continued “This has become a very polarizing issue,” Lewis Supervisor David Blades said. “For me this is a very personal issue, but I believe that my responsibility goes further then my personal needs. I’m not saying that in the end, I would support the sale or lease. I need to get the full information, and I think that is what we all need to do.”
“I think it is really unfortunate that there is so much negativity,” Westport Supervisor Daniel “Dan” Connell said. “All we are doing is looking at if there is a way of running this at a reduced cost to the taxpayers of this county. I think that we owe it to the taxpayers of Essex County to explore all of our options.”
“This is not about quality of nursing care, it’s not about the people,” North Elba Supervisor Robert “Roby” Politi said. “We have made a lot of very poor business and leadership decisions over the years at Horace Nye and all those decisions point to one thing, that the county should not be in the nursing home business. I know that we will still have costs moving forward, but that does not justify us losing more money.”
“It has no reflection on the quality of care,” Elizabethtown Supervisor Noel Merrihew III, said. “The game has changed, and it is unfortunate.”
“These are hard economic times and these are tough decisions, but that is what we are elected to do,” County Chairman and Jay Supervisor Randall “Randy” Douglas said.
Those against the move said they did not see either how it would save the county money or if it was something taxpayers wanted done.
“I think we should be looking at what we can do to improve that facility and not looking to get rid of it,” Willsboro Supervisor Edward “Ed” Hatch said.