Rye Mayor Joseph Sack, County Executive Rob Astorino and Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz met Thursday morning but they came to no final resolution.
Astorino chose the Rye-based group Sustainable Playland to take over the amusement park and surrounding parkland and the Board of Legislators has been reviewing the group’s plan for changes to the park.
But the review was put on hold after Rye sent a letter last week asserting its right to run the environmental and planning review of the plans. Sustainable Playland officials said they couldn’t continue to put time and money into the review without some clarity.
County officials have said they can’t give up approval authority on county land.
“The county cannot give up its rights on its own property,” Astorino said Wednesday. “It would be a precedent around the county.”
But Kaplowitz said the county board can address Rye’s concerns during its own look at the financial, parking, traffic and other impacts of the plans. He said he hopes the board can restart its review while the talks continue.
“In essence there can be parallel tracks here,” he said.
Ned McCormack, a spokesman for Astorino, said a lawsuit by Rye would put the project at risk.
“The bottom line is we’re trying to save Playland,” he said. “The status quo is not tenable.”
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