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The Unbearable Light Headedness of Being RIOC: Board Meeting Edition


We already know that being RIOC means never having to say you’re sorry. After all, why would you when you never get it wrong? But it also means scrambling messaging and information until goofy lightheadedness seems normal.

by David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

Late this morning, on just six hours’ notice, there was an anonymous RIOC email blast:

“Please be advised that the RIOC Board of Directors Meeting scheduled for tonight, September 22nd, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.”

Trouble was, the state agency that never gets it wrong never emailed anything earlier about the meeting.

It reminds me of the old Henny Youngman‘s advice on how to drive someone crazy. Send them a telegram that says, “Ignore first wire.”

But being RIOC doesn’t stop there. The board meeting “…will be rescheduled at a later date..?” Yet, according to RIOC’s website, it was already rescheduled. Yesterday.

Adding spice to the mix is a previously unknown Audit Committee Meeting. It’s also rescheduled.

Understanding Why Being RIOC Is So Squirrelly Now

The current mixup looks like a direct result of the ill-advised dismissal, for no good reason, of Chief Financial Officer John O’Reilly earlier this month.

RIOC needs to get its preliminary 2023 budget ready for Albany’s review, and without O’Reilly, it seems they weren’t ready. It must be approved by the Audit Committee before it reaches the full board.

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