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Affairs and Appointments – October 9, 2009

Affairs and Appointments – October 9, 2009

Week in Review

I. This week in New York City Government

  • Mayor appoints Members of the City’s Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Runaway and Homeless Youth
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor Leiber launch NYC BigApps Competition
  • Mayor Bloomberg signs six new bills into law including laws to improve graffiti removal, enhance construction safety and creating a biotechnology tax credit
  • Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta to retire at the end of the year

II. This week in New York State Government

  • Governor Paterson orders $500 million in current year agency spending reductions
  • Governor Paterson announces funding requests for High-Speed Rail
  • Governor Paterson marks Rockefeller Drug Law milestone
  • Governor Paterson announces major expansion of New York’s solar energy

III. Current RFPs

  • New this week: Top Level Domain .NYC

IV. City Council Public Hearing Schedule –Week of October 12


THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT
  1. Mayor appoints Members of the City’s Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Runaway and Homeless Youth
    Mayor Bloomberg appointed 25 civic leaders to the New York City Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Runaway and Homeless Youth, which is charged with devising strategies to address the unique needs of LGBTQ youth before they run away, to provide homeless youth with both shelter and the support they need to live independently, or to help them reunite with their families when appropriate. For more information, please click here.

  2. Mayor Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor Leiber launch NYC BigApps Competition
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today launched the inaugural NYC BigApps Competition, a contest for software developers and members of the public to create web or mobile applications using City data. For the first time, the City is making available more than 170 datasets to allow developers to build applications that will serve residents, visitors, businesses and the public sector. The City has selected ChallengePost, an online network for organizations and individuals to create and offer competitions, to administer the contest. For more information, please click here.

  3. Mayor Bloomberg signs six new bills into law including laws to improve graffiti removal, enhance construction safety and creating a biotechnology tax
    The six bills that were signed into law include:

    • Intro 1042-A – which improves the original graffiti law by making it easier for a property owner to have their graffiti cleaned by mandating its clean-up by the City within 35 days.

    • Intros 986-A and 1004-A – which are part of a comprehensive legislative package aimed at improving safety at construction sites and to strengthen the requirements for hydrostatic pressure testing of standpipes and sprinkler systems.

    • Intro 622-A – which improves air quality by reducing school bus emissions through retrofits and stricter age limitations on diesel fuel-powered school buses.

    • Intro 1065 – which creates a tax credit for biotechnology businesses.

    • Intro 951-A – which requires the Department of Education to annually report to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on increases in its enrollment.

    • Intro 1058 – which changes the method of fee assessment for the Times Square Alliance.

  4. Mayor Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta to retire at the end of the year
    Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, who took the helm of a wounded department in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, has decided to leave the job at the end of the year. The New York Times article can be found here and Mayor Bloomberg’s statement can be found here.

THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT
  1. Governor Paterson orders $500 million in current year agency spending reductions
    Governor Paterson directed State agencies to implement $500 million in current-year spending cuts which represents an approximately 11 percent across-the-board reduction in each agency’s 2009-10 non-personal services budget. For more information, click here.

  2. Governor Paterson announces funding requests for High-Speed rail
    Governor Paterson announced that the New York State Department of Transportation has applied for $11.6 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to improve high-speed rail service along the Empire Corridor between New York City and Niagara Fall. For more information, click here.

  3. Governor Paterson marks Rockefeller Drug Law Reform milestone
    Governor David A. Paterson marked the start of the judicial diversion program, part of the Rockefeller Drug Law reform he signed into law last April. The legislation restores judicial discretion by eliminating mandatory minimums and greatly expands New York’s existing drug courts and drug treatment programs. For more information, please click here.

  4. Governor Paterson announced major expansion of New York’s solar energy
    Governor David A. Paterson today announced that $10 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding is now available through a competitive statewide solicitation for solar energy projects in New York State. The funding is available through NYSERDA’s State Energy Program (SEP) to fund the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Additionally, Governor Paterson announced that the New York Power Authority (NYPA) is expected to make a formal request for proposals later this year for a 100-megawatt solar initiative, which would increase the State’s current installed solar capacity five-fold. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

  1. After-School Arts Partnerships (due October 16, 2009) – the Department of Cultural Affairs and the NYC Department of Youth & Community issued an RFP for nonprofit cultural organizations to provide services for elementary and middle school students participating in out-of-school time activities. Grants are $5,000 per site. 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 October 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 12

Committee on Education
Date: Tuesday, October 13
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – Committee Room
Agenda: Oversight – Reviewing the DOE’s Contracts for Excellence

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Wednesday, October 14
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall

Committee on Technology in Government (jointly with the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services)
Date: Thursday, October 15
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Citywide Implementation of Notify NYC

Committee on Housing and Buildings
Date: Thursday, October 15
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – 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 Contracts jointly Civil Service and Labor
Date: Thursday, October 15
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Charter Section 312(a) analysis by City agencies and why it did not work for the painters employed by the Department of Homeless Services.

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