Popular programs, events could be axed in Westchester budget

Many of Westchester's most popular programs and events may be eliminated under the county's budget plan for 2012.

Under the budget proposed by County Executive Rob Astorino, the only fireworks to be found at Kensico Plaza next July, may come from the people who discover there will be no fireworks display.

Facing a $114 million deficit for 2012, Astorino is proposing to eliminate funding for the annual celebration of the nation's independence.

Astorino also plans to save $1.9 million by canceling contracts with neighborhood health centers.

Also targeted for cuts are ethnic festivals in county parks, concerts at Lasdon Park in Somers and nighttime movies in Kensico Dam Plaza.

Also gone would be county underwriting for the popular "Bicycle Sundays," which turns the Bronx River Parkway into a bicycle path.

Astorino hopes that corporate sponsors will come forward and finance these events.

One venue that will not be cut is Rye Playland. Astorino plans to keep the park open for at least another year while the county continues looking for ways to revitalize the historic amusement park.

In addition to cutting programs and events, the budget proposal submitted to the County Board could result in 210 county workers losing their jobs.

For County Executive Astorino?s complete budget proposal announcement, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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