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Legislators Examine Standard Amusement’s Financials in Management Agreement Review

Legislators Examine Standard Amusement’s Financials in Management Agreement Review

  On Wednesday, the Board of Legislators (BOL) Labor, Parks, Planning and Housing (LPPH) Committee met jointly with the Budget and Appropriations Committee to continue the BOL review process for Standard Amusement’s management agreement to operate Playland Amusement park.  Read more

Released:04-30-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Board of Legislators Response to State of the County (with video)

Board of Legislators Response to State of the County (with video)

  Board of Legislators (BOL) Chairman Michael Kaplowitz, a Democrat representing Somers, New Castle and Yorktown delivered the BOL’s response to County Executive Rob Astorino’s State of the County Address.  Below is a link to the video and a transcript of his statement. Read more

Released:04-23-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Legislator Harckham Calls for New Federal Hearing on Gas Pipeline

Legislator Harckham Calls for New Federal Hearing on Gas Pipeline

Legislator Peter Harckham (D) North Salem, Has made a formal request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to suspend the approval process for the expansion of the Algonquin natural gas pipeline that bisects the 1500 acre Blue Mountain Reservation, part of the Westchester County Parks System.  Legislator Harckham is Chair of the Board of Legislators Parks, Planning and Housing (LPPH) Committee.  The LPPH Committee has been monitoring the Algonquin... Read more

Released:04-08-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Legislators to Receive Playland Report, Update from Astorino Administration

Legislators to Receive Playland Report, Update from Astorino Administration

On Wednesday, Legislator Peter Harckham (D) North Salem, Chair of the Board of Legislators (BOL) Labor, Parks, Planning and Housing Committee, (LPPH) announced, at a meeting of the committee, that Deputy County Executive, Kevin Plunkett would forward to the BOL, the report on operations at Playland Amusement Park that was produced by Consultant Dan Biederman of Biederman Redevelopment Ventures.  Read more

Released:04-02-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Legislator Sheila Marcotte Proposes Website Improvements to Protect Consumers Against Unscrupulous Contractor’s

Legislator Sheila Marcotte Proposes Website Improvements to Protect Consumers Against Unscrupulous Contractor’s

Legislator Sheila Marcotte (R) Eastchester, New Rochelle, Tuckahoe, has proposed a plan to allow Westchester residents to more easily access two county databases that monitor home improvement contractors.  The proposal would allow consumers the ability to easily check both a contractor’s licensing status as well as if the contractor has any liens and or judgements against them, all on one webpage. Read more

Released:03-17-2015 | See More _Newsroom

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

Playland

 

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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