Saturday, November 8, 2014

Report From RIOC President Charlene Indelicato - Roosevelt Island Tree Lighting Ceremony, New Advisory System, Congratulates New RIRA Common Council, Credit Card Parking Meters & RIOC Budget Capital Spending

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Charlene Indelicato sends the following report to the community.
I would like to give my wholehearted thanks to everyone who came out for the annual Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade & Extravaganza, residents and Island organizations alike. Thank you as well to our co-sponsors, Urban American and the Roosevelt Island Youth Program, and to our contributors: Cornell Tech, Island House, Westview, Rivercross, the Roosevelt Island Seniors Association and The Octagon. It was wonderful to see the creative costumes of so many children and adults from our community and to march in the parade down Main Street. We hope to see you all again next year!

Tree Lighting Ceremony

One of Roosevelt Island's most beloved events is the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Blackwell Park. This year, the event will take place on Friday, December 5th at 7 p.m. in front of Blackwell House (500 Main Street). We hope you'll join us on the plaza, where the Island's menorah and tree will be lit, for food, musical performances by our talented community members, and a chance to take a photo with a very special holiday guest! If you would like to volunteer your time or otherwise be involved with this event, please contact Anna Rankin at We’d love to hear from you.

New RIOC Advisories System

A new face and new features are coming to RIOC Advisories, Roosevelt Island's local community and emergency alert system. We are upgrading our current email-only service to the new and more fully-featured Everbridge system which offers the option to receive alerts by phone, email and text message. In addition, subscribers will be able to choose which type of notifications they'd like to receive, such as Traffic and Public Transit updates, in addition to emergency alerts. On Monday, November 17th, our new and improved system will go live. Until then, we encourage you to visit our new RIOC Advisories member portal to sign up and preview the new features. You can visit our website at and click on the “RIOC Advisories” button to be taken to the signup and information pages.

Our legacy email system will be used until December 1st. All current subscribers will receive email reminders to sign up for the new system if they wish to continue receiving community alerts. We look forward to implementing this valuable service to the community and hope that you will tell us what you think - we welcome your feedback as we move forward with the new system.

Sportspark Classes & Programming

As the weather grows colder, we invite all residents to come to Sportspark’s indoor gymnasium and pool facilities (250 Main Street) to take advantage of the low-cost and free fitness classes RIOC currently offers. Swim classes available at the pool include a popular “Mommy & Me” water safety class, which teaches children aged six months to three years old basic swimming skills and introduces them to moving around in the water. Twice-weekly “Master Swim” classes focus on more advanced swimming skills, including a variety of strokes and techniques. The pool is also open for “Open Swim” twice a day, seven days a week. Zumba and Yoga classes, as well as ping pong play, are available throughout the week in the gymnasium. For more information on these classes or to see a calendar of what Sportspark offers, visit our website at or email Eddie Perez, Sportspark Supervisor, at

Do you have an idea for a new class you’d like to see at Sportspark? Please drop us a line and let us know what kind of programming you’d be interested in seeing. We’re always looking for new ways to improve what we offer to the community, and your input as a resident is vital to that goal. Please email us at with any suggestions – we look forward to hearing from you.
Also, Ms. Indelicato reported to the November 6 RIOC Board of Directors meeting on new capital spending projects in proposed 2015-16 RIOC budget, installation of credit card accepting parking meters, congratulates new RIRA Common Council & more.


YetAnotherRIer said...

The WIRE shot itself in the foot by refusing to publish the RIOC column just because they lost the exclusivity. What are they going to fill it with? More ads? That rag is 75% ads already and very little content. Now Dick is left with even less content. It would make sense if content creators fought over getting into The WIRE but it ain't so. This is such a stupid move...

CheshireKitty said...

Agree with you on that. The RIOC President's column, in addition to appearing on the blog, is also on the RIOC website - not sure if it had been available there before - which is obviously a good thing. The more places these columns appear, the better, IMO!