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October 8, 2019

Last week, over a year after its abrupt closure last August, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) re-opened Octagon Field and re-naming it Jack McManus Field in honor of the recently retired Chief of the Island’s Public Safety Department (PSD).

Former chief, Jack McManus, second from left on the field bearing his name, and new chief, Kevin Brown, far right

“We decided to name the field after Jack for two reasons,” explained Susan Rosenthal,...

May 10, 2019

Hello. This is Jack McManus from your Public Safety Department (PSD). Some of you may know that I was diagnosed with a serious World Trade Center related illness approximately five months ago. Due to ongoing treatments, side effects from the treatments, and a lot of doctor appointments, I have been forced to make adjustments to my work schedule. Most weeks I am on the Island and in my office on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Recently, my physician informed me t...

September 23, 2018

Concerned about what to do in an emergency on Roosevelt Island? According to Chief Charles Lamberta of the FDNY’s 45th battalion, located in Long Island City, Queens, the answer is almost always to shelter-in-place – just stay home. “We focus on getting resources to the Island, not evacuating the Island,” he said.

Lamberta was one of seven panelists who spoke Thursday evening at an emergency preparedness forum held at Good Shepherd Community Center. Th...

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