Official Presentation Before Opening

Rebecca Seawright Introduces NYC Ferry Service For Roosevelt Island

Susan Rosenthal, Rebecca Seawright and José Serrano Jr. at the Visitor Center.
Susan Rosenthal, Rebecca Seawright and José Serrano Jr. at the Visitor Center.
Photo Credit: Office of Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright.

Opening of the NYC Ferry's Astoria Route on August 29th is big news for Roosevelt Island. On Wednesday, August 23rd, State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright delivered an official presentation to a packed audience in the Good Shepherd Community Center.

Arriving early, Seawright joined RIOC President/CEO Susan Rosenthal and State Senator José Serrano Jr. for a quick tour.

Seawright, Serrano and Rosenthal pose at the Roosevelt Island Ferry Landing entrance.
Seawright, Serrano and Rosenthal pose at the Roosevelt Island Ferry Landing entrance.
Photo Credit: Office of Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright.

At the Good Shepherd Community Center, Seawright and the speakers she assembled found a packed house. Roosevelt Island interest in the soon to launch ferry service runs high.

State Assembly Member Seawright before a packed house in the Good Shepherd Community Center
State Assembly Member Seawright before a packed house in the Good Shepherd Community Center
Photo Credit: Office of Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright.

Roosevelt Islanders heard from representatives from NYC Ferry; New York City's Economic Development Corporation, which managed the task of starting up, completing and polishing the new service; RIOC President/CEO Susan Rosenthal; and Deputy Manhattan Borough President Matthew Washington.

Roosevelt Islanders excitement over NYC Ferry service fills the room with anticipation.
Roosevelt Islanders excitement over NYC Ferry service fills the room with anticipation.
Photo Credit: Office of Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright.

Roosevelt Islanders have waited a long time for ferry service which always seemed as natural for an island community as it was frustratingly unattainable. Until now - and the turnout reflected enthusiasm and relief.

Justine Johnson, Assistant Vice President, Government and Community Relations, spoke on behalf of EDC
Justine Johnson, Assistant Vice President, Government and Community Relations, spoke on behalf of EDC
Photo Credit: Office of Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright.

When Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed greatly increased ferry service for underserved communities, Roosevelt Island got on the list, and EDC came through with a place on the Astoria Line, starting next week.

Deputy Manhattan Borough President Matthew Washington joined the speakers.
Deputy Manhattan Borough President Matthew Washington joined the speakers.
Photo Credit: Office of Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright.

Speakers welcomed questions and comments.

Seawright gets the attention of Roosevelt Islanders who came to learn what to expect.
Seawright gets the attention of Roosevelt Islanders who came to learn what to expect.
Photo Credit: Office of Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright.

Up to date details on NYC Ferry service for Roosevelt Island can be found here.

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