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Affairs and Appointments – September 18, 2009

Affairs and Appointments – September 18, 2009

Week in Review

I. Special Feature: 2009 New York City Primary Results

II. This week in New York City Government

  • The New York City Council votes to approve legislation providing for a biotech tax credit and other construction, demolition and abatement overhaul
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Farley unveil new citywide health goals for 2012
  • Mayor Bloomberg and London Mayor Johnson sign tourism agreement to boost travel between New York City and London

III. This week in New York State Government

  • Governor Paterson, Senator Schumer Announce General Agreement on the Future of Moynihan Station
  • State Comptroller DiNapoli announces study that shows that the MTA has a $9.9 billion funding gap
  • Paterson signs legislation to strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence
  • Governor Paterson signs 60 bills, focusing on improving child and family safety, expanding health coverage and promoting hospital accountability

IV. Current RFPs

V. New York City Council Stated Meeting Agenda

VI. City Council Public Hearing Schedule – Week of September 21


SPECIAL FEATURE: 2009 NEW YORK CITY PRIMARY RESULTS

On Tuesday, September 15, New York City held its primary election for Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough President and City Council. Comptroller William Thompson decisively won the Democratic nomination for Mayor against Council Member Tony Avella. In both the races for Public Advocate and Comptroller, no candidate secured 40% of the vote thus forcing a runoff vote on September 29, 2009. For Public Advocate, the runoff will be between Council Member Bill de Blasio and former Public Advocate Mark Green. For Comptroller, the runoff will be between Council Member John Liu and Council Member David Yassky.

In addition, the City Council will have 12-14 new Members with Districts 14 and 28 still undecided. Here is a list of winners (incumbents are in italics and newcomers are hyperlinked to additional information):

Manhattan
District 1: Margaret Chin (Alan Gerson)
District 2: Rosie Mendez
District 3: Christine Quinn
District 7: Robert Jackson
District 8: Melissa Mark-Viverito
District 9: Inez Dickens
District 10: Ydanis Rodriguez (no current incumbent)

Bronx
District 11: G. Oliver Koppell
District 12: Larry Seabrook
District 14: To close to call – Fernando Cabrera and Maria Baez
District 16: Helen Foster

Queens
District 19: Kevin Kim (Tony Avella)
District 20: Yen Chou (John Liu)
District 21: Julissa Ferreras
District 23: Mark Weprin
District 25: Daniel Dromm (Helen Sears)
District 26: James Van Bramer (Eric Gioia)
District 27: Leroy Comrie
District 28: Too close to call – Thomas White and Lynn Nunes
District 29: Karen Koslowitz (Melinda Katz)
District 31: James Sanders

Brooklyn
District 33: Stephen Levin (David Yassky)
District 34: Diana Reyna
District 35: Letitia James
District 36: Albert Vann
District 38: Sara Gonzalez
District 39: Brad Lander (Bill de Blasio)
District 40: Mathieu Eugene
District 41: Darlene Mealy
District 42: Charles Barron
District 45: Jumaane Williams (Kendall Stewart)

Staten Island
District 49: Deborah Rose (Kenneth Mitchell)

THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT
  1. The New York City Council passes legislation to create a $3 million biotech tax credit and to strengthen standpipe and sprinkler operations
    At this week’s Stated Council meeting, the New York City Council voted to create a $3 million biotechnology tax credit encouraging small biotech companies to bring jobs, innovation and new technology to New York City. This legislation, which requires State approval, was enacted by the State legislature in July and signed into law by Governor Paterson on Tuesday. The Council also approved two bills as part of a comprehensive legislative package in response to the tragic Deutsche Bank fire that killed two New York City Firefighters. These bills will improve standpipe and sprinkler safety on construction sites. Improving air quality in New York City’s neighborhoods, the Council will also vote on important environmental protection and public health legislation requiring the Department of Education to retrofit all diesel fuel-powered school buses and to retire buses that are 16 years or older. More information can be found here.

  2. Mayor Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Farley unveil new citywide health goals for 2012
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley on September 13, unveiled New York City’s ambitious new health policy – Take Care New York 2012 – outlining the City’s plan to improve the health of New Yorkers by targeting 10 leading causes of preventable sickness and death, including lung cancer, heart disease and HIV. Take Care New York 2012 follows the success of Take Care New York, and is part of the City’s overall strategic health agenda, which was launched in 2004. Take Care New York identified 10 steps New Yorkers could take to live longer and healthier lives, and set citywide goals for 2008. Information on the plan can be found here.

  3. Mayor Bloomberg and London Mayor Johnson sign a tourism agreement to boost travel between New York City and London
    The two-year agreement provides each city with outdoor media advertising space, andNYC & Company and Visit London – their respective tourism arms – will share best practices as a way to maximize travel between the two destinations and will assist each other with at least one publicity event in each city. Announcement can be found here.

THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT
  1. Governor Paterson, Senator Charles Schumer and Amtrak announce a general agreement to convert the Farley Post Office Building into Moynihan Station
    Governor David A. Paterson, Senator Charles Schumer and Amtrak President Joe Boardman today announced that months of intensive negotiations have resulted in a general agreement and mutual understanding on the basic terms and conditions that will lead to the redevelopment of New York City’s historic Farley Post Office Building into a new intercity passenger train station and center for most of Amtrak’s New York City service. This agreement, the terms of which will be finalized as soon as possible and memorialized in a Memorandum of Understanding, will allow for final planning, design and financing efforts to proceed on the long hoped for dream of Moynihan Station. For more information, click here.

  2. Comptroller DiNapoli announces study that shows that the MTA has a $9.9 billion funding gap
    According to State Controller DiNapoli, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has a funding gap of at least $9.9 billion in its proposed five-year capital program for 2010-2014, which the MTA would close with debt in the absence of additional resources, according to a report State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released today. Even though the proposed capital program would be the MTA’s largest ever, it would fund only 67 percent of the MTA’s capital needs for maintenance and modernization, and does not include any funding for the next phase of the Second Avenue Subway. Click here for more information.

  3. Governor Paterson sign legislation to strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence
    Governor David A. Paterson today signed into law a bill to enhance protections for victims of domestic violence. The new legislation, a program bill introduced by the Governor last spring and whose terms were agreed upon between the Governor and legislative leaders, holds individuals more accountable for their abusive actions and improves upon the court system’s response to affected families. The bill, A.9017 / S.55306 / S.5031-A, passed overwhelmingly in both the New York State Senate and Assembly.

  4. Governor Paterson signs 60 bills into law, focusing on child and family safety, expanding health coverage and promoting hospital accountability
    Governor David A. Paterson today signed 60 bills that together will improve the safety of families and children; increase access to, and quality of, health care for New Yorkers; and increase accountability among government contractors. Additionally, he vetoed 18 bills that, if signed, would have cost State taxpayers $28 million dollars over the next two years. Click here for more information.

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.

  4. NYCEDC Incubator Program (due October 2, 2009) – NYCEDC is looking to help create additional business incubators and is issuing this RFP to seek potential space managers to run properties identified by NYCEDC as incubators for New York City entrepreneurs. Click here for more information.

  5. East River Waterfront Esplanade and Piers Project IFB (due October 7, 2009) — RFP is issued for construction of the South Street Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements Project. Click here for more information.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STATED MEETING AGENDA

On September 17, 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 SEPTEMBER 21

Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment
Date: Monday, September 21
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – Committee Room
Agenda: Oversight – Update on Rebuilding of the World Trade Center Site.

Committee on Transportation (jointly with Committee on Consumer Affairs)
Date: Monday, September 21
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Sightseeing Buses in New York City
Int 0742 – Sound reproduction devices on sight-seeing buses
Int 0836 – Requiring sight-seeing buses to submit operation plans
Int 1066 – Allocation of bus stops to private bus companies.

Committee on Housing and Buildings
Date: Monday, September 21
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Int 1015 – Safety and security of construction sites at which permitted work has been suspended.

Committee on Economic Development
Date: Monday, September 21
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Reporting Requirements Relating to Economic Development Benefit Programs.

Committee on Waterfronts
Date: Tuesday, September 22
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: To be determined

Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
Date: Tuesday, September 22
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Operation Scorecard and the Department of Sanitation’s street cleaning program

Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services
Date: Tuesday, September 22
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Examining the FDNY’s 2009-2010 Strategic Plan.

Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Tuesday, September 22
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Click here

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises
Date: Tuesday, September 22
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Click here

Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses
Date: Tuesday, September 22
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Click here

Committee on Veterans (Jointly with Committee on Women’s Issues)
Date: Wednesday, September 23
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Providing Services for Veterans and their Families Struggling with Domestic Violence and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Committee on Small Business
Date: Wednesday, September 23
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: To be Determined

Committee on Health
Date: Wednesday, September 23
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – HIV/AIDS among Young Men Ages 13-17 Who Have Sex with Men.

Committee on Governmental Operations (Jointly with Committee on Contracts)
Date: Wednesday, September 23
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – A Review of the City of New York’s Environmentally Preferable Procurement Policies and the Department of Citywide Administrative Services’ Environmental Procurement Practices, the Department’s Sustainable Building Management Programs and Goal

Committee on General Welfare
Date: Wednesday, September 23
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Amend the Social Services Law to provide that persons living with clinical/symptomatic HIV/AIDS, and who are receiving shelter assistance or an emergency shelter allowance, shall not be required to pay more than 30% of their household’s monthly income tow

Committee on Technology in Government
Date: Thursday, September 24
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Enhanced 311

Committee on Immigration
Date: Thursday, September 24
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: To be Determined

Committee on Parks and Recreation
Date: Thursday, September 24
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: To be Determined

Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations
Date: Thursday, September 24
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – Procedures for Filming and Photographing in Neighborhoods throughout New York City

Committee on Transportation
Date: Thursday, September 24
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: To be Determined

Committee on Land Use
Date: Thursday, September 24
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: To be Determined

Committee on Education
Date: Thursday, September 24
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: To be Determined