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Resolution over higher Horace Nye bids sparks controversy

The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.

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

— Ways and Means Committee chair and North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi said that, while the bids have been received, they had not been officially reviewed or accepted.

"The bids have not been reviewed yet," Politi said. "We did not anticipate this happening. We wanted to get this resolution passed first."

"The bids have been received but they have not been accepted, so I do not have a problem with this," Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow said. "If the bids had been accepted, then there would be a problem."

"We have certainly done resolutions before where we knew it was going to happen between the time it passed committee and before it came to the Ways and Means or full board," county Chairman and Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas said. "I think that this is a good thing because it means we are seeking more money."

When it came up for vote, Scozzafava was joined in voting against the resolution by Morrow, Sharon Boisen of Essex, Sue Montgomery-Corey of Minerva and Michael Marnell of Schroon Lake.

"I do not have a problem with the way this resolution is happening but honestly, everyone knows I am against the sale of the home, and this gives me a chance to say no again," Morrow said.

The committee placed an April 9 date on the bids, giving firms more time to update or add to their bids.

Palmer said that if the resolution were to fail, the county would be left to decide between the three equal $4 million bids.

During the meeting, protesters lined Main Street in Elizabethtown during the meeting, voicing their displeasure over the county's looking into the sale of the home.

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