Good Thursday morning. Here’s a glance at opinion content published today in The Journal News:
Westchester Children’s Museum: Editorial
We comment on the recent veto-proof vote by the Westchester County Board of Legislators to lease space at Playland to the Westchester Children’s Museum. The unanimous vote eliminates the chance of a veto from County Executive Rob Astorino, who had wanted to hold off on a lease until a citizen’s committee completed a report on the future of the historic amusement park. We write:
… After so much foot-dragging and unnecessary delay, a unanimous Westchester Board of Legislators on Monday approved a $1-a-year, 10-year lease with museum purveyors. Volunteers have been working behind the scenes for years to marshal support — and private fund-raising dollars — for the venture. Their work is the linchpin of what Legislator Michael Kaplowitz, D-Somers, properly called “the perfect example of a public-private partnership.”
In exchange for use of the 21,390 square feet of building space, the museum will spend upward of $5 million to renovate the 1928 landmark; another $7 million will go toward “cutting edge museum experiences”; that is, exhibits that include water play, science, art, music, nature, climbing, building and exploring — all the ingredients of smart, curious and engaged minds. …
SUNY 2020: Commentary
Cortes DeRussy, a Bronxville Republican who was a write-in candidate in the 18th Congressional District race in 2010, offers a critical view of a plan to invest significantly in the State University of New York over the next decade.