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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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IThink

Feb-27-14 2:26 AM

It was WAY past time to dump that chump. :)

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youdontknow

Feb-27-14 5:44 AM

About time!! Government should not own businesses or have any interest in them.Now if they allow the airport to privatize the taxpayers would be better off.Now if the JPS system would get it together.Dwindling students but constsantly upgrading and building.Dah!

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1Diablo

Feb-27-14 6:16 AM

Amen!!!

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imfedup

Feb-27-14 6:36 AM

So glad the sale is almost final. Tough decision but don't be too tough on those who voted no. It was time that the County got out of the business. They were simply representing the individuals from the areas they represent.

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snottynosepunk

Feb-27-14 6:49 AM

praise be to Allah! who are the 5 nitwits???

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Catman

Feb-27-14 7:15 AM

The voters of this County have been heard loud and clear and the Legislature acted on their call. Thank You to the 13 who voted yes. The 5 naysayers really need to examine their reasons for not acting in the best interest of all county residents.

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madman

Feb-27-14 7:35 AM

I understand the 5 no votes, and not really upset with that. This was the right thing to do. My guess is the workers are unhappy because they will have to reapply for their job. In doing so, they will probably have to pass a drug test and competancy test. And that is where the worries lie. Not for the county or the residents but for their jobs. I believe a private company can and will run this home better and more efficient with or without the same employees.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cobbler

Feb-27-14 11:53 AM

Got R Done

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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carlaw

Feb-27-14 3:12 PM

Rabb not rabbit. Sorry. :)

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