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October 21, 2018

In 2014, Rebecca Seawright became the first female to be elected to the State's 76th Assembly district, which includes Roosevelt Island. In the years since, she has fought to pass an Equal Rights Amendment billmarched with Islanders, honored residents as Women of Distinction, and worked behind the scenes on many Island issues. She is up for election again on November 6.

As part of the ongoing Roosevelt Island Time Capsule project, Island teen Fr...

September 23, 2018

Since 2013, New York City Council Member Ben Kallos has represented Roosevelt Island, along with the Upper East Side and the rest of the City's Fifth District. Recently, high-school student Mark Strong Shinozaki interviewed the 37-year-old council member about growing up on the Upper East Side, his decision to go into politics, and his hopes for the future of Roosevelt Island. 

The interview is part of an going Time Capsule project, sponsored by the Ch...

March 24, 2018

​​On March 13, as Women’s History Month neared the midpoint, the New York State Assembly passed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) bill to guarantee equal rights for women in New York State’s Constitution. The bill was sponsored by our assembly member, Rebecca Seawright. 

An ERA, even in a liberal state like New York, is necessary. It would make equal rights for women a part of our constitution, and ensure that policies can not be made that discriminate...

February 3, 2018

About 20 Islanders joined Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright for the January 20 Women’s March in New York City.

Protesters packed Central Park West from Columbus Circle to 86th St. while speakers rallied the crowd, calling for gender, racial, sexual, and ethnic rights and equality, DACA, and more. After an hour of songs, cheers, and applause, a few hundred thousand New Yorkers marched down Sixth Ave., accompanied by a band of all-female drummers and dan...

October 31, 2017

As the first woman ever elected to represent the 76th Assembly District, I believe it is crucial that we commemorate this monumental period that we are in – a hundred years since women first gained the right to vote in New York. At this uncertain time in our country for women’s rights, immigration policy, education, and health care, we must be reminded that we live in a state that has been a national leader in paving the way in shaping federal policy....

October 30, 2017

Sad about last year's presidential election results, 10-year-old Lily Kalb wrote a good-bye letter to President Barack Obama. And he wrote back.

September 20, 2017

If the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) gets its way, Roosevelt Island will receive over $23.9 million from New York State this coming year to help with long overdue capital expenses. 

 The money is the result of a 2013 agreement between RIOC and the State in exchange for handing over the land that the Loop Road, which rings Cornell’s development, sits on. The deal, outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), stated that the State wou...

August 27, 2017

On August 5, in a sold-out free event, Cornell Tech held their Community Day to welcome Islanders to the newly opened campus.

Elected officials lined up to speak at a ceremony on the lawn, while Islanders sampled the catered breakfast, made crafts with kids, posed for a photo booth, and enjoyed the open space.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney praised the school’s “world-class architecture.” She said, “It’s truly breathtaking, what they accomplished… it exc...

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...

May 28, 2017

In the April 29 issue of The Wire, Margie Smith, the chair of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation’s Governance Committee, is quoted as saying, “Here [on the Island], we don’t have the same kind of representation as people in New York City who have elected their officials.” It seems that, despite her best efforts, bringing representation to RIOC is still a reverie.

On May 16, the routine RIOC Governance Committee meeting became stranger than fict...

May 14, 2017

In voting to strip vote tallies from the referendum letter to the Governor and failing to set future referendum standards, RIRA is turning its back on one of its most important roles.

April 30, 2017

After seven years of service on the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation Board of Directors – and 38 years on the Island – Margie Smith still speaks with a certain idealistic optimism when she talks about Roosevelt Island and its potential.   

Like many of her colleagues on the Board, she doesn’t often speak to local media. But at committee and Board meetings, she is vocal, down-to-earth, and firm. She is driven by what she believes is possible....

April 30, 2017

The Island has spoken – though perhaps not as much of it as election organizers had hoped.  

Last week, 951 Islanders voted in an election to recommend members for the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) Board of Directors, the Island’s governing body. Island House resident Lydia Tang won the most votes at 558. However, because all of the Board seats have expired, all seven nominees could end up on the list of Island recommendations expected...

April 29, 2017

On Thursday, May 4, I will be giving a talk on the New York Health Act, arguably one of the most significant pieces of legislation to ever hit New York, at 7:30 p.m. at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center. This legislation would improve our health and our finances. Its success would be an example for the rest of the country.  

If passed into law, the New York Health Act is poised to give every New Yorker, regardless of their employment status, immigrati...

April 29, 2017

One of the reasons RIOC board member Margie Smith expressed for not running in this election was the feeling that she isn’t getting enough accomplished. This obligation to “get things done” does not fall on her shoulders alone. It belongs to all of us who have ideas to make our community better. 

There are matters that concern all of us, and solutions that could benefit all of us – ones we express in our safe spaces, on Facebook, in comments on the Roo...

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