The Daily Star, Oneonta, NY - otsego county news, delaware county news, oneonta news, oneonta sports

Local News -

October 27, 2012

Wheelchair-bound patients protest Otsego Manor sale

COOPERSTOWN — About 40 wheelchair-bound Otsego Manor patients conducted in a 90-minute protest Friday against the planned privatization of the 174-bed nursing home.

“We were promised this was going to be our home for as long as we needed it — but it’s not ending up that way,” said Emma Jean Shepard, 83, of Fly Creek, a patient at the facility for nearly four years.

Clutching a hand-scrawled sign that read, “Keep the Manor county owned,” she said she’s very concerned that the level of care will decline if Otsego County moves ahead with plans to sell the nursing home to the highest “responsible” bidder.

County Treasurer Dan Crowell, who visited with the patients as they protested on a Manor parking lot, said he expects the sale of the facility — called for last month by the Board of Representatives — will likely take 12 to 18 months to execute. Crowell said he expects county officials will want assurances that the next owner can provide a high level of care once the Manor changes hands.

Also stopping by the rally was Rep. John Kosmer, D-Fly Creek, who said he’d like to see Bassett Medical Center buy the facility.

“They’ve been here forever, and you can trust them,”

he said.

County representatives have just begun to review applications from prospective consultants interested in advising the county during the search for a buyer.

The uncertainty about the Manor’s future has caused apprehension among its patients, said Maureen Culbert of East Springfield, a Manor volunteer who has been trying to build community opposition to the privatization push.

County representatives said  they are actually trying to “save” the facility after concluding the county could no longer sustain mounting deficits. The current taxpayer subsidy to the Manor is about $3.5 million a year, and that sum is expected to mushroom in the future.

Text Only
Local News
  • Week in Review: Council parts ways with city manager

    This weekend feature offers a recap of the week's top local stories:

    April 5, 2014

  • Killer David Dart to go before parole board in May

    Though rejected for parole less than two months ago, convicted killer David Dart, serving 25 years to life in prison for the September 1989 knifing murder of 18-year-old Gillian Gibbons in Oneonta, will get another crack at release in May.

    March 22, 2014

  • Clarification

    March 12, 2014 1 Story

  • Developers make plans for four Southside projects

    A Buffalo Wild Wings is proposed to open this year on Oneonta's Southside, which also is the site of two other pending developments, the town supervisors said Monday.

    February 25, 2014

  • Police: Motoristfound dead

    Authorities are hoping an autopsy scheduled for today will explain the mysterious death of a Schoharie County man whose body was found in his parked, running car over the weekend.

    February 12, 2014

  • Two face charges in no-knock heroin raid

    Authorities executed a no-knock search warrant at an Elm Street apartment and arrested two women on heroin possession charges, Oneonta police said Thursday.

    February 7, 2014

  • Oneonta police: 3 youths suspected of vandalism

    The city of Oneonta Police Department has identified three suspects, all younger than 16, in the damage and arson to the Doc Knapp Field on Jan. 18, according to a media release from police.

    January 21, 2014

  • Assailant assaulted former girlfriend while their son, 7, watched, police say

    William H. Danielson, now a murder defendant, allegedly assaulted his former girlfriend while she was putting their 7-year-old son into a vehicle early Friday morning, according to Chenango County law enforcement officials.

    December 31, 2013

  • Obama: Inequality is a major challenge

    December 5, 2013

  • County officials object to logos on SAFE Act website

    New York's new gun control law has hit another thicket of controversy, with three local sheriffs saying Monday they don't want their county's seals or logos used in a state website being designed for pistol permit recertification.

    December 3, 2013

  • Ithaca College student killed in Cobleskill crash

    December 3, 2013

  • Correction

    The address of a digital billboard was incorrect on a photo caption on Page 1 of Tuesday's Daily Star. The billboard is near I-88.

    November 29, 2013

  • Rodney H. Ingalls

    HARTWICK SEMINARY -- Rodney H. Ingalls died Nov. 19, 2013, at the age of 94. He lived a long and exemplary life.

    November 27, 2013

  • Remembering Remy in Milford

    November 27, 2013

  • American failure

    The campaign, on the St. Lawrence, from which so much has long, confidently, and reasonably expected, has ended far short of its object. ... The main army has taken post near St. Regis, for the winter; and ... the division under General Hampton is hutting on the Saranac.

    November 27, 2013

  • Capital projects and audits and Redskins, oh my...

    We are happy to report that we did indeed have a meeting with both the Superintendent of Schools and the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds at CCS to discuss our questions and concerns about the proposed capital project. Plus we also had the opportunity to chat with the Business Manager regarding funding for the project. And for the most part we feel we now know more about the project although we still find ourselves musing about it.

    November 27, 2013

  • Championship fever in Milford goes beyond Remy title

    For Milford's boys, the Anton Remy Jr. Tournament title is only the beginning. "We want to win the Tri-Valley title and the Section Four title," junior point guard Will Ward said Saturday after the Wildcats took apart Franklin, 52-25, in the Remy finals.

    November 27, 2013

  • Much to love about walls

    November 27, 2013

  • Volleyball team hopes to spike competition

    Cooperstown has gotten used to volleyball success under Rich Jantzi, and it looks like CCS will prove themselves on the court again this year.

    November 27, 2013

  • Wishing we would fall out of falling back

    We all turned back our clocks on Sunday, Nov. 3 for Daylight Savings Time. But do you know why we do this?

    November 27, 2013

New Today!
Additional Content
Poll

Are your taxes going to be done on time?

Yes, they're all finished
I should make it in under the wire
No, I'm late
No, I'm filing an extension
I'm not filing a tax return
     View Results