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Affairs and Appointments – October 30, 2009

Affairs and Appointments – October 30, 2009

Week in Review

I. This week in New York City Government

  • Tuesday, November 3rd is the General Election
  • Mayor Bloomberg signs 3 new bills including bills to improve construction safety and prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products
  • Mayor Bloomberg announces major reform to City’s bonding policy to increase opportunities for small businesses
  • New York City Council passes new legislation including a bill to prevent foreclosure consultants from cheating New York City property owners

II. This week in New York State Government

  • Governor Paterson announces $3.8 million in awards to New York Small Business Lending Programs
  • Governor Paterson signs five bills into law including bills focusing on voters’ rights and access to Health Care
  • Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announces historic nationwide reform of consumer reimbursement system for out-of-network health care charges

III. Current RFPs

  • New this week: Willets Point RFQ

IV. New York City Council Stated Meeting Agenda

V. City Council Public Hearing Schedule – Week of November 2 – 6


THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT
  1. November 3rd is the General Election
    On Tuesday, November 3rd, the City of New York will hold its General Elections to elect Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough President and the members of the City Council.  For more information on how and where to vote and background information on all the candidates, here are some links to resources:

  2. Mayor Bloomberg signs 3 new bills including bills to improve construction safety and prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products
    On October 28, Mayor Bloomberg signed three pieces of legislation into law including:

    • Intro 1015-A: Legislation to provide safety and security at construction sites where permitted work has been suspended.

    • Intro 433-A: Legislation to prohibit the sale of certain flavored tobacco products

    • Intro 396-A: Legislation requiring the Department of Education to report on the implementation of Billy’s Law

  3. Mayor Bloomberg announces major reform to City’s bonding policy to increase opportunities for small businesses
    The Administration’s new reform allows the City’s small businesses to participate in the federal Surety Bond Guarantee Program that helps companies secure bonds required to do business with the City.  The change will open up contract opportunities for these businesses of up to $500 million a year.  For more information, click here.

  4. New York City Council passes new legislation including a bill to prevent foreclosure consultants from cheating New York City property owners.
    At its stated meeting last week, the New York City Council voted on a number of bills including legislation that:

    • Requires distressed property consultants to disclose regulations in advertisements;
    • Requires commuter van owners to display a passenger bill of rights;
    • Increases penalties for leaving an idling vehicle unattended;
    • Approves the mixed-use expansion of the Museum of the Modern Art’s museum complex on West 53rd in Midtown Manhattan; and
    • Approves a comprehensive 89-block rezoning in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens neighborhood.

      For more information about these legislative actions, please click here.

THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT
  1. Governor Paterson announces $3.8 million in awards to New York Small Business Lending Programs
    Governor Paterson announced the award of $3.8 million to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) in New York.  Funding will be allocated through Empire State Development and will improve capital for small business and MWBEs.  Among the recipients is SEEDCO, a Capalino+Company client.  For more information, please click here.

  2. Governor Paterson signs five bills into law including bills focusing on voters’ rights and access to Health Care
    The bills signed into law by Governor Paterson include:

    • A.1002C / S.2443B: Provides that a voter claiming to live within an election district in which the voter seeks to vote be advised of the proper polling place and election district.

    • A.2733A / S.4982: Establishes the Volunteer Firefighting and Volunteer Emergency Services Recruitment and Retention Fund and authorizes gifts to such fund through a State income tax write-off.

    • A.5643 / S.2190: Raises minimum salary of each of the county clerks of the counties comprising the city of New York to that of State Supreme Court justices instead of civil court judges.

    • A.7779 / S.5224: Authorizes the Municipal Police Training Council to develop of policies and procedures regarding the investigation, enforcement and prevention of any act of cruelty to animals.

    • A.8924 / S.6112: Establishes the crime of aggravated interference with health care services in the first and second degrees.

      For more information on these bills, please click here.

  3. Governor Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announces historic nationwide reform of consumer reimbursement system for out-of-network health care charges
    Attorney General Cuomo announced that a new not-for-profit company, FAIR Health, Inc., and an upstate research network headquartered at Syracuse University will develop a new independent database for consumer reimbursement and a new website where for the first time consumers can compare prices before they choose their doctors.  For more information on this initiative, please click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

  1. Willets Point RFQ (due December 7, 2009) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation is seeking statements of Qualifications from qualified developers in connection with the proposed redevelopment of theWillets Point District in Queens, New York.  The purpose of this Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) is to solicit SOQs from prospective developers to help achieve the City’s redevelopment goals for Willets Point by transforming the District from a largely underutilized site with substandard conditions and substantial environmental degradation into a lively, mixed-use, sustainable community and regional destination.  For more information, click here.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 28, 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 NOVEMBER 2 – 6

There are no City Council Hearings this week.

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