Thursday, June 26, 2008

Roosevelt Island Elected Officials Urge Mayor Bloomberg To Support Referendum Winners To RIOC Board Of Directors

State Senator Jose Serrano's office forwarded this letter sent by Roosevelt Island's elected representatives to Mayor Bloomberg's office urging the Mayor to support the appointment of those elected by Roosevelt Island residents to serve on the RIOC Board of Directors.

June 23rd, 2008
Andrea Davis Shapiro
Special Advisor to the Mayor for Executive Searches
Office of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
253 Broadway, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10007

Dear Ms. Shapiro:

We write to you in support of expanded transparency and self-determination on Roosevelt Island. As you are aware, a referendum election was held this past February to recommend six island residents for nomination to the board of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), the public authority which governs the island.

It has come to our attention that Governor Paterson will consider most – though
unfortunately not all – of the referendum winners to fill four seats on the board. The final two seats will also be filled by Governor Paterson, but with guidance and counsel from your office.

With that in mind, we ask you to work in concert with the Office of the Governor to ensure the greatest possible commitment to the February election results, by providing strong consideration to the remaining winners of the referendum.

The island is currently witnessing great development and change. In short, there is no more important time to provide for a democratically elected RIOC board, one that appreciates the diverse and growing needs of the community and takes a proactive role in addressing them.


Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress Jose M. Serrano State Senator Micah Z. Kellner Assembly Member Jessica A. Lapin Councilmember


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