Another off-premises idea discussed was gaining permission for smokers to use a portion of property at the offices of James McKee, a certified-public accountant, which is next door to the nursing home.
Legislator Marc “Tim” Lashomb said he would ask McKee and report back.
“I’m opposed to smoking. I was a smoker, but people who do have that habit can’t quit cold turkey,” he said. “Smokers do have rights. It’s not illegal to smoke in New York state.
“I don’t approve of it, but I respect their rights.”
Until clarification from the state comes, legislators decided no Nursing Home employees will be allowed to smoke on facility grounds or parking lots after Oct. 29.
The nursing home is slated for closure in late 2014 and will merge with the Alice Hyde Medical Center Nursing Home at a new 135-bed shared skilled-nursing facility with 30 additional assisted-living rooms off Park Street.
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