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Steve Noone Leaves RIOC, Next Week

Updated 30 weeks ago David Stone
Steve Noone, seated on the right, helped the Senior Center's Garden Club, bringing a crew in for long neglected repairs without being asked.
Steve Noone, seated on the right, helped the Senior Center's Garden Club, bringing a crew in for long neglected repairs without being asked.

"We regretfully announce that Stephen Noone, assistant vice president of Capital Planning and Projects, has resigned from his position with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation to pursue other career opportunities effective November 28," read an email received this afternoon.

"During his tenure with RIOC," it continued, "Noone aimed to reshape the Island’s future using progressive and comprehensive planning, design and construction leadership and expertise on several significant capital projects. He oversaw many long-overdue projects including the Blackwell House, Helix Ramp, the Island’s seawall railings, the Tram Station platforms and the on-going Manhattan Station elevator work.

"He helped establish teams to plan upcoming projects including the Southpoint Park Open Space Seawall, the Bicycle Ramp and Lane, the Octagon Sports Field and Comfort Station, the Firefighter’s Field Comfort Station, and the Youth Center, Motorgate and Sportspark renovations.

"We thank him and wish him well."

For Roosevelt Islanders dismayed at RIOC's actions in recent years, Noone's departure represents more than the loss of a single employee. Noone stood out as an exceptional example of integrity, professionalism and genuine caring for the community.

In our most recent conversation, Noone talked about the joy of picking apples on a recent family outing. I caught up with him as he was checking on nearly finished work on Blackwell House.

Before we got around to our mutual love for picking apples fresh off the tree, I apologized for putting him on the spot at a recent public meeting, asking him a question that angered his boss, RIOC President Susan Rosenthal, who shouted it down, although she'd promised that all questions would be answered.

"You were the only person there I thought could be trusted to answer honestly," I told him.

It was as much a note of respect for Steve as it was one of disappointment in the RIOC we find bunkered at 591 Main Street today.

A loss for us will be a gain wherever Steve ends up. His track record speaks for itself as does his professional integrity.

The Daily wishes him the very best in his future endeavors.


Steve Noone Leaves RIOC, Next Week

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