RIRA Wants Public Funds Freed

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The Common Council of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) passed a resolution Wednesday night in an effort to give the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) a workaround to bust loose frozen public-purpose monies.

Stroller Moms Lament: Tramway Elevators Down

Posted in Web Extras

RIOC announced on Friday that elevator service has returned to the Manhattan Tram station.  But on Thursday night at a RIOC Board meeting, members of the Roosevelt Island Parents Network (RIPN) lined up to condemn, plead, excoriate, impugn, and generally blame RIOC for the fact that elevator service had been down for an extended period.


New York State, under Governor Andrew Cuomo, is subsidizing a commercial real estate operation. The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, under Cuomo’s appointee Charlene Indelicato, is complicit. Perhaps unwittingly, the RIOC Board of Directors is also complicit.

The RIRA Column

It’s hard to believe, given the extreme temperatures and winter storms that our little Island has had to endure over the past couple of months, that, as you read this column, it will be the last day of February and only three weeks (specifically, 20 days and counting) until the first day of spring.

Coldest Winter

Posted in Volume 35, Issue 11 - February 28, 2015

The season’s extended periods of low temperatures have brought ice back to the river for the first time in many years. This was the view from a Tram cabin on Tuesday, just after a tug and tow cut a path.

Delays on Fix of Tram Elevators a Hardship for Many

Posted in Volume 35, Issue 11 - February 28, 2015

“Yesterday morning was a nightmare.” That’s a member of the Roosevelt Island Parents Network (RIPN), commenting on the absence of elevator service at the Manhattan Tram station, and the lack of help on the stairs there. The distress appeared to be widely shared.

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