The RIRA Column
October 10, 2015
Fall has finally taken hold of our little ship in the East River. With the Fall for Arts Festival today (Saturday, October 10), and the Halloween Parade on October 31, and trick-or-treating in each of our buildings, there’s much ado on Roosevelt Island – and a lot going on with your RIRA Common Council.
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On September 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Park Community Center, the Roosevelt Island Committee of Community Board 8 heard a presentation by Rosina Abramson of ENVAC, consultants to the NYC Department of Sanitation, on the current status of Roosevelt Island’s AVAC system and the need to maintain and upgrade certain elements. Although it reflected ENVAC’s perspective, the presentation was informative about the challenges faced by the current system, the costs associated with its proposed maintenance and upgrade, and the fact that it has now exceeded its useful life by approximately 10 years.
Due to staff illness, the New York City Economic Department Corporation (EDC) had to postpone its presentation to the Common Council, the Community Board 8 Roosevelt Island Committee, and Island residents regarding the planned Citywide Ferry Service. Originally scheduled for the 7:30 p.m. Public Session of the October 7 RIRA Common Council meeting, it is now tentatively scheduled for 7:30 p.m. before the November 4 Common Council meeting, in the Good Shepherd Center. Announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio as an expansion of the City’s ferry system, EDC’s plan proposes five routes connecting 21 locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens, to be rolled out in two phases beginning in 2017. It will include a ferry stop on Roosevelt Island. Stay tuned!
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