Articles Tagged ‘Representation & Governance’

ACA Repeal Creates More Uncertainty

For Island internist, Jack Resnick, the repeal of the ACA could spell the end of the Independence at Home Act (IHA), legislation that greatly expanded the scope of in-home services for Medicare beneficiaries.

Brewer Gives State of the Borough

Community leaders and borough residents gathered in the New School’s Tischman Auditorium on Sunday, January 31, to hear Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer give her second annual State of the Borough address and community conversation.

Cuts to Federal Spending Unlikely to Impact Island Meals on Wheels

In his preliminary 2018 federal budget, released to Congress last week, President Trump proposed deep cuts to non-defense discretionary programs, including programs that support Meals on Wheels, a national program that delivers food to homebound individuals – many elderly – who are unable to purchase or prepare their own meals.

Date Set for RIOC Board Nominations

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.

Democracy Dead on RI in Long Wait for a Voice in Governance

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).

Doctors Warn of Impact of Health Care Changes

The repeal of the Affordable Care Act could have a profound effect upon many of Roosevelt Island’s residents, particularly those receiving treatment at Coler, the Island’s post-acute care center, as well as thousands of Island Medicaid recipients, according to John Jurenko, vice president of intergovernmental relations and planning at NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest public health-care system in the nation.

Electeds Trying to Rescue the Public Purpose Fund

Roosevelt Island’s elected officials have written to the director of the New York State Authorities Budget Office (ABO) seeking a reversal of a decision that abolishes the community’s Public Purpose Fund.

Island Kids Is Sandbagged By a State Ruling, Goes Online in Search of Funds

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.

Island Observer: Opportunity Knocks for Seat on the RIOC Board

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!

Island Role in Plan on Climate Change

By Evangelina Cifliganec

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s environmental and clean power plan for New York is due in September 2016, and it will affect Roosevelt Island.

Islander Invited to Women’s Rally as Seawright’s Guest

Islander Joyce Short was welcomed as a special guest of Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright at the January 30 New York State Family Planning Advocates’ Day of Action, in recognition of her work as an advocate for women’s issues.

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