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Another nursing home vote tabled

Legislator calls lease a ‘sweetheart deal on steroids’

— Nichols said that the legislature still “need(s) time to look at the lease fully,” but added lawmakers are looking at alternatives to signing with USG. Nichols suggested working with nursing home operators Lowell Feldman and Martin Liebman, an option that would not require privatization, but would have the company overseeing the day-to-day operation of the nursing home and looking for ways to bring income in.

Rozak said Feldman was an operator of Albany’s Julie Blair Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the Department of Heath “determined the residents were in imminent danger,” revoked the license and putting USG in charge of that nursing home. She said that information had been sent to the Audit and Finance Committee prior to the meeting but nothing was done about it.

“It’s very ironic,” she said.

Legislature Chairman Shawn Morse said calling the body’s actions a stall tactic was “absolutely the furthest thing from the truth.”

“I think the right thing to do when you’re making a decision of this magnitude is to really take your time. Only then can you really cast a vote that’s based on solid facts than emotion. This is an emotional thing … people are coming down here crying,” Morse said.

Morse said he does believe the vote will happen soon.

“I think everybody’s prepared to make their vote. I’m happy they’re putting that much time into looking into it,” he said.

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