The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) promotes and defends the interests of the residents for a better quality of life on Roosevelt Island, NY.
Our organization: 1) represents the interests of its members to all governmental, quasi-governmental and private institutions that develop policy affecting Roosevelt Island and its residents; that supervise or manage our housing and that supervise or manage other Island operations; and 2) ensures that the health, safety and welfare of its members and the quality of life in our community are maintained and improved.
Over the years, RIRA has represented the residents of Roosevelt Island in negotiations with the State of New York and other official entities. It is recognized as the official representative of Island residents.
RIRA is critical in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life for all Roosevelt Islanders. RIOC, its Board of Directors, the local politicians and the media acknowledge RIRA as the voice of this community by virtue of the fact that its members include the entire population of the Island and, most importantly, its delegates on the Common Council are elected to those positions every two years.
While all residents of Roosevelt Island are automatically members of RIRA, those who take an active role as a Common Council Representative or Island-wide officer (President or Vice-President) have a special opportunity to influence life on Roosevelt Island.
In the past, RIRA actions have led to nomination elections for members of the Board of Directors or the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), action to save the Tramway, and more. Your involvement is an opportunity to shape your community.
The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) was incorporated as a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation in 1977.