Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino Nixes Fee Drop For Rye Playland

WHITE PLAINS, NY (WCBS 880) – Earlier this week, the Westchester County Board of Legislators decided to remove of the entrance fee for county residents at Rye Playland and cut the entrance fee to $5 for non-residents.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi With The Reversal Of Fortune

County Executive Rob Astorino calls the move reckless and says he will be vetoing it.

“The budget process was in the fall. They should have talked about it then. They decided to do this on a whim that’s gonna cost the county a million dollars,” said Astorino.

He says the county can’t afford that.

“At a time when we have a huge deficit, as well $4 to $5 million losses at Playland. So, it’s irrseponsible and quite idiotic, to be very frank,” said Astorino. “The people who come in and don’t pay are generally not going to pay when they get in and most of the people who come in are non-county residents. So, once again, you have county residents further subsidizing a losing park.”

So, the fees will remain. $5 residents and $10 for non-residents.

  • mrmystery

    Thanks, Rob!

    In addition to generating revenue, entrance fees help deter the presence of large wolfpacks of street thugs from visiting the park to roam around and cause trouble. Without entry fees, they can enjoy an evening of wilding for merely the cost of a bus ticket.

    Forcing people to actually spend money prevents Playland from being the perfect hangout for troublemakers with nothing to do. Having roaming gangs of toughs all over the place makes the people who actually spend money more likely to go to Lake Compounce or other parks without a gang presence, reducing revenue further.

  • gwen

    i am a non-resident of westchester cty who frequents rye playland. the earlier news to save ONLY $5.00 was huge; as aforementioned families would toss huge bucks particularly for the food and rides for all in their group to enjoy a day out close by. .we’d return weekly also, thinking of a savings on the entrance fee. . .MIND over what MATTERS-FAMILY FUN in a SAFE ENVIRONMENT!

  • Steve B.

    Thanks, Rob Astorino ! That’s;why we voted you in – so you could make the sensible fiscal decisions that we’ve been missing for years.

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