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Legislators Approve Sale Of County Home To VestraCare For $16 Million

February 27, 2014

MAYVILLE — The potential privatization of the Chautauqua County Home is no longer potential — it’s reality....

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Orangeman

Mar-01-14 3:32 AM

Correction, North county Dems voted against the sale...

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madman

Feb-28-14 4:43 PM

oneridder, I am confused. I am a dem, and I feel like this was a victory. I wanted the home sold. Of the 6 dem legislators, 3 voted for th sale. So how was that a loss for those 3? Just asking.

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Orangeman

Feb-28-14 2:15 PM

hacksbgone, Are you saying that that the Chautauqua County Republican party is too simple minded to pull off a victory like this ?

If that many people disagree with me I must be pretty close to the truth.

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Watcher02

Feb-28-14 9:44 AM

It is amazing how Lori Cornell keeps coming back like a BAD DREAM. Nice score on her part by securing a 80k a yr job by our GOV. That's how the system works and she's the best in working her network. Next stop for her will be Albany

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madman

Feb-28-14 7:26 AM

hacksbegone excellent post. Carlaw, are you serious? You are now sticking up for Lori Cornell and you think she was loyal and honorable? What are your definitions of loyal and honorable? The district she represented WANTED the home to be sold and she votes no. She stated she had no problem selling the home, but her problem was with the buyer. Fine, another reputable company makes an offer, and she still votes no. No honor or loyalty there. And just so you are not to disappointed, there is no candidate from conservative ot republican party that can or will beat Cuomo. You are dillusional if you think otherwise. BUT, I will say very disappointed in his decision to appoint Lori Cornell to anything. Very bad move on his part.

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factsout

Feb-27-14 9:05 PM

Lori Cornell voted not to sell the home a yr ago for $16.5 million dollars. Now we sold it for a half a million dollars less plus it cost the County over a million dollars to run it for a year. So Lori Cornell cost Chautauqua County $1.5 million dollars plus because of her ignorance.

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ciecie

Feb-27-14 7:55 PM

doesn't surprise me that lori cornell got another politically appointed job. my uncle knows her family and has said that all her jobs have been political appointments. this job was most likely created for her.

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carlaw

Feb-27-14 3:12 PM

Rabb not rabbit. Sorry. :)

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carlaw

Feb-27-14 3:11 PM

Good for Lori! The Democrats have rewarded her for her efforts. Unfortunately this job isn't going to last long. Cuomo will be voted out of office in the next election. I can' t believe anyone but felons and illegals would vote for him and they don' t have voting privilege. Homosexuals do but they are a small percentage of the population. Maybe this is why Greg Rabbit wants to make Jamestown a marriage destination for them. Cuomo is inept and can't possibly be reelected.

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Cobbler

Feb-27-14 2:58 PM

Before you all feel sorry for poor Mrs. Cornell, the governor has appointed her as his regional representative for the southern tier with a salary and benefits close to $80K per year.

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hacksbgone

Feb-27-14 2:53 PM

Orangeman: Your conspiracy theory has one big problem - politician's aren't smart enough to execute at the level you suggest. Sure, some of the events had political agenda components, as do many, many other items debated by the Legislature. But it doesn't take much to peel back the phoney veneer of a Cornell or Whitney....or to expose the lunacy of a Hoyer. None of those 3 were fit to serve and if the subject of the sale of a money pit like the Home helped to kick those types to the curb then I'm just fine with it. The County Home was anything but a non-issue. Take a look around the State to see how many other Counties are dealing with the exact same tax draining LTC agency issues. We are fortunate to have sold the place.

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hacksbgone

Feb-27-14 2:37 PM

Orangeman: Your conspiracy theory has one big problem - politician's aren't smart enough to execute at the level you suggest. Sure, some of the events had political agenda components, as do many, many other items debated by the Legislature. But it doesn't take much to peel back the phoney veneer of a Cornell or Whitney....or to expose the lunacy of a Hoyer. None of those 3 were fit to serve and if the subject of the sale of a money pit like the Home helped to kick those types to the curb then I'm just fine with it. The County Home was anything but a non-issue. Take a look around the State to see how many other Counties are dealing with the exact same tax draining LTC agency issues. We are fortunate to have sold the place.

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carlaw

Feb-27-14 2:34 PM

Trust me Orangeman,none of the people you named "Came up with the idea" to sell the Home. It was a financial decision not a political one. Did some self serving politicians try to use the issue. politically? Yes and that was wrong. Lori was never faulted for her position on the home. She had honorable reasons, but her opinion was not that of the people she represented and that hurt her in the County Clerk's race.

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carlaw

Feb-27-14 2:23 PM

Wannabe you don't seem to understand county government. You can't live in Jamestown and "vote out" some one who represents the people up in Hannover, Westfield etc. the Legislators who voted no because their constituents did not want the Home sold, are Heros in the north county, not villains. As far as doing what is best for the whole county, no, I think that the people you represent come first. That's just my opinion, you may disagree. Mr. Larson voted to sell because his constituents wanted it sold, among other reasons. There are people who would like to see the airports,the landfill,and JCC privatized as much as the south county wanted the home sold. Legislators shouldn't be voted out of office for voting the way their constituents want them to vote. They should be commended.

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Orangeman

Feb-27-14 2:18 PM

Whomever came up with the idea in the Republican Party Brain-trust to sell the County home(Jack Glenzer, Brent Sheldon, Tony Raffa, Andy Goodell, Sandy Sopak, Jim Caflish, or Fred Crosscutt etc. This was a master stroke. You took a non issue and kept throwing gasoline on it until fire started to burn with opinion articles in the Republican owned PJ and Observer.

You forced the all North County Dems to come down on the side of not selling because its in the north county, and selling would cause job losses and family fear for those who have family in the County Home. You made the South County Dems look foolish for not saving tax payers enough money by reducing wasteful spending.

You imploded Lori Cornell as a Legislator and also as a County Clerk Candidate and made her to blame for voting not to sell. You Elected another Republican County Executive. Finally due to redistricting you have a Super Majority, and the ability to legislate just about anything that you want. WOW

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hacksbgone

Feb-27-14 1:20 PM

Hoyer continues to be a fuzzy-thinking nut-job. He says for my $20 per year donation I can have a government-run Home instead of a private investor-run Home? I'm not buying that. Let's consider that your math is right. It's a bad deal right away. But let's add up the future costs, like the questionable continuation of IGT matching funds, the retirement costs, the CSEA-driven wage and benefit costs. What will it cost me later, $40, $70 or $100 per year? Spoken like a true preacher who's passing the collection plate. Go back to your pulpit and stay away from public policy you idiot!

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Cobbler

Feb-27-14 11:53 AM

Got R Done

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NotTelling

Feb-27-14 10:46 AM

For future reference "Ha, Ha Ha..." when the "new owners" are applying for tax deductions,with the rise of taxes through out the county. It will be on the minds of you fools that forced it to happen. When ever the Government needs cash, it's so easy to raise taxes on the property owners that actually work as places like this get subsidized, by those that pay the way! I'll just got back to sleep as I prepare for this joke to be placed out in the open. "Fool's, so many Fool's... ****.

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Watcher02

Feb-27-14 10:03 AM

Time to vote out the legislatures that voted NO in this county. They are under the UNIONS power and never look out for the rest of the citizens

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Rosebud

Feb-27-14 9:50 AM

Now if we can sell the "Schools" to get rid of those Unions, we'll be all set.

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duckster

Feb-27-14 9:47 AM

I really thought this crew would take another year to solve this enormous no brainer. I was wrong. Thank you legislators!

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NSFWchris

Feb-27-14 9:22 AM

Thank God. I hope when it is sold, they upgrade the*****out of it, keep the same staff (heck, hire more!) and turn things around so all the whiners can feel like idiots.

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taxpayer2

Feb-27-14 9:09 AM

The Chautauqua County Legislature made the right decision. If they had voted No to the sale, the Home would not have survived. Counties, Cities and Government DO NOT belong in The Health Care Business. Apparently, those who opposed the sale would have preferred to have it close rather than remain competative with other Long Term Care Facilities. CSEA objected to the sale because they will lose hundreds of 1,000's of dollars in Union Dues.The Homes Employees will be hired by Vestacare they will not hire employees that were not solid, good employees, who did their jobs well. The Union will no longer control who gets hired or fired or remains employed. Today is a New Beginning for the County Home!

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wantabe

Feb-27-14 8:50 AM

please publish the names of the yes votes so that we can vote them out of office--the home should not have been sold!!!

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Yankees1

Feb-27-14 8:02 AM

It amazes me the argument that some make for not selling, that it will only save taxpayers about $20 a year to sell. This place was going bankrupt. If it wasn't for the IGT funding (that comes from taxpayers) it would have closed years ago. At least now it has a better chance to to survive and prosper.

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