RYE, N.Y. - Rye Playland held its opening day for the spring season Saturday, with a parade, entertainment, and a celebration of the park's Grand Carousel's 100th anniversary.
The grand carousel, which consists of 66 stunning, bejeweled horses and three chariots, was built in 1915.
"I've got a big smile on my face, and it will be there all day," Astorino told Daily Voice. "This is just a great family day. Playland means a lot to the people of Westchester - and to me personally, I used to come here when I was a kid. ... That's why I was on a mission to save this."
Astorino referenced the $25 million deal with a new private company taking over the Westchester landmark, and breathing new life into it.
"The deal we put together is going to do that," he said. "A lot of money will be put into this place. The taxpayers will benefit - and this park is going to look magnificent going forward, with a whole new set of attractions, and a mini water park, restaurants. ... It's going to be a new experience for people. But still have the main flavor of Playland."
Astorino said that if all goes well, the new company will take over in November, and "they'll begin to do their magic," he said.