You’d think the Island’s biggest news would be the upcoming construction work being done on the north end of the Island, or the fact that next week’s Cornell Tech Town Hall is the last before the campus opens, or Mayor DiBlasio’s update that the first of 20 new, citywide ferry boats is en route here from Alabama.
It’s easy to feel isolated when you live on an Island. Our unorthodox government structure only validates that. But Albany and Washington D.C. impact us, now more than ever. For one, we are in the process of nominating people for the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation board and we hope Albany pays attention.
Then there’s the current occupant of the White House. He has been very difficult to ignore.
National news impacts us lately in unwanted, unexpected, and new ways. It is unprecedented, and difficult to keep up with. With all of the leaks, hearings, press conferences, bills, bans, appointments, budget cuts, and tweets, it’s impossible to fully process each new story.
As distressing as everything coming out of the White House is, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said she received an astounding 1,025 applications for seats on community boards this term. I am proud to share that my younger brother was one of them.
Let this election serve as a reminder that all politics are local. In the face of adversity or a perceived threat, let’s stand united and ready to fight in the ways we can. Let’s allow this unity to continue to empower us, no matter who the next occupant of the White House is.