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Posted on: June 30, 2020

[ARCHIVED] RIOC Weekly Newsletter

RIOC Weekly Update

CM Kallos and Shelton Haynes

COVID-19 Testing Week Has Begun on Roosevelt Island

Yesterday, RIOC’s Acting President and CEO Shelton Haynes joined NYC Council Member Ben Kallos, the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, and members of the community to begin a week of free COVID-19 testing on Roosevelt Island. "RIOC is happy to work with Council Member Kallos and H+H to bring COVID-19 testing to our community," said Acting President Haynes. "Many of our elderly and disabled residents who have difficulty going to Manhattan or Queens will be able to be tested only a short distance from their home."

The temporary testing facility will be under the Helix for the rest of this week, until Thursday, July 2, 2020, from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM each day. Testing is free and will be done on a first come, first served basis. No RSVP is required. Residents 65 and older will have a separate line where they can wait to be tested. 

This free service was made possible by RIOC, NYC Council Member Ben Kallos, NYS Senator Jose M. Serrano, NYS Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Community Board 8, and the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA).

To read more about the kick off event, please click HERE

RIOC Board of Directors Meeting - Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 5:30 PM via Videoconference

  • To review board meeting materials and notices, click HERE
  • To submit written comments to be read before the meeting, click HERE
  • To view the meeting online, click HERE

Enjoy the Fourth - Safely. Fireworks are Dangerous and Illegal

As we approach the July 4th holiday, RIOC asks everyone to remember that fireworks are not only dangerous, they are also illegal. For everyone’s safety, leave fireworks to the professionals and refrain from using them on Roosevelt Island or elsewhere.

Don’t Tweet It, Don’t Post It, TIKKIT!

Social Media is a great way to share news and stay connected, but it’s not the best way to inform RIOC of a problem on Roosevelt Island. That’s why we have Tikkit, the easy-to-use portal to submit complaints and issues directly to our staff. All you have to do is sign up and log on to send us an issue immediately. You can even attach a photo, if necessary. Get started by clicking here today:

Transportation Updates

  • On Friday, June 3, 2020, the Tram and Red Bus will operate on a weekday schedule. There will be no Octagon Express Bus. 
  • MTA Service -
  • NYC Ferry Service -

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