Island protesters took part in the January 21 Women’s March in New York City
Island protesters took part in the January 21 Women’s March in New York City
Photo: Linda Heimer

RIOC Withdraws Youth Center Bids

Written by Briana Warsing. Posted in Volume 37, Issue 10 - February 4, 2017

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) abruptly cancelled its months-long search for an operator of the Island Youth Center on January 27, following a week-long campaign by the Roosevelt Island Youth Program (RIYP) to garner support for their organization and shortly after the distribution of an inflammatory letter by RIYP-supporter Frank Farance accusing a competing organization of wrongdoing. The announcement came just days after RIOC had announced that two of the applicants had tied in the scoring of the proposals.

Islanders Voice Policing Concerns

Written by Briana Warsing. Posted in Volume 37, Issue 10 - February 4, 2017

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.

Letters: Women's March

Written by Sheila Berger Chazin, Lorraine Altman, Josina Baez, Joan Brooks, Judy Connorton, Jennifer Dunning, Janet Falk, Vicki Feinmel, Georganna Galateau, Linda Heimer, Jay Jacobson, Barbara Kommatas, Susan Lees, Karen Mann, Jane Margaretten-Ohring, Rita Meed, Bar. Posted in Volume 37, Issue 10 - February 4, 2017

The Women’s March on January 21 was an exhilarating and hopeful experience for a contingent of 150 Roosevelt Islanders who attended in New York, and millions of others.

The RIRA Column - Community Policing

RIRA's response to the events of January 12

curated by Sara Maher

I know we still have a few days before that groundhog searches for his shadow, but based on the last few days of warm weather, I’m going to assume he won’t see it. Jump-start your fling with spring by getting out and about.

Eight Faucets at PS/IS 217 Exceeded Lead Limits

Written by Briana Warsing. Posted in Volume 37, Issue 10 - February 4, 2017

Eight faucets in PS/IS 217, at 645 Main Street, were removed after a January 10 inspection revealed lead concentrations in water samples high enough to require City action. Island parents were notified via a letter from Department of Education Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth A. Rose on January 25. The letter said 100 faucets within the school had been tested for the metal.

Cornell Watchdog Group Enters Phase Two

Written by Briana Warsing. Posted in Volume 37, Issue 10 - February 4, 2017

In 2012, concerned with the impact Cornell Tech construction would have on the Island, a collection of 37 Island organizations came together to form the Roosevelt Island Community Coalition (RICC), a watchdog group focused on monitoring Cornell Tech’s construction plans, and advocating for Island interests. Ultimately, RICC drew up a list of community demands, many of which were included in Cornell Tech’s contract with NYC.

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