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Jenkins Says County Takeover of Tibbetts Brook Park Is Hidden Tax Hike

Legislator Ken Jenkins remains skeptical of County Executive Rob Astorino's proposed budget.
Legislator Ken Jenkins remains skeptical of County Executive Rob Astorino's proposed budget. Photo Credit: File Photo

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- As the second week of budget presentations drew to its conclusion, Legislator Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) was holding fast to his view that County Executive Rob Astorino's budget proposal will have adverse effects on the city of Yonkers.

The most recent area of contention is the proposal to have the county take over Tibbetts Brook Park as a way to generate additional revenues for the county.

Jenkins reacted to the proposal by calling it a hidden tax increase, as a result of the additional fees that will be added to the county’s coffers.

“The county executive clearly has an agenda towards damaging the city of Yonkers,” Jenkins said. “This proposal makes me think that he is either unaware or just doesn’t care that there is a cost to taking over a park that we hadn’t run in the past.”

Tibbetts Brook Park received a large infusion in capital several years ago that has turned it into one of the most successful parks in the county’s park system, although a portion of it is still run and managed by the city of Yonkers.

“There are a very few simple realities that make this proposal completely unworkable,” Jenkins said. “Westchester doesn’t have the money to take this burden on and even if we did, this administration’s track record on managing parks like Sprain Ridge and Playland would suggest that it wouldn’t be managed well anyway.”

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