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Next steps outlined in Horace Nye sale process

The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.

The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— So what happens now?

Members of the Essex County personnel committee asked that question June 18 concerning the now approved sale of the Horace Nye Nursing Home to the Centers For Specialty Care out of New York City.

During the Board of Supervisors Clerk report, Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava asked if there was any material that would help current staff members of the facility explore their options.

"I really think need we need to sit down with the staff at the home and talk to them about their options, and if there are openings in the county, (see) if they will be able to transfer, and what else is available to them," Scozzafava said. "There are a lot of questions that they have."

Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley said that there was a concern about vacation time and sick time when the New York private firm bought the then-owned Fulton County facility.

"Most of that is spelled out in the contract," County Manager Dan Palmer said. "If they have accumulated vacation time their options are in the contract."

Palmer also said that the group planning to purchase the Horace Nye Home has already been talking to county officials and the employee's union about the potential change-over.

"Centers for Specialty Care have already been in contact with CSEA about the transfer of the employees from public to private," Palmer said. "I know that there has been some communications as far as the transfer of the union."

Minerva Supervisor Sue Montgomery-Corey asked if there was something that could also be put together for those who are served by the facility.

"I think that it would also be helpful if we could put something together for the families of the residents," Corey said. "They want to know, and I am also wondering what are the next steps."

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