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Affairs and Appointments – Week of January 19 – 24, 2009

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Week of January 19 – 24, 2009

New York State

New York City

City Council Hearings


Appointments
  • Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand – to serve as U.S. Senator from New York
  • Senator Hilary Clinton – confirmed to serve as U.S. Secretary of State
  • Shaun Donovan – confirmed to serve as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Lawrence S. Schwartz – To serve as the First Deputy Secretary to the Governor
Paterson Statement: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 19, 2009
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR: STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR DAVID A. PATERSON

“Today we celebrate the life and legacy of one of America’s greatest heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Dr. King fought not just for the rights of African-Americans, but for the rights of all Americans. He recognized that a nation conceived in liberty and committed to justice could not stand as a beacon to the world if many of its people remained second-class citizens. Justice denied to some was justice denied to all. Full Statment

Paterson Statement: Jose L. Torres

January 19, 2009
JOSE L.TORRES: STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR DAVID A. PATERSON

“Early this morning, Jose L. ‘Chegui’ Torres died at the age of 72. Jose was a world class fighter, an Olympian, a writer and a great contributor to the State of New York. Torres trained in New York City and was a New York Golden Gloves Champion in the 1950’s. Jose had a tremendous impact on New York and the world of boxing. His legacy will live on for many generations to come. Full Statement

Paterson announces more than $31 million in highway safety grants

January 21, 2009
GOVERNOR PATERSON ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $31 MILLION IN HIGHWAY SAFETY GRANTS

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that New York will receive more than $31 million in grants for highway safety programs across the State. The Federal highway safety grants will be distributed by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) to nearly 750 State, local and not-for-profit agencies to conduct highway and traffic safety initiatives aimed at increasing driver education, new enforcement efforts to combat drinking and driving, passenger restraint enforcement, aggressive driving and excessive speeding prevention, and bicycle and pedestrian safety, among others. Full Story

Gillibrand named to U.S. Senate

January 23, 2009
GILLIBRAND NAMED TO U.S. SENATE: STATEMENT FROM THE GOVERNOR DAVID A. PATERSON

“On Tuesday, we saw the power of our democracy at work. We witnessed yet again the peaceful and Constitutional hand off of power from one President to the next.

“Today, we must follow the laws of New York State. Our laws empower the Governor to appoint a new Senator if a seat should come open. It is my privilege and my responsibility to make this choice on behalf of the people of New York.

“That is why I am proud to announce my appointment of Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to represent New York in the United States Senate. I am appointing Kirsten Gillibrand because she is the right leader for this decisive moment in our history.” Full Statement

Statement From State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli on Appointment of Kirsten Gillibrand as U.S. Senator

January 23, 2009
Statement From State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli on Appointment of Kirsten Gillibrand as U.S. Senator

In the past, governors would inspire us with their State of the State addresses, and then deliver more somber news in their budget proposals.

This year, we’ve already heard the bad news. Last month, the Governor presented us with his budget plan. He has struggled to present a balanced budget in the face of an unprecedented financial crisis.

The Governor’s budget has more than enough pain to go around. No one said this would be easy. When you’re dealing with a $15 billion budget gap, there’s obviously going to be a lot of painful choices. Full Statement

Statement From State Attorney General Cuomo on Appointment of Kirsten Gillibrand as U.S. Senator

January 23, 2009
STATEMENT FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO ON THE APPOINTMENT OF KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE

“I extend my warmest congratulations to New York’s new United States Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand. I have had the pleasure of knowing her for many years. Kirsten came to Washington to join me at HUD where she did a superb job serving the nation. I have deep respect and affection for her. Her victory in the 2006 Congressional race defied the pundits and the polls. Kirsten is a genuine friend. I am sorry I could not be with her today, but look forward to many opportunities to partner with her in the future to help the state during these difficult times.”

Bloomberg Statement: Start of the public approval process for Coney Island Development Plan

January 19, 2009
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON START OF THE PUBLIC APPROVAL PROCESS FOR CONEY ISLAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Last week in the State of the City speech, I discussed the importance of moving ahead with development plans that create the conditions for growth in places of opportunity like Coney Island. The start of the public process is an important step forward. The plan to revitalize to Coney Island will substantially increase the storied amusement area, creating a year-round attraction that will bring tourists and visitors to Brooklyn. Full Statement

Bloomberg outlines proposal for a Federal Urban Innovation Fund to fight poverty

January 19, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG OUTLINES PROPOSAL FOR A FEDERAL URBAN INNOVATION FUND TO FIGHT POVERTY

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today outlined details for a proposed $5 billion urban innovation fund, overseen by the White House, to fight poverty in large metropolitan areas. The fund would draw on the success of New York City’s Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), which Mayor Bloomberg created in December 2006 to implement an ambitious anti-poverty strategy. Full Story

Thompson Statement: Jose “Chegui” Torres

January 19, 2009
THOMPSON STATEMENT ON DEATH OF JOSE “CHEGUI” TORRES

New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. issued the following statement today on the death of Jose “Chegui” Torres, who died at age 72 in Puerto Rico this morning. Torres, a silver medal Olympian and professional boxer, was a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, and a leader in New York’s Puerto Rican community. He had served as Commissioner of the New York State Athletic Commission, and penned “Sting Like a Bee” about Muhammed Ali and “Fire and Fear” about Mike Tyson. Full Story

Bloomberg Statement: on cease Fires announced by Israel and Hamas

January 19, 2009
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON CEASEFIRES ANNOUNCED BY ISRAEL AND HAMAS

“The ceasefires announced by Israel and Hamas come as a great relief. Free and democratic nations cannot lie down in the face of terrorist activity, and Israel’s strikes succeeded in significantly weakening Hamas’ terrorist apparatus. The deaths of innocent civilians, Palestinians and Israelis, is a terrible tragedy, and my thoughts and prayers remain with the families of all the victims. Tomorrow we begin a new era in American politics, and we can only hope that the current cessation of hostilities will begin a new era of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”

City Hall Opens its Doors to New Yorkers to Watch Historic Inauguration

January 20, 2009
CITY HALL OPENS ITS DOORS TO NEW YORKERS TO WATCH HISTORIC INAUGURATION

Approximately 1,000 New Yorkers packed City Hall to watch the Inauguration of President Obama. People filled the City Council Chambers, the Red Room, Committee Room, the Member’s Lounge and two hearing rooms at 250 Broadway. Students from all over New York City also attended the viewing. City Council Members Dominic Recchia and Oliver Koppell joined the crowd to watch the big screen in the Chambers.

Thompson Statement: On Obama inauguration

January 20, 2009
THOMPSON STATEMENT ON OBAMA INAUGURATION

New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. issued the following statement today congratulating Barack Obama on becoming the 44th President of the United States:

Today’s inauguration of President Barack Obama represents the end of one journey that united Americans across lines of race, class, gender and geography in a campaign of historic dimensions, and the beginning of a new journey to change the direction of our nation. Full Story

Bloomberg Statement: On Obama inauguration

January 20, 2009
STATEMENT BY MAYOR BLOOMBERG ON INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

In President Obama’s stirring words, we heard not only notes of hope and history, but a tone of pragmatism that has the power to bring the country together, and move us forward, together. His call for ‘a new era of responsibility’ was music to the ears of Americans across the country who recognize that the change we need begins with fulfilling our duties – to our families, our countrymen, and our world. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I offer my congratulations to President Obama, and I look forward to working with him and his Administration to achieve the ambitious vision he laid out today.”

Bloomberg Statement: Jose “Chegui” Torres

January 20, 2009
STATEMENT BY MAYOR BLOOMBERG ON DEATH OF JOSE ‘CHEGUI’ TORRES

“Yesterday, our City lost a fierce champion of the sports industry, a devoted public servant, and a great New Yorker: Jose Chegui Torres. Jose held many titles, among them – Hall of Famer, Olympian, Commissioner, author, and journalist. Although Jose had returned to his native Puerto Rico, he left behind a legacy of achievement in New York – on our sports, our politics, our literature – that will long be remembered by all those who knew him. Nuestro más sentido pésame a su familia y su esposa Ramonita. Lo recordaremos.”

Thompson and pension fund calls for human rights at corporations with overseas operations

January 21, 2009
THOMPSON AND NEW YORK CITY PENSION FUNDS CALL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AT CORPORATIONS WITH OVERSEAS OPERATIONS

New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr., on behalf of the New York City Pension Funds, has submitted a shareholder proposal to four companies calling for stringent implementation of a code of conduct to protect human rights in theworkplace. Full Story

Bloomberg unveils State-of-the-Art information center and website

January 21, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND NYC & COMPANY UNVEIL STATE-OF-THE-ART INFORMATION CENTER AND LAUNCH NYCGO.COM TO HELP RESIDENTS AND VISITORS EXPLORE AND ENJOY NEW YORK CITY

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, today unveiled the City’s new Official NYC Information Center in midtown Manhattan and launched nycgo.com, the new online resource for exploring New York City. The opening of the center fulfills a commitment the Mayor made in the State of the City speech, where he discussed the importance of making investments to promote culture and tourism in New York City. The information center and website are designed for both visitors and residents and will allow people to better navigate and manage their visits to and within the five boroughs. Full Story

Mayor Bloomberg Presides over Bill Signing Ceremony

January 21, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG PRESIDES OVER BILL SIGNING CEREMONY

  1. Legislation extending the date of the preliminary budget and the completion of budget hearings.Full Story

  2. Legislation providing a grace period for payment of the real property tax.Full Story

  3. Legislation requiring the Police Department to submit reports relating to discharge of firearms.Full Story

On the Record with Speaker Quinn: 36th Anniversary, Roe v. Wade

January 21, 2009
On the Record with Speaker Quinn: 36th Anniversary, Roe v. Wade

Speaker Quinn talks about the 36th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the Clinic Access Bill which will protect the rights women were given in 1973. View Video

Bloomberg Statement: On Senate Confirmation of Hillary Clinton

January 21, 2009
STATEMENT BY MAYOR BLOOMBERG ON SENATE CONFIRMATION OF HILLARY CLINTON AS SECRETARY OF STATE

“It is my pleasure to congratulate Secretary Clinton on her successful confirmation – it is more than deserved. We will miss her in the Senate, where she was a tireless and effective advocate for New York. Anytime we turned to her for help she was there for our City. The international challenges we face require strong and thoughtful leadership, and Hillary is the right choice to help our country meet those challenges.”

Thompson urges companies to implement corporate governance policies

January 22, 2009
THOMPSON URGES COMPANIES TO IMPLEMENT CORPORATE GOVERNANCE POLICIES

New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr., on behalf of New York City Pension Funds, filed shareholder proposals with 20 companies urging that their Boards of Directors adopt corporate governance measures.

This proxy season, Thompson and the Funds have filed one or more of the following shareholder resolutions at each company: repeal of classified boards, director election majority vote standards, majority vote protocol, and vote disclosure results to the proponents of shareholder resolutions. Full Story

Bloomberg testifies in front of State legislature on NYC Budget

January 22, 2009
MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG TESTIFIES BEFORE THE STATE ASSEMBLY WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE AND STATE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE ABOUT IMPACT OF PROPOSED STATE BUDGET ON NEW YORK CITY

“Good morning. Thank you, Chairman Farrell, and thank you, Chairman Kruger – and congratulations to you and Vice Chair Liz Krueger on your recent appointments. This is my eighth year testifying before this joint committee. Seated with me are Michelle Goldstein, Director of State Legislative Affairs for the City of New York and Mark Page, the City’s Director of Management and Budget.

“When we came before you last January, dark clouds of uncertainty already hung over our economy. Because we knew that no boom lasts indefinitely, New York City was already battening its hatches by pre-paying debt and putting billions of dollars aside to close future budget gaps. Full Testimony

Gotbaum to DOE: Don’t Wait for a Tragedy – Act Now to Curb Teen Dating Violence

January 22, 2009
GOTBAUM TO DOE: DON’T WAIT FOR A TRAGEDY – ACT NOW TO CURB TEEN DATING VIOLENCE

Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum criticized the Department of Education (DOE) for its failure to implement steps to curb teen dating violence. In June 2008, as a result of the increase in teens experiencing dating violence between 1999 and 2005, New York State expanded its domestic violence law to allow victims, including teenagers in dating relationships, to obtain a restraining order against an abuser in family court rather than going through the criminal justice system. Full Story

Thompson: City Debt a heavier burden on New Yorkers

January 23, 2009
THOMPSON: CITY DEBT A HEAVIER BURDEN ON NEW YORKERS

New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. today issued a Capital Debt and Obligations report indicating that the cost of capital projects, which are funded primarily with debt, has escalated by 187 percent since Fiscal Year 1990. Full Story

Bloomberg Statement on Senate Confirmation of Shaun Donovan

January 23, 2009
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON SENATE CONFIRMATION OF SHAUN DONOVAN AS SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

“Late yesterday, the United States Senate confirmed Shaun Donovan as President Obama’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Full Statement

Bloomberg Statement: On Selection of rep. Kirsten Gillibrand as U.S. Senator

January 23, 200
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON SELECTION OF U.S. REPRESENTATIVE KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND AS U.S. SENATOR

“As I have said, the Governor had a large field of qualified candidates to choose from. In his selection of Congresswoman Gillibrand, he has chosen a committed member of the House of Representatives from upstate New York. Our Administration has worked well with her and her staff on a number of issues, including watershed protection. Full Statement

Thompson Congratulates Kirsten Gillibrand

January 23, 2009
THOMPSON CONGRATULATES PATERSON PICK FOR SENATE SEAT
New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. issued the following statement congratulating Kirsten Gillibrand for her appointment to represent the State of New York in the United States Senate:

“I wish to congratulate Representative Gillibrand for becoming the next Senator from our great state of New York.

During her tenure, Representative Gillibrand has been a very strong voice for her constituents. I look forward to working with our new Senator to fight for New Yorkers needs, including education, health care, and helping the economy to rebound amid these trying economic times.”

Public hearings for Week of January 26th, 2009

Zoning & Franchises Tony Avella, Chair
Monday, January 26, 9:30 AM
Committee Room – City Hall
Details: See Land Use Calendar Available Wednesday, January 21, 2009, in Room 5 City Hall see agenda

Consumer Affairs Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Chair
Monday, January 26, 10:00 AM
Council Chambers – City Hall
Details: Agenda to be announced see agenda

Environmental Protection * Addition James F. Gennaro, Chair
Monday, January 26, 10:00 AM
Hearing Room – 250 Broadway, 16th Floor
Details:
Proposed Int 40-A – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to enforcement of the restrictions regarding engine idling.

Proposed Int 631-A – LOCAL LAW – To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to engine idling. Proposed

Int 684-A – A Local Law – To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the use of ultra low sulfur diesel fuel and the best available technology for generators used in the production of films, television programs and advertisements in New York City.

Proposed Int 881-A – A LOCAL LAW – To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the implementation of technology to allow traffic enforcement agents to issue idling tickets through their hand-held computers.

Preconsidered Int____ – A LOCAL LAW – To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to idle reduction technology in ambulances.

Landmarks, Public Siting & Maritime Uses Jessica S. Lappin, Chair
Monday, January 26, 11:00 AM
Committee Room – City Hall
Details: See Land Use Calendar Available Wednesday, January 21, 2009, in Room 5 City Hall

Planning, Dispositions & Concessions Daniel R. Garodnick, Chair
Monday, January 26, 1:00 PM
Committee Room – City Hall
Details: See Land Use Calendar Available Wednesday, January 21, 2009, in Room 5 City Hall see agenda

Small Business David Yassky, Chair
Monday, January 26, 1:00 PM
Hearing Room – 250 Broadway, 14th Floor
Details: Agenda to be announced

Housing & Buildings * Addition Erik Martin Dilan, Chair
Monday, January 26, 1:00 PM
Council Chambers – City Hall
Details:
Int 623 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to advertising on sidewalk sheds.

Proposed Int 760-A – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the appointment of a safety compliance officer with respect to construction sites.

Proposed Int 878-A – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring safety registration numbers. Council Chambers, ty Hall see agenda

Parks & Recreation Helen D. Foster, Chair
Tuesday, January 27, 10:00 AM
Hearing Room – 250 Broadway, 14th Floor
Details: Oversight – From Conception to Completion: Overview of a Parks Capital Project see agenda

Land Use Melinda R. Katz, Chair
Tuesday, January 27, 10:00 AM
Committee Room – City Hall
Details: All items reported out of the subcommittees
AND SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS MAY BE NECESSARY

Contracts Letitia James, Chair
Tuesday, January 27, 10:00 AM
Council Chambers – City Hall
Details: Res 1773 – Resolution calling upon the New York State legislature to reintroduce pass and the Governor to sign S. 8575 and A. 11672 of 2008, which authorize political subdivisions to award public procurement contracts to participants of a minority and women owned business enterprise program at a cost premium not to exceed ten percent of the lowest bid. see agenda

Finance * Addition David I. Weprin, Chair
Tuesday, January 27, 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.

Proposed Res 1739-A – Resolution concerning the establishment of the Bed-Stuy Gateway Business Improvement District in the Borough of Brooklyn and setting the date, time and place for the public hearing to hear all persons interested in the establishment of such district
AND SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS MAY BE NECESSARY

Civil Service & Labor * Addition Larry B. Seabrook, Chair
Tuesday, January 27, 11:00 AM
Hearing Room – 250 Broadway, 16th Floor
Details: Preconsidered Int ___ – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to health insurance coverage for surviving family members of certain deceased employees of the department of environmental protection.

Higher Education Charles Barron, Chair
Tuesday, January 27, 1:00 PM
Committee Room – City Hall
Details: Oversight – Examine the workforce development and continuing education programs of New York City’s institutions of higher learning.

Aging; Women’s Issues Helen Sears, Maria del Carmen Arroyo, Chairs
Tuesday, January 27, 1:00 PM
Council Chambers – City Hall
Details: Oversight – Enhancing Economic Opportunity for Older Women see agenda

Fire & Criminal Justice Services; Technology in Government Miguel Martinez, Chairs
Tuesday, January 27, 1:00 PM
Hearing Room – 250 Broadway, 14th Floor
Details: Oversight – The Status of Notify NYC and the Roles of Reverse 911 and the FDNY in Emergency Notification and Evacuation see agenda

Stated Council Meeting
Wednesday, January 28, 1:30 PM
Council Chambers – City Hall

Public Safety Peter F. Vallone, Jr., Chair
Thursday, January 29, 10:00 AM
Council Chambers – City Hall
Details: Oversight – The Civilian Complaint Review Board’s 2007 Annual Report see agenda

Transportation John C. Liu, Chair
Thursday, January 29, 10:00 AM
Hearing Room – 250 Broadway, 16th Floor
Details: Oversight – Where’s that bus?! When will the MTA be able to track the location of its buses and provide “real” arrival times to its riders? see agenda

Health * Addition Joel Rivera, Chair
Thursday, January 29, 10:00 AM
Committee Room – City Hall
Details: Oversight – Food Allergy Issues in New York City Restaurants Int 818 – By Council Members Lappin, Brewer, Comrie, James, Koppell, Liu, Stewart, White, Jr. and Gerson – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the City of New York, in relation to requiring posters with information on food allergies in food service establishments. see agenda

Economic Development * Addition Thomas White, Jr., Chair
Thursday, January 29, 10:00 AM
Hearing Room – 250 Broadway, 14th Floor
Details: Oversight – Retail Development at the Staten Island Ferry Terminals II

Cultural Affairs, Libraries & International Intergroup Relations Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., Chair
Thursday, January 29, 1:00 PM
Council Chambers – City Hall
Details: Oversight – Encouraging Self-Sufficiency and Better Business Practices for Artists and Cultural Groups see agenda

Education Robert Jackson, Chair
Thursday, January 29, 1:00 PM
Committee Room – City Hall
Details: Oversight: Impact of DOE’s Reorganization of Special Education

Juvenile Justice Sara M. Gonzalez, Chair
Thursday, January 29, 1:00 PM
Hearing Room – 250 Broadway, 16th Floor
Details: Oversight – Overview of the Department of Juvenile Justice: Core Services for Remanded Youth see agenda

Consumer Affairs Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Chair
Friday, January 30, 10:00 AM
Council Chambers – City Hall
Details: Proposed Int 653-A – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the regulation of horse drawn cabs.

Proposed Int 658-A – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to repealing all provisions allowing for the operation of horse drawn cabs.

Immigration * Addition Kendall Stewart, Chair
Friday, January 30, 1:00 PM
Hearing Room – 250 Broadway, 14th Floor
Details: Oversight – Effects of Entering a Guilty Plea on Immigration Status under New York’s Criminal Law

Waterfronts Michael C. Nelson, Chair
Friday, January 30, 1:00 PM
Committee Room – City Hall
Details: Oversight: Vessel Discharge – Should the New York Harbor be a No-Discharge Zone?

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