From another successful Fall for Arts Festival last Saturday to the upcoming Halloween Parade on October 28, there’s much ado in your Roosevelt Island community – and a lot going on with your Common Council.
Fall for Arts 2017
Did you hear that? Was that the rustling of fall leaves as our seasons begin to turn? Or the sound of paint brushes on 6-by-8 foot murals creating cherished works of art? Were you one of many Roosevelt Islanders who enjoyed a day of art, workshops, hands-on craft activities, and live entertainment as a part of our beloved Island tradition of Fall for Arts, now in its twelfth year? The many outdoor murals created by Island residents are currently on display on the south lawn of Rivercross and at Southpoint Park. We encourage each and every one of you to take some time to reflect upon these wonderful local pieces of art. And many thanks to RIOC and this year’s sponsors for hosting another inspiring festival.
Annual Pumpkin Smash
In what looks to become an annual tradition, this October, be sure to save all of your softened Halloween pumpkins and decorative gourds and participate again in this year’s Pumpkin Smash and Leaf Collection on November 4 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Manhattan Park Lower Lawn (along the East River facing the Manhattan skyline between 20 and 30 River Road). We’ll join RIOC, NYC Compost hosted by BigReuse, Manhattan Park, Roosevelt Island Garden Club, and iDig2Learn in our Island’s effort to divert over 1,100 pounds of compostable waste in the form of Halloween Pumpkins and gourds from our City’s landfills. Bring your mushy pumpkins, squash, or gourd, and your smile as we smash some pumpkins while eating apple pie and drinking apple cider from our Wengerd farm market and enjoying coffee from our local Gristedes. Donations of gently used Halloween costumes will also be accepted.
Next Common Council Meeting
Our last column covered much of what your Common Council’s committees have been working on this past summer, as well as initiatives being undertaken for this coming year. From transportation woes on our Island, to suggestions for our new ferry service, to dangerous crossings in the northern part of our Island, many of you, as members of our community and as members of RIRA, responded positively – offering up your own suggestions and engaging in dialogue while attending committee meetings and volunteering. To that end, I strongly encourage you to attend our next Common Council meeting this Wednesday, October 4, at 8:00 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Community Center lower level, and learn more about the progress your committees have made in the issues that affect your daily life. Come and meet your representatives, catch up with neighbors and friends, and get involved. We will be on the lookout for you!
Join a Committee
In our last column, we urged each of you to consider giving back to our Island community through service on one of your RIRA Common Council committees. The work of RIRA is done largely through its committees where lively debates are held and resolutions are reached on key issues and topics that affect each and every one of our daily lives on the Island. The following is but a small slice of the active RIRA committees that you, as an elected Common Council Member, can join:
Government Relations: as the representative of RIRA and the Roosevelt Island Community to the various Local, State, and Federal representatives and agencies having jurisdiction over the Island, the Government Relations Committee ensures the establishment of ongoing relations with Local, State, and Federal government and quasi-government officials.
Housing: addressing the issues and concerns of Island residents regarding the management, living conditions and rental policies of the residential buildings on the Island, the Housing Committee serves as the liaison for RIRA and the Roosevelt Island Community to various building committees and housing task forces.
Island Services: While supervising and reviewing the delivery of transportation, recreation, sanitation, postal, and commercial services and common facilities, this committee assists individuals and organizations who may experience problems obtaining Island services.
Planning: Tasked with all matters involving the future development of the Island, including but not limited to commercial development, housing, vehicular access, transportation, social service, and energy, this committee monitors and recommends positions on planning matters, as well as recommends policies relating to energy conservation, distribution, and generation.
Public Safety: Charged with recommending and implementing community positions on all matters related to safety, security, vehicular traffic, and parking on the Island, this committee works with the Public Safety Department and NYPD Local Precinct 114 to address concerns of law enforcement.
Social, Cultural and Education Services: Looking to create social, cultural, and educational programs and events promoting community bonds on the Island, the primary task of this committee is to develop initiatives and programming which strengthen the fabric of the Island community.
Legal Action: Responsible for advising the Common Council and RIRA as to the viability of legal action as a means for recourse.
The success of each of these committees depends on the time and effort of each of you. Reach out to me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how you can join these and many other committees of RIRA and get involved!
President, RI Residents Association