With anger already simmering over RIOC misconduct, PSD frustrations boiled over, this week, in a pair of incidents. But high paid management made things worse, failing to respond to valid complaints.
By David Stone
As PSD frustrations hit my inbox at an accelerated clip, I asked a local senior who reached out if anyone from RIOC’s management answered her complaint.
“That’s like asking if the Pope is Chinese!” she said.
Here is her story.
(Name withheld because of RIOC’s reputation for retaliating against critics.)
Most Frequent PSD Frustrations: They’re Invisible
“This afternoon, around 1:30, I was trying to cross Main Street at the crosswalk between the church and the alleyway next to Wholesome Factory,” the frustrated senior wrote.
“A UPS truck pulled into the crosswalk and between the northbound traffic and the southbound truck I had to wait for 7 minutes. It turned out the truck was waiting to turn into that alley. He had no left turn signal on and there was no way to see if there was any other traffic.
“There were no PSD officers in place at that crosswalk either,” she continued. Then added, “I guess that might happen after somebody gets killed?”
But finally, she continued. And grew more frustrated.
“Further, I was on my way to the Roosevelt Nails salon. As I was sitting at the drying station, which looks out onto Main Street and the crosswalk which goes from there to the opening between Westview and the deli shop, almost no vehicles going north stopped for the stop sign and crosswalk.
“Again, no PSD officers at that crosswalk either.
“I stopped into the PSD office. They listened but had no response.
“What the hell is going on with this department? I almost never see the officers outside, and certainly not at any of the crosswalks.
“I think it is time for us to contact our elected officials, both at NY City and NY State. After all, for what we pay out of our monthly maintenance as well as our taxes we certainly deserve a better situation than what we have now!”
About the situation we have now…
It goes beyond simple negligence because, as the complaint suggests, Roosevelt Islanders pay a lot of money for a Public Safety Department that’s all but invisible much of the time.
After other complaints eventually filtered up to management, PSD officeres started driving around with their lights flashing for no apparent reason. This, of course, increases visibility, but it has no impact whatsoever on the “community policing” they say they practice.
But that’s also invisible as most officers are either hiding inside headquarters or among a suspected cache of no and low show workers bloating RIOC’s budget.
Residents pay the bulk of $4 million every year, via the hidden RIOC tax, for a staff of fifty.
Before RIOC’s Communications Team banned distribution of PSD incident reports, they showed barely enough activity for ten officers, let alone 50.
Conclusion: Can We Expect Better?
PSD frustrations grow, but response has been consistently invisible, but that’s not saying no hope is possible.
Frequently published reports of PSD’s failures at managing bicycles and eBikes elicited a similar silence from RIOC, but they got better, nonetheless.
Bicycles on sidewalks lessened, and at least in the center of town, riders at least pause at crosswalks. The situation’s still hazardous, especially for seniors, but it’s better.
Keep on pushing. Keep on making noise.
You might slowly see some payback on your RIOC tax investment.
Also from the Roosevelt Island Daily News
- New York City Health & Hospital’s Community Mural Project Graces Coler“Healing in Community,” a part of NYC Health & Hospitals’s mural project, went live on December 1st at Roosevelt Islands’s Coler Rehabilitation Center. It’s one of nine additions to the wide-ranging effort this year. by David Stone The Roosevelt Island Daily News The Community Mural Project is believed to be the country’s largest public hospital
- The “Eviction Machine” Now Slams Into Roosevelt IslandAs a community, we always thought we were immune from these things, but the “eviction machine” described in a New York Times article, is building up momentum, attacking Roosevelt Island’s most vulnerable residents. by David Stone The Roosevelt Island Daily News What happened…shows how New York City’s housing court system, created in part to shelter
- Who Just Made the Big Fat Silence You Didn’t Hear?It was RIOC, and that big fat silence billowed out in every direction as it had for months. Starting with brutal accusations in a lawsuit condemning a wide swath of Roosevelt Islanders as racists, the vacuum spread through escalating lawsuits into… nothing. by David Stone The Roosevelt Island Daily News Another Big Fat Silence When
- FDNY Canceled a Dozen Inspections, Including at a Brooklyn Public School, to Fast Track City Hall VIPFire chiefs raised concerns about favoritism in the earliest months of the Adams administration, internal emails obtained by THE CITY show, as well-connected developers like The Related Companies lobbied to cut the fire inspection line. By Greg B. Smith Dec 3 12:00pm EST The pressure from Mayor Eric Adams’ team to fast-track an FDNY
- The Pentagon Just Can’t Pass An AuditConservative lawmakers calling for cuts should start with the agency that can’t account for $1.9 trillion — not the programs Americans rely on. By Lindsay Koshgarian | November 29, 2023 The Pentagon just failed its audit — again. For the sixth time in a row, the agency that accounts for half the money Congress approves each year