Tuesday, July 14th, 2020, Meet Shelton Haynes Online Town Hall
Roosevelt Islanders grab a head start on getting to know RIOC's new acting president/CEO Shelton Haynes in a virtual town hall hosted by assembly member Rebecca Seawright, live on Facebook on Tuesday, July 14th, at 7:00.

Originally set up to introduce Haynes to the community after Governor Andrew Cuomo abruptly sacked Susan Rosenthal, the focus has shifted a bit with controversy over the Southpoint Park Redesign, which is opposed by a vocal group of environmentally concerned residents.

The original intent is admirable as Haynes offers the community its best shot at a reformed RIOC, transparent and responsive. The acting president has been frank about his intention to form a better working relationship with Roosevelt Island.

With the schedule allowing for only one hour for the Town Hall -- Seawright's staff rejected requests for an open-ended, socially distanced meeting in Manhattan Park's community space -- many issues are unlikely to get the attention they deserve.

Seawright's staff encourages questions.

Realistically, though...

The event may be further diluted by its being pushed as a campaign event for Seawright, now seen as the underdog in a fight to retain her assembly seat in November's election.

Any doubts? Look at the "co-sponsors," all Democrats, all running fundraising and election campaigns, but only one of which, Senator Serrano, has any direct responsibility for RIOC and Roosevelt Island.

Update: July 14th, Noon

Updating with this additional information provided by assembly member Rebecca Seawright's staff:

"The Tuesday Town Hall will stream live on the Assemblymember's Facebook homepage. The site is open to the public and does not require a Facebook account in order to view the Town Hall, which has a live chat feature where viewers can post questions and comments in. Additionally, participants may send their comments and questions for the Tuesday Town Hall to the Assemblymember via her email account at seawrightr@nyassembly.gov. We have also made available a Zoom audio feed of the Tuesday Town Hall via a convenient dial-in for those who prefer to listen and follow along via landline telephone or cellphone. Listeners are required to register for this service so that we may send dial-in access codes prior to the start of the Tuesday Town Hall."