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Friday, January 19, 2018

Join Indivisible Roosevelt Island Group For 2018 Women's March On New York City Saturday, January 20

Indivisible Roosevelt Island reports:
Stand Up and Be Counted

March with us on Saturday, 1/20.

A group of RI residents will meet at the F train at 10:30 am to attend the Women's March. They are joining a larger contingent, led by Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright, which is meeting at 11 am at Whole Foods Cafe at Columbus Circle. The Seawright group will have signs and, given her status as an elected representative, may be granted additional courtesies.

Of course, you are welcome to bring your own signs and march with your friends and neighbors.

The main entrance point will be between at 72nd & Central Park West. The rally starting at 11:30 will be at Central Park West & 61st/62nd street. The full block in front of the stage (61st to 62nd on Central Park West) will be reserved for those with disabilities. The march starting around 12:30 will go past Columbus Circle, East on 59th Street, and South on 6th Avenue with exits at 45th/44th/43rd streets. We will have many after-march activities (indoors) for you to choose from. See our FAQ for more details;

More on the 2018 Wormen's March on NYC here.

According to Indivisible Roosevelt Island:
About Indivisible Roosevelt Island.

We are a group of committed activist residents who will advocate for policies and actions that promote equality and justice, concerns we find lacking in the current administration.

We are a resource for our community, letting you know about important activities, campaigns, get out the phone call and other events of interest....
More information on Indivisible Roosevelt Island available from their newsletters, the Indivisible Roosevelt Island Facebook Page or email address.

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend

According to the MTA, there will be Roosevelt Island F Train service

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

 Image From MTA

Click here for more MTA Weekender info.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Happy 95th Birthday To Roosevelt Island Resident And Pioneering NYPD Detective Mary Fitzgerald - One Of NYPD"s First Female Detectives

According to the NY Daily News, long time Roosevelt Island resident and former NYPD pioneering Detective Mary Fitzgerald celebrated her 95th birthday yesterday.
The NYPD Twitterverse adds:
The New York Daily News adds:
... “My favorite memory was when President Kennedy asked me who I was,” recalled Fitzgerald, the daughter of Irish immigrants. “He put out his hand and said, ‘And you are?’

“So he got a big surprise when I said, ‘I’m Detective Mary Fitzgerald.’ There was a lot of security, but I was the only woman.”

The nonagenarian smiled at the memory from her long run as one of New York’s Finest. A signed photo of JFK’s wife (“With best wishes, Jacqueline Kennedy”) hangs inside her Roosevelt Island apartment...
Congratulations and Happy Birthday Detective Mary Fitzerald. Thank you for your service.

Check out the Mary Fitzgerald photo gallery from the NY Daily News too.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

NYPD 114 Precinct Cracking Down On Electric Motor Bicycle Food Deliveries To Roosevelt Island And Astoria - Pedal Assist Bikes OK But Not Motorized Only E Bikes

On October 19, 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced:

... the New York City Police Department today announced that the City will take heightened enforcement action against electric bicycles, otherwise known as “e-bikes,” with a particular focus on the hazardous operation of e-bikes and businesses who use them or permit employees to ride them.

“E-bikes are illegal to operate in New York City and the NYPD is stepping up enforcement,” said Mayor de Blasio. “Those at the top of the food chain need to be held accountable. That’s why instead of merely targeting riders, we’re going after businesses that look the other way and leave their workers to shoulder the fine.”

“E-bikes are too often a danger on the City’s streets and sidewalks,” said NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “They’re illegal to operate here, but it seems like you can spot them everywhere – and that’s where our increased enforcement comes in. Officers are confiscating e-bikes from riders and issuing summonses that carry a stiff fine, and enforcement is up dramatically this year. Soon businesses will be held accountable too, because most e-bike riders are acting on their employer’s behalf. The NYPD is committed to keeping City streets safe for everyone and e-bike enforcement is an important part of the plan.”...

The issue of restaurants using motorized electric bicycles to make Roosevelt Island food deliveries

was discussed during the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) November 29 Public Safety Committee meeting with Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Department Chief Jack McManus. According to this excerpt from the PSC report:
... The enforcement of traffic regulations for motorized bike was addressed. The Chief is aware of the problem and will be initiating more enforcement of the laws, for deliveries that come onto the Island....
The NYPD 114 precinct, which patrols Roosevelt Island, tweets earlier this week:
But, there's another side to the story. According to Streetsblog:
... For a delivery worker, income is a function of how many deliveries you can make in a day, and delivery zones are expanding as apps like Seamless and GrubHub introduce new incentives for restaurants to cover more turf. Especially for older delivery workers, e-bikes are the only feasible conveyance for daily shifts that routinely clock in at 12 to 16 hours long. On top of it all, many immigrant workers are paying off tens of thousands of dollars in debt to the networks that smuggled them into the country.

“The city has never really talked with delivery workers about their own conditions, and how to design a system around delivery work — about streets, about the commercial cycling ordinances, about e-bike laws,” Lee said. “We’re totally ignoring the people who have the most intimate knowledge of city streets.”

The fine for operating an e-bike on city streets can be as high as $500. That, along with the seizure of property worth several hundred dollars, can upend the life of delivery workers getting by on tips and little else. Even the fines on businesses can trickle down to workers’ pocketbooks....
... A non-punitive approach to the issue might involve encouraging the use of pedal-assist bikes for delivery work, which amplify human power but require the rider to expend some energy. De Blasio said older delivery workers should use those bikes, which are not banned under NYC law, unlike e-bikes that can be powered by just a motor. But instead of talking to delivery workers and trying to reach a solution that fits the demands of the job, the mayor and NYPD have jumped straight to penalizing them....
Here's an interesting video showing the differences between motorized electric bicycles using throttles, which are illegal, and pedal assisted electric bikes which are legal.

Roosevelt Island and Manhattan Upper East Side NYC Council Member Ben Kallos is hosting a forum about the bicycle delivery issue tomorrow.

Roosevelt Island Red Bus Next Bus GPS App Down For A Week Says Resident - RIOC Says It's Working Today

The Next Bus App is a very useful and convenient tool for residents enabling us to know when the Roosevelt Island Red Bus

will arrive at our stop - when it is working.

A reader asked today about the status of the Next Bus Roosevelt Island Red Bus App:
... have you heard anything about the bus app not working again? It’s been about a week of it not working...
Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson has the answer:
Yes, there were some problems with the Next Bus app this week. We did not receive a reason why from the developer which operates the app that displays our buses approximate GPS-tracked locations/arrival times.

The app is up and working again this afternoon.

As previously reported, the Octagon Building pays for and has the contract with Next Bus for the Roosevelt Island Red Bus App.

Check out the Roosevelt Islansd Red Bus Next Bus app for yourself.

You can download the mobile app here.

Roosevelt Island and Manhattan Upper East Side NYC Council Member Ben Kallos Hosting Town Hall Meeting With Mayor Bill de Blasio Tonight 7 PM At East Side Middle School

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Member Ben Kallos will participate in a town hall meeting tonight with residents of Roosevelt Island, Yorkville, Lenox Hill, Carnegie Hill, Sutton Place, and El Barrio in East Harlem.

According to Council Member Ben Kallos:

January Town Hall with Mayor Bill de Blasio
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 7:00pm
End Time
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 9:00pm

East Side Middle School 114
331 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128
United States

Space is limited - please RSVP by January 16 at 5PM

Co-sponsored by
Congress Member Carolyn Maloney
State Senator Liz Krueger
Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
Manhattan Community Board 8

Accessibility provided upon request.