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Albany Co. Legislators delay nursing home vote
ALBANY -- The County Legislature continued discussing a plan to privatize the Albany County Nursing Home, but it will take at least another month for a vote.
Last week, the Audit and Finance Committee tabled the bill to allow more time to review alternatives.
“I think the residents of Albany County would like to see us move forward in one direction or another and hopefully we'll see that in not too distant future,” said Thomas Cotrofeld (D), Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.
The Republican Party reaffirmed their support of privatization. If all ten republicans vote in favor, only ten democrats would be needed to pass it.
“Our conference stands united in believing that it should really be in the hands of professionals and should be privatized. It's costing taxpayers too much money,” said Christine Benedict (R) Minority Leader of the legislature.
County Executive Dan McCoy said each month the legislature doesn’t act costs taxpayers $1 million. Legislators who requested more time said the latest delay was needed to ensure taxpayers get the best deal for the future.
“He's claiming it's a million dollars a month and then another audit says we're not losing that much money. The legislature has to do its due diligence and go through the process,” said Legislator Joseph O’Brien (D). “I think one more month or two to make a good educated informed decision that’s the way to go.”