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Affairs and Appointments – Week of February 2 – 7

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Week of February 2 – 7

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2-3-2009 Statement from Governor Paterson on the New York State Budget. Full Statement

2-3-2009 Paterson, Smith, Silver Reach Budget Agreement. Full Story

The areas of major components of the 2008-09 Deficit Reduction Plan are listed below. For more detail click here:

Higher Education (2008-09 Savings: $53 million; 2009-10 Savings: $97 million)

  • Increase SUNY Resident Undergraduate Tuition
  • Increase TAP Award Spending

Local Government (2008-09 Savings: $94 million; 2009-10 Savings: $29 million)

  • Change Timing of NYC STAR Payment
  • Scale Back Local Government Efficiency Grant Programs

Human Services (2008-09 Savings: $4 million; 2009-10 Savings: $18 million)

  • Delay Implementation of Bridges to Health Program
  • Reduce OASAS Prevention Funding

Workforce (2008-09 Savings: $5 million; 2009-10 Savings: $0 million)

  • Rescind 2008-09 Vacation Exchange Program

Miscellaneous Reductions (2008-09 Savings: $254 million; 2009-10 Savings: $68 million)

  • Reduce New Legislative Programs
  • Eliminate Member Items Transfer
  • Reduce Funding for Certain Economic Development Programs
  • Reduce Arts Grants Funding
  • Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) Reduction
  • Statewide Spending Controls

Health Care (2008-09 Savings: $359 million; 2009-10 Savings: $386 million)

  • Delay Nursing Home Rebasing
  • Eliminate Retroactive Trend Adjustment
  • Increase Covered Lives Assessment
  • Reduce Grant Funding
  • Eliminate Non-public Hospital Grants
  • Change HMO Direct Pay Financing
  • Eliminate Grant Funding
  • Reduce Grant Funding
  • Change Healthy NY Financing
  • Recoup Overpayments

Other Actions (2008-09 Savings: $823 million; 2009-10 Savings: $205 million)

  • Manhattan DA Settlements
  • New York Power Authority Transfers
  • Department of Law’s Litigation Settlement Account
  • Department of Law’s Litigation Settlement Account
  • Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) Capital Financing
  • Existing Fund Balances
  • Other General Fund Transfers
  • Finance Certain Housing Programs with Bonding
  • Use Accumulated Fund Balance to Support Volunteer Recruitment Scholarship Costs
  • Statewide Wireless Network

2-3-2009 The FY 2010 Financial Plan Summary Slideshow (PDF) View Slideshow

2-3-2009 New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. today issued the following statement after the mayor issued his budget address. Full Statement

First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson Launches Statewide tour

February 2, 2009
FIRST LADY MICHELLE PAIGE PATERSON LAUNCHES STATEWIDE TOUR TO KICK-OFF “HEALTHY STEPS TO ALBANY: FIRST LADY’S CHALLENGE”

First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson today launched her statewide tour for “Healthy Steps to Albany: First Lady’s Challenge,” the health and wellness initiative she created to combat childhood obesity in New York State. The First Lady will visit students in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and Yonkers to encourage them to participate in the fitness program, as well as make physical activity and nutrition a part of their lifestyles. Full Story

Cuomo Secures agreement with Aetna to reimburse 73,000 students

February 2, 2009
ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO SECURES AGREEMENT WITH AETNA TO REIMBURSE HEALTH INSURANCE CLAIMS FOR OVER 73,000 STUDENTS AT OVER 200 COLLEGES NATIONWIDE

Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an agreement with Aetna (NYSE: AET), the third-largest health insurer in the country, to reimburse health insurance claims by over 73,000 students at over 200 colleges, including 20 colleges in New York. Under the agreement, Aetna will pay more than $5 million, plus interest and penalties, for claims involving out-of-network care. Full Story

Paterson announces joint-agency wind technology pilot project

February 2, 2009
GOVERNOR PATERSON ANNOUNCES JOINT-AGENCY WIND TECHNOLOGY PILOT PROJECT, STRENGTHENING NEW YORK’S COMMITMENT TO CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVES

Governor David A. Paterson announced a joint-agency pilot project to test the use of urban wind technology atop the 41-story Corning Tower at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.This project will test the viability of capturing the power of wind through equipment installed on roof tops to provide supplemental electricity for the State’s ongoing energy needs. Full Story

Paterson Statement: Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth Center Vandalism

February 3, 2009
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR DAVID A. PATERSON ON THE LONG ISLAND GAY AND LESBIAN YOUTH CENTER

“Yesterday morning, counselors at the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth Center came face to face with the ugly realities of intolerance when they arrived at work and discovered that the center had been vandalized. Thankfully, this despicable deed occurred while the center was closed and none of its employees or visitors were hurt. I condemn such acts of hatred and violence, and I assure you that law enforcement officials are hard at work to bring the perpetrators to justice. Full Statement

Paterson files appeal with Obama to overturn denial of ice storm aid

February 4, 2009
GOVERNOR PATERSON FILES APPEAL WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA TO OVERTURN DENIAL OF ICE STORM AID

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that New York State has filed a formal appeal with President Barack Obama to overturn the denial of the State’s request for a major federal disaster declaration for the December 2008 ice storm. Under the direction of the former administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denied New York’s declaration request. Full Story

NY takes major step to simplifying certification process for MWBE’s

February 4, 2009
NEW YORK TAKES MAJOR STEP TOWARD SIMPLIFYING CERTIFICATION PROCESS FOR MWBE’S

Governor David A. Paterson today announced the signing of a historic inter-agency agreement that will dramatically reduce the paperwork and processing time for federally certified disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) to become certified as a minority or women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) by New York State. Full Story

Paterson Statement: On Child Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009

February 4, 2009
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR DAVID A. PATERSON ON THE CHILD HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2009

Today we celebrate a huge step forward in our efforts in New York State and across this nation to ensure that all children get the opportunity to grow up healthy. I applaud President Obama and Congress for working quickly to achieve consensus on bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Full Statement

Cuomo Statement: Obama’s Proposed Salary Cap on Executive Pay

February 4, 2009
STATEMENT FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL ANDREW CUOMO REGARDING PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PROPOSED SALARY CAP ON EXECUTIVE PAY

“I applaud President Obama for focusing attention on the fact that our country has entered a new economic era and that corporate behavior must change accordingly. The President’s decision to address the complex but crucial question of executive bonuses is more than justified – it is essential. Since last Fall, my Office has been investigating executive bonuses at TARP recipient institutions. In some cases, the abuses we have found have been breathtaking and egregious; big banks with huge losses doling out millions in bonuses after receiving taxpayer funds. I look forward to partnering with the new Administration to ensure that Wall Street abides by a new code of corporate responsibility that protects taxpayers.”

Governor announces state to start accepting round 3 of Restore New York Grant Applications

February 5, 2009
GOVERNOR PATERSON ANNOUNCES STATE TO START ACCEPTING ROUND 3 OF RESTORE NEW YORK GRANT APPLICATIONS

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that beginning February 9 local municipalities can apply for Round 3 of Restore New York’s Communities Initiative grants, totaling $150 million. The Restore New York’s Communities Initiative encourages economic development and neighborhood growth by providing municipalities with financial assistance for revitalization of commercial and residential properties. Full Story

Cuomo sues South Bronx fertilizer company

February 5, 2009
ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO SUES SOUTH BRONX FERTILIZER COMPANY TO END NOXIOUS ODORS THAT THREATEN HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF HUNTS POINT RESIDENTS

Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he is suing the New York Organic Fertilizer Company (NYOFCo) and its parent company, Synagro Technologies, Inc. (Synagro), to force their South Bronx facility to end persistent noxious odors that have plagued the surrounding Hunts Point community for years. The lawsuit charges that odors emanating from the facility have created a public nuisance under New York State law. Full Story

New York City Housing Development Corporation Improperly Paid Health Benefits for Board Member

February 5, 2009
New York City Housing Development Corporation Improperly Paid Health Benefits for Board Member

The New York City Housing Development Corporation paid for health benefits for a board member who should not have received them, according to an audit released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

The audit, which covered a two-year period, found that the corporation improperly paid $56,646 in premiums for a current board member from September 2001 to March 2007. By law, board members are not entitled to receive a salary or any type of compensation. Full Story

Cuomo announces release of assurance of discontinuation in auction rate securities settlement with Wachovia

February 5, 2009
ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF AN ASSURANCE OF DISCONTINUANCE IN AUCTION RATE SECURITIES SETTLEMENT WITH WACHOVIA

Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an Assurance of Discontinue with Wachovia Securities, LLC and Wachovia Capital Markets, LLC (collectively, “Wachovia“”) relating to the auction rate securities settlement reached late last summer. The Assurance details how liquidity will be provided to consumers who purchased auction-rate securities. The Assurance of Discontinuance is the next step in the agreement reached in August with Wachovia. Full Story

Bloomberg announces online Diagrams of proposed buildings and new development challenge process

February 2, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND COMMISSIONER LIMANDRI ANNOUNCE ONLINE DIAGRAMS OF PROPOSED BUILDINGS AND A NEW DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGE PROCESS

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Operations Edward Skyler and Department of Buildings (DOB ) Commissioner Robert D. LiMandri today announced reforms to the development process that will give New Yorkers a stronger voice in the development of neighborhoods, create greater transparency, and clarify the process for the public and for developers. Full Story

Bloomberg Statement: Launch of ULURP for Lower Grand Concourse

February 2, 2009
STATEMENT BY MAYOR BLOOMBERG ON THE LAUNCH OF PUBLIC REVIEW PROCESS FOR LOWER GRAND CONCOURSE REZONING

“As I underscored in my State of the City speech, it is critical that the City continue to lay the foundation for renewed economic growth by moving full steam ahead with our five borough economic development strategy. From Coney Island, which began public review just two weeks ago, to the Lower Grand Concourse, which is entering public review today, we are determined to strengthen our neighborhoods and provide housing, jobs and a brighter future for New York residents. Full Story

Quinn Statement: regarding the Assembly Bill to repeal the Urstadt Law

February 2, 2009
STATEMENT BY SPEAKER CHRISTINE C. QUINN: REGARDING THE ASSEMBLY BILL TO REPEAL THE URSTADT LAW

For too long, representatives from upstate New York have had too much control over how New York City governs its housing policy. This system has destabilized communities and spurred the loss of hundreds of thousands of units of affordable housing, many of them home to some of our most vulnerable residents. By repealing the Urstadt laws, we can restore home rule and put authority back where it belongs – in the hands of the local legislature.

I want to congratulate Speaker Silver and the rest of his colleagues in the Assembly for taking a gigantic step forward in the restoration of home rule for New York City’s tenants.

Bloomberg hosts reception in honor of Black History Month

February 2, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG HOSTS RECEPTION IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today hosted a reception at Gracie Mansion in honor of Black History Month, celebrated during the month of February to commemorate the contributions of African-Americans in the United States. At today’s reception, the Mayor honored five-time Grammy Award winning soprano Jessye Norman for her contributions to music and culture in New York City. Norman will be serving as curator of the upcoming festival titled, Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy presented by Carnegie Hall. Full Story

Thompson Rallies to keep Mary Immaculate Hospital open

February 2, 2009
THOMPSON RALLIES TO KEEP MARY IMMACULATE HOSPITAL OPEN

New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. attended a rally on Saturday, January 31st in opposition of plans to close Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica, Queens. Full Story

Bloomberg announces new home for fashion week

February 3, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES NEW HOME FOR FASHION WEEK AT LINCOLN CENTER

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced an agreement to move New York City’s biannual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week events to Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center. The agreement between IMG Fashion and Lincoln Center, Inc. will allow the shows to relocate from Bryant Park to Damrosch Park beginning in September 2010. Full Story

Quinn Statement: Vandalism of Long Island GLBT Services Network

February 4, 2009
STATEMENT BY SPEAKER CHRISTINE C. QUINN REGARDING VANDALISM OF LONG ISLAND GLBT SERVICES NETWORK

Last weekend in the Long Island community of Bay Shore, vandals targeted the Long Island GLBT Services Network community center. These cowardly individuals slashed the tires and shattered the windows of the van used to transport teens to and from the Community Center. They also smashed the front door of the facility. The Suffolk County Police Commissioner has classified this criminal mischief as a hate crime. Full Statement

Thompson leaflets subway riders urging them to oppose fare hikes

February 4, 2009
THOMPSON LEAFLETS SUBWAY RIDERS URGING THEM TO OPPOSE FARE HIKES AND SERVICE CUTS

New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. joined transit advocates this morning to leaflet subway riders, urging them to speak up against threatened subway fare hikes and service cuts. Full Story

Bloomberg reveals sources of mysterious maple syrup odors

February 5, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG REVEALS SOURCES OF MYSTERIOUS BUT HARMLESS MAPLE SYRUP ODORS

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced that a working group comprised of New York City agencies, environmental officials from New Jersey, and the New York City Mayor’s office has determined for the first time the source of mysterious, sweet-smelling odors that have periodically been present in New York City since October 2005. Full Story

Bloomberg, Klein applaud NYC students on their gains on advanced placement exams

February 5, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND CHANCELLOR KLEIN APPLAUD NEW YORK CITY’S STUDENTS ON THEIR GAINS ON ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMS

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein today congratulated New York City public school students who took and passed an Advanced Placement (AP) exam in 2008. The number of New York City public school students who took an AP exam rose 5.6 percent last year, and the number of students who earned a passing score of 3 or higher on an AP exam rose 4.3 percent. Full Story

Thompson Statement: Obama’s plan to cap executive pay

February 4, 2009
THOMPSON STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PLAN TO CAP EXECUTIVE PAY

New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr., today released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s announcement to cap the pay of top executives whose companies received large amounts of taxpayer-funded federal bailout funds at $500,000. Full Statement

Thompson Audit: internal control weaknesses in assigned counsel plan computer systems

February 5, 2009
THOMPSON AUDIT FINDS INTERNAL CONTROL WEAKNESSES IN ASSIGNED COUNSEL PLAN COMPUTER SYSTEMS

New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. today issued an audit detailing several flaws in the computer systems used to track assignments and payments for attorneys representing indigent persons charged with crimes in the New York City courts. Full Story

Thompson and Pension Fund call on pharmacies and food and drug stores to report on tobacco sales

February 5, 2009
THOMPSON AND NEW YORK CITY PENSION FUNDS CALL ON PHARMACIES AND FOOD AND DRUG STORES TO REPORT ON TOBACCO SALES

New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr., on behalf of the New York City Pension Funds, announced that he has submitted a new shareholder proposal to two of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains, CVS Caremark Corporation and Rite Aid Corporation; and to SUPERVALU Inc., a leading combined food and drug store, calling on the companies to prepare, and make available to their shareholders, reports on how they are responding to increasing regulatory, competitive and public pressures to stop the sale of tobacco products. Full Story

Thompson rejects architectural contract for Brooklyn House of Detention

February 5, 2009
THOMPSON REJECTS ARCHITECTURAL CONTRACT FOR BROOKLYN HOUSE OF DETENTION

Citing ballooning costs and lack of documentation, New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr., today announced the rejection of a contract submitted to his office by the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) for construction-related services at the Brooklyn House of Detention. Full Story

Thompson announces “Say On Pay” shareholder victory

February 6, 2009
COMPTROLLER THOMPSON ANNOUNCES “SAY ON PAY” SHAREHOLDER VICTORY

New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr., on behalf of the New York City Pension Funds, today announced he has withdrawn a shareholder resolution recently submitted to Charming Shoppes, Inc. after the company agreed to provide shareholders a vote on the pay for company executives. Full Story View Resolution

Comptroller releases final Quarter 2008 pension Figures

February 6, 2009
COMPTROLLER RELEASES FINAL QUARTER 2008 PENSION FIGURES

New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. today said that, as a result of the nation’s sputtering fiscal climate, the value of the five New York City Pension Funds dropped by14 percent over the last quarter ending December 31, 2008. Full Story

Bloomberg joins organizations to announce kosher food donation

February 6, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG JOINS JEWISH LABOR COMMITTEE AND EMPIRE KOSHER TO ANNOUNCE KOSHER FOOD DONATION TO METROPOLITAN COUNCIL ON JEWISH POVERTY

Mayor Bloomberg today joined Greg Rosenbaum owner and CEO of Empire Kosher and Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Jewish Labor Committee, to announce the donation of over 50,000 pounds of kosher poultry from Empire Kosher to the food pantry of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. Full Story

Public hearings for Week of February 9th, 2009

Zoning & Franchises Tony Avella, Chair
Monday, February 9, 9:30 AM
Committee Room – City Hall
Details: See Land Use Calendar Available Wednesday, February 4, 2009, in Room 5 City Hall
see agenda

Parks & Recreation Helen D. Foster, Chair
Monday, February 9, 10:00 AM
Council Chambers – City Hall
Details:
Int 739 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting the use of certain synthetic turf on surfaces used for recreational purposes.

Int 896 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring signage warning of heat dangers of playground mats.

Int 918 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the surface areas of playgrounds and playing fields.

Res 1782 – Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to amend Section 399-dd of the General Business Law to allow municipalities to enact local laws regarding playground equipment and the Department of Parks and Recreation to require a temperature test for all equipment installed in parks and playgrounds, including safety surfacing, and to prohibit such materials from being installed that pose a health or burn danger to exposed skin.
see agenda

Landmarks, Public Siting & Maritime Uses Jessica S. Lappin, Chair
Monday, February 9, 11:00 AM
Committee Room – City Hall
Details: See Land Use Calendar Available Wednesday, February 4, 2009, in Room 5 City Hall
see agenda

Planning, Dispositions & Concessions Daniel R. Garodnick, Chair
Monday, February 9, 1:00 PM
Committee Room – City Hall
Details: See Land Use Calendar Available Wednesday, February 4, 2009, in Room 5 City Hall
see agenda

Economic Development Thomas White, Jr., Chair
Monday, February 9, 1:00 PM
Council Chambers – City Hall
Details: Oversight – The Impact of the Federal Economic Stimulus Package on New York City
see agenda

Land Use Melinda R. Katz, Chair
Tuesday, February 10, 10:00 AM
Committee Room – City Hall
Details: All items reported out of the subcommittees AND SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS MAY BE NECESSARY
Public Safety Peter F. Vallone, Jr., Chair
Tuesday, February 10, 10:00 AM
Council Chambers – City Hall
Details: Oversight – Learning from Terrorism in Mumbai: New Threats – Old Problems
see agenda

Fire & Criminal Justice Services Miguel Martinez, Chair
Tuesday, February 10, 10:00 AM
Hearing Room – 250 Broadway, 16th Floor
Details: Oversight – Review of the FDNY Fire Alarm Inspection Unit Proposed Int 884-A – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the prohibition of the retail sale and distribution of novelty lighters.
see agenda

Transportation * Addition John C. Liu, Chair
Tuesday, February 10, 12:45 PM
Council Chambers – City Hall
Details: Proposed Int. No. 880-A – Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to displaying a passengers? bill of rights in taxicabs and liveries.

Housing & Buildings Erik Martin Dilan, Chair
Tuesday, February 10, 1:00 PM
Hearing Room – 250 Broadway, 14th Floor
Details:
Proposed Int 138-A – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to gates used to secure commercial premises.

Res 1569-A – Resolution granting additional real property tax exemptions for certain affordable housing developments.
see agenda

Civil Service & Labor Larry B. Seabrook, Chair
Tuesday, February 10, 1:00 PM
Committee Room – City Hall
Details:
Int 837 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the residency requirement for city employees.

M 1288 – Communication from the Mayor – Mayors veto and disapproval message of Introductory Number 837, in relation to the residency requirement for city employees.
see agenda

Civil Rights; Contracts; Transportation * Addition John C. Liu, Larry B. Seabrook, Letitia James, Chairs
Tuesday, February 10, 1:00 PM
Council Chambers – City Hall
Details: Oversight – What are New York transportation agencies doing to ensure that historically excluded MWBE businesses participate in projects funded by the economic stimulus package?
see agenda

Governmental Operations * Addition Simcha Felder, Chair
Tuesday, February 10, 1:00 PM
Hearing Room – 250 Broadway, 16th Floor
Details: Proposed Int 908-A – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to street cleaning and the collection and removal of solid waste and recyclable materials at street events.
see agenda

Health * Addition Joel Rivera, Chair
Wednesday, February 11, 10:45 AM
Committee Room – City Hall
Details: Proposed Int. No. 408-A – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the inspection of water tanks used for the purpose of storing and distributing drinking water.

Finance David I. Weprin, Chair
Wednesday, February 11, 11:00 AM
Committee Room – City Hall
Details:
Int 852 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to recovery of expenses for repair work performed by or on behalf of the department of housing preservation and development and department of finance statements of account.

Int 906 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the establishment of the Bed-Stuy Gateway business improvement district. AND SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS MAY BE NECESSARY
see agenda

Stated Council Meeting
Wednesday, February 11, 1:30 PM
Council Chambers – City Hall

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