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RIOC and RIRA Meet on Back to Back Evenings Last Week

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“We all know about the Cherry Blossom Festival,” opened Marcus Book, an assistant director of government and community relations for the MTA at last night’s town hall also attended by our elected officials, including council member Ben Kallos, and representatives for Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator José Serrano, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright.

The meeting took place at Good Shepherd Chapel an...

April 1, 2019

Want to go inside our landmarked lighthouse? Make sure you vote for that project on the participatory budget ballot! Starting Sunday April 7, through Sunday April 15, vote on how to spend $1 million through Participatory Budgeting where anyone 11 years-old and older can vote at Councilmember Ben Kallos’ office (between April 7 and April 15), or online, between March 30 and April 7.

The one Island project on the ballot, $800,000, would support restorati...

February 15, 2019

“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” read a statement released by the online retail giant on Thursday, which also announced the abandonment of their search for a second headquarters at this time. The statement  went on to claim that 70% of New Yorkers were in favor of their move to Queens, though from the beginning, critics were angered t...

January 20, 2019

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for our elected representatives that has included important work on gun reform, expanding hate crimes to include transgendered people, and bringing New York into the forefront on reproductive rights. Our electeds consist of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Jose Serrano, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, and City Council Member Ben Kallos, all of whom represent Roosevelt Islanders in their various bodies.


November 16, 2018

One day after the official announcement of Long Island City as the future second headquarters of online retail giant Amazon, Councilmember Ben Kallos participated in a protest at the planned site of HQ2, on Wednesday. Kallos was among a chorus of voices expressing concerns about the impact of Amazon settling across the river from us on four million square feet of space. Many Long Island City community members attending the protest brandished Amazon pr...

September 23, 2018

Since 2013, New York City Council Member Ben Kallos has represented Roosevelt Island, along with the Upper East Side and the rest of the City's Fifth District. Recently, high-school student Mark Strong Shinozaki interviewed the 37-year-old council member about growing up on the Upper East Side, his decision to go into politics, and his hopes for the future of Roosevelt Island. 

The interview is part of an going Time Capsule project, sponsored by the Ch...

November 30, 2017

Good Shepherd Community Center was overflowing at Monday night’s Town Hall. The event was billed as a presentation on the past, present, and future of Island life and Cornell Tech’s impact on it. 

Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Congress Member Carolyn Maloney, New York State Senator Jose Serrano, and City Council Member Ben Kallos were all in attendance, as well as representatives from Cornell Tech. 

The evening’s discussion focused on initiatives b...

September 20, 2017

On an early Tuesday morning, minutes before daybreak, a small crowd of bleary-eyed Islanders craned their necks to get a better look at the pristine white boat steadily making its way toward the Island’s east side. On the deck, City Council Member Ben Kallos, flanked by a wall of news cameras, waited to welcome the Islanders onto the inaugural voyage of the new Astoria route of the NYC Ferry. 

Marianne Haugaard was one of the first people to reach the...

September 19, 2017

Principal Mandana Beckman, PTA President Erin Olavesen, members of the school staff and administration welcomed Council member Ben Kallos, Assembly member Rebecca Seawright, Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation's President Susan Rosenthal and a representative from Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney's office to celebrate The Child Center of NY's first day as Roosevelt Island's new Beacon provider.  ​

Kallos thanked principal Beckman for...

September 18, 2017

People first noticed the signs Saturday morning. As Island parents and children started their weekend routines of soccer games, dance classes, and produce shopping, they found printouts featuring a closeup of PS/IS 217 Principal Mandana Beckman overlaid with the words, “Beckman you have to go” taped to poles, trash cans, and signs along Main Street; some were under wipers of parked cars too. A few parents walked the Island looking for more, and tore t...

August 27, 2017

On August 5, in a sold-out free event, Cornell Tech held their Community Day to welcome Islanders to the newly opened campus.

Elected officials lined up to speak at a ceremony on the lawn, while Islanders sampled the catered breakfast, made crafts with kids, posed for a photo booth, and enjoyed the open space.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney praised the school’s “world-class architecture.” She said, “It’s truly breathtaking, what they accomplished… it exc...

August 27, 2017

The New York City Council serves a critical function. It works with the mayor to decide how to allocate more than $80 billion in the City budget each year. Council members also pass dozens of bills, shape major land-use proposals, and monitor City agencies to hold them accountable to the taxpaying public.

On September 12, Roosevelt Island’s City Council member, Ben Kallos, will face two challengers in the Democratic Primary election: community organize...

June 25, 2017

RIRA's planning committee says it will track the F train's dysfunction.

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