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Affairs and Appointments – September 3, 2010

Affairs and Appointments – September 3, 2010

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Workforce1 Center fills 300 positions at EATALY
  • City Council Member Tom White Jr. succumbs to cancer
  • Capalino+Company client, AIANY’s proposal included in the Charter Revision Commission Final Report

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Paterson acts on 90 Bills
  • DiNapoli Launches Forensic Audit of MTA Overtime Spending
  • New York State Awarded nearly $700 million in Race to the Top Round II funding
  • Governor Paterson appoints new Secretary of State

CURRENT RFPs

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 9/6 – 9/10


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

Workforce1 Center fills 300 positions at EATALY
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Mario Batali, Lidia and Joe Bastianich, and Oscar Farinetti today opened Eataly, a major new Italian food destination in New York City’s Flatiron District. Eataly features seven full-service eateries, a café, wine shop, bakery and patisserie, rooftop beer garden, a culinary educational center and a large-scale Italian food and wine marketplace. New York City helped launch Eataly through the New Business Acceleration Team program Mayor Bloomberg announced in his 2010 State of the City address. For more information, click here.

City Council Member Tom White Jr. succumbs to cancer
Statement by City Council Council Speaker: “My deepest sympathies go out to the family of Council Member Tom White; his mother Marie White, his children: Bryan D. White, Lucile Precious Middleton, daughter-in-law Seleste White and grandchildren Lamar White and Jacob. Tom spent most his life serving the people of Southeast Queens, working to support communities that faced great challenges. As chair of our Economic Development Committee he fought for programs that helped many of these neighborhoods on the path to recovery.” For more information, click here.

Capalino+Company client, AIANY’s proposal included in the Charter Revision Commission Final Report
A proposal presented by the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recommends the creation of a Buildings Commission to address the inefficiencies of the permit approval process. As proposed, such a commission would be comprised of executive representatives from each of the agencies engaged in building code enforcement. The Buildings Commission would be mandated to assess established operations, set policy, coordinate implementation among agencies, oversee conflicts and provide open forums for public. For more information, click here and turn to page 105 (129 of the pdf).

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Paterson acts on 90 Bills
Among the bills signed by Governor Paterson is the Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act, which establishes Smart Growth criteria in State law, requires several State agencies to create Smart Growth Advisory Committees that would evaluate public infrastructure investments based on the Smart Growth criteria, and requires such infrastructure investments, to the extent practicable, to meet the criteria. For more information on these bills, click here.

DiNapoli Launches Forensic Audit of MTA Overtime Spending
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced that his office will begin a forensic audit of overtime spending at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The probe is a result of DiNapoli’s recent audit of the authority’s overtime budget, which raised concerns that the MTA’s overtime expenses increased by 26 percent to $600 million from 2005 to 2009. For more information, click here.

New York State Awarded nearly $700 million in Race to the Top Round II funding
Governor David A. Paterson today welcomed United States Secretary for Education Arne Duncan to Albany as part of his “Courage in the Classroom” bus tour. Governor Paterson and Secretary Duncan were joined by elected officials and educators to celebrate the award of $696,646,000 in Race to the Top Round II stimulus education funding to New York. For more information, click here.

Governor Paterson appoints new Secretary of State
Governor David A. Paterson today announced the appointment of Ruth Noemi Colon as acting Secretary of State, effective September 1. Ms. Colon joined the Department of State in 2006. She has served in a number of positions within the Department of State, most recently as Special Counsel. In this position, she advised the Secretary of State on wide range of policy and legal issues. Additionally, she helped oversee the overall operations of the Department, focusing primarily on the licensing, business incorporation and local government divisions. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFPS

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

Passenger Ferry Landing at Williamsburg IFB (due September 8, 2010) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York, is issuing a public bid for the Passenger Ferry Landing at Williamsburg Project (the “Bid”). The scope of work is primarily for the construction of a new ferry landing (barge and gangway) which will be a critical link in New York City’s proposed East River ferry service. Other related work will include, but is not limited to, installation of new piles. For more information, click here.

NYC Workforce Development Mapping Initiative (due September 10, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a consultant or consultant team to conduct mapping and analysis of New York City’s publicly-funded workforce development system. NYCEDC seeks to create a comprehensive database of publicly-funded workforce agencies, core services provided, funding sources, and outcomes achieved. Through this mapping exercise, as well as through a review of national best practices and discussions with workforce leaders in New York City, the consultant will provide a comprehensive examination of the workforce development system, will identify national best practices for application in New York City, and will develop actionable recommendations to optimize system performance. For more information, click here.

Two-Stage Congregate Services Procurement Process (due September 13, 2010)DFTA would like to test the feasibility of procuring senior congregate services contracts thru a “two-stage” procurement process that – in the long term – is projected to decrease processing time, reduce the volume and complexity of paperwork required by the vendor community, and promote innovation in the development of programs and services, by providing a vehicle for the evaluation of proposals with varying types of program designs. If this new method is successful, DFTA also hopes that it may promote cross-program and cross-agency award solicitations. The proposed method involves a two-stage process beginning with a prequalification process, which will comport in all respects with PPB Rule Section 3-10, except as modified in the manner described herein. For the second stage of the process, the agency will follow a negotiated acquisition solicitation process, which will comport with PPB Rule Sections 3-04 (b)(4-6) and (d). For more information, click here.

Due Diligence Services for Property Portfolio Acquisition RFP (due September 17, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), as part of its mission, manages and develops real property on behalf of the City. A new portfolio of large-scale ground-leased commercial properties is about to transition to New York City ownership. This portfolio will be administered and managed by NYCEDC on behalf of the City. As part of the deed transfer, the Consultant will conduct due diligence related to the acquisition of the portfolio of properties and assist NYCEDC in completing an organized and orderly transition of ownership. For more information, click here.

Hub at 149th Street (due September 22, 2010) – The New York City Economic Development Corporation is seeking proposals for the disposition and development of two parcels located within the Bronxchester Urban Renewal Area in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx. The sites are prominently located near the Hub, which is one of the Bronx’s busiest commercial and retail corridors and in close proximity to mass transit. For more information, click here.

JFK Site Lease (due September 24, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking proposals for the lease of an approximately 112,466 square foot parcel of land located on Block 14260, p/o Lot 1, in the Springfield Garden/JFK Airport section of Queens (the “Site”). The Site is part of a larger City owned parcel, most of which is leased by the City to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the operation of JFK International Airport. For more information, click here.

Brooklyn Flatlands Property Sale (due September 24, 2010) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York, is seeking proposals for the purchase of an approximately 34,000 square foot site located at 3340 Kings Highway in Brooklyn (Block 7669, Lot 17). The purpose of this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) is to solicit proposals from prospective respondents interested in purchasing the Site, subject to an existing ground lease between the City and Yeshiva Rambam, an educational facility. For more information, click here.

Records Management Software and Related Services (due October 1, 2010) – This Request for Proposals (RFP) solicits proposals from qualified vendors to provide, install, and support proposed records management software and certain related services for use by the City of New York, hereafter referred to as “the City.” The outcome of the RFP will be a “Requirements Contract”.  To download the RFP, click here.

Housing and Shelter for Persons with AIDS (extended: due April 30, 2011) – For more information, click here.

121 West 125th Street Retail Space for Lease (due July 29, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking to lease retail spaces ranging from 800 square feet to 4,000 square feet for retail uses at 121 West 125th Street located in Manhattan. NYCEDC wishes to enter into leases with companies to provide services to residents in the neighborhood and to the neighboring communities. For more information, click here.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 9/6 – 9/10

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Committee on Government Operations
Date: Wednesday, September 8
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Hearing Room, 14th Fl.
Agenda: Oversight – Board of Elections: Assessing Voting Machine Implementation and Outreach Efforts. Agenda can be found here.