July 13, 2009
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2005 Campaign Accountability Statement.
Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York
Initiative Agency Status 2007 Status 2009 Update 2009
Streamline and integrate childcare programs into a comprehensive childcare system. HRA, ACS Launched Done The Child care transfer is completed and payments are being made by ACS. Ongoing discussions continue between the agencies on future model for delivering services to cash assistance population. HRA continues to provide computer programming and hosting for the Citys automated child care system.
Support the childcare needs of parents on or transitioning off of public assistance. ACS Done* Done ACS gives parents receiving public assistance regular information in Job Centers, at employment vendors, and by mail - about ACS child care, OST programs, and UPK.  These parents are selecting increasingly high proportions of regulated care, for safer and more stable child care services.  ACS also works closely with HRA to streamline child care processes for parents. In addition, ACS is working with HHS-Connect to develop an on-line child care application process that will be part of a new, comprehensive automated system for Child Care and Head Start. Housed within the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and reporting to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, HHS-Connect seeks to create a system to better manage health and human service information and increase accountability throughout City agencies. As part of this initiative, HHS-Connect is working with HHS agencies to develop modern case management systems.
Propose legislation imposing stiff penalties in the event of misuse of personal health information to further protect privacy. DOHMH, IG Done* Done Legislation has passed both the Assembly and Senate and was signed into law by Governor Paterson on September 26, 2008.
Expand the nurse family partnership, a program which improves mother and child health. DOHMH Done* Done NFP established 5 new sites in FY 2008, bringing total number of sites to 9 and increasing the program's capacity by 1,500 families citywide. The creation of an additional team of nurses in Harlem in FY 2009 will increase the program's capacity by an additional 100 families. As a result of these expansions, NFP will have the capacity to serve 3,120 families by the end of FY 2009. As of February 2009, approximately 1,800 families across the City are enrolled and served by NFP. NYC NFP is now the largest urban NFP site in the nation. The Department is working to identify sustainable funding for the program. There is no CTL funding in FY 2009 and beyond to finance the program. Discussions are underway with the State Dept. of Health to secure Medicaid funding to cover a portion of NFP costs.
Break ground on a new intake center for the homeless to replace the notorious EAU that will treat people with dignity and respect. MO, DHS Launched Done Construction for a new state-of-the-art family intake center began in Fall 2008. In 2004, DHS opened the Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (PATH) office to serve clients until the new intake center is completed. Although a temporary site until the new family intake center is ready for occupancy, PATH has undergone a series of transformative enhancements of both the facility and program process to better serve clients. The Emergency Assistance Unit (EAU) was permanently closed in June 2006. The most recent estimate of construction completion is Fall of 2010.
Work with the United Way to add a new, comprehensive information and referral system for not-for-profit human services agencies through the 311 system. MO, DOITT Launched Done In April of 2008 Mayor Bloomberg announced that social service information and referral service is now available through the 311 call center.  311 will work with over 50 Not-For-Profits, as well as the United Way of New York City and the Human Services Council.  Call takers are available 24/7, in over 170 languages. They have specialized training and are certified by the Alliance of Information and Referral Specialists (AIRS). Over 1000 Not-For-Profits are already in the system, and more are being added on a rolling basis.  
Dedicate significant additional revenues to expand growth industries like tourism. Mount an integrated marketing campaign to attract visitors from around the nation and the world. MO, NYC & Co. Done* Done NYC & Company, NYC Marketing, and NYC Big Events merged into one entity in 2006, creating the world's finest municipal tourism, marketing, and events organization.  With an additional $15 million annual commitment from the City, the organization helped attract a record 47 million visitors in 2008. NYC & Company launched "This is New York City," the first-ever integrated global marketing campaign to promote New York City. In 2008, the Mayor accelerated the City's visitation goal to 50 million tourists by 2012.  Efforts continued in January 2009 when the City unveiled its re-designed state-of-the-art information center and launched the new website nycgo.com in an effort to help visitors and residents better explore the five boroughs.
Rezone Jamaica to allow 4.5 million square feet of commercial space to develop a major transportation oriented business district near JFK Airport. DCP Launched Done The Jamaica Plan was adopted by the City Council on September 10, 2007. With 368 blocks rezoned, this project is among the largest rezoning efforts in the City's history. It supports Jamaica's downtown business district, expands housing and economic opportunities on major thoroughfares, and preserves neighborhood scale in low-rise residential areas. In addition, it allows for 3 million square feet of commercial space and more than 3,400 new housing units. The Jamaica Follow-up text amendment was adopted by the City Council on October 29, 2007. This text amendment facilitates development on critical sites near the JFK AirTrain and Long Island RailRoad Station complex, and the use of the affordable housing bonus.
Streamline documentation requirement for domestic violence victims to make it easier for them to access permanent and transitional housing. OCDV, HRA Launched Done HRA's Office of Domestic Violence completed the process of streamlining permanent housing placement for domestic violence survivors leaving shelter by training the shelter providers on the policies, application process, and the necessary documentation needed by the various housing agencies. HRA's Office of Domestic Violence will continue to share information with the shelter providers as policy changes dictate.
Work with cell phone carriers to provide emergency notifications and information via cell phone text messaging. MO, OEM, DOITT Launched Done In December 2007, the City launched a new service named Notify NYC, emergency alert and notification services in four pilot communities via email, text messaging and voice alert. Mayor Bloomberg announced the launch of the citywide emergency notifications ("Notify NYC Citywide Pilot") on May 28th, 2009.
Expand the NYPD's BioTracks Project and the John Doe Indictment Project. OCME, NYPD, CJC Launched Done The NYPD's Biotracks project has been successfully completed. With the opening of the new DNA facility, OCME continues to expand the universe of crimes where evidence is tested for DNA. The District Attorneys and OCME also continue to pursue the John Doe indictment project to other charges beyond sex crimes.
Expand small school initiative and open more than 100 small schools. DOE Launched Done As of fall 2009, the DOE will have opened 233 High Schools and schools that serve grades 6-12, and 66 Middle Schools, surpassing the expanded goal of 250 secondary schools. In addition, DOE has opened 36 elementary schools. The DOE intends to continue to open new small schools to expand the portfolio of quality options for families.
Create at least 15 new transfer schools small, academically-rigorous high schools for students who are over-age, under-credited and were not succeeding in their original high school.   DOE Launched Done In September 2009, NYC will have a total of sixteen transfer schools surpassing the Mayor's 2005 goal of creating 15 new transfer schools
Create at least five Young Adult Borough Centers (YABCs), evening programs that combine academic coursework, counseling, and post-secondary education and career development.  DOE Done* Done Since 2004 we've opened or enhanced 21 YABC programs: 17 new; 4 enhanced. In the 2005-2006 school year, 11 YABCs with Learning to Work programs opened throughout the city. In addition, the DOE opened three new YABCs in 2006-2007, two new YABCs with Learning to Work programs in 2007-2008 and one more in 2008-09.
Create new types of GED programs in at least ten locations that offer GED preparation and testing directly linked to Learning-to-Work vocational preparation and eventually with community colleges and career and technical programs, such as those for dental or computer technicians. DOE Launched Done In September 2007, District 79 replaced four GED preparation programs with GED Plus, a citywide GED program serving approximately 10,000 students over the course of the school year. This increase in programs joins the eight part-time GED programs with the Learning toWork component started in the 2005 through 2007 years totaling new types of GED programs in over 10 locations.
Improve access to selective schools for students in under-served communities. DOE Done* Done The DOE continues to provide workshops for parents focusing on selective high schools. These summer workshops have grown in size and number since 2007. The Office of Student Enrollment also administers the Specialized High Schools Institute and has changed the citywide eligibility to Title I/Free Lunch in order to encourage more students to consider specialized high schools. In addition, in September 2006, Brooklyn Latin, a new specialized high school located in East Williamsburg / Bushwick, opened its doors providing an additional option for students to attend a selective school.
Expand the Out-of-School Time (OST) system to increase the number of young people served. DYCD Done* Done In September 2005, with a budget of $47 million, DYCD launched the Out-of-School Time (OST) initiative to provide a mix of academic, recreational and cultural activities for elementary, middle and high school-aged youth.  In the 2005-2006 school year, we served 59,071 young people.  Our core services focus on providing comprehensive, full-time programs to elementary school-aged children after school, during school recesses and during the summer.  DYCDs FY10 budget includes $110.7 million for OST.  For the 2009-2010 school year, DYCD projects that OST will enroll 75,000 participants (against a budget for 64,700), with more than 45,000 elementary school-aged participants served every day.  DYCD will introduce a redesigned high school program that offers more in-depth services that help young people get on track to graduate and develop fundamental life skills.  The high school program design is closely aligned with Department of Education's objectives.
Build on the success of the new OST system. DYCD Done* Done DYCD has expanded the successful OST online to DYCD Online to collect data on and expanded number of programs including the Beacons and Teen ACTION programs. With Wallace Foundation funding, DYCD has developed an outcome tracking system for all DYCD-funded youth programs. In FY10 two initiatives will be added: Teen ACTION and In-School Youth, with additional initiatives added in FY11. To reinfrce accountability, academic outcomes will be collected from DOE starting in FY10. DYCD released a set of core competencies for youth work professionals, an important first step in improving the quality of the after school workforce. The 8 competency statements and indicators emerged from a collaborative process including academia, CBO management and front-line staff, and technical assistance providers. In February, DYCD began administering Beacon Community Centers at 25 NYCHA facilitiesIn terms of programmatic enhancements, DYCD has launched two OST pilots: KidzLit and KidzMath, which provide fun academic support, and Fun Food, Smart Food, a twelve-week cooking and nutrition program for middle school-age youth.
Create the Community Connections Initiative for runaway and homeless youth, featuring drop-in centers in each borough that will conduct outreach to targeted neighborhoods. Open six personalized crisis shelters with a total of 75 beds as well as several transitional independent living facilities for young mothers and Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender youth. DYCD Launched Done DYCD's continuum of care for Runaway and Homeless Youth was launched in FY2007 and includes Community Connections Drop-In Centers in each borough that together serve more than 8,400 at-risk young people, as well as street outreach services during the night-time hours. The new system provides expanded Crisis Shelters and Transitional Independent Living options, with specialized residential services for pregnant and parenting youth, sexually exploited youth and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. The system currently offers 113 funded crisis shelters beds at 4 sites (with a fifth to be certified shortly by NYS) and 122 transitional independent living program beds at 10 sites.
Expand the ParentCorps program. ACS, DOE Done* Done Federal and City Council funding provided to NYU allowed for the ParentCorps and TeacherCorps programs to expand in certain districts. In total, over 600 families and over 100 school personnel participated in studies of ParentCorps and TeacherCorps, with 300 families receiving services, up from 40 in 2005, and 60 school personnel receiving training and supervision.
Integrate and coordinate early child care and education system to foster the healthy development of all children, especially those children who are low-income and disadvantaged.  ACS, DOE Launched Done* The Early Care and Education Steering Committee comprised of representatives from the Mayors Office, DOE, ACS, and DYCD convenes on a bi-weekly basis to determine and implement strategies to maximize resources available for child care and early childhood education. The Steering Committee inaugurated an Intra-City agreement in school year 2007-2008 to leverage resources to provide 3000 additional children access to UPK, Child Care and Head Start services and schedules. The Steering Committee continued to foster interagency coordination with the expansion of the Intra-city agreement to reach 4,500 children in the 08-09 school year.
Ask community clinics and New York State to match City funds for electronic health records to leverage the $25 million investment to as much as $100 million. DOHMH Launched Done* The City has secured over $20 million in additional funding to support healthcare IT adoption and EHR-enabled quality improvement, from a variety of private, state and federal grants as well as contributions from the participating providers. Overall, the City has leveraged the initial $25M investment to over $60M.
Improve prevention and treatment through the Take Care New York health policy. Goals include: (1) Expand programs to prevent cancer and heart disease; (2) Help more New Yorkers who want to quit smoking stop; (3) Improve HIV prevention and care and make New York City a national and global model for stopping the epidemic; (4) Break record low levels of lead poisoning in children and further reduce infant mortality; (5) Improve mental health treatment and expand options for effective treatment of drug abuse; (6) Increase influenza vaccination rates to prevent hospitalizations, illness, and death. DOHMH Launched Done* Since 2002 the Department has made significant progress in seven of the ten priority areas outlined in Take Care New York (TCNY). By 2007, the Department had reached or surpassed 2008 goals within four of the TCNY priority areas. According to the most recent TCNY progress report, in 2007: 364,000 more New Yorkers had a regular doctor; 300,000 fewer New Yorkers smoked; there was a 48% increase in colonoscopy screening rates; 598 fewer New Yorkers died from HIV/AIDS-related illness; 143 fewer New Yorkers died from alcohol-attributable causes and 73 fewer died from drug-related causes; there was a 20% reduction in women who died from intimate partner homicide; 319 fewer children were newly identified with lead poisoning; and there was a 10% decrease in infant mortality. The Health Department continues to create TCNY Community Partners and progress has come in large part due to a network of over 400 TCNY partners.
Begin a pilot program that tailors support services to keeping families together by capitalizing on existing community resources. Establish new partnerships with community institutions and broaden the network of neighborhood-based help to keep families together and avoid foster care placement. MO, ACS Launched Done* Following a year-long pilot from 2006-2007 to galvanize existing community resources, ACS has established 11 fully-functioning and sustainable Community Partnerships throughout all five boroughs. These 11 coalitions are partnering with community and faith-based organizations, schools and child care institutions. Ongoing accomplishments include recruiting hundreds of new foster families; hosting more than 200 visits with children in foster care at community centers; participating as community representatives in more than 300 ACS Family Team Conferences. The work of these partnerships will grow to include work with adolescents and with immigrant groups and will continue to strengthen communities and keep children safe.   
Enroll and maintain continuous coverage for virtually all children eligible for public health insurance. HRA Launched Done* Between 90-92% of NYC's children now have health insurance. Federal enactment of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), in February and NYS adoption of provisions allowing greater data sharing among public agencies and benefit programs to expedite enrollment (and recertification) in public health insurance programs will lead to even greater coverage gains in NYC. HRA's Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access continues to focus on reaching uninsured children through schools using registration and school lunch referrals as well as data-matching strategies. HRA's Medical Assistance and Community Services Administration expedites and continues to improve their enrollment and retention processes for eligible individuals. The program now has a 74% mail renewal response rate.
Establish Harlem as the premiere African-American and Latino media, culture and entertainment center in the United States to bring jobs, tourists and investment to Upper Manhattan as part of the 125th Street river-to-river initiative. DCP, EDC Launched Done* The 125th Street plan seeks to catalyze mixed-use development, while preserving areas that have a strong built character. The plan provides expanded opportunities for housing and aims to encourage cultural and retail activities along 125th Street to create a premier entertainment district, with entertainment and cultural use requirements, which will result in all large new developments setting aside space for entertainment and cultural uses and tenants. The City Council adopted the 125th Street rezoning in April 2008 and a follow-up text amendment in November 2008. The East 125th Street Project, which was adopted by the City Council in October 2008, will develop long-vacant and underutilized City-owned property and adjacent privately-owned property into the East Harlem Media / Entertainment / Cultural Center, which will include 30,000 square feet of dedicated community and cultural space, more than 600 affordable housing units, a public plaza, new office and retail space and a hotel. It will also create 1,500 permanent jobs and 4,000 construction jobs.
Create a 311 telephone and Internet-based service center for New Yorks small businesses. SBS, DOITT Launched Done* Twenty City agencies have worked together to build NYC Business Express, an online, one-stop resource. By year's end, this initiative will allow small businesses to learn about the permits, licenses, and requirements needed to start and operate a business in New York City; receive customized information about City, State, and Federal incentives that can help a business save money; apply and pay for at least 36 licenses, permits and certifications from multiple City agencies. Through NYC Business Express businesses can save information in order to manage interactions with the City (such as status of permits, taxes owed, outstanding balances, and inspection dates). By dialing 311, callers can get general information about and assistance with NYC Business Express. The caller can also be transferred directly to an SBS Customer Service Center representative trained in supporting the NYC Business Express application.
Expedite development of Willets Point. EDC Launched Done* In November 2008, the City Council approved the Willets Point Development Plan. In tandem with the planning effort, EDC kicked off and is now leading the Willets Point Business Assistance Program to provide services to owner-occupant businesses, property owners, tenant businesses and workforce. The City has hired LaGuardia Community College to implement a comprehensive Workforce Assistance Program open to all Willets Point workers. Finally, to provide opportunities to local and M/WBE firms, EDC worked with the Borough President to establish a task force that will work with the developer selected to implement the plan to establish local and M/WBE goals.
Partner with City University of New York to launch a program for careers as construction managers and professionals. MO, CUNY Done* Done* A Job Schedulers program was successfully launched in November 2006. Thirty-one people have graduated from two job scheduler classes, and a job estimator class will move forward in 2009.
Reclaim underutilized land for affordable housing. HPD Launched Done* Through the New Housing Marketplace Plan, HPD plans to develop nearly all of its portfolio of vacant lots and underutilized land. In addition, the agency is exploring development opportunities on underutilized land owned by other City and State agencies. For example, the City issued an RFP to redevelop the former Human Resources Administration site located at 1951 Park Avenue in Harlem. This development is expected to yield approximately 300 units for low- and middle-income families and a child care facility. In June 2009, HPD cut the ribbon on the Park Lane at Sea View project on Staten Island, which created 104 units of affordable senior housing on a former HHC property. In addition, since 2004, HPD and NYCHA have collaborated to develop vacant land and renovate deteriorated buildings owned by NYCHA into affordable housing. That partnership has yielded 507 completed units, 546 units that are under construction, and another 630 units that will start construction in Summer 2009.
Create 8,500 units of affordable housing in the rezoning areas of Greenpoint / Williamsburg, West Chelsea and the Hudson Yards through inclusionary zoning. Apply inclusionary zoning in medium density neighborhoods with strong residential markets outside of Manhattan. HPD Launched Done* Since 2005, 10 rezonings (in addition to Hudson Yards, West Chelsea and Greenpoint-Williamsburg) throughout the City have contained inclusionary zoning programs: Maspeth / Woodside, Dutch Kills, Hunter Point South and Jamaica neighborhoods in Queens, the South Park Slope, Fort Greene and Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhoods in Brooklyn, and the Upper West Side, Lower East Side and 125th Street neighborhoods in Manhattan. Added together, these 13 inclusionary zoning programs are expected to create 8,883 units of affordable housing.
Create collaborations with private sector partners, such as the recently announced New York City Affordable Housing Acquisition Fund, which will capitalize on commitments by philanthropic and financial partners to raise $200 million. These funds will be used for early stage capital for acquisition of privately-owned land and buildings. HPD Launched Done* To date, 17 developments have received financing through the Acquisition Fund, totaling $66.6 million in loans, with some $55 million of loans already committed or under review. The Fund, which received Harvard University's Ash Institute Award for Innovation in Government in September 2008, accommodates a range of loan sizes: from the smallest, a $1.1 million loan to facilitate a new 30-unit development, to the largest, a loan in excess of $23 million to help acquire a large portfolio of buildings. This last loan provided the necessary financing for the Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation's acquisition of six occupied buildings in the northwest Bronx. Comprised of over 280 affordable units, this was the Fund's first preservation project. In total, the fund raised $240 million, and the two year financing for the fund was locked-in in August, which will serve as continued protection for the fund through August of 2010. The acquisition fund has closed on acquisition loans for approximately 2,500 units to date.
Use City and Federal resources that have historically been used for the disposition of the in rem stock, and $130 million in redirected revenue from Battery Park City to provide $7.5 billion through 2013 to create and preserve 165,000 units of affordable housing. HPD Launched Done* 2009 is the final year of the New York City Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) which is available for the financing of affordable housing through $130 million in revenues from the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA). This third and final NOFA will be for $22.6 million and will represent the completion of about $70 million in funding that the HTF has used over the past three years for the new construction or substantial rehabilitation of developments targeting poor and middle class families not eligible for most affordable housing in New York City. Over the course of these three years the NOFA aims to finance more than 2,450 units. The most recently closed project, the 53-unit Hughes Gardens project in the Bronx developed by VIP Community Services, was able to target 20% of its units to low income adults with serious mental illness because of the NYC HTF subsidy.
Train social service providers to identify potential victims of domestic violence and intervene before tragedy strikes.  OCDV, HRA, ACS, DOHMH Done* Done* Since opening in July 2005, the New York City Family Justice Center in Brooklyn, an OCDV initiative, has trained over 3,500 individuals from social service providers such as Sanctuary for Families, the Urban Justice Center, and the New York Asian Womens Center.  DOHMH trained 1,100 individuals on domestic violence in 2007.
Expand the Brooklyn Family Justice Center to the Bronx and Queens to provide women fleeing abusive partners with all the services they need in one place. CJC, OCDV Launched Done* The Queens Family Justice Center opened July 15, 2008. The Bronx Family Justice Center is scheduled to open in early 2010. Expand the Brooklyn Family Justice Center to the Bronx and Queens to provide women fleeing abusive partners with all the services they need in one place.
Fight Washington for more Homeland Security funding. MO, IG Done* Done* The City has led the way in getting homeland security funding distributed on the basis of risk. Immediately after 2001, Homeland Security funds were distributed based on traditional and ineffective minimum per-capita amounts that would go to every jurisdiction, regardless of risk. By working with DHS and aggressive lobbying with the Congress, the City has succeeded in getting changes to the distribution criteria. Currently, under one of the two grant programs, every state gets a minimum amount and the remainder of Homeland Security funds are distributed based on the risk of terrorist attack. Under the second program, all funds are distributed on the basis of risk of terrorist attack.
Work with the State to create a Family Health Plus buy-in program. MO, IG Not Done Done* Under legislation supported by the City and signed into law, employers and unions can "buy in" to Family Health Plus. Employers that choose to offer FHP coverage get a state subsidy for each worker that is eligible.
Eliminate the cap on the number of charter schools that can be created and double the number of charter schools opening in New York City from 50 to at least 100 by 2009. MO, IG, DOE Launched Done* With 25 newly authorized charter schools in 2008, the City will surpass its goal of 100 charter schools opening in New York City. The City also continues to call for the elimination of the cap on the number of charter schools that can be created.
Expand NYPD counter terrorism responsibility for critical transportation infrastructure. NYPD should be lead agency in charge if a disaster strikes critical transportation infrastructure within New York City. NYPD would have command and control over MTA and Port Authority Police Officers in the event of such an emergency. MO, NYPD Launched Done* The NYPD has been designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as the lead agency for a tri-state, 24-agency task force to protect New York City against a nuclear device or dirty bomb. The project involves integrating detection devices at all critical transportation infrastructure in the New York metropolitan area. Furthermore, the NYPD, pursuant to agreement with the Port Authority, has been tasked with providing security to the World Trade Center Site.
Create a Transportation Security Task Force that would be headed by the NYPD and include permanent representatives from the NYPD and the police departments of MTA and Port Authority. MO, NYPD Launched Done* The NYPD has established a multi-agency task force comprised of law enforcement agencies along the New York-to-Washington rail corridor.
Call for the Governors of New York and New Jersey to create new seats on the MTA and Port Authority for the sitting Police Commissioner of New York City. MO, IG Done* Done* Governor Pataki vetoed legislation to include the NYC Police Commissioner on the Port Authority Board in 2006. The City will continue to pursue these initiatives in the current legislative session.
Open at least seven new academically selective secondary schools across the city by 2009 to expand these options for academically gifted students and to provide greater access to students in communities traditionally under-represented in these schools.  DOE Launched Done* The DOE has opened four new academically selective secondary schools, and this September 2009 an additional school, the Cinema School, will open in the Bronx.  The DOE continues to plan for two more academically selective schools for 2010. The Office of Student Enrollment works very closely with all the selective schools to ensure that they fill their schools through their respective admissions processes.
Convene a new consortium of health care providers, insurers, businesses, and consumers to create a public private partnership to build on the City's investment in Electronic Health Records. DOHMH Done* Done* The Pay for Prevention program, NYC Health eHearts Rewards, launches in March with the support of the Robin Hood Foundation. NYC eHearts rewards doctors for delivering excellent cardiovascular disease prevention services to their patients. The reward payments are driven by automated transmissions from EHRs to a Citywide Quality Reporting System.
Transform the City Board of Elections into a 21st Century professional organization that is efficient, technologically advanced and empowers voters. Continue to work with the Board to improve its technology, infrastructure and management to better serve voters. MO, IG Launched Launched The Mayor and his Election Modernization Task Force continue to push the Board of Elections for greater measures in regard to transparency and accountability. To that end, the Task Force formally recommended in June 2008 that the Board establish, track and publish key performance metrics (in a manner akin to what other agencies do for the Mayor's Management Report) so that elected officials and the public could better evaluate the Board's overall performance and efficiency. In September 2008, the Mayor formally notified the Board that the City would begin including the Board in the MMR beginning in 2009 and listed certain metrics for the Board to begin tracking, effective immediately.
Take advantage of the statewide electronic voter registry mandated by the Help America Vote Act to extend the registration deadline to ten days before Election Day. MO Launched Launched Following inaction on the 2007 Governor's Program bill on election reform, the City will evaluate other legislative proposals and look to work with the Board to change the deadline for voter registration from 25 to 10 days before Election Day.
Work with the State to institute an administrative (passive) renewal process for children 0-5 to ensure that children maintain coverage during the pre-school years. MO, HRA Launched Launched HRA's Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access (OCHIA) continues to examine coverage loss patterns among 0-5 year olds. NYS DOH has now contracted for research projects which include providing coverage from 0-5. To inform these efforts, OCHIAs Access to Coverage and Care Project, funded by the Commonwealth Fund, analyzed public health insurance enrollment and retention rates among public school students over a two year period.  Findings showed that enrollment in public health insurance was more pronounced during the early school years (kindergarten and 1st grade) and that students enrolled in Medicaid were more likely to have continuous coverage (59 percent) for the study period than students enrolled in Child Health Plus (36 percent). The projects findings are used to inform efforts to use data matching as a tool for informing targeted outreach and streamlining enrollment and retention strategies.
Conduct health insurance recertification and enrollment in parochial and public schools as children enter elementary, middle and high schools, with the long term goal of having an automatic renewal process aligned with duration of each school level. HRA Launched Launched The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), enacted in February, provides States authorization for greater data sharing among public agencies and benefit programs to expedite enrollment (and recertification) in public health insurance programs. OCHIA will continue to pursue school-focused data matches, auto enrollment and recertification proposals with NYS as it implements the CHIPRA provisions. OCHIA's own data match effort to ensure continuity of coverage and increase financial viability of school based health centers continues and will be expanded to school-based mental health providers in 2009.
Expand number of small businesses that offer health insurance and increase the number of New Yorkers covered by insurance by 100,000 in four years. The City will: (1) Work with the State to expand eligibility standard for Healthy New York to make the program more affordable for city businesses. (2) Provide premium subsidies for businesses participating in Healthy New York program in communities targeted for economic development. (3) Conduct new advertising and outreach campaign to improve awareness of special health insurance options tailored for small businesses and working individuals. HRA Launched Launched Information on health insurance and other resources for the recently unemployed including provisions under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has been posted to OCHIA's web site, nyc.gov/heatlhstat and is also accessible through careerlink.com. In 2008, OCHIA conducted a targeted, direct mail campaign to 1300 small businesses in NYC communities with large populations of adults who might qualify for Healthy New York. OCHIA continues development of NYC Health Insurance Link, a web-based tool that will allow first-hand comparison of health insurance price and benefit information by small businesses and working individuals. Scheduled for launch summer 2009, NYC Health Insurance Link will also provide information on making coverage more affordable through public and private pairings and use of Section 125 plans.
Provide electronic medical records and electronic prescribing tools to 3,000 doctors who care for the poorest and sickest New Yorkers by building on state of the art infrastructure developed in the public hospitals. DOHMH Launched Launched More than 1,100 primary care providers at 190 practices serving 1 million patients are currently using the system. The Department is aiming to have an additional 1,000 providers using the system by the end of 2009.
Reduce street homelessness and the shelter population by two thirds by the end of 2009 through a strategy of prevention offices in some of our most at-risk communities. MO, DHS Launched Launched Since Mayor Michael Bloomberg released Uniting for Solutions to End Homelessness, DHS five year plan to transform services to homeless New Yorkers in June of 2004, DHS has implemented 86% of the 60 initiatives identified in the plan. DHS has  reduced street homelessness by 47%, the number of adults in the single shelter system by 21%, the number of clients in the adult family system has increased by 9%, and the families within the children system has increased by 10%. However, more than 200,000 individuals have moved into permanent housing under the Bloomberg administration. In addition, in 2008 DHS expanded Homebase, the citys homeless prevention program, to every community district in the city. Since September 2004, Homebase has enrolled more than 14,300 households, provided more than $9.2 million in flexible short-term financial assistance to families at risk of entering shelter, and over 90% of all households did not enter shelter within one year of being served.
Reduce red tape for childcare providers by implementing a clear set of citywide child care policies and procedures for eligibility, enrollment, and payment that are accessible on-line to child care providers.  ACS, DOITT Launched Launched The vast majority of Child Care programs in all boroughs now work directly with parents to do preliminary eligibility screening and facilitate enrollment. Decreased application processing times have held in most borough offices; resources are leveraged to address delays. A web-based enrollment system is in development and will be prepared for roll-out by the end of the year.
Create 12,000 units of supportive housing by 2013 by setting aside 25% of our tax credit allocation. MO, DHS, HPD Launched Launched The 9,000 units in the New York/New York III agreement along with the more than 3,000 additional units being produced by HPD will fulfill the Administration's commitment to create 12,000 units of supportive housing. As part of the Citys capital commitment, for the past three years at least 25 percent of our Low Income Housing Tax Credit allocation has been set aside towards funding their development. Both the City and State have awarded contracts for the development of 3,453 units to date in addition to the 3,000 units HPD already had in process.
Create affordable quality daycare and pre-K for City employees. ACS, DOE, DYCD Launched Launched ACS worked with the Municipal Workers Union to provide targeted outreach to city employees to promote the utilization of ACS child care services. A comprehensive directory of contracted Child Care programs, many of which are integrated with UPK, was provided to the union to target outreach to city employees to encourage utilization of ACS contracted care in families' neighborhoods. ACS also sent letters to contracted programs alerting them that city employee families would be reaching out to them for care.
Develop and implement performance standards for center-based care to ensure quality across the system. ACS, DOE Launched Launched ACS worked with Teachers College to pilot the assessment protocols for the new set of performance standards. The pilot was completed in June 2008. The implementation plan, reflecting findings from the pilot, is in development.
Work with labor, hotel management and the real estate industry to develop a strategy to protect New Yorks grand hotels and their employees and to develop new hotels and create new jobs. MO Launched Launched The Task Force on conversions of hotels to residential use was formed in 2005 and has completed its work. Over the course of the task force's efforts, market forces resulted in significant improvements in the economics of hotel ownership, and moderate decreases in the attractiveness of residential conversions.
Bring together academic, corporate, diplomatic, philanthropic and scientific communities to establish the worlds foremost center for global health research and idea exchange by creating a Global Health and Research Center. MO Launched Launched The Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC), the City-State entity charged with redeveloping the Island, is investing in open space and other infrastructure to make the Island more suitable for development, including by potential non-profit/research tenants such as a global health center.  GIPEC engages regularly in discussions about a range of possible developments for the Island, including a health research center and other academic/educational uses. 
Develop the Harlem River Waterfront in the Bronx, from Port Morris to Roberto Clemente Park, as new waterfront open space.  DCP, EDC, DPR Launched Launched DCP is evaluating opportunities and strategies for encouraging the redevelopment of the Harlem River Waterfront between 149th Street and the Third Avenue Bridge in Port Morris. In conjunction with the new Yankee Stadium and Gateway Center projects Parks and EDC are overseeing the design and construction of new waterfront parks between 149th Street and 161st Street. As part of the Lower Concourse rezoning, adopted on June 30, 2009, the City would create a new 2.2-acre public park at the base of 144th Street and establish a Waterfront Access Plan (WAP) for the Harlem River Waterfront. The WAP will require the construction over time of a publicly-accessible shore public walkway as private sites redevelop along the waterfront. The WAP will link the Harlem River parks to the north of 149th Street to the Port Morris community to the south as well as create regular upland connections to waterfront with seating, trees, and other amenities.
Target economic development with the investment of resources into neighborhoods that have chronic unemployment. MO To Launch in 2007 Launched The City implemented the Comprehensive Neighborhood Economic Development (CNED) project in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.  Areas of focus are workforce development, asset building, and business vitality. Specific initiatives include resident connectivity to job placement and retention services, design and construction of a more than $8 million streetscape program to facilitate increased vibrancy on Fulton Street and Nostrand Avenue, and the completion of a market study analysis to attract and retain businesses along the neighborhoods commercial corridors.
Preserve 37,000 units of Mitchell-Lama and other housing whose subsidies will expire and are at risk of converting to market rate apartments through the new ten-year housing plan. Preserve as many as 5,000 units of Section 202 senior housing across the city. Work with State, Federal and local partners to craft a comprehensive expiring-use housing preservation strategy. Centerpiece of strategy will be creation of new public/private preservation entity to implement the strategy. HPD Launched Launched HPD has created an Interagency Working Group comprised of HUD, HDC, DHCR, and HFA. HPD is also engaging an academic institution to create a database with comprehensive data on the Mitchell-Lama, Tax Credit, and HUD portfolios. This will also include a system that assesses the risk of buildings opting- or failing- out of an affordable housing program. In addition, over the past year, HPD has been working to ensure long-term affordability in these portfolios using a variety of tools including collaborating with its partners. For example, HPD is preserving Ennis Francis, a distressed 231-unit complex located in Harlem. To date, nearly 22,000 apartments have been kept from leaving the Mitchell-Lama program thanks to new programs that provide attractive refinancing terms and provide additional funds for capital improvements. HDC started a 202 refinancing program to help rehabilitate and upgrade housing for seniors. Through this initiative, tax-exempt bonds and 4% Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits are used to refinance the original HUD mortgage. Since program inception in 2005, HDC has refinanced over 15 projects, comprising 2,670 units.
Develop a new middle class housing program which will begin construction of 22,000 new units of housing for middle income individuals by 2013. To ensure the development of these new units, the City will create a program to lower the cost of housing construction by 25%. HPD Launched Launched Under the Mayor's New Housing Marketplace Plan, HPD has developed and begun implementation of the middle-income housing initiative. One key component of this plan is the development of the Hunters Point South site. The plan, which was approved by the City Council in November 2008, will accommodate 5,000 new units of housing, 60 percent of which will be affordable primarily to moderate- and middle-income families. Design work on infrastructure improvements is underway. HPD continues to look at ways to decrease construction costs for affordable housing developments.
Leverage the strong real estate market by expanding and improving the efficiency of the 421a certificate program to generate $200 million and selling a portion of the Studio City Site in Manhattan to raise $50 million.  HPD Launched Launched In 2006, State legislation was enacted to update the Citys 421-a property tax incentive program. Under the new program, the 421-a programs geographic exclusion zone was expanded to include several new areas. The bill also capped the benefits for luxury housing developments participating in the program. Additional provisions grant a 25-year extended benefit only to developments that provide affordable housing. The new provisions also make government-supported middle-income housing eligible for the program. An Affordable Housing Trust Fund was also created to target buildings in the citys 15 poorest neighborhoods outside the geographic exclusion zone. Finally, the legislation ended the 421-a certificate program, meaning that all affordable housing must be developed through 421-a on-site. Active planning for the disposition of the Studio City site for market-rate and affordable housing development is underway.  The project, which will commence ULURP in 2009, is being designed to produce 600 permanently affordable low-, moderate- and middle-income units. In addition, proceeds up to $20 million will be dedicated to a city-wide affordable housing fund.
Use $50 million in Lower Manhattan Development Corporation funds for the creation and preservation of affordable units in Lower Manhattan. HPD Launched Launched HPD is using LMDC money to fund affordable housing projects in Lower Manhattan, including $15 million to subsidize the planning and design, and interior fit-out of the affordable housing rental component at a new mixed-use development project at Site 5B in Tribeca, known as 270 Greenwich Street; $16 million for the acquisition and preservation of 160 or more units through the Chinatown/Lower East Side Acquisition and Preservation Program; and $6 million to support the rehabilitation of Masaryk Towers, a 1,110-unit City Mitchell-Lama development located on Columbia Street on the Lower East Side.
Track the highest risk domestic violence offenders 24 hours a day through electric monitoring. Law enforcement will be immediately alerted when they violate Orders of Protection. CJC, DOP, OCDV Launched Launched The NYPD is currently piloting electronic monitoring of domestic violence offenders in Queens County.
Double the number of children receiving high-quality Pre-K and child care. MO, DOE Launched Launched City has maximized 1/2 day Pre-K slots and is now seeking flexibility from the State in the use of funds to expand full day slots. In 2008-2009 school year, the City provided UPK to 55,700 children, compared with 45,300 children in 2005-2006.
Work with the State Legislature to pass legislation giving the Mayor the independent authority to create charter schools in New York City. MO, IG, DOE Launched Launched The City continues to look for ways to give the Mayor the independent authority to create charter schools in New York City.
Improve monitoring of sex offenders. NYPD's sex offenders database will be electronically cross-referenced with other relevant databases to create monitoring system that seeks out sex offenders' critical address information. CJC, NYPD Launched Launched CJC is currently upgrading the Citys criminal justice data sharing infrastructure.  CJC and the NYPD are evaluating potential data sets to link to the NYPDs Sex Offender Monitoring Unit and starting this spring expect to begin to automate the exchange of relevant information thus enabling expanded monitoring of these offenders.
Develop Digital Blueprint project. All new buildings will be required to file digital plans with the Department of Buildings with the locations of exits, entrances and stairwells. Plans for existing buildings will be scanned and digitized. CJC, DOB, DOITT, FDNY Launched Launched The FDNY has over 800 high rise class E commercial buildings in the floor plan portal and has begun adding fire safety plan floorplans for hotels and high risk buildings. Floor plans are now available to all first responders through the EDEN system. The release of the handhelds is tentatively set for late fall.
Work with nonprofits and unions to identify socially-isolated seniors to create evacuation plans in case of emergencies. OEM, DFTA Launched Launched OEM activates the Advance Warning System during emergencies that affect people with special needs (such as hazardous storms, extreme heat, Paratransit strike), sending email messages and holding regular conference calls with organizations that assist people with special needs. OEM and DOHMH are also developing an Advance Warning System website that would improve our ability to communicate with agencies that service special needs populations.  This project will also assist in creating a directory of special needs providers in New York City, with direct contact information, and allow OEM to survey these providers to better understand the clients they serve and their particular needs during an emergency event.
Develop a strategy to reclaim municipal land to foster new economic opportunities. MO, EDC Launched Launched EDC continues to evaluate the portfolio of City-owned land for development opportunities that create jobs and economic activity. Upcoming projects include the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx, a City-owned landmark building that will be transformed into a retail center supporting roughly 1,200 new permanent jobs. The more than $300 million project started the public review process in May.
Extend childcare day to 6pm. Offer quality wrap around programs for children between the ages of birth-6 years old until 6pm. ACS, DOE, DYCD Launched Launched The Early Care and Education Steering Committee continues to make progress in efforts to expand quality services and extend the child care day to 6 p.m. for low income and working families. An increase in elementary schools with OST has increased services to young elementary school children until 6 p.m. 4,500 Kindergarteners have been served in DYCD's OST programs during the 2008/2009 school year.
Improve transition from child care and pre-K to elementary school. ACS, DOE Launched Launched In 2008, NYC set a policy to provide publicly-funded early care and education to five year olds through public school kindergartens with wrap around full-year and full-day child care provided through its nationally heralded Out of School Time system (OST).   To improve the transition from child care and pre-k to kindergarten, ACS, DOE, DYCD and 311 collaborated to inform parents of the enrollment process and their elementary school options.  DOE standardized the school based kindergarten enrollment process to facilitate access, and DYCD continued its practice of providing a priority enrollment window for families receiving subsidized child care.
Develop performance standards and implement a system using the nyc.gov and the 311 information line to share Pre-K childcare center performance information with parents. ACS, DOE Launched Launched The DOE and ACS worked with Teachers College to pilot the assessment protocols for the new set of performance standards. The pilot was completed in June 2008 and an implementation plan, reflecting findings from the pilot, is in development. The NYC Early Childhood Education Steering Committee worked with 311 to coordinate UPK enrollment outreach efforts.
Establish independent judicial election screening panels that would report to the political parties and the public concerning whether candidates for nomination to elected judgeships are qualified to serve as judges. MO, IG Launched Launched The Law Department drafted and lobbied for proposed State legislation to reform the judicial selection process for State Supreme Court justices. In the wake of a United States Supreme Court ruling in January, 2008 that the current judicial selection process is constitutional, the State legislature's interest in the City's proposed State legislation waned considerably. Attention has been turned toward possible measures within the current system that can be taken to improve the judiciary including, for example, judicial training.
Create voluntary address registration with the Office of Emergency Management for disabled and elderly New Yorkers. OEM Reconsidered Reconsidered OEM determined that it could better reach and serve the at-risk population by working with those organizations that assist individuals with special needs on a day-to-day basis to provide advanced warning of impending weather threats like Coastal Storms and Heat Waves to these individuals.
Develop senior center and home delivered meals emergency response plan by expanding Emergency Food Hubs to all five boroughs. DFTA Launched Reconsidered Home delivered meals were being supplied by 98 different providers with limited capacity to produce large quantities of food. This decentralized approach necessitated an alternative emergency response plan for senior centers and home delivered meals recipients. As part of DFTA's modernization efforts, DFTA has redesigned the home delivered meals program, reducing the number of contracts to 20 and organizing distribution by borough. The newly contracted providers have larger capacity to respond to client needs in the event of an emergency. In addition, through DFTA's partnership with Citymeals-on-Wheels, we have been able to distribute a 3-day supply of shelf stable meals for emergencies on an as needed basis.
Expand Gun Court into Manhattan. CJC Not Done Reconsidered As part of a comprehensive strategy to combat illegal guns, New York City introduced specialized gun courts in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens to toughen sentencing.  After the introduction of gun courts, the City fought successfully for a tougher state law on illegal gun possession: a three-and-a-half year minimum sentence for carrying a loaded illegal gun.  This law went into effect in late 2006 and is the toughest illegal guns possession law in the county.  This new state-wide law has in large measure accomplished the goal that gun courts were originally designed to meet: tougher sentences for gun criminals.

2001 Campaign Accountability Statement.
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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,
Done* Done In December 2007, DOHMH launched the Rodent Indexing Program in the Bronx to track active rodent signs (ARS) and has proactively inspected more than 40,000 public and private properties. More than 3,000 properties had evidence of rats during their first inspection, but just 2,000 still had ARS by the second inspection, and fewer than 600 had ARS by the time we checked their final compliance with orders to rid their properties of rats, about 8 months after the program began. Significant improvement and enhancements have been made in landlord notification, public information, community outreach / education, and increased property baiting on both public and private property. The Rodent Control Academy has now trained more than 1000 City employees, and four academies specifically customized to meet the needs of building superintendents / managers have been completed in 2009 in Harlem and the Bronx with more planned. The expanded Rodent Control Academy has now trained 113 professionals from 71 pest management companies since October 2007, with plans to train an additional 50 individuals from 25 companies in October 2009.
Aggressively track those who have gone off welfare to see what programs work. HRA, MO Done* Done HRA is continuing to monitor retention rates for individuals leaving welfare for work with reports for 3, 6, 9 & 12 months. HRA also monitors retention for employment vendors using retention payment milestones for 30, 90 and 180 days.
Assemble City-owned land for private development to build large-scale housing developments, schools and hospitals. HPD, DCP,
Launched Done In September 2008, HPD released an RFP for the development of three sites within the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area.  This mixed-income development is expected to yield over 700 units of affordable housing in addition to commercial space and a day care center. HPD is currently in the process of reviewing developer proposal submissions. The Gateway Estates II Project will be constructed in the Fresh Creek Urban Renewal Area, undeveloped vacant land near Spring Creek in the East New York section of Brooklyn. The Related Companies and the Nehemiah Housing Development Fund Company, a housing affiliate of East Brooklyn Congregations, worked with HPD and DCP on the redevelopment, which will facilitate 2,219 units of affordable housing, a new 620,000 square foot shopping center, roughly 68,000 square feet of local retail and community facility space, and 46.2 acres of new parkland on a site that is comprised of City- and State-owned land.
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 Launched Done HPD has taken a number of steps to ensure that its code enforcement operation is more proactive. In 2005, HPD launched the Targeted Cyclical Enforcement Program, which provides for the comprehensive inspection of up to 400 housing units in each council district. HPD is working with council members to conduct roof-to-cellar inspections of problem buildings. Also in 2005, the Mayor and HPD announced the Bushwick Initiative, a two-year collaboration between HPD, other agencies, Assemblymember Vito Lopez, local nonprofits and community residents. HPD began by conducting a comprehensive survey of every building and lot in the target area - 955 sites in total. The number of residential buildings rated in poor condition in the target area decreased by over 50% in the first year of the initiative. In April 2007, HPD and the City Council agreed on legislation to establish an Alternative Enforcement Program that each year will target 200 of the worst residential buildings in the city for intensive inspections and emergency repairs.
Build large-scale shopping malls in the outer boroughs. EDC, DCP Done* Done EDC has fostered the development of shopping centers in the outer boroughs, including the Triangle Junction, which opened in 2008, Bricktown Centre in Staten Island, which opened in 2006, and the Kingswood Center. In 2006, the City broke ground on the Bronx Gateway Center, which will provide one million square feet of retail space. The first store at the Gateway Center, Home Depot, opened in April 2009, and the entire development is expected to open in the fall. On April 2, 2009, a joint application by HPD and Related Companies was adopted by the City Council for the Gateway Estates II project in Brooklyn which will facilitate a new mixed-use development that would expand the existing regional retail center by 620,000 square feet and provide for 2,219 units of affordable housing and local neighborhood retail. The redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory, a more than $300 million project that will create 1,200 new permanent jobs, started the public review process in May.
Convince the State to redirect tax incentives to facilitate the development of mixed-use construction and rehabilitation. IG Launched Done New 421-a legislation was enacted into law in 2007.
Create more ferry service to, from, and around Manhattan. DOT, EDC Done* Done EDC and DOT are working with the Council to leverage federal funds to build new ferry landings at Roosevelt Island and at North Williamsburg. EDC has entered into an agreement with a private developer to construct a new landing in Greenpoint, which together with landings at North and South Williamsburg and Hunters Point South will form a commuter loop service to East 34th Street and Pier 11 near Wall Street in Lower Manhattan. Ferry landings have been completed at the Battery Maritime Building, E. 90th Street, South Williamsburg and W. 125th Street. Renovation of the East 34th Street landing is still underway. PlaNYC includes an initiative to expand ferry service and better integrate it with the city's mass transit system -- a new City-sponsored pilot ferry service from Rockaway and Brooklyn Army Terminal to Manhattan started in May, 2008 and new East River ferry service is also being planned.
Do not allow any students to graduate until they master the ability to read, write, use arithmetic and develop interpersonal skills. DOE Launched Done The DOE is working to ensure that every student master reading, writing, and have the skills needed to compete in the 21st Century before graduating. Some of our efforts have included (1) the implementation of the promotion policy to 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th grades; (2) the implementation of Saturday Success Academy and the additional learning time to provide additional academic help for struggling students; (3) the Campaign for Middle School Success which has focused efforts on the middle school years, and a number of innovative approaches for helping our students like an increase in small learning communities in our high schools or the new small schools, or the overhaul of the city's Career and Technical Education programs.
Ease the process of student enrollment for out of district schools. DOE Done* Done All enrollment efforts are now centrally located within the Office of Student Enrollment which conducts admissions processes for high schools, middle schools in districts where students can choose their schools, kindergarten in districts with lotteries, and pre-kindergarten. The Office of Student Enrollment also issues citywide enrollment guidelines and policies for implementation.
Encourage food waste and yard waste composting on a voluntary basis in lower density areas of the city. DSNY Done* Done DSNY continues to promote this initiative through its NYC Compost Project on an ongoing basis.
Expand oversight of money being spent to rebuild Lower Manhattan to combat corruption and waste EDC, LMCCC Done* Done The set up of the LMCCC is complete at this point. The oversight work by the LMCCC being undertaken with respect to construction projects in Lower Manhattan is on-going.
Expand the use of Blackberry-style handheld computers for cops. NYPD Launched Done As of May 1, 2009, the Department deploys 285 handheld devices, 4,576 cellular telephones, and 1,337 Blackberry personal digital assistants.
Explore filtration of the Croton Reservoir. DEP, DPR Done* Done The contract for the structures was registered in 2007. As of December 2008, the contractor had placed over 100,000 cubic yards of concrete for the facility. In addition, the raw water tunnel has connected to the New Croton Aqueduct. In the Spring of 2009, the off-site plumbing work and pressurized water main to the Hunts Point Waste Water Treatment Plant commenced.
Focus on keeping children connected to CHIP including follow-up to ensure that families are taking advantage of their coverage. HRA, DOHMH Done* Done The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), enacted in February, provides States greater authorization for use of data sharing among public agencies and benefit programs to improve outreach and enrollment of children in public health insurance programs. These federal provisions combined with current NYS initiatives will allow even greater ease of enrollment in CHP. HRA continues to conduct outreach in immigrant communities and work with community-based organizations that serve immigrants to ensure that they know that children can get health insurance without impacting the adult's immigration status.
Generate $25 billion in tourism revenue by greater promotion and advertising. NYC & Co. Launched Done In 2006, the Mayor merged NYC & Company, NYC Marketing, and NYC Big Events into one entity, creating the world's finest municipal tourism, marketing, and events organization. In 2008, an estimated 47 million visitors came to New York City, pumping $30 billion into the economy. The Mayor accelerated the City's visitation goal to 50 million tourists by 2012.
Get more money from State and Federal Elected Officials for parks. DPR, IG Done* Done Parks continues intergovernmental outreach to obtain funding for City projects. Since 2007, Parks received $16.84 million in aid from State elected officials ($4.1M in CY07, $1.24 in CY08, and $11.5m from January to June CY09). Parks has also received $38 million in Congressional funding, and thus far has received $35.6 million in federal stimulus funding for the repair of the Coney Island and Rockaway Boardwalks; tree and sidewalk repairs; and job training programs; and $888,000 for graffiti removal and the repair of a retaining wall in the Bronx.
Give teachers more control over how they teach. DOE,
Launched Done In addition to school empowerment the DOE has implemented a series of tools for teachers that highlight students needs and provides teachers the information to focus on helping students master their subjects.
Give traffic agents hand-held summons devices or digital cameras to record parking violations. NYPD,
Done* Done Currently acquiring second generation of these devices for replacement of the 2,000 PTD's.
Have school-based merit pay determined by performance. DOE,
Launched Done The DOE agreed with the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators to increase principal pay based on student achievement gains and other factors and, in September 2008, announced the first set of principals and assistant principals to be awarded bonuses of up to $25,000 through this program. In 2007, DOE launched a pilot school-wide performance bonus program with the UFT in which teachers in 205 schools can earn bonuses based on improvement in student academic performance as measured by Progress Reports. With the UFT, the DOE also created a Lead Teacher position, in which teachers, selected on merit, earn an extra $10,000 a year for mentoring colleagues in addition to their regular teaching duties.
Increase remote database capability to allow cops to pull up more accurate and timely information on suspects. NYPD Done* Done The Detective Bureau is equipped with twelve (12) Investigative Response Vans (IRVs) which are assigned to the Homicide Squads in each Patrol Borough and other specialized investigative units. During major incidents the IRV serves as conduit for "real time" information. Equipped as a "state of the art" mobile intelligence and investigation center for incidents; the IRVs power to deliver information is a catalyst for many investigations.
Install countdown clocks to notify pedestrians and motorists how much time there is for crossing. DOT Launched Done DOT will be expanding the pilot program to include an additional 24 locations (all boroughs) to be installed by end of August 2009. DOT started the "before" study in May 2009 and was completed on June 5, 2009. The "after" study will begin in November to determine if the signals improve pedestrian safety. A final report will be issued by year end.
Investigate the possibility of using the Internet to allow cops to earn credits toward promotion if they pass the courses. NYPD Launched Done NYPD now accepts for the purpose of fulfilling civil servant promotion requirements accredited online college level distant learning courses
Learn more and track City utilities using modern technology. DEP,
Launched Done The sewer mapping project was completed in August of 2008. The digitalization of the sewers of NYC brings together a wealth of information on the construction methods and status of the system. In addition, for permit applicants and staff, the consolidation of the information will increase efficiencies in the approval process for new developments.
Move government offices out of Lower Manhattan. MO,
Launched Done DCAS negotiated a lease for 650,074 square feet at 2 Gotham Center that will be used as the new headquarters for DOHMH and will consolidate the agency from up to 15 sites in Manhattan and one in Queens. The site will be developed by Tishman Speyer Properties on the site of the City-owned Queens Plaza garage located in Long Island City. EDC will initially enter into a ground lease with Tishman and the land will be sold to Tishman upon completion of the first building. The building is expected to be completed in early 2011. DCAS has also executed a lease for 100,223 square feet of space for DOC to relocate to 75-20 Astoria Boulevard in Queens from 60 Hudson Street and 17 Battery Place in Manhattan. This lease will provide new space close to Rikers Island for DOC and contains rights to additional space. The construction and move was completed on June 15, 2009. 60 Hudson has been totally vacated and some staff from 17 Battery has also relocated to Queens. The balance of the staff from 17 Battery will move to 75-20 Astoria Boulevard once additional space becomes available.
Open City Hall Park. MO, DPR Launched Done In Summer 2007, large portions of the park were reopened to the public. With enhancements made in 2008 and 2009, the public now has tables and chairs on the plaza adjacent to the park, across from the Brooklyn Bridge.
Oppose legislation that would require New York City police officers to live in the five boroughs. IG Done* Done The City continues to oppose a legislative requirement for New York City police officers to live in the five boroughs.
Provide uniformity and consistency in citywide data from DOHMH and HHC to perform analyses on comparable data. DOHMH,
Done* Done DOHMH currently receives data from all HHC hospitals (11) and outpatient clinics (outpatient from hospitals plus 6 additional locations) through a live feed. The data contents have been expanded to include additional clinical information, and these data are among the most useful data we receive. DOHMH maintains Epi Query, a web-based system which offers user-friendly access to a wide range of community health data. The Epi Query system, available to the public, provides aggregate reports only; it has no identifying or individual information. Data from the following sources are currently available on Epi Query: Community Health Survey (2002-2006), Youth Risk Behavior Survey (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005), Vital Statistics / Mortality data (2000-2006), World Trade Center Health Registry Baseline Survey (2003-2004) and US Census (1990-2000).
Publicize efforts by DOT to provide information on subway conditions and traffic conditions including through a voice recognition telephone system for cell phones. DOT Launched Done The City is a partner with the SDOT in their 511 initiative. This project allows the public to call 511 and receive real time transportation information and get directions to particular points via various modes. Project was launched in November. In addition, the new Joint Traffic Management Center housing representatives of SDOT, NYPD and CDOT was officially opened in November. Also, the Agency currently hosts an interactive web-site with access to many of our traffic cameras and soon will be displaying real-time traffic information and provides camera images for City Drive Live on the Crosswalk Cable Television Channels.
Pursue all routes to recruit teachers, including loan forgiveness and housing allowances. DOE Launched Done New York City has had great success in recruiting teachers. We have increased starting teachers' salaries by 43%; created Lead Teacher positions; and continue to provide a $15,000 housing incentive to attract experienced math, science, and special education teachers who agree to teach for at least three years in high-needs schools. We continue to attract excellent candidates and receive six applications for each position.
Reassess the City's financial support levels for congregant and homebound meal programs to determine whether current funding is sufficient. DFTA Launched Done DFTA is modernizing its core services, including congregate and home delivered meal programs. A major focus of this effort has been the development of greater efficiencies to promote enhanced services to consumers. For example, Department for the Aging is restructuring its home delivered meals program to promote greater meal choice and delivery flexibility for clients, including a greater focus on special dietary meals and culturally appropriate meals.
Require all City agencies to have regularly scheduled programming relevant to seniors. MO Launched Done NYC TV has featured issues relevant to seniors on its new City Scoop segment and devoted and entire episode to senior issues.  These episodes will also be available on the internet.  NYC TV will continue to focus on senior programming in 2009.
Review City building and electrical codes and the zoning resolution to encourage green building construction and sustainable design. DOB Launched Done The new New York City Construction Codes have incentives for green and sustainable building. For example, rebates will be available for those developers who include bicycle facilities, the recycling of demolition waste, and the use of renewable energy sources. Additionally, the new code will recognize LEED and comparable certifications and encourage water conservation. The City continues to develop legislative proposals that encourage sustainability. These include benchmarking, audit and retrofit requirements and enhanced Energy Code enforcement. The US Green Building Council (USGBC), on behalf of the Bloomberg Administration and the NYC City Council, has convened a Green Codes Task Force, comprised of dozens of technical experts and an advisory board of key industry stakeholders, to examine the city's various codes to identify barriers to green technologies and opportunities to further green the code. The new Codes become compulsory July 1, 2009, since there was a transition year where applicants could build under either the old 1968 Code or the new Codes, but that transition year is soon coming to a close.
Seek salaries and overtime costs associated with events surrounding September 11. IG Done* Done Congress has provided reimbursement to the City for the salaries and overtime costs associated with the events surrounding September 11.
Simplify street signage and increase fines for parking violations in key locations. DOT Done* Done DOT continues to upgrade signage throughout the City. DOT installed 6,557 newly designed, easier to read signs to advise motorists on the use of Multi-Space Muni-Meters. In addition it began adding new, easier to read, directional signs (e.g. bicycle trailblazer signs). It also began testing re-formatted curbside parking signs in an effort to improve understanding of on-street parking rules.
Support environmental audits of select municipal departments and facilities, and identify ways to reduce the City's energy usage. EDC,
Launched Done Following an allocation of $80 million in Fiscal Year 2008 toward energy-saving investments, Mayor Bloomberg announced in July 2008 the City’s Long-Term Plan to Reduce Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Municipal Buildings and Operations. The plan includes a commitment of roughly $100 million per year, over nine years, to achieve the targeted greenhouse gas emissions reduction for City-owned properties and operations of 30% below 2006 emission levels by 2017. The FY09 funding went towards improvements to the City’s existing building portfolio through targeted building audits and implementation of energy conservation measures. Funding also went towards fixing methane gas leaks at wastewater treatment plants, improving the City fleet with energy efficient vehicles, installation of efficient street lighting, and expanding clean, on-site distributed generation. FY10 projects include a significant increase in energy audits to help identify the most cost-effective retrofits to pursue. Along with the Energy Conservation Steering Committee, the new Division of Energy Management was created at DCAS to oversee these efforts.
Undertake research on pollutant control, especially in neighborhoods with high incidence of mercury, lead and mold contamination. DOHMH Done* Done DOHMH has continued to embargo medicinal, cosmetic and other products contaminated with lead and mercury. Additionally, after DOHMH determined that Asian New Yorkers have higher mercury levels, DOHMH tested fish sold in Asian markets for mercury and PCBs, and found that contaminant levels in these previously untested fish, on the whole, were not unusually high. We conclude from these results that higher mercury levels among Asian New Yorkers is principally a consequence of far more frequent fish consumption, rather than specific fish choices, and will be developing refined Chinese language outreach materials.
Upgrade building codes to reduce development costs. DOB Launched Done This initiative is nearly complete and is mandated by Law. The new Construction Codes bills were signed by the Mayor and went into effect on July 1, 2008 and are mandated in July 2009. The new Codes will be easier and faster to use, saving time and thus, money, and will facilitate cost-effective building. The Codes will also recognize the latest nationally approved technologies and materials, allow longer license durations for professionals, and facilitate online filing.
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 Launched Done EDC, in partnership with OMB and DOF, performed an unprecedented analysis of the City's largest commercial tax incentive program, ICIP, to ensure that the program stimulated economic activity at the lowest possible cost to the City.  As a result of this analysis, a comprehensive reform of the program was passed by Albany that will save the City hundreds of millions of dollars in the short term. 
Lobby for a five-year capital plan with federal categorical aid to upgrade health systems. IG Done Done The City has worked with the Congressional delegation to secure federal funding for hospital facility upgrades.
Scan the victims' signed statement with respect to the abuse into a computer along with all other police reports. CJC,
Done Done In domestic violence cases, the NYPD and prosecutors now have access to Domestic Incident Reports (DIRS), digital photographs of domestic violence victims and crime scenes, and 911 digital records via state-of-the-art databases.
Set emission reduction goals, plan for, monitor, and quantify actions to reduce pollutants. MO, DEP Done Done The Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability has completed two major greenhouse gas inventories for City government and the city overall for the purpose of cutting carbon emissions by 30% by 2030, and PlaNYC outlines how these reductions will be achieved. Additionally, under PlaNYC, the Administration has set the goal to achieve the cleanest air of any large U.S. city. To do so, we'll reduce in-city particulate matter emissions by over 39%. PlaNYC will include a collaborative local air quality study to monitor and model neighborhood level air quality across the city.
Support state legislation to regulate the assisted-living industry. IG Done Done The Assisted Living Reform Act passed in 2004. The law created licensing requirements for Assisted Living Facilities.
Expand tree planting in underserved neighborhoods and along the city's great thoroughfares. DPR Launched Done MillionTreesNYC was launched in October 2007 in partnership with the New York Restoration Project to plant one million new trees by 2017. To date, more than 238,791 trees have been planted throughout the city, many in underserved neighborhoods and on thoroughfares, and Parks has engaged community partners in an aggressive outreach campaign to promote stewardship for the newly planted trees.
Increase the number of certified teachers by making it easier for certified teachers in other states to transfer their certification to New York. DOE Done* Done 100% of teachers in New York City public schools are certified. As a result of New York City's success in recruiting teachers we no longer need to work with the State to allow teachers to transfer their certification to New York.
Adopt "Presumptive Eligibility," which would have the government assume that a family's income status has not changed from the previous year. HRA Launched Done* HRA has implemented presumptive eligibility for children, which was enacted in last year's State budget, along with renewal documentation simplifications.  Most Medicaid consumers can now attest to their annual income and address changes.  HRA is continuing to collaborate with the State in identifying other ways to simplify and improve the renewal process.  
Adopt a truck routing policy. DOT Launched Done* DOT produced and distributed an NYPD Memo Insert program for all 76 precincts to facilitate improved enforcement. DOT has proposed a more legible truck route sign to Federal Highway Administration which would be tested in The Bronx. More than 74,000 truck route maps have been distributed to industry stakeholders since April 2007 and a revised map was printed and released in Spring 2009. DOT is developing online versions of this map that can be used by commercial routing software companies. DOT held a "Truck Summit" with trucking industry stakeholders and has initiated outreach to Business Improvements Districts to explore innovative curbside initiatives that can improve the efficiency of deliveries. DOT installed improved signs and markings at four low-clearance bridges in a pilot effort to reduce bridge strikes by over-height trucks.
Allow more independents and third party members to serve as election inspectors. IG, MO Done* Done* A constitutional amendment was introduced in both houses of the state legislature at the City's request during the 2008 legislative session to reform the board of elections.
Appoint gay and lesbian New Yorkers to the CCRB and the bench of the Criminal and Family Courts. MO Done* Done* The Mayor's Office has appointed New Yorkers who reflect the city's diversity to the bench and throughout the administration.
Assure an adequate level of qualified poll workers and foreign language translators and materials. MO Done* Done* The Board of Elections has worked with community groups to identify ways to improve service to voters of limited English proficiency.  Through the use of a multi-lingual phone system, multi-lingual mailings to all voters, multi-lingual translations of the voter-directed portions of its website, targeted provision of translated voting materials and targeted provision of interpreter assistance, the Board is providing increased assistance to Chinese, Korean, and Spanish voters throughout the city.  The Board has improved language assistance and will continue to adapt its programs to match the dynamic demographics of New York's population.  The Board is in the process of implementing a new plan for improving language assistance for Chinese- and Korean-speaking voters that was negotiated with community advocates and has been pre-cleared by the Department of Justice.
Clean Brownfields that can be used as parks. DPR, DEP Launched Done* The City is successfully confronting the challenge of cleaning brownfield sites for adaptive reuse.  Brownfield grants are being used at a number of locations as the City continues to partner with New York State and the USEPA on assessment and cleanup of brownfield park sites. Several projects continue to advance that will transform contaminated lands into parks.  Projects to date that have received brownfield funding include: Highline Park (Manhattan), Barretto Point (Bronx), Bush Terminal Park (Brooklyn) and Mariners Marsh Park (Staten Island). In addition, on many other sites, including Gas Tank Park (Queens) and Bushwick Inlet Park (Brooklyn), the City has taken action to make certain that the originally responsible parties pay their fair share of site remediation costs.
Continue analyzing the scope of the damage to the Delaware Aqueduct and devise a plan for repair. DEP Done* Done* In the Spring of 2009, DEP sent an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle through the tunnel to take pictures of the cracks. Due to the low turbidity and improvements in technology, these pictures were significantly clearer than the last set from 2003. In addition, DEP intends to send divers back onto Shaft 6 in the Fall. The agency continues to develop plans for alternative water sources and registered a contract to begin planning for a parallel aqueduct should that be the alternative selected.
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 Launched Done* The procedures continue to be used and the data is part of CompStat. A decentralized, precinct-based information computer system was installed to expedite the collection and analysis of data, and the NYPD will continue providing the data to the City Council. Information regarding "Stop and Frisk" data is currently available on the NYPD's website as well as the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data.
Convince the federal government to assist the City in protecting our critical infrastructure and paying for security personnel and technology. IG Done* Done* The most recent Department of Homeland Security guidelines would allow federal funds to be used to pay for some intelligence personnel. Efforts continue to increase flexibility in use of funds by the City.
Create additional bus lanes on major roads. DOT,
Launched Done* In 2007, a new bus 7am-6pm bus lane was added on Broadway from Houston Street to Ann Street. As part of the Select Bus Service initiative, new / expanded bus lanes have been added on Fordham Road in the Bronx and on 34th Street in Manhattan. Future bus lanes are expected to be implemented on First Avenue / Second Avenue in Manhattan and on Nostrand Avenue / Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn. An HOV lane was added to the Manhattan Bridge in 2007, and a study has been initiated soon to look at bus lanes on the Queensboro Bridge.
Create waterfront housing zones, including moving non-marine-dependent facilities from the waterfront. HPD, DCP Done* Done* DCP continues to work closely with HPD on waterfront rezonings that would generate new housing. In addition to the rezonings passed for Greenpoint / Williamsburg, West Chelsea, and Hudson Yards, and the Coney Island and Lower Concourse rezonings that are currently under consideration by the City Council, DCP's Gowanus rezoning proposal is undergoing environmental review. The housing initiatives of PlaNYC include reclaiming underutilized waterfront, reactivating areas where there has been a decline of use and increasing access to the waterfront. The Hunters Point South and Willets Point plans were adopted on November 13, 2008 by the City Council.
Employ existing red-light cameras to keep bus lanes flowing. DOT, IG Launched Done* Red Light Camera Expansion Legislation was passed in Spring 2009, allowing for an increase in the number of intersections equipped with Red Light Camera from 100 to 150.  We currently have 115 locations equipped and are awaiting approval of a change order to the existing contract to complete the remaining installations. Bus Lane Camera legislation passed the Senate in 2008, but was held up in the Assembly Transportation Committee. The City will pursue the legislation again in 2009 and will also be introducing legislation for the 2009 session that will expand the red light camera program by 50 intersections. DOT and TLC have also piloted a camera enforcement program that is currently limited to enforcing violations by taxis and for hire vehicles. We expect to use this pilot to prove the feasibility of camera enforcement for bus lanes.
Exempt improvements to landmarks, including theaters and historic districts, from real property taxes. LPC, IG Launched Done* In 2008, the City supported State legislation that was introduced to enhance the state tax credit for rehabilitating historic structures in New York State and make it more widely available to owners. This bill was vetoed by the Governor on September 25, 2008. The City will continue to work with the sponsors in 2009 to address the concerns raised in the veto message in order to develop an acceptable expansion of this tax credit.
Expand recreation and education programs for seniors. DFTA Done* Done* DFTA continues to collaborate with HHC and other health community partners to enhance linkages to senior centers. One project pairs HHC's Harlem Hospital with nearby senior centers to focus on chronic disease management like diabetes and hypertension. Recently, DFTA launched a pilot project in the Bronx partnering New York Public Library branches with nearby senior centers.
Expand the Adopt-a-Park program, linking every park with a business, foundation or person who can offer financial support. DPR,
Launched Done* Adopt-a-Park continues to provide opportunities for individuals, foundations, and corporations to contribute to their local parks. In Fiscal Year 2009, Parks received a total of $155,500 in Adopt-a-Park donations, including $55,00 for benches in Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island and $100,500 for park improvements in Manhattan and the Bronx.
Explore voter registration via the Internet through changing state law. IG Launched Done* A constitutional amendment was introduced in both houses of the State legislature at the City's request during the 2008 legislative session to reform the Board of Elections.
Extend the No. 7 line financed through Tax Increment Financing. MTA, EDC Launched Done* In December 2007, the MTA awarded a $1.14 billion contract for the construction of the running tunnels and station cavern at 34th Street for the #7 subway extension.  In February 2009, the City and MTA held a press conference to announce that the 100-ton cutter head of the first tunnel boring machine was being lowered into a starter tunnel under 11th Avenue.  By May 2009 two tunnel boring machines will begin drilling two 7,100-foot tunnels from 11th Avenue and 25th Street to Times Square.  The #7 subway extension is slated to open by December 2013.  It is being funded by the City through the Hudson Yards Infrastructure Corporation (HYIC).  In December 2006, HYIC raised $2 billion through the sale of bonds backed by future development revenues from the Hudson Yards area.
Focus tourism efforts on the outer boroughs with increased coordination with the borough presidents and community based tourism initiatives. NYC
& Co.
Launched Done* Since 2004, NYC & Company has made the promotion of tourism in boroughs other than Manhattan a priority. In 2008, NYC & Company launched the "Go Local" initiative, designed to promote attractions in all five boroughs to New Yorkers as well as visitors.  Currently, NYC & Company is also working with the City Council on the Nine in 09 campaign which drives local New Yorkers to visit small businesses in ethnically diverse neighborhoods (such as Little Ireland, Little Sri Lanka, Greek Astoria, to name a few) across the five boroughs.  Additionally, the recently announced Fashion's Night Outdue to take place on September 10will encompass retail outlets in all five boroughs.
In cases of domestic violence, consolidate referral services and resources in one place. OCDV Launched Done* Initially implemented in Brooklyn and the Bronx, the Domestic Violence Response Team program was expanded to Queens in February 2006. In addition, the program in Brooklyn provided the foundation for the creation of the first New York City Family Justice Center, which has served over 23,000 clients since opening in July 2005. The City opened a second Center in Queens which has served over 4,500 clients since opening in July 2008. A third Center is under construction in the Bronx and will open in the upcoming fiscal year.
Increase computerization to ease filings of building plans. DOB Done* Done* In addition to encouraging customers to utilize the Buildings Information System on the web, DOB has created and launched the first phase of a multi-phase roll-out of eFiling. eFiling enables a registered customer to submit applications online, reducing what could take several weeks to process applications to a matter of minutes.  As of June 2009, 79% of all "eFileable" job applications have been prepared using eFiling, dramatically cutting down unnecessary paperwork and data entry.
Lease long-term publicly owned waterfront land for affordable housing. HPD, DCP Launched Done* The Greenpoint / Williamsburg rezoning is one of the City's most significant efforts to build affordable housing on the waterfront. The comprehensive rezoning was approved in May 2005 and set the stage for renewal of a largely abandoned and derelict stretch of the Brooklyn waterfront. The plan will create over 10,000 new units of much-needed housing, and through a powerful combination of zoning incentives, housing programs, and City-owned land, 3,500 of those units will be affordable housing. The Greenpoint / Williamsburg waterfront and upland inclusionary program have resulted in 860 affordable housing units completed or in construction. Other affordable housing developments on the waterfront include Hunters Point South and Averne in Queens.
Lobby for modernized voting machines. MO, IG Done* Done* In the 2008 Primary and General elections, the City Board of Elections for the first time had Ballot-Marking Devices at each poll-site for use by disabled voters. Such devices will also be available at each City poll-site during the 2009 election cycle. Full compliance with HAVA in New York State - the replacement of all lever machines - is currently planned for the 2010 elections, though much will depend on the ability of the State Board of Elections to timely test and certify new voting technologies for use. The Mayor's Election Modernization Task Force has continued to work with the Board on HAVA implementation, and the Board's project implementation consultant and public information specialist, which the Task Force was implemental in retaining, will undoubtedly provide vital support for the Board in relation to HAVA in the coming years.
Lobby for the City's fair share from the State to maintain state roads within the city. IG Done* Done* The City continues to lobby for its fair share of funding for arterial maintenance.
Lobby the federal government to increase the Medicaid reimbursement rate and support the state takeover of non- federal Medicaid costs. IG Done* Done* The Economic Recovery bill enacted in February 2009 includes a temporary increase in the Federal share of Medicaid and a mandatory pass-thru of that increase to local governments.
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. NYC Sports Commission, EDC, NYC & Co. Launched Done* In July 2008, the City hosted the MLB All Star game, the last ever at Yankee Stadium. The City has had conversations with the National Lacrosse League regarding the 2010 All Star Game; the NHL regarding the 2011 NHL Winter Classic and All Star Game; and ESPN regarding the Summer X Games.  Madison Square Garden's interest in the 2012 NBA All Star game is dependent upon planned arena renovations and the Nets have expressed interest in the 2012 or 2013 NBA All Star Game.
Lobby the State to pass the "Dignity for All Students Act." IG, DOE Done* Done* The City continues to support this legislation and submitted a memo in support of both the Assembly and Senate versions of the bill. The City will work with DOE, outside organizations and the sponsors to resolve remaining differences in the two bills.
Make absentee ballots easier to obtain. IG Launched Done* A constitutional amendment was introduced in both houses of the State legislature at the City's request during the 2008 legislative session to reform the Board of Elections.
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. HRA Done* Done* In 2008 HRA's Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access commissioned a Capstone project by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health to analyze CHP enrollment trends. This analysis pinpointed New York City neighborhoods in need of special outreach efforts and underscored the need to overcome immigrants' concerns of jeopardizing their immigration status by enrolling in public health insurance programs. OCHIA's 2009 outreach efforts are informed by this analysis.
Make vacant and under-utilized manufacturing buildings available for residential and commercial conversion. DCP, HPD Done* Done* The Greenpoint / Williamsburg, Hudson Yards, Port Morris and West Chelsea rezoning proposals were adopted in 2005, and the Stapleton rezoning in 2006. Other areas with under-utilized land zoned for manufacturing uses are being examined or rezoned. A new zoning framework of the Gowanus area was presented in September 2008, which identifies areas for future housing or mixed-use development and other areas that should be maintained for continued industrial and commercial uses. The Lower Concourse rezoning, approved by the City Planning Commission on May 20, 2009, would encourage housing and commercial uses as well as create public access to the waterfront. The DUMBO rezoning proposal, certified on February 17, 2009, and currently under consideration by the City Planning Commission, would allow for residential conversion of underutilized loft buildings. The Dutch Kills rezoning for a mixed-use district was adopted by the City Council on October 7, 2008. A rezoning proposal for a portion of the Gowanus Canal area to allow for mixed-use development is undergoing environmental review.
Modernize and renovate precinct houses. NYPD Launched Done* Since this administration entered office in 2002 including: opening of the new Queens South Task Force, 33rd Precinct, 9th Precinct, Mounted Unit Headquarters, 17th Precinct, 122nd Precinct Satellite, and 105th Precinct Satellite, and the Firearms Range Tactics Village; renovations include Police Academy's 5th and 8th floors, 100th Precinct façade, 120th Precinct façade, 40th Precinct façade. The City is nearing constructing on anew precinct station house on Staten Island and a state-of-the-art consolidated training facility at College Point, Queens.
Organize current clinics, diagnostic centers, and commercial centers into an easily understood and accessible network of community-based clinics. HHC Done* Done* HHC's on-going re-engineering of ambulatory care operations is improving access by shortening wait times at clinics and the length of time patients wait for scheduled appointments. As of May 2009 the average cycle time across all primary care clinics was 52 minutes in Medicine, 53 mins. in pediatrics, and 56 mins. in OB/Gyn; and the average appointment wait time (or third next available appointment, which is the standard proxy for the number of days a patient waits to get an appointment) was 3 days for Medicine, 2 days for Pediatrics, and 5 days for OB/Gyn. These improvements have resulted in enhanced clinic operations; quicker, easier, access to services; and a more respectful patient experience.
Petition the State to allow any registered New York City voter to circulate any candidate's petition to any voter. IG Done* Done* A constitutional amendment was introduced in both houses of the State legislature at the City's request during the 2008 legislative session to reform the Board of Elections.
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, MTA Done* Done* In 2006, the Federal government signed a full funding grant agreement (FFGA) for the NYS MTA's East Side Access project, which represents approximately 36% of its cost. The balance will be funded as part of the NYS MTA Capital Plan and through the 2005 NYS Rebuild and Renew Transportation Bond Act and the upcoming MTA 2010-2014 Capital Program. Tunneling for this project is well underway. Funding for the $4.35 B Phase I of the NYS MTA's Second Avenue Subway project, which will go from 96th St. to 63rd St., is also included in the MTA's Capital Plan and through the 2005 NYS Rebuild and Renew Transportation Bond Act.  It received a $1.3 B FFGA share in November 2007 which supports approximately 30% of the project.  The MTA broke ground in April 2007.
Push the Boy Scouts of America to drop its ban on gays in the Scouts. MO Launched Done* The Mayor's position remains the same.
Re-engineer the Department 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 Done* Done* In addition to the new Construction Codes, which become compulsory July 2009, the Department is working to implement it's "B-FIRST" program, where construction Inspectors will be given hand-held computers that electronically sync with our Inspector routing systems and Buildings Information System online. Not only will B-FIRST improve our efficiency of inspector routing and increase transparency, it will speed the process in which results of inspections are provided to the construction industry and public. The B-FIRST project, which involves standardizing check lists for each inspection unit, began in 2008 and is being implemented in phases. The rollout of standardized inspection checklists and hand-held devices for inspectors is underway and is scheduled to be completely rolled out by the end of 2009.  Also by the end of 2009, DOB will begin deployment of the B-FIRST routing and scheduling software to inspection units. 
Re-evaluate zoning decisions on a regular basis to ensure decisions are achieving results. DCP Done* Done* DCP continues to monitor development trends throughout the city and to evaluate zoning in neighborhoods throughout the city to increase new housing opportunities and preserve neighborhood character. New development has already been built or is planned as a result of DCP-initiated upzonings in areas such as Hudson Yards and West Chelsea in Manhattan; Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Downtown Brooklyn and Park Slope in Brooklyn; and Hunters Point in Queens. Lower density / contextual rezonings keep new development in scale with existing residential neighborhoods. In the three and a half years since the Greenpoint / Williamsburg rezoning, as of May 2009, approximately 5,084 housing units have been issued permits and of these, 1,095 units have been constructed. In the Hudson Yards area, new building permits have been issued for three residential developments with a total of 2,252 units. In Downtown Brooklyn, 930 residential units have been constructed, out of 3,800 units that were issued permits. Since 2004, in Long Island City, 1,497 units have been issued permits; of these, 830 units have been constructed.
Research urban sources of renewable energy. EDC Launched Done* In 2007, NYC was designated a Solar America City by the US Department of Energy. As an awardee, the City received a $200,000 grant and in kind services from the National Renewable Energy Lab to continue to research challenges, opportunities, and technological solutions to promote solar energy in NYC. In August 2008, the Governor signed two PlaNYC legislative priorities into law, further promoting economic implementation of solar installations in NYC: the solar property tax abatement and changes to the State's net-metering rules. Also in August 2008, the City released a renewable energy request for expressions of interest (RFEI) for new ideas for renewable energy in an urban context with the goal to make NYC an urban model for renewable energy deployment and received over 60 submissions in response, including but not limited to solar power, building-sited wind, off-shore wind, and anaerobic digestion. These responses are being used to inform a broader renewable energy strategy for NYC. Separately, the City released an RFP for the installation of 2 MW of solar capacity on City buildings.
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 Launched Done* In calendar year 2008 DOT plans installed four more electronic speed boards (display vehicle speeds to approaching motorists) at Atlantic Avenue at 83 Street (Queens); Atlantic Avenue and 87 Street (Queens); and two on north and southbound Hylan Boulevard in advance of Reynolds Street (Staten Island). The City will continue to pursue State legislation to allow for the use of speed cameras.
Speed up crossings by instituting a vehicular all-stop at major intersections. DOT Launched Done* In 2008 DOT installed eight new LPIs (Leading Pedestrian Intervals), re-engineered LPIs to provide additional crossing time for pedestrians at 26 locations and installed "split phase" operation at 12 locations. Modified the signal timing in senior areas at 134 intersections. Thus far in 2009 installed two new LPIs and six new split phase locations; re-engineered LPIs at four locations; modified signal timing in senior areas at 132 intersections. DOT also recently installed an "all stop" as part of the Green Light for Midtown project at the intersection of Broadway and West 33rd Street.
Streamline the process for firing bad teachers. Do not warehouse them in District Offices for years. DOE,
Launched Done* The 2005 collective bargaining agreement with the UFT allows the DOE to suspend sex offenders and convicted felons without pay and allows the DOE to automatically terminate sex offenders after a hearing. This agreement also reformed the disciplinary process by eliminating grievances and arbitrations over disciplinary letters, which were very burdensome for principals addressing poor performers. In addition, the DOE created a new expedited disciplinary process for tenured teachers with attendance and lateness problems, which has already resulted in dozens of teachers receiving fines and other significant discipline. The 2006 collective bargaining agreement with the UFT provides for a new peer intervention program in which consulting teachers submit observation reports that can be used in disciplinary proceedings. In 2007, the DOE launched the Teacher Performance Unit, a new legal unit focusing on disciplinary cases for incompetence. The TPU has brought charges against more than 50 low-performing tenured teachers.
Support repeal of the Wicks Law. IG Done* Done* The Wicks law threshold was increased to $3m in State 2008-09 budget. Governor Paterson's FY09/10 budget proposal to increase the threshold to $10 million in New York City was not enacted. The City continues to advocate for a full repeal of the Wicks Law.
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 Launched Done*

The City continues to fight to keep the soft cap on local Medicaid expenditures in place. Although a full Medicaid takeover by the State is preferred, it is not likely this year given the current State budget.
Survey vacant and underutilized structures and make the list available on the Internet with an eye toward conversion into affordable housing. HPD Launched Done* 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, including NEP, NRP, TIL, Cornerstone, and TPT.
Upgrade security throughout the watershed and at critical water transport junctures DEP Done* Done* DEP hired Deputy Commissioner for Security Kevin McBride and has consolidated both the private security guards and DEP Police Force under his authority.
Use case-based tracking systems to improve productivity and service delivery. MO, OMB, DOITT Launched Done* In March 2008 Mayor Bloomberg launched HHS-Connect. HHS-Connect will link more than a dozen City agencies so that caseworkers are able to share client information without compromising confidentiality. Clients will only need to provide their personal and other pertinent information one time to be included in a virtual integrated case file which they will be able to access and update online. Additional information, relevant only to specific agencies, will be collected on an as-needed basis. HHS-Connect will leverage the technology resources already in place at DoITT, and oversee technology strategy to ensure a coordinated approach to facilitate data integration and exchange between nine health and human services agencies under the direction of Deputy Mayor Gibbs. HHS-Connect will reduce the paperwork burden for caseworkers, improve customer service, and allow unique accessibility to the City's various programs and services for New Yorkers who need them most.
Use peer review to decide qualifications. DOE,
Launched Done* A peer review effort began in 2007 with assistance from a selected vendor.  In 2007-2008, sixty-two tenured teachers participated in the program.  The program has continued into its second year.  In 2008-2009, eighty teachers were offered placement within the program.  Of those, ten declined and an additional sixteen chose to retire or resign
Use wireless laptops for filing reports in police vehicles. NYPD Done* Done* The Department plans to make available through wireless technology a number of routine department forms. Phase 1 of the forms automatino project is the installation of new hardware and laptops in police vehicles during FY 2010. The forms application will be available in late 2010.
Work with the Port Authority and airlines to reduce idling time on runways to reduce emissions and improve air quality. EDC Done* Done* The airport office at EDC and the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability continue to work collaboratively with the Port Authority to reduce emissions at the City's airports.
Eliminate the Unincorporated Business Tax. OMB Reconsidered Done* As part of the FY2010 budget, the City reduced or eliminated the Unincorporated Business Tax by $25 million for 17,000 small businesses and freelancers that operate as limited liability companies, partnerships and sole proprietorships. In addition, in 2007 the City increased the Personal Income Tax credit for unincorporated business owners who live in the City and increased a deduction allowed for UBT filers.  These two measures saved small businesses $44 million last year.
Predicate existing tax incentive programs for new development and rehabilitation upon utilization of green building construction, energy efficient technology, and sustainable development. DOB, EDC Launched Launched The City successfully passed State legislation in 2008 for property tax abatements for installations of green roofs and solar panels. In March of 2009, DOB completed the rule-making process for the administration of these incentives and began accepting applications from property owners with eligible solar photovoltaic and green roof installations. Separately, EDC is leading an energy efficiency coordination working group, with the objective of improving coordination of programs, addressing industry challenges, and creating NYC-specific solutions. This facilitation has resulted in better working relationships among stakeholders and in improved program coordination for use of the greatly expanded Systems Benefit Charge at the State level, used for energy efficiency programs and incentives in NYC.
Advertise and enforce the ban against idling of motor vehicles. DEP,
Launched Launched The NYPD Parking Enforcement District is in the process of updating the PTD's (Parking Ticketing Devices). NYPD is working with a vendor to reprogram the PTD's to enable enforcement of engine idling laws.
Build a major high school and university complex on Governors Island in partnership with one or more private universities. MO, EDC Launched Launched The Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC), the City-State entity charged with redeveloping the Island, is investing in open space and other infrastructure to make the Island more suitable for development. The Harbor School is under construction and is scheduled to open in Fall 2010. GIPEC engages regularly in discussions about a range of possible developments for the Island, including a broad range of educational and academic uses.
Build redundancy into the water supply system. DEP Launched Launched Over the last year, DEP began the concreting of Stage 2 of the Third Water Tunnel. By the end of FY09, DEP will register the final contract for the work at the Tunnel #3 shafts. This contract includes installation of instrumentation, piping, valves and telemetry. In addition, DEP will soon register a contract for preliminary design of a parallel Delaware Aqueduct.
Clean and develop soiled lands scattered throughout communities in partnership between the City and the community. DEP, HPD,
Launched Launched Through PlaNYC, the City created an Office of Environmental Remediation and hired an Executive Director in June 2008. This Office is now working to create a local brownfield cleanup program that will work in a partnership with New York State. This program will offer open enrollment and $12 million in grants to provide incentives for brownfield pre-development design, investigation, cleanup, and environmental insurance. The Office has initiated a community education program, sought additional NYS tax credits for NYC Brownfield Opportunity Area grantees, and has fostered the formation of the Partnership of Brownfield Practitioners to provide community benefits, including worker training, scholarships, internships and pro-bono counseling to communities on proposed remedies.
Create a motor vehicle insurance pool to take advantage of group rates for senior center vans. DFTA Launched Launched DFTA has been working with its nonprofit providers to implement group purchasing initiatives (including vehicle insurance). One such initiative developed by the Council of Senior Centers and Services, called Marketplace, has successfully introduced providers to the benefits and savings of group purchasing.
Create a transportation hub at the West Side rail yards linking the No. 7 line, LIRR, Metro-North and Amtrak. MTA Launched Launched The extension of the #7 line is financed and construction is underway. The City is also working with the Empire State Development Corporation, the Port Authority, private developers, and transit agencies (MTA, NJTransit, Amtrak) on a potential plan to redevelop the Farley Building.  One of the key concerns of the redevelopment would be to create convenient pedestrian access from the Farley Building and Penn Station to the West Side rail yards and the No. 7 train station.
Create limited stop bus service in restricted access lanes, especially along the east side of Manhattan. MTA Launched Launched To improve the speed and reliability of bus service, the City and MTA New York City Transit launched the first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route on Fordham Road in June 2008. The new Bx12 Select Bus Service (SBS) features a subway-style route structure, off-board fare collection, bus signal priority, painted curbside bus lanes, enhanced shelters, and distinctive branding. Based on the success of the Fordham Road SBS (travel times have been reduced by 20% and ridership has increased), plans are moving forward with four additional BRT pilot routes, including First Avenue / Second Avenue SBS and the 34th Street Transitway in Manhattan, Nostrand Avenue SBS in Brooklyn, and Hylan Boulevard SBS in the Staten Island. Some BRT elements will also be expanded, such as painted bus lanes and signal priority, to local and limited stop services. Distinctive painted bus lanes have already been created on 34th Street and a number of improvements are also planned to existing bus services, while a significant expansion of the signal priority system will be funded through a federal congestion mitigation grant.
Develop and implement performance-based contract monitoring for all organizations receiving contracts for senior services. DFTA Launched Launched As DFTA continues to modernize its core services, performance-based contracting will be established in remaining contracts for home delivered meals and senior centers. DFTA is working with its community partners to develop mutually agreed upon indicators and outcome measures.
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 Launched Launched EDC's compliance department enforces the provisions of its incentive deals through a variety of methods to ensure that companies live up to the terms their agreements, including annual employment reporting, tax payment monitoring (for projects with tax incentives), on-site field inspections, ensuring that all properties are properly insured, and independent accountant reviews for the certain commercial projects. EDC enforces all appropriate penalties and routinely collects recapture for the City.
Equip all fire trucks with computers that give firefighters the evacuation plans and blueprints of buildings while en route to burning buildings. FDNY Launched Launched The FDNY Fire Prevention Bureau partnered with CJC, DOB and DOHMH, to use the Environmental Data Exchange Network (EDEN) to store and share digitize floorplans that clearly indicate each buildings stairwells, exits and areas of refuge. Floorplans and Building Information Cards ("BICs") for over 880 buildings (over 31,000 images) have been fully uploaded to the system. Legislation was recently passed requiring residential buildings with non-sequential floor numbering to file a BIC card with the FDNY. Building owners can now electronically submit the BIC through the DOITT site. This card will also be uploaded to the floorplan portal. Training will be available to City Agencies at the Environmental Data Exchange Conference scheduled for July 14th. By the end of July over 1,000 high rise commercial buildings will be available. FDNY is working with their inspection partners to add additional floorplan types to the portal and is adding additional storage and document management capability to further automate and improve the process and to reduce processing time for plan review and upload.
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 Launched Launched In 2006. the Mayor signed LL 42, which raised the combined household income eligibility ceiling under SCRIE from $24,000 to $29,000 to be implemented in increments of $1000 over a period of five years. On July 1, 2009, the eligibility limit increased to $29,000. In FY 2008, the total SCRIE households was 43,888.
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,
Launched Launched The Department of Education has received $7.2M in CMAQ funding  to retrofit their school bus fleet with aftertreatment technology. We expect the program to start this summer. The Administration is working with the City Council on legislation to set a retirement age on older, less fuel-efficient school buses.
Fight for gun manufacturers to make safer guns. MO,
Launched Launched The Mayor has also formed a new coalition, State Legislators Against Illegal Guns. This new coalition will help in efforts to get states to adopt laws to help in the fight against illegal guns, including microstamping.
Give cops bar code scanners to scan the code on drivers' licenses. NYPD Launched Launched The Department plans to make available through wireless technology a number of routine department forms via laptops in police vehicles during FY 2010. The Department is currently awaiting a task order revision from DOITT to implement these applications. 
Give officers who return to get their Associates Degree or Bachelor of Arts or Science degree free tuition to CUNY. NYPD,
Launched Launched State Education Law established a tuition waiver for one course for NYPD members in the rank of police officer enrolled in programs leading to a baccalaureate or higher degree at CUNY on a space available basis, provided the course is related to their employment as a police officer. This limited CUNY tuition waiver went into effect in 2004 for two years, was extended for two years in 2006, and now extended again in 2008 for another two years, until July 1, 2010.In addition to the State Law, John Jay College provides a free 12-credit leadership program available to officers that may be used toward any graduate or undergraduate degree.
Improve subway signal systems and platform control to shorten the time between trains. MTA Launched Launched New York City Transit (NYCT) has ordered additional subway cars to take full advantage of Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) on the Canarsie Line (L train). In addition, NYCT has successfully implemented Automatic Train Supervision for the A-Division (numbered lines) and is now working towards providing real time passenger information on these subway lines. NYCT is also piloting passenger information display screens that can convey critical information in select stations. The City is working with the MTA to secure funding for NYCT to continue to update and improve the subway's signal system through the MTA's capital program.
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 Launched Launched Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield (EBCBS) remains the only plan that serves Child Health Plus enrollees but not Medicaid managed care enrollees. We continue to work with the state to encourage EBCBS to provide Medicaid managed care. All other CHIP providers offer Medicaid managed care and because most providers accept more than one managed care organization, most parents are likely able to go to the same provider as their children.
Institute an Adopt-a-Senior Center program by matching companies to senior centers. DFTA,
Launched Launched Expanding upon a partnership with IBM, DFTA also worked with other city agencies and not for profits to match senior centers with resources in their neighborhood. For example, DFTA partnered with HHC's Harlem Hospital to help local senior centers focus on chronic disease management. DFTA also launched a pilot project in the Bronx linking New York Public Library branches with nearby senior centers to increase participation by seniors in NYPL events and services. In addition, DFTA will work with NYC Service to connect volunteers to senior centers.
Inventory broadband infrastructure, identify potential service gaps and ensure adequate supply, using sewer lines, water lines and underground conduits to provide connectivity. EDC, DOITT Launched Launched Based on the findings of the broadband study and further input from the BAC and public, the City has launched a series of initiatives aimed at increasing broadband availability and adoption citywide. Two solicitations have been issued requesting information about potential program models to support in-home adoption of broadband services among the City's low-income residents. These efforts are consistent with the Federal stimulus package, which has approximately $4.7 billion available in the form of competitive grants for nationwide broadband deployment and adoption. Of this total, a minimum of $450 million must be allocated to programs that expand broadband in public access centers and encourage broadband adoption.  The City is pursuing funding in these areas. Supplementing these efforts, DoITT recently issued a RFI about potential models for equipping New York City parks and public spaces with wireless Internet access, and the City is also conducting a survey of small businesses in traditionally-underserved, industrial areas to assess broadband needs and requirements.
Lengthen the time needed to recertify beneficiaries to two years. HRA Launched Launched City advocacy continues at the federal level for two year eligibility levels for the Medicaid program. Two year eligibility periods have also been called for in the Mayor's State of the City proposals and in City testimony to the Governor's Universal Coverage Commission. The City was also very active in following and participating in congressional debates on the reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program and several legislative proposals that included the extended recertification.
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 Launched Launched EDC continues to seek to retain and attract jobs to New York City.  In 2008, EDC continued to focus on identifying barriers to growth and seeking specific initiatives to overcome these barriers.  A key current initiative is developing and growing NYC's green sector.  In line with this work, EDC is commissioning a study to look at 1) what are the high growth 'green' sectors from a jobs perspective, 2) in which of these sectors does NYC have a comparative advantage and 3) what are the actionable steps NYC can take to promote jobs growth in these target sectors.  EDC has launched similar initiatives in the sectors of Fashion/Retail, Not-for-Profit, Financial Services, Biotech and Media/Hi-Tech. Examples of companies that have expanded or relocated to in New York City include Moody's, which relocated more than 300 employees to Lower Manhattan, some from New Jersey, through the Lower Manhattan Relocation and Employment Assistance Program; Weight Watchers, which relocated its headquarters from Long Island to the Flatiron District, bringing 100 jobs; and the China Center, which will lease more than 6 floors of One World Trade Center.
Post arrival countdown clocks on subway platforms, bus shelters. MTA Launched Launched As part of the joint MTA-City Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Program, the City and the MTA are examining ways to improve bus passenger information. Although NYCT recently terminated its contract with a vendor to provide real-time information at bus stops, they are now working together with the City to test a new real-time information system, using technology already being installed on all new buses. The City and NYCT continue to work towards the broader application of this technology.
Redevelop Penn Station. EDC Launched Launched The City is working with the Empire State Development Corporation, the Port Authority, private developers, and transit agencies (MTA, NJTransit, Amtrak) on a plan to redevelop the Farley Building. The result will be new, spacious train hall and improvements to pedestrian concourses and station operations. Preliminary environmental review work is underway.
Reduce the disparity in infant mortality among communities through neighborhood interventions. DOHMH Launched Launched The infant mortality rate reached the lowest level ever recorded in 2007, with 5.4 deaths per 1,000 live births. Despite this decline, the disparity in rates by socioeconomic status and race / ethnicity has not narrowed, and infant mortality remains unacceptably high among Blacks and Puerto Ricans and in low-income neighborhoods. DOHMH is working on many fronts to help women be as healthy as possible before pregnancy, plan their pregnancies, obtain quality prenatal care, and provide the care and support their babies need to thrive. The agency's key initiatives include the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP); Newborn Home Visiting Program; Cribs for Kids crib distribution and safe sleep education program; a multi-level program to increase breastfeeding initiation and continuation; and various activities to increase access to sexual and reproductive health services, including contraception.
Remove municipal uses from the waterfront. DCP Launched Launched The City continues to examine waterfront areas, replace waterfront municipal facilities, and preserve the working waterfront where appropriate. Rezonings that have advanced those goals include Greenpoint / Williamsburg in Brooklyn and Stapleton Waterfront in Staten Island. Coney Island was approved by the City Planning Commission in June 2009, and City Council adopted the Lower Concourse rezoning in the Bronx in 2009. In addition, DSNY District 2, 4, and 5 Garages and salt shed will be relocated from the Gansevoort Peninsula, and the District 7 Garage will be relocated from Pier 97, to meet requirements set by the Hudson River Park Act. The Act was amended in 2008 to allow the construction of a new recycling facility on Gansevoort. The relocation of the Brooklyn 1 District Garage from an area within the proposed Bushwick Inlet Park, mapped as part of the Greenpoint-Williamsburg rezoning, to Varick Avenue, has been completed and the former garage has been demolished. Environmental testing is currently being done. Mayor Bloomberg broke ground on the first phase of the park on July 6, 2009.
Revamp the Emerging Industry Fund to reach out to potential targets for investment and provide technical assistance. EDC Reconsidered Launched In response to the economic and financial crisis, which caused a reduction in angel investing in New York City, EDC established the Entrepreneurial Investment Fund. The City will invest $3 million to create several funds totaling between $9 million and $10 million to make angel investments of $20,000 to $250,000 to New York City-based start-up companies. It is expected that this fund will provide early-stage financing to 250 New York-based start-up companies over the next 8 years and will increase by 25 percent the angel funds now-available to New York-based companies.
Simplify rules to obtain Medicaid coverage including adopting uniform eligibility standards for children and using existing databases to make it easier to enroll. HRA Launched Launched HRA implemented simplified Medicaid rules that were contained in this year's budget.   These changes included a single allowable resource standard for virtually all Medicaid programs (previously each program such as Medicaid and Family Health Plus had different levels), higher allowable income levels for some Medicaid populations, and elimination of certain requirements such as a drug and alcohol and screening requirement for single adults and childless couples.  
Survey high-tech companies to determine their needs and evaluate tax incentive programs aimed at them before funding is renewed. EDC Launched Launched EDC launched a Media Scenario Series to engage in dialogue with the private sector, develop a shared vision of a common future and agree on actionable next steps to assist the high-tech industry. On Feburary 18, EDC launched MediaNYC 2020, a program to address the economic challenges facing the media industry. Through a series of public private dialogues (including CEO workshops, media strategist panels and public discussion forums), MediaNYC 2020 will help the city to have a better understanding of what the media industry will look like in 2020 and how the City and private sector can work together to maintain and enhance New York's position as a leader. On July 1, the Mayor announced nine initiatives aimed at fostering and promoting media and technology innovation and entrepreneurship as well as retaining and recruiting top media talent to the city Examples of the initiatives include the NYCEDC Media Lab, NYC Big Apps, NYCEDC Start-up Media Fellowship, and the NYCEDC Media Bond Program.
Upgrade existing generators to produce additional energy and minimize emissions. EDC Launched Launched EDC is actively working with existing generation owners to encourage repowering of existing power plants, and is examining the use of appropriate financial measures to facilitate such repowering. In addition, through the New York Power Authority with other southeast New York governmental customers, the city is expanding its supply of clean, state of the art energy generation with the construction of SCS Astoria II, a 500 megawatt combined-cycle power plant. The City continues to pursue greater use of long-term contracts to allow for other new construction, repowering, and transmission projects to move forward. EDC also continues to promote clean distributed generation and district energy by working with developers of large-scale revitalization projects to identify opportunities.
Utilize Global Positioning Satellite technology to help bus drivers prevent "bus bunching." MTA Done* Launched The MTA has ended their current contract to install Automatic Vehicle Locator technology on buses. However, the City and the MTA continue to work together on a number of bus improvements to prevent bus bunching, provide real-time passenger information, and speed service.
Wire the subway tunnels for cellular phone service. MTA,
Launched Launched The MTA continues to pursue new options after the failure of the first contractor selected to wire subway tunnels. The City and the MTA are examining additional ways to improve bus passenger information through the joint MTA-City Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Program. NYCT has recently conducted pilots of real-time bus arrival displays at select bus stops. The City and NYCT continue to work towards the broader application of this technology.
Work with the AFL-CIO pension operators to invest in office and housing construction in New York City in return for Project Labor Agreements. HPD Launched Launched HPD continues to work with the AFL-CIO investment fund to find projects that the fund can invest in. Since 2002, when the New York City Community Investment Initiative (NYCCII) began, the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust has committed more than $340 million to 20 projects. In June, the trust closed with HDC on The Douglas (aka The Balton), investing $9.5 million. In addition, over $1.2 billion in single family mortgage loans have been provided to New York City union members and city employees since 2002 through the Housing Investment Trust's HIT HOME program and the Union Plus Mortgage Program. Since February 2006, under the second phase of the NYCCII, HIT HOME has been operating in collaboration with the Union Plus Mortgage Program, a partnership of Union Privilege and Chase. Chase has pledged a five-year $1 billion commitment to the NYCCII to finance single family mortgages for union members and municipal employees in New York City.
Develop a Greenway around Manhattan. DPR Launched Launched Since launching an interim 32-mile pathway connecting various locations around Manhattan in 2003, City and State agencies have partnered to create a continuous greenway along the City's shoreline. With the recent opening of the West Harlem Piers, 83% of the waterfront greenway has been established. The City is currently constructing the last major link on the Hudson River between 83rd and 91st Street in Riverside Park.  There remain several challenges along the East and Harlem Rivers, where there is less available land along the waterfront.  The City will continue to maintain inland detour paths through these areas until shoreline paths can be constructed.
Initiate a pilot program to light designated fields with community input. DPR Launched Launched Parks is currently installing 15 lighted ballfields throughout, with at least 10 more on the way as part of PlaNYC. Whenever possible parks incorporates field lighting in park reconstruction projects. Parks meets with community representatives when planning the design of parks and when feasible adds amenities based on community input.
Analyze government use of pesticides in schools, offices and hospitals and seek alternate methods of rodent and insect control. DOHMH Done NA NA
Arm police with digital cameras and video equipment for cases of domestic violence. NYPD,
Done Done All Precincts and all Police Service Areas have digital cameras to take photos in all domestic violence arrest and non-arrest cases involving physical injury, property damage and / or evidence. Further, these photos are now stored on a digital database, which is accessible to all police as well as all District Attorney's offices.
Centralize the purchasing of paper products and other standard-use items for senior centers. DFTA Done NA NA
Change construction regulations so schools in New York City cost the same as elsewhere. DOE,
Done NA NA
Computerize police reporting and communications. NYPD Done NA NA
Connect the former Jamaica Water Supply customers to the City's water supply system. DEP Done NA NA
Develop and articulate an alternative waste disposal policy in case any portion of the waste disposal system should fail. DSNY Done NA NA
Ensure that waste reduction concepts are given prominence in the next Solid Waste Management Plan. DSNY Done NA NA
Expand crime prevention and crime victim assistance programs to thwart elder abuse. DFTA Done NA NA
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, OCDV Done NA NA
Increase coordination with the Dept. of Youth Services so that teenagers eligible for work-study can use their time assisting seniors. DYCD,
Done NA NA
Increase the number of housing units by at least 100,000. HPD, DCP Done NA NA
Inventory community gardens for preservation and convey those appropriate to a trust to assure their continued maintenance and development. DPR Done NA NA
Rebuild an emergency citywide command center. OEM Done NA NA
Move to nonpartisan elections and hold the non-partisan primary election in October. MO Not Done Not Done 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.
Consider proposals to take over Battery Park City and review relationships that involve PILOTS. OMB Reconsidered Reconsidered The Administration is not considering taking over Battery Park City; however, the City will use forecast PILOT revenues to help support the Hudson Yards redevelopment.
Create a Deputy Mayor for Youth Services to coordinate all areas affecting children. MO Reconsidered Reconsidered While this position has not been created, Deputy Mayor Walcott oversees almost all agencies affecting children, including the Departments of Education and Youth and Community Development. In addition, in March 2006, Jennifer Jones Austin was appointed to the newly created position of Family Services Coordinator. Ms. Austin is responsible for identifying and implementing collaborations across City agencies to provide services to children and families in need.
Create standby borrowing authority through a City/ State agency. IG, OMB Reconsidered Reconsidered The existence of the Transitional Finance Authority makes this unnecessary.
Do not raise taxes. MO Reconsidered Reconsidered The City's fiscal situation in 2002 compelled an increase in property taxes in order to plug a $6 billion budget deficit. In the Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2008, Mayor Bloomberg included a $1.25 billion tax relief package.
Do not use one-shot revenues for the operating budget. OMB Reconsidered Reconsidered While the Administration does not support using one-shots in general, the City was forced to borrow funds for operating expenses to close the FY03 budget gap. The Administration is using extraordinary one-time resources from the current real estate and Wall Street booms to address the multi-billion dollar budget gaps in the out years of the Financial Plan. The City has put $2.5 billion into a Retiree Health Benefit Trust Fund to pay for the future health care costs of retirees, has funded $200 million per year of Pay-As-You-Go capital in the City's budget, and is this year retiring $1.3 billion of debt not due to be paid until future fiscal years.
Don't pay state bookkeeping fees that allow the state to keep of 1% of federal funds for administrative costs. IG, OMB Reconsidered Reconsidered The State received of 1% of FEMA funds. The City petitioned, unsuccessfully, for removal of the State's fee since the City did the administrative work. The City, however, no longer receives FEMA funding related to 9/11.
Exempt affordable housing projects that do not significantly increase the density of a neighborhood from environmental reviews. IG, HPD Reconsidered Reconsidered The process of creating and expanding affordable housing projects has been expedited through the UDAAP, J51, and 421-a programs.
Franchise transportation options in underserved neighborhoods. DOT Reconsidered Reconsidered The City reached an historic agreement with the MTA whereby the MTA agreed to take over seven private bus lines. Bus service for the 400,000 daily riders of these buses in the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn has improved as a result.
Give captains and higher ranks a one-week course and follow-up training in using computers. NYPD Reconsidered Reconsidered The NYPD has focused on providing counter-terrorism and other prioritized training.
Give City funds to private health service agencies if they fully participate in the City's Integrated Surveillance System. DOHMH Reconsidered Reconsidered Since health agencies are legally required to report this information, providing City funds is not the best approach. Instead, DOHMH provides programming support, staff resources and other assistance. DOHMH has also implemented new electronic reporting systems including Electronic Laboratory Reporting.
Give one person the authority to coordinate the City's traffic policies and all other transportation related issues. MO Reconsidered Reconsidered The Police Department handles traffic enforcement and DOT handles other transportation policies and related issues.
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 Reconsidered Reconsidered 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.
Immerse students who do not speak English in the language. DOE Reconsidered Reconsidered The initial campaign promise was reconsidered. However, since the Mayor announced reforms to English Language Learner (ELL) programs, the percentage of ELLs reaching proficiency has increased (2004: 10.8%, 2005: 13.6%, 2006: 14.6%). Schools system-wide have the Language Allocation Policy that defines the balance of English and native language instruction in ELL programs. There are 64 Dual Language programs citywide, including Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Haitian Creole, and Korean. An addition of 2,900 Spanish K-9 classroom libraries have been implemented, and a total of 1,425 titles are available in Bengali, Chinese, Korean, and Russian. Since 2003, 11,000 educators received direct ELL professional development; ELL teaching fellows increased to 255 for the 2006-07 school year; and extended-day programs serve over 100,000 ELLs. The ELL Parent Initiative reaches thousands of parents through conferences and specialized training.
In the absence of improvement in schools that languish on the Schools Under Registration Review list, make privatization an option. DOE Reconsidered Reconsidered The Department is working with outside organizations to provide school supports, and is not considering privatization.
Increase the number of mobile asthma units. DOHMH Reconsidered Reconsidered DOHMH 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.
Insist that gun owners undergo annual range training. NYPD, IG Reconsidered Reconsidered There are no plans to require annual range training for gun owners.
Institute alternate side truck deliveries. DOT Reconsidered Reconsidered 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.
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 Reconsidered Reconsidered Each school has a full-time parent coordinator to engage parents and give them vital information. Every parent coordinator has a cell phone and is "on call" all day for parents.
Lengthen the transition process for incoming Mayors. MO Reconsidered Reconsidered This matter was reviewed by several Charter Revision Commissions, but because of various legal and practical concerns, it was deferred for future consideration.
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,
Reconsidered Reconsidered This project was reconsidered given the establishment of 311, as well as the growing availability of one-stop government agency services.
Own and operate the Linden solid waste transfer facility. DSNY Reconsidered Reconsidered The new Solid Waste Management Plan eliminated the need for the project.
Persuade the City Parks Foundation to establish a maintenance endowment to care for all parks. DPR,
Reconsidered Reconsidered The City Parks Foundation has been reconfigured by its board to mostly focus on programming rather than maintenance. The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City continues to research endowments for future parks.
Police officers should be encouraged to learn a second language and given a boost in pay after demonstrating language proficiency. NYPD Reconsidered Reconsidered While this initiative was reconsidered, the NYPD has developed a strong foreign language capacity. Although no extra pay is given to officers who participate in the Department's Voluntary Language Program, the program has nearly 14,000 registered members and is capable of providing translation services for 50 different languages (including American Sign Language).
Provide loan guarantees to have the private sector borrow, build and lease to the City all schools and offices. EDC, DOE Reconsidered Reconsidered This initiative was not implemented. Providing loan guarantees, leasehold financing and similar practices through private developers causes the City to borrow funds at rates higher than its own cost of funds available through general obligation debt.
Put the Parks Enforcement Patrol under control of the NYPD, but retain the Urban Park Rangers to focus on environmental enforcement and education. DPR Reconsidered Reconsidered 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.
Require all students to wear uniforms. DOE Reconsidered Reconsidered 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.
Require teachers to report to principals when there has been no contact with parents or guardians. DOE Reconsidered Reconsidered Rather than require teachers to report to principals when there has been no contact with parents or guardians, DOE created Parent Coordinators and recently created the position of Chief Family Engagement Officer. Parent Coordinators continue to be supported in every school, with ongoing training. Contact with parents is reported in the Mayor's Management Report (MMR). In addition, procedures have been tightened for reporting student absences as part of the Department's efforts to identify educational neglect
Restore and staff the Mayor's Office for the LGBT Community. MO Reconsidered Reconsidered Commitments to the LGBT community have been honored and will continue to be honored by expanding targeted agency programs and through coordination by policy staff at City Hall.
Return concessions fees to Parks. DPR Reconsidered Reconsidered Parks concessions continue to be an important revenue generator and are instrumental in some circumstances in covering operational needs. But the City baselines Parks funding rather than tie it to concessions, which provides the agency with greater fiscal stability.
Support legislation to require companies doing business with the City extend the same employee benefits given to spouses to registered domestic partners. IG Reconsidered Reconsidered The Council enacted a bill, over the Mayor's veto, requiring companies doing business with the City to provide these benefits. The matter was ultimately heard by the State Court of Appeals, which found that the City was legally pre-empted by State and federal law from requiring vendors to offer such coverage.
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 Reconsidered Reconsidered The City is not considering any tax benefit transactions; however, it is reviewing potential asset sales, privatizations, and other transactions beneficial to the City.
Transfer Gateway National Park back to the City or insist that the National Park Service increase funding and care. IG, DPR Reconsidered Reconsidered While Parks is no longer seeking to transfer Gateway National Park, the Department regularly works with the National Park Service on the maintenance of Plumb Beach, a section of the park in Brooklyn.
Utilize summer school and year-round school to reduce overcrowding and offer students more opportunities to improve their academic standing. DOE Reconsidered Reconsidered In 2006, Mayor Bloomberg secured record funding from the State to help finance a $13.1 billion program to create 63,000 classroom seats by 2009 - the largest school construction program in the City's history. The construction of new schools and the expansion of the Out-of-School-Time and other initiatives are being pursued to reduce overcrowding and offer students more opportunities to improve their academic standing.
Work with the Governor and state Legislature to transfer the NYCT to the City. IG Reconsidered Reconsidered The impact of September 11th made this unfeasible.
Encourage voluntary contributions to the parks through the use of a check off system on State and City income tax filings. IG, DPR Done* Reconsidered Rather than using a check off system, efforts are made to encourage people to donate to the Mayor's fund or other park related non-profits.
Ensure a presence in parks when people are there by having a second shift of workers on duty. DPR Done* Reconsidered Due to budgetary constraints, Parks has discontinued the second shift program at playgrounds and parks. As new funds become available, Parks will consider reinstating the program. However, Parks has developed alternate scheduling to ensure park facilities, such as comfort station, are open until at least 5:00 p.m.
Institute a parents' voice mail system to provide grades, attendance, homework assignments, and special messages for their child from the teacher. DOE,
Launched Reconsidered There are 1,103 voicemail systems dedicated for parent use to communicate with the school community, in addition to Parent Coordinators and District Family Advocates who have initiated a series of supports in schools to provide families with up-to-date information on their child. This spring, the DOE launched ARIS Parent Link to provide families with detailed data about their child's academic progress, and in the fall the City will launch P311 to provide parents with streamlined access to information via 311.
Pay teachers more for working in shortage areas. DOE,
Launched Reconsidered The collective bargaining agreement does not allow for a salary differential on the basis of shortage area. However, shortage-area teachers new to New York City may be eligible for housing incentives worth about $15,000.
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 Launched Reconsidered The City did not establish charter districts but focused on opening a record number of charter schools in New York City. In 2002 there were 17 charter schools. In 2009, the City announced that it will have more than 100 authorized charter schools in NYC.
Reevaluate and re-qualify teachers every second year. DOE Launched Reconsidered We are working to strengthen the tenure granting process and in 2007 the DOE launched an enhanced tenure notification system. The system requires principals and superintendents to make affirmative decisions about whether each employee being considered for tenure deserves that status and provides information and support to principals around teacher development and evaluation. 
Support restoring the categories of sexual orientation, religion, disability and gender to the Dept. of Education's multicultural curriculum. DOE Not Done Reconsidered Department of Social Studies is currently working to update and enhance resources for multicultural / diversity education. These materials will be available on the DOE web site. In addition, curriculum development and professional development for the 2008-09 school year will include a clear focus on multi-cultural and diversity education. At the start of the school year Chancellor's Regulation, A-832 was enacted that focuses on New York City's efforts to combat bullying and harassment based on ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and disability. The new regulation, which builds on the City's "Respect for All" initiative, requires schools to make standards clear and train all students and staff, track and monitor all bias incidents, investigate complaints promptly, and take follow-up steps to ensure that schools are safe, supportive, and respectful learning environments for all students.
Use EZ Pass with congestion pricing policies to encourage truck delivery at off-peak hours. DOT Launched Reconsidered DOT launched PARK Smart, a pilot program to increase the number of available metered parking spaces by encouraging motorists to park no longer than necessary. The first six month pilot began in Fall '08 in Greenwich Village, where the peak (noon-4 PM) rate was raised from $1 per hour to $2. While occupancy rates were reduced slightly, from 77% to 71%, most motorists and merchants reported that the availability of parking had improved. Following the conversion to Muni-meters in June, the program will be made permanent with a peak $3 rate and an off-peak $2 rate. A second pilot was launched in Park Slope in May 2009, with a peak rate of $1.50 from noon to 4 PM and an off-peak rate of $0.75. DOT works closely with community boards, merchants, BIDs and other local stakeholders when developing the pilots.