Douglas wants Horace Nye debate about facts, not name-calling

Richard Tromblee of Moriah Corners talks with Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava during the April 2 Essex County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Richard Tromblee of Moriah Corners talks with Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava during the April 2 Essex County Board of Supervisors meeting. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— “I am just really tired of the personal attacks and the attacks on us as supervisors,” Douglas said. “Everyone in here works very hard for their constituents and for the county. I put about 30 hours a week into county work, and that is separate from my responsibilities in my town.”

Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston said he felt some of the attacks were being used to misrepresent fact.

“We need to take the emotions out of this,” he said. “Something somewhere has got to give. I think the mass hysteria that is out there that the privatization is a horrible thing is just not the case. The responsible thing to do is to look at this seriously and if we can do it, then we should be doing it.”

Douglas later took a moment to commend Richard Tromblee, a Moriah Corners resident who addressed the board earlier that day.

“He was very respectful and made some good points,” Douglas said. “He didn’t go after supervisors or resort to personal attacks.”

“There is and will be a need for care for our elderly,” Tromblee said during the guest comment portion of the meeting. “Maybe some of you will end up that way and need this care. Hands on care that they will not receive in a private nursing home. Before you decide to privatize the Horace Nye Nursing Home, please stop and think.”

The board of supervisors passed a resolution seeking the “highest and final” offer from each of the three companies seeking to purchase the home after the initial round of bidding.

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bobbibrad76 3 years ago

Yes, Randy Douglas, as well as the Supervisors of Willsboro, Schroon Lake and Moriah were the only ones to reply to me, and Mr. Douglas did reply each time I corresponded with him.

Yes, emotions are high and on both sides I might add, but I do not believe that we are distorting the facts, so we are probably at a stalemate with many of the Sujpervisors justifying their position and many taxpayers offering a decenting view.

I still stand by my thought that if this Board of Supervisors or those that served before them had put as much energy into solving the cost issues associated with Horace Nye's Deficit, we would not be facing the action they are about to take. This sale remains the easy way out, and whether Mr. Douglas or any other supervisor care to admit it, they are not giving consideration to what they are going to do with all the medicaid eligible senior "baby-boomers" that will need nursing home care in the future and will be turned away by Private Nursing Homes in record number. That is a fact and not a distortion. Are the Supervisors prepared to provide more community services to keep those individuals in their homes? Certainly nothing has been printed in their minutes that they are problem solving along those lines.

And it is too bad that Mr. Douglas takes exception to my suggestion that the Board of Supervisors and the County Manager take a cut in their County Salary, but that is just plain Economics 101. If you are an employee and a major chunk of your responsibilities are removed, don't you think your salary would be reduced. And furthermore, shouldn't the purchase price of the nursing home go back into the County reserve fund that the Supervisors have been whining that they have been spending down to cover the Nursing Home deficit so they didn't have to raise taxes too much in past years? While this government in the United States is undoubtedly one of the best, we also know, that government isn't perfect; and it needs citizens who aren't afraid to speak out. I'm sorry if Mr. Douglas is so sensitive. I'm pretty sensitive too about what is going to happen to my Dad when the Horace Nye Home becomes privatized,


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