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Affairs and Appointments – September 9, 2011

Affairs and Appointments – September 9, 2011

NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • At ABNY breakfast,Mayor Bloomberg Delivers Major Address on the Rebirth of Lower Manhattan Since 9/11
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Empire State Development Corporation Announce $17 Million In Funding to Community and Cultural Non-Profits in Lower Manhattan
  • Council Votes to Increase Efficiency and Enforcement of Housing Violations
  • City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn Announces Taskforce to Combat Gun Violence
  • Public Advocate de Blasio Urges Public School Parents to Get Involved
  • City Planning’s New Web Application – ZoLa – Is One Stop Shop For Zoning Information City Planning

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT weekly update

  • Governor Cuomo Announces Appointment of David Wakelyn to Serve as Deputy Secretary for Education
  • Governor Cuomo Administration Deploys Insurance Assistance for New Yorkers Impacted by Hurricane Irene
  • Governor Cuomo and National September 11 Memorial & Museum Unveil Official 9/11 Memorial Flag
  • Governor Cuomo Requests Federal Federal Waivers to Allow New York Homeowners, Businesses and Farmers to be Eligible for U.S Flood Aid
  • Attorney General Schneiderman Issues Guide For Donating to 9/11 Charities
  • Attorney General Schneiderman Wins Major Court Victory in Defense of State Gun Safety Laws

CURRENT RFPs

  • New this week:
    • EDC: Accounts Payable
    • NYS: Consolidated Funding Application
    • HRA: General Construction Services Citywide
    • DOE: School of One

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE Week of 9/12 – 9/16


NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

At ABNY breakfast, Mayor Bloomberg Delivers Major Address on the Rebirth of Lower Manhattan Since 9/11
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s remarks as delivered this morning at a breakfast in Lower Manhattan sponsored by the Association for a Better New York follow:

“Good morning, and Bill, thank you for that kind introduction. Thank you for coming all of you, and I want to thank ABNY in particular for sponsoring this breakfast. Some of you may not know that Bill’s father Lew founded ABNY in the early 1970s, when New York City was struggling with problems that were growing worse by the day. But because people like Lew and his brother Jack never gave up, because community leaders in every borough banded together to revitalize their neighborhoods, and because Mayors Koch, Dinkins, and Giuliani – and Governors Carey, Cuomo, and Pataki – provided strong and determined leadership, New York wrote a comeback story that became the envy of cities nationwide.” For more information, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg and Empire State Development Corporation Announce $17 Million In Funding to Community and Cultural Non-Profits in Lower Manhattan
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) is awarding $17 million in Community and Cultural Enhancement Fund grants to non-profit organizations in Lower Manhattan. The grants will fund crucial projects, programs, services and facilities that will continue the ongoing transformation of Lower Manhattan for residents, workers and visitors. For more information, click here.

City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn Announces Taskforce to Combat Gun Violence Taskforce Seeks to Address Epidemic of Gun Violence in Communities Throughout the City
City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn announced the creation of the taskforce that will address the issue of youth related gun violence in the city, especially in communities of more color. Council Members Jumaane D. Williams and Fernando Cabrera will serve as Co-Chairs of the taskforce. The Council’s taskforce will work with academic experts, law enforcement and community based groups across the five boroughs to examine the root causes of gun violence, locate resources to combat gun violence and develop additional ways of tackling the problem across the city.For more information, click here.

Council Votes to Increase Efficiency and Enforcement of Housing Violations
The City Council voted on legislation that will make it easier for tenants to file and resolve housing violations relating to window guards. This bill will add window guard installation requirements to the Housing Maintenance Code, which are currently only in the Health Code, and streamline the housing inspection process by consolidating inspections within the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. For more information, click here.

Public Advocate de Blasio Urges Public School Parents to Get Involved
On the first day of school, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane greeted parents at P.S. 67 in Brooklyn, urging them to sign a ‘Count on Me’ pledge committing to deeper involvement in their child’s education. The Public Advocate emphasized the importance of parental participation and outlined five simple ways parents can get involved in schools. For more information, click here.

City Planning’s New Web Application – ZoLa – Is One Stop Shop For Zoning Information City Planning
City Planning Commissioner Amanda M. Burden and Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT) Commissioner Carole Post announced launch of ZoLa, the Zoning and Land Use web application, which provides a new and simple way to find a wide range of land use information in interactive, highly-readable map layers pertaining to a particular property, or to the city at large. ZoLa allows users to enter an address and quickly find a wealth of information including: property ownership, zoning, land uses in the surrounding area, historic districts, landmarks and local elected officials. One can also select a citywide map to see where a citywide initiative is in place, such as the FRESH program, which incentivizes neighborhood grocery stores. For more information, click here.

Departmentof Educationand National September 11 Memorial & Museum Release 9/11 Curriculumfor Schools
Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced the release of a new curriculum, developed jointly by the city’s Department of Education and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, that schools can use with their students to discuss the events of September 11, 2001. The curriculum focuses in particular on the sacrifices made by first responders on that day, and gives context to the event as an attack on freedoms shared by all New Yorkers and the nation as a whole. With the approach of the first day of school on September 8, teachers are encouraged to integrate these lessons into their plans for the school year, for use in Social Studies, History, English Language Arts, and Art. The lesson plans, written with the help of New York City public school teachers, are divided into four categories: Historical Impact; Community & Conflict; Heroes & Service; and Memory & Memorialization. While they are designed to give context to dedications and ceremonies that will occur in the coming weeks, the lessons are also fully aligned with the rigorous Common Core State Standards, and will focus on improving writing and critical thinking for students in all grades. For more information, click here.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Cuomo Announces Appointment of David Wakelyn to Serve as Deputy Secretary for Education
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the appointment of David Wakelyn to serve as Deputy Secretary for Education.”With his extensive experience in improving the performance of schools all across the nation, David Wakelyn is the right person to help turn around our schools. He is an expert in state policy for education, and together we will deliver results for students and families in New York,” Governor Cuomo said.
Mr. Wakelyn has served as Program Director for the National Governors Association since 2009, leading standards implementation projects and providing consultation to turn around chronically low-performing schools. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Administration Deploys Insurance Assistance for New Yorkers Impacted by Hurricane Irene
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he has sent the Superintendent of the state Department of Financial Services (DFS) Benjamin Lawsky to areas hit hard by Hurricane Irene to provide insurance assistance to New Yorkers in need and to set up onsite counseling centers. Superintendent Lawsky will be in Middleburgh at noon at the Municipal Building, 309 Main Street, to meet with the Mayor and Town Supervisor. Superintendent Lawsky will also be in Cobleskill and Schoharie, and on Wednesday, the Superintendent will be in Keene, NY. Superintendent Lawsky and DFS representatives will be meeting with local leaders, consumers, and businesses to listen and help with insurance issues that arose because of the storm. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo and National September 11 Memorial & Museum Unveil Official 9/11 Memorial Flag
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum unveiled the official New York State September 11th Memorial Flag. The flag will be raised in honor of the victims of September 11th and the countless first responders who came from all across the nation to help in the clean-up and recovery efforts. For the tenth anniversary, the flag will be flown at the State Capitol and at the entrance to the memorial at the World Trade Center site. For more information, click here.

Governor Cuomo Requests Federal Waivers to Allow New York Homeowners, Businesses and Farmers to be Eligible for U.S Flood Aid
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the state is focused on helping farmers recover from Hurricane Irene and has reached out to the federal government for assistance. Governor Cuomo has already spoken with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack directly and is formally requesting federal assistance to help farmers get back on their feet. Governor Cuomo also requested the Secretary visit the region in order to meet with New York farmers and see the damage firsthand. Secretary Vilsack has agreed to the visit, which is expected in the next few days. For more information, click here.

Attorney General Schneiderman Wins Major Court Victory in Defense of State Gun Safety Laws
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that his office has won a major court victory in defense of New York State’s gun safety laws. In a decision in the case of Kachalsky, et al. v. Cacace, et al, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York rejected a constitutional challenge to New York’s handgun licensing statute, ruling that individuals do not have a constitutional right to carry a concealed handgun in public. For more information, click here.

Attorney General Schneiderman Issues Guide For Donating to 9/11 Charities
As New York and the nation prepare to observe the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued a guide for those planning to donate to 9/11 charities. Schneiderman encouraged generosity and provided information to ensure donations go where intended. For more information, click here.

CURRENT RFP’s

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

Legal Counsel Services for the Applied Sciences Facility (September 12, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking a law firm (or law firms, if responding jointly) to provide outside legal counsel services in connection with the Applied Sciences Facility in New York City Project. NYCEDC recently issued a request for proposals seeking a university or other degree-granting entity, individually or jointly with one or more other such institutions and/or one or more other organizations, to build and operate a new world-class applied sciences academic and research facility or materially expand and operate existing applied sciences facilities in the City (the “Applied Sciences Facility RFP”). For more information, click here.

Math Professional Development and Consulting Services (September 12, 2011) – The Department of Education (DOE), Division of Contracts and Purchasing, has been asked for approval to contract with Mercy College, to provide math professional development and consulting services to teachers of Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School (FDR HS), for a term of 9/30/10 through 6/7/11, at a total contract cost not-to-exceed $57,626. Mercy utilizes the Local Systemic Change (LSC) research method, developed for science and mathematics assessment in K–12 classrooms. LSC is used to assess design, implementation, mathematics/science content and classroom culture. The protocol includes two components: (1) teacher evaluation and (2) professional development evaluation. For more information, click here.

Back to Work (September 13, 2011) – The Human Resources Administration of the City of New York (City”) is seeking up to two (2) appropriately qualified vendors for Service Areas I-V and one (1) vendor for Service Area VI to provide, directly and/or indirectly through one or more subcontractors, neighborhood access to employment preparation, job placement, job retention, and supportive services to maximize the City`s effort to move Cash Assistance (”CA”) applicants and participants, Non-Cash Assistance (”NCA”) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (”SNAP”) participants and other Non-Cash Assistance clients to employment and long-term self-sufficiency.For more information, click here.

Design And Installation Of Artwork CUNY Law School (September 15, 2011) – The City University Construction Fund is seeking an Artist to design and install a site-specific art installation as part of the new CUNY School of Law facility in Long Island City. The purpose of this project is to create a dynamic and exciting artwork which complements and enhances the ground floor space in the school’s new building. The location of the art work is on a large wall in the “beacon”, a multilevel space adjacent to a new glass staircase, design elements meant to serve as the physical pulse/heart of the new School of Law. For more information, click here.

Real Estate Development Counsel Services for Willets Point (September 15, 2011) – NYCEDC recently issued a request for proposals seeking development proposals for Phase 1 (the “Phase 1 Site”) of the Willets Point District development, a rare opportunity to create an entirely new neighborhood and a model green community (the “Willets Point Development RFP”). The party selected pursuant to the Willets Point Development RFP will become the developer of this high-profile project. Outside real estate development counsel is being sought to represent NYCEDC in drafting, negotiating and reviewing the transaction documents with the selected developer, as well as to advise NYCEDC on legal issues related to the conveyance and development of the Phase 1 Site as part of a large-scale, mixed-use project subject to extensive environmental review. For more information, click here.

Financial Empowerment Center Initiative (September 16, 2011) – The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment is seeking community partners to implement the Financial Empowerment Center initiative. Financial Empowerment Centers provide New Yorkers with the gold standard of financial education: free, confidential, and individualized financial counseling. For more information, click here.

Resident Engineering Services North Shore Esplanade and Bikeway (September 19, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a resident engineer in conjunction with the implementation of street and open space improvements on and adjacent to Murray Hulbert Avenue between Hannah Street and Lighthouse Plaza in Staten Island, which may include sidewalks and curbs, new street lighting and traffic signals, signage, landscaping, marine and dock construction and other related improvements.For more information, click here.

Accounts Payable (September 19, 2011) – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a financial services provider to assist in the management of its accounts payable transactions. NYCEDC seeks to streamline its current accounts payable process and maximize the potential benefits of its expenditures by incorporating the use of a credit account for payment of a large percentage of its vendors, reducing the use of manual checks. For more information, click here.

On-Call Urban Design and Planning(September 23, 2011) – Depending on the funding source and nature of the Project Assignments, the Consultant may be required to adhere to Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (“M/WBE”) or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“DBE”) requirements. To learn more about NYCEDC’s M/WBE program visit www.nycedc.com/mwbeprogram. For the list of companies who have been certified with the New York City Department of Small Business Services as M/WBE, please go to the www.nyc.gov/buycertified. For the list of companies certified as DBE, please go to the http://biznet.nysucp.net. For more information, click here.

Shareholder Research Services (September 26, 2011) – The Comptroller of the City of New York, acting on behalf of the New York City Retirement Systems (the “Systems”), has prepared and is distributing this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to identify a firm or firms to provide shareholder research services. For purposes of this RFP, the Systems include the New York City Employees’ Retirement System, the New York City Police Pension Fund, Subchapter Two, the New York City Fire Department Pension Fund, Subchapter Two, the Teachers’ Retirement System of the City of New York and the Board of Education Retirement System (each individually a “System”). Minority-owned and women-owned businesses or responses that include partnering arrangements with minority-owned and women-owned investment firms are encouraged. For more information, click here.

Transport of Goods and Equipment (September 26, 2011) – The Contractor shall provide all vehicles and personnel necessary to transport goods and equipment of school supplies, non food items such as paper goods and cleaning materials, and food (canned good, as well as frozen and grocery items in an emergency as required and requested by the Office of School Food (OSF), as well as delivery and/or pick-up of skilled trades materials and supplies such as floor tile, adhesives, pumps, doors, hardware, radiators, tools electrical conduit etc., as required and requested by the Division of School Facilities (DSF). If you cannot download this BID, please send an e-mail to vendorHotline@schools.nyc.gov with the BID Number and title in the subject line of your e-mail. For all questions related to this BID, please send an e-mail to rgreene@schools.nyc.gov with the BID Number and title in the subject line of your e-mail. 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.

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.

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.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE week of 9/12 – 9/16

Please note that this calendar is subject to change.

Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchise
Date: Thursday, September 15th
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Small Business (Jointly with the Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment)
Date: Thursday, September 15th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 14th Floor
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Committee on Women’s Issues
Date: Thursday, September 15th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: New York City Family Justice Center 198 E. 161st Street
Agenda: For more information, click here.

Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting, Maritime Uses
Date: Thursday, September 15th
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Intro 518-A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the establishment of the Atlantic Avenue business improvement district.

Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions
Date: Thursday, September 15th
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 250 Broadway – Committee Room, 16th Floor
Agenda: Oversight – Examining the establishment of the Chinatown Business Improvement District.

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