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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Report From RIOC President Charlene Indelicato - Memorial Service For PSD Lieutenant Gary Yee Friday July 11, Roosevelt Island Outdoor Movie Weekend, Lighthouse Park Footbridge Repairs Underway, New York State Citizen Emergency Preparedness Training, Tennis Permits & More

Image Of RIOC Public Safety Lieutenant Gary Yee From RIOC

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Charlene Indelicato sends the following report to the community.
On behalf of all of us here at the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), I hope you all had a very happy 4th of July holiday. Thank you to all the members of the community who came out to participate in last Friday’s neighborhood celebration at Firefighter’s Field.  The karaoke and dance competitions showed that we certainly have a lot of talented residents on the Island, and I enjoyed watching the live simulcast of the fireworks with the rest of the community. Many thanks to The Octagon, Fuji East, Main Street Sweets, and Wholesome Factory for generously contributing wonderful prizes to the event. Photographs of the event are available on our Facebook page (

This weekend, we hope you’ll join us again for the second and third Outdoor Summer Movies

Southpoint Park Outdoor Movie Image From RIOC

at Southpoint Park. Thor: The Dark World will be shown this Friday, July 11, followed by The Avengers on Saturday July 12. Music and trivia will begin at 7 PM; the movies will begin at dusk. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the event; bring a blanket or a lawn chair.

In Memory of Lt. Gary Yee
Last month, RIOC and the Roosevelt Island community lost a valued member of our team. Lieutenant Gary Yee of the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department passed away on the morning of Sunday, June 29. We are deeply saddened by this loss and honor him for his 22 years and 4 months of dedicated service to the Roosevelt Island community.  We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.

Memorial services will be held for Lt. Yee this Friday, July 11th, 12 PM at the Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home (845-452-0460, 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie NY 12603). Flowers may be sent directly to the funeral home or, in lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Tennis Permits
The resurfacing of the Octagon Tennis Courts has been completed and the courts are currently open for permit holders. If you would like to play, you may purchase a Tennis Permits online through the RIOC website – please visit us at for more information or to apply.

Citizens Preparedness Training
In case of emergency, is your family prepared with a plan and the right tools?

Image From RIOC

On Wednesday, August 6 at 6:00 PM, the NYS Citizens Preparedness Corps will host a free disaster preparedness class for Roosevelt Island residents at the Manhattan Park Theater Club (8 River Road). In addition to the training, each family participating will receive a free Citizen Preparedness Corps Response Starter Kit, which includes a first aid kit, emergency food and water, AM/FM radio, flashlight, and more items that are useful in case of a man-made or natural disaster. The training is free, but you must register in advance in order to participate. Visit to sign up. This class is presented by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation of the State of New York in Partnership with the Citizens Preparedness Corps and the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

At the southern tip of Lighthouse Park, the repair and reconstruction of the Lighthouse Park footbridges is underway. Contractors began work once the lumber was delivered and are expected to be complete reconstruction within the next two weeks. We are eagerly anticipating the reopening of this section of the Park to the public.

The repainting of the Manhattan and Roosevelt Island Tram Stations has been completed. During the next phase of the project, the station floors will receive repairs, improvements, and overall design upgrades. The RIOC Engineering department is currently working with the contractors to create a repair schedule that will have the smallest possible impact on the Tram’s operating schedule. In case of any changes to the Tram’s timetable, advisories will be issued to the public via our RIOC Advisories alert system (visit to subscribe).