Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Riding the Roosevelt Island Tram - Public Hearing On Tram Modernization Set for Tuesday Morning August 5

You Tube video of Riding The Roosevelt Island Tram

RIOC has announced that a public hearing on the Roosevelt Island Tramway modernization program will be held on Tuesday August 5. The public hearing is being held from 10 - 11 AM, a time that will make it impossible for many Roosevelt Islanders to attend. It would be a great community benefit if RIOC would web cast this meeting so that information on this very important project for the future of Roosevelt Island transportation be available to all who might not be able to attend. Below is the notice from RIOC:


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the New York State Urban Development Corporation, doing business as the Empire State Development Corporation (“ESD” or the “Corporation”),pursuant to Section 16(2) of the New York State Urban Development Corporation Act (Chapter 174, Section 1, Laws of 1968, as amended) (the “Act”), has adopted a General Project Plan (the “Plan”) with respect to the RIOC-Aerial Tramway Improvements and Modernization Capital Project (the “Project”), at the Directors' meeting on July 17, 2008. Copies of the Plan are available without charge to any person who shall make a request for the same at the office of the Corporation. The Corporation will file such Plan in the office of the New York County Clerk, 60 Centre Street, Room 161, New York, New York 10007 and with the Clerk of the City of New York, 1 Centre Street, 2nd Floor South, New York, New York 10007. A copy of the Plan is also on file at the principal office of the Corporation, 633 Third Avenue, New York, New York 10017, and is available for inspection by the general public Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

The Project includes the modernization of the Roosevelt Island Aerial Tramway by the
Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation of the State of New York. Total Project costs are expected to be approximately $25,000,000. ESD proposes to make a $15,000,000 grant to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation of the State of New York to assist in the financing of the Project.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that, in accordance with Section 16(2) of the Act,
a public hearing, open to all persons, will be held by the Corporation at the Community Room, 4 River Road, Roosevelt Island, New York 10044 on Tuesday, August 5, 2008, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., to consider the Plan.

DATED: July 21, 2008
New York, New York
New York State Urban Development Corporation
By: Eileen McEvoy, Corporate Secretary
UPDATE - 7/31- From RIOC President Steve Shane:
The hearing is being held by ESDC as required by its statute following the ESDC Board's adoption of a resolution approving the funding of $15 million for Tram improvements. RIOC has already held many such hearings and public presentations. I expect this to be a non event. ESDC, like all other public agencies, is likely to be required to webcast the hearing.