Update, July 11th, 2014
On behalf of all of us here at the Roosevelt
Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), I hope you
all had a very happy 4th of July
holiday. Thank you to all the members of the
community who came out to participate in last
Friday's neighborhood celebration at
Firefighter's Field. The karaoke and dance
competitions showed that we certainly have a lot
of talented residents on the Island, and I
enjoyed watching the live simulcast of the
fireworks with the rest of the community. Many
thanks to The Octagon, Fuji East, Main Street
Sweets, and Wholesome Factory for generously
contributing wonderful prizes to the event.
Photographs of the event are available on our
Facebook page (facebook.com/RIOCny).
we hope you'll join us again for the second and
third Outdoor Summer Movies at Southpoint Park.
Thor: The Dark World will be shown this Friday, July
11, followed by The Avengers on Saturday July 12.
Music and trivia will begin at 7 PM; the movies will
begin at dusk. Food and beverages will be available
for purchase at the event; bring a blanket or a lawn
In Memory of Lt. Gary Yee
month, RIOC and the Roosevelt Island
community lost a valued member of our team.
Lieutenant Gary Yee of the Roosevelt Island
Public Safety Department passed away on the
morning of Sunday, June 29. We are deeply
saddened by this loss and honor him for his
22 years and 4 months of dedicated service
to the Roosevelt Island community. We offer
our heartfelt condolences to his family and
friends during this difficult time.
Memorial services will be held for Lt. Yee
this Friday, July 11th, 12 PM at the Timothy
P. Doyle Funeral Home (845-452-0460, 371
Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie NY 12603).
Flowers may be sent directly to the funeral
home or, in lieu of flowers, a donation can
be made to the American Diabetes
The resurfacing of the Octagon Tennis Courts has
been completed and the courts are currently open for
permit holders. If you would like to play, you may
purchase a Tennis Permits online through the RIOC
website - please visit us at rioc.ny.gov/tenniscourts.htm
for more information or to apply.
Citizens Preparedness Training
case of emergency, is your family prepared
with a plan and the right tools? On
Wednesday, August 6 at 6:00 PM, the NYS
Citizens Preparedness Corps will host a free
disaster preparedness class for Roosevelt
Island residents at the Manhattan Park
Theater Club (8 River Road). In addition to
the training, each family participating will
receive a free Citizen Preparedness Corps
Response Starter Kit, which includes a first
aid kit, emergency food and water, AM/FM
radio, flashlight, and more items that are
useful in case of a man-made or natural
disaster. The training is free, but you must
register in advance in order to participate.
Visit www.prepare.ny.gov/training-events to
sign up. This class is presented by the
Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation of
the State of New York in Partnership with
the Citizens Preparedness Corps and the
Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.
At the southern tip of Lighthouse Park, the
repair and reconstruction of the Lighthouse Park
footbridges is underway. Contractors began work once
the lumber was delivered and are expected to be
complete reconstruction within the next two weeks.
We are eagerly anticipating the reopening of this
section of the Park to the public.
The repainting of the Manhattan and Roosevelt
Island Tram Stations has been completed. During the
next phase of the project, the station floors will
receive repairs, improvements, and overall design
upgrades. The RIOC Engineering department is
currently working with the contractors to create a
repair schedule that will have the smallest possible
impact on the Tram's operating schedule. In case of
any changes to the Tram's timetable, advisories will
be issued to the public via our RIOC Advisories
alert system (visit rioc.ny.gov to subscribe).