Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Kaplowitz Votes ‘No’ on $100K Playland Consultant By MATTHEW RICHTER

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Matthew Richter is Westchester County Legislator Communications Director.

Matthew Richter is Westchester County Legislator Communications Director.

Westchester Board of Legislators (WCBoL) Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D) Somers

Westchester Board of Legislators (WCBoL) Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D) Somers

‘Yes’ on Private Operator for Ice Casino

WHITE PLAINS, NY — At the Board of Acquisition and Contracts (A&C) meeting on Thursday, August 21st, Board of Legislators (WCBoL) Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D) Somers, voted against a $100,000 contract to hire a consultant, Biederman Redevelopment Ventures Corp. (BRV) to analyze the operations of Playland Amusement Park.  The proposal, which will run through November 2014, came from County Executive Rob Astorino.  Ultimately the contract was approved by 2-1 vote.

Chairman Kaplowitz said, “I do not support this consulting contract for $100,000 to review Playland’s operations and make recommendations regarding opportunities for management of Playland Park and its facilities.  I feel the cost is too high and I also believe that this additional review of Playland will jeopardize our chances of finding an operating partner for the 2015 season.”   Kaplowitz noted, “The County Executive has already identified the top three operators for the amusement park through an RFP process.  While the County Executive’s top choice Sustainable Playland Incorporated, did not pass muster with the WCBoL, I believe that the County Executive’s second and third choices to run the park are both promising alternatives.”

Playland Amusement Park

Playland Amusement Park

The WCBoL Committee on Labor, Parks, Planning and Housing will be meeting on September 4th with Standard Amusements and Central Amusements International, the runners up in the County Executive’s search for operators of the amusement park. The WCBoL could easily vet both of these companies and reach a management agreement in time to hand over operations for next season.

At the same meeting of the A&C Board, Chairman Kaplowitz voted to approve a 10 year management agreement with Playland Ice Casino LLC, a subsidiary of American Skating Entertainment Centers LLC, to operate the Ice Casino.  According to the management agreement, the new operator of the Ice Casino will “be responsible for all activities and operations of any kind and nature whatsoever conducted within the Ice Casino, including but not limited to learn-to-skate and learn-to-play hockey classes, public skating, in-house ice hockey programs, kids first hockey program, travel and high school hockey, freestyle skating, summer camps, concessions, special events and seasonal activities, and sponsorships.”

Chairman Kaplowitz cited the agreement with American Skating as the model that Westchester County should employ regarding operations of the amusement park.  “American Skating was chosen through the County Executive’s RFP like the prospective amusement park operators.  A focused approach to finding public/private partnership opportunities for each of the parks operations was central to the County Executives plan to mitigate the cost to taxpayers of running the park. The management agreement with American Skating is exactly that type of partnership.  I commend the County Executive for the efforts his Administration has made to improve park operations.  I think it is time to wrap up the reviews and take action.”

 

Matthew Richter is Westchester County Legislator Communications Director.

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Comments 6

  1. Tax hike Mike

    Kaplowitz must be pretty sore that he was a no go to run for Greg ball’s senate seat this year. He’s been salivating over that seat for more than a decade. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.

  2. candid

    Spano is Cuomo’s political bitch, Spano is planning his next NYS spot for being loyal to the head cannoli. Astorino has no chance, go back to radio business. Playland is like going to Orchard beach.

  3. AstorLIAR

    Astorino continues to take from those that need programs to pad and line the pockets of those in his pocket. Wasting $100k by why dues he care, it’s not his money. He took it from day are subsidies. He’s full if $hit.

    1. Craplowitz

      Craplowitz knew what asstorino was when f–ked the democrats and cut a deal with him for the chairmanship. How’s that asstorcock taste craplowitz? Tasty ey?

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