Updated: Dumb and Dumber: RIOC’s Unending Assault on the Disabled


Sure, dumb and dumber is a cliche, but how else can you describe the domino-like parade of stupid, callous behavior? New governor? So what? Nothing changed.

By David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

Dumb and Dumber, the Sequence

UPDATE, 9-12-21: Is the third time the charm? Maybe. Yesterday, RIOC amended their disabled access signs, redirecting visitors to the appropriate rear entrance. The signs are poorly placed, well inside the grounds, instead of at the entrance where they’d save steps.

But with this crew, we’ll take whatever we can get.

In the yard…
On the door…


A couple of weeks back, we reported on how RIOC sidewalk construction crews sent wheelchairs, pedestrians and stroller mom’s direct into oncoming traffic.

Then, not to be outdone, we caught RIOC directing disabled visitors at Blackwell House straight into bushes or construction, no other alternative.

Dumb and dumber, yes, but sadly not the dumbest.
We were encouraged in a way because RIOC couldn’t do worse. Or so we imagined.

Stupid and uncaring, yes. But when you consider that this is outside the door RIOC president/CEO Shelton J. Haynes uses entering and leaving his office every day, it approaches breathtaking.

But if you want dumb and dumber, the state agency that never makes a mistake went one giant step further. A photo shot today…

I’m sorry. There are no words.

A new governor seems to have made no difference. An EADD outbreak fully emptied RIOC’s capacity for thinking.

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