Report From RIOC President Leslie Torres - Coro Fellows Visit Roosevelt Island, Motorgate Lights Out, New Tram Red Bus Stop Waiting For Spring and Public Safety Officer Appointed to NY Fire Department
Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Lesie Torres sends the following report to Roosevelt Island residents.
I hope you enjoyed our moderate snowfall last weekend. With the mild weather we’ve been having, it was a nice – and brief – reminder that it really is winter.
Coro Fellows Visit
I was honored to spend last Friday morning talking with young people in the Coro Fellows program who came to Roosevelt Island as part of their case study on our Main Street retail corridor. With the program’s group interview format, we had a lively discussion about RIOC and leadership in the public affairs arena. I talked to them about RIOC’s role in helping commerce thrive on the Island, and shared our unique insight into the interplay between the City and State. These young people are a testament to the bright future for civic leadership in New York.
Light Outage in the Motorgate Staircases
Earlier this week there was a lighting outage in the staircases at Motorgate, which has been known to happen during bad weather. This time the culprit was water from melting snow. Electricians are working to replace the panel that feeds the staircases and should finish the job next week. In the meantime, we have increased Public Safety patrols at Motorgate. Ultimately, we’re planning to replace all the lights at the facility with LEDs, which should provide a long-term solution.
Red Bus Tram Station Stop
As part of RIOC’s goal to improve Red Bus service, we created a new bus stop on the side of the Tram station. While the bus has been stopping at the station for the past year, the bus stop itself, as you probably noticed, is not yet complete.
The new bus stop will include a shelter, street lighting and ADA compliant crosswalks. We are also adding a sidewalk along the power plant and angled parking spaces for Tram employees.
While we are in the design and build stage of the process, we cannot move forward with construction due to the cold weather. We expect the new stop to be completed in the summer. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.
Public Safety Department officer moves to FDNY
Congratulations to PSD Officer Edgar Moretta, who was recently appointed to serve as a firefighter with the New York City Fire Department.
Officer Moretta admirably served the Island for one year and was a certified EMT.
We thank him for his service and wish him well.