Overcoming New York State resistance, one Roosevelt Islander made sure the community made a statement.

Overcoming New York State resistance, one Roosevelt Islander made sure the community made a statement.

Notoriously hostile to genuine community engagement, RIOC denied Roosevelt Islanders any role in its 9/11 Tribute. But a determined Residents Association president Rossana Ceruzzi refused to be shunted aside.

Rossana Ceruzzi, RIRA’s president, arrived with a supply of flags. She was not greeted by the alleged Community Relations Team.

Ceruzzi placed flags around the 9/11 Memorial Tree, unassisted by RIOC.

Neither she nor any other resident was invited to participate in the official ceremony.

Ceruzzi took her place among the RIOC insiders, completing the Unsmiling Quartet, her flags tickled by a small breeze behind them.

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