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January 20, 2019

Following Scott Piro’s resignation as secretary, I want to ensure we remember our responsibility to all RIRA members - the Roosevelt Island community - and what we are here to do for them.

As such, at January meeting, the Council addressed three things:

  1. How we want to move forward

  2. How we want to treat each other and our community

  3. What next steps we need to take to help us focus on our community needs

Lynne Shinozaki, RIRA President


December 1, 2018

After serving as a council member for Manhattan Park for close to 30 years, newly minted RIRA president Lynne Shinozaki never expected to run for the highest office.

“It wasn’t something I really wanted,” says the longtime community activist. “I’ve been volunteering in the background, I’m definitely a roll-up-your-sleeves kind of person, but I am not typically the face of something. I don’t like being in the front, but I had some people say, ‘You have...

November 9, 2018

After a champagne toast, long-time community activist and Manhattan Park resident Lynne Shinozaki chaired her first Roosevelt Island Residents Association as president last night. Westview resident David Lawson, winning the only contested seat in the election, is the organization’s new vice president.

Lynne Shinozaki

The sole candidate for RIRA President, Shinozaki won 1237 votes. The self-described “activist, organizer, philanthropist, volunteer, wife,...

October 4, 2018

RIRA is absolutely not doing much of anything for the residents. There’s never any response from RIRA President Jeff Escobar nor any published way of easily contacting the members. At their meetings we are given a time limit to talk at the beginning of the meeting, without ever finding out if the concern made it on to the agenda. We have no way of contacting them to get a concern onto the agenda. Further, we don’t all know the names and contact info f...

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