As of January 1, marijuana was legalized for recreational use in Colorado and for medical use in New Jersey. Earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an executive action in his State of the State address – on a limited basis, he will legalize medical marijuana.
Recent headlines tell of a Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council wracked by censures, factions at war over an expulsion, email scandals, and finger-pointing. Traditionally, however, RIRA has been something more than such temporary diversions.
- No digital wayfinding for now, says Hudson/Related. A delay in Island signage while waiting for City government’s plans for interactive screens is over. Static signs will be used instead.
- Jane Swanson, top aide to Jessica Lappin during her service on the City Council, has accepted a job with Cornell NYC Tech that will continue her liaison function with the Roosevelt Island community.
- FDR Four Freedoms State Park has hired Nellie Chaban as the park’s first Director of Education & Public Programs. She’ll develop events that celebrate and educate about the 32nd President, working with Suzy Brown, the Director of Visitor Experience. The park has now been open for 15 months.
- Gallery RIVAA will celebrate Black History Month starting next weekend.
- Mewy the kitten has been found. On the loose for several days, the feline was found by her owners, absorbing warmth near a heating vent; she had been the object of an intense search.
You hope you’ll never have to call 911 – but you know you will, someday.
I am saddened to learn that Mark Ponton passed away last week. He was such a bright and engaged man, and a huge asset to the community.
The arrival of Winter Storm Janus has kept our snow removal crews hard at work clearing the roads and walkways to ensure safer conditions for travelers. Restoration work at the Good Shepherd Community Center is progressing on schedule, and Bike New York continues to offer classes at Sportspark.
Happy New Year!
2014 is barely under way, but it is my great pleasure to share two exciting announcements related to construction of the Cornell Tech campus here on Roosevelt Island: the official start of barging operations, and the addition of a new team member who should be very familiar to Islanders.