As for the lawsuit, however, Clark said that she could not comment on it because she has not seen it.
“Nothing surreptitious happened there,” she said in response to the CSEA allegations. She called the union “a little confused.”
Board members have said they reluctantly decided to seek a private buyer for the Manor only because the facility has become financially unsustainable to operate. County officials have said the current annual taxpayer subsidy to the Manor will grow from $3.2 million to an estimated $6 million by 2014.
This week, at the board’s regular monthly meeting, several county residents implored the representatives to reverse their decision and keep the facility with the county. They cited the scheduled Oct. 12 closure of where the quality of care reportedly deteriorated after it went from being a publicly operated nursing home to a private facility in 2006.
“It’s hard to understand why (the Manor) can’t be saved from privatization,” said Carol Kirkey of Oneonta, whose husband is an Alzheimer’s patient at the Manor.
Kotzin said, “We want to prevent what happened in Delaware County from happening in Otsego County.”