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Affairs and Appointments – September 23, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – September 23, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Pearson PLC Will Add 600 Jobs in New York City Through Relocation and Creation of New Media and Technology Jobs
  • Mayor Bloomberg Releases Annual PLANYC Citywide Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Kicks-off Climate Week NYC 2011
  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces Awarding of 19 Grants for Community Sustainability Projects Through Change By Us NYC
  • In MajorPolicy Address, Chancellor Dennis M. WalcottCalls MiddleSchools “Ripe for Opportunity,”Lays Out a Bold Strategy for Success
  • Citing ‘Emergency,’ Council Passes Animal Bill

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Launches Electronic Town Hall for New Yorkers to Participate in State Government
  • Governor Cuomo and U.S. Treasury Department Announce NY Wins More than $55 Million in Federal Funding for Small Business Credit Programs that Will Generate Half a Billion Dollars in New Capital for Small Businesses
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Household Appliance Grant Program for Storm Recovery
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Additional Assistance for Flood Victims During Meeting with Upstate Storm and Flooding Recovery Task Force
  • Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Analysis Identifying MTA Budget Risks

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • OOM: Enhanced Yield and Bank Loan Fixed Income Investment Managers

NEW SECTION: FOOD FOR THOUGHT
CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 9/26 – 9/30


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Pearson PLC Will Add 600 Jobs in New York City through Relocation and Creation of New Media and Technology Jobs
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Pearson North America Chief Executive Will Ethridge announced that Pearson PLC will add 600 jobs in New York City by the summer of 2014 through relocation and the creation of new media and technology jobs. The global learning company will expand its presence in Manhattan’s burgeoning Hudson Square neighborhood, where a portion of Pearson’s operations are already headquartered. The expansion includes the relocation of professionals from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey and White Plains, New York to 270,000 square feet of newly renovated space at 330 Hudson Street. The relocated jobs have an average annual salary of $72,000.New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Empire State Development (ESD) worked closely with Pearson to provide benefits and additional savings for its new location. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Releases Annual PLANYC Citywide Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Kicks-off Climate Week NYC 2011
The following are Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s remarks as prepared for delivery this morning at the Climate Week NYC Opening Ceremony at the New York Academy of Sciences in Lower Manhattan:
“Thank you, Mark. And let me also wish all our distinguished visitors a sincere welcome to what we modestly think of as the world’s greatest, greenest city: New York. “We are delighted, as always, to join the Climate Group in launching Climate Week NYC, which this year highlights the ‘clean revolution’ – the actions by businesses and governments worldwide that are reducing the impact of climate change. Coinciding as it does with the annual session of the UN General Assembly, Climate Week helps call the attention of world leaders and world media to that all-important task.” To view Mayor Bloomberg’s remarks please visit the following link here and to read the report click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Awarding of 19 Grants for Community Sustainability Projects Through Change By Us NYC
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that nineteen community groups have been awarded grants as part of Change by Us NYC (nyc.changeby.us), a website that enables New Yorkers to connect with each other and with City government to create projects for improving their neighborhoods and our City. Change by Us NYC, launched by the City in July, is currently focused on projects that answer the question “How can we make our city a greener, greater place to live?” Grants were awarded to projects on the website in three categories: community gardening and agriculture, composting, and tree and park stewardship – some of the focus areas outlined in PlaNYC, the City’s roadmap for creating its sustainable future. For more information, click here.

In MajorPolicy Address, Chancellor Dennis M. WalcottCalls MiddleSchools “Ripe for Opportunity,”Lays Out a Bold Strategy for Success
At New York University’s Steinhart School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Chancellor Walcott Delivered a Major Address on his plan for New York City Middle Schools. The speech centered around four areas:

  1. New schools.
  2. Leadership and talent.
  3. Turning around or phasing out poor-performing schools.
  4. And channeling resources and attention to middle schools that have shown promise, but need continued support to succeed

To read Chancellor Walcott’s remarks as delivered on Tuesday morning please visit the following link here.

Citing ‘Emergency,’ Council Passes Animal Bill
The New York City Council passed a bill that would extend hours at animal rescue centers, seek to reduce the number of feral cats prowling city streets and increase the budget for animal services in the five boroughs. Yet while many animal rights groups applauded the measure, other organizations and some elected officials condemned it as a ploy to relieve the city of having to provide additional services and of possibly losing a lawsuit challenging its treatment of animals. As evidence, these advocates charged the City Council had rushed the bill through, holding hearings last week and passing it. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Launches Electronic Town Hall for New Yorkers to Participate in State Government
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched CitizenConnects, an online town hall to encourage New Yorkers to participate in state government and share their ideas to help shape New York’s future. The new online town hall website will feature multiple interactive platforms for New Yorkers to communicate and participate with their state government. The website will give New Yorkers unprecedented access to the workings of the executive branch as well as provide new and easy ways to participate in the ongoing activities of the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the cabinet, and top officials in the executive chamber. The website will feature a new online town hall where the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor and top commissioners and executive officials will participate in weekly online chats where they will take questions directly from New Yorkers. The Governor will hold the first chat this Saturday. To visit CitizensConnects go to http://www.citizenconnects.com. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo and U.S. Treasury Department Announce NY Wins More than $55 Million in Federal Funding for Small Business Credit Programs that Will Generate Half a Billion Dollars in New Capital for Small Businesses
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the U.S. Department of the Treasury has approved New York’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) application. This will allow the state to access $55.4 million in federal money to fund three new small business lending programs. These programs will enable small businesses to leverage new capital and credit to help them create private sector jobs. The SSBCI program, which supports state-level, small-business credit programs, is an important component of the Small Business Jobs Act President Obama signed into law. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces Household Appliance Grant Program for Storm Recovery
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched an $8 million appliance grant program for those who sustained property damage as a result of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The program will help New Yorkers cover the costs of replacing vital household appliances, such as refrigerators, boilers washing machines and furnaces, damaged by the recent flooding. Grants will be a fixed amount for different appliances and could cover up to 100 percent of the costs of a purchase. If the cost of the appliance exceeds the cap, the program will pay a portion of the total costs up to the cap. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Announces Additional Assistance for Flood Victims During Meeting with Upstate Storm and Flooding Recovery Task Force
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, joined by his Upstate Storm and Flooding Recovery Task Force, announced additional assistance for local communities, businesses and residents recovering and rebuilding from the devastating floods caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The Governor also sent a letter to President Obama requesting additional federal assistance to help with the recovery efforts. For more information, click here.

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Analysis Identifying MTA Budget Risks
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s current financial plan includes significant budget risks according to a comprehensive analysis of the authority’s finances released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The report also shows that the MTA could further complicate its financial situation if it proceeds with its plan to borrow $14.8 billion, the largest amount in its history, to fund its capital program. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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

Young Adult Justice Programs (September 25, 2011) – The New York City Department of Probation (DOP) in collaboration with the Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), is seeking qualified vendors to provide programming for young adults involved in the criminal justice system. The two proposed competitions in the RFP are Young Adult Justice Scholars and Young Adult Justice Community. The ultimate goals of these programs are to help build stronger and safer communities, reduce crime and recidivism, promote lifelong educational gains, career exploration, employment attainment and retention for court involved young adults in New York City. For more information, click here.

U.S. Equity Active Small Capitalization Managers Investment Management Services (September 25, 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 Actively manage U.S. equity active small capitalization equities portfolios for one or more of the Systems. In addition, other related systems or funds may select managers through this solicitation. For more information, click here.

Waterfront Properties (September 26, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is a not-for-profit corporation that performs a variety of development and property management functions on behalf of The City of New York. NYCEDC’s current property management portfolio is quite extensive and includes various properties owned, managed and/or leased by the City, by an agency of the City or by NYCEDC. A large portion of these properties are waterfront properties and lands under water. For more information, click here.

License Examination Services (September 30, 2011) – For more information, click here.

Website Enhancement Program (September 30, 2011) – The New York City Office of the Comptroller is seeking proposals from qualified website design firms to identify and implement a complete redesign of our existing website, www.comptroller.nyc.gov. The project will also require redevelopment of various web applications and forms and incorporate a content management system. For more information, click here.

Managerial and Executive Search Services (September 30, 2011) – Consultant services to conduct searches for suitable candidates for various managerial and executive positions as NYCHA`s needs arise. Pursuant to this solicitation NYCHA anticipates selecting one or more proposers to provide the services described per Section II. Scope of Services, on an as need basis, pursuant to a two-year contract with a one-year renewal option. In addition to and distinct from Consultant`s Managerial and Executive search for and placement of candidates NYCHA may request from the Consultant, on an as need basis, the performance of various advisory services generally related to NYCHA`s organizational structure, hiring practices and other human resources related issues. The consultant shall be compensated on an hourly basis as further described in Section V. Fees and Hourly Rate. For more information, click here.

Force.com Consulting (October 3, 2011) – The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) on behalf of the Division of Talent, Labor and Innovation (DTLI), is seeking one or more vendors with experience developing applications on the Force.com platform. DOE expects to award contracts to several vendors who will provide on-call consulting services as well as application development and implementation services related to the Force.com platform. For more information, click here.

MWBE Technical Assistance Consultant (October 3, 2011) – The Department of Small Business Services (DSBS) is seeking appropriately qualified individuals or firms (Consultants) for the Technical Assistance Program (TAP) to provide assistance to small businesses and New York City-certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) competing for and performing on City contracts in the following Industry Areas: Construction; Goods, Manufacturing and Standard Services; and Professional Services, including Architecture/Engineering. For more information, click here.

School of One (October 3, 2011) – The School of One is an innovative approach to teaching that uses a mix of live, online, and collaborative teaching to tailor instruction to the academic needs, interests, and learning preferences of each individual student. Further information on the concepts and research underpinning the School of One can be found at http://www.schoolofone.org/. If you cannot download this RFP, please send an e-mail to VendorHotline@schools.nyc.gov with the RFP number and title in the subject. Register for pre-proposal conference by September 12th, 2011 at DCPIT@schools.nyc.gov. Include solicitation number and title in the subject and the number of attendees we should expect from your organization. For more information, click here.

Real Estate Representative Services (October 6, 2011) – Bid Documents can be downloaded at here on September 12, 2011 at 12:00 Noon. Minority-owned Business Enterprise subcontracting goal: 9 percent; Women-owned Business Entity subcontracting goal: 6 percent.For more information, click here.

Advertising Strategy and Design Services (October 7, 2011) – NYCHA seeks proposals from qualified Consultants interested in providing the design strategy and vision to guide the implementation of a citywide advertising and sponsorship initiative throughout NYCHA buildings, properties and programs. Successful execution will improve resident quality of life, enhance the aesthetics of affected NYCHA developments and the New York Cityscape and bring overall increased stature, standing and relevance to the NYCHA brand. For more information, click here.

General Construction Services Citywide (October 11, 2011) – Bidders are hereby notified that this contract is subject to Prevailing Wage Rates and the Project Labor Agreement (PLA) Covering Specified Renovation and Rehabilitation of City Owned Buildings and Structures. Relevant documents regarding the PLA are found in Addendum VI of the bid materials. For more information, click here.

Academic Invention Services (October 11, 2011) – The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), on behalf of the Office of School Programs and Partnerships, seeks proposals from organizations experienced in providing high quality professional development in Academic Intervention Services (AIS) to schools within the New York — City public school system. For more information, click here.

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.

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 Developmentis 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.

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.

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.

NEW SECTION: FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Our new feature Food for Thought presents recently issued policy or research reports which you may find of interest.

Further Utilizing the Zoning Resolution to Create a More Sustainable New York City, Better Prepared to Adapt to Climate Change
The Sustainable Zoning Subcommittee of the Committee on Land Use, Planning and Zoning of the New York Bar Association issued a report on Further Utilizing the Zoning Resolution to Create a More Sustainable New York City, Better Prepared to Adapt to Climate Change. The report focuses on how the NYC Zoning Resolution can be amended to foster a healthier urban environment that is more energy efficient, adaptable to climate change and advances the objectives of the City’s long-term sustainability plan, “PlaNYC 2030,” unveiled by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2007. To read the full report, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 9/26 – 9/30

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Transportation
Date: Monday, September 26
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Intro 0412: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of transportation to hold hearings with affected community boards before a bike lane is constructed.
Intro 0626: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to interagency consultation prior to major transportation projects.
Intro 0671: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the reporting of certain statistics relating to major transportation projects.

Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations
Date: Monday, September 26
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: The Impact of Pop-Up Art Installations in Vacant Spaces.

Committee on Economic Development(Jointly with the Committee on Community Development)
Date: Monday, September 26
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Queens Borough Hall 120-55 Queens Boulevard<
Agenda: Oversight – Will Under-Banked Communities in New York City benefit from Banking Development Districts in a post “Great Recession” Economic Climate?

Committee on Veterans(Jointly with the Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services)
Date: Monday, September 26
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight: The Increased Rate of Suicides Among Veterans.

Committee on Civil Rights
Date: Monday, September 26
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services(Jointly with the Committee on Public Safety and the Committee on Technology)
Date: Tuesday, September 27
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Public Housing (Jointly with the Committee on General Welfare)
Date: Tuesday, September 27
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – NYCHA’s Implementation of the Improving the Customer Experience Program for its Section 8 Rental Assistance Program.

Committee on Finance (Jointly with the Committee on Aging)
Date: Tuesday, September 27
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Examining the Department of Finance’s implementation of the senior citizen rent increase exemption.

Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
Date: Tuesday, September 27
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Housing and Buildings
Date: Wednesday, September 28
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Intro 0666: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to penalties for violation of the heat and hot water requirements of the housing maintenance code.

Committee on Consumer Affairs
Date: Wednesday, September 28
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Strengthening Protections for Consumers of Electronic Goods: Putting Consumers in “Charge”

Committee on Contracts
Date: Wednesday, September 28
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 16th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – The Scope and Impact of Retroactive Contracts.

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