Wilcox, a retired writing instructor, said the push to privatize the Manor and other public nursing homes across New York is a symptom of “morally bankrupt” national policies that place a higher priority on military spending than on caring for frail senior citizens in need of nursing care.
Schue complained it was “pretty reprehensible” that county board members supporting the LDC are “ignoring” alarm bells from Comptroller DiNapoli regarding local development corporations.
Culbert said Lindberg’s claims that the Manor could be forced to shut down if it is not privatized soon was a “scare tactics.”
CSEA representatives have said the union wants to open contract negotiations that could lead to money-saving concessions for the county. However, the county board has not taken up that offer. Rep. James Powers, R-Butternuts, the chairman of the negotiations committee, has said he sees no point to the talks because selling the Manor is the only way to stave off the huge tax increases that would be needed if the Manor continues to be operated by the county.
The push to privatize the Manor comes at a time when 13 of the 14 county representatives are expected to seek re-election this year. Only Rep. Catherine Rothenberger, D-Oneonta, has signaled she will leave the board when her term runs out on Dec. 31.
The public hearing to take comment from citizens on the LDC plan is tentatively slated to be held at 6 p.m. April 29 at the Otsego County Courthouse in Cooperstown.