Friday, August 23, 2013

Roosevelt Island Steam Plant Closing, Cornell Infrastructure, Security Cameras, Lighthouse Park Repairs, Permit Fees and Much More To Be Discussed At RIOC Operations Committee Meeting On Monday August 26

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Operations Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the RIOC administrative office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.


Discussions of:

1. Pier Repairs
2. Steam Plant Closing
3. Cornell Infrastructure
4. Permit Fees
5. Lighthouse Park Repairs
6. Security Camera Project
7. Advertising and Posting Policy
8. Cultural Center Repairs
9. Southpoint Seawall Repairs
10. Outdoor Exercise Equipment

Any Other Committee Business That May be Brought Before the Committee


The Open Meetings Law of the State of New York requires that all public bodies conduct meetings, convened for the purpose of officially conducting public business, in a manner open to attendance by the general public to observe and listen.
During the August 22 RIOC Real Estate Advisory Committee Meeting (here's audio webcast of meeting), RIOC Director Howard Polivy and President Charlene Indelicato reported that the Roosevelt Island Sportspark facility

Sportspark Image From Google Maps

may have to temporarily close for an unknown period of time because of the scheduled closing of the Steam Plant.

 Image Of Roosevelt Island Steam Plant

Mr. Polivy explained that the Steam Plant supplies power to the Sportspark and without the Steam Plant, or, a substitute energy source, the Sportspark cannot operate. Ms Indelicato noted that Sportspark could be closed for as little as one or two weeks in order to install a temporary energy source. It is unknown at this time if Sportspark would be closed for a prolonged period of time.

Here's the discussion on subject

which was part of a longer RIOC Operations Committee discussion on the use of Roosevelt Island community parks and recreation facilities.


NotMyKid said...

You have good valid points but why so you say psd will NEVER be armed again?. That sounds a bit rough.

Anyway... on to the lady who was arrested.

The facts of the matter was officer flaherty is a law enforcement officer. Fully legal to arrest your neusance behind. The real story is simple... you tooted your horn.. he let you pass... you go around and get back behind him and then LAYYYYYY ON YOUR HORN for no legitimate purpose. Right. Then when they ask for your identification because you were now in violation.. you refuse to cooperate and magically believe by calling nypd... they would have a say in things or help you not get a ticket or detained. Right. You Miss, were looking for trouble and believed psd cannot arrest you. You were wrong. Your hand is not swollen and your wrists are fine... lets not over react. Perhaps if you were acting like a proper citizen and not one seeking a problem.. perhaps it would have been a better night for you.

See, Miss, if you did that to a nypd car and did the same thing, you would have spent a day or two in central bookings. You got off too easy with a simple summons.

I'm telling you frank, the people of roosevelt island have either no idea that psd can lawfully make arrests or they don't accept it.

Again, I guarantee if that patrol car said POLICE, a new image and branding, people would think twice.

Frank Farance said...

NotMyKid, agree with your points. I was not defending her actions, nor her perception. I was just noting her perception (she doesn't recognize PSD as a law enforcement entity), and tying it to a "branding" issue: people conjure an idea about PSD that is different than what is desired.

As for an armed PSD, we might have NYPD officers patrolling with PSD, but PSD officers themselves as being armed? That won't happen, this community will never allow that..

NotMyKid said...

Which is what I have been repeatedly saying while I worked at psd and recently on here. The people have no clue what a PSDis. I remember while on desk officer duties I had random people come in and ask for a security job. Most of them said that's what public safety is in general. If psd were law enforcers it would have read police. They didn't really understand it and typically walked away when we told them what we really did.

On the arming note. Why do you say the xommunity will never allow it? If they are properly trained and evaluated, what's ths difference between psd carrying guns and nypd carrying guns?. I remember I was psd and now nypd.. I never shot anyone if that's what is the worry about. We were all civilians at one point prior to getting a gun and haven't shot anyone. I know I spent 1 week in the academy to shoot my new gun. One week.

I just don't get it. You say never but let me know why. Whats the difference?

Frank Farance said...

The reason why PSD will never have guns is: the lack of oversight, including RIOC Board. In short, if you think about all the things that have gone wrong in the past couple years, then having supervisors with poor decision-making now having guns? That means dead people, and likely to be innocent dead people. RIOC/PSD has shown no ability to do oversight or accountability with any degree of competence.

Look at my request at the end of the comment concerning the security cameras: I ask for RIOC/PSD to do things Less Incompetently. The degree of expectation with RIOC is sooo low. At least Steve Shane had a sense and an aesthetic that RIOC should be doing things competently. Haven't yet got that vibe from Ms. Indelicato ... maybe that vibe will come, maybe it won't.

NotMyKid said...

Right but that's where RIOC fights psd with the we are better than them mentality. It has nothing to do with oversight.

Also, past incidents cannot and should not hold the department down. What should have happened was a rule book revision, extended training and reviews of what has happened in the past. Learn from it and move forward. It is next to impossible to have a law enforcement agency with absolutely no issues. Things will happen and will always happen. Some things just come back full circle. Some things never ever happen again.

I do know that the lack of police duties to psd officers in the field gives them a laxidazy