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Legislators Look To Change Supermajority Vote Law

Second Vote To Sell County Home Expected By Month’s End

February 12, 2013

MAYVILLE — A second vote on whether to sell the Chautauqua County Nursing Home to Altitude Health Services could be on the table this month....

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Feb-12-13 3:05 AM

Whitney needs to be removed from office. It is the wish of the people in Jamestown to sell the county home. Pressure those who say No to the sale and tell them you are for selling the county home. People do not want this tax burden. There are laws from having the new owners live up to certain care standards.

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Feb-12-13 6:14 AM

vote the no votes OUT!!!! My family and friends will be.

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Feb-12-13 6:40 AM

William Rothner runs outstanding nursing homes. Others that have sold their county owned homes to him can not say enough good about him. Yes his father has had problems, but William is not his father. Whitney and Cornell need to stop the smear campaign against a good man.

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Feb-12-13 7:07 AM

You say you didn’t like the outcome of that first vote? Hey, that's easy to fix! Just change the rules so that it's guaranteed to go your way the next time around. It's Republicanism at its cynical best.

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Feb-12-13 7:33 AM

I applaud the 13 legislators that are trying to dismiss this ridiculous law that requires a supermajority. In all cases, the majority should rule. I am glad to see a combination of both parties working on this. As for Whitney and Cornell, I am not sure who they are speaking with (if any)but it is very clear, the majority of citizens in Jamestown want this home sold. They are tired of the financial burden on the tax payers. Your refusal to listen says alot about your willingness to serve the people.

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Feb-12-13 7:48 AM

Finally, the home will be sold and whitney, cornell and hoyer will be thrown out of office in disgrace for the record. These people are killing new business coming into the area, these people are killing job growth, these people are draining our budget.

Now the home can move on, bringing desperately needed taxes into the dunkirk school district avoiding more lay offs, adding more services to help the patients more than ever before. All county taxpayers will benefit being able to apply the selling price profits to our budget, more employees will be hired because of the expansion of services.

By adding more services, local businesses will benefit by bringing in more people to dunkirk. The new owner will be paying income and sales taxes.

Id like to see the new buyer sue these slanderous legislators for their lies about this buyer.

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Feb-12-13 7:53 AM

looks like the home may be sold before the miscreants who voted no are voted out. (I really thought it would be held up untill the next election cycle) The south county folks like cornell and whitney can save face if it moves from a super majority vote to a simple majority vote. It is a win win. BTW: even if the Rothner buyers are Pol Pot reincarnated... this is still such a ridiculous no brainer...duh

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Feb-12-13 7:59 AM

I agree with vast majority of posts, SELL THE HOME otherwise there will be NO OPTION but to close it down and everyone loses.

What a no brainer

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Feb-12-13 8:15 AM

The county home IS going to sell, it is just a matter of when it will sell. If Cornell and Whitney continue to put up roadblocks to the sale, they will be responsible when it sells a year from now to someone willing to pay half the money and not make any guarantees to the employees and residents. Meanwhile Chautauqua County will continue to lose $250K per month until it is sold.

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Feb-12-13 9:03 AM

Someone might want to tell cornell and whitney that we are NOT selling to the rothner family, ONLY WILLIAM ROTHNER.

This is how cornell and whitney are attempting to deceive us taxpayers, thats all they have is deceiving, WILLIAM ROTHNERS HOMES ARE RATED HIGHER THAN THE COUNTY HOME.

Watch cornell and whitneys words closely, they refer to the rothners family homes in an attempt to say its William Rothner, liars, nothing but liars.

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Feb-12-13 9:18 AM

Sueann, You are very observant. That is exactly what Whitney and Cornell are doing. they refer to the Rothner Family, we are selling to those businesses or people. We are selling to Avi Rothner, and his businesses are doing a marvelous job. problem is Whitney and Cornell know that so they just refer back to the old news. I love the HOGWASH comment. Whitney and Cornell must be cleaning pigs because the only HOGWASH that is out there comes from those two.

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Feb-12-13 9:30 AM

The citizens that Whitney and Cornell represent need to be very aggressive in telling these 2 knuckleheads that the county home must be SOLD. It is hard to believe that these 2 individuals are costing the county 9K a day.

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Feb-12-13 10:17 AM

Wisechoice, i agree with your post.

when you have dishonest legislators like whitney and cornell, caught in their deception and lies are they fit to serve the people in any capacity. These people are what is so wrong with government.

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Feb-12-13 10:51 AM

Everybody call Whitney and Cornell. Tell them that we want the home sold to Mr. Rothner. Whitney 640-1099, Cornell 720-1845.

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Feb-12-13 11:11 AM

madman...gosh have you said that to our Senate? They have been requiring a super majority on almost every bill that is presented. Glad to see you support the changes in the filibuster rules.

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Feb-12-13 11:22 AM

Good you think the only people in this county that count are from Jamestown? Have none of you ventured out of the city to see the county home for yourself?

Have you not read the know the one WE paid for..that clearly states the HOME operates on a SURPLUS and that we have been mislead by the figures given out in the media?

Have you not asked why after we paid for this report that none of the suggestions for cutting costs or increasing revenues have been implemented?

Oh..just keep on voting until you get the outcome that you want. Some democracy here huh?

Oh..and yes I am one who is PROUD that my taxes go to help care for our most vulnerable citizens. And you do understand that even if the HOME is sold, our taxes will NOT go down by one dime!!

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Feb-12-13 11:56 AM

Thank you 'concernedgranny' for you level head--and thanks to whitney and cornell we still will own the county home as we should.

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Feb-12-13 12:13 PM

Whitney and Cornell are NOT listening to the people they represent. The majority of people I have talked to from Jamestown want to see the home sold. Did they not listen to Mr Horrigan's report of William Rothner. I commend him for taking HIS time to do all the research. Wake up Cornell and Whitney. Maybe Cornell should abstain from voting this time since she has "ties" to the County Home. Sell it-save the tax payers of Chautauqua County thei tax dollars and stop the BS.

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Feb-12-13 12:22 PM

Whitney is just as dumb as Cornell. Neither one of these people knows a thing about managing anything. Whitney can't even pay the taxes on his own house. How can he be trusted with anything involving the county.

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Feb-12-13 12:26 PM

At least 50% of the people in Dunkirk/Fredonia are wise enough to see that the home needs to be sold. To keep peace, most of them are keeping quiet publicly but they are still out there.

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Feb-12-13 12:28 PM

Forgot about that Fred, Whitney has not paid his property taxes in two years. Lets ask him about that when we call. 640-1099.

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Feb-12-13 1:10 PM

Surplus, what does that mean? It means they haven't spent all of the 3 million of the taxpayers money and have a surplus of taxpayers money.

Just more deception, voters are smarter than that.

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Feb-12-13 3:01 PM

The home needs to sold.

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Feb-12-13 3:07 PM

Good post Granny. All the name calling and harassment won't accomplish anything. Same old same old crew spouting off about how dumb everyone is who has a difference of opinion. Changing the charter for this is opening the door for a lot of problems and it is a bad idea. What is draining the county are able bodied people who refuse to work. If you can't find a job here, move on to where you can. Welfare and Medicaid are for the truly needy.

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Feb-12-13 3:20 PM

How can the "owners/legislators " of a one star facility say it would bad to sell to an operator of a five star facility. Do we really know why the facility is a one star? Maybe it is time that was made public.

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