Albany County lawmakers propose new nursing home

According to Commisso, the county has "a moral obligation to the people of Albany County" who use the current nursing home, and he and others were led to believe that a new nursing home would be a part of the county executive's plan.

In response to the committee's amendment, Breslin said, "The members of the Legislature and I agree that we need to expand the choices available for those needing long-term care. I look forward to working together with the County Legislature over the next few weeks to develop a solution that serves our residents in need and is the least expensive for county property taxpayers."

Commisso said the committee is not simply looking for a new nursing home to be built, but instead, a campus that will include facilities that will help people through every stage of their elderly lives.

"What we envision is a long-term health care campus," said Albany County Legislator Gary Domalewicz, D-Albany, also a committee member.

Domalewicz said that this facility, once constructed, would be able to help the county's most needy residents receive the quality care they deserve.

"We believe that we need to have a nursing home so that we can take care of the most needy of our county, the elderly of Albany County who don't have the money and have no place to go," he said. "[We need] to continue providing the best care possible for all the people of Albany County."

The amendment, which will include the nursing home campus, will be introduced and voted on along with Breslin's plan on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the County Legislature's meeting.""

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