— By News Editor Suzanne Moore
NURSING HOME SOLD
In June 2012, the Essex County Board of Supervisors voted to sell the 100-bed Horace Nye Nursing Home to the Centers for Specialty Care of the Bronx for $4.05 million.
The facility in Elizabethtown had been losing more than $2 million annually.
The staff at the home protested the sale, alleging patient care would suffer and wages would be reduced under private ownership. Others contended that little changed when the same firm took over a nursing home owned by Fulton County.
Some members of the Board of Supervisors vigorously opposed the sale, chiefly Thomas Scozzafava (R-Moriah) and Gerald Morrow (D-Chesterfield), who said the county has a duty to take care of its aging citizens.
Part of the sale agreement specifies that Essex County residents must be given preference in admission to the facility, and the current staff must be offered jobs with the new owner.
The county hasn’t finalized the sale contract, but that should take place very soon, County Attorney Daniel Manning III said at the end of December.
“The lawyer (for Centers for Specialty Care) and I have agreed on everything. It should be signed soon. Then we will do an application for a Certificate of Need.”
The State Department of Health must grant the Centers for Specialty Care the certificate, which allows the home to operate, before the transition of ownership can begin.
The private firm is expected to be operating Horace Nye sometime in late 2013.
PLATTSBURGH BANK HEIST
On July 2, a man handed a note to a teller at NBT Bank on Cornelia Street in Plattsburgh that said he had a gun and demanded money.
Authorities from multiple agencies launched a search for the suspect throughout Plattsburgh and its environs, but it was fingerprints on a note from another bank heist that ultimately led to the arrest of O’Neil O. Stephenson on Aug. 20 by the New York City Office of the FBI.