Politicians spar over nursing home

Savage: county no longer considering site near Indian Kill Preserve

Schenectady County Chairwoman Susan Savage says the proposed Glendale Nursing Home will not be built anywhere near the current one, but concerns over transparency on the project still have some county GOP legislators calling out the Democratic majority.

The new Glendale Nursing Home will not be built on the current site or on any land adjacent to the current facility, said Savage in a Tuesday, Aug. 24, statement to The Spotlight. "The Hetcheltown Road site is not under consideration because of inadequate space and difficult and costly engineering challenges."

Savage, D-Niskayuna, said the county is actually looking to build the new facility elsewhere. "We have focused our efforts on alternate locations, including county-owned property near the Schenectady County Airport and a location on Curry Road in Rotterdam."

Neighbors of the Glendale facility expressed concern in recent weeks that a new facility would be built on open space adjacent to the one currently in use. A Glenville community group focused on preserving the field next the Indian Kill Preserve and the adjacent "sledding hill" " areas near the current facility " will hold a meeting Monday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. Several politicians are planning to attend the event, including Farley, fellow GOP legislator and Glenville resident James Buhrmaster and state Assemblyman James Tedisco, R-Schenectady. The meeting will include a slide show presentation and discussion.

"The public wants to know the answers," said GOP Minority Leader Robert Farley, R-Glenville. "I will stand up for them to get them that information and demand that those that are in power provided it."

Buhrmaster said that when the Schenectady County Legislature approved the $50 million bond for the project in May 2009, he and Farley never saw any of the sketches for the project, and they still haven't seen any. Both legislators, the only two Republicans in the Legislature, said they were excluded from the planning process.

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