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Affairs and Appointments – September 25, 2009

Affairs and Appointments – September 25, 2009

Week in Review

I. This week in New York City Government

  • Mayor Bloomberg, Cultural Affairs Commissioner Levin open the Museum of the Chinese in Americas
  • Mayor Bloomberg unveils New York City Health Insurance Link
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Former Vice President Gore launch NYC Service Volunteer Program
  • NYC City Planning Commission approves plan to spur the development of full-service grocery stores
  • The City’s Regulatory Review Panel – launched through Local Law 45 – seeks information from small businesses about regulatory hurdles.

II. This week in New York State Government

  • Court of Appeals affirms appointment of Richard Ravitch as Lieutenant Governor
  • Governor Paterson announces more than $600 million in stimulus grants for research institutions
  • Comptroller DiNapoli’s Executive Order bans pension fund pay-to-play
  • Governor Paterson unveils comprehensive guide for small business owners and entrepreneurs

III. Current RFPs

  • New this week: After-School Arts Partnerships (Department of Cultural Affairs)

IV. City Council Public Hearing Schedule – Week of September 28


THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT
  1. Mayor Bloomberg, Cultural Affairs Commissioner Levin Open the Museum of the Chinese in Americas
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin opened the new Museum of the Chinese in America. The 14,000-square-foot venue, designed by world-renowned architect Maya Lin, at 215 Centre Street is more than four times the size of the previous location and cost $8 million. Capalino+Company is extremely proud of our sister firm, Beckelman+Company, who acted as Project Managers of this effort. The Mayor’s press release can be found here.

  2. Mayor Bloomberg Unveils New York City Health Insurance Link
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg unveiled the New York City Health Insurance Link, a new web-based tool to help New Yorkers find a health insurance plan that best fits their healthcare needs and budgets. The tool can be found here.

  3. Mayor Bloomberg and Former Vice President Gore Launch NYC Service Volunteer Program
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and former Vice President and founder of the Alliance for Climate Protection Al Gore today launched an NYC Service initiative, “NYC Cool Roofs,” to mobilize volunteers to coat the rooftops of participating buildings with reflective, white coating to reduce cooling costs, energy usage and greenhouse emissions. Press release can be found here.

  4. NYC City Planning Commission approves plan to spur the development of full-service grocery stores
    The Bloomberg Administration this week announced a plan to add new supermarkets in areas where fresh produce is scarce and poverty, obesity and diabetes runs high. Under a proposal unanimously approved by the City Planning Commission, the city would offer zoning and tax incentives to spur the development of full-service grocery stores that devote a certain amount of space to fresh produce, meats, dairy and other perishables. NY Times article can be found here and click here for the statement by City Planning Chair Amanda Burden.

  5. The City’s Regulatory Review Panel – launched through Local Law 45 – seeks information from small businesses about regulatory hurdles
    Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn recently created the Regulatory Review Panel which will review the structure and function of City regulations and their impact on small businesses. The Panel will issue a report at the end of the year that will include a series of recommendations that are expected to fall into the following categories: changes in law, improved customer service, and greater transparency. For more information on how to respond, please click here.

THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT
  1. Court of Appeals affirms appointment of Richard Ravitch as Lieutenant Governor
    On Tuesday, the New York State Court of Appeals validated Governor Paterson’s appointment of Richard Ravitch as Lieutenant Governor. Please click here for Governor Paterson’s statement.

  2. Governor Paterson announces more than $600 million in stimulus grants for research institutions
    Governor David A. Paterson today announced that New York State universities, medical facilities, businesses and research institutions have been awarded 1,164 research grants worth more than $600 million through competitive stimulus funds available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The federal agencies providing these funds include the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. Please click here for more information.

  3. Comptroller DiNapoli’s Executive Order bans pension fund pay-to-play
    New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has banned pay-to-play practices related to the $116.5 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund (Fund) by issuing an executive order that prohibits the Fund from doing business with any investment adviser who has made a political contribution to the State Comptroller or a candidate for State Comptroller. The ban, which closely parallels proposed Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations, will last for two years from the date of the contribution. Please click here for more information.

  4. Governor Paterson unveils comprehensive guide for small business owners and entrepreneurs
    Governor David A. Paterson today unveiled the New York State Directory of Small Business Programs, a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive and interactive guide that will assist entrepreneurs in starting new businesses and will provide current small business owners with invaluable information and resources. Click here to download the resource guide.

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.

  6. 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.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL HEARINGS FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 28

Committee on Community Development
Date: Tuesday, September 29
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – Committee Room
Agenda: Oversight – Update on the Center for Economic Opportunity

Committee on Civil Rights (jointly with Committee on Immigration)
Date: Tuesday, September 29
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Reso 2172: Resolution calling upon the U.S. Congress to pass the Uniting American Families Act of 2009

Committee on Waterfronts
Date: Tuesday, September 29
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Reso 1816 – Resolution urging the State to reclassify clean or processed dredged sediment from a “solid waste” to a “beneficial use” in order to increase its potential for beneficial reuse

Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services
Date: Tuesday, September 29
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – An update regarding crystal methamphetamine usage, education and prevention efforts and treatment in NYC

Committee on Environmental Protection
Date: Tuesday, September 29
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – EPA 3rd National Assessment of Air Toxics and NYC Toxic Risks

Committee on Aging
Date: Tuesday, September 29
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – An update to the modernization of DFTA’s Case Management Services

Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Wednesday, September 30
Time: 9:45 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Agenda can be found here

Committee on Land Use
Date: Wednesday, September 30
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Click here

Committee on General Welfare
Date: Wednesday, September 30
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Council Chambers – City Hall
Agenda: Res 2145 – Calling upon New York State to sign legislation that would 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 Finance
Date: Wednesday, September 30
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Click here

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

Subcommittee on Public Housing
Date: Thursday, October 1
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Committee Room – City Hall
Agenda: Oversight – The Section 3/Resident Employment Program and NYCHA’s Use of the Federal Stimulus Dollars.