Tuesday, April 25, 2017

NY State Governor Cuomo Seeking Information On Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Board Director Vacancies & Appointment Process - Are New RIOC Board Appointments Coming Soon?

At the very end of the April 20 Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board Of Directors meeting (video web cast here), Acting Board Chair Alex Valella and RIOC President Susan Rosenthal reported on a bit of information that could have huge importance for Roosevelt Island.

The info is that NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo is seeking details about the RIOC Board vacancies and appointment process.



In response to my inquiry, RIOC President Susan Rosenthal adds:

The Governor wanted to ensure that Boards of New York State Authorities are “full and active.” Each public authority was requested to provide an update on how Board members are appointed, total number of seats on each Board, when and where the Board meets, location of Board meetings, permissible ways of attendance for Board members, as well as current vacancies and Board member term expirations. No one has yet been nominated or interviewed by Albany.
As previously reported, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) conducted a RIOC Board Nominee Candidate election earlier this month to provide Governor Cuomo with community recommendations for RIOC Board appointments.

Image From RIRA

951 votes were cast. RIOC Board Nominee Candidate results are here, but note:
... The election is not without controversy. Claims of ballot fraud, which I am not going to get into right now, have been raised. Click here to read all about the election controversy in this comments thread....
Also, video



from Meet the RIOC Board Nominee Candidates
night, which did not include the current serving RIOC Directors.

More video from Meet The RIOC Board Nominee Candidate.

Monday, April 24, 2017

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Roosevelt Island Community Report From RIOC President Susan Rosenthal - RI Bridge Bike Ramp, Sportspark Pool, Seawall Railing, Tram Station Elevators, Motorgate Waterproofing, NYPD 114 Community Policing & More

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal reported to the April 20 RIOC Board of Directors meeting (Video web cast here) on current projects including:

Roosevelt Island Veterans' Appreciation Tuesday April 25 - Stop By For Available Resources, Benefits Assistance & Refreshments

A reminder. According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

Join Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation and Roosevelt Island Seniors Association on Tuesday, April 25th from 6 PM - 8 PM at the Senior Center, located on 546 Main Street for Roosevelt Island Veterans' Appreciation. Stop by our island veterans-only event for refreshments, application assistance for benefits speaker and to discuss available resources for veterans. We hope to see you there!

More info on Roosevelt Island Veterans outreach efforts at this previous post.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day From Roosevelt Island, the International Space Station & NYC March For Science



Click on full screen icon for an incredible view.



More on today's Earth Day March for Science here.

Friday, April 21, 2017

RIOC President Expects Repairs Completed And Sportspark Pool Re-Opens By May 1, Aging Infrastructure And Neglect Cited As Cause Of Problem

Reported April 9 that the long delayed re-opening of the renovated Roosevelt Island Sportspark facility

Sportspark Image From Google Maps

took place Monday April 10 but that the Sportspark Pool


remained closed until further notice because of a leak discovered on Saturday, April 8.

Some good news. Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal reported to the April 20 RIOC Board of Directors meeting that repairs to the pool are underway and almost completed. Ms Rosenthal expects (hopes?) the pool will be open by May 1.

According to Ms. Rosenthal:
 ... We had emergency electricians and emergency plumbers come in....

....There's been alot of work done over the last week to get it fixed. I know alot of people have been disappointed....

One thing we learned is we can't just respond to problems. We have to look at these old buildings and other infrastructure around the Island and do work before there is a problem. That's going to be challenging for us.

It's been tough but I apologize to the community.... It's not the fault of anyone other than it's an old building. Things have not been updated over the years.


UPDATE 4/24 - According to RIOC Advisory:
Please be advised that, due to equipment failure, the Sportspark pool remains closed for repairs. RIOC staff is working closely with pool specialists to address the issue and expects the pool to re-open on Monday, May 1st.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

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Good News Again, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, That's 18 In A Row - E Train Service Too

Assuming today's subway service problems are fixed, the MTA reports there will be Roosevelt Island F Train service


to and from Manhattan this weekend.

That's 18 weekends in a row of Roosevelt Island F train service to and from Manhattan. The last Roosevelt Island weekend F train service disruption was December 16-19, 2016.

Also:
E Trains run via the F in both directions between W 4 St and 21 St-Queensbridge Weekend, 11:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Apr 21 - 24

Long Waits At The Roosevelt Island F Train Subway Station And Long Lines At Roosevelt Island Tram This Morning Due To 7th Avenue Station Power Loss

According to the MTA:

and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
MTA has advised that due to a power outage there is NO "F" train service in either direction. Please plan your travel accordingly and visit mta.info or call 511 for more information.
Roosevelt Island residents report:
The line for the North side of the tram is past sports park.
and:
The queue for the tram is really long now.
The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse adds:
Similar situation happened March 9 and January 9.

UPDATE 3:15 PM - Statement from NY Governor Andrew Cuomo's office:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed the New York State Department of Public Service and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to conduct an immediate investigation into Con Edison’s equipment failure that led to significant delays across MTA New York City Transit subways this morning.

New York City Transit subways experienced a loss of station power at the Seventh Avenue Station in Manhattan due to a Con Edison equipment failure. The outage resulted in the loss of signals, escalators, communications and station lighting. MTA New York City Transit immediately deployed MTA generators to the station to restore the signals allowing trains to bypass the station. Service has resumed with residual delays.

"The loss of power due to a Con Edison equipment failure during the morning rush hour caused a cascading effect and impacted the lives of thousands of commuters. Simply put, this was completely unacceptable and I am directing the Department of Public Service and the MTA to conduct an immediate investigation into the Con Edison equipment failure, the cause of the outage and the response to it. The New York City subway system is the lifeblood of the city and a critical means of transportation for millions of people, which is why we are making unprecedented capital investments into modernizing the system. The MTA will continue to deploy emergency resources to address the short-term issues, and our investigation will address all aspects of today’s events to get to the bottom of what happened."