The RIRA Column
Feb 28, 2015
It’s hard to believe, given the extreme temperatures and winter storms that our little Island has had to endure over the past couple of months, that, as you read this column, it will be the last day of February and only three weeks (specifically, 20 days and counting) until the first day of spring. The opportunity to finally shed the layers of winter clothing, open the windows, and bask in the warmth of the season will be welcomed by many. Living in tight urban spaces in one of the largest cities in the world, we tend to forget how much we rely on the outdoors as an extension of our living spaces. Winters like ours remind us, in the spring, how lucky we are to live on our little Island in the East River, with parks, recreational areas, promenades, and abundant outdoor spaces.
Hike for Life
Public Purpose Funds
As highlighted in prior columns, the future of the Public Purpose Funds continues to hang in the balance, as RIOC and similar public benefit corporations digest the January 13, 2015 policy opinion released by the New York State Authorities Budget Office. Many Roosevelt Island applicants for Public Purpose Funds were recently notified that RIOC, in light of the guidance, has put the process on hold until other public benefit corporations have acted or taken a position based on the guidance. As such, RIRA’s participation in the Public Purpose Funds recommendation process is also on hold until further notice. Although news of any potential loss of non-profit funding is always disheartening, it is especially detrimental to Island organizations that count on such funding to be able to provide their services. If you or your family participate in or receive services from any of the organizations that rely on Public Purpose Funds, please be sure to lend your support to that organization(s) – by donating money, or providing services, or volunteering time or talent – so that it will not fall by the wayside, as do so many non-profits in the city.