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Affairs and Appointments – October 23, 2009

Affairs and Appointments – October 23, 2009

Week in Review

I. This week in New York City Government

  • Mayor Bloomberg and Council of Fashion Designers of America Announce Fashion Business Incubator
  • Mayor Bloomberg announces plans to support major new investments in Primary Health Care for Staten Island
  • Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Walcott and Chancellor Klein announce enhanced 311 service for public school families
  • Mayor Bloomberg announces 30 initiatives to grow New York City’s green economy
  • New York City Department of City Planning announces initiation of the public review process for the City to take ownership of the High Line at the West Side Railyards

II. This week in New York State Government

  • New York State Court of Appeals rules that Tishman-Speyer illegally raise some rents at Stuyvesant Town
  • Governor Paterson announces $7.8 million in downstate revitalization funding awards
  • Governor Paterson announces suspension of flu shot mandate for Healthcare employees due to shortage of vaccine

III. Current RFPs

IV. City Council Public Hearing Schedule –Week of October 26 – 30


THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT
  1. Mayor Bloomberg and Council of Fashion Designers of America Announce Fashion Business Incubator
    The incubator, which will be operated by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, will offer low-cost design studio space for up to twelve designers. A partnership lead by Newmark Knight Frank’s Chairman Jeff Gural and Executive Managing Director Eric Gural will build out the approximately 10,000-square-foot space at 209 West 38th Street and lease units to incubator tenants at below-market rates, starting at $1,500 per month. For more information, please click here.

  2. Mayor Bloomberg Announces Plans to Support Major New Investments in Primary Health Care for Staten Island
    New York City’s commitment for two major new projects will bring enhanced and expanded primary and women’s healthcare services to Staten Island. Press release can be found here.

  3. Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Walcott, and Chancellor Klein Announce Enhanced 311 Service for Public School Families
    The enhanced 311 service for public school families will provide an easy-to-use resource for parents and guardians seeking answers about their children’s education. Parent coordinators at each school will continue to be the first point of contact, but families can now select a new option on 311’s main menu to reach an expert trained in responding to education-related issues, including questions pertaining to enrollment, transportation, and admissions. For more information, click here.

  4. Mayor Bloomberg announces 30 initiatives to grow New York City’s green economy
    The 30 initiatives announced by the Mayor that comprise the plan will support and attract green businesses and entrepreneurs and provide specialized training to prepare New Yorkers for green jobs. The initiatives – which build upon PlaNYC, the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan – will support the creation of 13,000 new jobs, doubling the City’s green sector workforce. Press release can be found here and report can be downloaded here.

  5. New York City Department of City Planning announces initiation of the public review process for the City to take ownership of the High Line at the West Side Railyards
    This decision – announced by Department of City Planning Director Amanda Burden – represents a major milestone in the complete preservation of the Highline, a project that Capalino+Company has been working on since almost the inception of the Friends of the Highline. For more information on this important development, please click here.

THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT
  1. New York State Court of Appeals rules that Tishman-Speyer illegally raise some rents at Stuyvesant Town
    The ruling effects the rent increases of more then 4,000 apartments at Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Villages housing complex and could potential impact tenants and landlords across the city. For more coverage of this decision, click here and here.

  2. Governor Paterson announces $7.8 million in downstate revitalization funding awards
    The funding will go to projects such as a Green Manufacturing Center at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Brooklyn Brewery and the Apollo Theater Foundation. For more information on this announcement, please click here.

  3. Governor Paterson announces suspension of flu shot mandate for Healthcare employees due to shortage of vaccine
    Governor Paterson noted in this announcement that the priority for influenza immunization is for pregnant women and children and young people between the ages of 6 months and 24 years. For more information, please click 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 HEARINGS FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 26 – 30

Committee on Immigration
Date: Monday, October 26
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Establishing a temporary Task Force to review strategies to protect children who qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
Date: Monday, October 26
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Intro 983 – Requiring a recycling program for all dry cleaning establishments
Intro 1019 – Plastic garment bags used by dry cleaning establishments

Subcommittee on Zoning & Franchises
Date: Monday, October 26
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses
Date: Monday, October 26
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

Committee on Juvenile Justice
Date: Tuesday, October 27
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: To be determined

Committee on Veterans (Jointly with the Committee on Higher Education)
Date: Tuesday, October 27
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Backlog of G.I. Bill Benefits: Are New York City’s Veterans able to stay in school?

Committee on Small Business
Date: Tuesday, October 27
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – The State of Capital Access for Small Businesses in the Current Economic Climate.

Committee on Transportation
Date: Tuesday, October 27
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 947-A: Unattended idling vehicles
Intro 1023-A: Displaying a passengers’ bill of rights in commuter vans

Committee on Land Use
Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Can be found here.

Committee on Governmental Operations
Date: Tuesday, October 27
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Reso 2166 – calling upon the federal government to enact both H.R. 22, the United States Postal Service Financial Relief Act, and H.R. 658, the Access to Postal Services Act, which would, respectively, help to stop the unnecessary closure of neighborhood post offices and would help to increase community input as the Post Office reorganizes branches throughout the city of New York.

Committee on Environmental Protection
Date: Tuesday, October 27
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Intro 911 – Testing by the department of environmental protection for the presence of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the NYC drinking water supply,

Committee on Consumer Affairs
Date: Tuesday, October 27
Time: 10:00 AM
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 Housing and Buildings
Date: Wednesday, October 28
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 874 – Methane and radon gas vent piping, the approval of mechanical joint piping systems and the approval of non-code prescribed drainage vent systems.

Committee on Finance
Date: Wednesday, October 28
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Reso 1682 – Approving the new designation and changes in the designation of certain organizations to receive funding pursuant to the fiscal 2010 expense budget.

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Wednesday, October 28
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall

Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services
Date: Thursday, October 29
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: To be determined

Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services
Date: Thursday, October 29
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Examining the FDNY’s 2009-2010 Strategic Plan.

Committee on Youth Services
Date: Thursday, October 29
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – DYCD’s Summer Youth Employment Program.

Committee on Women’s Issues
Date: Thursday, October 29
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 243 West 20th Street
Agenda: Tour: Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) Headquarters

Committee on Public Safety
Date: Thursday, October 29
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Efforts to combat the “stop snitching” message
Intro 183 – Creating the crime of gang recruitment
Intro 941 – Unlawful initiation activity
Intro 945 – Unlawful solicitation

Committee on General Welfare (Jointly with the Committee on Aging)
Date: Thursday, October 29
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: Examining Available Resources for Kinship Caregivers in New York City.

Committee on Economic Development
Date: Thursday, October 29
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Intro 1014 – Regionally significant projects and empire zones.

Committee on Parks and Recreation
Date: Friday, October 30
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 1083 – Local representation on park conservancies

Committee on Education
Date: Friday, October 30
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Department of Education’s Progress Reports