The purposes of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) are:
Over the years, RIRA has represented the residents of Roosevelt Island in negotiations with the State of New York and other official entities. It is recognized as the official representative of Island residents.
"RIRA is critical in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life for all Roosevelt Islanders. RIOC, its Board of Directors, the local politicians and the media acknowledge RIRA as the voice of this community by virtue of the fact that its members include the entire population of the Island and, most importantly, its delegates on the Common Council are elected to those positions every two years," said former President Matthew Katz.
All residents of Roosevelt Island are automatically members of RIRA. Those who take an active role as a Common Council Representative or Island-wide officer (President or Vice-President) have a special opportunity to influence life on Roosevelt Island.
RIRA actions have led to nomination elections for members of the Board of Directors of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), actions to save the Tram, preservation of the local Post Office and more. Your involvement is an opportunity to shape your community.
The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) was incorporated as a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation in 1977.
President: Jeffrey Escobar
Vice President: Sherie Helstien
Secretary: Susan PIcard
Treasurer: Todd Caplan
You can find the complete list of representatives in the Election Results.
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Responsibilities of RIRA Officers and Common Council Members
It shall be the responsibility of the President to co-sign with the Treasurer all checks.
To perform the responsibilities of office, the Vice President shall supervise the Nominations Committee, the Election Committee, the Auditor, and, should it exist, the Communication Committee.
In the temporary absence or inability to serve of the President, the responsibilities of the President shall be assumed by the Vice President who shall serve as President Pro Tempore.
In the event of a vacancy in the office of President, the Vice President shall become President until the completion of the term.