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Islanders Enjoy Fall for the Arts Festival

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Re-Introducing RIOC is a new way for RIOC to inform residents and stakeholders about the many new people who have come to work on the island in the past several years.

In a recent interview, Kevin Brown, the Acting Director of the Public Safety Department (PSD), took some time to answer a few questions about his life and his career.

Erica Spencer-EL: You were working with Jack (Former PSD Chief Jack McManus) for almost three years and most people in the...

June 28, 2019

Public Safety Chief Jack McManus, who has served as Chief of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation’s (RIOC) Public Safety Department (PSD) since June of 2013, will officially retire on June 30. His deputy, Kevin Brown, will serve as Acting Chief until a permanent replacement is announced. 

The first lovefest between outgoing Chief Jack McManus and the Island community took place last Tuesday, after the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation Board...

May 30, 2019

On Thursday, May 23rd, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) held a Town Hall with representatives from NYC Emergency Management (NYCEM), the NYPD, and Figment to review preparations and take questions from the public regarding the

upcoming Figment NYC festival, to be held June 1-2 on Roosevelt Island.

Leading up to the Town Hall, RIOC met at NYCEM headquarters with Commissioner Esposito and representatives of NYPD, NYCEM, FDNY, MTA, DO...

May 24, 2019

A Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation Town Meeting was held yesterday to discuss safety and preparations for Figment NYC, the participatory arts event that will be held on June 1 and June 2 at various locations on Roosevelt Island. Residents, who lined the chapel’s center aisle with questions after presentations from RIOC’s Susan Rosenthal and Mary Cuneen and the Public Safety Department’s Chief Jack McManus and Deputy Kevin Brown, mostly offered n...

May 14, 2019

After this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival brought tens of thousands of visitors to the Island – some estimates have the number at as much as 50,000 – the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) announced that they are joining forces with other city and state agencies to formulate a plan for the participatory arts festival FIGMENT, scheduled for June 1 and 2 at Lighthouse Park. RIOC President Susan Rosenthal is calling their plan a “test case” fo...

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...

April 28, 2019

New retail tenant Pupculture are bad neighbors! They do not care about us, the residents, and certainly don’t care about our sleep or comfort. They do construction at night. Why cause so much noise in a residential building at 10pm on a Sunday evening?

I don’t even live right above them, but on the third floor. Even with two televisions on, we are still able to hear machine noise that is extremely loud and sounds like a jackhammer. Not only were we una...

April 21, 2019

What will Roosevelt Island be like for Figment NYC this year?  

This glorious event, held in the past on the non-resident Governor's Island, is being held for the first time ever this year on Roosevelt Island. 

In trying to look on the bright side, the only positivity I can find is that maybe... just maybe the Woodstock of Roosevelt Island's 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival happened to serve as a wake-up call to alert RIOC and The Powers That...

April 21, 2019

On Saturday, April 13th, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) presented their annual Cherry Blossom Festival, partnering with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) and FDR Four Freedoms State Park. While the event was highly successful, with great weather, fabulous entertainment, Japanese culture, and of course the beautiful cherry blossom trees, the island experienced overcrowding in its transportation hubs, at the Tramway, S...

April 7, 2019

When I was in high school in Brooklyn back in the 1980’s, I remember a joke told by a classmate: How can you tell the difference between New Yorkers and tourists? Answer: The tourists are all looking up at the skyscrapers, and the New Yorkers are all looking down at the dog poop.

Had I been growing up on Roosevelt Island, that joke would not have been so relevant, since, until about ten years ago, Roosevelt Island had a bylaw forbidding dogs from eve...

February 4, 2019

Community policing, a strategy of policing that focuses on building ties and working closely with members of the community, has been the practice of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation’s Public Safety Department for over five years now and has evolved over time, explained Jeff Laszcyzch, at the most recent Roosevelt Island Residents Association Public Safety Committee meeting.

Laszcyzch, a nine-year veteran of the department, started his tenure...

December 24, 2018

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation announced that, Public Safety Department Chief Jack McManus, is taking time off to deal with health-related issues. In the interim, Deputy Chief Kevin Brown will assume McManus’ responsibilities. 

Brown, with the microphone, and McManus, to the left address celebrants at the RIOC Tree Lighting earlier this month

Just the Facts with Chief Mac

The holiday season is always a special time. It is also a tim...

December 10, 2018

It’s a brisk December morning and I am doing something out of character – taking an early morning walk to the dog park. Walking up from the ferry landing with the rising sun splashing onto the eastern bank of the Island and casting geometric shadows from the temporary fencing, I see a blond woman in a beige coat playing catch with a little brown, black and white dog. She tosses a green tennis ball toward the pet who is leaping and running excitedly to...

October 24, 2018

A 32-year old man was robbed of his wallet and money by four unidentified males at gunpoint early this morning in a 540 Main Street, fourth floor hallway, Public Safety Officials confirmed.

The victim was not injured, PSD officials said.

The incident was first reported at 12:53am. New York Police Department (NYPD) detectives are now working with PSD to investigate and are seeking surveillance video that may have captured the incident, or the suspects fl...

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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