Playland death raises questions about ownership

The accidental death of a Rye Playland worker has renewed debate about whether Westchester County should sell the park to a private operator.

Some patrons said the death of 21-year-old Gabriela Garin, who was operating the Mind Scrambler ride Friday, raises questions about whether a company would better manage the park. Rye Playland is the only U.S. amusement park run by a county. Critics also said turning over the park to a private company would reduce the county's liability.

However, lawmakers counter private ownership won't necessarily make the park safer. They previously said the ride passed inspection this year.

Garin, of White Plains, was thrown from the ride after strapping in some riders. A wake was held Sunday for the victim, who leaves behind a 2-year-old girl. Garin's family hopes to raise enough money to send her remains to her native Mexico.

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