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Affairs and Appointments – October 2, 2009

Affairs and Appointments – October 2, 2009

Week in Review

I. This week in New York City Government

  • John Liu is elected as the Democratic nominee for City Controller; Bill DeBlasio is elected as the Democratic nominee for Public Advocate
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Encourage Small Businesses, Homeowners and Individuals to Take Advantage of the NYC Penalty Relief Program
  • Mayor Bloomberg releases FY 2009 Mayor’s Management Report
  • Mayor Bloomberg announces five initiatives to help strengthen New York City’s Cultural Sector
  • Mayor Bloomberg unveils connected city initiative
  • New York City Council votes to speed up graffiti removal, rezone Sunset Park and other matters

II. This week in New York State Government

  • Governor Paterson announces $436 Million to support Statewide Health Care Reforms

III. Current RFPs

  • New this week:
    1. Artist as Entrepreneur
    2. Promote the Arts Clusters
    3. NYC Performs
    4. Curate NYC

IV. IV. New York City Council Stated Meeting Agenda

V. City Council Public Hearing Schedule –Week of October 5 – 9


THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT
  1. John Liu is elected as the Democratic nominee for City Controller; Bill DeBlasio is elected as the Democratic nominee for Public Advocate
    Bill de Blasio, a councilman from Brooklyn running for public advocate, and John C. Liu, a councilman from Queens running for comptroller, easily defeated their opponents in the Democratic runoff election on Tuesday in two citywide races that drew scant interest from voters. For coverage of these events, please click here and here.

  2. Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn encourage small businesses, homeowners and individuals to take advantage of the NYC penalty relief program
    Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn encouraged small businesses, homeowners and individuals to take advantage of the NYC Penalty Relief Program, which eliminates late penalties and interest on eligible, outstanding Environmental Control Board debt for those that apply to pay their base fine amount before December 21st. Information on the program can be found here.

  3. Mayor Bloomberg releases FY 2009 Mayor’s Management Report
    The Mayor’s Management Report gives an overview of the performance of City agencies in delivering a wide array of services and sets performance goals for Fiscal Year 2010. The press release of this announcement can be found here and the Management Report can be found here.

  4. Mayor Bloomberg announces five initiatives to help strengthen New York City’s cultural sector
    The City – through the Economic Development Corporation – will issue RFPs for organizations to manage the following new initiatives:

    • Curate New York City – which offers visual artists a new opportunity to display art in NYC-owned properties;
    • New York City Performs – To provide performance artists access to public outdoor space.
    • JumpStart for the Arts – A training program for up to 50 displaced art-focused entrepreneurs.
    • Artists as Entrepreneurs – A training program to provide artists and creative specialists with business skills.
    • Arts Clusters Promotion Program – To provide resources to neighborhood art clusters to promote their respective communities.

    For more information, please click here.

  5. Mayor Bloomberg unveils connected city initiative
    The Connected City Initiative is a series of technology programs to transform the ways in which New Yorkers can interact with – and expect the delivery of services from – City government. The initiatives can be found in the Mayor’s press release here.

  6. New York City Council votes to speed up graffiti removal, rezone Sunset Park and other matters
    On Wednesday, the New York City Council passed a series of legislation including efforts to improve the City’s graffiti removal process, rezone 128 blocks of Sunset Park and require the Department of Education to submit student enrollment records to the MTA to better accommodate bus routes around public schools. More information can be found here.

THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT
  1. Governor Paterson announces $436 million to support statewide health care reforms.
    Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law of New York State “HEAL NY” funding will support improvements in Health IT, Hospital Restructuring and Community-Based services for older adults and individuals with disabilities. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

  1. East River Waterfront Esplanade and Piers Project IFB (due October 7, 2009) ­­– RFP is issued for construction of the South Street Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements Project. Click here for more information.

  2. After-School Arts Partnerships (due October 16, 2009) – the Department of Cultural Affairs and the NYC Department of Youth & Community issued an RFP for nonprofit cultural organizations to provide services for elementary and middle school students participating in out-of-school time activities. Grants are $5,000 per site. For more information, click here

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

On September 17, 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 5

Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Tuesday, October 6
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – Committee Room
Agenda: Can be found here.

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Tuesday, October 6
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Council Chambers – Committee Room
Agenda: Can be found here.

Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses
Date: Tuesday, October 6
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Can be found here.

Committee on Consumer Affairs
Date: Tuesday, October 6
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 1070 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to distressed property consultants.

Committee on Transportation
Date: Thursday, October 8
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 624 – Use of bicycles for commercial purposes.
Intro 901 – Reserving parking spaces in public parking facilities for car sharing programs.
Intro 947 – Unattended idling vehicles.
Intro 1023 – Displaying a passengers’ bill of rights in commuter vans.
Intro 1063 – Notice of major street construction projects.
Intro 1076 – Notification of changes in parking meter regulations.
Intro 1077 – Community board review of transportation pilot projects.

Committee on Land Use
Date: Thursday, October 8
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Can be found here.