Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava, left, and Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow, right, were speakers at the Save Horace Nye rally June 2 in Elizabethtown. Event organizer Celeste Beeman watches.
Photo by Keith Lobdell.
continued "He has helped so many veterans in this country," Paye said. "If we can't educate our young, take care of our veterans and our elderly, we've lost our humanity."
Scozzafava voiced concern over the possible job losses the nursing home could see under new ownership.
"If we sell the only public facility in the county, we will regret it, maybe not right away but down the road we will," Scozzafava said.
With 100 beds in Horace Nye and being one of the only facilities to take on patients who will need long-term rehabilitation and dialysis treatment, Scozzafava said many people have voiced concern that the patients will no longer be a priority with private administrators.
"You don't come here because you want to; you come here because you have to," Morrow said. "Private companies, they will pick and choose their patients."
Beeman said the people at Horace Nye have worked hard all of their life and deserve to remain at there with the same care they are currently receiving.
"There are veterans living here, mothers of veterans, and taxpayers here, how can we turn our backs on them?" Paye said.
“This is the right thing to do,” Morrow said. "I am unhappy that I have to fight for this. As a supervisor for 19 years, never have I found one tax dollar wasted supporting Horace Nye.”
The forum included performances by Stan Oliva, who performed his original song “The Crawl.”