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Legislature Votes Against Sale Of County Home To Rothner

January 23, 2013

The Chautauqua County Legislature has voted 16-9 against a possible sale of the county home to potential purchaser William (Avi) Rothner, of Altitude Health Services....

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Jan-25-13 5:36 PM

Big question is who voted which way. I don't see that anywhere. Whether you say yeah, or nay the public should have been given the vote of each legislator.

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Jan-24-13 11:00 AM

Lucky that we are not selling to Rothner--he is obviously a bad choice--better choice don't sell the home.

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Jan-24-13 6:56 AM

so did 16 vote to sell, or did 9 vote to sell? no wonder these goofs at the pj are not working for a real city newspaper.

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Jan-24-13 6:50 AM

how much cashola did the corrupt nazi legislators receive in bribes from the nazi union? geraci should investigate these bums.

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Jan-24-13 5:11 AM

Let's move on. Welfare to work Participation, job creation etc.

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Jan-24-13 1:09 AM

The county home should be sold. Counties all over are not running county homes anymore. The time will come when the state and federal govenment will stop funding and force the county to sell. Why do some of the legislators vote against selling? The majority of the people in the county are for the sale. Vote out those who are against the sale. If you do not more and more of our money goes down the drain and taxes will be raised more. We lose enough through the airport operation and Greg Edwards is doing nothing to solve that problem. The residents will not be out in the cold. We all know there are more than enough regulations that private nursing homes must obey.

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Jan-24-13 12:23 AM

Greg Edwards continues to lie. The Center for Governmental Research report proved that the County Home is not costing money but has a modest surplus. The 2013 budget, according to Legislator Nazzaro, will include a reduction in property taxes even with the County Home still a part of essential public commons.So what is the issue? Are we a moral society or do we just dump the old people off the lifeboat?

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Jan-23-13 11:59 PM

The legislature made the right decision. Loosing the commons to private industry when the care of our elderly is at risk would be to give up to big business. Even if the IGT funds were not available, the cost per household in this county to keep the home would be $1.75 a month. why would anyone give up such a worthwhile institution to save $1.75 per year?

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Jan-23-13 11:17 PM

Harold, commending them for what? Failing to achieve their goal? If they truly wanted the sale to happen, they should have figured out what additional protections or conditions could have been attached to the deal in order to secure one more vote. Instead, Republicans have nothing to show for months of effort and struggle. I don't see how that's commendable under any circumstance.

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Jan-23-13 10:47 PM

How about commending the 16 legislators that voted to sell the home.

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Jan-23-13 10:46 PM

Legislators have not received health insurance since 2009. Legislators receive no benefits whatsoever.

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Jan-23-13 10:45 PM

Too bad most people can't see beyond the dollar signs.

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Jan-23-13 10:10 PM

The fact that we have 25 legislators (was one sick?) is a joke in the first place. Way too much government starts right here in Chautauqua County. Let's go out there and loose another 2 million on the home this year while our leaders chomp at the bit to raise our taxes again this year. And by the way, how many more years before we taxpayers can finaly stop paying for 100% of you part-timers health insurance? Good work people. I think 6 to 7 of you could done just as bad of job, but at least saved us some in salary and benefits.

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Jan-23-13 9:52 PM

The county has already proven that they cannot operate a nursing home correctly (read 9K loss/day and low medicare ratings). Now 9 legislators prove that they are not capable of making a NON-POLITICAL business decision. Lets hope the voters in their districts vote their (and our) pocket books at the next election. How Sad!!!!!!

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Jan-23-13 9:39 PM

What a massive political failure. The Republicans in the legislature knew they needed substantial Democratic support to move this forward, but instead of working to change the deal to address Democrats' concerns, they foolishly decided to try to ramrod the deal through instead. Maybe they think they'll win more seats in the next election as a result, but I doubt it. And after months of work, the county home situation is back to square one. Great work, guys.

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Jan-23-13 9:31 PM

"..voted 16-9 against a possible sale.." 16-9 represents what? 16 "NO" votes and 9 "YES" votes? Or, the 16-9 vote came up just one vote shy of the 17 "yes" votes (super majority) required to make the sale?

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Jan-23-13 9:08 PM

What second vote?

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Jan-23-13 9:06 PM

Can you say democracy?

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Jan-23-13 9:05 PM

If the second vote goes the same way we'll know that this was just a Democrat stall. Thanks for using my tax money in an irresponsible manner.

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Jan-23-13 8:33 PM

I cannot believe they are wasting time selling this burden to the tax payers.

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