FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2013
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Legislator Judy Myers Thanks the
New York Rangers and Chase for their Initiative to Repair Playland’s Ice Casino
Westchester Legislator Judy Myers (D-Larchmont), chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Budget & Appropriations Committee, publicly thanked the New York Rangers and Chase today on forming a community-based program designed to improve youth hockey opportunities which, in its first initiative, would be refurbishing the Playland Ice Casino.
The new community-based program, New York Rangers Assist, is set to help with restorations at both the Playland Ice Casino and the City of Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, two ice facilities (and former Rangers practice sites) heavily damaged in Hurricane Sandy. At the Ice Casino, New York Ranger Assist will be providing a new refrigeration system along with roof and structural repairs.
“It is incredible and welcome news that the New York Rangers and Chase have chosen to create a new community-based program and one of its first beneficiaries will be Westchester County,” said Myers, who represents the legislative district in which Playland is located. “When Hurricane Sandy blew in, Playland received probably the hardest hit in the county, and crippling damage was done to the Ice Casino. With local youth hockey programs scrambling to find ice time, the Rangers and Chase initiative will help repair the Ice Casino and hasten its re-opening, which will certainly gladden the hearts of local hockey enthusiasts and ice skaters.”
Myers noted that two bond acts to fund critical repairs at Playland, the County’s amusement park and recreation facility, for infrastructure damaged during Hurricane Sandy in late October 2012, have already been approved and added by the BOL to the County’s 2013 Capital Projects Budget, including a bond act for $4,925,000 to fund the cost of design and construction of roofing, boilers and structural work at the Playland Ice Casino.
“On behalf of the Board of Legislators, I thank the New York Rangers and Chase for their generosity, which will end up becoming a substantial gift to the County. We will have to iron out details with insurance companies and FEMA, but happily do so knowing that our work together is a positive step toward a stronger future for Playland and the Ice Casino.”
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