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Affairs and Appointments – September 11, 2009

Affairs and Appointments – September 11, 2009

Week in Review

I. Special Feature: 2009 New York City Primary

II. This week in New York City Government

  • New York City remembers September 11th, 2001
  • Mayor Bloomberg appoints Dora B. Schriro as Correction Department Commissioner
  • Mayor Bloomberg’s Statement on the re-appointment of Dr. John Howard as WTC Health Programs Coordinator
  • Mayor Bloomberg signs six bills

III. This week in New York State Government

  • Paterson and Cornell University announce job creation plan
  • Jay Walder confirmed as MTA Chair
  • Paterson announces New Economy Jobs Plan
  • Paterson announces that health insurers must cover flu shots
  • Paterson and Bloomberg announce $220 million in stimulus funding for NYC clean water projects

IV. Current RFPs

V. Upcoming City Council Public Hearing Schedule

VI. Correction: Age-Friendly Initiative


SPECIAL FEATURE: 2009 NEW YORK CITY PRIMARY

On Tuesday, September 15, New York City will hold its primary elections for Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough President and City Council. To learn more about the candidates in each race, we suggest the following, non-partisan resources:

  • New York City Campaign Finance Board Primary Guide: Click here to download the NYCCFB Primary Guide
  • New York City Video Voter Guide: Each candidate has taped a video segment stating their case for your vote. The Video Voter Guide can be viewed by clicking here.

For more information on where and how to vote, please visit the Board of Elections in the City of New York.

THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT
  1. New York City marks the eighth anniversary of 9/11 with a ceremony honoring the victims of the attacks at the World Trade Center
    New York City and the nation mourned the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a special ceremony coordinated by city, state and federal officials and the survivors and family and friends of the 9/11 victims at the World Trade Center site. September 11, 2009 also has been officially designated as the first annual “National Day of Service and Remembrance.” The ceremony includes the reading of the names of the victims and turning on the “Tribute in Light” memorial at 7 PM Friday until 6 AM Saturday. Coverage of these events can be found here. Also, information on the future 9/11 memorial and museum can be found here.

  2. Mayor Bloomberg appoints Dora B. Schriro as Correction Department Commissioner
    Dr. Schriro served as Director of the Office of Detention Policy and Planning for the Department of Homeland Security, where she led an overhaul of the nation’s immigration detention system. Press release can be found here.

  3. Mayor Bloomberg applauds President Obama’s re-appointment of Dr. John Howard as the World Trade Center Health Programs Coordinator
    Mayor Bloomberg’s statement on this appointment can be found here.

  4. Mayor Bloomberg signs Six Bills including bills to improve construction safety and to provide language assistance services in pharmacies
    These new bills include:

    • 993-A, 994-A, 999-A, and 1000-A – part of a comprehensive legislative package to improve safety, enhance coordination and increase oversight at construction, demolition and asbestos abatement sites in NYC. Click here for statement.
    • 859-A – to require chain pharmacies to provide free, competent oral interpretation and written translation of vital documents to individuals who cannot speak English. Statement can be found here.
    • 890 – to designate Flying Food Group, LLC as a regionally significant project. Statement can be found here.
THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT
  1. Jay H. Walder was confirmed by the New York State Senate as the next Chairman and Chief Executive of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority
    Walder, 50, was formerly the Global Leader of McKinsey & Company’s Infrastructure Practice, where he specialized in urban transit and formerly worked for the MTA and was the Managing Director of Finance and Planning in London’s transportation authority. The State Senate confirmed Walder by a 47-13 vote. For coverage of this confirmation, click here and here. Governor Paterson’s press release on the appointment of Mr. Walder can be found here.

  2. Governor Paterson delivers on key initiative of New Economy Jobs Plan; $95 million available through renewable portfolio standard program
    Governor David A. Paterson today announced that the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has released approximately $95 million for renewable energy projects in support of the State’s efforts to further the development of large-scale renewable resources. The funding will help to accelerate the development New York’s clean energy economy and is one of the key initiatives outlined in Governor Paterson’s New Economy jobs plan. More information can be found here.

  3. Governor Paterson announces that insurers must cover seasonal flu and novel H1N1 vaccinations for children under 19
    Governor David A. Paterson today announced that insurers must cover seasonal flu and novel H1N1 vaccinations for children who are aged 19 and younger and enrolled in comprehensive health plans. The policy is consistent with New York’s preventive and primary care provisions known as the Child Wellness Law, which require insurance coverage for vaccinations recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Press release can be found here.

  4. Governor Paterson and Mayor Bloomberg announced that the City of New York will receive $220 million in ARRA funding for water infrastructure improvements
    Funding is allocated via the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and includes:

    • Energy-efficiency and equipment upgrades to save money and improve water quality at wastewater treatment facilities in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx.
    • Measures to reduce flooding from heavy rains in flooding hotspots throughout the city, including Cambria Heights and Far Rockaway in Queens and Pelham Parkway in the Bronx.

For more information on this announcement, please click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

  1. Bush Terminal Pier 6 (due October 1, 2009) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation is seeking proposals for the redevelopment of Pier 6 in Bush Terminal, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, located between Gowanus Bay and First Avenue, at the foot of 42nd Street. Click here for the RFP.

  2. Cornerstone Initiative (due October 1, 2009) – The NYC Department of Youth and Community Development is seeking qualified not-for-profit organizations to operate programs for youth and adults at community centers located in 25 NYCHA developments across New York City. Click here for the RFP.

  3. Recovery Act – Pathways Out of Poverty (due September 29, 2009) – The Department of Labor announces the availability of approximately $150 million in grant funds authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Recovery Act) for projects that provide training and placement services to provide pathways out of poverty and into employment. Click here for the RFP.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL HEARINGS FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 14

Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services
Date: Thursday, September 17
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Council Chambers – Committee Room
Agenda: Int 986-A – Hydrostatic pressure testing of standpipes and sprinklers
Int 1004-A – Air pressurized alarm system for standpipes

Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections
Date: Thursday, September 17
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Arva R. Rice – Equal Employment Practices Commission

Committee on Finance
Date: Thursday, September 17
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Can be found here.

Committee on Environmental Protection
Date: Thursday, September 17
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Intro 622 — Requiring retrofitting and the use of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel for school buses that transport fewer than 10 students at one time.

City Council Stated Meeting
Date: Thursday, September 17
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: City Hall – Council Chambers
Agenda: To be determined

CORRECTION: AGE-FRIENDLY INITIATIVE

In our last issue of Affairs and Appointments, we incorrectly stated that the New York Academy of Medicine compiled the Age-Friendly report announced by the City on August 25th. The report was, in fact, compiled by the Bloomberg Administration.