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Affairs and Appointments – Week of February 9 – 14

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Week of February 9 – 14

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Appointments
  • Rafael Cestero: to serve as NYC Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
  • Henry “Hank” Lemons, Jr.: to serve as interim Chair of the New York State Board of Parole and interim Chief Executive Officer for the Division of Parole.
  • Garry A. Brown: reappointed to serve as Chair of the NYS Public Service Commission
  • Patricia L. Acampora: reappointed to serve as Commissioner of the Public Service Commission.
  • Marty Mack: to serve as Deputy Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs to Governor Paterson,
  • Michael Skrebutenas: to serve as NYS Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Housing.
  • Anthony Giardina: to serve as NYS Assistant Secretary for Economic Development and Upstate Recovery.
  • Nancy Zimpher: to serve as Chancellor of the State University of New York.
Special Section NYC Budget Hearings

Online: Budget Transparency Initiative Full Story

2-11-2009: City Council Releases FY2010 Budget Hearings

Schedule:

Monday, March 9, 2009

10:00 a.m. Finance Committee – Council Chambers – City Hall

10:00 a.m. Office of Management and Budget

  • Capital Budget
  • Expense Budget
  • Revenue Budget

12:45 p.m. Contract Budget (Joint with Committee on Contracts)
1:15 p.m. Department of Finance
2:15 p.m. Department of Design and Construction
3:15 p.m. Comptroller
3:45 p.m. Independent Budget Office
4:00 p.m. Public

1:00 p.m. Housing and Buildings Committee – Committee Room – City Hall
1:00 p.m. Department of Housing Preservation and Development (Expense)
1:30 p.m. Department of Housing Preservation and Development (Capital)
3:00 p.m. Department of Buildings (joint with Task Force on Operations & Improvement of the Department of Buildings)
3:45 p.m. Housing Authority (joint with the Subcommittee on Public Housing)
4:30 p.m. Public

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

12:00 p.m. Economic Development Committee – Council Chambers – City Hall
12:00 p.m. Economic Development Corporation (Capital)
1:30 p.m. Department of Small Business Services (joint with Small Business Committee)
2:30 p.m. Public

12:00 p.m. Youth Services Committee – Committee Room – City Hall
12:00 p.m. Department of Youth and Community Development
1:30 p.m. Public

Thursday, March 12, 2009
10:00 a.m. Transportation Committee – Council Chambers – City Hall
10:00 a.m. Taxi and Limousine Commission
10:45 a.m. MTA/NYC Transit (Expense)
11:15 a.m. MTA/NYC Transit (Capital)
11:45 a.m. Department of Transportation (Capital)
12:45 p.m. Department of Transportation (Expense)
1:15 p.m. Public

10:00 a.m. Governmental Operations Committee – Committee Room – City Hall
10:00 p.m. Campaign Finance Board
10:45 a.m. Board of Elections
11:30 a.m. Law Department
12:15 p.m. Department of Citywide Administrative Services
12:45 p.m. Department of Records and Information Services
1:15 p.m. Community Boards
1:45 p.m. Public

Friday, March 13, 2009
10:00 a.m. Cultural Affairs, Libraries & International Intergroup Relations Committee – Committee Room – City Hall
10:00 a.m. Department of Cultural Affairs
11:30 a.m. Libraries (joint with Select Committee on Libraries)
1:00 p.m. Public

10:00 a.m. Fire & Criminal Justice Services Committee – Council Chambers – City Hall
10:00 a.m. Criminal Justice Coordinator (Indigent Defense Services)
11:00 a.m. Legal Aid
12:00 p.m. Fire/Emergency Medical Service
2:00 p.m. Department of Probation
2:30 p.m. Department of Correction
3:00 p.m. Public

Monday, March 16, 2009
12:00 p.m. Civil Rights Committee – Committee Room – City Hall
12:00 p.m. Human Rights Commission
12:45 p.m. Equal Employment Practices Commission
1:15 p.m. Public

Wednesday, March 18, 2009
10:00 a.m. Aging Committee – Council Chambers – City Hall
10:00 a.m. Department for the Aging (joint with the subcommittee on Senior Centers)
11:00 a.m. Public

1:00 p.m. Education Committee – Council Chambers – City Hall
1:00 p.m. Department of Education and School Construction Authority (Capital)
3:00 p.m. Public

Thursday, March 19, 2009
10:00 a.m. Sanitation & Solid Waste Management Committee – Council Chambers – City Hall
10:00 a.m. Department of Sanitation
12:00 p.m. Public

11:00 a.m. Land Use Committee – Committee Room – City Hall
11:00 a.m. Landmarks Preservation Commission
12:00 p.m. Department of City Planning
1:00 p.m. Department of Information, Technology & Telecommunications (joint with the Technology in Government Committee)
2:00 p.m. Public

2:00 p.m. Oversight & Investigations Committee – Council Chambers – City Hall
2:00 p.m. Department of Investigation
2:45 p.m. Public

Friday, March 20, 2009
10:00 a.m. Higher Education Committee – Council Chambers – City Hall
10:00 a.m. City University of New York
11:30 a.m. Public

Monday, March 23, 2009
10:00 a.m. General Welfare Committee – Council Chambers – City Hall
10:00 a.m. Human Resources Administration / Department of Social Services
12:00 p.m. Administration for Children’s Services (Agency for Child Development) joint with Women’s Issues Committee
2:00 p.m. Department of Homeless Services
3:15 p.m. Public

10:00 a.m. Environmental Protection Committee – Committee Room – City Hall
10:00 a.m. Department of Environmental Protection (Capital)
11:15 a.m. Department of Environmental Protection (Expense)
12:30 p.m. Public

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
10:30 a.m. Health Committee – Committee Room – City Hall
10:30 a.m. Medical Examiner
11:00 a.m. Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
1:00 p.m. Health & Hospitals Corporation (joint with Task Force on Hospital Closings)
2:30 p.m. Public

1:00 p.m. Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse & Disability Services Committee – Council Chambers – City Hall
1:00 p.m. Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (joint with Subcommittee on Drug Abuse)
2:30 p.m. Public

Thursday, March 26, 2009
10:00 a.m. Education Committee – Council Chambers – City Hall
10:00 a.m. Department of Education (Expense)
12:00 p.m. Public

Monday, March 30, 2009
10:00 a.m. Standards and Ethics Committee – Committee Room – City Hall
10:00 a.m. Conflicts of Interest Board
10:45 a.m. Public

10:30 a.m. Consumer Affairs Committee – Council Chambers – City Hall
10:30 a.m. Department of Consumer Affairs
11:30 a.m. Business Integrity Commission
12:00 p.m. Public

11:30 a.m. Juvenile Justice Committee – Committee Room – City Hall
11:30 a.m. Department of Juvenile Justice
12:15 p.m. Public

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
10:00 a.m. Public Safety Committee – Council Chambers – City Hall
10:00 a.m. Police Department
12:00 p.m. Office of Emergency Management
12:45 p.m. District Attorneys/Special Narcotics Prosecutor
2:00 p.m. Civilian Complaint Review Board
3:00 p.m. Public

11:30 a.m. Parks & Recreation Committee – Committee Room – City Hall
11:30 a.m. Department of Parks & Recreation (Expense)
1:00 p.m. Department of Parks & Recreation (Capital)
1:30 p.m. Public

DiNapoli: United Health Care Overcharged State $4 Million

February 9, 2009
DINAPOLI: UNITED HEALTH CARE OVERCHARGED STATE $4 MILLION

United Health Care used a faulty method to calculate risk costs and overcharged the state nearly $4 million for insuring the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP), according to an audit released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Full Story

Paterson announces $13.8 Million in Funding for Statewide Community Health Care

February 10, 2009
GOVERNOR PATERSON ANNOUNCES $13.8 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR STATEWIDE COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Governor David A. Paterson today announced a total of $13.8 million in awards for community health care planning and development projects across the State designed to improve the efficiency of health care services in New York’s communities. These awards are funded through two New York State Department of Health (DOH) programs – the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL NY), which is administered by DOH and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, and the Rural Health Network Development Program, administered by DOH. Full Story

Paterson announces the establishment of State Cabinent to oversee distribution of economic recovery funds

February 10, 2009
GOVERNOR PATERSON ANNOUNCES THE ESTABLISHMENT OF STATE CABINET TO OVERSEE DISTRIBUTION OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY FUNDS ACROSS NEW YORK

Governor David A. Paterson today announced the creation of the New York State Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Cabinet to manage the development of State and local infrastructure projects financed through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The cabinet will be composed of State agency heads and senior staff from the Governor’s Office. Timothy J. Gilchrist will serve as Senior Advisor for Infrastructure and Transportation, a position created to lead the cabinet. Full Story

State Leadership announce agreement to address dramatic surge in unemployment

February 10, 2009
GOVERNOR PATERSON, MAJORITY LEADER SMITH, SPEAKER SILVER, MINORITY LEADER SKELOS, AND MINORITY LEADER TEDISCO ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT TO ADDRESS DRAMATIC SURGE IN UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFIT CLAIMS

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

Cuomo and PD Commissioner Kelly shut down vehicle theft and export ring

February 11, 2009
ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO AND NYPD COMMISSIONER KELLY SHUT DOWN MASSIVE BRONX-BASED LUXURY AND CONSTRUCTION VEHICLE THEFT AND EXPORT RING

Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo and New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today announced the shutting down of a Bronx-based criminal enterprise that stole and exported millions of dollars worth of construction equipment and luxury vehicles, as well as the arrests of 12 individuals associated with the crime ring. Full Story

Paterson announces first awards of College Access Challenge Grant Program

February 12, 2009
GOVERNOR PATERSON ANNOUNCES FIRST AWARDS OF COLLEGE ACCESS CHALLENGE GRANT PROGRAM

Governor David A. Paterson today announced the first awards for the College Access Challenge Grant Program, a two-year, $8.2 million federal grant initiative that focuses on motivating New York’s at-risk youth to successfully prepare for and graduate from college. The Governor directed the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) to administer the College Access Challenge Grant Program. Full Story

Cuomo Secures agreement with firm to protect security guards

February 12, 2009
ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO SECURES AGREEMENT WITH MAJOR SECURITY FIRM TO PROTECT NYS SECURITY GUARDS FROM UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION

Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today reached an agreement with Guardsmark, LLC, the fifth-largest security firm in the United States, with at least 1,000 employees in New York State, to ensure that its application process does not discriminate against job applicants based on worker’s compensation history, disability, and other illegal factors. The agreement also requires Guardsmark to eliminate its requirement that applicants agree to unlawful deductions from their paychecks. Full Story

DiNapoli: Stimulus Package is Not a Bail Out

February 12, 2009
DINAPOLI: STIMULUS PACKAGE IS NOT A BAIL OUT

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said the federal stimulus should not be used as a bail out for the state’s fiscal crisis. He said the state must find long-term solutions to align spending with revenues and the governor and the legislature still face difficult choices to restore fiscal integrity. Full Story

Paterson Statement: Abe Lincoln’s Birthday

February 12, 2009
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR DAVID A. PATERSON

“Today I join with all New Yorkers and all Americans in celebrating the two-hundredth birthday of our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln. To officially begin the year-long tribute, I have issued a proclamation declaring 2009 to be the ‘Lincoln Bicentennial Commemoration Year’ in New York State. Full Statement

Paterson Statement: Crash of Flight 3407

February 13, 2009
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR DAVID A. PATERSON REGARDING CRASH OF FLIGHT 3407

“Earlier tonight, Continental Airlines Flight 3407, operated by Colgan Air Inc., crashed just miles outside of Buffalo Niagara International Airport after departing from Newark Liberty International Airport. The devastating crash took place at approximately 10:20 p.m. Full Statement

Statement by Speaker Christine C. Quinn Regarding Campaign Finance Decision

February 9, 2009
STATEMENT BY SPEAKER CHRISTINE C. QUINN REGARDING CAMPAIGN FINANCE DECISION

“NYC’s campaign finance system has been called the gold standard of public financing systems. Late Friday, I was pleased to learn that important new provisions adopted by the Council to limit contributions of those who do business with the city were upheld by the court.

The more we can do to eliminate the perception of pay to play, the more we can restore the public’s trust in government.”

Bloomberg honor’s Flight 1549 Captain and Crew

February 9, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG PRESENTS CAPTAIN AND CREW OF US AIRWAYS FLIGHT 1549 WITH KEYS TO THE CITY

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today presented Keys to the City to the captain and crew of US Airways Flight 1549. On January 15, 2009 the crew executed an emergency landing in the Hudson River and all 150 passengers on board the plane were rescued. At the key presentation ceremony, held in the City Hall Blue Room, the Mayor and the crew were joined by James Ray from the U.S. Airline Pilots Association and Mike Flores from the Association of Flight Attendants. The Key to the City is bestowed by the Mayor upon distinguished persons and honored guests of the City of New York. Full Story

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Six Bills

February 10, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS SIX BILLS

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

February 10, 2009
CITY COUNCIL SPEAKER CHRISTINE C. QUINN, COUNCIL MEMBERS GARODNICK AND ARROYO ANNOUNCE LIVERY CAB BILL OF RIGHTS

Continuing efforts to strengthen and improve passenger safety for residents that use livery cabs in New York City, the Council will vote Wednesday on legislation that would make it easier for passengers to know and understand their rights. Council members were also joined by members of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers and the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade representing livery cab drivers and livery cab fleets.

Specifically, some of the key points of the legislation are:

  • Require to post that the car that is in good condition and has passed all required inspections;
  • Require that a properly licensed driver is in good standing with the commission-issued driver’s license information on display and;
  • Require that taxi cab bases give passengers a pre-approved fare quoted by the dispatcher. Full Story
Thompson Audit: DEP failed to bill certain properties for water and sewer use

February 10, 2009
THOMPSON AUDIT: DEP FAILED TO BILL CERTAIN PROPERTIES FOR WATER, SEWER USE

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is failing to ensure that it properly identifies properties whose accounts should be billed for water and sewer charges – in some cases for as long as 15 years, according to an audit released today by New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. Full Story

Bloomberg and Klein honor kid’s achievement

February 10, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND CHANCELLOR KLEIN ANNOUNCE ACHIEVEMENT OF MAJOR MILESTONE IN THE CREATION OF 100 CHARTER SCHOOLS

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel I. Klein today announced that with 25 newly authorized charter schools, the total number of charter schools operating in New York City will surpass 100. Today, 78 charter schools serve 24,000 students across the City, and an additional 30,000 students are on charter school waiting lists. When Mayor Bloomberg was elected, there were only 17 charter schools in New York City. In 2005, he committed to doubling the number of charters from 50 to 100. Full Story

Bloomberg releases initial findings of 2008 NYC housing and vacancy survey

February 10, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG RELEASES INITIAL FINDINGS OF 2008 NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AND VACANCY SURVEY

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber and Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Acting Commissioner Marc Jahr today released the initial results of the 2008 New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey. The 2008 survey, which reveals a synopsis of the City’s housing market between February and June 2008, found that the citywide net rental vacancy rate was 2.88 percent, down from 3.09 percent in 2005. The City’s total housing stock rose to more than 3.33 million units – the largest in the 43-year period since the first survey was conducted in 1965 – and all five boroughs saw an increase in housing. Full Story

Bloomberg Statement: District Attorney recovers $175 Million

February 10, 2009
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON THE MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S RECOVERY OF $175 MILLION

“I’d like to thank Manhattan District Attorney Morgenthau for his office’s successful prosecution of corporate criminals, which has resulted in his sending the City $175 million in proceeds from two recent cases, $109 million recovered from the Tyco defendants and $66 million as a portion of a settlement reached with Lloyds bank. This money, which will go directly to the City’s general fund, will be used to fund vital City services in these tough economic times. Indeed, the City’s taxpayers benefit every time our District Attorneys make these types of recoveries because the monies they collect belong to the City. I applaud District Attorney Morgenthau for bringing in fines and settlement money, especially at a time when we need to collect on every dollar that is owed to us.”

Council Votes to override Mayor’s veto

February 11, 2009
COUNCIL VOTES TO OVERRIDE MAYOR’S VETO OF DC 37 RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS

At today’s Stated Council meeting, the members of the New York City Council will vote to override a Mayoral veto to allow members of District Council 37, the city’s largest municipal union, to reside outside of New York City if they have completed more than two years of city service. Additionally the Council will vote on legislation to:

  • Require street fair operators to provide both waste and recycling receptacles at street events;
  • Allow residential building residents access to water tank inspection information; and
  • Require taxis and livery cabs to post a passenger bill of rights.

CHANGES TO RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR DC-37 EMPLOYEES
The City Council will vote to override a Mayoral veto to allow District Council 37 members to reside outside of New York City if they have completed more than two years of city services. This legislative change will allow municipal employees of District Council 37 to reside in Nassau, Westchester, Suffolk, Orange, Rockland and Putnam counties. Currently there are approximately 121,000 DC 37 members. This change would affect approximately 45,000 city employees.

STREET FAIR RECYCLING
Members of the City Council will vote on legislation to require street fair operators to provide both waste and recycling receptacles at street events. Additionally, the bill requires that the receptacles are monitored to avoid contamination and a mixing of refuse and recyclables, and that waste and recycled materials are properly bagged, bundled and carted. Any violation of the law would make street fair operators liable for a civil penalty of one hundred dollars for each violation.

TAXI AND LIVERY CAB PASSENGER BILL OF RIGHTS
The Council will also vote on legislation that would make it easier for passengers to know and understand their rights when riding in taxis and livery taxi cab by laying out a passenger bill of rights. Under the legislation, taxi and livery cab drivers will be required to make the bill of rights accessible to their passengers.

ACCESS TO WATER TANK INSPECTION
The City Council will vote on legislation that will require building managers to make water tank inspection information available to residents within five days, when requested. Currently, the results of such inspections are not made available to the public. The building manager will be required to post a notice stating that the inspection information is accessible. The legislation also requires the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to provide the City Council with an annual report over the next three years on water tank inspections.

INCREASING CLASSROOM SPACE IN THE VILLAGE
The Council will vote to create a 560 seat elementary school at 6th Avenue and 17th Street. The new school, which was brokered by the New York Foundling Charitable Corporation, the Rudin Family and the School Construction Authority (SCA) with support from local elected officials and Community Board 2, will serve Manhattan’s District 2 and will be the first elementary school built in Community Board 5. The Rudin Family raised the idea with the SCA after hearing from local parents during the ongoing St. Vincent’s hospital development project about the severity of school overcrowding in Chelsea. Full Story

Public Advocate Gotbaum Rallies with Caregivers, Council Members, Advocates, and Unions for Equal Rights Bill

February 11, 2009
PUBLIC ADVOCATE GOTBAUM RALLIES WITH CAREGIVERS, COUNCIL MEMBERS, ADVOCATES, AND UNIONS FOR EQUAL RIGHTS BILL

At a rally today on the steps of City Hall, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum renewed her call for passage of a bill that would amend the New York City Human Rights Law to protect caregivers against employment discrimination. Gotbaum was joined by co-sponsors Bill de Blasio, Gale Brewer, and David Weprin, the United Federation of Teachers, the Transport Workers Union, the Working Families Party, A Better Balance, NOW-NYC, advocates, Council Members, and caregivers. Full Story

Bloomberg marks Eastern terminus of Lincoln highway in Times Square

February 12, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG, COMMISSIONER SADIK-KHAN ANNOUNCE MARKING OF THE EASTERN TERMINUS OF LINCOLN HIGHWAY IN TIMES SQUARE

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan today announced the marking of the eastern terminus of the Lincoln Highway in Times Square. A sign was unveiled at 42nd Street and Broadway, on the bicentennial of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln, marking the first transcontinental route – from New York to San Francisco. A marker was requested by the New York State chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association and it was installed in coordination with expected authorizing legislation from the City Council. Full Story

Bloomberg congratulates NYCTv for 44 New York Emmy nominations

February 12, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG CONGRATULATES NYCTV ON 44 NEW YORK EMMY NOMINATIONS

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today congratulated NYCTV, the official television network of the City of New York, on receiving 44 New York Emmy Award nominations. NYCTV has been nominated for Emmys, local television’s most prestigious peer-recognition award, every year since its launch in 2003. Full Story

PA Gotbaum Demands Immediate Action from DOE In Response to Children Left on Buses

February 12, 2009
PA GOTBAUM DEMANDS IMMEDIATE ACTION FROM DOE IN RESPONSE TO CHILDREN LEFT ON BUSES

Public Advocate Gotbaum today called for immediate action from the Department of Education (DOE) after a 7-year-old Queens child was found crying and alone on a locked school bus, the most recent in a series of mishaps involving school children left stranded by bus drivers and matrons. Public Advocate Gotbaum is calling on the DOE to create new policies to address this ongoing problem, including an immediate re-training of all drivers and matrons and requiring the DOE track safety statistics of bus companies, drivers and routes, and make the data publicly available. Full Story

Speaker Christine C. Quinn Delivers Annual State of the City Address

February 12, 2009
SPEAKER CHRISTINE C. QUINN DELIVERS ANNUAL STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS

On Thursday, February 12th, 2009, Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn delivered her 4th State of the City Address in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. Speaker Quinn addressed job growth, small business ventures and tenants and housing in New York City neighborhoods – amongst other issues. Below you can see the 2009 State of the City speech in its entirety, send us your comments and check out these and other issues Speaker Quinn spoke about. Full Story Speech Text

Bloomberg statement: the economic Stimulus Conference Report

February 13, 2009
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS CONFERENCE REPORT

“As I said when I came back from Washington yesterday, I think everyone in New York City should join me in thanking Senator Schumer, Congressman Rangel, and the rest of our Congressional delegation for all their hard work bringing home the help we need so badly – and today’s developments have brought even more encouraging news. In any piece of complex legislation, the details of the legislative language matter as much as the numbers and our legislative and budget staffs look forward to reviewing them as soon as they are available.”

Public hearings for Week of February 16th, 2009

*No hearings Scheduled