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Affairs and Appointments – October 22, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – October 22, 2010

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Announce First of Its Kind Partnership to Keep New York City at the Cutting Edge of Technological Innovation While Saving Taxpayer Dollars
  • NYC Office of Environmental Remediation Launches Searchable Property Environmental E-Database (SPEED)
  • Deputy Mayor Goldsmith Announces Online Suggestion Box for the Public to Share Ideas on How to Save NYC Money

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Paterson, Schumer, Gillibrand, Nadler, LaHood and Bloomberg Break Ground on New Moynihan Station
  • Governor Paterson and NYC OTB Announce Agreement to Prevent Closure of NYC OTB

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • DOB: Urbancanvas
    • HRA: Clothing for Cash Assistance Applicants

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 10/25 – 10/29


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Announce First of Its Kind Partnership to Keep New York City at the Cutting Edge of Technological Innovation While Saving Taxpayer Dollars
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Operations Stephen Goldsmith, Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications Commissioner Carole Post and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced a wide-ranging information technology agreement that will consolidate the City’s dozens of individual license agreements into a single one and will provide more than 100,000 City employees with state-of-the-art computing power. Microsoft will provide access to its Internet-based computing services – a growing trend called cloud computing – which will foster collaboration among City employees and allow agencies to share their technology developments. For more information, click here.

NYC Office of Environmental Remediation Launches Searchable Property Environmental E-Database (SPEED)
The Director of the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation (OER),Dr. Daniel Walsh,launched the OER’s SPEED (Searchable Property Environmental E-Database) Web application today, which enables users to search properties in New York City and view environmental information. SPEED is designed to encourage developers, community organizations, consultants, and the public to explore potential redevelopment opportunities in neighborhoods throughout the City. For more information on this new application, click here.

Deputy Mayor Goldsmith Announces Online Suggestion Box for the Public to Share Ideas on How to Save NYC Money
This week, Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith launched a web site to allow the public to submit ideas on how the City can save money. To submit ideas, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Paterson, Schumer, Gillibrand, Nadler, LaHood and Bloomberg Break Ground on New Moynihan Station
Governor David A. Paterson, Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and other officials broke ground on phase I of the construction for Moynihan Station. The groundbreaking takes place on the 100th anniversary of the opening of Penn Station, the largest and most widely used train station in the United States. Prior to the groundbreaking, Governor Paterson and Secretary LaHood signed a final grant agreement providing $83 million in Recovery Act funds to New York through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Transportation Initiatives Generating Economic Recovery” (TIGER) program. Senator Schumer led the effort to secure the funding to begin Phase I of the construction. For more information on this announcement, click here.

Governor Paterson and NYC OTB Announce Agreement to Prevent Closure of NYC OTB
Governor David A. Paterson and New York City Off Track Betting Corporation (NYC OTB) today announced that NYC OTB has entered into an historic agreement with the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of NYC OTB (Creditor’s Committee) that will prevent the closure of NYC OTB. The action will save hundreds of NYC OTB jobs and provide stability to the State’s horse racing industry, protecting an estimated 35,000 related jobs throughout New York. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

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.

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.

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.

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 10/25 – 10/29

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Monday, October 25
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Governmental Operations
Date: Monday, October 25
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Intro 361 – Requiring that all executive orders and memoranda of understanding be made available to the public at no charge on the city’s web site
Intro 373-A – Requiring the Mayor’s Office of Operations to report certain hate crime statistics on the My Neighborhood Statistics website
Intro 1822 – Requiring the Mayor’s Office of Operations to report certain domestic violence statistics on the city’s website.

Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses
Date: Monday, October 25
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management (Jointly with the Committee on Parks and Recreation)
Date: Monday, October 25
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Review of City Cleanup Following Recent Severe Storms

Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Monday, October 25
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Transportation
Date: Monday, October 25
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Intro 257 – Regulated sidewalk ATMs as revocable consents and requiring safety features for all outdoor ATMs.

Committee on Public Housing (Jointly with the Committee on General Welfare)
Date: Tuesday, October 26
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – How DHS and NYCHA Coordinate in Determining Eligibility for Shelter

Committee on Land Use
Date: Tuesday, October 26
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Public Safety
Date: Tuesday, October 26
Time: 1:15 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Intro 313 – Fees for firearm licenses and rifle and shotgun permits.

Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections
Date: Wednesday, October 27
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Submitting the names of Michael Goldblum and Robert Washington as Commissioners for the Landmarks Preservation Commission and Mark Gjonaj, Taxi and Limousine Commission

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Wednesday, October 27
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Emigrant Savings Bank – 49-51 Chambers Street

Committee on Community Development
Date: Thursday, October 28
Time: 10:00 AM
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 Juvenile Justice (Jointly with the Committee on Civil Rights)
Date: Thursday, October 28
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Addressing the racial disparity in the Juvenile Justice System

Committee on Waterfronts
Date: Thursday, October 28
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Reso 414 – Congress to update the Federal Motor Carrier statute in the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994

Committee on Immigration
Date: Thursday, October 28
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Preventing National Origin Discrimination in the Workplace

Committee on Women’s Issues
Date: Thursday, October 28
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Street harassment of Women and Girls in New York City

Committee on Public Housing (Jointly with the Committee on Youth Services and the Committee on Education)
Date: Friday, October 29
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – The impact of the Department of Education’s and the New York City Housing Authority’s fee policies on the ability to provide services for youth.

Committee on Environmental Protection
Date: Friday, October 29
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Implementation of the Jamaica Bay Watershed Protection Plan Strategies

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