Lake Placid chef Dave Hunt talks to the Essex County Board of Supervisors in support of the Adirondack Harvest program as board chairman Randall Douglas and County Manager Daniel Palmer look at a handout he provided during last year's budget hearing.
Photo by Keith Lobdell.
continued “We would not be having any of these conversations if the state took over Medicaid,” Douglas said. “There are only two states in the country that let Medicaid trickle down to the counties, here and California. We spend $7 million on Medicaid in this county, and if we had that $7 million to spend elsewhere, we would not be having any of these conversations.”
However, several supervisors said that the reality of the situation presented tough choices.
“This whole process has been very challenging,” Minerva Supervisor Sue Montgomery-Corey said. “I hate the fact that we are looking at layoffs. The decisions that we are being asked to make are downright heartbreaking.”
Following the public hearing, the board decided to meet again Monday, Dec. 12, at 11:30 a.m. to further look at the budget. The county budget has to be approved by the board on or before Dec. 20.