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“I’m not going to stand for the yelling,” he said.
Jeff Escobar, thrust into the presidency of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) by Ellen Polivy’s resignation early last month, is facing the need to reconstruct an organization whose Common Council has been beset by rancor, distractions, and disarray.
Beginning January 18, all Island residents will have the opportunity to tell their representatives what they really think about life on the Island.
RIRA is hosting an election, scheduled for April, to create a list of Island nominees to be considered by Governor Cuomo, and by Mayor de Blasio who is tasked with suggesting two appointments to the governor.
It’s no secret that the lack of democratic process at the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) has been at the forefront of concern for many long-time Island residents, and a matter of chronic reconsideration for the Roosevelt Island Resident Association (RIRA).
The RIRA Public Safety Committee’s proposed resolution to ban bike, scooter, and wheelchair access from the helix has garnered a strong response from all corners of the Island.
The Common Council of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) has dropped, at least for now, consideration of whether to expel Island House representative Frank Farance from the Council. By a 15 to 14 vote, the item was deleted from the Council’s agenda at the start of last week’s meeting.
Facing possible expulsion from the RIRA Common Council, Frank Farance has issued a 14-page defense. The Council will meet at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, to hear from Farance and, presumably, to vote on the proposed expulsion (see RIRA Column, page 2).
Sandbagged By NYS Ruling, Island Kids Goes Online in Search for Funds
Historical Society and Other Non-Profits Also Hit
A sudden decision by the New York State Authorities Budget Office (ABO) is generating dire consequences for Roosevelt Island non-profit organizations that provide vital services to residents – especially children.
The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) is seeking nominees interested in running to fill the expired spots on the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) Board of Directors. How many seats need filling? All of them. Yup, all seven spots! Five seats are awarded by Governor Cuomo, and two are awarded by Mayor de Blasio. All are currently occupied by folks whose appointments have long expired!
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 Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance and the PS/IS 217 Parent Teacher Association are poised to become the two biggest recipients of public-purpose money from the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation this year – assuming the RooseveltIsland Operating Corporation (RIOC) accepts the recommendations from the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA).
Following a July incident in which a cyclist was injured when he was struck from behind by a passing car while riding up the Island’s helix ramp, both the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) have considered ways to make Island access and egress safe for cyclists, resulting in a lot of back and forth, inaction, and ultimately a “soft ban” on bicycles from the helix.
History was made on Roosevelt Island on election day; a record 1,438 ballots were cast for the Roosevelt Island Resident Association (RIRA) Common Council election.
During the RIRA election campaign of 2014, The WIRE interviewed seven former RIRA presidents:John Sheehan (1980-81), Francoise Richards (1987-89), Patrick Stewart (2000-02), David Kraut (1992-94), Nellie Negrin Finnegan (1982-1984), Matthew Katz (2002-04, 2006-12), and Steve Marcus (2004-06).
RIOC Wants the Island’s Catholics to pay advance rent – three months’ worth – for use of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd.
RIOC wants the Island’s Catholics to pay advance rent – three months’ worth – for advance scheduling of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd.
In response to community complaints about the open use of marijuana on the Island, and in the wake of a January 12 assault, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association, known as RIRA, has approved new anti-marijuana signs, which are to be placed around the Island.
“On Roosevelt Island We see the future,” wrote an Island child as part of the On RI WE campaign, an initiative chaired by Leila Vujosevic on behalf of the Roosevelt Island Residents’ Association (RIRA) Social, Cultural & Education Committee.