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Affairs and Appointments – Week of January 26 – 31, 2009

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Week of January 26 – 31, 2009

New York State

New York City

City Council Hearings


Appointments
  • Denise E. O’Donnell, to serve as Deputy Secretary for Public Safety. Commissioner O’Donnell will retain her post as Commissioner of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and Assistant Secretary to the Governor for Criminal Justice at DCJS.
  • Francis J. Murray to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
  • Thomas G. Donlon nominated to serve as Director of the Office of Homeland Security.
Special Section NYC FY 2010 Preliminary Budget

1-30-2009 Mayor Bloomberg outlines FY 2010 preliminary Budget Full Story

1-30-2009 The FY 2010 Financial Plan (PDF) Read Plan

1-30-2009 The FY 2010 Financial Plan Summary Slideshow (PDF) View Slideshow

1-30-2009 New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. today issued the following statement after the mayor issued his budget address.  Full Statement

Paterson announces increase of $48 Million in federal Weatherization Grants

January 26, 2009
GOVERNOR PATERSON ANNOUNCES INCREASE OF $48 MILLION IN FEDERAL WEATHERIZATION GRANTS

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that New York would receive an additional $48 million in federal funding for the State’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), bringing this year’s total amount of available federal funds to $108 million.  Full Story

Paterson Statement: Obama’s call for stronger emissions standards

January 26, 2009
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR DAVID A. PATERSON REGARDING PRESIDENT OBAMA’S CALL FOR STRONGER EMISSIONS STANDARDS

“I applaud the action that President Obama has taken today to address climate change, the most pressing environmental issue of our time. By asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its decision to block New York, California and 12 other states from aggressively strengthening car and light truck emissions standards, the President put our personal and environmental health above all else. Full Statement

DiNapoli Releases December 2008 Pension Fund Report

January 27, 2009
DINAPOLI RELEASES DECEMBER 2008 PENSION FUND REPORT; CLOSES $16.3 MILLION OF REAL ESTATE DEALS, TIES UP SEVERAL EQUITY DEALS

The $153.9 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund (Fund) in December closed $16.3 million of real estate transactions and disclosed information about several private equity deals, according to a monthly transaction report State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released today. Full Story

DiNapoli: Wall Street Bonuses Fell 44% in 2008

January 28, 2009
DINAPOLI: WALL STREET BONUSES FELL 44% IN 2008; SECURITIES INDUSTRY LOSSES COULD EXCEED $35 BILLION

Cash bonuses paid by Wall Street firms to their New York City employees declined by 44 percent in 2008 in response to record losses suffered by the securities industry, according to an estimate released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. DiNapoli noted that the federal Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), which infused billions of dollars into the financial system, helped prevent more institutions from failing. TARP placed restrictions on bonuses for top executives and many have voluntarily forgone bonuses, but it did not impose limitations for lower-level employees.  Full Story

Paterson Honors fallen Brooklyn soldier

January 28, 2009
GOVERNOR PATERSON DIRECTS FLAGS TO BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF FOR BROOKLYN BORN SOLDIER

Governor David A. Paterson has directed that flags on State government buildings across New York be flown at half-staff on Friday, January 30, 2009 in honor of Brooklyn, New York resident and United States Marine Lance Corporal Julian T. Brennan, who died on Saturday, January 24, 2009 in Farah Province, Afghanistan. Full Story

Paterson announces record High child support collections in 2008

January 29, 2009
GOVERNOR PATERSON ANNOUNCES RECORD HIGH CHILD SUPPORT COLLECTIONS IN 2008

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that New York State obtained record high child support collections of more than $1.7 billion in 2008. The historic collections – managed by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) – represent a statewide increase of more than $104 million or 6.4 percent from 2007, which is the highest annual rate of growth New York State has seen since 2001.
Full Story

Cuomo Statement: Obama’s comments on Wall Street bonuses

January 29, 2009
STATEMENT FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL ANDREW CUOMO REGARDING PRESIDENT OBAMA’S COMMENTS ON WALL STREET BONUSES

“My Office began reviewing Wall Street bonuses last September.  Over the course of our investigation it has become apparent that while Wall Street melted down, top executives believed that, unlike the rest of the country, they still deserved huge bonuses. That’s why President Obama’s remarks today are a welcome breath of fresh air and a healthy dose of reality for Wall Street.  President Obama is exactly right when he calls these bonuses shameful and the height of irresponsibility.  Full Statement

Paterson honors 4 fallen New Yorkers

January 30, 2009
GOVERNOR PATERSON DIRECTS FLAGS TO BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF FOR 4 NEW YORK SOLDIERS

Governor David A. Paterson has directed that flags on State government buildings across New York be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, in honor of four Fort Drum soldiers who died while conducting combat operations on Monday, January 26, 2009, in the vicinity of Kirkuk, Iraq.

  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 Matthew G. Kelley, a native of Cameron, Missouri and resident of Carthage, New York.
  • Chief Warrant Officer 3 Philip E. Windorski, a native of Bovey, Minnesota and resident of Watertown, New York.
  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 Benjamin H. Todd, a native and resident of Colville, Washington.
  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua M. Tillery, a native of Beaverton, Oregon and resident of Fort Drum.

Full Story

Paterson signs bill to strengthen probation laws

January 30, 2009
GOVERNOR PATERSON SIGNS BILL TO STRENGTHEN PROBATION LAWS

Governor David A. Paterson signed into law nine bills, including legislation that will significantly strengthen the handling of probation violations in New York State. The probation legislation sets in place several new requirements that ensure rapid responses to reported probation violations to better protect victims and communities. Full Story

Bloomberg Statement: On federal Stimulus package unveiled by Schumer and Rangel

January 26, 2009
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON FEDERAL STIMULUS PACKAGE UNVEILED BY SENATOR SCHUMER AND CONGRESSMAN RANGEL

The new Federal stimulus bill is shaping up to include some much needed relief for New York City, thanks to Chuck Schumer, Charlie Rangel, and the rest of our Congressional delegation, who deserve our thanks for their hard work and effective leadership. Full Statement

Bloomberg outlines measures to help new Yorkers Convert to Digital TV

January 26, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG OUTLINES MEASURES TO HELP NEW YORKERS PREPARE FOR NATIONWIDE CONVERSION TO DIGITAL TELEVISION

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber today joined New York City area television news anchors to discuss how New Yorkers can prepare for the nationwide conversion to digital television and how City government can help. Although the possibility of extending the conversion date continues to be debated by Congress, the federally-mandated transition to digital broadcasting, which will replace existing analog television signals, is currently set to occur on February 17, 2009. Full Story

Bloomberg, Nadler Yassky Statements: Obama’s steps to strengthen Federal emissions standards

January 26, 2009
STATEMENTS BY MAYOR BLOOMBERG, REPRESENTATIVE NADLER AND COUNCIL MEMBER YASSKY ON STEPS TAKEN BY PRESIDENT OBAMA TO STRENGTHEN EMISSIONS STANDARDS AND IMPROVE AIR QUALITY

“The decision by President Obama to order the reconsideration of the Federal Clean Air Act application by California and the northeast states to adopt greenhouse gas tailpipe emission standards for cars is a great victory for sustainability nationwide. If adopted, these new standards will realize one of PlaNYC’s initiatives and could achieve as much as a 6% reduction in the City’s carbon footprint by 2030. Full Story

Bloomberg swears in thirty-five Judges

January 26, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SWEARS IN THIRTY-FIVE JUDGES

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today swore in 35 judges to serve in the City’s Family, Criminal, and Civil Courts. The swearing-in ceremony included the appointment of three new Family Court judges, six new Criminal Court judges, and three new Civil Court judges. The Mayor also reappointed two Family Court judges, nineteen Criminal Court judges, and two Civil Court judges. Mayor Bloomberg was joined by former Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals Judith Kaye, and Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs Carol Robles-Román at the swearing-in ceremony in the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank Building. Full Story

Thompson: City failing to crack down on DOB Code Fine Scofflaws

January 26, 2009
THOMPSON: CITY FAILING TO CRACK DOWN ON BUILDING DEPT. CODE FINE SCOFFLAWS

The audit examined the adequacy of the Environmental Control Board’s (ECB) and the Department of Finance’s (DOF) collection processes for ECB-imposed fines resulting from violations issued by the Department of Buildings (DOB). Full Story

Bloomberg on the Confirmation of Timothy Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury

January 26, 2009
STATEMENT BY MAYOR BLOOMBERG ON SENATE CONFIRMATION OF TIMOTHY GEITHNER AS SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY

“The Senate tonight wisely voted to confirm another talented New Yorker nominated by President Obama to his cabinet: Tim Geithner, whose capable hands will now take the reins at the Department of Treasury. Tim is a first-rate intellect who has climbed the ranks of the Federal government, serving under both Democratic and Republican administrations, and who has played an indispensable role in helping our country survive the recent financial panics and shocks. We are lucky to have him working for us in Washington, and I look forward to offering him whatever support I can during what will be some very difficult times ahead.”

Bloomberg launches $AVENYC account

January 27, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER MINTZ LAUNCH THE $AVENYC ACCOUNT

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs and Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced the launch of the $aveNYC Account program, a special savings account to help low income New Yorkers make the most of their tax refund by building savings through a privately funded City matching program.  Full Story

Bloomberg announces 400th Anniversary of Dutch arrival to NY Harbor

January 28, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES YEARLONG CELEBRATION TO COMMEMORATE 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DUTCH ARRIVAL IN NEW YORK HARBOR

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen, Dutch Cabinet Minister Frans Timmermans and NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta today announced a year of special events, exhibits, outdoor activities and performances to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Henry Hudson aboard the Dutch vessel ‘Halve Maen’ to New York City. City officials also announced that the celebration of the City’s Dutch roots and its waterfront will culminate with a special Harbor Day on September 13.  Full Story

City Council passes Bill to reduce idling and Construction Safety Laws

January 28, 2009
CITY COUNCIL PASSES BILL TO REDUCE IDLING AND CONSTRUCTION SAFETY LAWS

City Hall, January 28, 2009 – The New York City Council voted on legislation to reduce engine idling in front of schools and authorize additional city agencies to enforce automotive idling restrictions. With some of the highest child asthma rates in the country, these bills aim to reduce harmful pollutants emitted by idling engines on city streets.

In addition, as the final component of a construction safety legislation package announced last June by Speaker Quinn and her colleagues, the Council will also vote on bills to:

  • Require general contractors and concrete and demolition subcontractors to register with the Department of Buildings prior to obtaining building permits; and
  • Enable the Department of Buildings to require contractors to hire and pay for independent safety compliance officers for jobs with multiple safety violations or poor safety records.
  • Lastly, the Council will vote to authorize the continuation of health benefits to the family of Gennaro Montello, the Waste Water Management employee who was fatally injured in the line of duty earlier this year.

Full Story

Bloomberg Statement: House passage of economic stimulus package

January 28, 2009
STATEMENT BY MAYOR BLOOMBERG ON CITY COUNCIL PASSAGE OF TWO CONSTRUCTION SAFETY BILLS

“I would like to thank the City Council, the Department of Buildings and the construction industry for working together to pass Introductory Numbers 760 and 878. Full Statement

Thompson Statement: Appeal of term limits lawsuit

January 28, 2009
THOMPSON STATEMENT ON EXPEDITION OF APPEAL IN TERM LIMITS LAWSUIT

New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. today issued the following statement after an expedited schedule was granted for the appeal against the term limit ruling:

 “Today’s decision to expedite our appeal in the term limits case ensures that our opposition to this backroom deal and railroading of democracy will be heard while the issue is still fresh on the minds of New Yorkers.  The people have spoken twice on this issue and I am proud to stand up and fight on behalf of all those who were against the term limits extension from the beginning.”

Bloomberg Statement: House passage of economic stimulus package

January 28, 2009
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF THE STIMULUS BILL

“The passage by the House of Representatives of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is a major and necessary step in President Obama’s efforts to deal with the economic crisis.  Congress and President Obama understand that drastic budget cuts and tax increases by state and local governments do nothing to help the economy; in fact, they make it worse. Full Statement

Bloomberg announces Philippines to pay City $9 Million

January 29, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES THAT THE PHILIPPINES AGREES TO PAY $9 MILLION IN BACK PROPERTY TAXES AND INTEREST TO THE CITY

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced that the City and the Philippines have settled a lawsuit that sought unpaid taxes on portions of a Philippines-owned building that has housed a branch of the Philippine National Bank, an office of the Philippine Airlines, and a Filipino restaurant.  Full Story

Bloomberg Releases PlaNYC Report on Wetlands

January 29, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG RELEASES PLANYC REPORT ON PROTECTING NEW YORK CITY WETLANDS

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today released a report that studies gaps in wetlands protections in New York City and explores options for filling those gaps. The report finds that while existing Federal and State laws do a good job protecting the City’s tidal wetlands and its large freshwater wetlands, smaller freshwater wetlands (less than 12.4 acres) are not as well protected and thus more vulnerable to threats from land use and development. Full Story

Council Speaks Out to Improve the Prosecution of Substantiated Cases of Police Misconduct

January 29, 2009
COUNCIL SPEAKS OUT TO IMPROVE THE PROSECUTION OF SUBSTANTIATED CASES OF POLICE MISCONDUCT

The Public Safety Committee held a hearing today to examine the issues raised in the Civilian Complaint Review Board’s (CCRB) 2007 annual report. Speaker Christine Quinn,    Public Safety Committee Chair Peter Vallone Jr., Representatives of the New York Police Department, CCRB Chair Franklin Stone, Citizens Union Executive Director Dick Dadey  and Chris Dunn and Donna Lieberman of the NYCLU testified at the hearing on Thursday. Full Story

Statement by Speaker Quinn Re: Obama’s First Bill, Fair Pay Act

January 29, 2009
STATEMENT BY SPEAKER QUINN RE: OBAMA’S FIRST BILL, FAIR PAY ACT

“Today marks a turning point in our nation and its labor laws. This law makes clear that hardworking Americans deserve equal pay for the work they do – regardless of gender. Thanks to the strength and tenacity of one woman who spoke up against the discrimination she faced, countless Americans are now protected against the same. I commend Lilly Ledbetter in her fight for equal rights and President Obama for taking swift action against discrimination in the workplace.”

Thompson releases economic notes

January 29, 2009
COMPTROLLER THOMPSON RELEASES ECONOMIC NOTES

According to Economic Notes, a quarterly report released today by New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr., the city’s economy has suffered three successive quarters of decline, with the fourth quarter of 2008 being one of the worst economic periods for New York City in recent memory. The report also includes an analysis of household incomes and residential trends from 1990 to 2007, which indicates that New York City may be better positioned to handle this recession than it was in 1990. Full Story

Public hearings for Week of February 2nd, 2009

Lower Manhattan Redevelopment; Transportation Alan J. Gerson, John C. Liu, Chairs
Thursday, February 5, 10:00 AM
Committee Room – City Hall
Details: Oversight: Oversight: Chatham Square Reconfiguration and Its Impact on Lower Manhattan
see agenda

Health; Women’s Issues Joel Rivera, Helen Sears, Chairs

Thursday, February 5, 1:00 PM
Council Chambers – City Hall
Details: Oversight: Heart Disease among Women
see agenda

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