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Campaign Accountability Statement. Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York
Initiative Agency Update 2003 Update 2004 Status 2003 Status 2004
Make all relevant information available to the court at the earliest possible moment. CJC Delivering digitized 911 tapes to arraignments and labeling some defendants as chronic misdemeanants on their rap sheets (through Operation Spotlight) has helped accomplish this (for example, Operation Spotlight has shown that 20% more defendants are being held on bail). All District Attorneys now have immediate access to digital 911 recordings in domestic violence cases, a process that used to take months. The program has been expanded beyond domestic violence to all types of crimes. Done Done
Use technology such as video conferencing that can link the court with collateral services so a judge knows whether a defendant is attending addiction counseling or so the judge can refer a victim to appropriate services CJC This idea has been tested in Brooklyn for drug court cases and is now being explored for domestic violence cases. Video conferencing technology has been installed in the New York City courts and in DOC facilities. Over 5000 interviews were conducted via video conferencing in 2003. DOC is now testing a new connection to service providers in order to expedite placement for services following release. Launched Done
Apply the loft-law concept to other industries, permitting individuals to work where they live DCP Legalizing illegal lofts would take state legislation, but through rezoning, Planning proposes to map mixed-use zoning districts or certain commercial districts in loft areas. These districts permit up to 49 percent of a dwelling unit to be used for home occupations, which is much more generous that the rules for purely residential neighborhoods. Examples include Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and DUMBO in Brooklyn; Port Morris in the Bronx; and Hudson Square in Manhattan. Planning is implementing this proposal through targeted mixed-use rezonings that will permit individuals to work where they live. The Morrisania and Hudson Square proposals have been adopted by the City Council. In Long Island City, the Hunters Point mixed use rezoning proposal was certified for public review in December 2003 and the Greenpoint / Williamsburg rezoning is scheduled for certification and public review in Summer 2004. To Launch in 2003 Done
Ensure that zoning and economic development decisions focus on mixed-use solutions, in tandem with changes to the transportation system. Development should be encouraged in areas with transportation infrastructure to discourage unnecessary sprawl. DCP Work is underway to strengthen regional business districts like Downtown Brooklyn, Jamaica, and the Hub in the Bronx through integrated planning with Planning, EDC, DBS, other agencies and the community. Each centers around areas with strong (though often underutilized) transportation infrastructure, or potential new transportation infrastructure like the extension of the No. 7 train or connecting the LIRR to Lower Manhattan. The plans include regulatory changes, public infrastructure investments, streetscape redesign and new open space to promote private investment in office and residential development. City Planning proposals for mixed-use development in Bridge Plaza, Hudson Square and Morrisania have been approved by the City Council. These rezoning will lead to the construction of approximately 1200 residential units, while spurring business activity as well. Planning is currently working on mixed-use zoning proposals in other areas: Hunters Point/Long Island City, Hudson Yards, Downtown Jamaica, and Downtown Brooklyn. Each of these rezonings focuses on areas with strong transportation infrastructure. As part of the Hudson Yards plan, the City is seeking to extend the #7 subway line; as part of the Downtown Brooklyn plan, the City is making transportation infrastructure and traffic improvements. To Launch in 2003 Done
Overhaul land use regulations to reflect the current market DCP Planning is reviewing zoning rules to respond to changing land use, economic activity, and population patterns. Planning issued a Strategic Plan in Spring 2002 outlining its agenda for neighborhoods like East Harlem, Hudson Square, City Island, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Park Slope and North Corona. A rezoning of East Harlem, which could generate 1700 housing units and was designed to bolster the residential and commercial character of the neighborhood, has been adopted by the City Council. The Greenpoint / Wiliamsburg rezoning, which includes the creation of 7000 residential units, is also designed to better reflect the current activity there. This approach was also used in the rezoning of Frederick Douglass Boulevard, North Corona, and City Island. To Launch in 2003 Done
Redefine light manufacturing uses that are environmentally safe to commercial so they can co-exist with residential use DCP This is happening through the rezoning of Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Morrisania, Port Morris, Jamaica, Hunters Point in Long Island City, Port Morris and Hudson Square. These rezoning are expected to be either approved in 2003, or have begun their environmental reviews. This initiative is being implemented through the mixed use proposals already adopted in Bridge Plaza, Hudson Square and Morrisania, as well as those proposals currently being pursued in other neighborhoods throughout the city. These proposals take into account which manufacturing uses can safely occur in residential neighborhoods. To Launch in 2003 Done
Encourage flexibility in the zoning code to provide needed affordable housing DCP, HPD Major rezoning, which will complete their public review process in 2003 or have begun their environmental reviews -- including East Harlem, Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Park Slope, North Corona, Greenpoint, and Williamsburg -- will allow residential development where it is currently not permitted, or increase densities for residential development where it is currently permitted. In East Harlem, for example, the potential residential development capacity will increase by 50 percent, and 12-story buildings will be permitted on First, Second, and Third avenues. The Mayor's plan to create 65,500 new and renovated housing units includes significant rezoning. Many of Planning's rezonings have been developed to spur the creation of affordable housing. The East Harlem, Park Slope, Frederick Douglass Boulevard, and North Corona rezonings will all encourage the creation of affordable residential units. To Launch in 2003 Done
Encourage new residential uses in manufacturing districts DCP, HPD The rezoning of formerly industrial areas will create the opportunity for housing conversion and new housing creation (often in tandem with brownfield remediation). Examples include Hudson Yards, Hudson Square, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Morrisania and Hunters Point. The rezoning of formerly industrial areas will create the opportunity for housing conversion and new housing creation (sometimes in tandem with brownfield remediation). Examples include Hudson Yards, Hudson Square, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Morrisania, West Chelsea, Port Morris and Hunters Point. To Launch in 2003 Done
Invest more in the oversight of capital projects DDC DDC is doing this through new initiatives including a new GIS project management system, a post-construction survey and database to measure client satisfaction and highlight areas where DDC needs to improve, detailed template project schedules with additional construction milestones to enhance DDC's current project management system, and creating a central repository for all DDC project, contract and payment information on the agency's intranet. DDC developed and implemented a GIS project management system to coordinate its construction portfolio and provide information to the public on construction projects. DDC is using post-construction surveys to measure public satisfaction which it will use to plan future projects. Detailed template project schedules with additional construction milestones to enhance DDC's current project management system are currently being piloted and implementation has begun.  The creation of a central repository for all DDC project, contract and payment information on the agency's intranet is currently in the analysis phase Launched Done
Explore connecting the areas served by the Croton water supply system with the Catskill/ Delaware system DEP This is being studied by DEP. There already are many interconnections between the two systems. After studying the issue, DEP determined that the best course of action would be to periodically switch distribution systems in certain service areas; however, this is not citywide policy. Launched Done
Join the "Cities for Climate Protection" campaign and inventory and forecast key sources of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases DEP The City has joined the Cities for Climate Protection campaign. Cities participating in this voluntary program will develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gases.In Summer 2002, the City drafted the first inventory and by early 2003, the final report will be ready for an announcement. The City has joined the campaign and DEP has completed the inventory on greenhouses gases and is doing further analysis on trends out to 2010. Done Done
Purchase additional land upstate, create more buffer zones between roads, buildings and streams, adhere to smart growth concepts through sustainable building practices, further utilize conservation easements facilitated with a donor tax credit, and advocate for elimination of threatening building subsidies in order to protect upstate reservoirs DEP DEP added over 15,000 new acres in 2002 and will resolicit thousands of acres in the Catskill and Delaware watersheds in 2003. DEP programs also maintain and protect buffer zones by enforcing new regulations about any construction within 100 feet of a watercourse in the watershed. The Watershed Agriculture Program and the enforcement of watershed regulations are examples of smart growth concepts. Conservation easements are provided through tax credits for property owners. DEP constantly monitors potential development near the watershed to assess the impact on the water supply and is an active participant in the debate over each project. Additionally, the Filtration Avoidance Determination signed in November, 2002 (between the City and the EPA) will allow the City to avoid building a filtration plant that would cost $5 billion to $6 billion. DEP has acquired 180 acres of vacant land in Kensico. The agency is also working with upstate farmers to expand the Watershed Forestry Program to the Croton watershed. DEP has already enrolled 33 farms in its Watershed Agricultural Program, which protects city reservoirs from potentially toxic materials. The agency has increased its reporting practices and gives regular updates on its watershed protection efforts on its website. Done Done
Study the source of pollution and devise strategies to remedy the damage being done to area waters through sewage overflow DEP To stem the impact of combined sewer overflow and storm runoff, DEP developed the Urban Watershed project, building upon the upgrade and construction of our wastewater treatment plants. The goal is to increase water quality in 26 specific bodies of water throughout the City. Plans will include a waterfront access component for each body of water. DEP has established a multi-million dollar program to combat combined sewer overflow (CSO), which occurs every time there is heavy rain. The Agency is building giant holding tanks in Flushing and Paerdegat Basin which will alleviate some of this problem in Flushing Bay and Jamaica Bay. DEP will be focusing on other impaired waterbodies in the City to determine a plan. The Agency estimates that it captures 62% of the CSO citywide. Launched Done
Support proposed state legislation that spells out a Brownfield clean-up policy geared to the intended use of the property and also defines liability and assigns risk DEP, HPD, IG, DPR, EDC The legislation referred to did not pass, so the City is now attempting to accomplish this administratively through its new Brownfield remediation taskforce. The City has created a Brownfields taskforce to collect agencies' "best practices," and will then work with the state to codify those practices. In October 2003, Governor Pataki signed a brownfield clean-up bill. Implementation is now being discussed. DEP, EDC and HPD will be discussing implementation requirements with the State. Launched Done
Avoid inappropriate placement by working with health professionals to review decisions with seniors considering a change of residence DFTA Aging issued 11 contracts in 2002 to caregivers of patients suffering from Alzheimer's Disease or related dementia who may need a change of residence. The contracts require the information, referral services, counseling and maintenance services to help avoid inappropriate placements. Four new caregiver contracts have been awarded. By providing services and support to caregivers, DFTA is able to keep seniors in their own homes and communities and therefore avoid unnecessary placement. Launched Done
Change the RFP process to make borough-wide Senior Centers serving the gay community eligible for funding DFTA No RFP's have been issued this year (due to funding) but centers serving the gay community will be eligible when there are. A caregiver contract has been awarded to SAGE and the LGBT community is represented on DFTA's senior advisory council. To Launch in 2003 Done
Create a business advisory group to improve the existing information hotlines to make them user-friendly DFTA Aging formed the Taskforce for Older New Yorkers, an ad-hoc committee established to provide feedback regarding all of Aging's services and programs. Members of the Taskforce are service providers, academicians and gerontologists. Aging also combined all customer service numbers into one hotline: 212-442-1000. 311 is the primary source for all information about City government and agencies, including DFTA. A Senior Advisory Committee was established and all members have been appointed. Also, a new Agency Assistant Commissioner has been appointed and provides continual outreach to communities. The DFTA hotline is accessible through 311. Done Done
Create a multiple-listing service for insurance programs, elder housing, nursing homes and home care services offered by the private sector to seniors DFTA Aging developed a program that compares rates and makes them available in several ways, including a hotline, direct outreach to seniors, and the web. The public can obtain information on the insurance programs in Spanish, Chinese and Russian by contacting DFTA's hotline. This insurance information is also posted on the Internet in English. An informational video on the new Medicare Prescription Drug Law is also being developed. Done Done
Develop a citywide program to assess the safety and security of seniors' homes DFTA Aging received some state funding to do this (through the WRAP program which assesses senior living and pays for improvements) but does not have 2003 funding. DFTA uses state funding from the WRAP program to assess home security. At the same time, WRAP's liaisons will assess for benefits through use of the UNIform program. Not Done Done
Educate seniors about their rights under the City's Human Rights Law DFTA Displayed at senior centers and on Aging's home page: nyc.gov/aging. The Senior Citizens' Bill of Rights is prominently displayed at all senior centers and on the DFTA home page. Done Done
Expand outreach for and education about available senior services through community centers, faith based institutions, on TV and radio, and through public service announcements in easy-to-understand language DFTA Aging sponsors and participates in a wide variety of conferences, roundtables, seminars, and workshops. Aging also coordinates a series of health and wellness forums throughout the City to educate seniors regarding aging services and issues. Initiatives to expand public awareness through venues like Crosswalks are also underway. Aging sponsors and participates in a wide variety of conferences, roundtables, seminars, and workshops. Aging also coordinates a series of health and wellness forums throughout the City to educate seniors regarding aging services and issues. DFTA produced NYCTV programming, currently sponsors WMCA radio programming, and will sponsor a subway and bus outreach campaign. The Agency is in discussions with NYCHA and the library systems on future partnerships. Launched Done
Have one citywide automated hotline for seniors with multiple-language directions regarding service locations, program existence and eligibility DFTA Aging consolidated all of its call centers (over twenty) into a single number: 212-442-1000. In 2002, the number averaged 20,075 calls per month. 311 is the primary source of information about City agencies, including DFTA. Aging consolidated all of its call centers (over twenty) into a single number: 212-442-1000. In 2003, the number averaged 25,000 calls per month. 311 dispatches all DFTA calls to the hotline. Done Done
Implement the Uniform Benefit Assessment System to determine senior eligibility for all government programs and offer a single, simplified application for all city, state and federal benefits and entitlements DFTA The QuickCheck system (an improved version of UNIForm) is now available on the web. QuickCheck is an easy to use benefit screening tool that can screen quickly and allows users to access and complete benefit applications online. Quick Check, now available in Spanish and Russian, is fully operational and allows seniors to screen for 11 Federal, State and City benefits and access and complete benefit applications online. Aging is currently working with DoITT on a plan to fully web enable the UNIForm application. The Integrated Human Services Task Force has been working closely with the Agency to implement a benefit and entitlement program that crosses all city agencies and includes all benefits and entitlements. Done Done
Make the Uniform Benefits Assessment System user-friendly for seniors and widely available at all senior centers, libraries, and community centers DFTA The UNI-form can be installed at any community-based organization, and QuickCheck is currently available through the web. The UNI-form can be installed at any community-based organization, and QuickCheck is currently available through the web. DFTA is also working with the Mayor's Office on being part of a pilot program of the Integrated Human Services Project, which will streamline the screening and eligibility determination process, case management, contract management, and policy development and planning functions within and across City human service agencies. Done Done
Work with businesses to donate emergency beepers to seniors that link them to 911 hotline DFTA Over 500 phones are being sent to Aging for seniors from Domestic Violence. Over 500 phones were sent to Aging for seniors from the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence To Launch in 2003 Done
Work with community-based organizations to tailor senior services to the needs of New York's new immigrant communities DFTA Aging has launched a number of initiatives to do this, including the creation of a Hindu senior center, and a new center at 100 Gold Street which targets Asian seniors. Aging also has centers that serve populations with specific dietary needs, services that include information and literature presented in various languages including Russian, Chinese, Spanish and Korean, and simultaneous translation of general sessions of Aging's Alzheimer's Conference. DFTA awarded two new caregiver contracts to organizations that serve immigrant populations. The Agency translates all of its publications into Spanish, Russian and Chinese. Launched Done
Work with SAGE, the Pride Senior Network, and the Council of Senior Centers and Services to raise awareness of the special needs of gay seniors DFTA Aging has begun enhancing services for gay seniors, including increased interaction with PRIDE and SAGE. Two members of SAGE were appointed to the Senior Advisory Council. PRIDE leadership served on a panel for a workshop regarding the needs of LGBT seniors suffering from Alzheimer's. A new caregiver contract was awarded to SAGE to provide services to LGBT communities. LGBT issues were one of the segments on the "Coming of Age" series on NYCTV. Launched Done
Continue City funding for the development of affordable assisted living facilities DFTA, HPD, NYCHA Aging funds services to seniors who reside in Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities. Aging is also establishing a committee to identify funding sources and promote the building of senior housing and awareness of the tax abatement benefits available to developers of senior housing. NYCHA has assumed responsibility of over 100 senior centers and seven Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities. The City is currently in the process of selecting a developer to build 100 units of housing on the site of the former Sea View Hospital in Staten Island. The developer will be required to include senior supportive services. HPD expects to make an award in Summer 2004. Launched Done
Institute an Adopt-a-Senior Center program by matching companies to senior centers DFTA, MFANYC Aging is establishing an Adopt a Senior Center program, beginning with a partnership with Stockamp Associates. Aging is working on this with the Council of Senior Centers and Services and City Meals on Wheels. DFTA and its philanthropic arm, the Aging in New York Fund, initiated a survey of 335 contracted senior centers to identify their most critical unmet needs, including computer training, esl classes and health and fitness workshops, and opportunities for public/private partnerships and volunteerism. Based upon the responses of the directors of the senior centers, the primary focus of the DFTA and the ANYF will be to partner the centers with CBOs, city agencies, other non profits and corporations to address these needs and provide services, and focus its fundraising efforts on computer and internet access. Launched Recon- sidered
Provide prevention and intervention services to victims of elder abuse DFTA, OCDV Aging has contracted for the first time with community-based organizations to provide elder abuse prevention services at community centers throughout the five boroughs. The programs provide supportive counseling and training in financial protection, legal referrals and violence prevention. Nine contracts citywide have been awarded. DFTA has received a grant from the Aging in New York Fund to provide financial literacy training to seniors throughout its network. Launched Done
Provide training for criminal justice personnel in elder abuse DFTA, OCDV Aging received a two-year grant from the Department of Justice to develop and implement a training curriculum for law enforcement officials and members of the criminal justice community. This should help law enforcement and the criminal justice system recognize, investigate and prosecute crimes of abuse against seniors and the disabled elderly. DFTA has conducted half-day workshops for District Attorneys and judges. The Agency has also resubmitted for another 2 year grant for training videos for NYPD. To Launch in 2003 Done
Appoint a Blue Ribbon panel of experts to find ways to upgrade building codes and eliminate special interest obstacles that increase development costs DOB Buildings formed an industry advisory panel to give upfront input on initiatives being planned.A commission was also formed to study feasibility of adopting the National Model Code (e.g. the International Building Code). The commission was formed in November 2002 with recommendations due in April 2003. The Model Code Commission is adopting language to tailor the code to New York City's building needs. Local law submission will be made to the Council in 2005. Launched Done
Abolish the Board of Education DOE The school governance agreement led to mayoral control. The school governance agreement led to mayoral control. Done Done
Continue to support the development of parent-initiated charter schools and hold those schools to the same standards as other public schools DOE Education has created a charter schools office to begin doing this. Specific new support for charter schools will increase significantly in 2003. The Department plans to create 50 new charter schools in New York City over the next five years and has established the non-profit New York Center for Charter Excellence in partnership with the private sector and not-for-profit community. The Department's Five-Year Capital Plan requests $250 million to go toward development of space for charter schools. The Department will also implement new internal policies to help charter schools flourish. Six new charter schools opened in the 2003-04 school year and eight more will open in the 2004-2005 school year. Launched Done
Create special classrooms and monitors to attend to disruptive children while social workers and teachers attempt to alter the disruptive student's behavior DOE Students committing repeated serious infractions will be assigned to newly created "twilight schools" that are being established in each borough. Students who commit the most serious infractions will continue to be assigned to an expanded program of Second Opportunity Schools. The Department has opened a total of 20 New Beginnings centers, including, this spring, the first two centers for middle school students. Also, the Department opened five Off-site Suspension Centers which, in collaboration with CBO partners, offer a full range of student support services. Done Done
Do not close schools at 3 pm DOE New after school programs, mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act, mean that schools will stay open later to offer more services to students. New after school programs, mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act, mean that schools will stay open later to offer more services to students. Under NCLB, SES programs offer eligible students academic assistance before and after school, on weekends, and online. Launched Done
Encourage parents in all school districts to solicit funds in their communities and/or from private companies for "extras" the city cannot afford like band instruments DOE The new office of Strategic Partnerships is developing plans to bring in private sector funds for schools, including working with parents. The Office of Strategic Partnerships (OSP) created a Fundraising Tool Kit, currently available on the Web site of the Fund for Public Schools, designed to help schools and parents raise money for school-based needs by harnessing the resources available within a school and its local business community. The kit includes advice that can assist parents in actively obtaining funding or resources for their schools, and will be used in trainings for the Parent Coordinators this summer. To Launch in 2003 Done
Establish School Leadership Teams at every school and make them accountable to principals DOE All schools are required to have (and do have) School Leadership Teams.Education is reviewing them to see exactly what they do and how they can do better. All schools are required to have School Leadership Teams. To support the SLTs, DOE has appointed Regional School Leadership Team Coordinators / Contacts for all Regions and the District 75 and 79 Super-intendencies. Also, DOE issued an SLT brochure designed for both parent and staff audiences which is available in the seven major languages. Launched Done
Find ways to bring in parental voices other than through ineffective Community School Boards DOE The school governance agreement led to elimination of the boards. The Mayor announced the hiring of a Parent Coordinator in every school, the creation of Parent Support Offices, and the creation of a Parent Academy. Newly created Parent Engagement Boards, consisting solely of parents, will have input into evaluation of Regional Superintendents and Local Instructional Supervisors and monitor effectiveness of Parent Coordinators and Parent Support Offices. The Department has hired and trained Parent Coordinators and fully-staffed Parent Support Offices in Learning Support Center sites are open to parents during daytime hours, as well as some evening and weekend hours. Parents can also access information through the parent section of the Department's website or by calling 311. Thirty-two Citywide Education Councils, including one on Special Education and one on High Schools, are being created to expand the opportunity for parents to take leadership in the reform of the city's public schools. The Department launched a public awareness campaign on the nomination and selection processes for these positions and elections took place in May. Launched Done
Get graduating high school students to participate in union offered training programs DOE DOE is collecting and centralizing information on vocational educational training opportunities for high school students and will share it with the participants in the agency's 75 youth employment programs. DOE's internship and apprenticeship programs, such as LEARN, COOP and others, are available to high school students enrolled in instructional programs in Career and Technical Education. Included among the apprenticeship opportunities are programs with the MTA and Construction Skills 2000, which represents all construction unions in the New York City area. Union partners have been involved in assisting schools in the program approval process, in reviewing curriculum and in developing technical assessments. Because of their ongoing participation in the DOE's Career and Technical Education Reform efforts, unions have increased the number of internships and apprenticeships offered to high school students. To Launch in 2003 Done
Get more teachers into the classroom by moving them out of administrative posts DOE Education is doing this by moving teachers from district offices into schools, especially in the areas of math and reading. Approximately 500 teachers who were serving in out-of-classroom positions as staff developers either returned to classrooms or were selected for positions under the reorganization. Many were selected as math or literacy coaches. Approximately 1,000 education evaluators were also returned to classrooms. Launched Done
Institute voluntary bonus classes for children falling behind DOE The No Child Left Behind Act requires after school and supplemental services for students in struggling schools who are falling behind. This exists currently in some cases, and plans are being developed to implement this on a widespread basis. Education is launching a new campaign to convince parents to take advantage of these services. Under NCLB, Supplemental Education Services programs offer eligible students academic assistance before and after school, on weekends, and online. As of February 2004, a total of 51,143 students enrolled in SES for the 2003-2004 school year. This represents an increase of 21,130 students compared to the total number of children enrolled in programs for the entire 2002-2003 school year. The Mayor allocated an additional $8 million to support after school and weekend support services for 3rd graders. 15,000 3rd graders utilized these extra services. In addition, approximately 7,000 students attended DOE's Spring Break Academy, which gave students the opportunity to attend extra review sessions during the Spring recess. To Launch in 2003 Done
Integrate school services with other social services provided by City and private providers DOE Education created the Office of School Safety and Planning in partnership with NYPD, and a new partnership with Health to coordinate all student health services. The Office of Youth Development and School Community Services works closely with DYCD, ACS, NYCHA, and DoJJ on the Mayor's Out of School Time initiative. The Office is also working with ACS on the Pregnant and Parenting Teens program and the Students in Temporary Shelters program. DOE and DoHMH have implemented a joint Office of School Health that provides preventive health care and health services in schools and is responsible for the DOE health education curriculum and its new fitness initiative. The program has a single Medical Director and Nursing Director. Key School Health initiatives include integrating the nursing workforce, automating school health records, improving vision and hearing screening, initiating a fitness program and improving health education programs. Launched Done
Make logistical, back office support available for charter schools DOE Currently, for charter schools, Education facilitates Special Ed services, provides food services and transportation, tracks/audits enrollment, provides information to parents, responds to parent complaints, provides monitoring, quality assurance around curriculum and outcomes, and facilitates testing services. The New York City Center for Charter Excellence has been established by DOE to stimulate the supply of high quality charter schools and to support their ongoing operations. In addition, new DOE policies bring charters closer to financial parity with other public schools by providing funds for school start-up, information technology, and special education as well as the use of public facilities. To Launch in 2003 Done
Make students accountable for their behavior with zero-tolerance for disruptive behavior and violence in the schools DOE The new program dictates that students will be required to sign a new student behavior contract that will also have to be signed by their parent or guardian in a parent conference for committing minor infractions of disorder in the classroom, ensuring that parents and guardians have a role in the student's discipline process. Students will be given visible, supervised in-school service assignments, such as graffiti removal. For non-violent but serious infractions, students will continue to be re-assigned to enhanced in-school suspension centers for a period of several days to get them out of the classroom. For committing repeated more serious infractions, students will be assigned to newly created "twilight schools" that will be established in each borough. Students who commit the most serious infractions will continue to be assigned to an expanded program of Second Opportunity Schools. The new safety plan calls for an immediate, consistent minimum response to even minor disciplinary violations. The Department has implemented a three-strikes policy for students with two or more suspensions in a 24 month period. To support this policy the Department is creating additional Off-site Suspension Centers, New Beginnings sites, and After-School Suspension Sites. All students who commit the most serious crimes are removed immediately and placed in Second Opportunity Schools for the remainder of the school year. In addition, funding was provided to each Region to establish in-school suspension programs. The Citywide Standards of Discipline and Intervention Measures was revised to reflect a more cohesive and structured approach toward student behavioral expectations and behavioral contracts were provided to all students, teachers and parents. Launched Done
Make the Chancellor and Superintendents accountable with their jobs on the line. The same goes for principals DOE The Chancellor, Superintendents and Principals are all held accountable with their jobs on the line, especially through the new, streamlined system of accountability and the Principals' Report Card. The Chancellor, Superintendents and Principals are all held accountable with their jobs on the line, especially through the new, streamlined system of accountability and the Principals' Report Card. The Chancellor has also revised the process for principal selection. Implementation has begun and many schools are already experiencing a more streamlined and accountable principal selection process. High-performing interim principals have already been made permanent and 45 principals of under-performing schools were dismissed after the 2003-2004 school year. Done Done
Move administrative services out of overcrowded schools to make room for students DOE Classrooms currently used as offices and conference facilities will become classrooms again and the centralization of operational students will produce 8,000 classroom seats (the equivalent of 12 new schools). In total, approximately 28,000 new seats will be made available to City schools by September 2004. Approximately 8,000 of these seats will have been created by conversion of district offices and other administrative spaces. The Department exceeded earlier expectations by bringing 5,880 of these classroom seats on line for the start of the school year in September 2003. The full 8,000 seats created from space conversion will be available by September 2004. Launched Done
Promote physical fitness in the schools and get more private companies to support sports, music and arts programs DOE Education is developing plans to improve PhysEd programs, and its Partnerships office is looking at potential partners to promote athletics, music, and the arts. In collaboration with DOHMH, DOE has hired a Central Director of Fitness and Physical Development and Directors of Fitness and Physical Development for Regions 2, 5, 8, and 10 (with plans to hire an additional 5 Directors at the regional level). DOE is introducing a fitness initiative that entails implementing a uniform fitness curriculum, student assessment program and professional development, and entails creating the Middle School Sports and Fitness League, which is currently being rolled out in four Regions. The Department has secured funding from NY Community Trust and Snapple for fitness programs, and a contribution from AOL for arts and music education through the AOL/Dave Matthews Band Concert for Schools. To Launch in 2003 Done
Provide an across-the-board salary increase for teachers DOE The latest teachers' contract provided a pay raise for all teachers. The 2002 teachers' contract provided an across-the-board salary increase for teachers. Done Done
Support the full implementation of the "New Continuum" of services for Special Ed students DOE Program implementation is underway. In addition, Mayor Bloomberg has charged Chancellor Klein with reexamining how to provide effective services to students with special needs. Special ed has been reorganized to improve provision of special education services, including: hiring and professional development of Special Ed specialists and staff; return to classrooms of teachers doing evaluation work; and creation of new special education teaching positions. For District 75, the citywide special ed district, additional classroom space was identified and staff was hired and included in the Department's professional development to ensure access to the general curriculum. In keeping with the implementation of the New Continuum, DOE is increasing its efforts to provide preventive services, include special ed students in general education classes with needed supports, and include special ed personnel in professional development activities concerning local and state standards. Launched Done
Support the implementation of age-appropriate HIV/AIDS curriculum in grades K-12 DOE Education administers the AIDS curriculum mandated by the State. The Department of Education administers the AIDS curriculum mandated by the State. The Department is updating the HIV/AIDS curriculum and plans to present an updated curriculum to the Chancellor before the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year. Done Done
Support the office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation for the city's schools DOE Done through appointment of Richard Condon. Done through the appointment of Richard Condon. Department officials continue to meet regularly with the Commissioner to discuss trends and ongoing systemic issues of mutual concern. Done Done
Take better advantage of federal funds for maintenance and repair of schools available through programs like the Schools Facilities Infrastructure Improvement Act DOE The new school construction office is working on this. DOE has so far used ($30) million in Federal QZAB bonds to fund school renovation projects, the most of any school district in New York State. The School Facilities Infrastructure Improvement Act was never funded, and it disappeared when NCLB was passed. Launched Done
Use all measures to vigorously fight truancy DOE Education's Office of School Safety is developing a plan to fight truancy. The Department has reformed its efforts under the Attendance Improvement and Drop-Out Prevention Program. Utilizing the services of the United Way and TASC, CBOs in every borough will be targeted to the most in need high schools and middle schools. There are currently 13 truancy sites throughout the five boroughs in NYC. As of March 2004, over 13,218 students were processed at the truancy centers. To Launch in 2003 Done
Use citywide and state-required tests to regularly measure student performance DOE In accordance with No Child Left Behind, the State will take over all high stakes testing within 5 years. Currently, City and State exams regularly test English and Math in grades 3 through 8 and 12. During Fall 2003, the Department commenced the interim assessment program for students in grades 3 to 8. The assessments will help teachers identify what is working and not working for each child and enable teachers to better meet each child's learning needs. The assessments will be administered up to three times per year.In addition, starting this year, as part of the Mayor's new promotion policy, 3rd grade students must achieve a basic level of proficiency on the citywide English Language Arts and math exams in order to be promoted to the 4th grade. Launched Done
Provide funds for school-based eye and ear testing and other preventive healthcare DOE, DHMH 173,000 students received school based eye and ear testing in 2002. The Mayor created a joint office coordinating Education and Health activities to provide better health services for students. The Chancellor and the Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene have created a joint Office of School Health, which provides preventive health care and health services in schools. It is also responsible for the DOE health education curriculum and its new fitness initiative. Key School Health initiatives include integrating the nursing workforce, automating school health records, initiating a fitness program and improving health education programs. Also, for the first time ever, all third grade students attending the Summer Success Academy will be given vision screenings. Launched Done
Encourage more public-private partnerships to make after-school programs accessible to all public school children DOE, DYCD The No Child Left Behind Act requires this and Education is developing new partnerships and programs to implement it. The Mayor's Office, DYCD, and DOE have developed the Out-of-School Time (OST) initiative, which coordinates and develops after-school programming that reflects the needs of the city's youth and families, particularly in under-served communities. It also includes comprehensive evaluation components to measure effectiveness. The initiative brings together 8 different city agencies that administer OST programs, community-based providers, and foundations that fund OST programs. Launched Done
Continue supporting the legal process to get New York City's fair share of state funds for schools. DOE, IG The City has strongly supported the suit, including submitting an amicus brief in its favor. The City strongly supported the lawsuit and the New York State Court of Appeals ordered the State Legislature to remedy the funding formula. Done Done
Install cameras in school stairwells and common areas to handle discipline problems and combat abuse DOE, NYPD Cameras have been installed in stairwells and common areas in schools across the five boroughs, and more will be installed this year. DOE has an estimated 155 school buildings with some level of video surveillance capacity. One-third of these systems have digital video recorders with remote access. Thirty video surveillance systems have been installed within the past 18 months. In 10 priority buildings, video surveillance systems were installed/upgraded by September 2003. Two of these 10 received new network-based surveillance systems. The network-based surveillance pilot is being expanded to additional sites, including recipients of FY 2004 Resolution A funding from the City Council. The Five-Year Capital Plan provides for expanded use of network-based surveillance. Done Done
Implement the co-op/condo tax abatement program DOF Finance has implemented the program and it has been extended by the State Legislature through 2004. The program is in place. Finance is currently negotiating programmatic reforms and an extension of the program. Launched Done
Empower communities to identify their problems by asking community groups to identify their public health priorities, providing timely access to data, creating a directory detailing available data, making comprehensive community health profiles available, and providing information about the City's programs in Spanish, French, Creole, Arabic, Russian and other languages DOHMH Health will issue a series of 42 Community Health Profiles on the health of residents in New York City neighborhoods (7 in the Bronx, 11 in Brooklyn, 10 in Manhattan, 10 in Queens, and 4 in Staten Island) and focus on leading causes of illness and death, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and asthma. Data for the profiles includes information from the recently completed community health survey of 10,000 New Yorkers. However, the profile is not available in all of the languages mentioned. Community Health Profiles were released in October 2003, and provide detailed information on the health of New York City's 42 neighborhoods, including the leading causes of illness and death and health behaviors. Senior staff presented the profiles in each of the communities to health professionals, public officials, community leaders and residents. The data highlight which health problems require the greatest attention, and where and what interventions are needed most. This data is available to the public on the DOHMH website, though not in all of the languages mentioned. Jealth bulletins for Take Care New York initiative, which identifies key steps NYers can take to live a longer, healthier life, are available in Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and Korean.
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Enhance Health nutritional education efforts DOHMH Health has launched several nutrition initiatives in 2003. The Worksite Wellness program promotes healthy choices in vending machines and in cafeterias in nearly 100 worksites throughout the city. The Senior Wellness Project conducts nutritional workshops at senior centers. In addition, Health is working with Education to promote healthy choices and educational materials in the schools. DOHMH released a Health Bulletin promoting healthy eating and physical activity. The Worksite Wellness program developed a Healthy Eating Plan which includes personal email feedback with nutritional tips to be rolled out to worksites throughout the city. In addition, DOHMH is working to promote and expand greenmarkets to increase accessibility to fresh produce. DOHMH is working with DOE to implement nutrition standards and policies in schools. Launched Done
Expand the City's Childhood Asthma Initiative by target spending for asthma programs DOHMH Funding on asthma has not been expanded in general, but high risk neighborhoods have been specifically targeted. DOHMH continues to support asthma activities in communities at highest risk through the District Public Health Offices and contractors in South Bronx, East Harlem, Bedford Stuyvesant and Bushwick. In addition, DOHMH has launched the Health Buddy, an asthma self-management tool for children with persistent asthma in the South Bronx and East Harlem. Not Done Done
Give Health the resources to assure a 24/7 ability to accept and analyze reports of unusual diseases and outbreaks and respond to any emergency DOHMH Health syndromic surveillance monitors the occurrence of groups of symptoms seen in emergency department visits as an early detection system for outbreaks 24/7. Health syndromic surveillance monitors the occurrence of groups of symptoms seen in emergency department visits as an early detection system for outbreaks 24/7. Done Done
Give the School Health Program the staffing, funding and services it needs to safeguard our kids against contagious diseases and needless illnesses DOHMH Health and Education have a new office to coordinate student health services and improve preventive care in all areas. DOHMH and Education continually monitor the immunization records of all students to ensure that they have received the proper vaccinations. Also, the integrated Office of School Health has undertaken several new initiatives, including expansions in physical activity opportunities for school children and improvements in physical education through new curricula and more teacher training. Launched Done
Increase the City's focus on preventive medicine and integrate clinical preventive services with prevention in the schools, home and community DOHMH A new Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention was created in 2002, and a neighborhood initiative was established in Bushwick and East Harlem to partner with schools, day care providers, medical providers and housing establishments. During the flu vaccine campaign, the neighborhood initiative facilitated flu vaccination in communities where vaccine uptake remains low. Plans are also underway to promote colon cancer screening, improve diabetes management and the use of "public health detailers." A new Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention was created in 2002, and 3 District Public Health Offices were established in Bushwick, East Harlem, and the South Bronx to partner with schools, day care providers, medical providers and housing establishments. The District Public Health Offices each focus on the unique health issues of the community. Done Done
Increase the laboratory capacity in the City to reduce the time to obtain results and accommodate mass testing if needed DOHMH Health is renovating its bioterrorism lab and also created a syndromic surveillance system to provide early warnings of possible bioterrorism. The newly renovated bioterrorism lab provides improved security and safety for the testing and detection of select biothreat agents. A new 7,000 square foot specialized containment area enables the City to perform tests for hazardous biological agents and increases testing capacity. Additional features of the facility include improvements in air handling, communication and increased back-up power. Launched Done
Maintain the City's commitment to protecting clinics from violence, threats and harassment DOHMH Health Police patrol all clinic facilities. In the past year, medical abortion services were begun in a Maternal Infant Care clinic in one facility, and increased security was provided. Health Police patrol all clinic facilities Done Done
Make tuberculosis detection and treatment a routine part of the City's clinic programs DOHMH Health has renovated its 10 Chest Centers. These state-of-the-art facilities provide high quality, free, confidential care to prevent or treat tuberculosis, regardless of ability to pay or immigration status. DOHMH continually assesses the incidences of tuberculosis and proactively targets its efforts in neighborhoods with elevated levels of tuberculosis cases. Done Done
Provide asthma prevention education and services for students DOHMH The Asthma Initiative has increased capacity for asthma prevention in schools by providing funding for the Open Airways program, an asthma education program that targets children with asthma in elementary schools. The Asthma Initiative has also developed an asthma-safe school guidebook, and is working in several schools to educate school staff, parents, and children about asthma. The Asthma Initiative has increased capacity for asthma prevention in schools by providing funding for the Open Airways program, an asthma education program that targets children with asthma in elementary schools. The Asthma Initiative has also developed an asthma-safe school guidebook, and is working in several schools to educate school staff, parents, and children about asthma. Launched Done
Provide training and support for parents of children with asthma DOHMH Parent workshops are conducted at schools, shelters, community centers, daycare centers, foster care agencies, and other community sites. Referrals, information and support for parents is available by calling 311 to reach the Asthma Initiative, and case management services for families of children with asthma is available through community contractors in high-risk neighborhoods. DOHMH continues to support parent workshops at schools, shelters, daycare centers, and other community sites. Over the past year, DOHMH has trained more than 350 staff from the Department of Homeless Services to enhance support for children with asthma in the shelter system. In FY '04, the Department trained more than 1800 individuals citywide, including HeadStart health coordinators, parent coordinators at public schools, and school nurses. Launched Done
Stop the City-initiated assignment of Medicaid-eligible women to plans which do not provide reproductive care DOHMH While the City does not assign Medicaid enrollees, 16 of the 17 plans with which the City contracts provides these services (the one exception is Fidelis, which does not offer these services. However, their members receive state-directed outreach that let them know how they can still go about receiving these services). While the City does not assign Medicaid enrollees, 16 of the 17 plans with which the City contracts provides these services (the one exception is Fidelis, which does not offer these services. However, their members receive state-directed outreach that let them know how they can still go about receiving these services). Done Done
Support the "Quit Yet" anti-smoking campaign DOHMH Health has supported this in multiple ways. In November 2002, Health convened a first-ever citywide cessation summit. Participants included representatives from HHC clinics, unions, private insurance companies, Medicaid managed care companies, private cessation programs, and employers. In addition, Health is working with HHC to increase outreach and improve cessation services for HHC's 14 cessation clinics. DoH continues to promote and support a variety of tobacco cessation efforts ranging from media campaigns to HHC smoking cessation clinics to a free nicotine patch program to help smokers successfully quit. After a decade of limited progress in tobacco control, there was an 11% decline in the number of city smokers from 2002 to 2003. This represents more than 100,000 fewer smokers. Fewer New Yorkers are smoking today than at any point in at least 50 years, marking the first time ever that there are more former smokers than smokers in New York City. Launched Done
Turn attention to communities plagued by HIV and AIDS, give community and faith based organizations their fair share of funding to provide education and prevention information, and provide matching funds for HIV/ AIDS medical care and support services funded by the charitable sector DOHMH Health contracts extensively with community-based organizations for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services. Health is also working on streamlining the contracting process to get funds to these organizations more quickly. However, Health does not provide matching funds. DOHMH provided more than $15 million to community-based organizations for HIV/AIDS prevention and education and continues to work to improve contracting and monitoring by supporting a website for RFPs and contracting requirements. The Community Development Initiative (CDI) is in its second phase, enrolling 40 small community-based and faith-based agencies into a "Contractor School" for technical guidance and training in fiscal management and grant preparation to help them successfully apply for federal and private grants. DOHMH also sponsored a faith forum providing opportunities for information sharing and technical assistance to faith-based institutions in Brooklyn working with HIV-positive or high-risk youth. Not Done Done
Enforce prohibitions against sales of tobacco products to under aged children DOHMH,
DCA
The list of "Filthy Fifty" vendors was released by Consumer Affairs and fines were assessed. Consumer Affairs constantly monitors tobacco sales to under aged children. DCA released its list of 128 "Dirty Dealers" whose tobacco licenses were revoked for repeatedly selling tobacco to kids. Through the Teen Tobacco and Prevention Prorgram, the agency enforces the law against selling tobacco products to under-aged children. DOHMH plans to include posting the list of vendors and tobacco retailers with violations for selling tobacco to minors, identify neighborhoods with lower compliance rates to conduct targeted educational outreach, and incorporate a new data collection tool to better track both City and State violations and repeat offenders. Launched Done
Develop a database of basic demographic information about the uninsured to facilitate marketing and outreach efforts for Health Stat DOHMH, MOHIA The first ever Community Health Survey of 10,000 New Yorkers generated citywide data to drive information-based public health decisions, target programs more efficiently, eliminate unsuccessful projects, and provide more information on-line for the public. MOHIA will use this information for marketing and outreach. MOHIA is completing a data analysis and mapping project to identify City residents currently eligible for public health insurance programs. DOHMH has released its Community Health Profiles, including health coverage and access to care, for 42 city neighborhoods and the data has been shared with MOHIA for HealthStat marketing and outreach. Launched Done
Make health programs available to immigrants regardless of how they got here DOHMH, MOHIA Health and MOHIA enroll children in Child Health Plus regardless of immigrant status. They also enroll immigrant adults into Medicaid and Family Health Plus consistent with New York State law. MOHIA also assures immigrants that their children are eligible for CHIP and are not at risk, regardless of their immigration status. Health and MOHIA enroll children in Child Health Plus regardless of immigrant status. They also enroll immigrant adults into Medicaid and Family Health Plus consistent with New York State law. MOHIA is now building a new partnership with the City Council of Churches to use the diverse faith community throughout the city to conduct outreach for the City's immigrant and other hard- to-reach populations. Launched Done
Develop more special senior programming on Crosswalks DoITT,
DFTA
DoITT and Aging collaborated to produce a public service announcement (PSA), currently airing on Crosswalks NYC, describing the agency and the services available to seniors. This information is also part of an audio track, "Crosswalk NYC Radio," which simulates the sound of a radio station and airs ads for City initiatives when callers are placed on hold at City offices. This technology is currently in place in five locations. Information regarding Aging and its services is currently running on Crosswalks' Digital Magazine. DoITT and Aging are also collaborating on a series of programs under the working title of "The Emerging Issues for the Aging" which will highlight various issues of importance to seniors. NYC TV and the Department for the Aging collaborated to produce a new original series called "Coming of Age: Emerging Issues in Aging Affecting All New Yorkers." The series included six 30-minute episodes, covering topics such as elderly abuse, care-giving, and grandparents raising grandchildren, are currently in various stages of production. The Coming of Age promo was nominated for an Emmy. NYC TV continues to air information regarding the DFTA and the services available to seniors in its public service announcements and audio track, Radio NYC, which is now available as hold music on 16,255 phone lines across New York City agencies. To Launch in 2003 Done
Establish a sustained program for infrastructure management of bridges, tunnels and roadways. DOT DOT has a program to sustain bridge, tunnel and roadway infrastructure. 16 bridge projects and 22 roadway projects were completed in 2002. DOT has a program to sustain bridge, tunnel and roadway infrastructure. In 2003, DOT substantially completed 13 bridge projects throughout the five boroughs. The Agency is currently finalizing designs to replace the 100 year old bridge that connects City Island to the rest of the Bronx. Launched Done
Evaluate restrictions on under-occupied motor vehicles DOT DOT worked with NYS DOT to upgrade a bus lane on the LIE to 3+. The HOV lane on the Gowanus was also changed to 3+. DOT continually evaluates vehicle occupany restrictions. While no new restrictions have been implemented, the Lower Manhattan SOV ban that had been in place since fall of 2001 was lifted in the fall of 2003. Launched Done
Expand the congestion pricing commercial vehicle parking program DOT Congestion pricing for commercial vehicles has expanded, mostly in Midtown. DOT has installed 345 muni-meter machines and has collected over $2 million in revenue from muni-meter cards. In 2003, DOT expanded the Paid Commercial Parking program in Midtown Manhattan, including the Garment District, and selected other areas throughout the city. Overall, DOT installed 400 muni-meters, rails and regulatory signage to govern over 2,200 commercial spaces.

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Introduce congestion pricing for parking meters DOT DOT has expanded congestion pricing for commercial vehicles in midtown through muni-meters. The muni-meters limit double parking by commercial vehicles, generate new revenue, and improve traffic flow. In 2003, DOT expanded the Paid Commercial Parking program in Midtown Manhattan, including the Garment District and selected other areas throughout the city. Overall, DOT installed 400 muni-meters, rails and regulatory signage to govern over 2,200 commercial spaces.

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Move towards a bike friendly and pedestrian friendly environment to foster alternatives to motor vehicles DOT DOT has added bike lanes on Central Park West (Manhattan), Arthur Avenue (Bronx) and Clinton Avenue (Brooklyn). Bike lanes have also been added to the Manhattan Bridge and the Williamsburg Bridge. For pedestrians, 30 midtown intersections have split phasing. Newsracks legislation, effective February 24, will enable DOT to remove newsracks that impair pedestrian crossing. DOT improved 43 miles of bike lanes around the city, including the new Manhattan Greenway, and bike and pedestrian paths are now open on the Williamsburg Bridge.  Pedestrians will also benefit from the citywide installation of LED traffic and international pedestrian signals, which allow non-English speakers to cross intersections safely.  Newsstand legislation, which took effect in February 2003, will ease the flow of pedestrian traffic throughout the city.  In order to ease the burden on publishers that are regularly maintaining their racks, the Mayor recently amended the legislation to establish a self-certification process for the cleaning and removal of graffiti and other unauthorized writing.  Done Done
Use crosswalk marking to stop parking where pedestrians are blocked and drivers' vision of approaching cars is impaired DOT DOT has increased the number of intersections that are day lighted. Examples include Thru Streets intersections, several pilot programs in Staten Island, and an increased number of high visibility crosswalks. DOT is also working with the MTA on a bus stop marking program. Along with thoroughfares that are part of the Thru Streets program, two dozen streets in Staten Island have been day lighted. Launched Done
Use technology, including cameras, to facilitate pedestrian and vehicle flow DOT, DoITT Technological innovations that deal with pedestrian and vehicle flow include Morning Drive Live (which includes 22 real time cameras), new traffic cameras, EZ Pass readers for data collection through Transcom, and new LED international pedestrian signals. DOT is piloting the Interagency Incident Management System (a City & State video and database network) that allows field users to share information on incidents with their command centers. DOT is working with Transcom, a federally funded regional traffic coordination organization, to create a web-based traffic program called Trips123, which uses EZ Pass data to track speeds of vehicles. Transcom is overseeing implementation, which is scheduled to occur this year. Done Done
Expand the use of cameras for traffic control and safety with "Area Under Surveillance" signs DOT, NYPD DOT has installed approximately 90 cameras to watch traffic. Signs will be installed this year. In 2003, DOT added 43 cameras to the traffic surveillance system, approximately half of which use "wireless" technology. These cameras were placed primarily on limited-access highways throughout the city and are available on the DOT web-site for public viewing. In addition, the Agency placed seven cameras on both the Williamsburg and Queensboro Bridges, and three on the Manhattan Cable Plant, bringing the total number of traffic cameras to 148. To Launch in 2003 Done
Continue Partnerships for Parks DPR Partnerships will unveil second round of catalyst programs to create new community adoption and partnership of major neighborhood parks in 2003. Through a public/private initiative, Parks has received $25 million in funding that will be used to benefit 16 parks in Red Hook, High Bridge and Harlem. Done Done
Create Bloomingdale Park DPR In December 2002, the Mayor announced the creation of $17 million for Bloomingdale Park and new parks facilities. Work on the new park has begun. Construction is expected to be complete in Fall of 2004. The ballfields will open in Spring of 2005, after the sod has knit. Done Done
Dedicate special events fees in parks to the agency's budget DPR In 2002, Parks collected nearly $2 million from corporate sponsorship. That funding went to the City's general fund. Parks then received $1 million extra in funding and $1 million was credited against budget cuts. Parks arrangement with OMB, where half of special events fees go to the agency and the other half goes to the general budget, remains. Done Done
Expand the Greenstreets program DPR Parks built 8 Greensteets in 2002 and will construct around 25 in 2003. Parks will also survey the number of remaining unplanted traffic triangles in the city. Parks has adopted approximately 290 Greenstreets. Launched Done
Find asphalt areas appropriate for artificial turf to alleviate the shortage of ball fields DPR Though operation "Green Acres," Parks installed nine synthetic turf fields in 2002 and plans to install 21 more in 2003. Since January 2002, Parks has completed 27 synthetic turf fields. An additional 22 have been funded and are in design, bid or construction. Done Done
Open all beaches and pools by starting lifeguard training in public schools, issue a lifeguard training guide so kids can exercise and work on their own time, encourage cops, corrections officers, firefighters and EMS technicians to take the lifeguard test and create flexible schedules so they can lifeguard, and recruit lifeguards in Southern Hemisphere countries DPR 37 foreign lifeguards were hired and deployed in 2002 (and a total of 984 in 2002, up from 904 in 2001). Parks is currently pursuing H-2B visas to hire more lifeguards from the Southern Hemisphere. Parks will also recruit PSAL swim team members. Parks has been working with DOE to recruit and train superb student swimmers to become lifeguards. DPR is also working with City Commissioners to encourage their employees to become lifeguards. Currently, 145 new recruits are participating in training classes, and 315 returning lifeguards have passed the required re-certification exam. The City is also working with international lifeguard recruiting organizations to select and screen international candidates. This year, 53 new international lifeguards are in training, more than double the previous year. The new recruits are expected to bring this year's total lifeguard count to 1,000. Launched Done
Set ground rules to protect parks from overuse by private entities and to determine qualifications for what payments should be. DPR New permit fee guidelines have been drafted and are being reviewed with Corporation Counsel. Parks has promulgated new ground rules to protect from overuse. Launched Done
Work with community groups to clean and water Greenstreets DPR To date, 252 Greenstreets have been adopted. Parks plans to expand the program in 2003. The Department's Partnership for Parks group has an active Greenstreet Stewards program. Parks has reached out to community boards and elected officials to educate them about the program. Approximately 290 Greenstreets have now been adopted. Done Done
Inventory city-owned and tax delinquent property for park use DPR, DCAS Parks acquired 14 acres of City-owned property in 2002 and expects to acquire 65 more acres of City-owned property in 2003. The Parks Department received 422 more properties from DCAS in 2003 for conversion into parks and open space. The next phase of Brooklyn Bridge Park will include shared DEP/DPR land. Done Done
Maximize playground use by allowing the public to use school playgrounds and ball fields when the students aren't using them DPR, DOE Parks and Education have had initial discussions but nothing has developed yet. All DOE playgrounds and DPR Jointly Operated Playgrounds are open to the public during the daytime, except during school hours, unless a school's principal requests for the playground to be closed. At the discretion of the school's principal, DOE athletic fields are also open to the public during the day when students are not using them and school is not in session. Through Take the Field, a public-private partnership aimed at rehabilitating athletic facilities at public schools, 37 Department playing fields have been rehabilitated and are open to the public. Not Done Done
Enhance nyc.gov/parks so it can handle complaints and requests from the public, allow the public to request tree pruning, stump removal, and graffiti removal over the site, and allow the public to view which ball fields are available and have the option of using a credit card to pay the permit fee DPR, DoITT All elements are complete except viewing available ball fields on line. DoITT is working to delineate onto the City's base-map (NYCMAP) all recreation facilities including tennis courts, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and basketball courts. When this work is completed by July, 2003, Parks will be able to utilize these features on a map over the web to support on-line reservations and related applications. Users can now purchase special event and tennis permits on-line with a credit card. DPR continues to expand and improve its website. Tee times can now be reserved on-line and DOITT is in the final stages of testing the interactive park map which will allow visitors to search for park locations, park inspection ratings, and any other related information. Launched Done
Provide vocational education in skilled labor jobs to students in early high school years and remind dropouts they are not eligible for apprentice programs DYCD,
DOE
DOE is studying a targeted RFP for union-sponsored apprenticeship programs that would help high school students find skilled labor jobs. DOE's internship and apprenticeship programs, such as LEARN, COOP and others, are available to high school students who are enrolled in instructional programs in Career and Technical Education. LEARN internships are provided by public and private agencies and COOP internships are provided by businesses. To Launch in 2003 Done
Partner schools with high-tech and other industries to determine the best course of training to provide needed, skilled workers DYCD,
DOE, SBS
Education worked with the State to certify several programs in City schools so that graduates receive Regents diplomas as well as vocational diplomas. DOE has a program that trains youth to become micro-computer support specialists. DOE also recently initiated a public-private partnership to implement the Information Technology Career Ladder Consortium, which trains youth and adults in careers in technology fields. SBS has launched the IT Consortium Career Ladder Program which links IT businesses with employment service providers and community colleges for specialized training. Launched Done
Repeatedly address the importance of a strong work ethic in our schools, universities and among our unskilled potential workforce DYCD, HRA Each of DOE's youth employment programs focuses on developing a strong work ethic. In 2002, over 120 programs served 65,000 youth, citywide. In addition, HRA distributed over 8,000 educational vouchers in 2002, allowing public assistance recipients to receive skills based training. DYCD provides policy, program leadership and support for the delivery of youth employment programs that aim to assist youth in preparing for, obtaining and maintaining employment, and in making successful transitions into the labor market. In 2003, 119 community-based organizations operated youth employment programs that served 65,000 youth citywide. Launched Done
Continue the fight for equitable distribution of services and funding at JFK and LaGuardia EDC EDC is negotiating with the Port Authority. The City has reached an agreement with the Port Authority that secures an immediate payment of $700 million to the city, with an additional $100 million going to local Queens capital projects. Annual payments will be the higher of $93.5 million or 8% of the airport's gross revenues. A Community Advisory Board will advise the City regarding how the $100 million for capital projects is allocated. The lease is currently being finalized and the land disposition is going through the ULURP process. Launched Done
Create an agency for debt issuance related to the recovery effort EDC Debt was issued through the Industrial Development Authority, which is also being used to administer the Liberty Bond program. Debt was issued through the Industrial Development Authority, which is also being used to administer the Liberty Bond program. Done Done
Provide SBA loans and small cash grants from foundations to help small businesses EDC EDC awarded more than 12,000 Business Recovery Grants of $460 million to small businesses, along with $17.7 million in Small Firm Attraction and Retention Grants. These grants were only given to businesses south of Canal Street, helping reduce occupancy costs significantly. EDC distributed $557 million in Business Recovery Grants to 14,000 small businesses, along with $42 million in Small Firm Attraction and Retention Grants. These grants were only given to businesses south of Canal Street, helping reduce occupancy costs significantly. Done Done
Target new growth industries like biotechnology to grow near our hospitals and medical centers EDC EDC and the State are working on a regional biotech strategy that will be used to attempt to lure biotech business to the region in 2003. EDC has rolled-out a comprehensive strategy to attract pharmaceutical, medical device, contract research and biotechnology companies that correlates with a renewed effort to strengthen our teaching hospitals and promote increased collaboration between our academic medical centers. In addition, EDC has begun a targeted outreach campaign to attract international and out-of-state pharmaceutical and large biotechnology companies whose research needs correspond to the niche strengths of our medical research institutions. To Launch in 2003 Done
Support the work of Friends of the High Line to transform the elevated track into a park EDC, DCP, DPR A Mayoral commission was appointed to study feasibility of turning the High Line into a park. In December 2002, the City filed for a "Certificate of Interim Trail Use" for the High Line from the Surface Transportation Board. The city is working with Friends of the High Line on planning the new park space.DCP is conducting an environmental review of the proposed West Chelsea Special District that will encourage preservation and reuse of the High Line for open space. An RFP was issued and four design firms have been shortlisted for this project; a decision will be made in the summer. The City is also working with the congressional delegation to include funds for this project in the pending transportation bill. Launched Done
Integrate community planning and economic development so we build what communities want and need EDC, DCP, HPD Work is underway to strengthen regional business districts like Downtown Brooklyn, Jamaica, and the Hub in the Bronx with input from Planning, EDC, SBS, other City agencies and the community.Also, EDC has overhauled its RFP process to reflect the need for more community outreach. EDC, HPD and Planning are working with local community leaders throughout the five boroughs on economic development projects. For example, in Staten Island, the agencies created the Homeport Task Force with community and local elected officials to decide what to do with the underutilized 37 acre waterfront site. Work is continuing on the Downtown Brooklyn, Downtown Flushing, HUB, Coney Island and the Hunts Point development plans. Launched Done
Develop a credible and comprehensive needs assessment that demonstrates why New York City needs and requires Federal and State assistance EDC, IG, OMB EDC created a "sources and uses" model for Lower Manhattan that details costs and existing funds to demonstrate the City's needs. The model was used to help develop the Mayor's plan for rebuilding Lower Manhattan. The Tax Foundation issued a report that discussed the federal balance of payments. After an OMB analysis, it was determined that the city receives 83 cents in services for every $1 it sends to Washington in taxes. That is a federal imbalance of payments of $11.4 billion. In addition, a study by the Center for Government Research showed that there is a state imbalance of payments of $11 billion. Done Done
Focus on industries other than financial services in Lower Manhattan EDC, SBS EDC, along with McKinsey & Co., has identified new ways to diversify the City's economy. The Mayor's vision for Lower Manhattan includes a wholly diversified economy, and to date, of the 68 companies that have accepted September 11 related grants, half of those companies are not financial services companies. HIP, Media Planning Group, T-Systems and Morgan Finnegan have all decided to move to Lower Manhattan, which will protect 2,133 jobs and create 943 more. These companies were not in the area prior to 9/11. Federal incentives for smaller firms have helped 1,600 businesses, employing 27,000 people, to sign, renew, or extend leases in Lower Manhattan. Also, in order to lure more small businesses to the area and provide business assistance, SBS opened a Lower Manhattan Business Solutions Center and hired an Executive Director for Lower Manhattan Initiatives. Launched Done
Complete installation of PACS HHC PACS (picture archiving communications system, meaning x-rays) are now digitized and doctors can view them at any time from any on-line location. PACS (picture archiving communications system, meaning x-rays) are now digitized and doctors can view them at any time from any on-line location. Done Done
Computerize HHC's medical records HHC All ordering (test, prescriptions) is now done on computers and on-line. This includes the computerized physician order entry (CPOE) of test results, allergies, patient history, treatment plans and clinical documentation. Every doctor also now has an email address and the doctors communicate electronically. All ordering (test, prescriptions) is now done on computers and on-line. This includes the computerized physician order entry (CPOE) of test results, allergies, patient history, treatment plans and clinical documentation. Every doctor also now has an email address and the doctors communicate electronically. Done Done
Integrate medical residency training in abortion care into the HHC network of OB/Gyn programs HHC All HHC OB/Gyn residency training programs have pregnancy termination training. Staff training and capital improvements are also being done in locations that offer abortions. All HHC OB/Gyn residency training programs have pregnancy termination training. Staff training and capital improvements are also being done in locations that offer abortions. Done Done
Pursue bulk purchasing of medicine HHC HHC receives deep discounts from federal government's Public Services pricing structure and is supporting federal legislation that would allow hospitals to obtain PHS pricing for inpatient pharmaceuticals. HHC also uses multi-state group purchasing organization contracts to save money, and participates in the pharmacy prime vendor program. This has kept HHC's rise in pharmacy costs to 4.5%, compared to 13.5% for the industry at large. HHC's pharmaceutical cost containment strategy has resulted in lower overall pharmaceutical costs while enhancing programs and maintaining quality patient care services. HHC recently entered into a contract with a pharmaceutical prime vendor that will reduce costs by $4 million annually. HHC initiatives have contained annual pharmaceutical cost rate increases well below industry standard. During Fiscal Year 2003, HHC's pharmaceutical rate increase was only 2.5%, compared to the industry standard of 11.2%. Launched Done
Rationalize HHC's healthcare delivery system and concentrate specialty services in specific facilities so that the overall system can focus on primary care and trauma HHC HHC is now organized into seven geographically and operationally linked expansive health care networks each including multiple acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, diagnostic and treatment centers, rehabilitation centers, behavioral health programs, and numerous on-site and off-site medical and behavioral health clinics. This has resulted in improved continuity of care, cost savings, increases in efficiency and staff productivity and cross-subsidization of facilities and services. HHC will continue to consolidate services across networks or on a borough basis and make referrals, whenever possible, to other HHC facilities. HHC is organized into seven geographically and operationally linked health care networks, each of which includes facilities that provide a full continuum of physical and mental health services that are provided in hospitals and community based health centers, and some of which include long term care/ nursing home facilities, as well as highly-specialized inpatient and outpatient services that are available on a regional or city-wide basis to patients from across the boroughs. HHC also operates a home health agency that provides a full range of in-home nursing services. The regional/ borough-based network structure has improved continuity of care of patients, increased cost-efficiency, staff productivity and consolidation of highly specialized, resource-intensive services to ensure the maximum quality of these services. Launched Done
Assemble vacant and under-used plots of land into larger sites for housing, including inventorying all vacant parcels HPD HPD is streamlining disposition of city-owned property and working with DCAS to expedite jurisdiction transfers, cancel leases, clear sites, and identify sites for residential and mixed-use development. HPD is also working with NYCHA to use vacant or underutilized property for new housing. Brownfield remediation and new zoning should also help make this happen for non-City owned land. HPD is working with other land holding agencies to assess other housing development opportunities within the city's portfolio. For example, HPD has awarded a contract to a developer to rehabilitate 180 units and construct an additional 30 units on NYCHA property in the Bronx. In another project, HPD has released an RFP to rehabilitate 120 units, also in the Bronx. The Agency has also joined with HHC to create a senior housing project containing approximately 100 units on the Seaview Hospital grounds. HPD previously partnered with the NYC Partnership to develop 42 two or three-family homes in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. To Launch in 2003 Done
Cease auctioning off vacant parcels and property that could become part of larger affordable housing development. HPD Sale of City-owned vacant land will be coordinated through Deputy Mayor Doctoroff's office and City-owned land appropriate for residential development will be utilized for new housing development. Sale of City-owned vacant land will be coordinated through Deputy Mayor Doctoroff's office and City-owned land appropriate for residential development will be utilized for new housing development. The last City auction will take place in August. To Launch in 2003 Done
Discourage warehousing of vacant land through regulations HPD Creation of "Venture Incentive Program" funds will clear the ground for construction of up to 10,000 units of new housing on former brownfields that now sit vacant. Under the New Ventures Incentive Program, HPD has partnered with seven banks to build affordable low, moderate and middle-income housing throughout the city. Under this five year program private lenders will provide $200 million and the City will contribute $40 million towards the development of residential units in rezoned former manufacturing areas. To Launch in 2003 Done
Evaluate vacant or under-utilized parcels for condemnation, demolition and assemblage while affording protection to occupants HPD This is happening through assemblage but not condemnation or demolition (the private market is generally efficient in properly evaluating land for potential development, provided the zoning regulations permit it). HPD existing programs and lease and rent regulations offer occupants protection. HPD has created a program of funding alternatives for acquisition, that allows for the acquisition of urban renewal property with private funds. HPD has already partnered with one developer and is currently negotiating with a second. To Launch in 2003 Done
Seize and transfer buildings cited for serious code violations whose owners do not make the required repairs HPD Buildings are being seized and transferred (seized for code violations and transferred for tax delinquency). Buildings are seized and transferred if they are tax delinquent and have serious code violations. HPD has an effective intervention program that allows owners to clean up their violations and learn how to maintain their building as a responsible owner. HPD's Third Party Transfer program transferred 81 buildings representing 1,110 units to Neighborhood Restore in FY 03.HPD's Housing Education Program served 4,986 owners and managers between July '03 through February '04, providing education in a wide variety of housing related subjects. Launched Done
Establish a community garden policy HPD,
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New agreement dictates which gardens will remain and which will be used as housing (198 went to Parks, 153 will be developed for housing). Of the 153 garden sites that will be used for housing, all have been photographed, 31 have been cleared for construction, 17 have started construction and 38 gardeners have been offered alternate sites. Of the 198 garden sites that were transferred to DPR, 152 have met the standards to be registered and licensed by Green Thumb, the non-profit organization that manages community gardens. The organization is working with the gardeners at the remaining sites to help them reach their standards. Done Done
Build affordable housing at higher density and refuse to grant tax incentives unless developers take full advantage of the maximum number of units and density allowed by zoning HPD, DCP Developers are currently taking full advantage of zoning and maximum density laws to build to maximum capacity. However, new zoning laws will help this happen on an even greater scale. Developers are currently taking full advantage of zoning laws and maximum density laws to build to maximum capacity. Many of Planning's rezonings, in neighborhoods such as East Harlem, Park Slope, and North Corona have been developed to spur the creation of affordable housing by permitting the construction of residential units at higher densities than was previously allowed. Launched Done
Target areas with obsolete non-residential buildings for conversion into housing HPD, DCP This is part of the zoning proposal in the Mayor's housing package, including accelerated environmental review and a Brownfield remediation strategy. Both the completed Morrissania rezoning proposal and the proposed Greenpoint / Williamsburg rezoning will accomplish this goal. Also, the City's Hunters Point, Culver El, West Chelsea and Broadway Triangle proposals will convert non-residential buildings into housing if adopted. To Launch in 2003 Done
Change administration of the Family Responsibility Act so that those leaving welfare do not have their Medicaid automatically terminated HRA Medicaid now continues upon the closure of a public assistance case (receiving Medicaid and receiving public assistance are no longer automatically linked). By mid 2003, the period of coverage will be expanded to allow continuation of services and coverage and to afford consumers the opportunity to continue Medicaid Only coverage through mail renewal. In April 2003, individuals leaving welfare were incorporated into a mail renewal program. Done Done
Eliminate the required face to face meeting between beneficiaries and caseworkers for recertification HRA This is done in certain cases (like when the funding is for a child only) instead of the face to face meeting (generally by phone). This goes hand-in-hand with lengthening the recertification process, where certain groups are moved off the rolls and onto specialty groups. HRA is also planning a mail renewal program for 2003. HRA also aggressively lobbied the State to streamline its food stamp application process (which resulted in the application being shortened to 4 pages, down from 20). In addition, an interagency taskforce was formed to improve information flow between social service agencies and streamline procedures, including sharing case management information and eligibility data, and using the same technology across city agencies. HRA sought and obtained a State waiver to extend the recertification period and eliminate face-to-face recertification for certain elderly and disabled beneficiaries, as well as State approval for pilot project to conduct "no change" recertifications by telephone for certain households with children. Launched Done
Use qualified WEP workers for senior homecare programs and develop a training program so these WEP workers can leave the program for unionized jobs as homecare workers HRA In FY02 (and FY03 through December 2002) over 500 individuals receiving public assistance were trained via HRA Employment programs as Home Attendants. In calendar year 2002, over 2,100 job placements recorded for people on public assistance were as Home Attendants.
In 2003, HRA found 2,500 job placements for clients in the home health field, some of whom were WEP workers. In addition, the agency issued 168 vouchers for home health/nursing training for WEP workers and trained 139 WEP participants through an HRA/DFTA personal care training program. Launched Done
Continue rent stabilization and rent control protections and introduce local legislation to continue the rent stabilization and rent control laws after April 1, 2003 IG This is expected to occur in 2003. The City Council has to pass a bill and a declaration of housing emergency by April 1, 2003, and the State must then act by June 30, 2003. Rent stabilization and rent control laws were renewed by the State. Launched Done
Create a legislative distinction between the economic effects of a one-time terrorist attack and profligate spending so that the Financial Control Board is not triggered in all instances IG In 2001, the State legislature subsequently provided the New York City Transitional Finance Authority with $2.5 billion in additional borrowing capacity to finance expenses after the September 11 attacks, $1.5 billion of which was used to close the FY03 budget gap. In 2001, the State legislature subsequently provided the New York City Transitional Finance Authority with $2.5 billion in additional borrowing capacity to finance expenses after the September 11 attacks, $1.5 billion of which was used to close the FY03 budget gap. Done Done
Encourage the passage of legislation in Albany to amend the New York City Relocation and Employment Assistance Program (REAP) to help businesses willing to relocate to areas other than Manhattan below 96th Street IG REAP expires in 2003. State Legislative Affairs is working on amendments that would prolong the program. Governor Pataki signed legislation renewing the program and extending benefits to businesses that relocate from outside the city into Manhattan, below Houston St. Launched Done
Lobby the City Council to add "transgender" to the City's human rights law IG This bill was passed by the Council and signed by the Mayor (Local Law 3 of 2002). This bill was passed by the Council and signed by the Mayor (Local Law 3 of 2002). Done Done
Lobby the State to pass the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act IG This bill passed the legislature and was signed by the Governor. The Mayor aggressively lobbied for this through State Legislative Affairs. The Mayor aggressively lobbied for this bill, which passed the legislature and was signed by the Governor. Done Done
Oppose legislation to place additional zoning restrictions on adult-sex-related businesses IG The City supports the plan created by the previous Administration restricting sex-related businesses. No new legislation on this has been introduced. The City continues to support the plan created by the previous administration restricting sex-related businesses, and adopted the previous administration's amendments to the plan to close loopholes that enabled adult businesses to locate outside the zones designated as adult use.   These amendments are currently tied up in litigation.  The City continues to oppose any efforts to place new restrictions on adult use businesses.   Done Done
Perform on-going environmental monitoring for as long as Fresh Kills houses the structural remains of the World Trade Center. IG The EPA performed environmental monitoring when Fresh Kills was in use. The EPA performed environmental monitoring when Fresh Kills was in use. Done Done
Provide a waiver for seniors who have trouble proving they were in the US before August 22, 1996 and whose family or clergy can verify their status IG This is a part of the City's federal agenda. Federal Legislative Affairs will lobby for the waiver. In December 2002, the Social Security Administration began accepting such verification that proves an individual was present prior to August 22, 1996. To Launch in 2003 Done
Push for mandatory child safety trigger locks on guns purchased in New York City IG This was accomplished through local legislation in 1999 and is now being enforced. This was accomplished through local legislation in 1999 and is now being enforced. Done Done
Support federal legislation to include senior prescription drugs, eyeglasses, dental and hearing aid benefits as part of Medicare IG The City is requesting that the Medicare program include a drug benefit, which would benefit seniors significantly. President Bush signed legislation adding a prescription drug benefit to Medicare in 2003. Launched Done
Require all hospitals to offer emergency contraception for victims of sexual assault who are brought to emergency rooms IG, HHC Council bills on this issue are pending, and Legislative Affairs is negotiating with the Council on this issue. As of June 2003, emergency contraception is now available at all DOHMH sexually transmitted disease clinics and health facilities. HHC also provides emergency contraception in its hospital emergency rooms for victims of sexual assault. Not Done Done
Remove IRS restrictions on refunding tax-exempt debt IG, OMB The City was given the ability to issue one additional advance refunding of certain debt, creating savings of $150 million. Congress is once again considering tax bills that include a one year extension in the ability of the City to advance refund the City's general obligation bonds. Done Done
Hold an international design competition to determine what to do with Ground Zero LMDC, EDC Seven design teams made up of many of the world's most accomplished architects, designers and city planners unveiled their designs for the World Trade Center site on December 18.The LMDC has since narrowed the field to two plans. Daniel Libeskind's "Memory Foundations" was selected as the vision for a redeveloped World Trade Center site. A site plan has been finalized and work is proceeding on redeveloping Ground Zero. Done Done
Appoint a Deputy Mayor to solve the housing crisis. MO Deputy Mayor Doctoroff oversees the implementation of the Mayor's plan to create 65,500 new units of housing. Deputy Mayor Doctoroff oversees the implementation of the Mayor's plan to create 65,500 new units of housing. Done Done
Bring top business leaders into City government to serve in official and advisory capacities MO This has happened on both levels, ranging from hiring major Wall Street leaders for top positions in the Mayor's Office and EDC to bringing in business leaders like Jack Welch to serve in an advisory capacity (Welch serves as Chair of the Advisory Board of Education's Leadership Academy). The administration continues to enlist many of the city's business leaders for city service in both official and advisory capacities. In the past year, top business leaders have helped craft the Mayor's 5 year plan to end homelessness and have been appointed to serve on The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York and the NYC Latin Media and Entertainment Commission. Done Done
Create an open office plan in City Hall MO The creation of the bullpen in City Hall meant placing the Mayor, Deputy Mayors and most key Mayoral staff in one room. The creation of the bullpen in City Hall meant placing the Mayor, Deputy Mayors and most key Mayoral staff in one room. Done Done
Do not re-open the Fresh Kills landfill MO The Fresh Kills landfill remains closed. The Mayor unveiled the Fresh Kills Master Plan that will turn the landfill into a park three times the size of Central Park. The project involves extensive environmental reviews and will be phased-in over time. The first portions of the park could be open in five years. Done Done
Hold schools, government offices, the New York City Housing Authority and the public transportation centers accountable for obeying the recycling law MO The recycling laws were changed due to the budget gap. However, everyone is held to the law of recycling paper and metal products, and will be held to the law of recycling plastic when it resumes. All government entities are held to the law of recycling plastic, paper and metal products. Not Done Done
In the event of a vacancy in the Mayoralty, hold a special election in sixty days MO The issue was put to the voters in November 2002 and passed with 61% of the vote. The issue was put to the voters in November 2002 and passed with 61% of the vote. Done Done
Introduce a customer service mentality to the city's workforce MO The creation of 311 and introduction of a host of technology and programs to improve customer service -- including a wide variety of functions traditionally only offered in-person onto the web -- is helping to accomplish this. 311 represents the administration's broadest customer service initiative, as it allows all New Yorkers easy access to a wide variety of information about city services and policies. In addition, agencies throughout city government have implemented customer friendly service structures and policies. HRA, SBS, Buildings and Finance have all significantly overhauled their service provision capacities in order to function in a more customer friendly manner. Launched Done
Ride mass transit to work MO The Mayor regularly rides mass transit to work and to other meetings and events. The Mayor regularly rides mass transit to work and to other meetings and events. Done Done
Sponsor an international architecture competition to create attractive waterfront housing MO This idea is being actively explored by the Mayor's office. The City has sponsored waterfront design competitions that include housing for Staten Island's Homeport, Coney Island waterfront development and an Olympic Village in Queens. The City selected an international design team to produce a comprehensive Master Plan for the development of the East River Waterfront from Battery Park to the Lower East Side. By raising the standard for urban design, the City has attracted world renowned architects to New York City and its waterfront. To Launch in 2003 Done
Support an independent CCRB MO The Mayor supports the independent CCRB, which is fully functioning and was given the right to prosecute by a recent decision by the Appellate Court (upholding the lower court's decision). The Mayor continues to support an independent CCRB and has appointed individuals who are known in the civic and legal community for their fairness and independence. Done Done
Support the charter proposal to establish the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence MO The proposal passed in 2001. The Office to Combat Domestic Violence is fully up and running, and has introduced a host of new initiatives. The proposal passed in 2001. The Office to Combat Domestic Violence is fully up and running, and has introduced a host of new initiatives. Done Done
Turn Gracie Mansion into a "Blair House" for visiting dignitaries MO Gracie Mansion has been fully renovated with private funds. Tours are available to the public, and the City is working on a plan to use it to house visiting dignitaries. Gracie Mansion has been fully renovated with private funds. The City now uses the Mansion for special events and to house visiting officials and dignitaries. Tours of Gracie Mansion, as well as City Hall, Governor's Room and the Tweed Building, are available to the public. Launched Done
Curb privileged parking MO, CC Working with the State Department, the Mayor's Office and Corporation Counsel resolved the long-standing diplomatic parking dispute. Foreign nations with outstanding tickets and fines have begun to pay their debts. Working with the State Department, the Mayor's Office and Corporation Counsel resolved the long-standing diplomatic parking dispute. As of December 31, 2003, $502,199 has been collected from consulates and UN Missions. The city also reduced the number of vehicles authorized to park in diplomatic parking spaces by 75%, from 2600 to 530. Done Done
Endorse the "Ask Campaign" sponsored by PAX. MO, CJC The City sent letter to PAX endorsing the campaign and is working with PAX on other public safety initiatives. The City continues to support the ASK Campaign and has also endorsed Pax's SPEAK UP program. Done Done
Disband the Decency Commission MO, Cultural Affairs The terms of the members of the "decency commission" expired in November 2002. The Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, established in 1976 to help promote culture in New York City, will be revived. The terms of the members of the Decency Commission expired in November 2002. The Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, a 21 member Mayoral-appointed board, which provides invaluable guidance and expertise on issues relating to the City's cultural life, including marketing, arts education, capital financing, management and board development, has been revived. The full Commission meets quarterly and its four subcommittees meet periodically throughout the year. Done Done
Protect City employees from the hazards of second hand smoke MO, DOHMH The Mayor's smoking legislation makes virtually all workplaces smoke free. The bill takes effect on March 30, 2003. The Mayor's smoking legislation makes virtually all workplaces smoke free. The bill took effect on March 30, 2003. Done Done
Create a 311 telephone number for all city services MO, DOITT Phase 1 of 311 is about to be launched. This includes the consolidation of 11 call centers and the creation of a database to house information on thousands of available city services. 311 will allow callers to access all non-emergency City services and speak to a live operator 24 hours per day. Call center representatives will have access to translation services in 170 languages. Callers outside the five boroughs will be able to dial 212-NEW-YORK to reach the call center. The first phase of 311's multi-year implementation is scheduled to be operational in the first quarter of 2003. In Phase One, callers will receive three main types of services: directory assistance, information requests, and full service requests. Following the initial launch, each new phase will include additional content and service provision capabilities and will result in the consolidation of additional agency call centers and hotlines. 311 is now the main number to use to obtain information about the city and its services. In its first year of operations, the Hotline received 6.5 million calls and dramatically improved the oversight and tracking capabilities of City agencies. Over the next year, 311 will be able to take complaints and deliver information through the City's Web site. Finally, 311 operators will also soon be able to email documents immediately to those who request them instead of callers waiting for the documents to arrive in the mail. Launched Done
Create a mayoral taskforce on energy to facilitate communication among utilities, business and environmentalists MO, EDC An energy policy office is being created and will be launched in February 2003. The Energy Policy Task Force, made up of energy experts, environmental leaders and consumer advocates was formed in late 2003. The Task Force released a report outlining a plan to address New York City's future energy needs in January 2004. To Launch in 2003 Done
Aggressively promote public-private partnerships MO, MFANYC The City has developed a number of new public-private partnerships ranging from Education's hiring of Caroline Kennedy and the creation of an office to bring in private resources to private funding for the September 11th anniversary to private funding to restore Gracie Mansion and City Hall to revamping the City's Public-Private Initiatives office. The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, formerly New York City Public/Private Initiatives, is a private, not-for-profit corporation established to develop partnerships between the City and the private sector in order to promote the general welfare of the City's residents and aid civic improvements. It supports the work of many City Agencies including DOE, DPR, DOHMH, and DCA, and raises funds for many quality-of-life initiatives. MFANYC works closely with the Mayor's Office and City agencies to identify opportunities for collaboration within municipal government and then to forge relationships with appropriate private sector entities. During this administration, the Mayor's Fund has raised more than $24.5 million for various initiatives including Cool New York, re-illumination of the four East River Bridges, and support of Parks Youth Conservation program. Done Done
Increase private healthcare options for small businesses through HealthPass MOHIA Options increased from 20 to 26 in 2002 (each option is a set of benefits offered to individuals), with dental, long term disability coverage, and life insurance options added. In 2002, HealthPass had a 81% increase in the number of employer groups it serves (56% of employees in Health Pass are new and 64% of groups are new, meaning they didn't participate the year before). In addition to the increases implemented last year, MOHIA has launched a policy and outreach effort to analyze the scope of the issue; assess the feasibility of developing additional affordable options to help individuals and small businesses meet their health insurance needs; and strategically disseminate information about the range of options that are currently available for small businesses, sole proprietors and working individuals. Done Done
Continue to use schools to provide information about CHIP, including at back to school nights, parent-teacher conferences, and PTA meetings MOHIA,
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MOHIA works with Education to provide insurance information to parents. In 2002, MOHIA began outreach and enrollment at pre-registration days. In 2003, MOHIA will expand outreach to children registering for universal pre-k and is seeking private funding to create an incentive program for schools with the highest number of uninsured students to provide insurance information and enrollment opportunities. MOHIA has worked with the Dept of Education's Office of Early Childhood Education to incorporate health insurance outreach and enrollment into its annual registration process for universal pre-K, kindergarten and first grade. Outreach and enrollment efforts were conducted during the March 2003 registration cycle and were repeated in 2004. MOHIA also has secured funding for a year-long demonstration project to institutionalize health insurance outreach and enrollment in public schools and connect high risk students to regular sources of care. Launched Done
Create plans for bus depots and layovers to reduce emissions in overburdened areas of the city MTA The MTA is adding or reconstructing four depots including the Michael Quill Depot in Manhattan, the Coliseum Depot in the Bronx, the 100th Street Depot in Manhattan and the Grand Avenue Depot in Queens. These four facilities will accommodate 925 buses and increase storage capacity by 386 buses. Sites for new depots on Staten Island and Queens are also being explored. Construction of the Quill Depot and reconstruction of the West Farms and 100th St. depots has been completed. Also, a contract has been awarded for the construction of a Grand Avenue Depot in Queens. When all of these projects are complete, these facilities will accommodate an additional 386 buses, an over 40% increase. MTA is also planning on adding depot capacity in Queens and Staten Island. Launched Done
Give free subway and bus transfers to Roosevelt Island tram users MTA This has not been done yet. Roosevelt Island tram riders now use the Metrocard, and all transfers apply. Not Done Done
Continue the NYPD's all-out war on illegal guns NYPD New gun safety initiatives include doubling the reward for arrest of illegal gun carriers, reinvigorating the cash for guns program, creating the Bronx Gun Investigation Unit, expanding the Firearms Investigation Unit, developing a new initiative with ATF to bring more federal gun cases, and tracing illegal firearms to source states to identify the traffickers for federal prosecution. The Mayor's Office and NYPD are currently working on a new set of gun safety initiatives for 2003.
Special "Gun Courts" have been opened in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx to handle firearm related offenses. In these courts, the legal process has been streamlined and one judge handles an entire case from arraignment to sentencing. Operation Gun-Stop increased its award from $500 to $1000 for information leading to arrests. The initiative has resulted in 749 arrests and 450 guns seized. The agency also has a cash for guns program that gives $100, no questions asked, to anyone that turns in a gun. This program has led to the surrender of approximately 2500 firearms. Done Done
Continue to bring down crime NYPD In 2002, crime declined by an additional 6%, placing New York City between Provo, Utah, and Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. in terms of its crime rate per 100,000 people. Crime continues to go down and New York City is the safest big city in America. In 2003, crime went down 5.8% as compared to 2002. The NYPD continues to utilize innovative and effective techniques to bring down crime. Done Done
Continue to require posting police statistics on the Internet NYPD Crime statistics are posted on the Police Department's homepage: nyc.gov/nypd and are accessible to the public. In addition, certain quality of life neighborhood statistics are now available on nyc.gov. Crime statistics are posted on the Police Department's homepage: nyc.gov/nypd and are accessible to the public. In addition, certain quality of life neighborhood statistics are now available on nyc.gov. Done Done
Continuously review, upgrade, and increase firearm and police training NYPD The Tactical Village opened this year at the Rodman's Neck facility in the Bronx. New heavy weapons curricula have been developed and offered to members of the Emergency Service Unit, Intelligence Division, Aviation Unit, Headquarters Security, various security details, and for Fire Marshals. Heavy weapons qualified Firearms and Tactics Section personnel were deployed to One Police Plaza and the Office of Emergency Management. The Police Commissioner has convened a committee of Department executives to examine firearms tactics and safety. For the first time, a "Tactics Guide" for police officers is being created. Done Done
Crack down on double parking NYPD The Police Department issued nearly 700,000 double parking summonses through 2002 for double parking. DOT and NYPD continue to crack down on double parking. 300 Traffic Enforcement Agents were recently hired to continue enforcement. Done Done
Do everything possible to recruit the best men and women for the NYPD, including improving minority recruitment by going to African-American and Latino places of worship and community organizations, recruiting more young people for the NYPD Cadet Corps program, allowing recruits to submit their applications through the Internet, and creating a pro bono ad committee to recruit new officers NYPD In March 2002, the NYPD On-Line Application System was instituted, making the NYPD the first City agency to accept on-line exam applications. Nearly 35,000 applications have been received. The NYPD also established an external Recruitment Advisory Board, which was responsible for revamping recruit advertising and securing national advertising gratis. The NYPD is sending recruiters to non-traditional schools and institutions to generate bigger pool of applicants, and established three, no pre-registration examination sites. In 2002, 27,280 candidates were tested. In 2003, DCAS conducted two police officer exams that attracted a total of 7953 candidates. To attract additional test takers, the testing fee is waived on selected entry level examinations. The NYPD On-Line Application System had a combined 21,136 applications submitted during 2003. There are also 465 college students in the Department's Cadet Corps program. Minority recruits made up 50% of the last graduating class at the Police Academy; 19% of the graduates were female. Done Done
Do everything possible to stop poaching by suburban police departments NYPD Ongoing efforts to enhance training, improve officer safety, acquire greater resources and technology, and strengthen the professionalism of the uniformed service are all designed to enhance the NYPD's status and desirability. The NYPD also implemented an initiative to allow senior members of the service considering retirement to retain and bank variable supplement pay on a yearly basis. Ongoing efforts to enhance training, improve officer safety, acquire greater resources and technology, and strengthen the professionalism of the uniformed service are all designed to enhance the NYPD's status and desirability. The NYPD also implemented an initiative to allow senior members of the service considering retirement to retain and bank variable supplement pay on a yearly basis. Done Done
Ensure that training reinforces or even increases the level of professionalism NYPD The In-Tac training program for in-service officers was redesigned to include first-responder and counter-terrorism training topics, and the Omniform Complaint System requires training for all members at all Department levels. During 2002, 1,927 members of service have been trained in arrests processing; 2,515 were trained in data entry; 542 supervisors were trained in signing off; and 90 members of service were trained in troubleshooting. For the first time in 32 years, the entire Police Academy Recruit Training curriculum has been re-written. In addition, Department-wide training in counterterrorism response continues. Done Done
Ensure the NYPD retains command and control of School Safety Officers. The Gang Unit officers should train School Safety Officers on warning signs of gang activity NYPD All School Safety Officers are under the command of the Department's School Safety Division, headed by an Assistant Chief. School Safety Officers receive training on a routine basis from the Department's Gang Division. The Gang Division monitors gang activity in schools and has also designated a senior officer to serve as its School Safety Liaison, responsible for coordinating all information pertaining to City schools. The School Safety Division also takes part in weekly strategy meetings held by the Gang Division. NYPD has retained command and control of school safety officers and the Gang Division continues to train school safety agents and police officers on gang related issues. NYPD has created a uniformed school safety task force that is targeting violence in the city's most dangerous schools. The 150 member Task Force unit is staffed with officers who have had prior experience dealing with youth. Done Done
Expand and continue the Community Notification Protocols NYPD The Community notification roster, used in the dissemination of critical information to the community, is continually updated by NYPD Community Affairs. The Community notification roster, used in the dissemination of critical information to the community, is continually updated by NYPD Community Affairs. Done Done
Expand the "Community, Clergy and Police" program citywide NYPD This program has not been expanded yet. The Citywide Clergy Liaison Program, run by the Deputy Commissioner for Community Affairs, brings clergy together from throughout the city. Citywide there are 411 clergy members in the program. Not Done Done
Have Gang Unit officers visit schools to talk about the dangers of gang and gun activity
NYPD Two Sergeants who are assigned as Community Relations Liaisons provide briefings to administrators and teachers regarding gang-related issues. School visits are also an integral part of the GREAT program (Gang Resistance Education and Training). Members of the Gang Division continue to provide briefings to administrators and teachers regarding gang-related issues. Members assigned to the local gang squad also participate in these briefings. Launched Done
Preserve the NYPD's specialized units that investigate domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse cases, but examine other specialized units to ensure they are being used effectively NYPD NYPD preserved the domestic violence units, is examining other units like warrants and narcotics, and eliminated the street crime unit. The Department has preserved and enhanced its specialized units with the creation of the Special Victims Division. In addition, units such as the Warrants Section, the Narcotics Division and the Intelligence Division have been examined to improve effectiveness. The Street Crime Unit has been eliminated. Launched Done
Procure new non-lethal weaponry NYPD The NYPD's Emergency Service Unit acquired, tested and modified non-lethal equipment on an ongoing basis throughout 2002. The NYPD's Emergency Service Unit acquires, tests and modifies non-lethal equipment on an ongoing basis. Done Done
Provide laptops for all police officers ranking Captain and above and ensure the laptops can link to the CompStat database NYPD Laptops were provided to all Precinct, PSA and Transit commanders. Laptops were provided to all Precinct, PSA and Transit commanders. In addition, laptop computers are available to all Department captains and above. Launched Done
Require precinct commanders to provide monthly written reports on community meetings and be held accountable for their response to community concerns NYPD NYPD implemented a procedure that requires commanders to forward a report to the Police Commissioner immediately following a community meeting indicating the issues raised and the steps that will be taken to correct the condition. NYPD implemented a procedure that requires commanders to forward a report to the Police Commissioner immediately following a community meeting indicating the issues raised and the steps that will be taken to correct the condition. Done Done
Use technology to allow cops to process arrests at the station house rather than central booking NYPD Most arrests are now processed directly. Most arrests are now processed directly. Done Done
Use teleconferencing and email to allow precinct commanders and One Police Plaza to communicate more efficiently NYPD 200 field locations have local area networks with Internet addresses for the commanding officers. This has not happened yet for teleconferencing. All precinct commanders have been provided with e-mail capability. In addition, there are 60 telephone lines available at One Police Plaza for teleconferencing. Launched Done
Explore expanding cameras in high-drug areas in a way that ensures civil liberties NYPD, CC NYPD has CCTV in 15 housing locations throughout the city in order to protect our residents, and is attempting to get funding from the Housing Authority to expand the program. The number of CCTV cameras utilized in Housing Authority facilities has increased to 3160. In addition, the Department has devised a network of CCTV cameras to be stationed at sensitive locations throughout the City. Launched Done
Develop new quality of life initiatives NYPD, CJC Operation Clean Sweep, Operation Spotlight, Operation Neon Light, and Operation Silent Night were all launched in 2002. The STOP initiative and Operation Impact were launched in 2003. The smoking ban in workplaces takes effect on March 30, 2003. Operation Clean Sweep, which targets quality of life offenders, has resulted in more than 215,000 summonses and 18,750 felony and misdemeanor arrests. Operation Impact, which targets high-crime areas, has been expanded to cover 52 impact zones within 22 precincts; it's first phase contributed to a 32% decrease in major cimes in the impact zones. Operation Silent Night focused efforts on combatting excessive noise in 24 targeted areas. Since the initiative began, 17 areas have been stabilized. In addition, the administration has introduced legislation to completely overhaul the City's outdated noise code. NYPD recently created Operation Safe Housing, which seeks to reduce crime in City housing projects. Non-emergency, quality-of-life calls are handled by the City's 311 Citizen Service Center. Done Done
De-brief a greater percentage of those arrested to determine whether crimes were gang related NYPD, DOC The debriefing of arrestees for gang-related activities, regardless of their offense, is a standard part of procedure. Correction's Gang Intelligence Unit also conducted more than 31,000 debriefings in 2002. The debriefing of arrestees for gang-related activities, regardless of their offense, is standard procedure. Done Done
Develop significant counterterrorism measures NYPD, IG A major counterterrorism program has been developed and implemented by NYPD. The City is also lobbying for greater share of Homeland Security funds from the federal government. NYPD's counterterrorism initiatives have made the department a model for police forces nationwide. Through Operation Atlas, the deployment of Hercules and Sampson teams, and the work of the Counterterrorism Bureau and Intelligence Division, NYPD is constantly on the lookout for potential terrorist activity. The Department has also implemented a number of counterterrorism training measures including incorporating counterterrorism training in the Police Academy curriculum, as well as altering the In-Tac training program for in-service officers to including counterterrorism topics.  Done Done
Capture and download 911 calls onto a computer for later use as testimony NYPD, OCDV NYPD will strengthen the ability of District Attorneys to prosecute domestic violence cases by giving them immediate access to high-quality digital 911 recordings. The pilot program is being conducted in Brooklyn. The program will be expanded citywide in 2003. The tape room at One Police Plaza has been upgraded to digital technology and all 911 calls are now digitally stored. Launched Done
Seek ways to increase the capacity of the domestic violence shelter system and explore alternatives to the shelter system OCDV Domestic Violence's alternatives to shelter program provides services directly to the household so the victim doesn't have to leave, including a personal alarm and home security devices. 2003 expansion is now being studied. More housing options have been made available to victims who are current or prospective NYCHA tenants by allowing them to apply for new housing in their home borough. Victims will now be able to obtain new apartments within their home borough as long as they are a safe distance away from their former residences and victims who are seriously injured will be given priority consideration. The City is also providing 13% more transitional housing. Launched Done
Ensure that healthcare provider and not government personnel see patients first in cases of bioterrorism OEM, DOHMH The policy is for patients to be seen by healthcare providers immediately. In addition, over the past year, Health has strengthened bioterrorism preparedness including a major renovation of the bioterrorism lab, federal grants to hire new staff, and a new Emergency Preparedness Bureau to coordinate public health resources in cases of bioterrorism. The policy is for patients to be seen by healthcare providers immediately. In addition, over the past year, Health has strengthened bioterrorism preparedness including a major renovation of the bioterrorism lab, federal grants to hire new staff, and a new Emergency Preparedness Bureau to coordinate public health resources in cases of bioterrorism. Done Done
Permanently establish a joint bio-terrorism task force with leaders in the healthcare field, medical school personnel, infectious disease specialists, community leaders and city, state and federal officials OEM, DOHMH The taskforce was established. Four bioterrorism tabletop exercises included participants from most of these fields. Health also created a Weapons of Mass Destruction advisory expert group that brings together experts to review emergency protocols and to help with planning. The taskforce was established. Four bioterrorism tabletop exercises included participants from most of these fields. Health's Weapons of Mass Destruction advisory group, which brings together experts to review emergency protocols and to help with emergency planning, continues to meet. Done Done
Institute a hiring freeze OMB The City instituted a hiring freeze in November 2002. The City instituted a hiring freeze in November 2002. Done Done
Reduce personnel costs through attrition, early retirement OMB Attrition and early retirement programs will lead to the reduction of 7,500 employees from the City workforce. The City has reduced its headcount by about 15,000 since 2001. Launched Done
Review the debt created from the TSASC and eliminate them OMB This has not been reviewed yet. TSASC debt is used in the current capital plan. Excluding the TIFIA project, TSASC is no longer being used as a source of revenue to finance the City's capital budget Not Done Done
Use any future operations surpluses to pay down the accumulating long-term debt burden, reducing debt service, and establishing a rainy day fund. OMB The City will have a surplus in FY03 that will be used to reduce next year's debt service. The City will have a surplus in FY04 that will be used to pre-pay debt service in 2005 and 2006. In addition, in order to reduce the issuance of long term debt and meet the needs of the Department of Education's Five Year Plan, the financial plan calls for $1 billion of pay-as-you-go capital. The City is also seeking State Legislation that would allow the City to reduce overall debt service costs. Done Done
Carefully consider work rules during collective bargaining to increase productivity. OMB, OLR The City is negotiating with each union on productivity gains. Work rules are an important part of each negotiation on productivity. The administration has reached agreements with a number of municipal unions, including the largest union, District Council 37, which provides workers with a lump sum payment and a 3% wage increase in the second year of the contract. A 2% increase in the third year of the contract will be funded by productivity improvements and other operational savings. In addition, a further 1% potential increase in the third year of the contract is contingent on the City's realizing labor cost savings through additional productivity gains and operational efficiencies. Launched Done
Provide an across-the-board salary increase for teachers, police and firefighters OMB, OLR Salary increases for all three groups occurred through collective bargaining agreements. Salary increases for all three groups occurred through collective bargaining agreements. The City is currently negotiating with the teachers' and firefighters' unions to fund salary increases financed through productivity gains. The police union has filed for binding arbitration. Done Done
Pursue productivity gains through the workforce and reward them with benefits when productivity goals are met OMB, OLR The City is currently pursuing productivity gains with the unions. The administration has reached agreements with a number of municipal unions, including the largest union, District Council 37, which provides workers with a lump sum payment and a 3% wage increase in the second year of the contract. A 2% increase in the third year of the contract will be funded by productivity improvements and other operational savings. In addition, a further 1% potential increase in the third year of the contract is contingent on the City's realizing labor cost savings through additional productivity gains and operational efficiencies. Launched Done
Grow the City's Business Improvement Districts SBS Five Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are on track to be created in the fourth quarter of 2003: Forest Hills; Main Street, Flushing, and Sutphin Boulevard in Queens; 161st Street in the Bronx; and Madison Square in Manhattan.
2 BIDs were created in 2003 (Downtown Flushing and Sutphin Blvd) and 7 existing BIDs were expanded. Five more are scheduled to be created in 2004 (Long Island City, Queens; Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn; Fordham Road, Bronx; Madison Square/Flatiron, Manhattan; Forest Ave., Staten Island (First in borough)). SBS has strengthened current BIDs by creating borough-focused teams and by assisting with training and providing business practice guidance. Launched Done
Mobilize all construction firms, particularly minority-owned firms, to participate in the rebuilding effort SBS SBS is working with the LMDC to adopt a strategy for providing opportunities related to rebuilding Lower Manhattan for minority and women owned businesses and local businesses. In January 2004, SBS co-sponsored an LMDC-led conference on Opportunities Downtown for M/WBEs.  SBS participated in the outreach by emailing notices to our 600+ M/WBEs based in New York.  SBS also has a seat on a Committee that LMDC has convened that will meet monthly to plan quarterly events for the M/WBE community for at least the next 12 months. Launched Done
Open Satellite Business Centers SBS SBS will make business service resources more accessible and comprehensive by partnering with community organizations to open satellite centers in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan in early 2003, and in Queens, Staten Island and Upper Manhattan in early 2004. SBS opened three NYC Business Solution Centers in 2003, one in the Bronx with the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, one in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and one in Manhattan on 110 Williams street. SBS plans to open two more NYC Business Solution Centers, one in Queens and one in Staten Island, by the end of the summer of 2004. Launched Done
Create policies that favor suppliers and employees who live in New York City SBS, DCAS, CC SBS and the Law Department are working on an approach that would make this possible. The new Satellite Business Centers should help increase procurement opportunities for locally owned businesses. SBS has instituted new policies in the procurement process for small purchases citywide to increase bid opportunities for Minority/Women Owned Businesses (MWBEs), Locally Based Enterprises (LBEs), and other small businesses. The Agency has also changed subcontracting policies to favor locally based enterprises. Launched Done
In cases of domestic violence, have a Criminal Court judge and a Family Court judge readily and simultaneously accessible to help women obtain child support and pursue domestic violence complaints CJC Chief Judge Kaye has a pilot program on this in the Bronx. She is considering possible expansion. The Criminal Justice Coordinator has offered the City's assistance. Integrated Domestic Violence Courts have been launched and are operating in Bronx, Queens, and Richmond counties. These courts combine criminal and family jurisdiction, enabling women to address domestic violence, divorce, and child support matters in a single setting. Launched Launched
Scan the victims' signed statement with respect to the abuse into a computer along with all other police reports CJC, OCDV An electronic data set that would document abuse in domestic violence and all other cases (including domestic incident reports, digital photos and digitally recorded 911 calls) is being developed. The NYPD is currently transmitting digital photographs in domestic abuse cases to the Queens District Attorney. The program is also being piloted in Kings and Bronx counties. To Launch in 2003 Launched
Re-evaluate zoning decisions on a regular basis to ensure decisions are achieving results. DCP Planning is working on targeted zoning changes to respond to changing conditions (a few specific areas include Lower Manhattan, Riverdale and sections of Staten Island). Planning is also examining potential text amendments that remove modest obstacles to new housing development. Planning is implementing an ambitious program of targetted rezonings in neighborhoods throughout the city. Environmental review for the Staten Island Growth Management and Throgs Neck rezoning proposals is complete and the proposals are now going through ULURP. Due to the successful promotion of residential conversions and new housing construction in Lower Manhattan, the plan for zoning text changes has been dropped. To Launch in 2003 Launched
Remove municipal uses from the waterfront DCP A new law requires an inventory of uses of waterfront property. Planning is looking for new sites for non-essential waterfront facilities like the Tow Pound on Pier 79, and the salt piles at East 125th Street on the East River. EDC has mapped all City owned waterfront property in Manhattan and has mapped all waterfront property under the jurisdiction of SBS in the other four boroughs. The agency is seeking funding to map all waterfront property in the other four boroughs. EDC has announced a major redevelopment plan for the cruise industry which will reclaim parts of the city's waterfront in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The plan includes an upgrade of the New York Cruise Terminal and the creation of a new berth on the Brooklyn waterfront. To Launch in 2003 Launched
Make vacant and under-utilized manufacturing buildings available for residential and commercial conversion DCP, HPD Rezoning of areas like Greenpoint and Williamsburg will create opportunities for developers to create new housing in formerly manufacturing areas. Vacant and underutilized loft buildings would be able to legally convert to residential use. The Greenpoint / Williamsburg, Hudson Yards, Port Morris, and West Chelsea rezoning proposals have all been developed to encourage the creation of residential units and spur commercial development in areas where under-utilized manufacturing buildings currently exist. To Launch in 2003 Launched
Build redundancy into the water supply system DEP The capital planning for water main work throughout the City consistently builds redundancy into the design. In 2002, DEP spent approximately $100 million on water main work and plans to spend another $100 million in 2003. In addition, construction has commenced on the Manhattan leg of the Third Water Tunnel. The actual tunneling commences in February 2003 and the first phase (60th Street to the Holland Tunnel entrance) is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2004. Work is proceeding on the Brooklyn - Queens leg of the tunnel, shaft sites are being constructed to bring the water from the tunnel to the distribution system at the street level, and major construction for the distribution system is continuing in Brooklyn. DEP has revamped its 10 year $17 billion capital plan to increase reliability and dependibility in the water supply for the City. The Agency began construction of the southern Manhattan leg of the Third Water Tunnel, which has 13 active miles and a Brooklyn-Queens leg scheduled for activation in early 2006. DEP spends about $100-200 million annually in watermain upgrades and installations to improve redundancy. Launched Launched
Connect the former Jamaica Water Supply customers to the City's water supply system DEP DEP has been removing Jamaica Water System wells from service to ensure that residents of southeast Queens receive high quality water.A major study is also ongoing in southeast Queens called the Brooklyn - Queens Aquifer Study to reduce the volume of the groundwater table while cleansing the contaminated wells that are now off-line. When infrasturcture in the southeast Queens groundwater system (the former Jamaica Water Supply) is being installed or replaced, interconnections are made, when feasible. DEP is not abandoning the former system because it is necessary to meet the City's water demand. Launched Launched
Continue analyzing the scope of the damage to the Delaware Aqueduct and devise a plan for repair DEP DEP is performing directional drilling at the location of suspected leaks in the Delaware Aqueduct, which will permit an assessment of possible locations of the leak by running tests parallel to the tunnel in the ground. The final work is being done at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) on the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). The AUV was recently launched into the Rondout -West Branch tunnel and will travel a distance of 45 miles. The AUV, equipped with sophisticated sensors and 5 digital cameras, will record almost 200,000 digital images. The data will be assessed, giving DEP a clearer picture of the leak's location and helping DEP produce a repair strategy. The AUV was successfully launched in June 2003 and its 45 mile inspection tour produced 160,000 digital images of the interior surfaces of the aqueduct. Technical reviews of the images have been completed and show no critical openings or breaches in the walls. DEP will now focus our concerns on an area in the aqueduct which appears damaged and send an ROV (remote operated vehicle ) into the aqueduct to study the area of concern. After this next test, which will take place in 2005 or 2006, the Agency will devise a repair strategy. Launched Launched
Upgrade security throughout the watershed and at critical water transport junctures DEP DEP launched a $70M program to increase security, and DEP Police staffing increased by 50% in 2002. DEP also created the first Environmental Police Academy. In January 2003, DEP created several new specialized units to increase surveillance and protection opportunities, including a Special Operations Group, a Scuba Unit, a Canine Unit, and an ATV/Bike Unit. DEP is currently implementing a $100 million program designed to upgrade security throughout the system. Launched Launched
Analyze government use of pesticides in schools, offices and hospitals and seek alternate methods of rodent and insect control DEP, DOHMH Health is working with community organizations to teach residents about ways to eliminate pests from their homes with minimal use of pesticides. Health has also been reviewing complaints of rodent infestations in City schools and will make recommendations on reducing their pest problems, focusing on improved containerization, rodent stoppage and the targeted and judicious use of pesticides. With federal support, Health is developing a pesticide tracking system. Health is also reviewing emergency department data to assess the frequency and causes of pesticide poisonings. In addition, Health is working with NYCHA to assess the results of a pilot program designed to demonstrate integrated pest management (IPM) as an alternative to spray pesticides in apartments. For public education, DOHMH is drafting factsheets on appropriate pesticide use, focusing on the elimination of the use of illegal and hazardous pesticides. A campaign for safe and effective pest control will be piloted in hardware stores this year. To Launch in 2003 Launched
Learn more and track city utilities using modern technology DEP, DoITT DEP is mapping sewer and water lines. Con Ed is mapping power lines. These utilities are being electronically mapped to NYCMAP: a digital base map based on aerial photography of the city that is being used to align all infrastructure features and location data. DEP's sewer mapping project is ongoing. The Bronx component has been delivered from the Agency's consultant and DEP will now perform quality assurance reviews. Other boroughs will come on line over the next 2-3 years. Funding is in place for the water mapping project and it is set to go forward. Launched Launched
Explore filtration of the Croton Reservoir DEP, DPR DEP has submitted three sites for filtration of the Croton Reservoir and will make a final decision at the end of April 2003. The Bloomberg administration successfully spearheaded state legislation that places a water filtration plant beneath Van Cortlandt park in the Bronx. The administration has also pledged to spend over $200 million in parks improvements in the Bronx. Once the site of the plant is finalized, funds for the parks will become available. Launched Launched
Clean and develop soiled lands scattered throughout communities in partnership between the City and the community DEP, HPD,
EDC
DEP will provide developers with information to help them determine the economic viability of potential projects, including whether it is necessary or feasible to participate in the State's Voluntary Cleanup Program. The City has created a Brownfields taskforce to collect agencies' "best practices," and will then work with the state to codify those practices. HPD continues to work with DEP and the Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination on brownfield efforts. The agency received $400,000 for two projects under the EPA's Brownfield Grant Round 2, which it plans to use for the remediation of two sites in Brooklyn: the Broadway Triangle and Atlantic Terminal URA's. Environmental investigation work is scheduled to start this Summer. Launched Launched
Set emission reduction goals, plan for, monitor and quantify actions to reduce pollutants DEP, IG This is mostly done by State DEC, but DEP is working on noise pollution standards. For noise pollution, DEP is in the process of finalizing the first major overhaul of the New York City Noise Code since 1974. The first phase will be ready in early 2003 and the final portion by the end of 2003. The revision will use new acoustic technologies and standards to gauge noise in an urban setting that are currently outdated in the present law. This is also part of Operation Silent Night. This is done mostly by the State DEC. DEP is working with DCAS to increase the number of electrical vehicles in the City's fleet which will reduce emissions. Also, DEP, working with the nightlife and real estate industries, has formulated a new noise code and submitted it to the City Council. Launched Launched
Advertise and enforce the ban against idling of motor
vehicles
DEP, NYPD NYPD uses Operation Matinee to prevent idling. Every Wednesday in the theater district, officers aggressively move motorists who are illegally parked. DEP responds to complaints about vehicle idling at specific locations. In areas where vehicle idling occurs repeatedly, DEP will do enforcement sweeps. In 2003, DEP will also use signage to reduce idling and has a new program to reduce school bus idling. DEP has designed a sign that will be erected in areas where vehicles tend to idle and complaints about this problem are prevalent. NYPD issued 10,862 summonses under Operation Matinee during 2003. Launched Launched
Centralize the purchasing of paper products and other standard-use items for senior centers DFTA Since most Aging purchasing is done by the groups who operate senior centers, Aging is working on centralizing outside group purchasing. Not-for-profit group purchasing programs are in place through the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged and the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies. A new food purchasing website is being launched by the Council of Senior Centers and Services that will be available for all centers to use. Launched Launched
Create a motor vehicle insurance pool to take advantage of group rates for senior center vans DFTA Aging is collecting insurance data from senior centers and other transportation related programs to develop a pool of programs to seek group rates. Aging is exploring whether this initiative can be implemented through the private sector in a practical and cost effective manner. Launched Launched
Develop and implement performance based contract monitoring for all organizations receiving contracts for senior services DFTA Performance based contracts do not exist system wide, but performance based contracts do exist in the areas of case management, home care, social adult day services, and legal contracts. Performance-based contracts exist in the areas of case management, home care, social adult day services and legal contracts. Launched Launched
Expand crime prevention and crime victim assistance programs to thwart elder abuse DFTA A federal grant was awarded to train NYPD, EMS, and DA's on elder abuse issues. A new state grant was used to create 76 training workshops in English, Spanish, Russian and Chinese to teach seniors how to spot financial abuse and consumer fraud. Through a joint grant with the Department of Justice, DFTA is putting together a training curriculum for court judges and District Attorneys. Working with DFTA, NYPD has developed an in-service training curriculum regarding elder abuse and the topic is being incorporated into the recruit curriculum. Launched Launched
Expand recreation and education programs for seniors DFTA This has not been expanded in any significant way due to budget restraints. The City is working with interested centers to improve ESL, Arts and Health/Wellness programming for seniors. DFTA is developing partnerships with DPR to improve health/wellness programming, and with the three library systems to increase seniors' access to computers. DFTA and DoITT have also partnered with Time Warner to bring internet wiring to senior centers. Not Done Launched
Reassess the City's financial support levels for congregant and homebound meal programs to determine whether current funding is sufficient DFTA This is not happening due to budget constraints. In order to provide services to the growing elderly population by increasing capacity in the home-delivered meals system, DFTA has developed a pilot program to be launched in the Bronx that will reduce contracting costs while enhancing case management services for seniors. Not Done Launched
Increase computerization to ease filings of building plans DOB The Building Information System on nyc.gov allows anyone to review the status of their building plans, on line, at home, without having to travel to a Buildings office. Buildings is now working on a plan to allow filing of building permit applications and plans on-line. The Department is currently seeking bids on a contract for consulting services which will be used to develop a blueprint for the implementation of online filing of applications. Launched Launched
Re-engineer the Dept. of Buildings, including more computerization to ease filings of building plans, reviewing the Buildings Code, instituting a standard of timely reviews and sign-offs, and providing consistent interpretations of the Buildings Code DOB Restructuring of Buildings is underway, including new anti-corruption measures (spot audits, integrity training, new disciplinary actions, new focus on audits with DOI), code revisions (National Electrical Code, national model code), new technology (BIS on nyc.gov), and new public safety measures. Buildings is also working on a plan to allow building permit applications and plans to be filed on-line. Buildings is overhauling the Building Code and will begin the legislative process for adopting a version of the International Building Code in 2004. Plan examiners now have the technological capability to fill out reviews of plans electronically and to email objections to applicants; training is underway to improve the consistency of the format and substance of objections. Plumbing inspectors now carry hand-held devices that allow them to enter the results of inspections electronically and download the entries automatically into the BIS system, significantly shortening the time for sign-offs and inspections. The Building Code has been published and is available both in hard copy and on the web. Certificates of Occupancy for all buildings in the city are being scanned and it is anticipated that all CO's will then be available on the Internet by the end of the year. Finally, the upgrading of the DoB's BIS system has been extraordinarily successful; the web site gets approximately 250,000 hits per day. Launched Launched
Review City building and electrical codes and the zoning resolution to encourage green building construction and sustainable design DOB Buildings is participating in a public-private initiative to support sustainable design. The initiative is focused on removing barriers that make sustainable design too costly and difficult to pursue on a widespread basis. This is also an initiative being pursued by the forthcoming Energy Policy Office. DoB initiated, wrote the proposal for, and sits on the steering committee of the Sustainable New York City Task Force, which is currently drafting a proposed executive order to facilitate the construction of sustainable buildings in the city. In addition, DoB has an Advisory Committee on Sustainability to the Model Code Program Technical Committees, and is preparing issues for incorporation in the current and future codes revisions. Finally, DoB approved pilot projects to assess the feasibility of sustainable buildings in the city. Launched Launched
Upgrade building codes to reduce development costs DOB Buildings adopted and implemented the National Electrical Code and is studying the adoption of other national model codes. Computerization of certain forms, electronic access to applications, electronic filing, and anti-corruption measures are expected to decrease costs. The City adopted the National Electric Code and submitted legislation to the City Council to adopt the National Electric Code's 2002 update, which is tailored for high-density cities. Also, the Mayor formed a commission to discuss adopting the Model Building Code. The commission's report is now being reviewed by a committee, which expects to complete its work and adopt a code in 2005. In order to improve safety in high-rise buildings, the Department drafted legislation reflecting the recommendations of the World Trade Center Task Force and testified at a City Council hearing on the proposed legislation in February. Launched Launched
Do not allow any students to graduate until they master the ability to read, write, use arithmetic and develop interpersonal skills DOE The Regents exams, which tests English and Math, moves to 65% for passing, up from 55%. The newly launched Office of Youth Development and School Community Services will work with schools, teachers and principals to help students develop interpersonal skills. The Department of Education has established a new policy to end social promotion for students in the third grade. Under the new promotion policy, third grade students must perform at least at level 2 on the City's standardized literacy and math tests before moving to fourth grade. To support this policy, the Department is implementing a comprehensive intervention strategy of instruction support during classroom time for students in grades K-3, outside the regular school day and during the summer at the Summer Success Academy. High school students must meet the Regents exam requirements set by the State. Launched Launched
Ease the process of student enrollment for out of district schools DOE New procedures are being implemented to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act, in which parents who apply will be notified of their children's transfer before the end of the school year. The anticipated deadline for completed parent requests is mid-May 2003. Currently, student enrollment and placement decision-making occurs at the Regional Learning Support Center level. Planning is currently underway to evaluate the efficacy of this system and to develop a comprehensive set of citywide policies and procedures to effectively and equitably address student enrollment, placement, registration and alternative placements / transfers. Launched Launched
Increase the number of certified teachers by making it easier for certified teachers in other states to transfer their certification to New York DOE Education is studying the certification process and will make proposals to the State on changing it. New York State continues to have partial reciprocity. Certified teachers from other states are currently required to take additional tests in New York State, even in cases where they successfully passed tests in another state to receive certification. The Department is in discussions with the State on this issue. To Launch in 2003 Launched
Pursue all routes to recruit teachers, including loan forgiveness and housing allowances DOE 8,000 new teachers were certified in 2002. The New UFT contract provided pay raises for new teachers and the registration process for teachers was streamlined. Ongoing meetings with Commissioner of the State Education Department are intended to ease the certification process. DOE recruits at various universities throughout the city, state and country. The Department recruits many "alternative certification" candidates from programs such as Teach for America, the Peace Corps, and the Teaching Opportunity Program, as well as through its Teaching Fellows program. New teachers serving in SURR and low-performing schools can receive tuition reimbursement under the state-funded Teachers of Tomorrow program. DOE recently launched a comprehensive new recruitment campaign, "Join New York's Brightest. Teach NYC." DOE is exploring a housing allowance program. Launched Launched
Recognize and reward success by establishing charter districts that would have freedom from bureaucratic meddling. Eligible districts would have the authority to purchase services, with savings going to that district. DOE The entire school network has been reorganized into ten districts and the top performing 200 schools are not required to use the standard curriculum. Procurement and purchasing policies for the entire school system are being overhauled to save money and reduce waste, with the savings going directly into the classroom. The City is advocating for the elimination of the statewide cap on new charter schools, the streamlining of charter school oversight, the release of state categorical funds, and an expansion of the Chancellor's authority to approve and grant provisional charters. Launched Launched
Change construction regulations so schools in New York City cost the same as elsewhere DOE,
DDC
The merger of SCA and DSF is aimed at accomplishing this. One major goal of the project is bringing down cost per square foot. The merger of SCA and DSF aimed to reduce the cost of construction from $438 per square foot to $325 or less per square foot. The Mayor recently announced an award of $300 per square foot for the new High School of Architecture and Urban Planning, which is 31% lower than the $433 average bid for schools completed last fall. The high school will be the first completely new school to be built under the reformed school construction process. Launched Launched
Give teachers more control over how they teach. DOE,
OLR
The 200 top performing schools will be allowed to operate more freely (choosing curricula, training, teachers). The remaining schools will follow a more system wide standardized approach to reading, writing and math. DOE granted exemptions to implementation of the core curriculum to nearly 200 top-performing schools and granted waivers to other schools based on applications and other evidence of competence, thus allowing a total of 331 schools to operate with increased discretion over curriculum. The curriculum in the majority of schools provides teachers with opportunities to know each student's strengths and needs and make decisions about the most effective strategies. Teachers are encouraged to work collaboratively with fellow teachers and coaches to plan instruction, reflect on best practices, and think creatively about teaching and learning. Launched Launched
Have school-based merit pay determined by performance DOE,
OLR
The CSA contract awards bonuses for principals based on achievement. Education announced bonuses for superintendents based on achievement and other factors, and bonuses for principals who turn around failing schools. Merit pay is not given to teachers. This issue is being addressed in the current round of bargaining with the UFT. Launched Launched
Pay teachers more for working in shortage areas DOE,
OLR
No program exists yet for shortage areas. However, the Teachers of Tomorrow program does pay teachers an extra $3,400 to work in struggling schools. The Chancellor proposed a similar incentive for principals who would receive a bonus for agreeing to move to low-performing schools. The Council of Supervisors and Administrators demanded that the bonuses be pensionable, which was not financially possible. No agreement has been reached. Shortage area teachers are eligible for a bonus for teaching an extra class per day. This issue is being addressed in the current round of bargaining with the UFT. Not Done Launched
Streamline the process for firing bad teachers. Do not warehouse them in District Offices for years DOE,
OLR
The new teachers' contract contains provisions that establish an arbitration panel that must set aside monthly hearing time with strict deadlines and no adjournments to ensure that teacher discipline hearings are completed in a timely fashion. The average time to complete teacher hearings is expected to decrease from 20 months to 5 months as a result. This issue is being addressed in the current round of bargaining with the UFT. Launched Launched
Institute a parents' voice mail system to provide grades, attendance, homework assignments, and special messages for their child from the teacher DOE, DoITT In September, a pilot program will be initiated that provides voicemail boxes so parents can leave messages for teachers. During the 2003-2004 school year, attendance information, grades and curriculum information will be available system wide via the web and at Parent Engagement Centers. Education, the UFT and CSA are also discussing ways to make homework and other information available via phone and the web. Voicemail systems have been installed in every school that has undergone a telephone system upgrade, totaling 375 schools thus far. School principals have the discretion to assign these voicemail boxes to staff. In addition, 53 schools are participating in the web-based Parent Portal Pilot program that will provide school overview, attendance, grades, transportation and school menu information to parents. Parents without web access can access the Portal by contacting Parent Coordinators in each school and through public library computer terminals. To Launch in 2003 Launched
Insist that all managed care providers that offer CHIP offer coverage to Medicaid recipients so parents can go to the same providers as their children DOHMH Health has recommended to the State Department of Health that health plans that offer Child Health Plus also offer Medicaid coverage (ultimately, it's a state decision). Health has recommended to the State Department of Health that health plans that offer Child Health Plus also offer Medicaid coverage (ultimately, it's a state decision). Launched Launched
Reduce the disparity in infant mortality among communities through neighborhood interventions DOHMH Health has contracts with 30 community-based organizations in various communities to promote family planning, reduce smoking during pregnancy, promote breast-feeding, and educate families on ways to minimize the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The infant mortality rate fell by 9% in 2001. DOHMH continues to contract with CBOs to reduce infant mortality, providing technical assistance and training to build CBO organizational capacity.The Department has implemented two home visiting programs for new mothers in neighborhoods with disproportionately high infant mortality rates. A targeted public education campaign promoting family planning services began in June. In addition, DOHMH is designing new initiatives to address the leading preventable causes of poor outcomes by promoting family planning, prevention and treatment of drug and alcohol use during pregnancy, and SIDS prevention. Launched Launched
Undertake research on pollutant control, especially in neighborhoods with high incidence of mercury, lead and mold contamination DOHMH Mold inspections increased by 42% in FY02 and lead poisoning cases decreased by 13%. Health is conducting a study in 3 community clinics to assess children's exposure to mercury through ritualistic uses. Health also co-sponsored a national technical workshop to develop preliminary guidelines for worker training in mold remediation. Preparation for the implementation of the new lead poisoning prevention law, Local Law 1 of 2004, is underway. Launched Launched
Adopt the Perkins rat report, including no longer using wire mesh baskets as trash receptacles, giving landlords incentives to rodent proof trash from their buildings, implementing an intensive public education campaign on rat control and using poison bating in a concerted and targeted way DOHMH, DPR, DOS This is not happening on a wide scale basis. Funding was cut in the budget. However, Health has some new rodent reduction pilot programs, most notably in Bushwick. Health also widely disseminates information on rodent control. DOHMH implements integrated pest management techniques which includes many of the recommendations of the Perkins report. The Department has also expanded its Bushwick rat abatement program to Concourse Village, Melrose, Highbridge and East Harlem. Property owner training on how to rodent proof homes continues and a public education campaign with new brochures and a focus on reporting rats to 311 will be launched. In addition, 75,000 exterminations were conducted in FY2003 and 8,000 rodent-proof trash receptacles are being purchased Not Done Launched
Provide uniformity and consistency in citywide data from Health and HHC to perform analyses on comparable data DOHMH, HHC Health and HHC created a joint task force to prioritize, staff and troubleshoot various data sharing activities. These activities include improving methods of sharing birth and death registry information, analyzing syndromic surveillance, and providing mutual technical assistance (Health shares quality assurance indicators with HHC and HHC shares clinic productivity measures with Health). HHC and DOHMH continue to work together on several data-sharing projects. The electronic transfer of hospital emergency room data, such as chief complaint and patient demographics for syndromic surveillance, will be implemented in the middle of 2004. Launched Launched
Focus on keeping children connected to CHIP including follow-up to ensure that families are taking advantage of their coverage DOHMH, MOHIA Health enrollers advise all families they enroll into Child Health Plus, Medicaid and Family Health Plus on how to access health care services in managed care plans and how to take advantage of their coverage. HRA is implementing streamlined procedures like mail-in recertification to make it easier for families to enroll. MOHIA is launching a new program to perform outreach in conjunction with adult literacy programs. MOHIA continues to implement HealthStat, which joins City agencies and public and private partners to identify and enroll eligible low-income and working families in Family Health Plus, Child Health Plus and Medicaid. HealthStat has enrolled approx. 73,000 children and 58,000 adults during the first two years of the Bloomberg administration. MOHIA is also developing a research project to study the City's experience with recertification for public health insurance and assess potential reforms that would improve recertification rates. In addition, DOHMH provides an on-line directory to help families locate participating Medicaid and CHIP providers based on plan, location, practice specialty, and languages spoken. Launched Launched
Inventory broadband infrastructure, identify potential service gaps and ensure adequate supply, using sewer lines, water lines and underground conduits to provide connectivity DoITT The City's fiber infrastructure is being comprehensively mapped. DoITT is working with the City's cable and high-capacity telecommunications franchisees to electronically map their fiber infrastructure, utilizing GIS technology. DoITT issued an RFP to permit companies to construct lateral fiber conduits so that broadband connections could be used more widely and efficiently. This should significantly reduce capital costs for businesses and telecommunications carriers, alleviate reliance on existing copper connections to a single central office, result in fees for the City, and minimize the number of street cuts for building connections.DoITT also released an RFP for the conversion of an obsolete system of underground water pipes into telecommunications conduits. Time Warner and Cablevision have finished upgrading their fiber infrastructure, and mapping is almost complete. DoITT is currently negotiating with vendors for a project that will increase the efficiency of telecommunications conduits and reduce the number of street cuts. DoITT is also negotiating a contract with a vendor to convert an obsolete system of underground water pipes for telecommunications or other purposes, as well as exploring a pilot project with EDC and DEP for CableRunner to connect certain municipal facilities with approximately 2 miles of fiber fed through municipal sewer pipes. In an effort to enhance wireless communications above ground, DoITT released an RFP for franchises to install wireless communications equipment on the City's light poles, traffic light poles, and highway sign supports.  Launched Launched
Adopt a truck routing policy DOT A truck routing study has been initiated, looking at how to make routes more effective with new signs and education. The Agency is currently conducting the "Truck Route Management and Community Impact Study" to identify ways to increase enforcement of truck routes, improve signage, and educate drivers and communities about the routes. The study will be completed in 2004. In order to alleviate truck traffic in Astoria, DOT worked with NYS DOT to allow truck traffic along the Grand Central Parkway between the Triborough Bridge and the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. DOT is pursuing state legislation to make this successful initiative permanent. To Launch in 2003 Launched
Publicize efforts by DOT to provide information on subway conditions and traffic conditions including through a voice recognition telephone system for cell phones DOT Crosswalk's Morning Drive Live has the potential to provide mass transit information. The rest has not yet happened. NYC-TV's "City Drive Live" broadcasts real-time traffic images during morning and evening rush hours, allowing commuters to check traffic conditions. TRANSCOM, a regional transportation organization, is developing the "Trips 123" program that will allow commuters to access traffic updates either by email, where they will receive daily updates on specific routes, or by calling a number and requesting information on real-time traffic conditions. DOT supplies Transcom with traffic updates and information on traffic incidents. Not Done Launched
Create more ferry service to, from and around Manhattan DOT, EDC Brooklyn ferry service was created after 9/11 and will be maintained at least through early 2003. More service to Long Island City and Hoboken was also created with FEMA assistance. The Upper East Side now has ferry service to Lower Manhattan. Construction of the West Midtown Ferry Terminal (Pier 79) begins in mid-February. EDC is leading a $275 million renovation of the Whitehall and the St George Ferry Terminals in Lower Manhattan and Staten Island. Construction of the new West Midtown Ferry Terminal at Pier 79 is progressing and scheduled to be complete in November 2004. Construction contracts for five ferry landings along the East River in Manhattan are out to bid and construction is scheduled to begin in Fall 2004. Launched Launched
Slowdown speeders to protect pedestrians by implanting LED lights in the roadway, let drivers know how fast they're going, and install cameras to catch speeders DOT, IG DOT placed 9 speed indicators on Queens Boulevard.The City is pursuing legislation that would permit the usage of mobile speed cameras that provide information on vehicle speed. All traffic signals citywide are now LED. The City is lobbying for legislation that would permit the usage of mobile speed cameras that provide information on vehicle speed. Launched Launched
Create additional bus lanes on major roads DOT, MTA The Fordham Road Bus lane and Church Street Bus-way were created in 2002.DOT is identifying additional new bus lanes on major roads. DOT is working with MTA to launch a Bus Rapid Transit study, which will identify corridors where improvements, including bus lanes, can be implemented. Launched Launched
Develop a Greenway around Manhattan DPR Parks opened a new section on the Harlem River and an interim route will open in Summer 2003. Parks is in discussions with SDOT, DOT, EDC, UN and City Planning on the next steps for completing the long-term route. The cantilever section on the west side is in design. Parks opened the Harlem Speedway section in September 2003. The next phase of Manhattan Greenway construction is in East Harlem, Phase II of Harlem River Park and greenway, which extends from 139th to 142nd St. It is currently in design and the anticipated construction start date is Spring 2005. The State St. portion of the battery bikeway is expected to go into construction in Spring 2005. Launched Launched
Ensure a presence in parks when people are there by having a second shift of workers on duty DPR The second shift program began in Summer 2002, with mostly Playground Associates and PEP officers. By extending operating hours in many facilities, DPR has been able to accommodate the increased usage during the summer. Launched Launched
Expand tree planting in underserved neighborhoods and along the city's great thoroughfares DPR Parks will plant memorial groves in each borough and new trees, but less than in previous years, due to funding cuts. The FY05 budget increases the planting budget to the second highest amount in a decade. With a State grant, Parks' Central Forestry and the Tree Trust have partnered with Sustainable South Bronx to analyze the current tree conditions in Hunts Point as well as created a GIS map, a planting plan, recruited tree stewards, and started a public education program to demonstrate the many benefits trees have on the health of urbanites. DPR hopes to apply this to other communities. Not Done Launched
Initiate a pilot program to light designated fields with community input DPR As part of the design and renovation of every ball field, Parks discusses the idea of lights with the community and installs them in cases where there is consensus and funding (for example, East River Park in Manhattan and Betsy Head Playground in Brooklyn). As part of the design and renovation of every ball field, Parks discusses the idea of lights with the community and installs them in cases where there is consensus and funding (for example, East River Park in Manhattan and Betsy Head Playground in Brooklyn). Launched Launched
Inventory community gardens for preservation and convey those appropriate to a trust to assure their continued maintenance and development DPR 198 garden sites were designated for preservation in agreement. In 2003, Parks will register and license every garden that meets certain criteria. The list of community gardens to be conveyed has been determined and EDC is proceeding with conveyances. This conveyance list includes gardens "swapped" with plots originally slated for housing in the settlement. Launched Launched
Get more money from State and Federal Elected Officials for parks DPR, IG For the first time ever, Parks staff has been dedicated to discussing budget issues with state elected officials. In 2002, Parks met with 15 Senators and 49 Assembly Members and secured preliminary pledges of more than $2.7 million In 2003, the City received approximately $7 million in funds from State sources, a more than 50% increase. The City is working with the congressional delegation to earmark federal funding for parks projects in the pending transportation reauthorization bill. Launched Launched
Expand the Adopt-a-Park program, linking every park with a business, foundation or person who can offer financial support DPR, MFANYC Parks and Met Life have a five year agreement to maintain Greenstreets in Queensboro Plaza. Parks is now working with other companies on similar proposals. The Department created Adopt-a-Park publicity material and outreach efforts are ongoing. Launched Launched
Clean Brownfields that can be used as parks DPR/DEP Brownfield remediation work is going on at three park sites in the Bronx including Barretto Point Park, the Edgewater Cement Plant Site, and Ferry Point Park. Parks is also participating in DEP's Brownfields Taskforce. Brownfield remediation work continues to progress at three park sites in the Bronx including Barretto Point Park, the Edgewater Cement Plant Site, and Ferry Point Park. Parks is also participating in DEP's Brownfields Taskforce. Launched Launched
Develop and articulate an alternative waste disposal policy in case any portion of the waste disposal system should fail DSNY This is part of the City's new Solid Waste Management Plan, which would utilize and upgrade the existing Marine Transfer Station system to include containerization and waste compaction at each site (meaning the City will no longer rely on out of state processing or containerized facilities). Sanitation is negotiating an engineering contract for the design of the Marine Transfer Stations to make them capable of containerizing waste. Approximately 50% of the MTS design work is finished. The remaining work will be completed in 2004. Launched Launched
Ensure that waste reduction concepts are given prominence in the next Solid Waste Management Plan DSNY This is being looked at as part of the 2004 Solid Waste Management Plan. Where practical and feasible, Sanitation is incorporating waste reduction concepts in the Solid Waste Management Plan. To Launch in 2003 Launched
Increase coordination with the Dept. of Youth Services so that teenagers eligible for work-study can use their time assisting seniors DYCD, DFTA The Intergenerational Work Study Program integrates academic study with community service. Aging also participates in the Department of Youth Services Interagency Council. The Intergenerational Work Study Program integrates academic study with community service. Aging also participates in the Department of Youth and Community Development's Interagency Coordinating Council on Youth. Launched Launched
Expand oversight of money being spent to rebuild Lower Manhattan to combat corruption and waste EDC The LMDC has established a program to do this. The LMDC has established a program to do this. Launched Launched
Generate $25 billion in tourism revenue by greater promotion and advertising EDC The creation of the NYC Permanent Host Committee will help bring events to New York and promote tourism, as should major events like the 2004 Republican National Convention, the Grammys and the pursuit of the 2012 Olympics and the Super Bowl. The creation of the City's Chief Marketing Officer to promote and coordinate will also help significantly. NYC & Co., in conjunction with NYC Big Events and EDC, continued marketing and promotion efforts in order to maintain 2003 spending and economic impact levels at $21 billion. NYC & Co. Convention Sales booked over 400,000 definite room nights and 1.17 million tentative room nights including the 2004 Republican National Convention and the 2003 Grammy Awards. Launched Launched
Persuade New York City companies to commit to having a greater percentage of their employees in New York City two years from now than they do today EDC EDC is using an analysis performed by McKinsey & Co. to identify critical industries to New York and convince companies to locate employees here. This will be used as an international road show in 2003, visiting companies that do not have operations in New York City, to explain the city's value proposition. EDC continues to aggressively pursue domestic and international companies that have the potential to move to the city or expand their operations here by highlighting the city's unique value proposition. Virgin Airways has agreed to locate its new low-cost airline's headquarters in Manhattan, which will bring 700 new jobs to the city. Citigroup announced plans to construct a new office building in Long Island City and acquire more office space in Manhattan; the company's tri-state reorganization will result in a net growth of 600 jobs in the city. EDC is also continuing to cultivate and use a CEO network to assist with business development projects. Launched Launched
Predicate existing tax incentive programs for new development and rehabilitation upon utilization of green building construction, energy efficient technology, and sustainable development EDC This will be studied by the new energy police office, but will probably not be initiated in 2003. EDC is currently outlining policies and an action plan to promote environmentally responsible development. Not Done Launched
Research urban sources of renewable energy EDC This will be undertaken by the new energy policy office, but will probably not be initiated in 2003. The NYC Energy Policy Task Force recommended promoting increased investment in energy efficiency by supporting policies that enhance overall electric system reliability, lower consumer costs and protect the environment. EDC, DCAS and DDC are working to assess additional solar and renewable applications in city facilities. Not Done Launched
Ensure that businesses comply with the terms of their tax incentive deals, including imposing penalties for businesses who breach these agreements, and require some form of bonding, insurance or a reserve fund to guarantee that performance standards are met. EDC EDC is enforcing the provisions of its incentive deals including all appropriate penalties. Where appropriate, the City requires security related to penalties. EDC is enforcing the provisions of its incentive deals including all appropriate penalties. Where appropriate, the City requires security related to penalties. Launched Launched
Survey high-tech companies to determine their needs and evaluate tax incentive programs aimed at them before funding is renewed. EDC EDC is developing a sector-based approach with industry experts. As a part of this, the City is reevaluating current incentive structures. EDC has developed a sector-based approach with industry experts. As a part of this, the City is reevaluating current incentive structures. Launched Launched
When it comes to offering companies tax breaks, engage in a comprehensive review of the City's tax structure, develop a mechanism for evaluating and benchmarking program effectiveness, and eliminating programs which are not working. EDC EDC is attempting to ensure that tax breaks are only given in cases where the effectiveness of doing so clearly benefits the local economy. EDC is attempting to ensure that tax breaks are only given in cases where the effectiveness of doing so clearly benefits the local economy. Launched Launched
Lobby the NFL to hold the Super Bowl in the New York City area. Lobby Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League to hold their All Star games in New York City. Lobby the NCAA to hold the Final Four in Men and Women's Basketball in New York City EDC
Super Bowl lobbying is fully underway (a final decision by the NFL will be made in October 2003). The City has not lobbied yet for the MLB, NBA or NHL All Star games yet, but the WNBA All Star game will be held at MSG. Madison Square Garden is not equipped to handle Final Fours (but if we get the Olympics in 2012, the new facilities would be). The 2003 WNBA All-Star Game was held at Madison Square Garden. The City is working with local teams to lure future professional sports events to New York. Currently, the city does not have facilities equipped to handle the Super Bowl or the Final Four. However, the proposed West Side Sports and Exhibition Center will be able to hold the Super Bowl. NFL Commissioner Tagliabue has said that the league would consider waiving a rule that requires a team play two seasons in a stadium before hosting a Super Bowl, opening the door for the Super Bowl coming to New York in 2010. Launched Launched
Upgrade existing generators to produce additional energy and minimize emissions EDC
This is an integral part of the new plan to be launched by the energy policy office. This was one of the principal recommendations made by the Bloomberg administration's Energy Policy Task Force, which released its final recommendations in January 2004. The administration continues to work with Con Edison and other owners of existing generation plants to inventory their holdings with the goal of repowering and expanding facilities. To Launch in 2003 Launched
Build large-scale shopping malls in the outer boroughs EDC, DCP The Gateway Center is a major new shopping center in East New York, as is the Charleston Center on Staten Island. Forest City Ratner Companies is developing a 335,000 square foot retail complex at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. EDC is developing Bricktown Center, a $65 million project that will create 412,000 sq. feet of retail space, in Charleston, Staten Island. The project includes 22 acres of parkland as well as a school, senior center and a nursery. Atlantic Terminal will open later this summer. The Mayor's Office has also unveiled a plan to redevelop Bronx Terminal Market into a large retail center which will include a public park with riverfront esplanade. Launched Launched
Focus tourism efforts on the outer boroughs with increased coordination with the borough presidents and community based tourism initiatives EDC, NYC & Co No new tax dollars are being spent on promoting the tourist industry, but this will be a focus when that happens. NYC & Co. Major Events & Promotions umbrella campaigns include tourist destinations in all boroughs. Alongside EDC and Administration efforts to promote tourism in all five boroughs, NYC & Co. also helps drive business into the city's cultural organizations through a number of initiatives financed through the NYC & Co. Foundation, a 501C3 charitable and educational entity that supports tourism by promoting the non-profit cultural community and has distributed $200,000 to fund borough cultural tourism initiatives. NYC & Co. membership outreach continues to recruit organizations and businesses across the city to drive tourism to all the city's boroughs and neighborhoods. Not Done Launched
Redevelop Penn Station EDC, PSRC The Farley Building was purchased by State and will be ready for conversion in Fall, 2004. It will also be used as the media center for the 2004 Republican National Convention. Empire State Development Corporation and PSRC are negotiating the purchase of the Farley Building with the US Postal Service, but the negotiations are delayed due to funding issues related to PSRC's primary tenant, Amtrak. Postal employees have now vacated the building to make room for the Republican National Convention media center, leaving the building empty and ready for development in September. PSRC is in the process of selecting a development advisor for the western half of the building. Launched Launched
Equip all fire trucks with computers that give firefighters the evacuation plans and blueprints of buildings while en route to burning buildings FDNY FDNY is currently compiling this information in a binder so they have the information while en route to fires. The next step is digitizing the information and putting them on computers on each truck. At the same time, FDNY is also seeking funding for a wireless command station to be used at fire scenes, which would provide electronic access to information including building plans (would include any digital information that exists and whatever comes on-line). The RFP to do this will be released in Spring 2003. The FDNY has developed electronic command boards that help the Incident Commander with Firefighter tracking, communications and tactical coordination tasks. By the end of 2004, electronic wireless command post boards, using personal computers that can graphically display the locations of unit deployments, will improve on-scene incident management. By the end of 2005, the electronic wireless command post boards will have mapping capabilities, retrieve site-specific historical and hazard data from Department databases, provide digital photography and video of the scene and automate tracking of unit locations. Launched Launched
Organize current clinics, diagnostic centers, and commercial centers into an easily understood and accessible network of community-based clinics HHC HHC redesigned ambulatory care operations in July 2002. Patients, in many facilities, can now make appointments with their primary care providers at a date and time of their choosing and complete the visits within 60 minutes. Within three years, that will be the case at all clinics. HHC launched a three year effort to redesign the operations of the outpatient clinics at eleven hospitals and six Diagnostic and Treatment Centers so that patients can make appointments with their doctor at a date and time of their choosing, and complete their clinic visit within 60 minutes rather than several hours. To date, more than 46 clinics have been made these changes. Launched Launched
Survey vacant and underutilized structures and make the list available on the Internet with an eye toward conversion into affordable housing HPD City-owned vacant and under-utilized structures are already on the web (the private sector efficiently disseminates information about available non City-owned vacant and under-utilized structures). Much of the underutilized property is a result of zoning or Brownfield issues which the Mayor's housing plan addresses. City-owned vacant and under-utilized structures are already on the web (the private sector efficiently disseminates information about available non City-owned vacant and under-utilized structures). HPD continues to dispose of in rem property through a variety of programs: TIL, Cornerstone, and TPT, to name a few. Launched Launched
Work with the AFL-CIO pension operators to invest in office and housing construction in NYC in return for Project Labor Agreements HPD The AFL-CIO investment was announced in January 2002. HPD is now working with the AFL-CIO to find projects they can invest in. The Dermot Company, which partnered with the AFL-CIO, was designated as the developer on HPD's Clinton site in Manhattan. HPD continues to work with AFL-CIO on potential sites. Launched Launched
Create waterfront housing zones, including moving non-marine dependent facilities from the waterfront HPD, DCP Waterfront land owned by the City (or vacant) and available for development after rezoning or remediation is part of the Mayor's housing plan. Increasing property values will help encourage shift of other marginally productive, non-marine facilities away from waterfront, clearing more space for housing and parks. A new local law requires an inventory of uses of waterfront property to figure out what doesn't need to be there. Planning, in conjunction with the operating agencies, is looking for new sites for non-essential waterfront facilities like the West Side tow pound and the salt piles. HPD is working closely with DCP on major waterfront rezonings, including Greenpoint / Williamsburg and Hudson Yards. Estimates suggest that over 18,000 units will be built, a significant portion of which will be affordable housing. To Launch in 2003 Launched
Increase the number of housing units by at least 100,000 HPD, DCP The Mayor's housing plan will produce at least 65,500 new and renovated units. With over 10,197 units of housing already in development, HPD expects to meet its FY04 target. HPD is on pace to deliver the 65,000 units proposed in the New Marketplace plan. The private market continues to expand with 45,397 permits for privately owned residential buildings being issued during the Bloomberg administration. Launched Launched
Lease long-term publicly owned waterfront land for affordable housing HPD, DCP Waterfront land owned by the City or vacant and available for development after rezoning, remediation, disposing of city owned land and accelerated environmental review is part of the Mayor's housing plan. Making vacant or City-owned waterfront land available for development is part of the Mayor's housing plan. To Launch in 2003 Launched
Assemble city-owned land for private development to build large-scale housing developments, schools and hospitals HPD, DCP,
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A City taskforce, led by Deputy Mayor Doctoroff, was created to review City owned property (Parks, DOT, Education) for potential development. HPD is working with other land holding agencies, including DCP, NYCHA, DPR, HHC, and DOE to assess new housing development opportunities. HPD is currently working with HHC to create a senior housing project containing approximately 100 units on the Seaview Hospital grounds. To Launch in 2003 Launched
Lengthen the time needed to recertify beneficiaries to two years HRA All non-cash assistance Medicaid recertifications are now conducted by mail, eliminating the face to face requirement for about 500,000 families.HRA has proposed lengthening the recertification period for non cash assistance Medicaid cases composed of children only to two years. This will require a federal waiver. The 135,000 Supplemental Security Income Food Stamp Recipients now have a two year recertification cycle for their mail reverts. The City has included this change in its federal legislative agenda for 2004. In the interim, HRA continue to work on projects to improve retention of health coverage. In FY 04-05 this will include telephone renewal for children and simplified transition between CHP A & CHP B. Launched Launched
Simplify rules to obtain Medicaid coverage including adopting uniform eligibility standards for children and using existing databases to make it easier to enroll HRA HRA has plans to streamline the application process in 2003, including providing a primary HHC physician for each family. As part of the Medicaid Model Office initiative, all community offices use state files, imaged records and HRA's ALERTS system to minimize documentation requirements. This year the Agency is planning a pilot to simplify transition between CHP A & CHP B. Work is also continuing on the Integrated Human Services Project, which will streamline the screening and eligibility determination process, case management, contract management, and policy development and planning functions within and across City human service agencies. To Launch in 2003 Launched
Aggressively track those who have gone off welfare to see what programs work HRA, MO HRA and the Mayor's Office are working with the Urban Institute to see how individuals are able to retain jobs and what factors foster or impede retention. HRA is monitoring six-month retention rates for individuals leaving welfare for work and employment vendor retention performance, and with the Mayor's Office is seeking foundation funding for a longer-term study on what factors foster or impede retention. In addition, the Mayor and the City Council agreed to fund a $10 million job training and placement initiative for the unemployed. Launched Launched
Allow more independents and third party members to serve as election inspectors IG State Legislative Affairs has written to the State Assembly and Senate Chairs of the Elections Committee to express the City's interest in passing this legislation, and will be meeting with the Chairs to discuss. State Legislative Affairs has written to the State Assembly and Senate Chairs of the Elections Committee to express the City's interest in passing this legislation. Launched Launched
Convince the federal government to assist the City in protecting our critical infrastructure and paying for security personnel and technology IG The federal government promised $21 billion in assistance in response to September 11, including tax incentives geared towards creating economic activity in Lower Manhattan. The President has proposed $3.5 billion in homeland security funds, nationwide, but Congress has not yet passed it. NYPD, FDNY, OEM, HHC, and Health are actively lobbying for $900 million of it. Mayor Bloomberg is leading a national effort to increase homeland security funding for high-threat cities. The Bush Administration, for the first time this year, has requested that more than half the homeland security funds be distributed to high-threat cities and that all homeland security funds be distributed based on threat analysis. Launched Launched
Convince the State to redirect tax incentives to facilitate the development of mixed-use construction and rehabilitation IG The 421(a) program was extended by the State, but the Council has not yet acted on the extension. The Council did recently make amendments to the program that would expedite benefits when the property has been rezoned. The 421(a) program was extended by the State, but the Council has not yet acted on the extension. The Mayor's Office is pushing for legislation extending the program. Launched Launched
Explore voter registration via the Internet through changing state law IG State Legislative Affairs has written to the State Assembly and Senate Chairs of the Elections Committee to express the City's interest in passing this legislation, and will be meeting with the Chairs to discuss. State Legislative Affairs has written to the State Assembly and Senate Chairs of the Elections Committee to express the City's interest in passing this legislation. Launched Launched
Lobby for a five-year capital plan with federal categorical aid to upgrade Health systems IG This is a part of the City's federal agenda. Federal Legislative Affairs will lobby for the capital plan to upgrade Health systems this year. The City has been working with the Congressional delegation to secure federal funding for hospital facility upgrades. To Launch in 2003 Launched
Lobby for the City's fair share from the State to maintain state roads within the city IG The City has lobbied to increase the funding provided for the costs of arterial maintenance, since the current level of funding from the State is insufficient to cover the City's fair share of the costs. The City has lobbied to increase the funding provided for the costs of arterial maintenance, since the current level of funding from the State is insufficient to cover the City's fair share of the costs. Launched Launched
Lobby the federal government to increase the Medicaid reimbursement rate and support the state takeover of non-federal Medicaid costs. IG The Senate passed an increase of FMAP in the last Congress, but it will have to be taken up again this year. This is a major part of the City's federal legislative agenda. The City has been actively lobbying the State to cover Medicaid costs and reduce the City's Medicaid related expenses. The administration is urging that the 2.95% increase in the federal match for Medicaid, which expired June 30, 2004, be extended. Launched Launched
Make absentee ballots easier to obtain IG State Legislative Affairs has written to the State Assembly and Senate Chairs of the Elections Committee to express the City's interest in passing this legislation, and will be meeting with the Chairs to discuss. State Legislative Affairs has written to the State Assembly and Senate Chairs of the Elections Committee to express the City's interest in passing this legislation. Launched Launched
Petition the State to allow any registered NYC voter to circulate any candidate's petition to any voter IG State Legislative Affairs has written to the State Assembly and Senate Chairs of the Elections Committee to express the City's interest in passing this legislation, and will be meeting with the Chairs to discuss. State Legislative Affairs has written to the State Assembly and Senate Chairs of the Elections Committee to express the City's interest in passing this legislation. Launched Launched
Seek salaries and overtime costs associated with events surrounding September 11 IG This is part of the package of City requests for increased federal aid. Overtime reimbursement is allowable under certain Homeland Security programs. The City continues to play a lead role in preserving this as a reimbursable expense. Launched Launched
Support repeal of the Wick's Law IG The City is actively supporting its repeal. The Governor's Budget for Fiscal Year 2005 includes a provision for Wicks Law Repeal for municipalities, schools and public authorities. The City has conveyed its strong support of this provision. Launched Launched
Support state takeover of all non-federal Medicaid costs so that no county or city will be forced to pay for Medicaid eligible residents IG The Mayor called for increased state payments on Medicaid during his budget address and State Legislative Affairs is actively lobbying for it. The Mayor is leading the fight to have the state take over all non-federal Medicaid costs. The State Legislature is currently considering the issue. Launched Launched
Lobby the State to pass the "Dignity for All Students Act" IG, DOE Education has drafted a memo in support of the legislation. The City has repeatedly lobbied for the passage of this legislation, which has passed the Assembly, but is yet to pass the Senate. Launched Launched
Push for completion of the $4.3 billion East Side Access project bringing the LIRR to Grand Central and the completion of the Second Avenue Subway IG, DOT The City is pushing for both as part of reauthorization of TEA-21 in the 108th Congress. DOT is actively lobbying the New York Congressional delegation. The City is urging that the East Side Access, Second Avenue Subway and the reconstruction of the Harlem River Bridges get funding in the reauthorization of the federal highway programs. East Side Access got $75 million and the Second Avenue Subway got $2 million in the FY 2004 Appropriations. Launched Launched
Encourage voluntary contributions to the parks through the use of a check off system on State and City income tax filings IG, DPR Senators Velella and Maltese have introduced a bill that would create a income tax check-off system for New York City residents with funds going to an urban forestry fund. The City issued a memo in support in 2002 for a similar bill. Legislation has been introduced in both houses and the City is lobbying for enactment. Launched Launched
Transfer Gateway National Park back to the City or insist that the National Park Service increase funding and care IG, DPR Parks has reached out to the National Park Service to talk about ways to work together to improve Gateway's condition, and the Mayor's Office will be reaching out to the NPS as well. Parks is no longer seeking to transfer Gateway National Park. However, the Department has initiated positive discussions with State and Federal officials to try to increase the quality of parkland throughout the city. Launched Launched
Appoint gay and lesbian New Yorkers to the CCRB and the bench of the Criminal and Family Courts MO The Mayor's Office has appointed New Yorkers who reflect the city's diversity to the bench and throughout the administration. Candidates are not asked about his or her sexual orientation during interviews, however, there is significant diversity in the CCRB. The Mayor's Office has appointed New Yorkers who reflect the city's diversity to the bench and throughout the administration. Candidates are not asked about his or her sexual orientation during interviews, however, there is significant diversity in the CCRB. Launched Launched
Assure an adequate level of qualified poll workers and foreign language translators and materials MO The Board of Elections says this is happening, but to what level is unclear. The Board of Elections has increased the number of Korean and Chinese interpreters and places them in the appropriate neighborhoods on election days, along with Spanish interpreters who are already in place. Translators in Spanish, Korean and Chinese also work phone banks on election days. The Board of Elections is working with community groups to identify ways to improve service to voters who do not speak English. Not Done Launched
Create a Deputy Mayor for Youth Services to coordinate all areas affecting children MO Deputy Mayor Walcott oversees almost all agencies who deal with children, including and especially Education. Deputy Mayor Walcott oversees almost all agencies who deal with children, including and especially Education. Launched Launched
Push the Boy Scouts of America to drop its ban on gays in the Scouts MO The Mayor met with New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America to lobby for this. The Mayor met with New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America to lobby for this. Launched Launched
Require all City agencies to have regularly scheduled programming relevant to seniors MO In Phase 1, DoITT and Aging are developing new programming for seniors on Crosswalks. The first season of NYCTV featured Coming of Age, a series that focused on the issues affecting older New Yorkers. To Launch in 2003 Launched
Move government offices out of Lower Manhattan MO, DCAS Moving Education to the Tweed Building has increased the number of City employees in Lower Manhattan. DCAS is currently working on consolidating 10 DOT offices in Lower Manhattan to one building in Queens. This will move over 4,300 DOT employees to Queens. Not Done Launched
Open City Hall Park MO, DPR City Hall Park has been reopened to the public. Access to City Hall itself has also been improved significantly (tours of the renovated Governor's Room are now available to the public). City Hall Park has been reopened. Tours of City Hall, the Governor's Room, Gracie Mansion and the Tweed Courthouse are now available. For security reasons, anyone who wishes to enter City Hall and the surrounding area must now go through magnetometers manned by police officers. Launched Launched
Build a major high school and university complex on Governors Island in partnership with one or more private universities MO, EDC The City and State received control of Governors Island in February 2003. CUNY is working on a plan to create a major research center on the island. The City and State received control of Governors Island and are working on a plan to develop educational facilities on the site. Launched Launched
Lobby for modernized voting machines, including touch screen computers MO, IG Federal legislation was passed and signed to change standards, but money to purchase new machines still needs to be provided. The City is lobbying the federal government for funding for the modernized machines. Congress passed the Help America Vote Act, which requires that modernized voting equipment be in use by 2006, and has given the State a first installment of $63 million for new equipment. The State has not yet come to an agreement on the type of voting machine that will be used. The City is lobbying Albany to expedite the process of choosing a voting machine so that the transition to new technology can go smoothly. Launched Launched
Fight for gun manufacturers to make safer guns. MO, NYPD The City is considering ways to do this, but nothing tangible has been initiated yet. The Bloomberg administration is committed to reducing the level of gun violence in the city and has been actively lobbying Congress not to absolve gun makers and suppliers of responsibility for allowing their guns to be bought and sold illegally. Not Done Launched
Use case-based tracking systems to improve productivity and service delivery MO, OMB A new system and program is being created to track case management and service delivery. The Mayor's Office and DOITT, with the support of OMB and the 13 human service agencies, are streamlining the screening and eligibility determination processes, case management, contract management, and policy development and planning functions within and across the human services agencies through the use of technology.  By developing the capacity to facilitate the secure communication of client, provider, and financial data among agencies and contractors, we expect to improve the City's overall ability to deliver cost-effective, efficient, and client-centered human services. Launched Launched
Make CHIP (Child Health Plus) more accessible, streamline the application process, overhaul the recertification process and inform undocumented workers that their participation in CHIP and other programs will not expose them to risk of deportation MOHIA The City has lobbied the State to streamline both the application and recertification processes, and a number of these changes were enacted as part of the Workforce Recruitment and Retention Act. In November 2002, HRA implemented a mail-in recertification process for Medicaid that utilizes a simplified, pre-printed recertification form (previously Medicaid recipients were required to re-certify in person). In April 2002, the Mayor signed Local Law One, which requires 17 City agencies to distribute a brochure making consumers aware of the availability of public health insurance options. The brochure included relevant eligibility information for immigrants. MOHIA secured private funding for a two year project to redesign the operations of the City's community Medicaid Offices to improve consumer service, staff efficiency and overall operations. The average cycle time for consumers to complete an application (with a face-to face interview) has decreased from two hours to 40 minutes at the offices that have completed redesign. Working in partnership with HRA, MOHIA is now working to advance the consumer and productivity gains through tailored leadership training for HRA central and regional management. Launched Launched
Create a transportation hub at the West Side rail yards linking the No. 7 line, LIRR, Metro-North and Amtrak MTA Funding is provided in the MTA's current capital program for the Environmental Impact Statement needed for the extension of the No. 7 line to the West Side. The Environmental Impact Statement for Metro-North Penn Station Access is also almost complete. The creation of the hub is a centerpiece of the Mayor's plan to redevelop the Far West Side. The MTA and City Planning are conducting preliminary engineering and environmental studies. Studies are expected to be completed between 2004 and 2009. MTA has no plans to build a rail hub on the West Side, although the No. 7 study is looking at extending the line to 34th St. and 11th Ave. MTA is looking into the feasibility of providing a temporary LIRR platform in the West Side Yards for the 2012 Olympics. Launched Launched
Improve subway signal systems and platform control to shorten the time between trains MTA The MTA is installing automatic train supervision and communications based train control to the signal system, and installing new public address/ customer information screens. These initiatives tie into the MTA's Rail Control Center building, and their new fiber optics communications network, which is being expanded to every station. New "step aside" signs and closed circuit television for train conductors are also being used to help reduce "dwell times" at heavily used stations. NYC Transit is installing automatic train supervision and communications based train control in the signal system, and installing new public address/customer information screens. These investments will build on and tie into the recently completed Rail Control Center building, which is in the process of being outfitted, and also NYCT's fiber-optics communications network, which is in the process of being expanded to every station. Launched Launched
Post arrival countdown clocks on subway platforms, bus shelters MTA The MTA has an initiative to provide a centralized public address/ customer information screen system at 156 stations that would provide automated dissemination of real-time train information, including train identity and arrival time (the contract is being awarded in 2003 and will be completed in 2006). Additionally, a separate contract is being awarded to install the system at 24 stations on the L line. The MTA is also using global positioning systems to provide real-time bus arrival time at bus stops (however, this is not scheduled to be completed until 2009). MTA is in the process of installing public address/customer information screens at 170 IRT and L line stations. For bus stations, NYCT has identified potential contractors and has received proposals for a project that will provide real-time bus arrival times at selected bus stops. Launched Launched
Utilize Global Positioning Satellite technology to help bus drivers prevent "bus bunching." MTA The MTA will issue an RFP in 2003 to use GPS technology to help improve dispatching, regulating intervals between buses and responding more quickly to service disruptions. The initial phases will be complete in 2004, but system wide completion will not happen until 2009. After an initial project to test a vehicle location system failed to meet performance specifications, NYCT has now identified potential contractors and received proposals for a project that will provide real-time bus arrivals times and provide NYCT with the ability to manage service from remote locations. Launched Launched
Extend the No. 7 line financed through Tax Increment Financing MTA, EDC The environmental review of the extension of the No. 7 line has begun, as has preliminary engineering. Extending the No. 7 line through Tax Incremental Financing is a key part of the Mayor's Far West Side plan and the City's 2012 Olympic bid. The MTA and City Planning are currently in the environmental review process. Once the final EIS is certified (expected in fall 2004), construction of the #7 line will begin. The #7 line extension will be financed through a plan that makes use of future projected revenues to pay for open space and the street network, as well as the platform for the Eastern Rail Yards. This plan ensures that funding will be in place when construction begins. Launched Launched
Wire the subway tunnels for cellular phone service MTA, OEM The MTA has organized an internal working group to identify potential providers, but this is a long way from happening. An internal MTA/NYCT working group was established to begin identifying potentially interested cellular service providers, as well as organizational and technical issues and requirements to develop an RFP to address this proposal. Not Done Launched
Computerize police reporting and communications NYPD IBM, Deloitte and Merrill Lynch taskforce surveyed the NYPD's technology needs. The NYPD is developing a proposal to digitally photograph evidence and put it into the central evidence database. NYPD is in the process of creating a "real-time" crime information center to begin tracking incidents as soon as they occur. In addition, the Department is developing a data warehouse to be used in connection with the crime information center. To Launch in 2003 Launched
Expand the use of Blackberry-style handheld computers for cops NYPD 200 Blackberries have been purchased and distributed with another 350 on the way, but this has not happened on a widespread basis yet. NYPD has begun issuing blackberry-style pagers to various units of the NYPD. At the present time there are 541 blackberry-style pagers in use. NYPD is in the process of identifying new devices that would be appropriate for deployment to supervisory personnel.

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Give cops bar code scanners to scan the code on drivers' licenses NYPD This is under development by the NYPD's Parking Enforcement Unit. Parking ticketing devices are in place for traffic enforcement agents and an evaluation of a state prototype for scanning driver's licenses is currently underway. To Launch in 2003 Launched
Increase remote database capability to allow cops to pull up more accurate and timely information on suspects NYPD NYPD will purchase and install 2,200 laptops in patrol vehicles and build a remote data warehouse. Approximately 1,800 laptops have been installed in Department vehicles. 700 more installations are planned with funding that is currently available. These laptops will allow officers to obtain drivers license, registration, warrant, and name check information easier than in the past. To Launch in 2003 Launched
Investigate the possibility of using the Internet to allow cops to earn credits toward promotion if they pass the courses. NYPD NYPD and the Justice Department are discussing how to use the Police Academy as a new test bed for federally-supported distance learning that would include for-credit courses over the Internet. NYPD is waiting for a Justice Department determination on whether the Police Academy will be a test-bed for this program. Launched Launched
Use wireless laptops for filing reports in police vehicles NYPD Vehicles have mobile display terminals, which are about to be replaced with 2,200 new Panasonic laptops. NYPD will install forms for filing reports once the laptops are installed. NYPD is in the process of installing the laptops and will create a form for filing reports once installation is complete. To Launch in 2003 Launched
Give officers who return to get their Associates Degree or Bachelor of Arts or Science degree free tuition to CUNY NYPD, CUNY This has not happened yet. Currently, four tuition free courses are available toward an Associate / Bachelor or Master's Degree at John Jay College. The Department is engaged in ongoing negotiations with CUNY to expand the program and eligibility to Traffic Enforcement and School Safety Officers. Not Done Launched
Give traffic agents hand-held summons devices or digital cameras to record parking violations NYPD, DOT NYPD completed a pilot program of parking ticket devices. DOT has piloted using handhelds for HIQA construction inspections. Traffic agents are using the hand-held devices in Flushing, Lower Manhattan and Staten Island. The Parking Enforcement Division is now in possession of 1,500 handheld scanners. Every Traffic Enforcement Agent is expected to have a scanner by the end of 2004. To Launch in 2003 Launched
Insist that gun owners undergo annual range training NYPD, IG NYPD is preparing legislation that would change the permitting process and training/ retraining process for gun owners. Legislation will be introduced pending discussions with NYPD. Launched Launched
Arm police with digital cameras and video equipment for cases of domestic violence NYPD, OCDV Digital cameras were distributed to all precinct, housing, and transit commanding officers. NYPD also expanded the "Digital Photographs Pilot Project" from Queens to Brooklyn. Expansion of the precinct use of the digital photo transmission technology to the 67th and 72nd Precincts in Brooklyn will begin in early 2003, and will then be expanded. Also, Domestic Violence is working on a new program to provide state-of-the-art cameras and computers to 11 City hospitals and treatment centers to document victim injuries for use in subsequent prosecution. All precincts in Queens North and Queens South along with the 72nd and 67th Precincts in Brooklyn and the 43rd and 44th Precinct in the Bronx have the capability to send digital pictures electronically to the District Attorney's office for presentation at arraignments in domestic violence cases. Cameras have been purchased and are being distributed to all Precincts and Housing PSA's. Launched Launched
In cases of domestic violence, consolidate referral services and resources in one place OCDV Domestic Violence is consolidating services for victims into one place. It is currently being tested as a pilot program in the Bronx (46 Precinct) and Brooklyn (67 Precinct), with possible expansion in 2003, including using intake points for victims' cases in addition to cases from NYPD. Domestic Violence is currently seeking funding to expand the program. Launched Launched
Rebuild an emergency citywide command center OEM The temporary command center has opened and the new center is being planned for Brooklyn. OEM has identified a site and is currently working through ULURP. Construction will be complete by December 31, 2005. Launched Launched
Provide loan guarantees to have the private sector borrow, build and lease to the City all schools and offices DCAS, EDC, OMB, DOE This has not been initiated yet. DOE continues to meet with firms to discuss this initiative, but has not moved forward because of cost concerns. Not Done Not Done
Reevaluate and re-qualify teachers every second year DOE This has not happened yet. Under the current evaluation system, teachers are evaluated and given ratings every year by their principals. DOE is seeking to implement an improved evaluation system that would incorporate student achievement results. This would require a labor agreement. Not Done Not Done
Require teachers to report to principals when there has been no contact with parents or guardians DOE Nothing has been done yet specifically on this proposal, but the Mayor's education plan includes a host of parental-engagement initiatives including a parental ombudsman in every school, the creation of parent service offices in the Learning Support Centers that are open at least two nights a week and on Saturdays, and the creation of "Parent Engagement Boards." Nothing has been done yet specifically on this proposal, but DOE has implemented an extensive program to engage parents in their children's education. Parent Coordinators are in place in schools citywide and have been trained to respond to parent questions and to help engage parents in the school community. Parent Coordinators work on a schedule set by their school's principal to best address the needs of parents, which may include hours in the evening and on weekends. In addition, the Parent Support Offices in the 13 Learning Support Centers are staffed with trained Parent Support staff to respond to parents questions and concerns. Not Done Not Done
Support restoring the categories of sexual orientation, religion, disability and gender to the Dept. of Education's multicultural curriculum DOE This has not been done yet. This has not been done yet. Not Done Not Done
Utilize summer school and year-round school to reduce overcrowding and offer students more opportunities to improve their academic standing DOE Overcrowding is being addressed through the creation of 8,000 new classroom seats by moving non-classroom functions out of the schools and through the merger of the School Construction Authority into Education to significantly reduce the cost of new school construction. Education is looking at new ways to use summer schools. However, no plans are in the works to use summer schools and year-round schools for the sole purpose of reducing overcrowding. The Five-Year Capital Plan proposed by the Mayor and the Chancellor addresses overcrowding with a $4 billion investment in 90 new buildings, which will add a total of 66,000 new seats. As part of the new promotion policy for third grade students, schools provide struggling students in grades K-3 with additional instructional support both during classroom time, outside of the regular school day and, during the summer, at the Summer Success Academy. The Department is offering summer school classes targeted toward struggling students in grades 4-8 and to help struggling high school students meet Regents standards and to accumulate needed course credits.However, no plans are in the works to use summer schools and year-round schools for the sole purpose of reducing overcrowding. Not Done Not Done
Use peer review to decide qualifications DOE,
OLR
This requires negotiation with the UFT and has not happened yet. DOE currently has a Peer Intervention Program to help underperforming teachers and to select teachers for certain positions. As part of the current labor negotiations, DOE is working with the UFT to improve the program to handle more teachers and to work collaboratively with principals on the improvement of underperforming teachers. Not Done Not Done
Simplify street signage and increase fines for parking violations in key locations DOT This has not happened yet. The street signs component has not been implemented yet; fines for parking violations have been increased citywide. Not Done Not Done
Use EZ Pass with congestion pricing policies to encourage truck delivery at off-peak hours DOT Congestion pricing is under discussion, but nothing tangible has been decided yet. This initiative has not been implemented. Not Done Not Done
Employ existing red-light cameras to keep bus lanes flowing DOT, IG DOT and State Legislative Affairs will begin working with the MTA on legislation that would permit the use of cameras to issue violations to drivers who illegally use bus lanes. If the legislation passes, DOT and the MTA will work to use those cameras to help keep bus lanes flowing. DOT is still exploring the viability of this program. The Bloomberg administration is seeking permission from Albany to install additional red light cameras at various intersections throughout the city. Not Done Not Done
Return concessions fees to Parks DPR The idea has been discussed with OMB as part of a matching funds program with private dollars raised, but nothing has been implemented yet. The idea has been discussed with OMB as part of a matching funds program with private dollars raised, but nothing has been implemented yet. Not Done Not Done
Adopt "Presumptive Eligibility," which would have the government assume that a family's income status has not changed from the previous year HRA The City applied to the state for Presumptive Eligibility. The State said no. The City applied to the state for Presumptive Eligibility. The State said no. Not Done Not Done
Support state legislation to regulate the assisted-living industry IG This would require state legislation. The City currently has no position on the issue in Albany. This would require state legislation. The City currently has no position on the issue in Albany. Not Done Not Done
Expand participation in the Senior Center Rent Increase Exemption by increasing participation rates to 50% in four years and raising the household income cap from $20,000 to $50,000 IG, DFTA The City opposed making retroactive SCRIE payments due to expense and difficulty of administering. No state legislation has been submitted on increasing the household cap due to concerns over the high cost. SCRIE was renewed by the State Legislature in 2003 and the income eligibility ceiling was raised from $20,000 to $24,000. In turn, the City enacted legislation adopting the same increase and eliminating the waiting period before a SCRIE recipient whose income had been permanently reduced by more than 20 percent could claim an increased SCRIE benefit. Not Done Not Done
Exempt affordable housing projects that do not significantly increase the density of a neighborhood
from environmental reviews
IG, HPD This has not happened yet. Though no projects are exempt from environmental reviews, the process of creating and expanding affordable housing projects has been expedited through the UDAAP, J51, and 421-a programs. Not Done Not Done
Don't pay state bookkeeping fees that allow the state to keep of 1% of federal funds for administrative costs IG, OMB The State receives of 1% of FEMA funds. The City petitioned, unsuccessfully, for removal of the state's fee since the City does the administrative work. The State receives of 1% of FEMA funds. The City petitioned, unsuccessfully, for removal of the state's fee since the City does the administrative work. Not Done Not Done
Exempt improvements to landmarks, including theaters and historic districts, from real property taxes LPC, IG Pending legislation in Albany would help accomplish this, providing a state tax credit. However, no plans are in the works for exempting improvements to landmarks from property taxes. Pending legislation in Albany would help accomplish this, providing a state tax credit. However, no plans are in the works for exempting improvements to landmarks from property taxes. Not Done Not Done
Lengthen the transition process for incoming Mayors MO This has not been done yet. The 2003 Charter Revision Commission considered the issue but deferred it for review by a future commission. Not Done Not Done
Move to nonpartisan elections and hold the non-partisan primary election in October. MO The 2002 Charter Commission studied this issue, but did not place it on the ballot. The Mayor fulfilled his commitment to allow voters to decide whether to adopt non-partisan elections. In November 2003, New York City voters rejected the Charter Commission's non-partisan elections proposal. Not Done Not Done
Restore and staff the Mayor's Office for the LGBT Community MO Budget constraints make creating new mayoral offices impossible. Budget constraints make creating new mayoral offices impossible. Not Done Not Done
Open Government Help Centers in all five boroughs to bring together federal, state and city services. Have them issue permits, licenses and approvals and allow them to function as ready-made Emergency Command Centers for any disaster. Provide desks at the Government Help Centers for all public officials, municipal labor unions, and other public service agencies to provide as many services as possible in one location. Provide linguists in popular local languages at each Government Help Center and keep the Centers open from 7 am to 7 pm, seven days a week MO, DCAS, OEM DCAS is exploring possible locations. The Mayor's Office is evaluating which agency functions can only be performed in-person to determine the scope of the Help Centers and to determine whether additional functions can be placed on-line. While one-stop centers for all City agencies have not opened, many agencies, including SBS and Finance, have reorganized their public service functions to include satellite customer service centers in the outer boroughs. Other agencies, such as DORIS and Buildings, have allowed city residents access to services that used to require an in-person visit to be obtained via the Agency website. In addition, 311 provides city residents with a gateway to accessing information about all city services. Launched Not Done
Create limited stop bus service in restricted access lanes, especially along the east side of Manhattan MTA The MTA is preparing a proposal to create dual bus lanes which will be submitted in early 2003. The City will then review the proposal to see whether it should be implemented. New York City Transit has met with DOT and NYPD to discuss the details of this project and is preparing to solicit proposals for a study of Bus Rapid Transit to see which aspects of these programs should be implemented. Not Done Not Done
Continue the new "Stop and Frisk" procedures and place "Stop and Frisk" data on the NYPD's website and make it part of CompStat NYPD The procedures were continued and are part of CompStat. Stop and frisk statistics are provided quarterly to members of the City Council. The procedures were continued and are part of CompStat. Stop and frisk statistics are provided quarterly to members of the City Council. Not Done Not Done
Give captains and higher ranks a one-week course and follow-up training in using computers. NYPD This has not happened yet. Given need for expanded counterterrorism training, the proposed training has not been done. Not Done Not Done
Modernize and renovate precinct houses. NYPD This generally has not happened yet due to budget constraints. However, the 33rd Precinct House opened in Washington Heights this year and the Police Foundation is seeking funding to clean, paint and furnish deteriorated precinct houses. This generally has not happening yet. NYPD is rehabilitating the 9th Precinct and the Queens South Task Force facilities. Renovation of the facade of the 120th Precinct has begun. Not Done Not Done
Police officers should be encouraged to learn a second language and given a boost in pay after demonstrating language proficiency. NYPD This has not happened yet (it would require a change in the collective bargaining agreement). The Department funds a second language program in connection with intelligence gathering efforts. A boost in pay can only be accomplished through a change in the collective bargaining agreement. Not Done Not Done
Consider proposals to take over Battery Park City and review relationships that involve PILOTS OMB This has not been considered yet in the financial plan. The administration is not considering taking over Battery Park City; however, PILOT deals are continually evaluated to maximize financial flexibility and value returned to the City. Not Done Not Done
Eliminate the Unincorporated Business Tax OMB This is not feasible in the current fiscal climate (the UBT brings in over $800 million annually). This is not feasible in the current fiscal climate (the UBT brings in over $800 million annually). Not Done Not Done
Have the Transitional Finance Authority sell bonds backed by the sales tax revenues currently committed to paying of the Municipal Assistance Corporation debt that ends in 2007 and use that money to build new schools OMB This is not happening as of yet. The City prevailed in litigation with the State over State Law relieving the City of all MAC payments. The City will be using the new revenue to reduce the budget gap through 2008. Not Done Not Done
Take advantage of tax laws that allow interest and depreciation deductibility for privately owned buildings. The City should sell public facilities to private investors and lease them back OMB OMB is working on a transaction that would transfer City Water Tunnel #2. The Water Tunnel Transfer project is no longer in the City's financial plan. In addition, the President and Congress are seeking to completely reform these tax laws. Launched Not Done
Immerse students who do not speak English in the language DOE Mayor Bloomberg has charged Chancellor Klein with developing a new curriculum for students who do not speak English. The Mayor announced reforms to English Language Learner (ELL) programs. The reforms direct $20 million in new City funds to a range of ELL programs. ELL instruction is being strengthened by: aligning ELL programs with the core curriculum; hiring 107 ELL Instructional Support Specialists; implementing a coherent language allocation policy; and creating an effective monitoring and assessment system for ELL programs. DOE will hold schools and principals accountable for improvement in the academic achievement of ELL students. In January, the Department announced the launch of the ELL Teacher Academy, which will provide professional development for teachers, literacy coaches, principals, assistant principals, ELL Instructional Support Specialists and Field Resource Specialists. To Launch in 2003 Recon- sidered
In the absence of improvement in schools that languish on the Schools Under Registration Review list, make privatization an option DOE Since companies like Edison who take over private schools are facing significant difficulties in cities like Philadelphia, this is not a viable option. Since companies like Edison who take over private schools are facing significant difficulties in cities like Philadelphia, this is not a viable option. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Introduce a customer service mentality into the education system. Require teachers, principals and other school professionals to visit the home of every student at least once a year, and call every term DOE With the creation of Parental Engagement Centers, a parental ombudsman in each school, and a new focus on getting parents involved, this is no longer as necessary. Trained Parent Coordinators are in schools citywide to help address parent concerns. Parent Coordinators have cell phones, with numbers available to parents. Parent Support Offices in each Learning Support Center site are staffed with trained Parent Support staff and are open during weekdays in addition to two weeknights, Saturdays, and the first Sunday of every month. Parents can also access information about the school system through DOE's website and 311. DOE is also piloting a Parent Portal on the web that provides specific information to participating parents on their child's school, with potential development of a student-specific parent portal. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Require all students to wear uniforms DOE The benefits of requiring school uniforms have not materialized in other cities. Combined with the cost and constitutional issues, the idea is not worth pursuing. The benefits of requiring school uniforms have not materialized in other cities. Combined with the cost and constitutional issues, the idea is not worth pursuing. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Give city funds to private health service agencies if they fully participate in the City's Integrated Surveillance System DOHMH Since health agencies are legally required to report this information, providing City funds is not the best approach. Health instead provides programming support, staff resources and other assistance. In addition, Health is actively pursuing electronic reporting which should greatly reduce the administrative burden to hospitals and laboratories. Since health agencies are legally required to report this information, providing City funds is not the best approach. Instead, Health provides programming support, staff resources and other assistance. Health is also actively pursuing electronic reporting which should greatly reduce the administrative burden to hospitals and laboratories. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Increase the number of mobile asthma units DOHMH Health feels that new programs and spending on asthma should be used for on-going asthma management. Resources should be used to ensure patients have continuity of care and mobile vans don't always promote regular doctor visits. Health feels that new programs and spending on asthma should be used for on-going asthma management. Resources should be used to ensure patients have continuity of care and mobile vans don't always promote regular doctor visits. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Franchise transportation options in underserved neighborhoods DOT The City is working to move bus transport out of its hands and have the MTA take over the private bus lines. Negotiations with the MTA are on-going. The City reached a historic agreement with the MTA to take over the City's seven private bus lines. Bus service for the 400,000 daily riders of these buses in the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn will improve as a result. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Install countdown clocks to notify pedestrians and motorists how much time there is for crossing DOT DOT engineers believe the countdown clocks can be confusing/ dangerous since people misjudge how much time it actually takes to cross the street. DOT engineers believe the countdown clocks can be confusing/ dangerous since people misjudge how much time it actually takes to cross the street. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Institute alternate side truck deliveries DOT DOT has taken a new approach: charging trucks to make deliveries in midtown through muni-meters and the congestion parking program, rather than alternate side deliveries. DOT has taken a new approach: charging trucks to make deliveries in midtown through muni-meters and the congestion parking program, rather than alternate side deliveries. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Speed up crossings by instituting a vehicular all-stop at
major intersections
DOT Approximately 50 city intersections have vehicular all stops. DOT is reluctant to implement the program in most locations because of the impact on vehicular traffic (slows everything down). Approximately 50 city intersections have vehicular all stops. DOT is reluctant to implement the program in most locations because of the impact on vehicular traffic (slows everything down). Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Put the Parks Enforcement Patrol under control of the NYPD, but retain the Urban Park Rangers to focus on environmental enforcement and education DPR This issue is being evaluated to ensure that parks are adequately policed in the most efficient and effective way. The Urban Park Rangers remain focused on environmental enforcement and education. This issue is continually evaluated to ensure that parks are adequately policed in the most efficient and effective way. The Urban Park Rangers remain focused on environmental enforcement and education. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Persuade the City Parks Foundation to establish a maintenance endowment to care for all parks DPR, MFANYC The City Parks Foundation has been reconfigured by its board to mostly focus on programming rather than maintenance. However, the newly revamped Public-Private Initiatives office will be focusing on building maintenance endowments for parks. The City Parks Foundation has been reconfigured by its board to mostly focus on programming rather than maintenance. However, the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City is focusing on building partnerships for park maintenance and future parks endowments. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Encourage food waste and yard waste composting on a voluntary basis in lower density areas of the City DSNY Sanitation had a program to do this but funding was cut this year. Some portions of the program still exist, but in a less active role. Overall, Sanitation feels that after years of spending money to promote this, it has never caught on in any significant way and probably is not the best use of its resources. Some portions of the program still exist, but in a less active role. Overall, Sanitation feels that after years of spending money to promote this, it has never caught on in any significant way and therefore is not the best use of its resources. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Own and operate the Linden solid waste transfer facility DSNY The new solid waste management plan relies on retrofitting existing marine transfer stations to containerize the city's refuse, making the project unnecessary. The new solid waste management plan relies on retrofitting existing marine transfer stations to containerize the city's refuse, making the project unnecessary. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Revamp the Emerging Industry Fund to reach out to potential targets for investment and provide technical assistance EDC EDC feels the City shouldn't replicate what private sector can already do, especially since the New York City Investment Fund already dedicates resources to this exact goal. EDC feels the City shouldn't replicate what private sector can already do, especially since the New York City Investment Fund already dedicates resources to this exact goal. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Beef up inspection and litigation staff levels to move HPD from a complaint-driven operation to one that performs cyclical inspections and enforces code violations HPD, IG HPD feels that the best approach is restructuring the laws guiding adjudication of disputes to take disputes out of housing court and into an administrative tribunal. The City would have to hire many more lawyers to do this through the current system. HPD feels that the best approach is restructuring the laws guiding adjudication of disputes to take disputes out of housing court and into an administrative tribunal. The City would have to hire many more lawyers to do this through the current system. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Oppose legislation that would require New York City police officers to live in the five boroughs IG During the campaign, the Mayor opposed any legislation to require residency in the five boroughs due to the difficulty of filling vacancies if a residency requirement were in effect.However, the costs associated both with officers living outside of the five boroughs and other City workers requesting the same makes this position untenable. During the campaign, the Mayor opposed any legislation to require residency in the five boroughs due to the difficulty of filling vacancies if a residency requirement were in effect.However, the costs associated both with officers living outside of the five boroughs and other City workers requesting the same makes this position untenable. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Support legislation to require companies doing business with the City extend the same employee benefits given to spouses to registered domestic partners. IG Using procurement dollars to require contractors to extend these benefits would remove too many potential vendors and in the past, similar efforts have largely been ineffective. The bill is still pending in the City Council. Over the Mayor's veto, the Council enacted a bill requiring companies doing business with the city to provide these benefits. The administration believes that using procurement dollars to require contractors to extend these benefits would remove too many potential vendors and similar efforts have largely been ineffective in the past. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Work with the Governor and state Legislature to transfer the NYCTA to the City IG The impact of September 11 has made this unfeasible and the City is now considering transferring/ selling its own properties (bridges) to the MTA. The impact of September 11 has made this unfeasible and the City is now considering transferring/ selling its own properties (bridges) to the MTA. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Create standby borrowing authority through a City/ State agency IG, OMB The existence of the Transitional Finance Authority makes this unnecessary. The existence of the Transitional Finance Authority makes this unnecessary. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Do not raise taxes MO The multi-billion dollar budget deficit, which is required by law to be closed, made an increase in the property tax unavoidable. The city's fiscal situation compelled an increase in property taxes in order to plug a $6 billion budget deficit. However, with the improvement of the city's financial outlook, Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council agreed on a plan that included tax relief in the form of a $400 rebate for homeowners for the next three years. Governor Pataki, Assembly Speaker Silver and Senate Majority Leader Bruno have all pledged their support for the rebate plan, which requires State approval. The Mayor has also urged for the increases in sales tax and personal income tax to sunset on schedule. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Give one person the authority to coordinate the city's traffic policies and all other transportation related issues MO Right now, the current system in which the Police Department handling traffic enforcement and DOT handles everything else makes more sense, but this will continue to be evaluated. Right now, the current system in which the Police Department handles traffic enforcement and DOT handles everything else makes more sense, but this will continue to be evaluated. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Move Room 9, City Hall's Press Room, to Staten Island MO Room 9 is currently being renovated. Room 9 has been renovated. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Expand the bus fleet and only permit nonpolluting, alternative fuel buses on our roads. Focus on the four remaining private fleets which continue to use diesel fuel, including school buses. MTA, DOT The City is seeking to turn the bus fleet over to the MTA rather than expand it. Of those buses being changed or purchased, a large portion will be alternative fuel, but some will still be diesel due to the cost. The MTA, however, does have a significant clean fuel initiative. Of the 1,034 buses on order, 814 are clean fuel buses and future bus purchases will use low sulfur diesel fuel with traps to catch particulate matter. The MTA has also implemented the use of ultra low-sulfur diesel fuel at all depots. The City reached a historic agreement with the MTA to take over the City's seven private bus lines. For its part, NYCT's bus fleet has grown by 900 buses since 1994. 340 NYCT clean fuel buses have entered service. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Do not use one-shot revenues for the operating budget OMB While the Mayor does not support using one-shots in general, the City was forced to borrow funds for operating expenses to close the FY03 budget gap. While the Mayor does not support using one-shots in general, the City was forced to borrow funds for operating expenses to close the FY03 budget gap. Recon- sidered Recon- sidered
Work with the Port Authority and airlines to reduce idling time on runways to reduce emissions and improve air quality EDC EDC is negotiating with the Port Authority on a lease renewal. These negotiations address performance, but emissions have yet to be a part of the negotiations. Upon execution of the new airport lease later this year, an Airport Office will be created at EDC. The Airport Office will work with the Port Authority to address emissions issues, including community concerns regarding air quality. Not Done To Launch in 2004
Support environmental audits of select municipal departments and facilities, and identify ways to reduce the City's energy usage. EDC, DCAS The new energy policy office will be conducting environmental audits and surveys, including an energy efficiency inventory of all municipal buildings. DCAS will be conducting assessment of city buildings for energy efficiency & clean onsite generation systems in the next 12 months. To Launch in 2003 To Launch in 2004