The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.
Photo by Keith Lobdell.
continued “In any of these facilities, we need to determine how many of these beds are Medicare/Medicaid,” Scozzafava said. “That is critical information that we need to have. Also, regardless of whether the meetings are loaded with one side or the other side, you have to have some public meetings in this.”
Politi said that, at this point, each of the supervisors should know how their constituents feel.
“This has been a topic at the forefront of discussion for two years and has been a topic even longer,” he said. “I know how people in my town feel and I would hope that, as supervisors, you would already know how your constituents feel in your towns.”
Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston said he felt the work needed to be done quickly.
“There should be a time limit because we cannot let this process go on and on and on,” Preston said. “We need to do our research. It is all there in black and white if you do the research.”
“These people are supposed to go out and collect the information and leave their feelings out of it and give us a recommendation,” Willsboro Supervisor Ed Hatch said.
“I think that everyone has had a sense of where they have wanted to go with this,” Canon said. “Does that mean when this committee comes back with information that I will not review that and say, I was wrong, maybe I should rethink that?”
Scozzafava also asked that the members of the sub-committee visit all of the nursing homes involved, including Horace Nye.
“If we are going to look at other nursing home, then I would think the members should go an take a look at the one that we currently operate,” he said.
“I think that Tom's point about visiting Horace Nye as a group is a good idea and could even be used as a test run to what we are going to do when we go out to the other homes,” Corey added.
Politi said that he hoped the committee could have their visits and study done within the next 30 days.