Monday, October 12, 2015

Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Community Update Town Hall Meeting - Presentation of Academic Program, Community Commitments, PS/IS 217 Assistance, Construction Status, Roll On Roll Off Barging & More

Cornell Tech and the Roosevelt Island Construction & Community Task Force held a Town Hall Community Update on Thursday, October 1.

Here's what happened.

It began with a presentation on the Cornell Tech innovative academic program by Dean Doug Stayman.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer described how her interest in the NYC Tech Scene began. She recounted the fight between former NYC Council Member Christine Quinn and Council Member Bill deBlasio (now the Mayor) for NYC Council Speaker. Ms. Brewer supported Mr. deBlasio, he lost, resulting in Ms Brewer appointed to the Technology Committee by Speaker Quinn, which at the time was a terrible committee to be on. Times have changed.

Cornell Tech's Jane Swanson reviewed the progress made on commitments made by Cornell Tech to the Roosevelt Island community.


Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos addressed the Town Hall meeting.

Cornell Tech Director of K-12 Education Diane Levitt talks about the education commitment made to NYC students including Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217.

Cornell Tech Director of Capital Planning Andrew Winters describes the Roosevelt Island campus plan and current status of construction including use of Roll On Roll Off Barging.

Finally questions and comments from residents including:
  • Proposed LIC real estate development that includes pedestrian bridge connecting Roosevelt Island to LIC,
  • Safety issues caused by construction trucks speeding on Roosevelt Island's Main Street,
  • Air quality monitoring,
  • No AVAC Garbage Removal planned for campus
  • Funding source assistance for Roosevelt Island organizations

The last speaker was Roosevelt Island Community Coalition (RICC) Co-Chair Ellen Polivy. Ms. Polivy  thanked Cornell Tech for addressing and meeting the requests from the Roosevelt Island community.