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Astorino Vetoes Lease Agreement Plan For Children’s Museum At Rye Playland

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Playland – Rye, NY – Mar 1, 2011 – Photo: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880

Playland – Rye, NY – Mar 1, 2011 – Photo: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880

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RYE, NY (WCBS 880) – Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has vetoed a plan to let the Westchester Children’s Museum rent space at Playland.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports

The 10 year lease agreement was approved by the Westchester County Board last week. In exchange for the museum doing millions of dollars worth of renovations to a bath house, Playland would lease the space to the museum for only $1 year.

Astorino says the county can’t just be well-intentioned.

“The county has just turned over this property without any competitive bidding process,” said Astorino.

Astorino says he’s not against the museum, but just thinks that plans for the future of the park should be considered and it’s too early to make that kind of commitment.

“What we have to look at today is the finances and the need,” he said.

Museum executive director Tracy Kay has said all the delays on the project have been frustrating.

“We’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting and we keep being told to wait. But we’d like to see this project come through,” he says. “We are getting a little frustrated and perhaps, impatient.”

Meanwhile, Astorino says he’s sure the board will override his veto.

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