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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...

July 2, 2018

It was a special occasion for a special woman. Island resident, Mary Eileen Fitzgerald, age 95, clad in a salmon-colored suit, was honored by New York State Senator Jose Serrano with a 2018 Woman of Distinction Award on Wednesday, June 27. One woman in each senatorial district is annually selected for this honor by each of the 63 members of the senate. A Rivercross resident since 1977, Fitzgerald exemplifies the Protect and Serve motto of police...

February 8, 2018

Two new stop signs were installed near the fire station on Main Street. As they are quite important areas, with pedestrian traffic that deserves a stop sign, it would be a good idea to formalize the locations with permanent signs on both sides of the road.

January 22, 2018

A well deserved salute to the three Public Safety officers who, despite the weather, passionately direct traffic, not only during the morning rush, but in the afternoon as well. These few officers should receive a special accommodation for their loyalty and dedication.

December 20, 2017

For those of you who couldn’t make the 5:30 p.m. Board meeting of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (because, um, jobs), here’s what you need to know:

1. The Tram: Good news...mostly

As of Monday, both Tram cars are running! That’s a huge relief for Islanders who have seen hour-long lines at times while RIOC repaired and waterproofed the platforms on both sides. However, the repairs aren’t entirely done. The Tram will need to be reduced to one...

December 18, 2017

“I almost got hit there once,” says 10-year-old Izabell Bokestad. “I was standing at the end of the Octagon’s sidewalk, about to cross to the path between the tennis courts and softball field. That’s when I saw a car driving really fast.”

The Octagon resident is describing a sharp turn inside the Octagon’s parking lot – though it may be more accurate to call it Octagon Road. In addition to its two dozen short-term parking spaces, the area is the only v...

December 3, 2017

Only on Roosevelt Island is it this easy to be reunited with a lost wallet.

October 30, 2017

When someone stole her son's bike, an Islander found a needed ally in the RIOC Public Safety Department.

October 13, 2017

When a terrified call reporting an act of public lewdness somehow got translated into a request for an escort, one Roosevelt Landings resident says it's time to question the Public Safety Department's numbers.

October 5, 2017

An act of public lewdness exposes deep problems in the Public Safety Department and raises the question of who is providing oversight.

September 18, 2017

People first noticed the signs Saturday morning. As Island parents and children started their weekend routines of soccer games, dance classes, and produce shopping, they found printouts featuring a closeup of PS/IS 217 Principal Mandana Beckman overlaid with the words, “Beckman you have to go” taped to poles, trash cans, and signs along Main Street; some were under wipers of parked cars too. A few parents walked the Island looking for more, and tore t...

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...

March 26, 2017

Community policing isn’t just a buzzword thrown around by the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department (PSD). According to Chief Jack McManus and Deputy Kevin Brown, it’s an aspiration the department is trying to live up to – and it starts with training. 

In a presentation to the Roosevelt Island Residents Association’s Public Safety Committee Tuesday, McManus and Brown outlined newly revamped training efforts that are being put in place at all levels...

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