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Affairs and Appointments – Week of December 1 – 6, 2008

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Week of December 1 – 6, 2008

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Paterson Accepts Final Report From Commission On Property Tax Relief

December 1, 2008
GOVERNOR PATERSON ACCEPTS FINAL REPORT FROM COMMISSION ON PROPERTY TAX RELIEF

Governor David A. Paterson today accepted the final report of the Commission on Property Tax Relief. The Commission’s report contains dozens of measures that would reduce costs for local school districts and provide relief to New York’s taxpayers, who are burdened with the highest local taxes in the nation. The report was presented to Governor Paterson by Commission Chairman and Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi and the members of the Commission.  Full Story

Paterson Accepts Final Report From The Commission On Metropolitan Transportation Authority Financing

December 4, 2008
GOVERNOR PATERSON ACCEPTS FINAL REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION ON METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY FINANCING

Governor David A. Paterson today accepted the final report of the Ravitch Commission on Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Financing. The report provides recommendations on how to fund the MTA’s long-term capital plan and how to close its operating budget deficits without resorting to double-digit fare increases or drastic service cuts. The Commission report was presented to Governor Paterson by Commission Chairman Richard Ravitch. View The Report  Full Story

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Statement on the Ravitch Commission Report

December 4, 2008
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Statement on the Ravitch Commission Report

“The Ravitch Commission report offers a number of important recommendations on financing the MTA’s operating and capital budgets and improving management and transparency.”  Full Story

Speaker Quinn, HPD Commissioner Donovan, Tour Rehabilitated Housing in Brooklyn

December 1, 2008
Speaker Quinn, HPD Commissioner Donovan, Tour Rehabilitated Housing in Brooklyn
 
Speaker Christine C. Quinn, together with Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Shaun Donovan, Housing and Buildings Committee Chair Erik Martin-Dilan,  Council Members Letitia James, Gale Brewer and Diana Reyna and Make the Road New York Executive Director Andrew Friedman, today toured a building on Gates Avenue in Brooklyn that was rehabilitated after being selected for the Alternative Enforcement Program (AEP), a program that was enacted by the passage of the Safe Housing Act. Full story

Bloomberg Outlines Expansion Of Job Placement Services Administered Through Workforce1 Centers

December 1, 2008
MAYOR BLOOMBERG OUTLINES EXPANSION OF JOB PLACEMENT SERVICES ADMINISTERED THROUGH WORKFORCE1 CENTERS IN ALL FIVE BOROUGHS  

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber and Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Robert W. Walsh today outlined the expansion of free job placement services through New York City’s Workforce1 Career Centers. Starting this week, the hours of operation at the career centers in all five boroughs will be extended, significantly increasing the availability of services during evenings and weekends. Even before the expansion, the City is set to match the more than 17,000 job placements achieved in 2007, the highest total ever – and far above the approximately 600 job placements that occurred before the Bloomberg Administration created the Workforce1 Centers.  Full Story

Bloomberg Presides over Bill Signing Ceremony

December 1, 2008
Mayor Bloomberg Presides over Bill Signing Ceremony

  • Signs legislation establishing the Belmont Business Improvement District in the Bronx.  Full Story

  • Signs legislation increasing the annual assessment amount for thirteen Business Improvement Districts. Full Story

  • Signs legislation reforming the Industrial and Commercial Abetment Program. Full Story

  • Signs Legislation requiring quarterly Police Department reports on crimes involving illegally obtained. Full Story

  • Signs legislation allowing parking at missing or broken parking meters up to the maximum time permitted in that parking meter zone. Full Story

Statement From The New York City Council

December 2, 2008
STATEMENT FROM THE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL

In spite of months of efforts on the part of the New York City Council and environmental advocates, the “Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Act” State legislation that undermines and preempts the City Council’s stronger plastic bag recycling legislation has made its way unchanged to Governor Paterson desk. Full Story

Statement by Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn

December 3, 2008
Statement by Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn

Governor Paterson and Attorney General Cuomo are absolutely correct in pointing out the lack of diversity among the candidates recommended to succeed Chief Judge Judith Kaye, who after 25 years of public service is retiring from our State’s highest court.  Full Story

Bloomberg and Public Advocate Gotbaum Release Findings of Citywide Customer Survey

December 3, 2008
Mayor Bloomberg and Public Advocate Gotbaum Release Findings of Citywide Customer Survey Revealing New Yorkers’ Opinions of City Services

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum today released findings from the NYC Feedback Citywide Customer Survey. The independent survey was sent to more than 135,000 randomly-selected New York City households in June to assess New Yorkers’ opinions and perceptions of important characteristics of the City and services provided by City government. New Yorkers from all five boroughs were asked to voice their opinions on a wide range of issues, from education to sanitation to public safety. This valuable data will provide new quantitative metrics for the Mayor’s Office of Operations to hold city agencies accountable for improving municipal services. Full Story

Thompson Statement On Ravitch Commission Report

December 4, 2008
THOMPSON STATEMENT ON RAVITCH COMMISSION REPORT
New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. issued the following statement concerning today’s report issued by the Commission on Metropolitan Transportation Authority Financing:

“I first want to applaud the Commission, and particularly Chairman Richard Ravitch, a man who has long served our City and State with courage and distinction.  I support the Commission’s efforts, especially with regards to staving off a large fare increase in the midst of a recession, and am eager to work to explore a number of options… Full Story

Thompson: City Has Failed To Address Problems With Senior Center Restructuring

December 4, 2008
THOMPSON: CITY HAS FAILED TO ADDRESS PROBLEMS WITH SENIOR CENTER RESTRUCTURING

New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. is expressing strong concerns about the Department for the Aging’s (DFTA) recently released Request for Proposal (RFP) for Congregate Programs for Older Adults.

In a letter to DFTA Commissioner Edwin Mendez-Santiago, Thompson criticized DFTA for planning to implement sweeping changes to the City’s current senior center system while leaving many significant questions about the redesign unanswered.  Full Story

Thompson To Host Brooklyn Foreclosure Clinic

December 5, 2008
COMPTROLLER THOMPSON TO HOST BROOKLYN FORECLOSURE CLINIC

In an effort to help residents of Brooklyn remain in their homes and prevent foreclosure, New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. will host his “Save Our Homes” initiative on Saturday, December 6th at Nazareth Regional High School, 475 East 57th Street, from 10 AM – 3PM.  Full Story

Public hearings for Week of December 8th 2008

Monday, December 8th 2008

Public Housing * Addition
Rosie Mendez, Chair
Monday, December 8, 10:00 AM
Committee Room – City Hall
Details: Oversight – Part II: Mayor’s November Financial Plan
see agenda

Housing & Buildings; Transportation; Consumer Affairs
John C. Liu, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Erik Martin Dilan, Chairs
Monday, December 8, 1:00 PM
Council Chambers – City Hall
Details: Oversight – What can the City do to encourage bicycle commuting? Int 38 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to building access for bicycles.

Int 780 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to bicycle parking in garage and parking lots.

Int 871 – A Local Law – To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to bicycle access and storage in buildings.

Civil Service & Labor
Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., Chair
Monday, December 8, 1:00 PM
Hearing Room – 250 Broadway, 14th Floor
Details: Proposed Res 1078-A – Resolution supporting the New York State Legislature’s consideration of legislative proposals intended to provide better workplace protections for domestic workers, and urging the vigorous enforcement of all current laws and regulations that provide such protections to such workers.
see agenda

Tuesday, December 9th 2008

Economic Development * Addition Thomas White, Jr., Chair
Tuesday, December 9, 10:00 AM
Committee Room – City Hall
Details: Preconsidered Int____ – By Council Members White, Jr., James, Reyna, and Dickens – A Local Law – To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the participation of minority-and women-owned business enterprises in construction projects related to properties receiving tax benefits in accordance with the industrial and commercial abatement program.

Rules, Privileges & Elections * Addition Diana Reyna, Chair
Tuesday, December 9, 10:30 AM
Council Chambers – City Hall
Details: M 1211 – Communication from the Kings County Democratic Committee – Submitting for the Advice & Consent of the Council, the name of Julie Dent, for appointment as the Kings County Democratic Commissioner of Elections, pursuant to Section 3 – 204 (2) of the Election Law. AND SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS MAY BE NECESSARY
see agenda

Finance
David I. Weprin, Chair
Tuesday, December 9, 11:00 AM
Committee Room – City Hall
Details: Int 870 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the establishment of the Hudson Square business improvement district. ?

Preconsidered Res____ – Resolution approving or disclosing the new designation and changes in the designation of certain organizations to receive funding in the Fiscal 2009 Expense Budget. ?

Preconsidered L.U.____ – Haven Plaza, 188-198 Avenue C, 200 Avenue C 726 East 13th Street, 700-722 East 13th Street, Manhattan, Council District No. 2. ?

Preconsidered L.U.____ – Section 202 Supportive Housing Program for the Elderly, Dona Petra Santiago Apartments, 717, 719, 723 East 9th Street, Manhattan, Council District No. 2 ?

Preconsidered L.U.____ -Dorothy McGowan-Phase I, 555 West 159th Street, Manhattan, Council District No. 10 AND SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS MAY BE NECESSARY
see agenda

 Stated Council Meeting
Tuesday, December 9, 1:30 PM
Council Chambers – City Hall

Wednesday, December 10th 2008

Parks & Recreation Helen D. Foster, Chair
Wednesday, December 10, 10:00 AM
Hearing Room – 250 Broadway, 14th Floor
Details: Int____ – A Local Law In relation to the co-naming of 50 thoroughfares and public places and the renaming of one thoroughfare and to amend the official map of the city of New York accordingly.

Immigration Kendall Stewart, Chair
Wednesday, December 10, 10:00 AM
Committee Room – City Hall
Details: Res 1684 – Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature and the Governor to amend State law to allow non-citizens who have served in the United States military to become police officers and firefighters.

Public Safety
Peter F. Vallone, Jr., Chair
Wednesday, December 10, 10:00 AM
Council Chambers, City Hall
Details: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting the parking of motorcycles equipped with straight pipes on the streets of the city of New York.
see agenda

Youth Services
Lewis A. Fidler, Chair
Wednesday, December 10, 10:00 AM
Hearing Room – 250 Broadway, 16th Floor
Details: Oversight – Out-of-School Time Concept Paper
see agenda

Juvenile Justice
Sara M. Gonzalez, Chair
Wednesday, December 10, 11:00 AM
Bridges Juvenile Center
Details: Tour: The Department of Juvenile Justice’s Bridges Juvenile Center Location: 1221 Spofford Avenue, Bronx, NY 10474

Friday December 12th 2008

Environmental Protection James F. Gennaro, Chair
Friday, December 12, 10:00 AM
Hearing Room – 250 Broadway, 14th Floor
Details: Oversight – Natural Gas Drilling Within the New York City Watershed: Part 2