About RIOC Board Members: What are they supposed to do…?


Serving as board members of a New York State public benefit corporation like RIOC is not your everyday walk in Central Park. It should be more like riding the subway during rush hour – exhilarating, intense, and you’re responsible for a lot of people.

Edited by David Stone

First off, a public benefit corporation’s board in New York is a lively ensemble, typically consisting of state officials, gubernatorial appointees, and even students in some cases. It’s like a Broadway cast but with less singing and more fiscal responsibility.

Part of being on this star-studded team involves considering more than just the bottom line. Board members must weigh the effects of their actions on the corporation’s public benefit. Think of it as playing a game of chess where the board is society, and every move has potential ripple effects.

What Do Board Members Typically Do?

Furthermore, members are expected to fulfill fiduciary duties to the organization and the public it serves. It’s like being a superhero, but instead of protecting the city from villains, you’re safeguarding charitable assets and ensuring they’re spent appropriately.

In addition, board members also need to research issues, develop goals, plan activities, conduct public hearings, and present recommendations. It’s kind of like being a detective, strategist, event planner, judge, and public speaker all rolled into one. Talk about a multifaceted role!

To sum it up, being a public board member is no small feat. It’s a high-stakes balancing act that requires meticulous attention to detail, a commitment to the public good, and the ability to juggle a variety of responsibilities.

But That Being Said…

Does that, to any rational person, look like anything RIOC’s board members do or have done?

Where does it call for passively standing by while the governor pushes her agenda through a figurehead executive?

We can’t find that anywhere, but we know what we are owed by the state, even if there is no pathway to success.

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  1. Hey David, love your news website. Even if parts of this post sound like it was written by ChatGPT. Please avoid it even for revisions if you can. Its tone is dull!

    I think your posts would feel more credible if you changed your author picture. The bathroom mirror selfie always stands out to me at the end of every post and reminds me that it’s just some random dude writing this stuff. But maybe that’s what you were going for. Anyway, thanks and hopefully we get real RIOC board members in the future who care about this place.

    • Thanks for your insights. They are appreciated. For the record, the photo I use is not an intentional selfie. I shot it to capture one of my favorite cats jumping on my shoulder for a walk around, something no other cat I’ve known has done. I just happened to be wearing a Yankees cap at the time. In the end, it was perfect, capturing my favorite things and keeping me a bit obscure. Although a lot of people know me, most don’t, and after receiving threats along with advice to watch out for them, I chose to be less easily identified by strangers. So, it’s me and not me.

      Thanks for your comment, especially considering the dull part. I’ll keep that in mind.

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