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 have lived on Roosevelt Island since 2011 and in Rivercross since 2015.
My educational background includes a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MA from Hunter College.
My career was in fine arts and education. While pursuing my own career as a painter, I taught junior high and middle school for nearly 30 years in the New York City public school system. The school where I taught for the longest period of time had many students who resided on Roosevelt Island.
After retiring from teaching, I lived and painted in Greece for 10 years. Upon returning to the US in 2011, I moved to Roosevelt Island where my parents lived for many years. At that time, I joined the Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association (RIVAA). I have been an active member since then and exhibit work at Gallery RIVAA regularly. I have also served on the Board of Directors of RIVAA.
I consider Roosevelt Island to be the best place to live in New York City. The real community feeling of the Island makes it a wonderful place to grow up in, to raise a family, and to be a senior citizen.
All the changes that are coming to the Island will certainly have an effect on the direction the Island takes in the years to come. With a solid background in education and the arts, I can make a contribution towards maintaining the quality of life that residents enjoy, addressing residents’ concerns, and helping to keep the Island as wonderful a place to live in the upcoming years as it has been until now.
I hope you will consider me for a seat on the RIRA Common Council., I believe that my background in art and education would be an asset to the Social, Cultural, and Educational committee and that I could make a difference there and in other ways. Thank you.
I am relatively new to the Island, but in my two years here I have fallen in love. I grew up in New York City, far across the East River on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Having professor parents, I spent summers and school vacations at our house in the Catskills, in a one-street town called New Kingston where everyone knew each other and there were many children my age to play with. This appreciation of the dualities of urban and rural life has informed my perspective ever since, and is the reason I love living on Roosevelt Island – it’s a small-town neighborhood with lots of greenery, right in the middle of the best city on earth.
I was lucky enough to move here and join a large multigenerational family with a rich history on Roosevelt Island. My wife Nina’s parent’s, Sanjiv and Judi Tandon, moved into Rivercross in the 1970’s, raising her and her three siblings here. Most of them are still Island residents, and the house is a focal point for family gatherings. Nina and I were married on the Island in August, in a happy ceremony at beautiful Four Freedoms Park.
I am an entrepreneur and technologist, as well as a musician. Speaking the language of startups and tech, I want to help RIRA both negotiate and partner with Cornell and local government to foster a positive working relationship where we are well positioned to stick up for ourselves and to take advantage of opportunities that arise. I want to explore ways for entrepreneurship and innovation to prosper on the Island, while keeping it a place that nurtures the arts and is accessible to its residents. A neighborhood is nothing without culture and community.
From my wife, I’ve learned about the history of Roosevelt Island and how much it has changed, especially recently. I want to join RIRA to help protect what is fundamentally important about the Island, while embracing the change that is coming, and harnessing it to make things better for everyone who loves Roosevelt Island. I hope you will provide me with your vote to help me do so.