Jonna Carmona-Graf, Janet Fasano Gone

Mums the Word on High Profile RIOC Dismissals

Updated 4 weeks ago David Stone
Project Manager Janet Fasano included Blackwell House in her portfolio.
Project Manager Janet Fasano included Blackwell House in her portfolio.
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"They did it again, firing the competent," a source lit up my inbox, late Friday afternoon. "They" is RIOC, and the now gone managers are Jonna Carmona-Graf and Janet Fasano. Asked to comment, the state agency refused without explanation.

Just a year ago, RIOC raved about Carmona-Graf's hiring as Assistant Vice President of Capital Planning and Projects.

"She is a seasoned collaborator who strives to incorporate all stakeholders in the planning and development of community projects," they said at the time.

Just this year, Carmona-Graf spearheaded improvements in Lighthouse Park and the introduction of Citi Bike -- both now stalled by the coronavirus shutdown.

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Fasano, a project manager, was praised by RIOC in 2018 for her work upgrading Al Lewis and Blackwell House playgrounds. Prior to her firing, she worked at RIOC for most of three years.

Carmona-Graf handled arrangements for bringing Citi Bike to Roosevelt Island, a project now stalled by COVID-19.
Carmona-Graf handled arrangements for bringing Citi Bike to Roosevelt Island, a project now stalled by COVID-19.
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Dismissed in Silence

"RIOC does not comment on personnel matters," RIOC spokesperson Terrence McCauley answered our inquiry, then mysteriously answered a question not asked, "Our capital projects will continue on schedule and without interruption."

Governments cannot forbid employees from talking to the press. Freedom of speech applies, but RIOC's used non-disclosure agreements dangled to threaten severance and retirement benefits as a way to keep everyone silent before.

And the claim was a lie. RIOC frequently comments on personnel matters as their lengthy announcement of Carmona-Graf's hiring shows, and the lack of comment about a pair of high profile firings virtually damns the ex-employees.

With no mention of reductions in staff or reorganization, RIOC leaves the public wondering what the hell happened.

A concerned resident wondered about "... these continual terminations and the dead wood staying forever and getting promoted."

The Daily has no information on what caused the dismissals of Carmona-Graf or Fasano, and we are in no position to evaluate personnel decisions. We do, however, strongly feel that transparency strengthens both government and communities.

Secrecy is of questionable ethics and does not serve anyone or any organization well.

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