On November 8, all Roosevelt Island residents over age 18, whether a U.S. citizen or not, get to vote on resident leadership for the next two years. Voting takes place at P.S. 217 and (for Octagon residents) at The Octagon, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
I am running again to represent my fellow tenants of 4 River Road and give them a voice on all issues concerning them on Roosevelt Island. I will work closely with the tenant association of 4 River Road to bring issues concerning the wonderful tenants to the resident council.
I will also represent all people with disabilities and their caretakers living on the Island in making sure their rights are being taken care of.
Jacob Scott Clode
I live on the Island with my wife Rachel. I have worked for an electrical company for the last five years, in varying capacities from sales to my current position in Human Resources. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan. I am running for RIRA because I think it is a great opportunity to serve my community. I feel that I would bring the following skills to RIRA: The ability to look at both sides of an argument and not get trapped into one “camp.” I am very comfortable with public speaking. I am passionate about helping my community.
I am running for RIRA Common Council because I have a deep and special connection to Roosevelt Island; I lived on Roosevelt Island as a young child, while my father was the Israeli Airforce attaché, between 1979 and 1982. Thirty years later, I have returned with my wife and children, knowing this is the best place in the world to raise a family.
I am currently a social worker at the Department of Homeless Services and completing my Masters in Social Work at Columbia University. However, before turning to the homeless population of New York in 2013, I worked with youth at risk and youth immigrants for 15 years. It is tweens and teens that I am most interested in concentrating my effort with RIRA.
As a father, I am very much aware of the various activities and programs for younger children on the Island, but noticed there are fewer offerings for youth. Thanks to RIRA’s Social, Cultural, and Educational committee in general, and the Youth Initiative in particular, those programs are being expanded and I would very much like to be a part of that effort. I have been working with the affordable housing population for three years and would be happy to advocate and assist any residents in low-income rental on Roosevelt Island.
Chris Gassman is a revenue generator and social entrepreneur with a decade of experience growing organizations sustainably. Chris earned his MBA/JD joint degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He received his BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a double major in International Affairs and Political Science. His five-year BHAG [Big Hairy Audacious Goal]: Help generate $1 billion in revenue by making the world a better place.
I have been living on Roosevelt Island for seven years. As a Steinway Educational Partner and award-winning pianist, I had the opportunity to work with many internationally known pianists throughout my career. I have won many international piano competitions, including the top winner of the International Piano Competition for Young Musicians, Kawai Asia Competition, and Xinghai Cup Nationwide Piano Competition. My US debut resulted from winnings in the Chinese-American International Piano Institute. As a professional music educator, I have over 12 years of teaching experience with a wide range of clients ranging from young pre-schoolers to retirees.
It is extremely important for children to learn, study, and enjoy music. They can see a different world through music. That’s the reason for me to serve our community, with music education. In order to ameliorate our community with music, I will work on creating music festivals on the Island with a series of concerts, master classes, and music workshops during the festivals. These festivals will create a wonderful relationship between parents and kids. We will have family music programs, so the parents can participate with their kids to learn music together.