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Colonie residents push for nursing home

"Parking is wonderful where we are," she said.

Battle said the county has been working on plans to move the nursing home since recommendations were made by the New York State Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, also known as the Berger Commission.

As per the recommendations, two facilities, the Ann Lee Home and the Albany County Nursing Home, were forced to merge into one. In addition, the number of available beds at the nursing home was downsized to 250 -- a limit defined by the Berger Commission.

On top of the recommendations, Battle said, the nursing home, built in the 1970s, is a bit outdated.

"It's antiquated and it needs to be updated," said Battle. "Our residents deserve a facility that's state-of-the-art, and that's not something that's done overnight."

Barchitta agrees that, wherever it is located, the nursing home needs to be rebuilt.

"I think it's so important I know we're in times of economic problems, but the Albany County Nursing Home they take in people that no one else takes in," she said.

Battle said since all plans regarding the nursing home were rendered void with the Berger Commission, the County Legislature is currently working on new plans to move the nursing home to a new location. Battle said that location has not yet been determined.

Barchitta said she and her husband and a group of other advocates, will continue to plead with the County Legislature to move the nursing home to Heritage Park.

"It's a beautiful spot," she said. ""

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