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October 17, 2012

Otsego board petitioned to halt Manor sale

A petition to save the 174-bed county nursing home from being sold was submitted to the Otsego Manor Committee on Tuesday, Rep. Katherine Stuligross, D-Oneonta, said.

During about 45 minutes for public comment at the meeting Tuesday morning, several speakers expressed fears about the sale of the Manor and the fate of residents, said Stuligross, committee chairwoman. The petition from Manor supporters had 78 signatures, she said, and documents and comments also requested intervention by local, state and national lawmakers.

In September, the county board voted to privatize the Manor because they said operating it as a county-owner property would be financially unsustainable.

The Otsego Manor Committee has requested bids for professional services and/or consulting services in connection with the proposed sale of the residential health-care facility. Proposals are due Oct. 24.

Stuligross, committee chairwoman, said 15 or 20 people, including some residents and staff from the Manor, attended Tuesday’s meeting. The petition will be presented for the record to the Otsego County Board of Representatives meeting, which next meets Nov. 7.

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