continued Legislator Bryan Clenahan, D-Guilderland, said he supported forming the LDC because he believes it would maintain his goals of keeping county employees, running the home effectively and efficiently, and continue allowing all patients “regardless of their ability to pay” or the severity of health issues to be served.
“I vote for this on the assumption that the seven people being appointed to the LDC board share these goals,” Clenahan said. “If they end up not supporting these goals, then I will ask for their resignation.”
Legislator Deborah Busch, R-Knox, spoke against the resolution on behalf of the minority caucus.
“The resolution before us tonight does not meet our expectations for the LDC,” Busch said. “It was our original understanding that we would experience some type of relief from the nursing home’s current fiscal burdens. … However, the vague and incomplete nature of this resolution does not provide us with any ability to assess if this is the case.”
Busch said the minority conference feared passing the resolution would result in “virtually writing a blank check,” because the resolution said the LDC would assist with the “ongoing operation” of the nursing home.
Legislator Richard Mendick, R-Selkirk, said several financial studies on the nursing home reveal the same issues regarding the levels of staffing, compensation and benefits.
“As we talk about continuing to have county employees at their current wages and level of benefits, and we are going to continue to pay for those losses, it seems like we completely ignore all of the analysis that has been,” Mendick said.
Legislator Gary Domalewicz, D-Albany, disagreed with Mendick and viewed approving the LDC resolution as a “win-win” for everyone.
“We are taking the first step in moving forward and creating a viable environment for the residents out there and the workers of Albany County that work at the nursing home,” Domalewicz said. “I still believe we should be building a new nursing home somewhere down the road, once we get this nursing home up and running in the proper manner that it should be.”