Sustainable Playland given until May 1 to decide future track

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The chairman of the Westchester Board of Legislators has given Sustainable Playland until May 1 to decide whether it will pursue its plans to take over the management of Playland from the county or pull out entirely.sustainableplayland2

Legislator Michael Kaplowitz, the chairman, set the deadline for the group to resume the Board of Legislator’s review of its plans. Sustainable already has a contract to manage the park from the administration of County Executive Rob Astorino but the board must approve the physical changes to the park.

Sustainable suspended the review April 1 after Rye city officials asserted that the plans would also need approval from the city’s land use boards.

Kaplowitz said if Sustainable returns to the review, its leadership has to be prepared to answer tough questions about its finances, environmental issues, parking and the proposed field house.

“If you’re not coming back we¬† need to know,” he said. “This time out period has to end.”

Sustainable Playland’s board will meet Tuesday to discuss what do do, said Geoffrey Thompson, the group’s spokesman.

The amusement park will open May 1 under county management.

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Photo: Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino speaks about the disputed Sustainable Playland asset management contract July 23, 2013. ( Dave Gershgorn / The Journal News )

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  1. Goodbye Sustainable Playland! If not there should be an investigation into this corporation and the back office deal that creates a high potential for corruption, kickbacks and campaign donations from vendors to elected officials. What right do the politicos have to turn this publicly owned property over to a Connecticut based private corporation to run unprofitable Playland at the expense of Westchester taxpayers to have to subsidize the only amusement park left in the U.S. still owned by a municipality? The problems are that managers are political party people rather than industry professionals, thousands of free tickets are distributed every year to political people, vendors are the same “good ol boys” year after year and there is no inventory control over parts and tools. Even Marriot Corp. tried to run Playland for 2 years and couldn’t make a profit. Rye should file a lawsuit if necessary to maintain their right of environmental and planning review of the plans.

  2. Sustainable Playland is NOT Sustainable and a fraud from Day 1. Bogus is another word.
    And their lies! What did they spend $600,000 on exactly? And where did they get this sort of funding anyway?