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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Meet David Lawson, Candidate For Vice President Of Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council

As reported yesterday, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council is seeking candidates to run for election as President, Vice President and to represent the various building complexes.

Roosevelt Island resident David Lawson

is a candidate for RIRA Vice President and submitted the following statement to the community.
My name is David LAWSON. A father of two, I am a Westview resident and have been living on Roosevelt Island since 1998. I have worked 20 years at the United Nations on political, social and economic affairs, defending human rights, women’ and girls’ rights and minority rights. I have presided over a UN civil servant organization and worked with various international and US organizations and associations for civil rights.

I was elected a RIRA Common Council member for the first time in 2014 and re-elected in 2016. RIRA Planning Committee Chair since 2015, I have spearheaded work and significant progress on critical issues for the community, including transportation (ferry, bike use and infrastructure improvement, F-train service improvement, electric vehicles), environment protection (air quality control during Cornell construction, drinking water quality, South Point Park wildlife protection), reflections on the long-term impact of Cornell Tech and growing population dynamics on the island and its infrastructure, and I have established and entertain a constructive dialogue with RIOC President on those issues.

I run again this year because I strongly believe in the power of community and associative work for public interest. RIRA is an essential forum of dialogue for the Roosevelt Island residents with RIOC and allows for the voice of the Roosevelt islanders to be heard. I run for Vice President because, building on my experience with the Common Council governance and as Committee Chair, I want to help foster and promote further the work and outreach of the Council for the greater benefit of Roosevelt Islanders. With the newly elected RIRA President and Common Council members, I hope to contribute to more Roosevelt islanders participating to RIRA work and associate other RI institutions to its proposals, as well as enhanced visibility of its achievements.

If elected, as Vice-President, I will support the President and Council, enhanced RIRA communications with the community, sustained membership participation, widened participation in RIRA, fundraising, and I will work closely with relevant Committee chairs for enhanced coordination and effectiveness. I will continue to contribute to RIRA Common council debates, supporting enhanced communication with Roosevelt islanders, and support the on-going work of RIRA on environment protection, transportation, infrastructure, well-being and equitable treatment of our residents of all conditions and all ages, the future development of our Island and protection of our wonderful RI community.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns you would like to share or discuss, please reach out to me at

Against this background, I hope you will entrust me with your confidence and your vote on November 6th. I encourage you to go out and vote and to participate in RIRA Committees as these are open to all Roosevelt islanders! I thank you.

David LAWSON, RIRA Common Council Member and Planning Committee Chair
Will publish statement from other RIRA candidates as submitted.

If you wish to run for any RIRA Common Council seat, more info on nominating process here.

The RIRA election is Tuesday, November 6.

What Is Needed To Make Roosevelt Island A Better Place For Aging Adults To Live, Please Take Online Carter Burden Advantage Initiative Roosevelt Island Senior Center Survey - Affordable Housing Would Help

The Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center is conducting an online survey of people 60 years and older living on Roosevelt Island to help understand:

... how to make Roosevelt Island a better place for aging adults to live.

According to the Survey:
AdvantAge Initiative Roosevelt Island Survey

Welcome to the AdvantAge Initiative Roosevelt Island Survey

About the Survey

This survey is for people 60 years of age and older who live on Roosevelt Island.

This survey was designed to gather information from people like yourself about your living arrangements, health, and your feelings in general about your community. We hope to use this information to make Roosevelt Island a better place for you and other older people to live.

This survey is sponsored by the Carter Burden Network in partnership with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), with funding from The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation. The Carter Burden Network offers a variety of programming and services to individuals aged 60 and older in New York City and operates four senior centers, including one on Roosevelt Island.

In appreciation for your responses, we offer a chance to win one of twenty-five $25 gift cards for those who complete the survey by November 30, 2018. To enter the drawing you will need to provide your name, address, phone number and email address, if you have one, on a separate secure form upon completion of the survey questions. Only one survey entry per person is allowed.

To protect confidentiality, your name will not be associated with your responses to this survey.

If you have questions about the survey call or if you need services, please call the Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center at (212) 980-1888.
Please click here to take the survey.

Please feel free to share any thoughts in comments section too.

Roosevelt Island affordable housing for Seniors is one way to make our community a better place for aging adults to live.

More info on Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center at their web site.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Candidates Sought To Help Serve And Represent Our Community, Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council Building Elections Tuesday, November 6 - RIRA Nomination Forms Now Available, Fresh Ideas Needed And Welcomed

Are you interested in serving the Roosevelt Island community by becoming a member of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council?

RIRA's Election Nomination Committee Co-Chair Janet Falk tells us how.

According to Ms. Falk:

As a member of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) and one of its 44 members representing the various apartment buildings, I write to you.

You can play an important role in the future of our Island when you nominate yourself to serve on RIRA as advocate for your building.

Working with the other representatives, you will promote your neighbors’ interests and build unity among Island groups.

As Nominating Committee Co-Chairs, Rossana Ceruzzi and I encourage you to share this note with your neighbors through your internal communication system and in informal conversation.

Here are three reasons to serve as one of 44 RIRA Representatives:
  • Speak up for yourself and your neighbors
  • Strengthen your community
  • Make a difference
Nominees must be willing to volunteer and serve for FOUR hours per month.

Every resident of Roosevelt Island age 18 years or older is eligible to serve on RIRA and vote in the election. Learn more about RIRA and nominate yourself by completing the form at or email Janet Falk or Rossana Ceruzzi.

The election will be held on Tuesday, November 6.

Thank you for your support of RIRA.

With appreciation for your service to our Island community,

Janet Falk and Rossana Ceruzzi (RIRA Nominations Committee Co-Chairs)

New Roosevelt Island residents and any community member with fresh ideas are encouraged to be RIRA candidates for your buildings.

More info about RIRA nominations and responsibilities here.

Part 2 Of Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island Community Conversations With Faculty Members - Learn About Designing And Building Technologies For Underserved Communities With Prof Nicola Dell Wednesday October 17, More To Come

The second in a 4 Part series of Roosevelt Island community conversations with Cornell Tech Faculty members takes place Wednesday, October 17 with Professor Nicola Dell.

You're invited.

According to Cornell Tech:

Professor Dell will talk about her work designing and building technologies for under-served communities, both in the US and around the world. She will also take questions from the audience.

Community Conversations with Cornell Tech Faculty


Professor at Cornell Tech & The Cornell Information Science Department

Wednesday, October 17 @ 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Tata Innovation Center
Cornell Tech, 11 East Loop Road
To Register use link:
or email: or call 646-971-3744


Nicola Dell is an Assistant Professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech and a member of Cornell's Information Science Department. Professor Dell was born in Zimbabwe and received a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of East Anglia (UK) in 2004, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington in 2011 and 2015 respectively..


Professor Dell’s research interests are in human-computer interaction (HCI) and information and communication technologies for development (ICTD). Her main focus is on designing, building, and evaluating novel computing systems that improve the lives of underserved populations in the US and around the world. Professor Dell is broadly interested in understanding the social, technical, and infrastructural challenges faced by diverse populations and creating new technologies to address their uniquely-situated needs. To do this, she partners with numerous NGOs and government ministries to design and deploy novel computing systems that aim to have a positive impact in the world.

• Nov. 27th: Prof. Mor Naaman
• Dec. 11th: Prof. James Grimmelmann

These events are free and open to the public.
A sample of Professor Dell's current research projects are listed here and Professor Dell describes some of her work in this 2015 video, prior to coming to Cornell Tech.

During the August 16 Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Construction & Community Task Force meeting,

Cornell Tech Assistant Director of Community & Government Relations Jane Swanson described the upcoming series of community conversation with Cornell Tech Faculty and Roosevelt Island residents.

Register here to attend the October 17 Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Faculty Community Conversation.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Roosevelt Island Residents Arriving Home On Tram Greeted By Wonderful RI Jazz Collective - Let's Have More Music At Tram Plaza And Lose The Giant RI Monument Eyesore

Enjoy some local Roosevelt Island Jazz this Saturday evening.

Last Tuesday. October 9, Roosevelt Island residents arriving home on the Tram were greeted by our local Roosevelt Island Jazz Collective playing some very good music.

The Roosevelt Island Jazz Collective is made up of musicians Mark Hynes, Susheel Kurien, Bruno Razafindrakoto & Francois Alghisi.

Watch the video and enjoy the music. Don't miss Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal getting in the groove of the moment with some dancing moves.

The entertainment was part of RIOC and Hudson Related

 RIOC's Susan Rosenthal And Hudson Related David Kramer Posing By Giant RI Monument

introducing the Giant RI monument ntended to welcome residents and visitors to the Island.

Roosevelt Island resident Scott Pirro gives a positive review of the Giant RI Monument:

From my observation, most people, other than RIOC and Hudson Related staff were either indifferent or disliked the Giant RI Monument.

Instead of wasting money on the Giant RI Monument Eyesore to welcome residents and visitors, much better to pay our local musicians to play frequently at the Tram Plaza instead.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Roosevelt Island Is Getting A Brand New Bigger & Better NY Public Library Branch Opening By End Of 2019 - Take A Look At Scenes From Today's Groundbreaking Ceremony

In July 2012, New York Public Library (NYPL) President Tony Marx and Roosevelt Island's then NYC Council Member Jessica Lappin

Image of NYC Council Member Lappin, NYPL President Anthony Marx and Roosevelt Island Kids

announced plans for the relocation of the existing small and water leaking Roosevelt Island Branch Library to a much larger, brand new space on the first floor of 504 Main Street.

This morning, a little over 6 years later, Mr Marx

Image From NYPL

and Ms Lappin returned to the site of the new Roosevelt Island Public Library branch for its construction groundbreaking ceremony.
which is promised to open in late 2019.

According to this NYPL press release: