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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.

— Between the board, the most heated exchanges were between Scozzafava and Douglas as they debated the timing of the vote.

“I can't believe that this resolution, the most important one we will ever undertake, would not be online as a resolution,” Scozzafava said. “This goes against the objective of the Open Meetings Law so that things like this could not get railroaded through.”

“Nobody is railroading anything,” Douglas replied. “You have brought resolutions from the floor that were not on the agenda.”

“We have just moved this right into this body,” Scozzafava continued. “We have declared this surplus, we have decided that it is not needed and we are going to sell it in one step. We should have had the discussion about declaring that property surplus a long time ago. This should go through the committee process.”

“You didn't want this to go through committee last week, or everyone would have a copy right now,” Douglas responded.

Bartley, who supervises the town that is home to Horace Nye, said she felt the sale was the best way to ensure that a nursing home would remain in the community.

“It only takes 51 percent to close it,” Bartley said. “I will always look for ways to keep a nursing home here and improve it. I will never vote to close it. If we do not sell it to a company that is competent, then it will be closed by the county.”

Bartley then pointed the finger of blame for the “failures” of the nursing home at the board.

“I know that there are 18 supervisors here that will vote on this, but I am the only one that it affects,” she said. “I blame the failures of the Horace Nye Home right here on this body, and I have no confidence based on what I have seen that this body can ever run it right.”

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