WOW - HILLARY CLINTON TO OFFICIALLY LAUNCH PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN JUNE 13 ON ROOSEVELT ISLAND AT FDR FOUR FREEDOMS PARK
According to USA Today On Politics:Breaking: Start spreading the news—#Hillary2016 kicks off here. And you could be there → http://t.co/eztnltNOnc pic.twitter.com/3bYkh2kB39— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 1, 2015
Hillary Clinton will officially launch her presidential campaign with a June 13 speech at Roosevelt Island in New York City.Ms. Clinton's Roosevelt Island campaign launch will take place at the FDR Four Freedoms Park.
“Her speech will lay out her view of the challenges facing this country and her vision and ideas for moving the country forward,” according to Clinton’s campaign.
It will be hard to escape the symbolism: The island is named after President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a political giant whose New Deal programs launched a revolution in the reach and power of the federal government. FDR’s wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, was also one of history’s most influential first ladies....
The event is open to the public and members of the public can register for tickets at www.hillaryclinton.com/your-ticket.
UPDATE 5:30 PM - According to Ms. Clinton's campaign web site:
Hillary’s official campaign launch will be happening Saturday, June 13th in New York City, and we want you to be there! At the first official rally of this campaign, she will lay out her vision for the country, inspired by the stories she’s heard from everyday Americans.The last time a Clinton visited Roosevelt Island was for the October 2012 FDR Four Freedoms Park Dedication. That was Bill Clinton. Next June 13, Roosevelt Island welcomes Hillary Clinton.
The event will take place in Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, and everyone is invited, so RSVP today. The event is open to the public, but it is recommended that guests register for a ticket for expedited entry and to receive event updates. This is a family friendly event, and children under the age of 13 do not need a ticket.
***All event and appearance times, including Hillary’s speech, are placeholders and will be confirmed in the coming days. Tickets are not required and do not guarantee admission due to space constraints, but every guest is encouraged to RSVP. All entry to the rally will be first-come, first-served. Further details to come, including confirmation of start times as well as arrival instructions and program information.
The Washington Post's The Fix notes:
There is only one heavily inhabited island in New York City harder to get to than Roosevelt Island, where Hillary Clinton will hold her campaign kickoff later this month. That island is Rikers Island....That's not correct. Staten Island must be harder to get to than Roosevelt Island. Still, with the F Train not running in one direction or the other many weekends, the crowded Tram Cabins and Roosevelt Island's single vehicle access road, Main Street, Roosevelt Island is not the easiest place to travel to.
... I am not the type to find metaphors in things, as I said. I am just reporting that the Hillary Clinton campaign is launching from one of the least accessible parts of New York City....
I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Charlene Indelicato:
Any comment on how RIOC is going to handle the logistics of so many people wanting to attend the Clinton announcement?Will post her response when received.
UPDATE 6/2 - Some Roosevelt Island residents have concerns about Ms. Clinton's visit to the FDR Four Freedoms Park.
'Tone-deaf' Clinton campaign causes headaches for Roosevelt Island residents http://t.co/XgrymX9146— Roosevelt Islander (@Rooseveltisland) June 2, 2015
According to the NY Post: Ms. Clinton's June 13 visit puts:Kids event cancelled, residents kept in the dark ahead of Hillary's Roosevelt Island campaign launch http://t.co/ueEbOnHSj1 via @GeoffEarle— Connor Ryan (@connortryan) June 2, 2015
... at risk of major inconvenience: an annual celebration called Roosevelt Island Day, which features a blood drive, hot dog stands and free rides for kids.Click here for full NY Post article.
“It’s going to be horrendous logistically,” said Sherie Helstien, vice president of the island’s community association, who noted that her community has just one main road.
“I think the campaign should have reached out to the community representatives of 14,000 people — absolutely,” fumed Matthew Katz, former president of the association, and husband of Helstien....
Also, Politico describes the FDR Four Freedoms Park as solemn:
The solemn memorial park at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, Four Freedoms Park,...Katrina vanden Heuvel (daughter of FDR Park advocate Ambassador William vanden Heuvel) disagrees
More Twitter reactions:Hillary sets venue for 1st big rally: #fourfreedomspark is joyous place--not somber as described here/ http://t.co/krlux28sob via @POLITICO— Katrina vandenHeuvel (@KatrinaNation) June 2, 2015
Also, as someone who has lived on Roosevelt Island, may I say, 1) good launch choice, Hillary, and 2) yes, totally haunted.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 1, 2015
UPDATE 8:20 PM - Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) President Jeff Escobar adds:Washington Post Idiot Can't Figure Out How to Get to Roosevelt Island http://t.co/D9LWvbzomu— Rod Townsend (@rodtownsend) June 2, 2015
The unfortunate quotes and comments of RIRA Vice-President Sherie Helstein and Former RIRA President Matt Katz set forth in the New York Post Article of earlier today were not that of RIRA, and were made wholly on their individual volition and not representative of RIRA.UPDATE 10 PM - Not An Excited Islander writes:
Yesterday, as the current RIRA President, we reached out directly to the Campaign and Clinton Staffers to voice our excitement in joining our colleagues of the Four Freedoms Conservancy in welcoming Secretary Clinton to Roosevelt Island for her formal announcement on June 13th of her campaign for President. In our opinion, there is no other iconic location for such an announcement other than at Four Freedoms Park, and the Island will be out in full support of her candidacy.
We also warmly invited the Campaign to join the Island's 18th Annual Roosevelt Island Day celebration taking place in the heart of the Island later that day, where each Island resident is asked to devote a day of service to beautify the Island, clean-up and attend to Island elements that need attention and to, generally, come together as a community to make our little home floating on the East River a more clean and beautiful place to live, work and play (as well as an afternoon of family fun, games and more after the elbow grease). The coming of the Campaign to the South of the Island will be a great opportunity to introduce both Secretary Clinton and those visiting the heart of the Island to our great community, and those family, friends and neighbors who comprise it.
The Common Council and RIRA are excited that the campaign will literally be bringing the campaign to our doorstep, and we look forward to sharing the excitement of Roosevelt Island Day with the national launch of the Hillary Clinton Campaign and those who will be visiting our Island on that day.
Just read Jeff Escobar's statement on the blog.and from the NY Daily News:
The RIRA president is indeed confused when he states that the whole Island is excited or delighted or whatever. Too much Kool-Aid to be sure. I am anything but excited.
Perhaps the Clinton Family Foundation would like to make a donation to the many wonderful organizations working w. children & families on the Island ?
And frankly, what did / does RIOC know, and when did they know it?
It would seem that the only folks w. advance notice are the FDR / Four Freedoms folks -- who are already in Hillary's camp. Are they or HC's folks working w. RIOC / PSD / NYPD / Secret Service ? Can they make the F train run in both directions that day. And, oh ! What a media circus can we expect ? By car ? By Tram ? By boat ? And even by air ? Can hardly wait !!
... Matthew Katz, former head of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association, called Team Clinton “tone deaf” for bigfooting the community’s special day. Plus, “We’d like her to come to my side of the island, where the people are. Nobody lives in a park,” Katz said.Full NY Daily News article here.
Association Vice President Sherie Helstien, who’s Katz’s wife, told the Daily News that months of planning for the local celebration won’t be dumped to accommodate a potential influx of Clinton fans. “It’s their problem to get around us,” she said. “We are the community.”...
UPDATE 6/3 - NY Post story about Hillary Clinton's campaign launch on Roosevelt Island made the Drudge Report this morning.
UPDATE 6/5 - Will there be disruptions to Roosevelt Island F Train Service during Hillary Clinton's June 13 visit? Roosevelt Island resident Janet Falk asks:
Let's see if Hillary Rodham Clinton can make the MTA run the F train in both directions.As of today, the MTA advises that there will be Roosevelt Island F train service in both directions on June 13.
Image From MTA
Celeste Katz tweets:
To folo up on http://t.co/GPJlt7npjP , @mta insider told me today NO service changes planned for @hillaryclinton launch on Roosevelt Island.— Celeste Katz (@CelesteKatzNYC) June 3, 2015
We shall see.Additionally, @MTA source said @HillaryClinton campaign "has not reached out" to the agency regarding the June 13 event on Roosevelt Island.— Celeste Katz (@CelesteKatzNYC) June 3, 2015
UPDATE 6/10 - More here.