COOPERSTOWN — Amid Otsego County's effort to sell the debt-plagued Otsego Manor, the nursing home's administrator, Edmond Marchi, has resigned to take a $107,000-a-year job running a similar facility in Schenectady County, officials said today.
Marchi has decided to take a job at Glendale Home, the public nursing home for Schenectady County.
Otsego County Rep. Katherine Stuligross, D-Oneonta, said she and other county officials had hoped Marchi would continue to oversee the Manor while a newly formed local development corporation seeks to line up a qualified buyer to take over the 174-bed home located just south of Cooperstown.
"He has been devoted to the residents of the Manor, and to the social model of nursing homes," Stuligross said. "In many respects, he has been a fine administrator."
Several Otsego County board members expressed disappointment that Marchi, 57, had not told them directly he was taking the job in Schenectady.
Contacted by The Daily Star, Marchi explained he was away on vacation this week, and only learned of the Schenectady board's decision to hire him after that legislature voted to give him the job Tuesday night. He said he had planned to tell members of the Otsego County Manor Committee on Thursday morning.
"One thing has to happen before the other," he said. "I couldn't give notice until I knew I had the new job."
Marchi said he is giving Otsego County four weeks notice, and his last day at the Manor will be July 12. During the next four weeks, he said, he will be training an incoming assistant administrator who will begin working at the Manor on Monday.
"I have a plan in place" for transition, he said.
Otsego County is one of numerous New York counties looking to shed their public nursing homes as a result of spiraling costs and lower reimbursement rates from federal health programs.