The Unbearable Mindlessness of Being RIOC: Chapter 37


The unbearable mindlessness of being RIOC hailed a fresh chapter in its history of unbelievable miscues. Fully visible. Smack dab where the Big Cheese must see and ignore it daily.

By David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

Previously criticized for seizing Blackwell House plus four parking spaces, RIOC president/CEO Shelton J. Haynes outdid himself in recent days.

Setting up an unabashedly ADA noncompliant office wasn’t enough because criticism failed at jiggling any response out of him. Or any change, of course.

But recent developments underscore how being RIOC means finding new avenues for insensitivity.

You may have seen our report from last Friday…

RIOC’s braintrust solved a sidewalk reconstruction issue by ordering pedestrians, moms with strollers and wheelchairs into Main Street on a blind corner.

The worst part of that miscue is that Haynes must walk past it at least twice a day as he hustles between his ADA non-compliant office in Blackwell House and his gas guzzler in the New York State Shelton J. Haynes Parking Area.

But being RIOC, the state agency that never makes a mistake not only did not fix it, they added insult to injury.

A tiny sign directs Blackwell House visitors away from the ADA non-compliant entrance… into the grass, bushes or an active construction area. Some choices.

Being RIOC means never having to say you’re accountable…

In tennis and sometimes in other sports, these are known as “unforced errors.” RIOC’s good at generating them, but maybe changes in Albany will also make them good at faking responsibility and fixing what’s clearly wrong.

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