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January 14, 2014

Manor bidder: Our workers are vetted


“That was really one of the most important meetings we had,” said Dornburgh.

Lindberg said there was a snowstorm that day, and he had to do work on his properties.

“That was just a meeting where they said how they were going to do things,” he said. “It doesn’t mean we’re not knowledgeable” about what the suitors are planning for the Manor in the event they take it over.

The LDC board is scheduled to meet again at 2 p.m. on Jan. 27 at the Manor.

An agenda for the meeting posted on the county website states that the purpose of the meeting is “regular business.” However, Dornburgh and others familiar with the LDC’s work said they expect the board will decide that day between the Focus and VestraCare bids.

The chairwoman of the LDC board, Rep. Katherine Stuligross, D-Oneonta, has said that the board would only make a decision on a buyer once it’s convinced that it can maintain a high level of patient care at the facility.

The county’s financial losses in running the Manor are piling up to the tune of about $500,000 per month, according to county officials.

$18.5 million Focus Ventures' bid $15 million VestraCare's bid -$500,000 County's estimated losses on Manor, per month

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