Conners proposes new Albany County nursing home
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ALBANY COUNTY, N.Y. -- Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners presented a plan to build a new $18 million Albany County nursing home. Conners says a new facility, properly run, will save the county money.
Conners announced in February that more than 100 patients were sent to what he called inferior, out-of-state nursing homes and he wants that to stop. Conners says the proposed new state of the art facility, together with a new management team, would save millions of dollars in the long run and greatly improve the lives of the homes residents.
"The single largest problem with the Albany County nursing home is the management and because we have deficient management, poor management, we have run the facility in a deficit that exceeds $110 million in the last seven years and that number will go up significantly when we announce the numbers for 2009," said Conners.
Meanwhile, Albany County Executive Mike Breslin wants the nursing home closed. He says it would save taxpayers millions of dollars and wants to provide seniors with several community-based homecare services.
As for Conner's plans, he's set to present the proposal for the new home to the Albany County Budget Committee on Tuesday.