Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Roosevelt Island Election Day For Federal And NY State Representatives - Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council Too

Today is election day so make sure you get out to vote for your Federal and State representatives. The polling location for all Roosevelt Island eligible voters  is at PS/IS 217 (645 Main Street) except for Octagon residents who vote at Coler Hospital (900 Main Street). Polls are open from 6 AM - 9 PM.

Today is also election day for the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council. All residents vote at PS/IS 217 except for Octagon residents who vote in their building lobby.

According to RIRA:
The purposes of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) are: 1) to represent the interests of its members to all governmental, quasi-governmental and private institutions that develop policy affecting Roosevelt Island and its residents; that supervise or manage our housing and that supervise or manage other Island operations; and 2) to ensure that the health, safety and welfare of its members and the quality of life in our community are maintained and improved....
All Roosevelt Island residents, whether US citizens or not, 18 years and older are eligible to vote for RIRA President and Vice President as well as for Common Council members for the buildings in which they live. Polls are open from 6 AM to 9 PM. To vote in the RIRA election make sure you have photo identification and evidence that you live on Roosevelt Island.

The candidates running for the 2014 RIRA Common Council are listed below.

The candidates to represent Roosevelt Island residents in Congress are (Ballot Images from Poll Site Locator):

NY State Governor and Lt Governor,

NY State Assembly,

NY State Senate,

NY State Attorney General and

NY State Comptroller

A long time Roosevelt Island resident describes the voter experience early this morning:
Went to vote this morning at 6 am.
All went well voting in general election @ 6:10

All was not well at RIRA tables -- Ballots not available. Matt Katz told me they were waiting for the ballots which were locked in the safe @ RI Public Safety and no one had combination / key.

No substitutions were offered - such as that one-page list with every candidate name on it -- which could have been used to accommodate the handful of us who came early.

For us early birds who will not be back on the Island before 9 pm tonight, that means we could not vote.

Not a good thing for RIRA.
Will have results later tonight.

UPDATE 11/5 12:20 PM - 2014 RIRA election results here.