Politicians spar over nursing home

"Savage and the people who have worked on the project have done it in secret, and we have been attacked any time we question the project," said Farley. "It needs to be done in a matter that everybody understands what is happening, and that they have a say in it."

Savage said she has provided residents and fellow politicians with all the information she had on the project. When county officials settle on a site, said Savage, they will hold a meeting to present the proposals to the public.

She questioned how the controversy over the new nursing home even developed.

"I'm afraid neighbors were misled by some politicians to create a controversy where one didn't exist," said Savage.

Residents of Cedar Lane in Glenville said they became concerned about the plans for the new nursing home when they noticed surveyors in the field next to the Indian Kill Preserve in late July.

Kathleen Collar, member of Preserve the Field at Indian said the group was only concerned about the placement of the home and wasn't against construction efforts to build a new facility.

Tedisco said he was interested in protecting the land as much as possible at the "Indian Kill Field" location because keeping open space is important. Tedisco said his office wrote a letter to the Schenectady County Legislature asking for information on the project.

Buhrmaster said he hasn't been happy with the process involved in planning the new nursing home.

"I hope things aren't being done for political approval," said Buhrmaster. "The Glendale home should not be a political issue. It should not be slowed down or sped up because of politics."

Schenectady County officials haven't released any official documents, concepts, or sketches related to the project. Until Savage's Tuesday announcement, there were no other possible sites revealed for the project.

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