County asks state to restore nursing home funding

Farley said the nursing home is not a mandated program, and therefore the state is not at fault for cutting this funding.

However, Legislator Vincent DiCerbo, D-Schenectady, said, "Don't tell me that a nursing home is not a mandated cost."

He said if the issue was to come before the board, the Legislature would support keeping the nursing home.

He said the counties need to come together on these mandates to combat the state.

"We do this on a regular basis," DiCerbo said of battling state mandates. "The fact is, this state has spent way, way beyond its means."

Another unfunded mandate the county is outraged about is the fact that the state does not fully fund Medicaid. Although, the program is administered at the county level it is mandated by the state.

"We are one of the only states where counties still pay part of the cost of Medicaid," said Chair Susan Savage.

The Legislature plans to send a copy of the resolution to state officials including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Schenectady; and Assemblymen George Amedore, R- Rotterdam, and James Tedisco, R-Schenectady.""

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