Halloween Fundraisers: Don a Costume for a Cause

Local Parents Band Together to Protest New Dog Park Site

Main Street Block Party a Fall Hit

Octagon Field Renamed McManus, Tensions Remain

Islanders Enjoy Fall for the Arts Festival

RIOC and RIRA Meet on Back to Back Evenings Last Week

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October 29, 2018

Paula Beltrone

My name is Paula Beltrone. I have been living in Manhattan Park for seven years and I am totally in love with our delightful Island. I've been involved in several community projects: three years on the planning committee of the Roosevelt Island Relay For Life, former Board member of the Wildlife Freedom Foundation, and currently on the Pay-It-Forward committee of RIRA.

In the 43 years before retirement I held many different administrativ...

October 25, 2018

Lynne Strong-Shinozaki, Manhattan Park - PRESIDENT 

  • My name is Lynne Strong-Shinozaki. I am running for President of the Roosevelt Island Residents’ Association and I need your vote on November 6th.

  • I have served on RIRA for over 25 years. I am currently the Vice President.

  • I have chaired the Social, Cultural & Education Committee.

  • I have worked with amazing people and initiated some of our annual community activities including...

October 25, 2018

F. Scott Piro

I joined RIRA with two main goals: to improve pedestrian safety among the Island’s less regulated northern roadways and improve the quality of our Island’s dog parks. Achievements directly related to my efforts include vehicle speed monitoring signs on northern Main Street and East Loop Road, benches and “Rules of the Dog Run” signs installed in both dog parks - and an accelerated timetable for the construction of an all-new dog run insid...

October 25, 2018

Sally Ashe

My name is Sally Ashe. I am a new resident of the Island having moved from the United Kingdom into 465 Main Street recently. I would like to become involved in the Island community. I am a research technician by trade but I was also politically active in the UK. I was chair of our local Liberal Democrat Party and as such stood as Borough Council candidate for the Liberal Democrats in May this year. I was also prospective parliamentary candid...

October 17, 2018

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) is a community organization whose

members are volunteers (not paid) and elected by Roosevelt Island residents.

RIRA’s mission is to promote and defend the interests of the residents for a better

quality of life on Roosevelt Island. RIRA advocates for the community and organizes seasonal events.

The next election of RIRA officers and representatives is on Tuesday, November 6, the same day as the general ele...

June 3, 2018

It seems like only yesterday that we were pining for the warmth of the spring sun as the grip of winter continued its hold on our little ship in the East River. We braved the snowy, wet, and cold conditions well into April. 

Now, as our short spring of cool nights and perfect days has begun to wane, it is only natural that our minds wander to the days of active air conditioners, family dinners around the picnic table, and our Island children playing al...

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...

February 19, 2017

Do you want to sit on the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation Board? 

RIRA is hosting an election, scheduled for April, to create a list of Island nominees to be considered by Governor Cuomo, and by Mayor de Blasio who is tasked with suggesting two appointments to the governor. 

All seven of the non-ex-officio RIOC board seats are currently expired, and two are actually empty. (Longtime Island pediatrician Dr. Katherine Grimm recently resigned from t...

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