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After a summer hiatus, both the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, and the Roosevelt Island Residents Association held their first meetings last week. RIOC’s was rife with updates on the tram elevator, coming, Blackwell House, opening soon, and the soccer field, scheduled to open later this month.

RIOC welcomed familiar face, Gretchen Robinson, back to RIOC as General Counel and Vice President, a role most recently held by Jacqueline Flug. Robinso...

September 2, 2019

Happy Labor Day, Roosevelt Island! It’s been another summer of change on Roosevelt Island, and at The WIRE

You didn’t hear much from us this summer because it’s been a tumultuous summer for me personally, culiminating with my family’s very Roosevelt Island international move off Roosevelt Island. My husband, three children and I are moving to London for a few years.

The WIRE will still be around and we are in the process of building our new team. 


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...

A large number of Roosevelt Island residents turned out for the 19th Annual Blood

Drive, held on Saturday, June 8, as part of Roosevelt Island Day activities.

The New York Blood Center reported that there were 39 people who made whole blood donations and two other people made Alyx donations, meaning twice as many red cells were donated. This made a total of 43 donations.

As a result, more than 125 lives will be positively affected by our blood...

June 14, 2019

Our community has just experienced the best outcome of representative government.

After the highly successful programming of the Cherry Blossom Festival, and the unanticipated issues of overcrowding and transportation, residents, in true Roosevelt Island tradition, did not sit back and suffer these problems in silence.

The good news, beyond the fact that there were no injuries or police incidents during the Cherry Blossom Festival, is that our conc...

May 22, 2019

Janine Schaefer, a volunteer on the Roosevelt Island Residents Association’s (RIRA) Social, Cultural & Events committee is the chair of this year's Blood Drive, that takes place on Roosevelt Island Day, June 8.

The Blood Drive was started by  former RIRA President, Matthew Katz, in the deep winter of 2002, just after – and in response to – the 9/11 attacks. The next year the organizers tied the drive to Roosevelt Island Day, in line with that day’s the...

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

The Cherry Blossom Festival on April 13, 2019 was a most memorable day for the following


  1. The fantastic performances: everything from the Japanese Cultural Fair at GalleryRIVAA to the Tea Ceremonies at South Point Park, to the performances at FourFreedoms Park. The visitors were dazzled by the performers and we received endless positive feedback. The Cherry Blossom Festival Committee is very grateful to the neighbors, musicians, dancers and...

April 16, 2019

RIOC is lowering the proposed fence around the Octagon Field from ten feet to three and a half feet and they have decided to no longer fence the eastern side of the field. As to the permitting piece, well that’s not so simple; “We have very little open space on this Island, unfortunately,” expressed new Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation hire Jonna Carmona-Graf about her effort to accomodate all users of our fields, including for-profit off-Island...

The Cherry Blossom Festival, organized by The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA), will be held on Saturday, April 13. SAVE THE DATE for a memorable afternoon.

Once again, as we celebrate the magnificent cherry trees in bloom on the Island and the breadth of Japanese culture in New York City, RIRA is pleased to sponsor the Annual Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival, in cooperation with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) an...

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...

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


January 3, 2019

I understand that RIOC has opted to ignore the recommendations approved by the Roosevelt Island community for the distribution of Public Purpose Funds. Specifically, RIOC has authorized giving additional funding to Carter-Burden, a non-resident organization.

Of course, that is RIOC’s privilege and right – the funds are theirs to distribute even though they were generated entirely from the Roosevelt Island community.

Dave Evans, RIRA Pubic Purpose Fund...

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 30, 2018

I want to introduce you to RIRA’s Children, Youth and Education Ad Hoc committee (CY&E). Though we formed just last term, we've already accomplished a lot. You have probably attended one of our events, or read our Time Capsule interviews published in The WIRE. As our population continues to grow, this committee continues to be a voice for our younger and smaller constituents and their families.

Finding Leadership Opportunities 

The CY&E A...

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