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“We all know about the Cherry Blossom Festival,” opened Marcus Book, an assistant director of government and community relations for the MTA at last night’s town hall also attended by our elected officials, including council member Ben Kallos, and representatives for Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator José Serrano, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright.

The meeting took place at Good Shepherd Chapel an...

May 6, 2019

Rebecca Graham, legislative counsel for Assembly member Rebecca Seawright, announced at the May Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) meeting that her office is working alongside Senator Serrano’s office to supply a list of names to the mayor and governor to fill the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) board.

Currently, all of the public RIOC board members have expired terms. Though the law states the board must have nine members, cur...

March 4, 2019

Five Island women, J. Khadijah Abdurahman, Jennilie Brewster, Rossana Ceruzzi, Julia Ferguson, Jovemay Santos will be honored by Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright on March 7, as part of the Fifth Annual Women of Distinction Awards. 

"Celebrating Women's History Month is not just about the women that came before us; it is about the women today who are change-makers, influencers, and inspire us to resist and keep up the fight. We are better for t...

January 20, 2019

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for our elected representatives that has included important work on gun reform, expanding hate crimes to include transgendered people, and bringing New York into the forefront on reproductive rights. Our electeds consist of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Jose Serrano, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, and City Council Member Ben Kallos, all of whom represent Roosevelt Islanders in their various bodies.

Co...

July 19, 2018

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation has scheduled a special Board meeting for Monday, July 23, to vote on an amendment to the Westview ground lease. This means that years of negotiation regarding Westview's exit from the Mitchell-Lama affordable housing program could finally be coming to a close.


The ground lease negotiation has been one of several issues holding up the building's privatization process. Its potential resolut...

March 10, 2018

Four Island women, Lisa Fernandez, Nikki Leopold, Marie Luarca-Reyes, and Sharon Williams were be honored by Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright on March 8, as part of the Fourth Annual Women of Distinction Awards. 

“In March, during Women’s History Month, we have chosen to recognize the women of today who are speaking up, inspiring others and working hard to put our community on a better path,” said Seawright. The Assembly Member is honoring ten...

November 30, 2017

Good Shepherd Community Center was overflowing at Monday night’s Town Hall. The event was billed as a presentation on the past, present, and future of Island life and Cornell Tech’s impact on it. 

Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Congress Member Carolyn Maloney, New York State Senator Jose Serrano, and City Council Member Ben Kallos were all in attendance, as well as representatives from Cornell Tech. 

The evening’s discussion focused on initiatives b...

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....

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