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SPI Suspends Participation in Review: Letter

Legal actions throw into question the county’s approval process for Playland, said Sustainable Playland President Kim Morque in a letter to County Executive Rob Astorino. "To date, SPI has spent $600,000 (not including funds expended by our proposed operating partners) and thousands of hours of volunteer time to design an implementation strategy and PIP. SPI is not a deep-pocketed private corporation. We are a group of citizens who came  together with a civic mission to preserve one of the county’s greatest assets. As such,  it is neither realistic nor feasible to expect that SPI can remain committed to the project indefinitely."
Scott Peterson April 02, 2014 at 06:31 PM
Words are telling little buggers aren't they. The final sentence says what has been assumed, SPI has no commitment to the park beyond a definite period of time. At least they're finally honest in their seduction, " I won't be here after I get what I want baby, but I love you right now."
Deirdre Curran April 03, 2014 at 08:16 AM
Yah. This week's maneuver was tantamount to a giant temper tantrum by a bunch of spoiled brats who weren't getting things their way. It's no coincidence that SPI pulled out of the process now. They essentially got their patooties handed to them by the Legislators last week at the parking and traffic meeting. The meeting this week on SEQR and legal/environmental issues was going to go even more badly for them, and the two upcoming meetings on their financials are something they REALLY want to avoid. They are never prepared. No surprise to me that they tried to bring this thing to a grinding halt right before having to go through those to meetings. This review process by Pete Harckham's committee was going a little too smoothly and humming along a little too fast. They were actually finally getting to the bottom of things and SPI couldn't take the heat. The lame excuse of the two legal actions is ridiculous. They bungled their way through a review process all last year with a different law suit from Ken Jenkins hanging over them and never used it as a reason not o continue to move forward. The one in place now was filed 12/31/13, and it's been on the table the entire time SPI has been going through this NEW review process. The letter from the City of Rye also should not be any excuse. There's no reason they could not have continued to show up and answer questions posed to them by the Legislators. None. Spoiled brats thinking they are in the driver's seat calling the shots. More hubris and arrogance from this entitled bunch. It gets worse at every turn. The Legislators should come back to them and tell them to either get back in the ring with the agreed upon review process pronto and start moving forward again STAT or completely forfeit the whole deal. "You don't feel like showing up any more for the review process huh? OK, well ten there's the door, we've got two other bidders who will." Do we really want dunderheads like this group running our most expensive County park for us?
Deirdre Curran April 03, 2014 at 08:18 AM
(and the answer to that rhetorical question should be a resounding: "NOOOOOOO!")
Paul Tillotson April 03, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Looks like Gubernatorial " Very Hopeful " Astorino's feet are being put to the fire in the best traditions of the Spanish Inquisition ! Will be interesting to see if he feels that inclusion of the " I saved Playland AND the County Budget " in his upcoming campaign propaganda is worth a protracted & public struggle against the rising tide of opposition to SPI's Chameleon Plan which changes its camouflage so frequently.
Deirdre Curran April 04, 2014 at 09:32 AM
The Legislators and County Exec need to tell SPI to get back to the table and resume the review process they agreed to (before it started going so downhill for them) or forfeit the whole thing and be cut out of the project. Enough time and money has been wasted. They are wasting taxpayer money at this point and delaying the process even further, throwing Playland into more of a hole. Enough is enough.

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