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Horace Nye fate may be revealed

The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.

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

— The next chapter in the Horace Nye Nursing Home saga may start to be written next week.

It may also be the closing chapter in the eyes of Essex County.

North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi, who chairs the Horace Nye Nursing Home Task Force Committee, has called for the body to meet on Tuesday, May 29, following the monthly Ways and Means Committee meeting, which was pushed back from its usual last Monday of the month date due to Memorial Day.

Politi said that the HNNH subcommittee, which was tasked with visiting the Elizabethtown facility as well as facilities run by the three bidders on the site, will deliver their findings at the meeting and expects a recommendation to come from there.

“We will hear the subcommittee’s findings and hear their feelings and recommendations on the issue,” Politi said. “Then, we will make a recommendation to the full body.”

Politi said that each member of the subcommittee was tasked with looking at a specific areas when touring the homes in order to provide a comprehensive report.

“I hope that this will be a very informative meeting,” Politi said. “It should be good.”

Lewis Supervisor David Blades, who chairs the subcommittee, said that his group would present their findings to the full committee but would let them make the recommendations.

“We are going to present our findings out of the visits that we have made and information that we received through this process,” Blades said. “We can make a recommendation off of what we know, but that is really for the committee to decide. I do not know if it will come from us.”

Blades is joined on the subcommittee by Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley and Minerva Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey, along with Office for the Aging Director Patty Bashaw and Horace Nye Home Registered Nurse Sabrina Westover. Public Health Director Linda Beers serves as an alternate and advisor.

The sub-committee traveled to homes run by Eliot Management of Monsey, Centers for Specialty Care of New York and Gerald Woods, CPA, of Baldwin.

In a second round of bidding, Eliot added $100,000 to their base bid of $4 million, while Centers for Specialty Care added $50,000 and Woods declined to re-submit a bid. All three had bid the minimum asking price when the originals were opened in March.

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