Affairs and Appointments – October 7, 2011
NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update
- Mayor Bloomberg Announces Historic Agreement to Close Last Major Gap in the Manhattan Greenway and Enable Modernization of the United Nations’ New York City Presence
- Mayor Bloomberg and Norwegian Cruise Line Announce New York City Will Be Home to New State-of-the-Art 4000 Passenger Cruise Ship
- Mayor Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor Gibbs Announce Group Purchasing Now Available for New York City Nonprofits
- Mayor Bloomberg Opens Twitter’s New East Coast Headquarters in New York City
- City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Citywide Leaders and Advocates Celebrate In Support For Immigrant Rights Bill
- Council to Vote on Outsourcing Accountability Act, Ensuring Greater Transparency and Maximizing Cost Efficiency in City Service Contracting
- Comptroller John C. Liu Announces New York City Schools Fail Physical Education
- NYC DOT Extends Anti-speeding Campaign with New Locations For Speed Boards
- Chancellor Walcott Announces the DepartureofChief Operating OfficerSharon Greenberger; Veronica Conforme, DOE’SChief Financial OfficerWill Assumethe Roleof Chief Operating Officer
NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update
- Governor Cuomo Announces U.S. Small Business Administration Approves New York’s Application for Grant to Promote State Exports
- Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order to Improve Access to State Services for Non-English Speakers
- Comptroller Dinapoli Releases Bond Calendar For Fourth Quarter
- New this week:
- HRA: Meals and Counseling
- EDC: Audit Services: Compliance of Revenue Sharing within Tenant Leases and Contracts of Sale
Announcement: Capalino+Company Adds New Interactive Maps to Its Web Site
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Mayor Bloomberg Announces Historic Agreement to Close Last Major Gap in the Manhattan Greenway and Enable Modernization of the United Nations’ New York City Presence
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Assembly member Brian Kavanagh, State Senator Liz Krueger and City Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick announced a historic Memorandum of Understanding that provides a framework for the United Nations to make a substantial investment in its New York City campus, creating a source of financing for the completion of the 32-mile Manhattan Greenway – filling the last remaining major gap between 38th and 60th Streets on the East Side of Manhattan – as well as neighborhood open space improvements. The agreement, which addresses the United Nations’ longstanding desire to build a new building connected to its existing campus, is the product of cooperation between the community, local elected officials, and the City, which was made possible by state legislation passed in June. The Mayor will also be joined by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel, New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky, United Nations Development Corporation Board of Directors Chairman George Klein, Commissioner of the New York City Commission for the United Nations Marjorie B. Tiven, New York City Parks Department Commissioner Adrian Benepe, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, Assemblyman Micah Kellner, Assemblyman Dan Quart, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Councilwoman Jessica Lappin, Capalino+Company colleague and Manhattan Community Board Six Chairman Mark Thompson and Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York President Gary LaBarbera.For more information, click here.
Mayor Bloomberg and Norwegian Cruise Line Announce New York City Will Be Home to New State-of-the-Art 4000 Passenger Cruise Ship
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Kevin Sheehan announced that Norwegian Cruise Line’s new state-of-the-art 4,000 passenger ship, Norwegian Breakaway, will make New York City its year-round home port. Beginning in May 2013, Norwegian Breakaway – which will be the largest ship ever to home port in the City – will replace Norwegian Pearl, and embark on a minimum of 88 cruises from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal through March 31, 2015. The ship calls will bring an estimated 140,000 additional embarking passengers into New York City over two years, resulting in an estimated $35 million in additional direct spending. Mayor Bloomberg and Norwegian Cruise Line were joined at the announcement in the Manhattan Cruise Terminal by New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky and NYC & Co. CEO George Fertitta. For more information, click here.
Mayor Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor Gibbs Announce Group Purchasing Now Available for New York City Nonprofits
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs announced that Essensa, a New York-based group purchasing organization, will be offering membership to non-profits working with New York City. As the latest addition to a set of initiatives Mayor Bloomberg announced in 2009 to assist New York City’s nonprofits, this group purchasing plan will help maximize savings on purchases and give New York City funded nonprofits access to discounts on a wide range of goods and services. For more information, click here.
Mayor Bloomberg Opens Twitter’s New East Coast Headquarters in New York City
Mayor Bloomberg joined Twitter to announce the opening of the first-ever New York City Twitter office. Located at 340 Madison Avenue, the office will serve as the official East Coast headquarters for the company and will be home to 40 full-time employees, including engineers, designers and advertising executives, with plans to expand in the coming months.Twitter works with countless media companies in New York City and a growing number of start-ups that create useful business tools based on the Twitter platform and Twitter-related idea. The City of New York and @NYCMayorsOffice use Twitter to communicate with citizens, and City Twitter accounts have an aggregate following of more than 300,000. For more information, click here.
City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Citywide Leaders and Advocates Celebrate In Support For Immigrant Rights Bill
Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, together with Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Congressman Charles Rangel, Council Members Melissa Mark-Viverito, Daniel Dromm, Council Members, Make the Road New York and a number of immigration rights advocates, gathered to celebrate recent developments of a landmark bill that will change the way the Department of Correction works with the federal immigration authorities and reduce unnecessary immigrant deportations in New York City.
The elected officials gathered on the eve of a Council hearing set for Monday, October 3rd, to discuss Intro 656, which would limit the city’s cooperation with federal immigration authorities by creating a category of persons for whom the Department of Correction will not detain for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It has the support of 38 Council Members and the administration.For more information, click here.
Council to Vote on Outsourcing Accountability Act, Ensuring Greater Transparency and Maximizing Cost Efficiency in City Service Contracting
At Wednesday’s Stated Meeting, the Council will vote to safeguard billions of taxpayer dollars that are spent annually in the procurement of City services. The common sense legislation will amend an existing law to enhance competition, increase transparency and maximize cost efficiencies when entering into contracts that could displace City workers. The existing law, Local Law 35 of 1994, was intended to meet these goals. However, in the 17 years since then, the City has rarely reached the cost-benefit stage of the process—much less provided any discernible analysis as to why not.For more information, click here.
Comptroller John C. Liu Announces New York City Schools Fail Physical Education
Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and NY Jets Tight End Dustin Keller announced a sweepstakes to encourage parents to submit the school meals application that determines if they qualify for free and reduced-price lunch for their children. Parents will be automatically entered in the sweepstakes when they submit the application form. The winning family receives a trip for two sponsored by the Jets to the National Football League Pro Bowl in Hawaii in 2012. View photos of the event at Fort Hamilton High School. For more information, click here.
NYC DOT Extends Anti-speeding Campaign with New Locations For Speed Boards
New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced the relocation of speed boards to new sites citywide, extending the reach of a vital safety message that calls dramatic attention to the city’s 30 m.p.h. speed limit and the fatal consequences of speeding. DOT introduced speed boards this spring as part of its “That’s Why It’s 30” anti-speeding campaign, temporarily installing them along corridors with histories of excessive speeding. In addition to traditional speed boards that display oncoming vehicles’ speeds, DOT unveiled specialized ones that display an LED image of a skeleton next to the words “Slow Down” if a passing motorist exceeds the speed limit. Skeleton speed boards currently are stationed at Beverly Road between East 28th and East 29th streets and Dahill Road between 52nd and 53rd streets in Brooklyn; Hillside Avenue between 248th and 249th streets and Utopia Parkway between 67th and Peck avenues in Queens; and Hylan Boulevard between Buffalo Street and Chesterton Avenue in Staten Island. For more information, click here.
Chancellor Walcott Announces the Departure of Chief Operating Officer Sharon Greenberger; Veronica Conforme, DOE’S Chief Financial Officer Will Assume the Role of Chief Operating Officer
Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced the departure of Sharon Greenberger, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Department of Education, who is leaving to become Senior Vice President, Facilities Development and Engineering at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Veronica Conforme, who joined the Department of Education in 2003 and has served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) since December 2010, will take over as COO effective November 1st. Michael Tragale, who is currently the Deputy Chief Financial Officer, will be promoted to CFO. For more information, click here.
Governor Cuomo Announces U.S. Small Business Administration Approves New York’s Application for Grant to Promote State Exports
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded New York an $898,646 State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant to enhance state exports to foreign markets. The grant will promote New York State’s unique talent and technology, focusing on creative and innovative sectors. Combined with state matching funds, the total initiative will be $1.38 million. For more information, click here.
Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order to Improve Access to State Services for Non-English Speakers
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued an Executive Order requiring state agencies that provide direct public services to offer free interpretation and translation services to members of the public for vital forms and instructions. Based on census data, the services will be offered in Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Russian, French, and French Créole.
Approximately two and a half million New Yorkers do not speak English as their primary language and have limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English. This presents potential barriers when trying to access important government benefits or services. For more information, click here.
Comptroller Dinapoli Releases Bond Calendar For Fourth Quarter
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced a tentative schedule for the planned public sale of obligations for the state, its major public authorities, the City of New York, and the city’s major public authorities during the fourth quarter of 2011. The proposed new issuances total approximately $5.7 billion, including approximately $2.5 billion scheduled for this month, $1.4 billion scheduled for November, and $1.8 billion scheduled for December. The fourth quarter of anticipated new issuances compares to past planned new issuances of approximately $5 billion during the third quarter of calendar year 2011, and approximately $8.8 billion during the fourth quarter of calendar year 2010. For more information, click here.
The following Request for Proposals have been recently issued by City and State government
Time and Attendance (October 13, 2011) – The New York City Department of Education (DOE) is seeking a vendor to provide an employee time and attendance management system. The existing time and attendance system has 123 timekeeping devices in place serving approximately 13,000 individuals. Each job title has different rules regarding time and attendance. At a minimum, the new system will offer the same functionality offered by the current system, applying DOE time-keeping rules to employees based on their specific job titles. The system will record employee attendance, maintain leave balances, manage leave requests, provide for supervisor approvals, and interface with the appropriate DOE payroll systems. The new system must be compatible with the existing DOE access device “Savetime 2000 series”. For more information, click here.
Parking Lot Operator Staten Island Ferry Terminal RFP (October 17, 2011) – Apple Industrial Development Corp. (“Apple”) is seeking to enter into a management contract with an experienced, professional commercial parking lot operator to manage a parking lot in the Staten Island Ferry Terminal vicinity located below Richmond Terrace in the St. George section of Staten Island, between Wall Street and Jersey Street. The parking lot consists of two separate parking areas, the east parking area and the west parking area, which is separated by the Minor League Stadium grounds. The parking lot is owned by the City of New York and managed by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) and by Apple on behalf of NYCEDC. For more information, click here.
Enhanced Yield and Bank Loan Fixed Income Investment Managers (October 20, 2011) – The Comptroller of the City of New York (the “Comptroller”), on behalf of the New York City Retirement Systems, and specifically the New York City Employees’ Retirement System (“NYCERS”), the Teachers’ Retirement System of the City of New York (“TEACHERS”), the New York City Police Pension Fund, Subchapter Two (“POLICE”), the New York City Fire Department Pension Fund, Subchapter Two (“FIRE”), and The Board of Education Retirement System (“BERS”), (collectively “NYCRS” or the “Systems”), is conducting a search to identify managers to manage enhanced yield and bank loan fixed income portfolios for one or more of the Systems. In addition, other related systems or funds may select managers through this solicitation. The Comptroller’s Office is using a pilot process to conduct this search, as permitted and in accordance with Section 3-12 (Innovative Procurement Methods) of the Procurement Policy Board Rules of the City of New York (“PPB Rules”). For more information, click here.
Pier 1 Hotel and Residential Development (October 24, 2011) – ThePier 1 Hotel and Residential Development is a rare opportunity to develop a destination waterfront hotel and residential complex. The RFP seeks qualified developers for the long-term lease, development and operation of a mixed-use project, which includes hotel, residential and restaurant uses. The hotel portion of the site will accommodate between 170-225 rooms and the residential portion of the site will accommodate between 150-180 units. The site will also include parking facilities, park restrooms and park support facilities. For more information, click here.
Broadway Plaza (October 24, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeks proposals for the sale and redevelopment of two adjacent parcels owned by the City of New York (the “City”). The parcels are zoned C4-4 and consist of Block 3266, Lots 13 and 25, in the borough of the Bronx (“Lot 13” and “Lot 25” respectively, and collectively the “Site”). Lot 13 is an approximately 74,880-square-foot surface parking lot, located between 230th Street and Verveelen Place. Lot 25 is an approximately 5,000-square-foot demapped portion of Kimberly Place east of Broadway that connects Lot 13 to Broadway. NYCEDC will consider proposals for the entire Site or for only Lot 13. For more information, click here.
Applied Sciences Facility in New York City (October 28, 2011) – Following the strong response to a Request for Expressions of Interest issued in December 2010, New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is now issuing this Request for Proposals (this “RFP”), offering a unique opportunity to either develop a new applied sciences academic and research facility and campus or materially expand existing facilities in the City of New York (the “City”). To maintain a diverse and competitive economy, the City is seeking to expand its applied sciences capabilities. As a global business and academic capital with more than 626,000 post-secondary students, the City is poised for growth in the applied sciences arena. For a university or other degree- granting entity (each, an “Institution”) with academic and/or research programs in the applied sciences, this RFP provides an unparalleled opportunity to develop (or expand) and operate a premier state-of-the-art research facility and campus in one of the most dynamic academic, cultural and business environments in the world. For more information, click here.
Consolidated Funding Application (October 31, 2011) – As part of Governor Cuomo’s transformative plan to improve the state’s economic development model, a NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) has been created that will streamline and expedite the grant application process. The CFA process marks a fundamental shift in the way state resources are allocated, ensuring less bureaucracy and greater efficiency to fulfill local economic development needs. Utilizing the CFA serving as the single entry point for access to economic development funding, applicants will no longer have to slowly navigate multiple agencies and sources without any mechanism for coordination. Now, economic development projects will use the CFA as a support mechanism to access multiple state funding sources through one application, making the process quicker, easier, and more productive. For more information, click here.
Rutgers Slip Pavilion RFEI (November 10, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) on behalf of the City of New York is seeking expressions of interest from experienced and qualified individuals, companies, and/or organizations either alone or in partnership interested in programming a to-be-built enclosed pavilion and certain outdoor space located at the intersection of Rutgers Slip and South Street along the East River Waterfront Esplanade (the “Esplanade”) on the Lower East Side of Manhattan (collectively, the “Pavilion”). It is contemplated that the Pavilion will house two unique uses: 1) a restaurant, retail, or other commercial use and 2) a non-profit, educational, and/or community use pursuant to a lease or other occupancy agreement (the “Lease”). For more information, click here.
Audit Services: Compliance of Revenue Sharing within Tenant Leases and Contracts of Sale (November 11, 2011) – NYCEDC is seeking a consultant or consultant team to audit long-term ground lease or net lease (collectively, “Leases”) or sales to either third party tenants or developers. NYCEDC acts as a ground lessor or landlord to a variety of industrial and commercial developers and tenants (collectively, “Tenants”) and oversees the leasing of more than 60 million square feet of real property throughout the five boroughs. Most Tenants report annual operating revenues of several million dollars. Certain NYCEDC Leases and applicable sales documentation (“Contracts of Sale”) contain revenue sharing provisions. As part of an effort to maximize revenues to NYCEDC, the Consultant shall, at the direction of NYCEDC, audit specific Leases and Contracts of Sale contained in NYCEDC’s real estate portfolio to determine Tenant compliance with the applicable revenue sharing provisions. For more information, click here.
St. George Waterfront (November 10, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking expressions of interest for the disposition and redevelopment of either or both of two parcels (collectively, the “Sites”) located on the waterfront of St. George, Staten Island, New York. The Sites occupy a prominent waterfront location near a major transportation hub and a commercial, cultural, and civic center. The appropriate development of the Sites would greatly contribute to the land use goals and economic health of St. George, Staten Island’s North Shore, and the borough as a whole by creating a greater presence both locally and throughout the greater metropolitan region. For more information, click here.
Student Support Services (November 21, 2011) – The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), on behalf of the Office of School and Youth Development (OSYD), seeks proposals from organizations experienced in providing direct student support services in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 to increase opportunities for educational enrichment. Successful providers will offer a range of engaging and positive genres to help students achieve academic success, personal growth and a promising future. The purpose of this MTAC is to continue to provide services that effect the advancement of teaching and learning for students who participate within the various programs. Services will have a meaningful impact on classroom practice and schools’ curriculum goals. Vendors should identify and include programs that have proven successful and work best with students. For more information, click here.
Meals and Counseling (December 1, 2011) – The HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) of the Human Resources Administration (HRA) of the City of New York is seeking an appropriately qualified vendor to establish, directly or through subcontractors, a network of community outreach locations at which on-site meals, care packages consisting of packaged and canned foods, clothing items, and a variety of counseling services would be offered to Persons Living With AIDS (PLWA), their spouses and children. These services would be made available at a minimum of four locations in at least 2 boroughs throughout New York City, in communities with a high density of PLWA and/or persons with HIV related illness. There will be a Pre-proposal Conference on October 27, 2011 from 10:00AM TO 12:00PM located at 180 Water Street, New York, NY. Attendance by proposers is optional but recommended. For more information, click here.
Bush Terminal Ground-Up Development (due December 29, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeks proposals for the lease of an approximately 130,000 square foot parcel of land located on Block 725, part of Lot 1, in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn (the “Site”). The Site is part of the Bush Terminal Campus and the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone. For more information, click here.
Saratoga Square (due May 18, 2012) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeks proposals for the sale or lease of an approximately 25,762 square foot parcel of land located on Block 1557, Lots 3, 4, 23, 26, 28, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, and 37 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn (the “Site”). Through this Request For Proposals (“RFP”), NYCEDC is seeking individuals or organizations to develop the Site for a use that maximizes the creation of jobs for local residents, generates proceeds attributed to new development from tax revenue and purchase price/ground rent, and is contextually appropriate in terms of both design and use. For more information, click here.
Halleck Industrial Development Site at Hunts Point (due May 23, 2012) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the New York City Department of Small Business Services (“SBS”), is seeking qualified proposals to develop an unimproved parcel of land in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx under a long term ground lease. The parcel, known as the Halleck Industrial Development Site, is a prime, shovel-ready site for new construction of a modern industrial facility. For more information, click here.
Non-Secure Detention Group Homes (due May 31, 2013) – ACS Division of Youth and Family Justice is soliciting applications from organizations interested in operating non- secure detention group homes in New York City. This is an open-ended solicitation. 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 streets cape. 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.
Our new feature Food for Thought presents recently issued policy or research reports which you may find of interest.
The 2011 New York State Poverty Report
The New York State Community Action Association issued its fourth annual New York State Poverty Report providing a statewide look at poverty. The statistical data presented is designed to be a comprehensive resource for New York’s Community Action Agencies, community-based organizations, policy makers, advocates, community coalitions and the general public. The intent of the report is to discuss how to address poverty in communities across the state. To view the report, click here.
Please note that this calendar is subject to change.
Committee on Veterans (Jointly with the Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, and Disability Services)
Date: Tuesday, October 11
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: The Increased Rate of Suicides Among Veterans.
Committee on Small Businesses
Date: Tuesday, October 11
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.
Committee on Parks and Recreation
Date: Wednesday, October 12
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.
Committee on Housing and Buildings
Date: Wednesday, October 12
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.