Any significant construction or reconstruction of Playland, such as is contemplated by Sustainable Playland, would have to be approved by the Westchester County Board of Legislators, according to a long-awaited legal opinion from Westchester County Attorney Robert Meehan.
The Board of Legislators requested the opinion after County Executive Rob Astorino announced that he had chosen Sustainable Playland to overhaul the park and was negotiating an agreement with the group. Astorino argued the agreement only required the approval of the county contrcts board, which he controls, but several board members said legislative approval was required.
In his opinion, Meehan said the management agreement with Sustainable Playland doesn’t require board approval, but the implementation of the plan to build playing fields, remove rides and make other changes to the historic park falls under the board’s perview.
“To the extent that the management agreement contains a provision which would involve significant and material construction or reconstruction, legislative approval would be required before such action or action could be undertaken,” Meehan wrote. “That appears to be the case with the proposal made by Sustainable Playland Inc. Therefore, that proposed agreement must include a provision which will condition any plan for material improvements at Playland Park to be subject to approval of that plan by act of the Board of Legislators.”
The next step for the board may be getting all the legislators together in committee to discuss the opinion.
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