County officials have not yet decided how to market the Manor. One potential option is for the county board to create a local development corporation, which would manage the sale of the facility. The county board has retained Shawn Griffin, of law firm Harris Beach, to advise the panel on its options.
“Almost everybody on this board is more interested in doing what’s right than in getting re-elected,” said Rep. Kay Stuligross, D-Oneonta, the chairwoman of the Manor Committee and a self-described reluctant advocate for selling the facility to a private operator.
A grassroots group calling itself Save the Manor has argued privatizing the facility will lead to a reduction in the quality of care, and will hasten the exit of experienced Manor workers who will not accept significant wage and benefit reductions.
The Manor Committee and Manor administrator Edmond Marchi are scheduled to begin a series of three public informational meetings on selling the Manor at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion hall in Worcester.