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Posted on: April 22, 2020

[ARCHIVED] RIOC Daily Update: What You Need to Know from NYS

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Thermometers needed

PSD is looking for digital thermometers it can use to perform regular temperature checks for their officers. If you have an extra digital thermometer to spare, please drop it off at the PSD office at 550 Main Street or give them a call at 212-832-4545.

#EarthLove! Today is Earth Day!

Please Join us as we celebrate Five for Fifty, 5 days for 50 years. Earth Day began on April 22nd, 1970 and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event! Starting this Wednesday, April 22nd, through Sunday, April 26th, RIOC and partners iDig2Learn, the Roosevelt Island Garden Club (RIGC), Green Roosevelt Island Neighbors (GRIN), and more upcoming partners, will present five days of interactive activities to show your #EarthLove for Roosevelt Island. Each day is a new theme, sharing at-home and online activities for you and your family to participate in via RIOC’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. All initiatives will be posted on our website but be sure to follow us to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! Please visit for more details.

Executive Order on Masks / Face Covers in Public Places

According to Executive Order 202.7, as of 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020 any individual who can medically tolerate a face-covering must cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth when a) in a public place and b) unable to observe proper social distancing guidelines. This includes all forms of public transportation, including the Tram. For more information on the executive order, please click here:

RIOC Board Meeting – April 23, 2020 

The RIOC Board Meeting will now be held virtually on April 23, 2020 at 5:30 PM. Technical details will follow soon. Please click here for the agenda:

COVID-19 Crime Prevention Tips from PSD

Here are a few websites that Chief Brown recommends Roosevelt Island residents can use to prevent falling victim to a crime:

Governor Cuomo’s Daily Updates

For anyone who would like to tune into Governor Cuomo’s daily updates, please visit his website:

Census 2020

If you haven’t received your invitation to complete the Census in the mail, you can still respond online. and be sure to select the "If you do not have a Census ID, click here" link. #LetsGetCountedNY

Grab and Go Meals for All New Yorkers at PS/IS 217 on Roosevelt Island

This program serves three (3) free meals to adults at all sites. No one will be turned away.

Hours (Monday – Friday): 7:30am-11:30am for families and children / 11:30am-1:30pm for adults

Food Pantries

Please go to to find out food pantries, community kitchens and other food sources. If you know of a senior who is in need of attention of any kind, please contact the Public Safety Department immediately at 212-832-4545.

Pharmacies offer free home delivery to New Yorkers 

After speaking with the state’s major pharmacy chains, pharmacies have agreed to offer free home delivery to help reduce long lines for prescriptions at their facilities.

Mental Health Hotline

We can’t underestimate the impact this pandemic is having on mental health. For free emotional support, consultation and referral to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314.

Transportation Updates

  • Red Buses will continue to run on a Weekend Schedule and the Trams will continue to operate as normal until further notice.
  • NYC Ferry - – check for changes
  • MTA - – check for changes

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