Roderick Richardson

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Roderick Richardson
Born Long Island, New York
Nationality USA
Known for Challenging the borders of the Goelet family trust

Roderick Richardson is an American citizen from Long Island, New York. He is known for his membership in a local volunteer ambulance service, for his efforts to improve the publicly accessible beaches in Gardiners Bay and nearby waters, and for his efforts to challenge the assertions of the Goelet family trust that the beaches on Gardiners Island and nearby Cartwright Island are private property, as the family was granted ownership in a deed that is over 350 years old.[1][2] [3][4]

Richardson has served as Chief of the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps, an organization active at the eastern end of Long Island.[5]


  1. T. E. McMorrow (2018-08-21). "Whose Island Is It, Anyway?". Indy East End. Retrieved 2020-09-15. "He told the town board that, in the past, when he has asked security guards manning the patrol boats for proof that the Goelet trust has legal control over the shoal, he has been told that there is a 17th century royal grant. 'They told me that the Gardiners own Gardiners Island all the way into the water as far as an ox can walk up to its belly without getting its belly wet. Something I have heard in the past from these security guys. I have always asked them for a deed in the past. They have never been able to produce it. Something that shows me this language that they are telling the public.' He called the ox belly explanation 'a fairytale.'" 
  2. Ben Kava (2018-08-08). "Man Arrested On Cartwright Island After Taking Down Signs Stands His Ground". East Hampton Press. Retrieved 2020-09-15. "Though Gardiners Island has been owned by the family of the same name ever since it was granted to them by British royalty, Mr. Richardson said that he has done extensive research proving that Cartwright Island is not included in that space, and is therefore public land, owned by the people of the State of New York." 
  3. Steve Russell Boerner (2019-04-12). "Final report on the land title & foreshore boundaries of Cartwright Island/Ram Island and Gardiners Island, respectively, by Steve Russell Boerner, Real Property consultant, True Diligence Solutions LLC, April 12, 2019". East Hampton Trustees. Retrieved 2020-09-15. "This separate survey is yet another example of the careful due diligence exercised by the Gardiner family since their confirmatory deed of 1640, and continued to this present time with their posted “no trespassing” signs and notices in the local paper of record. The role of custom as pertaining to real property law requires usage of a particular property be ancient, exercised without interruption, peaceable and free from dispute, reasonableness, certainty, obligatory, and not inconsistent with other customs and laws. As already observed, the Gardiner family has consistently defended their ownership, making the public aware of this known information." 
  4. "3 RESCUED AFTER BOAT CATCHES FIRE ON GARDINER’S BAY". New England boating. 2018-06-13. Retrieved 2020-09-15. 
  5. Ellen Yan (2018-10-04). "Officials: Driver dies despite rescue effort after vehicle plunges into LI Sound". Newsday. Retrieved 2020-09-16. "The rescuers, without breathing gear or wet suits, pulled a man out of the vehicle not long after witnesses called 911 about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Chief Rod Richardson of the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps."