The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) abruptly cancelled its months-long search for an operator of the Island Youth Center on January 27, following a week-long campaign by the Roosevelt Island Youth Program (RIYP) to garner support for their organization and shortly after the distribution of an inflammatory letter by RIYP-supporter Frank Farance accusing a competing organization of wrongdoing. The announcement came just days after RIOC had announced that two of the applicants had tied in the scoring of the proposals.
Differing visions of community policing and Island safety emerged at a January 25 public forum hosted by the Roosevelt Island Residents’ Association’s Public Safety Committee (PSC). The forum, held in collaboration with the Island’s Public Safety Department and the New York Police Department, was prompted by the January 12 assault on an Island mother in front of her child by a man believed to be smoking marijuana next to a playground.
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) has scrapped its latest search for a contractor to build two new elevators at the Manhattan Tram station, and will instead send out a new request for proposals in the coming weeks, said RIOC President Susan Rosenthal at a recent RIOC Operations Committee meeting.
The Women’s March on January 21 was an exhilarating and hopeful experience for a contingent of 150 Roosevelt Islanders who attended in New York, and millions of others.
I want to acknowledge and thank Barbara Parker, president of the Roosevelt Island Senior Association, for RISA’s support of our involvement in the recent NYC Women’s March.
I’d like to set the record straight about the PS/IS 217 PTA in light of some recent comments.
I am a dog owner who religiously picks up after my pet; however I’ve noticed recently that other people are not as considerate.
We deserve an explanation of why the RFP for the youth center was cancelled right before the decision was supposed to be made.
We refute the assertion, currently being spread by advocates for the Youth Program, that Island Kids was an unqualified and inexperienced applicant for the Youth Center RFP.
I attended last night’s Public Safety Committee meeting in the church. I asked questions about services that could, and should, be performed by Public Safety. Their response was, “Not enough manpower to handle that.”
I’d like to take a moment to respond to some concerns that have been expressed to me over the last few weeks suggesting the Public Safety Department is not adequately staffed...
The family of Marty Atkins holds in grateful remembrance your kind expressions of sympathy.
The RIRA Column - Community Policing
RIRA's response to the events of January 12
If you are raising a family on Roosevelt Island, you may want to join the Roosevelt Island Parents’ Network (RIPN). We are a social network and community organization that serves over 600 Island parents and primary caregivers, keeping them connected online, via a discussion forum, and through various family-oriented events and activities.
If Punxsutawney Phil, America’s favorite groundhog, is to be believed, we've got at least six more weeks of cold weather ahead of us. And no one is likely to take that news harder than the parents of young children.
Two weeks ago, many Islanders took to New York’s Fifth Avenue and Washington, D.C., to protest as part of the Women’s March.
Eight faucets in PS/IS 217, at 645 Main Street, were removed after a January 10 inspection revealed lead concentrations in water samples high enough to require City action. Island parents were notified via a letter from Department of Education Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth A. Rose on January 25. The letter said 100 faucets within the school had been tested for the metal.
In 2012, concerned with the impact Cornell Tech construction would have on the Island, a collection of 37 Island organizations came together to form the Roosevelt Island Community Coalition (RICC), a watchdog group focused on monitoring Cornell Tech’s construction plans, and advocating for Island interests. Ultimately, RICC drew up a list of community demands, many of which were included in Cornell Tech’s contract with NYC.