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Affairs and Appointments – October 8, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – October 8, 2010

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Paterson and Speaker Silver Announce Agreement to Create $100 Million Fund for the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center
  • Mayor Bloomberg Presides over Bill Signing Ceremony
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces a Series of Community Conversations to Gather Community Input for the Next Update to PlanNYC

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Paterson Announces the Launch of New Business-Focused Website
  • New Jersey Governor Scraps NJ-NY Rail Tunnel

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • EDC: On-Call Environmental Consulting Services
    • DPR: Landscape Architecture Design Services

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 10/11 – 10/15


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Paterson and Speaker Silver Announce Agreement to Create $100 Million Fund for the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Governor David A. Paterson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced an agreement to create a $100 million fund for the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center site with federal funds directed to Lower Manhattan. The performing arts center is part of the Master Plan for the Redevelopment of the World Trade Center and is expected to serve as a cultural anchor for Lower Manhattan. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Presides over Bill Signing Ceremony
This week, Mayor Bloomberg signed into law a number of bills including:

  • Intro 270-A (Lappin) – Establishes a Silver Alert notification system to help identify and locate seniors with certain cognitive impairments who go missing and may be in danger.
  • Intro 91-A (Quinn) – Requires the Law Department and the Mayor’s Office of Operations conduct an analysis of certain proposed rules in an effort to ensure that such rules do not impose undue burdens on the constituency being regulated.
  • Intro 312 (Recchia) – Increases the annual expenditure for the 34th Street Business Improvement District.
  • Intros 267-A (Gennaro), 262-A (Cabrera), 266-A (Garodnick), 273-A (Levin) and 277-A (Ulrich) – Acts upon recommendations of the Green Codes Task Force, to improve the sustainability of the City’s built environment.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces a Series of Community Conversations to Gather Community Input for the Next Update to PlanNYC
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced a series of community conversations to gather ideas from New Yorkers to inform the Earth Day 2011 update to PlaNYC. The community conversations are one part of the community outreach strategy for the 2011 PlaNYC update, which will give New Yorkers in all five boroughs an opportunity to share their ideas on how to create a greener, greater New York. For more information, including a list of events, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Paterson Announces the Launch of New Business-Focused Website
Governor David A. Paterson was joined by Empire State Development (ESD) Chairman Dennis M. Mullen and statewide business partners in announcing the launch of New York First, an innovative business-focused website geared toward companies expanding in or choosing to locate in New York State. Prior to the website’s launch, an interested business stakeholder had to view multiple State agency websites to learn the full scope of economic development programs available in New York. Now, New York First (www.NYfirst.NY.gov) houses all of that information in one place—searchable by type of assistance, size of business, MWBE status, industry, administering agency and more. For more information, click here.

New Jersey Governor Scraps NJ-NY Rail Tunnel
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie killed a decades-in-the-making train tunnel connecting New Jersey and Manhattan, saying Thursday that the state can’t afford to pay for cost overruns on the already under-construction project. More than a half-billion dollars has been spent on the tunnel so far and construction began last year. The largest federal transportation project in the country, it was expected to double train traffic in and out of New York City during peak commute times once completed in 2018. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

Tobacco Warehouse (due October 18, 2010) – Brooklyn Bridge Park is seeking proposals for the rehabilitation and adaptive re-use of the former Tobacco Warehouse for cultural, educational or community purposes. The Tobacco Warehouse is an historic 25,000 square foot open air structure with stabilized exterior walls, located in the Empire Fulton Ferry Park section of Brooklyn Bridge Park on Water Street between Dock Street and New Dock Street in Dumbo. Click here to download the RFP.

Green Jumpstart NYC, Consult Services RFP (due October 20, 2010) – In April 2009, NYCEDC worked with the Levin Institute to launch a pilot JumpStart NYC program that focused on helping recently displaced financial service industry professionals transition to general entrepreneurial opportunities in the City. NYCEDC is now seeking to launch a dedicated Green JumpStart NYC program, which will be open to participants with a range of professional experience, not just finance professionals. NYCEDC is interested in seeking one or more Consultant(s) to establish and administer a year-long Program. To download the RFP, click here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 10/11 – 10/15

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Waterfronts (Jointly with the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services)

Date: Tuesday, October 12

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor

Agenda: Oversight – Hurricane Response and Preparedness

Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses

Date: Wednesday, October 13

Time: 9:45 AM

Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor

Agenda: Can be found here.

Committee on Land Use

Date: Wednesday, October 13

Time: 10:0 AM

Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor

Agenda: Can be found here.

Subcommittee on Finance

Date: Wednesday, October 13

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor

Agenda: Agenda can be found here.

City Council Stated Meeting

Date: Wednesday, October 13

Time: 1:30 PM

Location: Emigrant Savings Bank – 49-51 Chambers Street

Committee on Parks and Recreation (Jointly with the Committee on Health)

Date: Thursday, October 14

Time: 1:00 PM

Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor

Agenda: Intro 332 – Prohibiting smoking in pedestrian plazas and public parks.

Committee on Governmental Operations

Date: Thursday, October 14

Time: 1:00 PM

Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor

Agenda: Agenda to be announced

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