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August 30, 2018

The 114th Precinct's Osvaldo Nuñez holds informational meeting Manhattan Park’s Theatre Club 

On Monday evening, the New York Police Department's 114th Precinct Commander, Deputy Inspector Osvaldo "Ozzie" Nuñez addressed Islanders at Manhattan Park’s Theatre Club about the recent shooting, and our crime statistics. He also offered tips for Islanders to stay safe.

The Shooting

According to Nuñez, three apartments were hit by gunshot, a...

August 23, 2018

The Public Safety Department is asking for Islanders' help in identifying a male and female walking southbound on the western promenade early Saturday morning, August 18 after shots were fired across the river. They believe they could be possible witnesses to the shooting.

Two days ago, the New York Post reported that shots were fired into One East River Place, at 525 E. 72nd St., a 50-story rental building between East 72nd and 73rd streets. Overnight...

In 2013, Jack McManus, a lifelong New Yorker and former executive officer at the NYPD, took over as director of the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department. At the time, the department was in a state of upheaval following the sudden resignation of the previous director and community-wide protests objecting to the department’s aggressive policing tactics.  

Last month, Francine Elisaia and Mark Strong Shinozaki, 16-year-old Island residents, spok...

March 10, 2018

On Sunday, February 18, RIRA member Joyce Short held a public protest with about 10 people. The small action alleged a Public Safety Department (PSD) cover-up of a pattern of public lewdness, including public masturbation, as well as deficiencies in PSD handling of one specific case that occurred in 2017. There have been up to five such reported cases over the past year that have been reviewed by PSD leadership and discussed with the RIRA Public Safet...

March 9, 2018

Next week is the #Enough walkout. On March 14 at 10:00 a.m., across the country, students and parents and, where possible, teachers and administrators will walk out for 17 minutes – one for each Parkland victim – of silent protest. We will be protesting lax gun laws, protesting a system that privileges a right to bear arms over a child’s right to live, a system that privileges money over the common good. Children and youth and adults alike are invited...

February 18, 2018

Everyone who believes “sex crimes in progress” should ignite an immediate, swift response from Public Safety (PSD), mark this event on your calendar: Sunday Feb 18, 2:30 p.m., at 510 Main Street. You’re invited to help demonstrate how long their response should actually take.

December 5, 2017

The Bronx District Attorney’s office has announced [read the press release] that it is closing its investigation into Father Peter Miqueli, a Catholic priest who served on Roosevelt Island from 2001 to 2012 and who was accused of stealing more than $1 million from his parishes. Former parishioners, however, say they won’t give up and will continue to push for investigations into the priest’s actions by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, in whos...

November 11, 2017

The New York Police Department’s 114th Precinct has apprehended a suspect they believe was responsible for three recent burglaries in Westview, confirmed crime prevention officer Gabriel Tovar at last week’s Roosevelt Island Residents’ Association meeting.

“To put things in perspective, there were three burglaries and they were all committed by the same person, and we’ve made an arrest.” According to Tovar, the suspect is a parolee, who is now incarcer...

October 30, 2017

When someone stole her son's bike, an Islander found a needed ally in the RIOC Public Safety Department.

October 13, 2017

When a terrified call reporting an act of public lewdness somehow got translated into a request for an escort, one Roosevelt Landings resident says it's time to question the Public Safety Department's numbers.

October 5, 2017

An act of public lewdness exposes deep problems in the Public Safety Department and raises the question of who is providing oversight.

August 26, 2017

The board of the Roosevelt Island Senior Association (RISA) has found itself on the defensive following a guilty plea to larceny charges by its former program director, Rema Townsend, who admitted stealing money from the non-profit’s coffers. One of the most vocal critics has been Michael Shinozaki of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) Board. At the board’s August meeting, he brought a motion to withhold Public Purpose funds previously...

July 31, 2017

RIRA's anti-smoking signs were part of a well-intentioned education campaign to keep youth out of trouble, not an attack on Black Lives.

July 31, 2017

Anyone could have told RIRA that signs with pot leaves wouldn't stop drug use. Instead of giving them something to mock, make them want to leave.

June 25, 2017

Thursday evening’s Town Hall Meeting was hosted by the Island’s elected representatives, and was billed as an opportunity for Islanders to speak up and get answers. Islanders did show up – Good Shepherd was packed – but they were surprisingly quiet.

Questions were written down, and passed to the front. They were primarily anonymous. Council member Ben Kallos answered most of them, but called upon the appropriate representative when there was someone be...

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