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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Roosevelt Island Safest Neighborhood In NYC, But 6 Of 10 Assaults This Year Are Of Domestic Violence Involving Residents Who Are Doctors And Professionals Says RIOC Public Safety Chief Kevin Brown - Meet New PSD Deputy Chief Anthony Amoroso

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Safety Committee met last evening, October 22, with newly named Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Chief Kevin Brown (formerly Deputy Chief to recently retired Chief Jack McManus) and the newly hired Deputy Chief Anthony Amoroso.

Image Chief Brown and Deputy Chief Amoroso at 10/22 RIRA Public Safety Committee Meeting

Chief Brown reported that Roosevelt Island continues to be the safest community in NYC with 15  Index crimes reported to date this year, compared to 24 last year (January thru September 2019). Violence is almost non-existent said Chief Brown.

Of the 15 crimes, 10 were assaults, 3 grand larcenies, 1 burglary and 1 robbery.

Of the 10 assaults, 6 involved incidents of domestic violence. According to Chief Brown these incidents:
... are at high end of the community - doctors and professional people....
Here's report from Chief Brown on Roosevelt Island crime incidents to the RIRA Public Safety Committee last evening.

Chief Brown also reported that he will continue the community policing policies successfully implemented by recently retired Roosevelt Island Public Safety Chief Jack McManus. Unfortunately, Chief Brown told the Public Safety Committee that Chief McManus is currently in the hospital and asked to  keep him in our thoughts and prayers.

Also, Chief Brown introduced newly hired Deputy Chief Anthony Amoruso to the Public Safety Committee. Deputy Chief Amoruso, recently retired from the NYPD, described his experience and background to  the committee members and noted how much he and his wife love Roosevelt Island.

Here's the discussion

and report from RIOC on the meeting:
On October 22, 2019, PSD Chief Kevin Brown formally introduced Deputy Chief Anthony Amoroso to the Public Safety Committee of the Roosevelt Island Resident’s Association (RIRA).

Members of the committee wanted to know more about Deputy Chief Amoroso’s background in community policing. It is a practice that started on Roosevelt Island under former PSD Chief McManus and has been continued since Chief Brown took over for him earlier this year.

Deputy Chief Amoroso told the committee, “I have a lot of experience with community policing. At the beginning of my law enforcement career, one of my first assignments was with the Housing Police, Service Area #4 in Lower Manhattan. I was a Directed Patrol Officer, which meant it was my duty to conduct community policing in the Lillian Wald housing projects. I worked every day in the same housing development with the same residents for three years. That experience taught me how effective community policing can be.”

When asked if he was still committed to the idea of community policing in his new role on Roosevelt Island, Deputy Chief Amoroso assured the committee that he supported it one-hundred percent. “It was one of the first questions Chief Brown had asked me when he interviewed me for this job. He made sure I understood that community policing is not only important to him, but it’s important to the people of Roosevelt Island. In fact, it’s one of the many reasons why I wanted to work here.”

Roosevelt Island Is Not Immune To NYC Homeless Crisis - Residents Association Asks RIOC PSD Chief What Can Be Done After Receiving Info From Parent Witnessing Public Urination?

Roosevelt Island is not immune from the NYC Homeless crisis nor do we have any solution to this difficult issue of balancing individual rights and personal privacy with protecting the health and welfare of the community.

For example, yesterday a Roosevelt Island parent reported:

Yesterday as I was walking across the lawn by the subway, the homeless man who sits by Starbucks opened his pants and started peeing right in front of me on one of the trees (by the former sports bar). When I confronted him about it, and asked why he doesn’t use the bathroom at Starbucks, he cursed and yelled back, and told me to call the cops. I called Public Safety, filed a report, and followed him until the officers arrived (he went back to Starbucks, where all of his luggage was). Later that afternoon he wasn’t there, but his luggage was still standing by one of the tables.

I understand Starbucks is allowing him to stay there. I also understand that the shelter system is screwed up. But, This is not only disgusting behavior, it is also a health and hygiene issue. And as a mother of two little kids, I don’t want them to be exposed to this.

Is there anything we can do?
The Parent added the response from thr Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Department was:
... that they’ve spoken to the man about urinating in proper places (that’s after I called them to talk to him). And since they did not see it themselves, there’s not much more they can do at the moment. But they will ‘keep an eye’ on this guy now that they know what he looks like and where he usually hangs out. That’s it.

The homeless issue was discussed during last evening's Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Safety Committee (PSC) meeting with RIOC Public Safety (PSD) Chief Kevin Brown and Deputy Chief Anthony Amoroso

According to RIRA PSC Chair Erin Feely-Nahem:
... the community has to understand is that there is only so much they can do because they do have rights if they're not doing anything. Yes, if he was urinating and a Public Safety Officer saw it, the Public Safety Officer can give a summons....
I asked Chief Brown what PSD can and cannot do about the homeless issue.

Chief Brown said:
... If we don't observe the violation, we can't give a summons. If they're acting out in their behavior we will address it....
I followed up asking if there was any way to get them help, Chief Brown replied:
... We can call the homeless outreach unit and have other people respond...

Here's more info on the NYC Homeless Outreach Unit,

the full RIRA PSC discussion of homeless issue on Roosevelt Island

and from the Coalition For The Homeless.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Long Delayed Roosevelt Island Tram Elevator Project To Resume Construction End Of October - Soil Was Not Structually Sound For Original Foundation And Time Needed For New Design And Permits Says RIOC

The man in this picture taken yesterday,

like many Roosevelt Island residents, is wondering what is going on with the long delayed Roosevelt Island Tram elevator project?

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced in April 2016, that work on the new $6.1 million Tram Elevators would begin in September/October 2016 and be completed in one year.

But work did not start until May of 2018 and then was soon halted after discovering the soil was not structurally sound for the foundation originally designed for the project.

After changing the foundation design and obtaining new approvals from the NYC Departments of Transportation and Buildings as well as the MTA, RIOC reported during the October 15 Operations Advisory Committee meeting, that work on the 2 new Roosevelt Island Tram Elevators will begin by the end of this month, replacing the existing cramped and often broken elevator.

Here's RIOC Project Manager Prince Shah updating the RIOC Board on the Tram Elevator project.

According to Mr Shah, the the cost of the project has increased to approximately $7 million and should be completed by December 2020. Mr. Shah added that the foundation design changes will not effect anything seen above ground.

 Image of GC Eng Eng & Associates Tram Station Elevator Rendering From April 12, 2016 CB 8 Preeentation

Below is the Roosevelt Island Tram Station elevator plan presented to April 12, 2016 meeting of CB 8's Roosevelt Island Committee by GC Eng & Associates. According to the presentation. the new Roosevelt Island Tram Station will have:
  • Two New Glass Elevators
  • Increased User Capacity
  • ADA Compliant Elevators
  • Enhanced Destination Visibility
  • Greater Reliability & Maintainability  
  • Increased Lighting and Security
  • Improved Circulation

Roosevelt Island Thanks Nancy & Worth Howe For Contributions To Main Street Theater & Dance Alliance Performing Arts By Renaming Theater In Their Honor - You're Invited To October 26 Celebration

For the last 35 years, The Roosevelt Island Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA) has offered high quality live theater performances and classes to the Roosevelt Island Community. This Saturday, October 26, MST&DA is honoring the husband and wife team of Nancy and Worth Howe for their efforts in building the theater and contributions to the local performing arts community.

According to MST&DA

Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation is naming the Cultural Center theatre The Howe Theatre in honor of Nancy and Worth Howe. Nancy and Worth were part of the design and planning committee appointed by RIOC in 1990 to oversee the construction of what is now The Cultural Center at 548 Main Street. They were instrumental in helping physically to build the theatre. They are being honored in a plaque unveiling ceremony on October 26th from 3:30-4:30pm at the Cultural Center, 548 Main Street.

“Renaming the theatre in honor of Nancy and Worth Howe is a fitting tribute to two people who expanded the role of Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance and influenced creativity in our community,” said Susan Rosenthal, President and CEO of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC). “We at RIOC are honored to continue to support MSTDA.”

The Howe's served as directors for Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance from 1983-2005. Diana Brill, the founder of MST&DA, brought Nancy and Worth to Roosevelt Island to develop MST&DA into what it is now. They served on the executive staff of MST&DA from 1984-2005. "Nancy and Worth have a long history on Roosevelt Island and have impacted so many lives here over the years they were at MST&DA. Their contributions to Roosevelt Island performing arts are immeasurable and we are thrilled to honor them and their service to the community," says Kristi Towey, Executive Director of MST&DA.

The Howe's now live in Los Angeles, where they continue to work as professional actors. They are returning for this special event, along with many alumni and former MST&DA performers. As she prepared to leave MST&DA in April 2005, The Wire asked Nancy how she would like to be remembered. "I really cared about doing the very best, getting the very best out of the children, doing the very best shows for the adults and the kids, making them rise to the occasion, making them work as hard as they could to do the best job they could, and respect me and know that I respect them and love them at the same time."
More info on MST&DA at their web site and Facebook page.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Sponsored Post - You're Invited To Weill Cornell Medicine & NY Presbyterian Free Health & Wellness Fall 2019 Seminars - Tuesday October 22 What's The Deal With The Pancreas, October 29 How To Identify & Treat Stroke, November 12 Headache Matters And November 19 Keeping Your Liver & Gut Happy

You're invited to the Weill Cornell Medicine & NY-Presbyterian Free Health & Wellness Fall 2019 Seminar Series.

October 22 What’s the Deal with the Pancreas? Keeping it Healthy & When to See a Doctor

SriHari Mahadev, MD, MS

Allison Yang, MD, MPH

October 29 -  ACT FAST: How to Identify & Treat Stroke

Saad Mir, MD

Cinthia Holland, RN

November 12 -  Headache Matters: When Should I Worry & How Do I Get Control?

Susan W. Broner, MD

Alina Masters-Israilov, MD

November 19

Digestive Health and Weight Management: Keeping Your Liver & Gut Happy

Carolyn Newberry, MD

Sonal Kumar, MD, MPH

Time 6:30–8 pm

Place - All seminars held at:
Uris Auditorium
Meyer Research and Education Building
Weill Cornell Medicine
1300 York Avenue (at 69th St.)
All seminars are FREE and open to the public. Seating is available for 250 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

American Sign Language interpretive services will be provided at all seminars.

If you require a disability-related accommodation, please call 212-821-0888 and leave a message.

According to Weill Cornell Medicine Government & Communty Affairs:
Health & Wellness Seminars

Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) physicians actively educate their communities beyond standard appointment times. Wellness seminars, as well as presentations in collaboration with community-based organizations, create forums for attendees to learn about particular health topics, ask questions and engage in a communicative dialogue with our physicians. The WCM Division of Government & Community Affairs organizes these critically important opportunities to educate and expose common questions, misconceptions or concerns....
Watch the video below to learn more about Weill Cornell Medicine's public outreach programs

including the Health & Wellness Seminars and STEM Education.

More info on the Weill Cornell Medicine/NY Presbyterian Fall 2019 Health & Wellness Seminars.

Friday, October 18, 2019

RIOC President Susan Rosenthal Roosevelt Island Community Report - Southpoint Park East River Waterfront Access Project, Blackwell House Opening Not Yet, Motorgate Repairs, Electric Car Charging Stations, New Tram Elevator Construction Starting, Youth Center Renovations Nearly Complete, Halloween Parade & Town Hall With Nellie Bly Memorial Artist

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal reported to the October 17 RIOC Board of Directors meeting on the following subjects:

  • Southpoint Park project to open up both East and West Side sides between fence and East River giving access to the waterfront.

    More info here.
  • Blackwell House - no definite date yet when it will reopen. FDNY Fire inspection scheduled in middle of November and Department of Building inspection as well. Exterior painting currently being done. Hope to open by end of year but can't be sure.
  • Motorgate repairs waterproofing phase 1 done. Phase 2 to begin
  • Electric Car Charging Stations will be on 4th level by entrance to Motorgate Garage
  • New Tram elevator construction will start at end of October
  • Youth Center renovation will be completed next month.
  • Halloween Parade will march from Capobianco Field to Sportspark on Main Street
  • December 3 Town Hall with artist about the Nellie Bly Memorial.
Here's Ms Rosenthal's October 17 Roosevelt Island President's Report