A letter to Westchester Legislator Bill Ryan that says it’s from the Playland Park staff but lists no names blames County Executive Rob Astorino for taking Playland “from a thriving Park to a park that has been cut to shreds,” and asks the Board of Legislators to slow down the proposed deal with Sustainable Playland and save their jobs.
“More importantly what will happen if this fails?” they ask. “Will it mean more layoffs? Will it mean Playland is done forever?”
The workers said they’ve been told a few might get jobs with Sustainable Playland’s partners but many won’t and they should start looking for other employment. They’ve also been told to stop all projects at the park, the letter says.
“Most of [us] left the private sector and took pay cuts to work for Westchester County for less money, to have benefits and a retirement system & deferred compensation,” the letter says.
The letter, which is included in the agenda packet for the board’s Monday meeting, says it comes from the more than 35 year-round Playland employees, some of whom have worked there for 30 years, and 20 part-time employees. The workers include mechanics, electricians, carpenters, operations managers, plumbers, painters and others.
“We have been set up to fail,” they said.