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Reconsideration of Playland Veto On Hold

The Westchester County Board of Legislators did not vote Monday to override County Executive Robert Astorino's veto of a proposed bill to reduce spectator fees at Rye Playland.

"Some of the legislators wanted to see more numbers," said BOL Press Secretary Thomas Staudter, referring to requests for an analysis of the financial impact of reducing park fees.

Soon after Astorino rejected the bill on Friday, BOl Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) said that the veto would be reconsidered.

Astorino, a Republican, said reducing park fees would increase the park's deficit by nearly $1 million, while Democrats in the Legislature argued it would bring in more visitors and offset the shortfall.

The county Parks Department, which manages Playland, conducted a financial analysis of visitor spending habits at the park, showing that spectators spend an average of 96 cents on individual ride fees per season.

Astorino has used this as a basis for rejecting claims that increased visitors to the park would make up for the revenue loss in spectator fees.

Peter Tartaglia, deputy comissioner of the Parks Department, said the full report has been presented to the Legislature.

"We already have a budget that was approved," Tartaglia said. "To change things in the middle would be fiscally irresponsible."

Staudter said he has not seen the study and that the BOL's budget team will conduct its own analysis to present to the Legislature before voting to override the veto.

"We're in a holding pattern for now," he said.

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