Playland staff pleads for help from Westchester legislators

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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.

They also question whether the Sustainable Playland deal to take over the park from the county, announced earlier this month, is the right plan for the park.

“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.

In other Playland news, the Sustainable Playland leaders stepped down today because of tax problems. Here’s a story on the Sustainable Playland announcement.

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  1. are you kidding on

    “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.
    AND THAT IS EXACTLY THE PROBLEM…..government cannot be the guarantor of job
    security if it is losing money doing the job…and playland is a drain on the county…..is there
    any other amusement park owned and operated by a municipality in the nation?inquiring
    minds want to know

  2. are you kidding on

    Ryan is the best thing to happen to rob astorino’s chances for a second term….because
    Ryan was chairman of the board during the Spano tax and spend years and when the county
    took money from the federal government and failed to live up to its affordable housing
    committment bringing us to court…it was ryan who led the democrats all those years so
    it would be a rerun of the astorino spano campaign…..just produce one spot with ryan;s
    face morphing into andy spano behind home plate at yankee stadium with his five body guards

  3. Logic Not Politics on

    The true finance picture of Playland Park has been kept secret for too long.
    Because the Rye neighborhood hates people from other cities visiting Playland Park in the summer we have this politically suspect “Sustainable Playland” plan put forth by tax cheats and stuffed suits who are Republicans and who support the current county administration.

    These types of screwed up and crooked plans are the best thing to get rid of the current administration
    an administration who hates working poor people and only caters to the rich and effete