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Nursing home plans move forward

Rooney said the state would provide 85 percent reimbursement of that cost. She also said that the construction of a new facility would lead to reduction in county costs.

Davidson said that by 2012, the county would spend $5.2 million in operation costs per year as opposed to $9 million for the current facility, which dates back to the 1930s and has an outmoded infrastructure.

Rooney said that building a new nursing facility would also allow for the county's Medicaid rate to be reestablished, allowing for a higher return for Medicaid eligible residents.

Construction for the project could begin as soon as January 2010 with state support.

County officials are confident the state will recognize the certificate of need.

"This project allows the county to continue to be in the nursing home business, offering quality care," said Chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislator Susan E. Savage, D-Niskayuna.""

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