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Politi: Horace Nye sale contract coming soon

The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.

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

— As members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors start to look at the 2013 budget, the pending sale of the Horace Nye Nursing Home remains a hot topic.

Moriah Supervisor and budget liaison Tom Scozzafava voiced concern over the county not having a sale contract in place with Centers for Specialty Care out of the New York City area, which the board had agreed to enter into negotiations with in June.

“We have no contract for sale today which I find hard to believe seeing how we passed that resolution back in June,” Scozzafava said. “We are still going to have to budget the home into the 2013 figures.”

County Manager Daniel Palmer said that a revised version of the contract had been delivered to the potential buyer last week and that the county and Centers for Specialty Care had been in negotiations since the sale was approved.

North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi said just because there was no contract in place did not mean the sides were not working toward one.

“The contract has taken longer than expected and it is not signed,” Politi said. “I do not want anyone to think that there have not been extensive communications and revisions with the contracts that are in hand. I wish that it would have been done two months ago. It is not out of the ordinary that it would take an extensive amount of time to reach a deal that satisfies all the parties involved.”

Politi added that he felt the contract signing was on the horizon.

“I would be confident in saying that it should be done very soon,” he said.

Scozzafava added that even with the contract in place, it could take up to a year for the state to approve the sale.

“There would be no sale until the company is issued a certificate of need from the state,” he said. “Either way, this is going to be our responsibility in the 2013 budget.”

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