Monday, October 24, 2016

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association General Members Meeting Tuesday October 25 - Agenda Includes President's Report, Introduction Of New Board Of Directors, Upcoming Events & More

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA) President Barbara Parker reports:


WHEN: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

TIME: 6:30-8:00 P.M.


546 Main Street

The agenda will include:

President's Report - The Future of RISA

Introducing our new board of directors and their backgrounds

Discussing upcoming events

Forming committees

Program and Event ideas from members

Financial Report

We Look forward to your suggestions and how you would like to help with the revitalization of RISA. To confirm your attendance, please contact 917-951-4137

Meet Your Candidates For Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council November 1 & 2 - Deadline To Run For RIRA Common Council Tuesday, October 25

Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Election Committee Co-Chair Sharon Williams reports:

The Roosevelt Island Resident’s Association (RIRA) Common Council will be holding its election of council members on Tuesday November 8 at PS217 and the Octagon. We invite you to come meet your building’s candidates on Tuesday November 1st at 8:00 p.m. The following is a schedule of the districts and their candidate night locations. Please find your building and the corresponding candidate night location.

Island House, River Cross, Roosevelt Landings: 546 Main St. in the Senior Center.

Manhattan Park, Octagon and Westview: 625 Main St. in the Westview Community Room.

Southtown buildings (buildings 405, 415, 425, 455, 465, 475 and 480 Main St.): 455 Main St. party room.

We also invite you to come meet the candidates for president and vice president on Wednesday November 2nd at 8:00 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Chapel at 543 Main St.

Please note, anyone interested in running for a seat on the RIRA Common Council, or to vote in RIRA election, you do not need to be a citizen. You must only be at least 18 years of age and a resident of Roosevelt Island. If interested, you may pick up a nomination form through October 25th at the Public Safety Office (550 Main St.) or the Public Library (524 Main St.). The form must be completed and deposited in the red box at the Public Safety Office no later than Tuesday October 25th, at 9:00 p.m.
RIRA's Election Nomination Committee Chair Adib Mansour adds:

Residents will be pleased to learn that many of their neighbors have submitted their nominations for election to The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA). We have a nearly complete slate for the RIRA 2016 Election, which will be held on Tuesday, November 8.

All residents of Roosevelt Island are eligible to vote in this election, regardless of citizenship.

Every building has between three and eight seats on RIRA, allocated by population.

There are still openings for candidates from Rivercross, Roosevelt Landings Manhattan Park and Octagon (as well as other building). Step up and be a member of the community who contributes to our future.

RIRA’s mission is to represent the interests of residents to all governmental, quasi-governmental and private institutions that develop policy affecting Roosevelt Island and its residents; that supervise or manage our housing and that supervise or manage other Island operations. RIRA serves to ensure that the health, safety and welfare of its members and the quality of life in our community are maintained and improved.

The rewards of serving are far greater than the time commitment of three hours per month to enrich the lives of our neighbors and community. Anyone who is at least 18 years old may serve, regardless of citizenship or nationality.


If you are interested in making a difference on Roosevelt Island, please contact Adib Mansour, Chair of the Election Nomination Committee, at to arrange a conversation about RIRA and how you might participate as an elected representative.


Here is a link to the RIRA Nomination Form.

It must be completed and deposited in the red box at the Public Safety vestibule NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2016 at 9:00 pm.

Wildlife Freedom Foundation Invites You To Roosevelt Island Halloween Dog Show Sunday October 30 - Prizes For Funniest, Scariest & Best Halloween Pooch Costume

Roosevelt Island based Wildlife Freedom Foundation is hosting a Halloween Dog Show Sunday October 30th from 12:30 to 5 PM at the Manhattan Park Theater Club (8 River Road).

Register at the Wildlife Freedom Foundation web site or at the door (Manhattan Park Theater Club, 8 River Road).

Friday, October 21, 2016

An Evening Of Dance & Music Presented By Roosevelt Island's Main Street Theater & Dance Alliance Saturday October 22 - Dances By Isadora Duncan & Original Works From Courtney Ramm

Roosevelt Island's Main Street Theater & Dance Alliance (MST&DA) is hosting An Evening Of Dance & Music Saturday evening, October 22, at the Roosevelt Island Cultural Center (548 Main Street).

According to MST&DA:

October 22nd, 2016 - An Evening of Dance & Music featuring Courtney Ramm of Hawaiian based dance company RammDance in the Howe Theatre at 7pm. $10 suggested donation. Limited to first 100 audience members. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Here's Courtney Ramm performing works by Isadora Duncan in 2013

at the Good Shepherd Chapel.

SPONSORED POST - Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket Bonus Savings Card Diamond Rewards Loyalty Program October 21 To November 3 - Get Exclusive Offers And Earn Points On Hundreds Of Items To Be Redeemed On Next Order

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket

brand new Diamond Rewards customer loyalty program for October 21- November 3 is now available .
Gristedes representative Bob Capano explains the new Customer Diamonds Rewards Loyalty Program, how to sign up to receive exclusive offers and earn points that can be redeemed on your next order.

According to Gristedes:
Start Earning Points Today

Join the Diamond Rewards loyalty program today! Get exclusive offers and earn points on hundreds of items! Get $5 Coupons for every 500 points earned, redeemable on next order.

Look for the Diamond Rewards label on the shelf or the product
Examples of featured items purchased from October 21 - November 3 that earn you big points include
  • Horizon Organic Eggs earn 100 points,
  • Chock Full O'Nuts Coffee earn 75 points,
  • Bounty Big Roll Paper Towels earn 50 points,
  • Turkey Hill All Natural Ice Cream  earn 25 points and
  • many more shown in flyer below.

If you have a Gristedes Bonus Savings Card and provided your email address, you are automatically enrolled in the Diamond Loyalty Program.

You can sign up for a Gristedes Bonus Savings Card online or in store - just make sure you give your email address and whether you are a new or existing Bonus Savings Club member, in order to be eligible for the Diamond Rewards Loyalty program.

Also, Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket invites you to check out their:
  • Groceries, 
  • Organic & Gourmet, 
  • Snacks
  • Meat, 
  • Fresh Produce, 
  • Deli &;
  • Fresh Bakery
Department Offerings for October 21 - November 3 (Pages 1-4)  and Perishable Items October 21 - October 27 (Pages 5-6)

Gristedes representative Bob Capano invites Roosevelt Island residents to check out their various product departments for all of your shopping needs.

Don't forget the 10% Roosevelt Island Seniors Discount on Tuesday and Wednesday and Sign Up for the Gristedes Diamond Loyalty Rewards Program.

More Gristedes Supermarket information available at their web site, Facebook Page and Twitter feed.

No Roosevelt Island F Train Service To Manhattan This Weekend, Or Next

According to the MTA Weekender:

F Coney Island-bound trains run via the E from Roosevelt Av to 5 Av/53 St Weekends, 11:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Oct 21 - 24 • Oct 28 - 31

Trains resume regular service at 47-50 Sts.

No Coney Island-bound service at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63 St and 57 St.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Roosevelt Island Seniors Center Halloween & Fall Decorations Courtesy Of Carter Burden Center For The Aging Macy's Volunteers

Caroline Enjalbert, Assistant Director of Volunteer Services for The Carter Burden Center for the Aging reports:

On Friday, October 14th, over 20 dynamic Macy’s employees

volunteered at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center,

a program of the Carter Burden Center for the Aging. With their help,

the Roosevelt Island Senior Center has been decorated

with a Halloween and Fall theme.

The volunteers also designed creative cards

to be delivered with meals to homebound seniors who live on Roosevelt Island and in the Upper East Side.
Patricia Mays, Director of Development for the Carter Burden Center for the Aging adds:
The Carter Burden Center has enjoyed a robust philanthropic partnership with Macy’s for over ten years. Not only has Macy’s generously contributed financially to the Carter Burden Center mission, it’s volunteers have tirelessly donated thousands of hours in various center activities and initiatives.

Thanks to corporate donors like Macy’s, the Carter Burden Center’s volunteers are able to offer a range of services, such as health workshops that promote wellness to body, mind and spirit, case management and supportive counseling to seniors through the Elder Mistreatment & Abuse Prevention Program, and keeping seniors active through arts programs that engage their creativity and help them learn new skills.

In addition to the Carter Burden Center’s committed staff, last year 3,500 volunteers gave over 31,000 hours of their time so that these programs could thrive. These volunteers help reach many more seniors in a personal way by assisting with grocery deliveries to seniors who are homebound, providing health education and monitoring vital signs, and teaching English as a second language.

On Monday, November 7, 2016, The Carter Burden Center for the Aging will hold its 45th anniversary gala, at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in NYC, with a “Celebrating Volunteerism,” theme honoring Macy’s with the 2016 Business Leadership Award, with Peter Sachse, Macy’s Chief Growth Officer, accepting the award on behalf of Macy’s.”
If you are interested in volunteering with the Carter Burden Center for the Aging Roosevelt Island Senior Center or other Carter Burden programs, check out their web site for more information.

UPDATE 10/21:

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Board Of Directors Meeting October 20 - Acting RIOC President/CEO Susan Rosenthal To Be Appointed Permanently To Position, Was There Any Executive Search Process For Job?

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board Of Directors are meeting tomorrow, October 20. Late this afternoon, RIOC issued an amended agenda to include the appointment of Acting RIOC President/CEO/ and General Counsel Susan Rosenthal

as the permanent RIOC President/CEO. According to the amended RIOC Agenda:
5. Appointment of Susan G. Rosenthal to the Position of President/Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation (Board Action Required–Materials to Follow)
I don't know if any other candidates were interviewed for the RIOC President/CEO position by the RIOC Board of Directors or if any executive search process was conducted to fill the position.

Here's the amended agenda:




5:30 P.M.[1]

I. Call to Order

II. Roll Call

III. Approval of Minutes

1. September 8, 2016 Board Meeting (Board Action Required)

IV. Old Business

New Business

1. Authorization to Amend Contract with Major Systems Mechanical Corp. for the Boiler Installation and Heating System Improvements at Sportspark (Board Action Required)

2. Authorization to Amend Contract with RJ Green Construction Corporation for the Sportspark Roof and Fa├žade Repairs (Board Action Required)

3. Authorization to Enter into a License with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Make Environmental Findings, Override Portions of the New York City Zoning Resolution and Take Related Actions for the “Citywide Ferry Service Project” (Board Action Required)

4. Authorization to Amend Contract with Hawkins Webb Jaeger, PLLC for Engineering Consulting Services (Board Action Required)

5. Appointment of Susan G. Rosenthal to the Position of President/Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation (Board Action Required–Materials to Follow)

6. President’s Report

7. Committee Reports

a. Audit Committee

b. Governance Committee

c. Operations Advisory Committee

d. Real Estate Development Advisory Committee

8. Public Safety Report

VI. Adjournment
UPDATE 10/21- Following a discussion in Executive Session, closed to the public, the RIOC Board approved appointment of Susan Rosenthal as the permanent RIOC President/CEO by a vote of 5 to 1.

RIOC Director Margie Smith was the only dissenting vote, not she said because of any objection to Ms. Rosenthal, but because Ms. Smith objected to the process of excluding the RIOC Directors from participating in the selection process once again by the Governor's office.

Video of the discussion on this subject here.

Choosing A New York City Kindergarten For Your Roosevelt Island Child Workshop Hosted By Roosevelt Island Parents' Network Sunday October 23 - Please RSVP By October 20

Roosevelt Island Parents' Network Coordinator Eva Bosbach reports:

Dear RI Parents,

Please find below an invitation

to the 6th workshop in the free "Parents for Parents" series by the RI Parents' Network, on the topic "Choosing a Kindergarten", this Sunday, October 23rd, 4-6pm. This is a panel from RI parents for and with RI parents about elementary school choices for RI families.

Please RSVP with the full names of everyone attending to  until Thursday, October 20.

This event is hosted by the Roosevelt Island Parents' Network, the Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation, Main Street Sweets & Eats and the Girls Scouts of Roosevelt Island. Special thank you to Janine Schaefer and Girl Scout Troop 3244 & 3245 for designing our flyer this year!

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, :)
Here's video  excerpt

from the 2015 Roosevelt Island Parents' Network Kindergarten workshop.

More video from the 2015 Roosevelt Island Parents' Network kindergarten panel.

If you have a child entering kindergarten next year, this is a great workshop to attend.

Contact the Roosevelt Island Parents' Network for more information.  

UPDATE 8:30 PM - Ms. Bosbach adds:
We have a lot of interest and have extended the RSVP to the 22nd to accommodate everyone.