ALBANY COUNTY Three days after the Albany County Legislature tabled a vote on privatizing the county nursing home vote, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has sent out a request to move $2.2 million from the county’s contingency fund in the budget to meet the facility’s July payroll.
After hearing a presentation from Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners, the legislative body sent the privatization deal with Upstate Services Group back to the Elder Care Committee. Conners stressed that if a decision on the home were not made by June, he would have to cut off payroll for the facility.
“In order to ensure that the residents of the nursing home remain in their home, I have requested that the legislature extend funding for an additional month,” McCoy said in a statement. “If the legislature chooses not to act, I will do everything in my power to ensure that are residents are cared for. It’s time for the legislature to embrace the solution to this issue.”
McCoy, who has repeatedly criticized the legislature for not moving ahead with his privatization plan, said his decision was “not about politics or who controls the agenda.”
“Inaction by majority leadership means that months spent trying to put a lease deal together to meet a July deadline has gone nowhere,” said McCoy. “This action only ensures that employees and residents alike will endure more uncertainty in the short term.”
Conners said even if the nursing home had been voted on a few months ago, money would still have to be transferred for July because “of the length of time for permit process for certification,” which might not be done until the fall.
“I want to congratulate the county executive for moving ahead to work with the legislature so we can avoid difficulty with certifying the payroll in July,” Conners said. “The executive was saying he wouldn’t move the money unless they voted on his plan … now he’s changed his mind on that.”