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Albany County residents concerned over privatizing nursing home


ALBANY, N.Y. - A public hearing was held Tuesday night for Albany residents to weigh in on the proposed budget in Albany County for next year.

One by one residents were given the chance to voice their concerns directly to county legislators, and they wasted no time.

The main focus was on County Executive Dan McCoy's plan to privatize the county's nursing home. Emotions ran high for those with family members in the home.

The county continues to lose millions of dollars each year running the facility. McCoy calls it untenable and is negotiating with a private company, Upstate Services Group, to run it. Over 300 people work at the home, and many of them are now concerned about their jobs and the residents they care for.

Renee Connors-King who has worked as a nurse at the home for eight years, wore a pin, a picture of one of the residents she's representing.

But privatizing the facility had its supporters as well. A homeowner facing that nearly 9% property tax hike told legislators he just can't afford it.

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