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Apr 16 2014 Sustainable Playland Inc Backs Out On April 1st, Sustainable Playland Incorporated (SPI) announced that they would be suspending their participation in the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) review process for their proposed Playland Improvement Plan (PIP). Legislator Catherine Parker (D) Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye, who's district is home to Playland and is a member of the LPPHC also expressed disappointment at the news of SPI's letter, saying, "I'm sorry to see SPI backing out of the process at this point. We were making good progress in the committee deliberations. My responsibility in the legislative review process is to ensure that the concerns of my constituents on the sound shore are being addressed and that ultimately we approve a plan that is best for all the residents of Westchester County. Playland is not going anywhere and I remain committed to the vision that Playland can operate in a more successful and profitable way. I will also continue to be a conduit for communication between the county, the Rye community and any organization that brings us fresh ideas on how Playland can be a better county asset and a better neighbor." Kaplowitz went on to say, "The County Executive, in good faith, brought SPI and their vision for Playland to the BOL for Legislative approval and we remain eager to work with the County Executive, the City of Rye and all other stakeholders on any viable plan that is presented to us."
Apr 15 2014 Playland Park takeover plans may be derailed pdf version Legislator Michael Kaplowitz, the chairman of the Board of Legislators, which had been vetting the plans through its parks committee, said Sustainable Playland has given nothing but excuses since it pulled out of the review. "Maybe it's really best at this point if they in fact do drop out," he said, adding that it was Sustainable's role to come up with the vision and the board's role to ask tough questions about the finances, environmental impacts, parking and other issues. "This is a letter of every reason why they're looking for a reason to get out," he said. Regardless of what happens with Sustainable's plans, the park will open May 10 under county management.
Apr 15 2014 Reuters Poll Americans increasingly prefer Democrats on healthcare Nearly one-third (33%) of respondents in the online survey released on Tuesday said they prefer Democrats' plan, policy or approach to healthcare, compared to just 18 percent for Republicans. This marks both an uptick in support for Democrats and a slide for Republicans since a similar poll in February. One-fifth (20%) of respondents said they did not know which party had a better plan, and another fifth said neither party did.
Apr 7 2014 DiNapoli’s no “sacrificial lamb;” opts out of public financing (Blog Open for Comments) DiNapoli has been skeptical of the proposal since it was quickly put into the state budget, which was approved by the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “The pilot program for public financing of the comptroller’s election is a poor excuse to avoid real reforms New Yorkers deserve. At this point, I cannot participate in this pilot,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “I was always willing to have reform start with the comptroller’s office, but I will not be a convenient sacrificial lamb. I hope that before the legislative session ends, there will be a comprehensive campaign finance reform, as well as a reconsideration of the proposal I advanced, with realistic time frames for successful implementation.”
Apr 4 2014 Visitors see Playland as more than just an amusement Video Also (Blog Open for Comments) But the reinvention process that Astorino launched in 2010 is now in limbo after the city of Rye hired a high-powered environmental lawyer and said the plans of Astorino's hand-picked operator, Sustainable Playland, fall under the city's review authority. The county Board of Legislators had been expecting a vote as early as May on Sustainable Playland's plan to bring in private companies to run different zones of the park and to add new activities and amenities to attract visitors year-round, with the biggest change being the construction of a field house and two turf fields in the main parking lot. Whatever happens, the park will open this year on schedule on May 10 under the management of the county Parks Department. pdf version
Mar 13 2014 Westchester applies for 2014 community development grants; future of program in doubt (Blog Open for Comments) Westchester is applying for 2014 funding through the Community Development Block Grant, HOME and Emergency Shelter Grant programs even though the federal government has withheld three years of the grants over the county’s compliance with a 2009 fair housing settlement. But, at a legislative committee meeting this week, there was discussion about the possibility of ending the county’s participation in the program in an effort to allow some of the 36 communities that apply through the county to get grants other ways. The town of Greenburgh is considering whether to apply on its own, like Westchester’s larger cities already do. But Greenburgh is the only town large enough to qualify as a separate entitlement community. Smaller communities could potentially apply through the state but there may not be as much funding available.
Feb 11 2014 GOOD News: New York State Pension System Achieves 5.14% Rate of Growth in Oct Nov Dec 2013 The New York State Common Retirement Fund's (Fund) estimated rate of return for the third quarter ending Dec. 31, 2013 was 5.14 percent, increasing the Fund's value to an estimated $173.2 billion, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The Fund ended its fiscal year on March 31, 2013 at $160.7 billion. "The New York State Common Retirement Fund enjoyed a robust third quarter that saw continued strong performance in domestic and developed international equities markets," DiNapoli said. "Our investment strategy is geared toward consistently achieving long term results but we watch the markets closely to capitalize on emerging opportunities.” The Fund has 37.6 percent of its assets invested in publicly traded domestic equities and 17.1 percent in international public equities. The remaining Fund assets by allocation are invested in cash, bonds and mortgages (27.6 percent), private equity (7.8 percent), real estate (6.6 percent), absolute return strategy (3.1 percent) and opportunistic strategy alternatives (0.2 percent). In 2009, DiNapoli initiated quarterly performance reporting by the Fund as part of his on-going efforts to increase accountability and transparency.
IMPORTANT ARBITRATION WIN IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY CSEA Announcement
Dec 20 2013 Arbitrator rules former Westchester CSEA president must be reinstated to job (Blog Open for Comments) Karen Pecora, the former president of the CSEA unit representing the majority of Westchester County workers, who was laid off at the end of 2012, will have to be reinstated to her former county job, according to an arbitration ruling issued Dec. 13. Pecora, a secretary in the Parks Department, was laid off because she was working outside the department on union duties, as allowed by the contract, the arbitrator ruled. The ruling, which is binding, says she must be reinstated with back pay and benefits. “The County’s reason for eliminating the Grievant’s position was not due to a lack of work,” said the arbitrator, Jay Siegel. “Rather, the County decided the Grievant’s position could be eliminated because she was on full-time union leave.”
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