News from Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.
Posted March 21, 2013on:
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ASTORINO RELEASES JANUARY CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT.
Raised More Than $1 Million for Filing Period; Has $2.2 Million Cash on Hand.
White Plains, NY-January 15, 2013…Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino today released his January 2013 campaign finance showing he raised more than $1 million during the six-month period and has more than $2.2 million on hand headed into his reelection.
Since the previous filing in July 2012, Mr. Astorino’s receipts totaled $1,026,378.06, with contributions ranging from $5 to $25,000. More than 600 individuals made contributions and half of those were $100 or less. The median contribution was $250. The total cash on hand balance for the campaign is $2,212,191.40.
“If you do your job well, people are encouraged and want you to keep at it,” said campaign spokeswoman Jessica Proud. “When you’re focused on delivering results for people, the rest will follow and we feel that’s what this filing shows. We’re incredibly grateful for the generous contributions of so many people.”
Mr. Astorino was first elected in 2009 with nearly 58 percent of the vote. He faces re-election in November 2013.
Yesterday, I made a major announcement about the future of Playland amusement park. Anyone who has watched their child or grandchild take a ride on the Dragon Coaster or enjoyed the wonderful views of the Long Island Sound from the boardwalk know what a treasure Playland is.
But Playland is a financial drain to Westchester taxpayers, losing $3 to $5 million a year. In 2005, 1 million people went to Playland. This past summer, only 433,000 did. We needed to reinvent Playland for the 21st century.
In August of 2010 I put out a call for Requests for Proposals for Playland. I was looking for people to come forward with ideas that would make Playland financially viable while preserving its historical significance.
Of the 12 proposals reviewed by the county and a citizens committee, Sustainable Playland was chosen because their plan did just that.
The bottom line for taxpayers is that the county and Sustainable have signed a letter of intent for a 10-year management agreement, in which the county will receive an upfront payment of $4 million from Sustainable, as well as a minimum payment of $1.2 million a year. That money will go toward retiring the county’s existing $32 million debt on Playland. The county will save $18 million in interest and principal payments and be debt free at Playland within 12 years.
Sustainable puts the “play” back into Playland and is committed to making an initial investment of $34 million in capital improvements by adding a number of new, exciting features that will surely make it a premier destination once again:
An Aqua Zone, featuring a mini-water park and beach attractions
Outdoor ball fields and an indoor field house
A renovated indoor ice rink and a new outdoor winter rink
A Great Lawn, with sweeping views of the Sound, which can be used for a variety of events, such as graduations, corporate-sponsored functions and outdoor concerts
An indoor multi-use facility, which can be rented for parties, weddings, meetings and conferences
New restaurantsGeneral admission will be free. Fees will be charged for rides in the amusement park, water park, beach, athletic fields and ice skating rink.
Sustainable will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of both the amusement area and the surrounding 100 acres of parkland. Proceeds to pay the county, maintain the grounds and make capital improvements will come from the fees Sustainable charges the operators it will hire to run various elements throughout the park.
This plan will be a boost to our economy, create hundreds of jobs and give relief to our taxpayers.
Westchester County Executive