Nursing home set for May 13 vote

Much discussed operating agreement moves ahead, as some lawmakers push other options

— “There’s no savings immediately in the plan. Where’s (the) savings for the taxpayers?” McCoy said. “Under my proposal, everyone’s gonna be offered a job. I gave the (legislature) a roadmap to recovery to be under the 2 percent cap. Under their plan, we can never, ever get there.”

McCoy said he spoke about that plan publicly, including having open meetings with the legislatures “for those that showed up.”

Mary Rozak, a spokeswomsn for the county executive’s office, said Feldman was an operator of Albany’s Julie Blair Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the Department of Health determined the residents were in “imminent danger,” revoked their license and putting USG in charge of that nursing home. Commisso said Feldman was not the operator of that nursing home but instead just a shareholder “in a corporation with many shareholders.”

“He basically had virtually no say in that operation of that nursing home,” Commisso said.

McCoy said each month the vote is delayed, the county loses another $1 million. Commisso said “we don’t know if that is a correct number,” but if it is $12 million a year, “that’s approximately 10 cents per day for Albany County residents.”

“Less than a cup of coffee a week will allow us to continue to give elder care 24/7 coverage and keep our workforce in place … we can continue to give the care we have given for many years,” Commisso said.

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