, and H.R. 658, the Access to Postal Services Act, which would stop the unnecessary closure of neighborhood post offices and would increase community input as the Post Office reorganizes branches throughout the city of New York.

Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment
Date: Tuesday, October 21
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Status of the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center Site

Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations
Date: Tuesday, October 21
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Health Insurance for Artists in New York City.

Committee on Waterfronts
Date: Wednesday, October 22
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – The Regulatory Process for Waterfront Development

Committee on Transportation
Date: Wednesday, October 22
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Is the taxi dispatch system working for people with disabilities?

Committee on Health (Jointly with Committee on Aging)
Date: Wednesday, October 22
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – End of Life Care: What Everyone Should Know

Committee on Environmental Protection
Date: Thursday, October 23
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – The Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement Relating to Drilling for Natural Gas in New York State Using Horizontal Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing.

Reso 1850: Prohibit drilling for natural gas within the boundaries of the watershed of the New York City drinking water supply.

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