To the Editor:
It’s official: Margie Smith has resigned from the RIOC Board of Directors after serving Roosevelt Island’s residents for almost a decade.
Margie was among the first resident directors elected through Island-wide plebiscite to represent this community at this Public Benefit Corporation (honest, I’m not being sarcastic, this is what this RIOC is designated as).
Margie, like every other member of the Board, was appointed by the Governor – in her case, David Paterson – to a four-year term as mandated by statute (Ch. 899 of the Unconsolidated Laws of NYS for 1984). As we know, those terms were allowed to become open-ended with no follow-up appointments post-2012. As a result, the nine-member Board has been reduced to five members (since this letter was submitted, another board member, Fay Christian, has also resigned), with no evidence of Governor Cuomo intending to fill the vacant seats. Margie was among the Island activists from the Maple Tree Group who created the elections that resulted in a Board with residents in the majority, and which were administered along with the biennial RIRA elections.
She has been anything but a rubber stamp for RIOC or the State, questioning every motion put before them that seemed ill-thought-out or careless of the finances provided almost entirely through this community.
I will miss her critical voice on this Board.