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Albany County nursing home privatization vote pushed back

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ALBANY, N.Y. - For yet another month, the Albany County Legislature's vote on privatizing the nursing home is put off.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says that every month it happens, and another million dollars is spent to run it. However, others say privatizing it is still not the answer.

"This has taken entirely too long because of the Executive," says Legislator Doug Bullock. "The County Executive has changed that lease agreement at least 10 to 15 times in the past three months."

Bullock says he wants more options on the table, other than Upstate Service Group, to run the nursing home, but not everyone agrees.

"I think it's been an improper bidding process," says Bullock.

"The legislators are trying to do their due diligence to make sure all of the residents of Albany County are served well and they make the best decision," says Legislator Thomas Cornofeld.

"Even if it turns and goes to Upstate Service Group, you don't think we'll still be able to have communication?" adds Legislator Mary Lou Connolly. "If we don't, shame on us."

The chair of the Audit and Finance Committee, Thomas Cotrofeld, says the latest ammendment eliminated a $12 million unsecured loan and put in a county grant instead.

During the meeting Monday night, people still voiced their opinions about the privatization of the nursing home as an issue that has been table for yet anoter thirty days.

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