Supervisors to receive report on Nursing Home

Concerns over FEMA leaving Lake Placid office also raised

The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.

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

— Essex County Manager Daniel Palmer is preparing a final report on the Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.

“Generally, this report is to answer questions that I know are out there and deserve a thorough review before anyone is asked to make a final decision on the home,” Palmer said. “I think that all of you should get a chance to look at that.”

Palmer talked about the report during the March 19 county committee meetings.

Palmer said that the report would also review other studies that had been done on the nursing home as far back as 2004.

“We are going back as far as 2004 and looking at everyone of the recommendations from those reports, if they were implemented or not, why or why not they were implemented and how so.”

Palmer said that he hoped to have it completed within the next two weeks.

Concern over closure

Members of the Board of Supervisors also expressed concern over reports that the FEMA office in Lake Placid would be closing down.

“I have a big concern with shutting down operations in Lake Placid,” Jay Supervisor and County Chair Randy Douglas said. “There are still a lot of problems here in Essex County. I have offered them space at the Jay Community Center in Au Sable Forks without rent. I am worried about losing them.”

“Bob Gatley has been meeting me in my offices regularly and they have been speaking with us locally,” Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley said. “When he told me they were going back to Albany, I asked where are we going to go to get a hold of you and get a response as soon as we have been able to with you here in Lake Placid. There is still a lot to be done.”

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