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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Update On New York State Housing Commissioner/Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Chairman's Arrest For Driving While Intoxicated - Pleaded Guilty To Misdemeanor Drunk Driving Charge

Here's an update on the arrest of Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Chairperson and NY State Housing Commissioner Darryl Towns July 4 weekend arrest for driving while intoxicated. According to a September 19 article in the NY Daily News:

Gov. Cuomo's housing commissioner avoided jail time but cannot drive for six months after pleading guilty this morning to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge.

Darryl Towns has to pay a nearly $900 fine and complete two alcohol-abuse treatment programs....
Click here for the entire article.

The New York Times City Room Blog adds:
...A lawyer for Mr. Towns, who entered his plea in Mount Vernon City Court, did not respond to a request for comment on Monday. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo — who named Mr. Towns in February to run the state housing agency, known as New York State Homes and Community Renewal — said at a news briefing in Albany that he needed to review the plea before commenting further.

“I’m not aware of what the specifics are,” Mr. Cuomo said.

Mr. Towns remains in his position as commissioner....
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RIOC Board Chair Darryl Towns, (on left)  RIOC President Torres & CEO Chirois on Roosevelt Island Tram

The RIOC Board of Directors September meeting is taking place this afternoon.

Below is the Agenda:

AGENDA

SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
MEETING OF THE ROOSEVELT ISLAND OPERATING CORPORATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
THE MANHATTAN PARK COMMUNITY CENTER,
8 RIVER ROAD, ROOSEVELT ISLAND, NEW YORK
5:30 P.M.1


I.     Call to Order
II.    Roll Call
III.   Approval of Minutes
       1.           August 3, 2011 Board Meeting (Board Action Required)
IV.  Old Business
V.   New Business
       1.          Presentation of the Proposed RIOC Budget for FY 2012-2013;
       2.          Authorization to Enter into Contract with Derive Technologies for Phase Two of the Island-Wide Security
                    Camera System Project (Board Action Required); 
       3.          Authorization to Enter into Contract with Shawn Construction, Inc. for Installation of Platform Enclosures and
                    Concrete Repairs at Tram Stations (Board Action Required); 
       4.          President's Report
       5.          Committee Reports
                       a.    Audit Committee
                       b.    Governance Committee
                       c.    Operations Advisory Committee
                       d.    Real Estate Development Advisory Committee
       6.          Public Safety Report
 VI. Adjournment   

 1 The RIOC Board Meeting will commence following a public comment period, which is not a part of the RIOC Board Meeting.

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