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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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...

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...

March 10, 2018

On Sunday, February 18, RIRA member Joyce Short held a public protest with about 10 people. The small action alleged a Public Safety Department (PSD) cover-up of a pattern of public lewdness, including public masturbation, as well as deficiencies in PSD handling of one specific case that occurred in 2017. There have been up to five such reported cases over the past year that have been reviewed by PSD leadership and discussed with the RIRA Public Safet...

September 20, 2017

Friends and neighbors, with the change of the season to fall, your Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council has returned in earnest from its summer hiatus. And just as the seasons have changed, so too has life on our ship in the East River.

Transportation Woes

For many Island residents, it is still hard to believe that ferry service to and from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan and Queens is up and running. Be sure to download the NYC Ferry app...

June 24, 2017

In response to community complaints about the open use of marijuana on the Island, and in the wake of a January 12 assault by an off-Islander who was accused of smoking pot near a playground, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) voted in February in favor of placing anti-pot signage around the Island. A couple of weeks ago, the signs finally went up. 

Within days, they were vandalized.

Signs posted near the Manhattan Park playground were va...

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