The Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino received a committee report on re-inventing Rye Playland Thursday and said it remains a possibility that Playland will be shuttered in 2012. Rye Mayor Doug French is one of the committee members that drafted the report.
The AP story said in part:
"WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Closing Westchester County's historic but money-losing Playland amusement park would save taxpayers $2 million next year and has to be considered in coming up with a 2012 budget, the county executive said Thursday.
County Executive Rob Astorino said such a move would be "drastic" and he was not yet recommending it.
But he warned that the county could face a $100 million deficit in 2012 and vowed he would not raise taxes to cover any of it. He said something has to be done to stanch the losses at Playland...
Astorino, a Republican, said attendance this year declined to 420,000 from last year's 500,000 and 1 million in 2000.
A budget proposal to close the amusement park would have to be approved by the Democrat-dominated county Legislature.
Democrat Judy Myers, whose district includes the park, said, "I don't see a time when we wouldn't have an amusement park there. There's too much there that's beloved and historical."...
The county executive emphasized that closing the amusement park was just an option so far, and that even if it was closed for 2012 it could reopen later. He said he hoped eventually to be known as "the man who saved Playland.""