Roosevelt Island

Governance of Roosevelt Island:

The legislation that would address direct election of members of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation has stalled repeatedly in the State Legislature. There is no issue more important to Roosevelt Island residents than having a RIOC board that is responsive to the voters in the community who elected them. The fact that several governors have allowed terms to lapse without appointment and re-appointment is unconscionable; this situation hampers the effective work of the RIOC Board, whose members are unsure when they might be replaced at the whim of the Governor or Mayor. I will do everything in my power to work with my colleague in the State Senate to ensure this legislation is revised, consistent with the input of those Roosevelt Island residents who have fought this battle for so many years, and passed by both chambers of the State legislature and signed by the governor.



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