We can no longer follow this logic.
After Astorino delayed the "wedding date" with Standard Amusements earlier this week, the Democratic boss is extending the leash even further. He wants to give Standard Amusements until the end of 2016 to decide if they want to "walk down the aisle" with the county on Playland "now that they know the true condition of Playland’s dilapidated infrastructure".
Can any rational person explain this? Do the politicians on both sides have some sort of concussion from riding the Dragon Coaster?
Here is the PR below. If you can make sense of this, please post an explanation in the comments.
"Jenkins Calls to Extend Playland Co-Management Agreement Until End of 2016
(White Plains, NY) – After the County Executive asked for an extension of the deadline to turn the management of Playland over to Standard Amusements, Legislator Ken Jenkins is calling for a more prudent and honest alternative of extending the co-management period through the end of 2016.
“The County Executive’s need for an extension on this period only proves that he wasn’t up front about the condition of the park in the first place,” Jenkins stated. “The County Executive negotiated this deal in secret after wasting $100,000 of taxpayers money on a report that told him the park needed a lot of work and yet he continued to be unwilling to make the necessary investments in Playland.”
The Board of Legislators approved a management agreement with Standard Amusements in June of this year that included a public investment in capital projects to match the private investment put in by Standard.
“Extending the deadline to March 31st does nothing for anyone,” Jenkins continued. “The whole point of this deal was to get the costs of operating Playland off the county’s books and by extending the deal at all, the County Executive is admitting failure at that objective. If it is going to be on our books for the coming year, we should give Standard Amusements an honest shot at success now that they know the true condition of Playland’s dilapidated infrastructure.”
With the County getting ready to enter its budget process for the next fiscal year facing a deficit of over $56 million, the ability to remove costs from the budget very quickly was a strong selling point of entering into this agreement. As a result, Jenkins believes that the capital projects that the county is going to undertake must be a part of the 2016 budget plan, approved by the Board of Legislators.
“Including these capital projects in the public budget process this year and extending the co-management period to run through the entire fiscal year will hold this administration’s feet to the fire to be truthful about what Playland needs are. Any further inability to revitalize Playland after that period would only be a result of lack of interest in the first place,” Jenkins concluded."