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Board of Legislators Pass Playland Management Agreement

Board of Legislators Pass Playland Management Agreement

On Monday, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) passed legislation which authorized the County Executive to enter into a 15 year Playland Management Agreement (PMA) with Standard Amusements, LLC (Standard) to operate Playland Amusement Park. The PMA passed unanimously. Read more

Released:06-16-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester Legislator Peter Harckham Will Step Down From Board of Legislators June 1; Accepts Position in NYS Office of Community Renewal

Westchester Legislator Peter Harckham Will Step Down From Board of Legislators June 1; Accepts Position in NYS Office of Community Renewal

Westchester County Legislator Pete Harckham, 2nd LD (D-North Salem) announced today that he will be stepping down from the Board of Legislators in June after today it was announced by the Governor that he was appointing Harckham to the Office of Community Renewal. Read more

Released:05-20-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Legislation Preventing Sale of Toxic Toys Unanimously Passes Board of Legislators

Legislation Preventing Sale of Toxic Toys Unanimously Passes Board of Legislators

Products that include dangerous chemicals will be banned from stores Read more

Released:05-12-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester and Mt. Kisco Share Police Services to Improve Public Safety and Save Taxpayers Money

Westchester and Mt. Kisco Share Police Services to Improve Public Safety and Save Taxpayers Money

(WHITE PLAINS, NY) On Monday evening, legislation merging the Mt. Kisco Police Department with the County police force passed the Board of Legislators unanimously.  Mt. Kisco recently voted to enter into an “Inter-Municipal Agreement” (IMA) after several years of discussions and negotiations that would improve public safety and reduce costs to local taxpayers.  Read more

Released:05-12-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Legislators Tour Playland With Prospective Private Operator

Legislators Tour Playland With Prospective Private Operator

  On Thursday, Legislators and representatives of Standard Amusements toured Playland Amusement Park.  The tour was an official meeting of the Labor, Parks, Planning and Housing Committee, the committee which is reviewing the management agreement for Standard to operate Playland.  Read more

Released:05-11-2015 | See More _Newsroom

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Westchester Legislators Approve Investment in Plan to Protect Open Space near Teatown

The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) unanimously approved a bond act to protect a large piece of property adjacent to the Teatown Lake Reservation, an initiative that has been in the works for several years and which will greatly enhance the existing trail system in the area.

The $1.5 million that the BOL recently approved will go toward acquisition costs for a conservation easement over approximately 59 acres of woodlands known as the Gilbert property, which is located along Spring Valley Road and Route 134 in the Town of Yorktown and the Town of New Castle.

The conservation easement on the property, which borders Teatown Lake Reservation, an 834-acre nature preserve and environmental educational center, will limit use of the Gilbert property as a passive park and expand the County’s open space network and inter-municipal trail system with linkages to existing County parks and trails.

“The purchase of this important, environmentally sensitive property is a good example of how the Westchester County’s leaders can work in tandem and dovetail their efforts for the sake of future generations,” said BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers). “Staying committed to this kind of cooperation will lead to more successful initiatives, achievements and investments to benefit our residents and business owners.”

Because the Gilbert property lies within the Croton watershed, limiting its use as a passive park will also protect the drinking water supply, as well as provide ecological protection to Teatown Lake and adjacent wetlands and wildlife habitats.

The property is owned presently by Open Space Institute, so the legislation is contingent upon Teatown acquiring title to the property. An appraisal is currently being conducted to confirm the value of the easement, and if the appraisal is less than $1.5 million, the County will only pay for the appraised value of the property.

In consideration for the County acquiring the conservation easement, Teatown has agreed to operate and maintain the trailways and parking areas at the following County owned parks: John Hand Park (northeast of Ossining); Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway; and Kitchawan Preserve in the Town of Yorktown. The management agreement will run for a period of 20 years or until the County’s bonds issued for the acquisition of the property are fully amortized, whichever period is greater.

“Our continuing investment in protecting open spaces and undeveloped land in Westchester is what makes this county so special,” Jenkins added. “It is my hope that our residents dedicate some time in 2012 to visiting the County’s parks and trailways to experience the unique pleasures of outdoor life.”

Teatown Lake Reservation, a nonprofit, environmental organization located in the Lower Hudson Valley in the Towns of Yorktown, Cortlandt, and New Castle, is part of more than 2,000 protected acres of county and state parkland and New York City watershed property. Numerous regional hiking trails, including the North County Trailway and Old Croton Aqueduct Trailway, traverse the greater Teatown area. The organization runs the nature preserve and an education center in an effort to conserve biodiversity, teach ecology and promote nature-friendly living.

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