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Sustainable Playland Withdraws from Review Process---Legislators Exercise Due Diligence, Sustainable Playland Backs Out

Sustainable Playland Withdraws from Review Process---Legislators Exercise Due Diligence, Sustainable Playland Backs Out

On April 1st, Sustainable Playland Incorporated (SPI) announced that they would be suspending their participation in the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) review process for their proposed Playland Improvement Plan (PIP). When SPI announced that they were taking a break from the review process, they cited two unresolved legal issues as the causes, first was a lawsuit filed by an individual Legislator which had been dismissed once and then... Read more

Released:04-16-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester Legislators Approve $4 million Bond for Train Station Parking Lot Rehab

Westchester Legislators Approve $4 million Bond for Train Station Parking Lot Rehab

  The North White Plains train station parking lot will undergo a major rehabilitation thanks to a $4,000,000 Bond Act that was passed by the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) on Monday, April 7th. The legislation authorizing the bond was sent to the full BOL after being reviewed and approved jointly by the Budget & Appropriations Committee and the Economic Development & Capital Projects Committee. The Infrastructure Committee also reviewed... Read more

Released:04-14-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Legislator Shimsky Attends Anti-Bullying Event

Legislator Shimsky Attends Anti-Bullying Event

  Westchester County Legislator MaryJane Shimsky and NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, accompanied by Irvington Mayor Brian Smith and NY Giants punter Steve Weatherford at “Irvington Rocks!”. Read more

Released:04-14-2014 | See More _Newsroom

BOL Majority Leader Borgia Gathers Support for Increasing Minimum Age to Purchase Cigarettes

BOL Majority Leader Borgia Gathers Support for Increasing Minimum Age to Purchase Cigarettes

  Millwood, NY – Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining) gathered support for new proposed legislation to raise the minimum age required for the purchase of cigarettes and tobacco-related products in Westchester County at a special press conference today, held at a popular delicatessen here whose owner decided to stop selling cigarettes entirely five years ago. Read more

Released:04-02-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Concerned Residents Turn Out for Public Hearing On Playland Improvement Plan

Concerned Residents Turn Out for Public Hearing On Playland Improvement Plan

White Plains, NY – A capacity crowd of concerned residents turned out this evening for a Public Hearing regarding the Playland Improvement Plan, which was held in the Chambers of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) here in the Michaelian Office Building. Read more

Released:03-19-2014 | See More _Newsroom

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Westchester Legislators’ Public Information Session on Playland Revitalization a Big Success

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White Plains, NY – More than 200 people flocked to the Little Theater at the Westchester County Center last night for a public information session on the four proposals to revitalize Playland, the 280-acre County Park and National Historic landmark. The event was hosted by the Westchester County Board of Legislators and moderated by Legislator Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining), chair of the BOL’s Government Operations Committee

 

The info session began with trade show-style presentations from representatives of the four revitalization proposals—Sustainable Playland, Standard Amusements, Central Amusements and the Paidia Company / Legoland—and attendees spent over an hour perusing displays, talking with the various representatives and gathering flyers and other materials related to the different proposals. The BOL’s entire Democratic caucus and one Republican legislator also showed up for the event.

 

The four proposals were presented in detail to the public, and then Borgia led an hour-long Q & A period in which both broad and specific concerns were addressed to the representatives of the revitalization proposals.

 

“I’m very pleased that so many people turned out for this information session,” said Borgia. “It was important for our evaluation process to give members of the public an opportunity to see the four proposals side by side and discern the differences between them. That’s the level of openness and transparency to the decision-making process regarding the future of Playland rightfully deserves.”

 

The BOL moved forward last month with its evaluation of the top four proposals for the revitalization of Playland when the BOL Government Operations Committee outlined goals for the decision process and began in-depth discussions with the four Playland RFP respondents regarding proposed operations, financial viability and intended modifications to the park and infrastructure.

 

Many of the questions fielded by the representatives of the four proposals dealt with economic viability, maintaining Playland’s amusement offerings, environmental protections, public access and projected attendance figures.

 

“The Board of Legislators has made a lot of information is available on the decision process because the revitalization of Playland will impact residents throughout the county, as well as in Rye,” said Borgia, who added that the BOL Government Operations Committee will soon make its own recommendation about which Playland proposal is right for Westchester.

 

“After that, the Board of Legislators will look to collaborate with the Administration in working with the group entrusted with Playland’s future,” said Borgia.

 

In today’s meeting of the County’s Acquisition and Contract Board, BOL Chairman Jenkins (D-Yonkers) provided for the record prior legislation showing that in 1980 the BOL had approved the management agreement with Marriott to operate Playland.

 

Also, the BOL has retained the services of an outside auditor to review the financial aspects of all four Playland revitalization proposals.

 

Links to each of the Playland proposal presentation can be found on the Government Operations Committee page on the BOL website: http://westchesterlegislators.com/committees.html?id=2029

Tags: District 9-Catherine Borgia Government Operations (2012-13 Term) parks Playland

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