Community Affairs

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The Community Relations Department is a highly visible, proactive unit representing the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) and is tasked with establishing, building, and sustaining relationships within the R.I. community. Its mission is to inform the public and promote RIOC’s initiatives and goals while maintaining working and cooperative relationships with the community as well as the board of directors, elected officials and all city, state and federal entities who do business with the corporation.


The department's main functions include: 

  • Advertising
  • Branding
  • Communications
  • Graphic Arts
  • Handling media relations
  • Marketing
  • Promotions
  • Publications
  • Publicity

The department also manages RIOC Advisories; a community notification system that issues notifications and emergency alerts to subscribers via telephone, email and text message.

The department also manages RIOC’s social media presence via Facebook and Twitter, and coordinates the island’s special events.