Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Reminder, You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting Thursday June 22 - Come Ask Questions And Share Concerns With Congresswoman Maloney, Comptroller Stringer, Public Advocate James, Borough President Brewer, Council Member Kallos, State Senator Serrano, State Assembly Member Seawright & RIOC

Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos invites the Roosevelt Island community to a Town Hall meeting with elected representatives tomorrow evening, June 22 at the Good Shepherd Community Center (543 Main Street) Mr. Kallos tweets:

More info at this previous post.

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Roosevelt Island Resident Seeks Peaceful Contemplation On East River Waterfront Promenade - Receives Village People Invitation To YMCA Instead From Passing Party Boat

Sometimes, you just want a relaxing few moments at night looking at the NYC East River waterfront and skyline from Roosevelt Island promenade when this happens:

Roosevelt Island Blackwell House Renovation, Seawall Railings & New Red Buses On Agenda For June 21 RIOC Board Of Directors Meeting Tonight - Public Comment Session Prior To Start Of Board Meeting Too

The June 21 Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors will take place starting 5:30 pm  tonight at the Cultural Center (548 Main Street).

 Image Of RIOC Board Of Directors Meeting

Prior to the start of the RIOC Board meeting, there will be a public comment period. Sign up here to speak at the meeting.

Among the items on the Agenda are:
Below is the full Agenda:





5:30 P.M.[1]

I. Call to Order

II. Roll Call

III. Approval of Minutes

1. May 25, 2017 Board Meeting (Board Action Required)

IV. Old Business

New Business

1. Presentation of RIOC's Audited Financial Statements for Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2017

2. Approval of Annual Report for Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2017 (Board Action Required)

3. Approval of Report on Procurement Contracts for Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2017 (Board Action Required)

4. Approval of Report on Investments for Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2017 (Board Action Required)

5. Approval of Property Report for Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2017 (Board Action Required)

6. Authorization to Enter into Contract with AFL Construction Co. Inc. for Blackwell House Interior and Ramp Way Renovations (Board Action Required)

7. Authorization to Amend the Contract with Elan Engineering, LLC for Seawall Railing Design and Consulting Services (Board Action Required – Materials to Follow)

8. Authorization to Enter into Contract with New Flyer Industries, Inc. for the Purchase of Two Diesel Buses (Board Action Required)

9. Authorization to Enter into Contract with Thomson Reuters for Access to On-Line Westlaw Legal Research Libraries (Board Action Required)

10. Approval of Extension of the FY 2016-17 Public Purpose Grants Period (Board Action Required)

11. President’s Report

12. Committee Reports

a. Audit Committee

b. Governance Committee

c. Operations Advisory Committee

d. Real Estate Development Advisory Committee

13. Public Safety Report

VI. Adjournment

1] The RIOC Board Meeting will commence following a public comment period. The public comment period is not part of the meeting.
According to RIOC memo in support of the Blackwell House renovations Agenda Item:
In 2014, the Board authorized RIOC to extend the contract with consultants, Saratoga Associates (“SA”), to proceed with coordination and re-filing of project documents for the Blackwell House Interior Restoration Project. SA completed its pre-construction services and the construction documents were approved by the NYC DOB for a contractor to obtain the required permits.

This project is partly funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) through a grant to the Roosevelt Island Historical Society in the amount of $364,000.00. At the conclusion of negotiations, the DCA/RIOC contract was registered on October 24, 2016, thus paving the way for the construction works to commence.
The scope of work consists of: demolition of the interior of the building; installation of new partitions, ceilings, doors, staircase and repairs to flooring; installation of new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; installation of a new ADA access ramp; repairs to the deteriorated porches....

... RIOC hereby recommends that a contract be awarded to AFL
Construction Co. Inc. for the Blackwell House Interior Restoration and Access Ramp Project for the sum of $1,465,200.00, with a 25% contingency of $366,300.00. The total project cost is $1,831,500.00. The duration of this project is 270 calendar days....
According to the RIOC memo in support of Public Purpose Grant period extended:
... Extensions of the FY 16-17 PPF Grants are requested for the following three (3) grantees:

1. Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance (“MSTDA”) – The grantee has completed its expenditures for scholarships, and some community programs for which PPF funds were requested. The grantee has requested an extension to hold some of the community programming over the summer of 2017, due to the scheduling needs of community organizations that will benefit from the programming. Therefore, an extension is requested to allow for this critical portion of MSTDA’s request to be performed during summer 2017, and for MSTDA to submit the corresponding documentation to RIOC.

2. PS/IS 217 Parent-Teacher Association (“PTA”) – The Salvadori Center has provided the programming for which PPF funds were requested. Some of the services performed by the provider took place during the school’s spring semester and the check to cover these funds was written after March 31, 2017. Therefore, an extension is requested so that the appropriate records may be submitted by PTA and accepted by RIOC.

3. Life Frames – Life Frames has completed the services for which the PPF funds were requested. However, a de minimis portion of the services (and corresponding expenses) were performed after the period of performance end of March 31, 2017. Therefore, an extension is requested so that the appropriate records may be submitted by Life Frames and accepted by RIOC.

The Public Purpose Grants are critical to programming and projects that benefit the community. Based on the foregoing, the extensions are requested through September 30, 2017, which should provide sufficient time for the remaining expenses to be incurred, submitted, and accepted.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

MTA Signal Problems Cause Long Delays For Roosevelt Island F Train Riders This Morning

The Twitterverse reports:

At 9:05 AM, Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) sent the following advisory:
MTA has advised that due to signal problems the F train is experiencing delays. Please plan your travel accordingly and visit or call 511 for more information.

For electronic updates on F Train service, sign up for MTA Alerts at
A resident asks:
A mob descended from the tram. Why does the RIOC notice give such uninformative info?

It should say, "Because F subway service to Manhattan is interrupted, the tram will run on an accelerated schedule to accommodate the travelers until F service is restored. "
It was a bad experience but fortunately not as bad as this June 5 F train

lower Manhattan incident.

UPDATE 6:55 - Statement today from Governor Cuomo:
The MTA is in a state of crisis. Historic underfunding leaves it with obsolete equipment going back to the 1940s. The bureaucracy is dysfunctional. The recent Penn emergency track closures on July 8 will be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back. The July 8 LIRR and New Jersey Transit cancellations will drive more people into the subway system, in the middle of the summer. There is no quick or small fix for the MTA. We are advancing $32 billion for the MTA capital plan – an historic amount – but it must be implemented: new cars purchased, new signals installed, new equipment acquired and new personnel hired. We are conducting an international conference next week for the best vendors.

"The MTA Board structure assumed regional participation in the metropolitan area’s transportation systems but left no one in charge. While New York State has six of the 14 voting seats – that is not control. There is no transformative plan that will require major change and possibly more investment that will be agreed upon by the various separate political bodies with competing needs. Complex projects don’t get effectively managed by unanimous agreement of large political bureaucracies. We don’t have 10 years to do this. The state will dedicate itself to the task and assume responsibility, but the state needs the authority.

"The state has taken a similar approach at the Port Authority. New York State is responsible for LGA and JFK Airports’ reconstruction. The state is responsible for oversight of the Tappan Zee Bridge, the Kosciusko Bridge, and many more. The state does not shy away from challenges, but we need the ability and authority to perform.

"On the Second Avenue Subway project, for example, the MTA was floundering. The state took control of the projects using state personnel. The other members of the MTA Board did not oppose the state’s role as it was either not in their region or because they had no desire to participate in what appeared to be a doomed project. The Second Avenue Subway had been delayed for years and was projected to miss the deadline again. With the state’s intervention, we completed the task on deadline.

"Some people assume the state’s six voting seats are the majority and say the state has control. Obviously, six is not a majority of the 14 voting seats, and many issues generate controversy that can cause the other jurisdictions to defeat the six votes. We have seen it already on questions of increasing local government’s operating expense contributions, but if their position is the state has control than actually providing that control should not be an issue. They can't logically assert state control and oppose it at the same time.

"In sum, let’s fix the fundamental and initial mistake – 'put someone in charge.' The state is the obvious entity to manage a regional network, and the state contributes a multiple of any other jurisdiction’s funding. The simple fact is if no one has the responsibility and the authority, fundamental, rapid change of any culture or system is impossible."

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association General Members Meeting June 21- Public Purpose Funds Distribution, Membership Drive, Upcoming Programs & More

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

Roosevelt Island Senior Association General Members Meeting

Wednesday, June 21st 7:00pm to 8:30pm 546 Main Street - Senior Center

Topics of Discussion - Public Purpose Funds Distribution

Membership Drive Updates

Upcoming Programs, Events, Trips, Classes and Workshops

Please join us. Your input and suggestions are valued for your community organization.

For more information contact 917-951-4137


More information about RISA available at their web site and this previous post.

Roosevelt Island Senior Center Carter Burden Program Upcoming Events & Services - Amalgamated Bank Financial Health Presentation, Exercising Your Mind, Fresh Food For Seniors Sign Up, Museum Field Trip & More

Samantha Romero is the new Roosevelt Island Senior Center Carter Burden Program Outreach & Community Engagement Director. Ms Romero reports

Hello everyone!

I hope everyone has had a pleasant week! To those of you who have stopped by my office: thank you! It has been an absolute pleasure to meet you! However, I do want to take a second to formally introduce myself to everyone:

My name is Samantha Romero, & I have taken over as of June 12th as the new Director of Outreach & Community Engagement. I am newly married to an active-duty Marine who is stationed in Camp Lejeune (North Carolina), & am a graduate of East Carolina University (GO PIRATES!), where I obtained two Bachelor’s degrees: one in Criminal Justice & another in Family & Community Services. I am currently in ECU’s online Criminal Justice program to obtain my Master’s degree. I am a bit of a newcomer to New York City; I moved here in the summer of 2015 after growing up in a small community in south-eastern North Carolina. Previously, I have volunteered for other non-profit organizations in North Carolina, as well as worked for an Eviction Prevention Housing Subsidy unit in the Bronx. I am so excited for all that is to come with being the Outreach Director, & I am even more excited to get to know you all! I am eager to bring some new activities & events here to the center for you all to enjoy, so please feel free to drop by my office to say “Hello!” & offer any suggestions for things you would like to see here. Thank you again for a great first week, & I am looking forward to the weeks & months to come!

Open-Door Office Policy: My door will be open from 10:00am until 12:00pm Monday through Friday, or by appointment. You can also find me in the lunchroom until 12:30pm. I love to chat with you all! However, in order for me to ensure I can coordinate some awesome events/activities/field trips for you all, I have to allocate a certain amount time for planning & speaking on the phone with outside agencies. Thank you in advance for your understanding! Stay tuned for some new events coming your way…!


Representatives from Senator Serrano’s office will be available from 11am-2pm in the lobby.

We will be having our June Birthday Celebration & Sing-Along Karaoke in the Cafeteria beginning at 12:30pm. Come enjoy some cake with us!


Join us from 12:30-1:30pm for a special presentation by the Amalgamated Bank Financial Health Presentation. 


Michael Sherman’s Art Class People, Places, & Things Exhibition will be held on Wednesday June 28th, 2017 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Make sure to stop by & indulge in some wine, cheese, & beautiful art!

The Alzheimer’s Foundation will be holding their “Exercise Your Mind: Brain-Healthy Living” Talk at 12:30pm on Thursday June 29th, 2017.

·Fresh Food for Seniors will begin sign-up on Monday June 26th & Tuesday June 27th. Sign-up will be held in the lobby. The pick-up will be Wednesday July 5th.

We are excited to announce an up-coming field trip to the Museum of the City of New York on Friday June 30th! We will be leaving the Senior Center at 12:00pm, & will be spending a couple of hours exploring & learning about the new exhibitions in the Museum. The van will have us back to the Senior Center by 4:00pm. If you are planning to enjoy lunch at the Senior Center prior to departure, please arrive by 11:20am. Sign-up with me in my office between 10:00am & 12:00pm Monday through Friday. Please note, sign-up is on a FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVE basis beginning Monday June 19th.

Join us for Broadway Health Care Staffing Bingo on Thursday July 6th from 1:00pm until 2:00pm in the Cafeteria.

Much more to come!


Membership and all of our programming are FREE. A voluntary contribution of $1.50 is suggested for lunch.
Welcome Ms. Romero to Roosevelt Island.

Monday, June 19, 2017

What A Sky Tonight - Gorgeous Roosevelt Island Rainbow Over NYC East River Waterfront & Queensboro Bridge

Wow, what a beautiful

NYC rainbow seen from Roosevelt Island tonight after the rainstorm.

(Click on full screen icon for better view)
and sunset seen from Roosevelt Island tonight.
UPDATE 10:25 PM - Frank Farance shares this image of tonight's

Roosevelt Island rainbow.

UPDATE 6/20 10 A.M. - More pics from last night's Roosevelt Island sky.

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