Ross Pepe, the president of the Construction Industry Council of Westchester, put out the following statement in response to the Board of Legislators information session Wednesday on the future of Playland:
Putting Off Work at Playland
Statement by Ross J. Pepe
President, Construction Industry Council of Westchester & Hudson Valley, Inc., and the Building Contractors Association of Westchester & Mid-Hudson Region, Inc.
On the surface, the hearing Wednesday evening to review four proposals for the future development of Rye Playland had merit (“Playland hopefuls present their plans to the public”). The few hundred people who turned out at the Westchester County Center in White Plains learned more and had their questions answered. But the event was late in coming, and short on impact when cast against the larger issues of employment, new tax revenues for the County budget, and overall economic development. The thousands of workers who will one day draw paychecks from Playland’s construction and operations are again forced to sit on the sidelines while elected officials – in this case the Democrats in the Westchester Board of Legislators – grandstand under the guise of public scrutiny and sunshine. We see it as another cloudy day for the people, the workers and taxpayers of Westchester who are denied the benefits of what this project promises. We urge the Westchester County Board of Legislators to move forward immediately and approve a plan so that our residents can get back to work.
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