Nursing home deal tabled

County comptroller urges legislature to turn over control

— Some legislators are touting yet another option in a proposal from nursing home operators Lowell Feldman and Martin Lieban. This contract would not privatize the facility but instead have the company overseeing the day-to-day operation of the home and looking for ways to bring in income.

“Now there’s a continued push for an agreement to have a third party manager for the nursing home, which is prohibited by the Department of Health, and what we’re looking at if we see that come to fruition is a double-digit tax increase for 2014,” Quinn said.

Legislature majority leader Frank Commisso said he was pleased to see Conners stump for new management of the nursing home.

“But I think he’s wrong about what McCoy has done for the nursing home. I think McCoy has continued the policies of (former County Executive Mike) Breslin and he’s doing the same thing of downsizing the nursing home,” Commisso said.

Commisso said he agreed there have been a series of delays with the nursing home vote, and placed blame “partly on the county executive and partly on the legislature trying to come up with an alternative.”

Commisso said he hopes a vote will take place by next month.

In wrapping up his presentation to lawmakers Monday, Conners said the main thing to remember in coming weeks is the need for action.

“Whatever you do, you’ve got to be together,” he told legislators.

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