Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Roosevelt Island Residents Association Meeting Tonight 8 PM, Come Learn What Is Going On - Also, State Senator Jose Serrano Constituent Office Hours This Afternoon From 5 to 8 PM

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) will be meeting tonight, 8 PM, at the Good Shepherd Community Center (543 Main Street).

As always, prior to the start of each monthly meeting there is a public session in which residents can come and address the Common Council Delegates on any issue of concern.

Also today is Roosevelt Island State Senator Jose Serrano's Constituent Office Hours. from 5-8 PM at the Roosevelt Island Seniors Center (546 Main Street #1). According to Senator Serrano:

12 comments:

Bill Blass said...

Oh please.no one cares

Bill Blass said...

all the rira is good for is to run a bake sale

CheshireKitty said...

Bill, why do you add these pointless hyperlinks to your comments? Are you adding them or are they getting added automatically to typos?

CheshireKitty said...

I don't know about that: How about the distribution of public purpose funds to many good island organizations? How about advocating for islanders' interests, as in the current struggle to protect our health from the effects of trucking tons of toxic debris down Main St when the Cornell project is underway, not to speak of the helix - the island's lifeline - which is at risk of being damaged/destroyed if Cornell does not utilize barging, instead of trucking. How about the Blood Drive? The Cherry Blossom Festival? Etc. etc.

Bill Blass said...

Yea tell us what progress is being made with the psd situation. Well i can tell you. None because the rira is powerless

CheshireKitty said...

That's not true - there was a full house. It was a very well-attended, if contentious, meeting. RIRA has manpower and you'll see the proof at RI Day - 6/15 - with members manning the RIRA, the RIRA-PSC, and the Blood Drive tables.

CheshireKitty said...

Progress?
(1) PSD and RIOC are currently under the microscope of a State investigation, as well as an audit by an outside consulting firm.
(2) PSD's brutality was the subject of media attention, including a Channel 7 news report, with more to come. This focuses the bright light of public attention on the PSD situation. (3) Elected officials have come out in support of RIRA demands regarding PSD. It is only a matter of time before additional elected officials/candidates for office voice their support for RI residents' demands re PSD.
(4) Hundreds of people have signed a petition - strength is in numbers. Wouldn't it be a powerful gesture if the petition were personally handed in to Gov. Cuomo's office in Albany? Cuomo has the power - derived from our votes - and he would then have to heed the peoples' wishes re PSD misconduct.
(5) RIOC has already instituted a number of PSD reforms:Whether PSD is adhering to RIOC's recommendations is another story.


What that means is, under Guerra's leadership, RIOC, and, by extension, Cuomo, may be powerless as far as progress on the PSD situation is concerned.

Bill Blass said...

Well who is going to sell the rira hats on r.i.day. This was matt katz job
As he sold these hats for 15 dollars. Where people should have not paid more then 99 cents.this was the greatest thing that matt did as pres.of the ritA.please bring matt back for r.i. Day so he can sell these hats. God bless matt katz.most people would not wear these hats even if their life depended on it but he was able to sell these hats wow

Bill Blass said...

Well we wont be hearing from these clowns for the summer thank the good lord.they wont be missed

CheshireKitty said...

I don't think RIRA is as strong as it could be. But, then again, what are we fighting for? The buildings aren't particularly distinguished. Eastwood is probably the nicest building. RI lacks cohesiveness, or a sense of community - but RIRA tries to address that problem by at least bringing reps of the various building complexes together.

westviewgirl said...

Gina Pollara and her FF Park group, and Cornell should be required to donate to RI and the school and groups here 1 dollar for every 5 dollars they raise at their fancy, elite " sunset over the city" parties. 10,000.00 a ticket seems a bit high, and they never say that the money will help benefit the island and it's residents...their website just says it will help FF park maintain the grounds, blah, blah, blah... that money would pay for the added expense of the wear and tear on the new tram we waited almost a year to use, and also to clean up the mess the hoards coming are and will be making. The stench in the public bathrooms down at the SP park is unbearable some days. There needs to be an attendant always there, and also a PSD or NYPD office down there...the Ferry service will be bringing tons of people and I am afraid of violent people and dangerous types coming over with more and more transportation being provided and fast entry to and off the island. Our kids needs a larger and better school, we need some much needed repairs to the buildings in town, and also we need added security set up for the island,, cameras, and added officers, NYPD to boot.

westviewgirl said...

from what people have relayed to me from all areas of the island, is that going to these meetings is just moot~ They have the meetings when most are at work and not home, so they just stop trying to go. If you do take the time to go to any of the RIOC or RIRA meetings, the panels avoid answering your questions, & those in charge are rude to you for asking anything at all...really what is the point? Those in charge just do what they want to do, there is no vote from residents, there is not regard to what residents need and want heret. How many residents do you think out of the 14,000 here wanted Gina Pollara and her rich group of cocktail partiers to come and take over the South end of the island for their $ gain, and also to build a cafe at the ruins? They pretty much have built a private party deck for their Tuesday night sunset parties, cookouts, or meetings to figure out ways to milk the rich out of their money. Wonder how many trips to Switzerland they will take this year? Just saying. My opinion really does not matter about all the above, the Ferry will come and bring millions to our home for their few minutes of entertainment, and we will have to deal with the noise, the crowds, and the demoralization of the wonderful old ruins to become a café and gift shop...maybe I am wrong, I hope so