Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Roosevelt Island Resident & Pioneering Retired NYPD Detective Mary Fitzgerald Celebrates Her 97 Birthday - Watch Video Of Mary Fitzgerald Honored As 2018 Woman Of Distinction By NY State Senator Jose Serrano

Roosevelt Island resident Mary Fitzgerald, a pioneering member of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), celebrated her 97 birthday last Friday, January 17. According to this 2018 NY Daily News article reporting on the retired Detective's 95 birthday:

Before heading off to work, Mary Fitzgerald typically checked her oversized handbag: Keys. Makeup. A .38-caliber revolver....

... "I thought it would be an interesting job," the razor-sharp Fitzgerald told the Daily News about joining the force in December 1952. "It certainly proved to be."

In the era of stay-at-home TV moms like June Cleaver, Fitzgerald broke down barriers on the pickpocket squad and then in the Intelligence Division....
NY State Senator Jose Serrano

and members of the NYPD including the 19th precinct.

wished her a happy 97th birthday.

Retired Detective Fitzgerald was honored on June 27, 2018 by Senator Serrano with the 2018 Woman of Distinction Award. Ms  Fitzgerald is shown below at the 2018 Woman of Distinction Award Ceremony with Senator Serrano, Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal and NYPD Ceremonial Unit officers


and family and friends.


As reported June 26, 2018:
Roosevelt Island NY State Senator Jose Serrano will honor Roosevelt Island resident Mary Fitzgerald as a 2018 Woman Of Distinction. According to Senator Serrano's office:
On Wednesday, June 27th (tomorrow) Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) will be recognizing pioneer NYPD Detective Mary Eileen Fitzgerald as the 2018 Woman of Distinction for the 29th Senate District.

A Bronx native, Ms. Fitzgerald had an illustrious career in the NYPD spanning several decades from 1952-1983. During her time in the NYPD, Fitzgerald protected several of the 20th century’s most iconic women— from Israel’s Prime Minister Golda Meir and Queen Sophia of Spain to First Ladies Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson and Nancy Reagan. She spent 31 years serving the residents of New York City in the NYPD before retiring in 1983 at the age of sixty.

"Women like Mary paved the way for the more than 6,000 female NYPD officers active today," said Senator Serrano. "Her incredible story, spanning three decades of serving the people of our city, is an important part of New York history and I am proud to honor her as this year's Woman of Distinction.”

The Woman of Distinction award highlights outstanding women living and working in New York State whose contributions have greatly enriched the quality of life in their communities and beyond.
Here's the 2018 Woman Of Distinction Award ceremony honoring Roosevelt Island resident and retired detective Mary Fitzgerald beginning with:
Part 1-  presentation of colors and singing of the National Anthem, RIOC President Rosenthal describing Mary Fitzgerald as an inspiration for other women,



Part 2 - Senator Serrano praising Ms Fitzgerald for her pioneering service and



Part 3 - Mary Fitzgerald thanking everyone for their presence at the Ceremony as well as expressing appreciation to all the current NYPD police woman (approximately 6 thousand) for their service.

Here's more info on Woman in the NYPD.

Happy Belated 97th Birthday to Roosevelt Island resident and pioneering retired Detective Mary Fitzgerald.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day Today, Take A Moment To Remember And Honor His Legacy


The third Monday in January has been designated as a Federal holiday in honor of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was born January 15, 1929 and was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Dr. King is remembered and honored for many things including his 1963 "Letter from a Birmingham Jail".

An excerpt:
... A law is unjust if it is inflicted on a minority that, as a result of being denied the right to vote, had no part in enacting or devising the law. Who can say that the legislature of Alabama which set up that state's segregation laws was democratically elected? Throughout Alabama all sorts of devious methods are used to prevent Negroes from becoming registered voters, and there are some counties in which, even though Negroes constitute a majority of the population, not a single Negro is registered. Can any law enacted under such circumstances be considered democratically structured?

Sometimes a law is just on its face and unjust in it's application. For instance, I have been arrested on a charge of parading without a permit. Now, there is nothing wrong in having an ordinance which requires a permit for a parade. But such an ordinance becomes unjust when it is used to maintain segregation and to deny citizens the First-Amendment privilege of peaceful assembly and protest....
The full text of Letter From A Birmingham Jail is here and a short excerpt of audio below.



Here's an excerpt of Dr. King's last speech on the night before his assasination - I've Been To The Mountain Top.



Politcio has an excellent article on the last years of Dr. King's life.
... Almost 50 years after his death, we remember MLK as the transcendent figure who helped lift the South out of Jim Crow. We also remember him as almost preternaturally calm in the face of great pressure and danger. He was indeed all of these things. But the passage of time has obscured his dimensionality. In the last years of his life, King expanded his vision beyond the former Confederacy and took on a broader struggle to dismantle America’s jigsaw edifice of racial and economic discrimination—a struggle that took him deep into northern states and cities, where onetime allies became bitter enemies. He did so even as he strained to keep a fractious civil rights movement unified, and in the face of unremitting sabotage from federal authorities.

He was a young man, still in his 30s—foisted onto the national stage with actors many years or decades his senior, suspect in the eyes of both younger and older civil rights leaders—and the burdens of leadership took their toll on him....
Take a moment today to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the good work he accomplished to make our country a better place.

More on Dr. King from History.com

Saturday, January 18, 2020

First Roosevelt Island 2020 Snow Day, But Where Do Kids Go To Sled? 2 Youngsters Found The Sloping Hills Of Cornell Tech Campus A Fun Place To Sled

Roosevelt Island got its first snow day of 2020 but unlike past years, local kids having fun and enjoying themselves sledding in the snow was not to be seen.

Unless you happened to be walking on the Cornell Tech campus and spotted 2 youngsters having a great time sledding down one of the sloping hills on the campus.



In past years, Roosevelt Island kids and their parents would be sledding on the Southtown Hill



which is no more due to the construction of Riverwalk Building 8.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Public Lewdness Incident At Roosevelt Island Roosevelt Landings Building - Witness Unable To Identify Suspect, PSD Increasing Patrols And Building Management Checking Security Cameras To Identify Him Says RIOC

I asked the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Chief Kevin Brown yesterday:

Any more details on Public Lewdness Incident yesterday at Roosevelt Landings described in Public Safety report below.

01/16/20 – 0026 – 546 Main Street – Public Lewdness – PSD responded – Report Written.

Is it related to past incidents of Public Lewdness?
RIOC Public Information Officer Terrence McCauley replied today
On 1/6/2020, the Public Safety Department received a lewd conduct complaint in 546 Main Street. Upon further investigation, PSD determined that the witness was not able to identify the suspect. However, PSD will increase patrols in the building and the building management company will also be looking at their security footage in an attempt to help us identify the subject.

The suspect appeared to be pleasuring himself.

Very Cool Time Lapse Video Showing Artist Painting Sunset On The Roosevelt Island Lighthouse.

Take a look at this very cool time lapse video showing an artist watercolor painting of the Roosevelt Island Lighthouse.



Click on full screen icon at bottom right of video for better view.

NYPD 114 Precinct Alerts Roosevelt Island Residents To Phone, Text & Email Scams - Just Hang Up

The NYPD 114 precinct, which covers Roosevelt Island, wants us to be aware of phone, text and email scams.