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Essex County supervisors sell Horace Nye nursing home

A resident of the Horace Nye Nursing Home listens as members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors talk about the sale of the facility June 5.

A resident of the Horace Nye Nursing Home listens as members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors talk about the sale of the facility June 5. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The Horace Nye Nursing Home will be privatized.

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The Old County Courthouse in Elizabethtown was filled with residents of the Horace Nye Nursing home and many who were protesting the sale of the facility to Centers for Specialized Care during the June 5, 2012 Board of Supervisors meeting.

In a heated meeting that was interrupted several times by members of the audience, the Essex County Board of Supervisors voted by a two-thirds majority, 2,683-1,233 (weighted vote), to sell the county-run nursing home to Centers for Specialized Care for $4,050,000 at its June 5 regular board meeting.

Supervisors voting for the sale of the home included Jay Supervisor and Board Chairman Randy Douglas, Charles Harrington of Crown Point, Margaret Bartley of Elizabethtown, William Ferebee of Keene, David Blades of Lewis, Sue Montgomery Corey of Minerva, George Canon of Newcomb, Roby Politi of North Elba, Joyce Morency of St. Armand, Deb Malaney of Ticonderoga, Daniel Connell of Westport and Randy Preston of Wilmington.

Moriah’s Tom Scozzafava, Gerald Morrow of Chesterfield, Sharon Boisen of Essex, Ronald Moore of North Hudson, Michael Marnell of Schroon and Ed Hatch of Willsboro voted against the sale.

Horace Nye Sale resolution

BE IT RESOLVED, that pursuant to County Law Section 215(5), the Essex County Board of Supervisors has determined that because of the present economic climate existing within Essex County, the State of New York and the United States of America, the continued strain of unfunded mandates, the 2 percent property tax cap, and the loss of approximately $2,000,000 annually, in order to preserve and benefit the corporate property of Essex County entrusted to the Board, the County of Essex cannot continue to sustain these losses without suffering severe economic repercussions and, in this regard, has determined that further maintenance of the County Nursing Home is no longer in the best interest of the County and that the Horace Nye Nursing Home is not necessary for viable public use; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Essex County Board of Supervisors hereby authorizes the sale of the Horace Nye Nursing Home, its real property, physical facilities, personal property and other assets pursuant to County Law Section 21 5(5)(6) to the highest responsible bidder, Centers for Specialty Care, for the sum of $4,050,000 pursuant to the terms and conditions contained in the Notice of and any and all further conditions determined by the County Attorney, and further authorizes the Chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors and/or the Essex County Manager to execute any and all contracts of sale, deeds, bills of sale, asset transfer paperwork and any and alt other paperwork necessary to effectuate the complete sale of the Horace Nye Nursing Home, its real property, physical facilities, personal property and other assets to the Centers for Speciality Care.

This resolution was duly seconded by Supervisor ,and adopted, upon a two-thirds vote.

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