For those attending Wednesday night’s meeting of the Common Council of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) who came expecting fireworks or fearing further dysfunction, it didn’t happen.
“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.
The biggest show on the Island Wednesday night was a performance in the basement of the Good Shepherd Center.
“If you can get through it, it will make you stronger.” The it Joyce Keating refers to is personal tragedy, of which she has had an abundance. Joyce, a long-time Island resident, tells her tale in Denholm’s Wife, the book she published about the marriage between her sister, Susan, and Denholm Elliott, the noted British actor.
The WIRE sat down with self-described cantankerous, caustic, vituperative former Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) President Steve Marcus, in the warmest place in Rivercross, the Orange Wing couches, for a wide-ranging conversation on the growing pains and (ultimately hopeful) future of RIRA and the Island.
At the end, there were congratulations.
• The Youth Program Beacon is offering drum and piano lessons for 5th-to-9th-graders. See Coming Up continuing-events listing.
• Tax preparation help is available on Saturdays in March to individuals with adjusted gross incomes below $20,000 and families below $52,000 through the New York City Comptroller’s office. Appointments via 212‑669‑3916; see tinyurl.com/TaxPrepNYC for documentation required.
If you ride the Tram, you should thank John Sheehan.
While president of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) for one term in 1980-81, he led two fights to save the Tram. Now, this Island pioneer and his wife, Marge, enjoy a (somewhat warmer) Hawaiian winter while recounting those days via FaceTime.