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Final public hearing before Albany County Nursing Home privatization vote

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ALBANY, N.Y.---Dozens of people stood up before the Albany County Legislature Tuesday night to voice their opinion about the privatization of the 250 bed Albany County Nursing Home.

"I hope they can really take this seriously, and I hope it really shows what kind of people we have working for us at the nursing home," says Renee Barchitta, a member of the Albany County Nursing Home Family Core Council.

Barchitta says the legislature voted the privatization down in a previous administration and can do it again.

"It's in your hands, it's not in his hands," says Barchitta. "You stopped Breslin, you can stop Danny."

Barchitta is referring to Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, who is in support and pushing for the privatization to help ease economic problems in the county.

But it was not all opposition during the public comment period.

Dorlisa Kruger says her Amsterdam-based nursing home is also run by Upstate Service Group, the same firm that would lease the Albany County Nursing home if it's agreed upon.

"If Upstate takes over, are you telling me you're going to stop saying please and thank you?" asked Kruger. "Are you going to stop? No. The quality of care comes from us, and quite frankly, Upstate gives us that ability."

Many said they would rather take a tax hike than have the nursing home privatized.

"It's about the dollar," said one Albany County resident. "I'm not putting anyone down from USG. I've met with some of their staff, they're really good people. But it's not going to turn out good for us."

The county's audit and finance committee will take a vote Friday evening and if it passes, the full legislature will vote on Monday.

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