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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Circus Is Back In Town - Roosevelt Island Residents Association Meeting Tonight To Continue Witch Hunt Seeking To Expel RIRA Member - What A Waste Of Time

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.

It appears that the Witch Hunt by some RIRA members to expel Frank Farance

 She's A Witch Image From Monty Python & Holy Grail

did not end with the majority vote at the December Meeting to remove that item from the Agenda.

 As reported December 4:
... The attempt to expel Mr. Farance failed. Before Mr. Farance was to give his rebuttal, a motion to strike the Expulsion Agenda Item was made and approved by a vote of 15 to 14.

Upon losing the vote, several supporters of the motion to expel Mr. Farance immediately resigned from RIRA.

Will have more later.
Unfortunately, the Farance expulsion issue may come up again tonight. According to Item 8 of the January RIRA meeting Agenda:
... 8 Second part of procedure to expel Council Member...
What a waste of time by those RIRA members trying to continue this ridiculous matter.

Here's the rest of the RIRA Agenda for tonight:

Please arrive a half hour early to help set up tables and Chairs

Date: Wednesday January 8, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm-Finish
Place: Good Shepherd Community Center, 543 Main Street

1 Public Session (8:00)
2 Roll Call
3 Elect a secretary
4 Approval of the minutes
5 Approval of the agenda
6 Treasurer’s report
7 President’s report
8 Second part of procedure to expel Council Member
9 Committee reports Unless there is a resolution, Committee Chairs get 3 minutes to summarize their committee work.

Ethics committee
Public purpose fund
Constitution and bylaws
Public Safety
Island Services
Government Relations
Main Street Retail
10. Old business
11. New business
At least one RIRA member who supported the expulsion of Mr. Farance resigned at the December meeting. It is unclear if any others did as well.

The RIRA Circus continues tonight. Pass the popcorn please.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE 1/9 - I did not think it was possible for RIRA to look more foolish than it already has on this issue, but I was wrong. The issue on whether to expel Mr. Farance was postponed to next month after a very long, heated and contentious discussion. There are several RIRA members who hate Mr. Farance so much that they appear willing to have RIRA implode from within unless Mr. Farance is expelled. In my view, the majority of RIRA members do not support expelling Mr. Farance and just want to move on to more important issues facing the community.

Will have more later with video of the circus. 


rilander said...

I wish that RIRA would understand that they are elected to represent the residents of the island and thus focus on the issues that residents need help. Instead they are wasting our time and money on petty small town and small minded politics.