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May 9, 2013

Board votes to create Manor seller

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Rep. Pauline Koren, R-Milford, agreed with Griffin that it would be best to allow the LDC handle the sale, saying the corporation’s officers “aren’t going to put everything into it” if they know their decision could be second-guessed by the Board of Representatives.

Rep. Catherine Rothenberger, D-Oneonta, said while she was on the board when it decided to build the Manor, she has concluded privatizing the Manor is the best option for the county.

“We cannot financially support this any more,” she said, adding later: “We built a Cadillac.”

Stuligross credited Lindberg for being the first to warn of the dire financial straits enveloping the Manor and taxing the resources of the county.

“We didn’t want to listen to him,” she admitted, noting that further investigation into the rising county subsidy to the nursing home proved that Lindberg’s statements were backed up by the financial sheets.

Before the resolution to create the LDC came before the board, a CSEA staffer, Karen Carpenter, said the board’s decision to sell the Manor through an LDC was made “purely for selfish reasons,” adding that the representatives “should be determining who is the most responsible bidder in public.”

“You don’t want to be responsible for the decision that gets made, and you don’t want to listen to the public’s disapproval any more,” she said.

Several members of the public, among them Sandra Bliss of Middlefield and Keith Schue of Cherry Valley, also decried the LDC plan, as did Anthony Effen, a Manor transportation worker.

The lone member of the public who spoke in support of the LDC option, William Dornburgh of Cooperstown, said he believed that the board members had weighed alternatives to privatizing the Manor.

“I’d like to commend the board for doing due diligence,” said Dornburgh, noting his wife is a Manor patient. “I think you have done a fair investigation of the alternatives. I’m not sure about your negotiations with the union. However, as a minority of one, I stands to commend you.”

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