Source: Joe Mahoney, Daily Star, April 23, 2015
Since the former Otsego Manor was privatized last year, the nursing home, now called Focus Otsego, has had to cope with occasional staffing shortages, a situation the new management wants to rectify, according to minutes of meetings of the facility’s Family Council and a management spokesman. Meanwhile, the workers represented by the Civil Service Employees Association, the union that remained at the home after it was sold, will today be asked to ratify a labor contract that will increase wages “for those who have stayed and shown dedication to our residents,” said Kirk Dorn, a spokesman for the management company.
CSEA agrees to contract at former Manor
Source: Daily Star, December 6, 2014
Civil Service Employees Association workers at the now privately operated Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing at Otsego have approved a contract between the union and the management, the facility management announced Friday. Details of the contract were not released. Before it was privatized in October, the facility was known as the Otsego Manor. The county Board of Representatives decided to sell it to highest bidder after its public subsidy spiraled.
County hands Manor off to private operator
Source:Joe Mahoney, Daily Star, October 15, 2014
As Ken Tyler of Cooperstown approached the front door of the Otsego Manor on Tuesday afternoon on his way to visit his wife, Marjorie, a patient at the facility, workers exiting the building had just punched out for their last time as Otsego County employees. Following Tyler into the nursing home were nurses and other staffers who were about to sign in for their first time as employees of Focus Ventures, a private company.
Union: Manor workers face drastic pay cuts
Source: Joe Mahoney, Daily Star, October 3, 2014
The health care management company taking over the Otsego Manor has made wage offers to county nursing-home workers that are significantly below their current pay, the union for those employees said Thursday. Mark Kotzin, a spokesman for the Civil Service Employees Association, said the employees began finding out this week that Focus Ventures wants to impose wage cuts of about 20 percent for certified nursing assistants and some other job categories.
County set to finalize sale of Otsego Manor
Source: Joe Mahoney, Daily Star, October 2, 2014
The now county-owned Otsego Manor is expected to formally become a privately operated nursing home next Wednesday. Focus Ventures was the high bidder for the nursing home, and is expected to pay the county $18.5 million to acquire the 174-bed facility…. Focus Ventures, headed by Joseph Zupnik and based in Rockland County, has required the current Manor employees to apply for the jobs they now have. County officials have said that they expect the company will keep in place most of the county workers now assigned to the nursing home. In recognition the service of four top Manor managers, the county Board of Representatives decided today to issue special one-time payments to each of them provided they remain on the county payroll through the day of the final transaction. Three of the non-union employees will get $10,000 each and the administrator of the Manor, Kurt Apthorpe, will get $20,000 within one month of the sale of the Manor, according to the resolution passed by the county board….
6 firms eye Otsego Manor purchase
Source: Joe Mahoney, Daily Star, August 20, 2013
Six companies involved in administering health care services have expressed interest in acquiring the 174-bed Otsego Manor nursing home, the chairwoman of the panel coordinating the effort to privatize the facility said Monday. The half dozen proposals were forwarded to the Otsego County Health Facilities Corporation (HFC) in response to a request for proposals issued two weeks ago, said Rep. Katherine Stuligross, D-Oneonta. She declined to identify the companies that are interested in purchasing the Manor…. Additional proposals could still be en route to the committee because the deadline for submissions is not until Sept. 27, she said. …The county board voted in January to contract with the Center for Governmental Research to serve as its consultant in the development and marketing of the Manor….
LDC formed to handle sale of Otsego Manor
Source: NEWSChannel 2, May 1, 2013
The Otsego County Board of Representatives has voted to create a Local Development Corporation to handle the sale of the financially plagued Otsego Manor.
CSEA takes aim at Manor sale plan
Source: Joe Mahoney, Daily Star, May 1, 2013
The central legal argument against a plan by Otsego County lawmakers to sell the Otsego Manor through a local development corporation deals with the fact they would have to declare the home no longer has a public purpose, a spokesman for the facility’s unionized workers said Tuesday. …
Editorial – Let LDC handle Manor sale
Source: Editorial, Daily Star, May 1, 2013
Board gets earful during Manor meet
Source: Joe Mahoney, Daily Star, April 30, 2013
Otsego County lawmakers were roundly criticized Monday night by citizens who accused them of forging ahead to create a local development corporation to sell the deficit-plagued Otsego Manor without first engaging in union contract talks and pressing the state for more aid…
Options for Otsego Manor to be explored this week
Source: NEWS Channel 2, April 9, 2013
The committee looking into selling Otsego Manor is scheduled to meet this week and vote on which plan, of three, will move forward. The first option is to sell the manor to the highest responsible bidder, the second is to create a local law to authorize a private sale of the nursing home, which would not have to go to the highest bidder, and the third option is to create a local development corporation and transfer the assets to it….
Meeting held to discuss future of Otsego Manor
Source: WKTV, March 23, 2013
Dozens of people packed in to the court house in Cooperstown Saturday to discuss the future of the Otsego Manor. The purpose of the meeting was to let the public know why Otsego County is getting out of the nursing home business and selling the manor to a private provider. The Manor’s administrator, Ed Marchi, says several options were looked at and found a lot of barriers for the home because it was operated by the county. Many residents are concerned about letting a private business take over what the county has built. …
Manor plan inches ahead amid outcry
Source: Joe Mahoney, Daily Star, March 7, 2013
A parade of advocates for keeping Otsego Manor a public nursing home failed to dissuade the county board Wednesday from moving ahead with authorizing a $35,000 expenditure to hire a law firm that will offer guidance on ways to sell the facility to a private buyer.
Judge voids vote to sell Otsego Manor
Source: Joe Mahoney, Cooperstown Crier, February 21, 2013
Ruling that the Otsego County Board of Representatives violated the Public Officers Law when it held a secret meeting dealing with the Otsego Manor, a state judge has voided the vote taken after that session to sell the nursing home to the highest bidder. The decision, handed down by Acting Otsego County State Supreme Court Justice Donald Cerio, means that the board will have to again address the controversial proposal to privatize the 174-bed nursing home….
Board stays on path to Manor sale
Source: Joe Mahoney, Daily Star, February 20, 2013
Editorial: Ruling and vote clear air about Manor
Source: Editorial, Daily Star, February 21, 2013
Seward will not support tax hike for Manor
Source: Joe Mahoney, Daily Star, February 6, 2013
A plan to create a new stream of funding for deficit-plagued Otsego Manor by imposing a boost in the local sales tax rate ran into a roadblock Tuesday in the person of state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford….
Board urged to consider Manor plan
Source: Joe Mahoney, Daily Star, February 1, 2013
Plan to keep Manor faces doubt, scorn
Source: Joe Mahoney, Daily Star, January 29, 2013
A plan aimed at derailing the privatization of the Otsego Manor nursing home was dealt a setback Monday when Otsego County Rep. James Powers — who heads a key committee on the county board — pronounced the proposal dead on arrival. …
Union leader: Workers were never told about Manor sale
Source: Joe Mahoney, Daily Star, September 11, 2012
The leader of the union representing more than 200 staffers at the Otsego Manor nursing home said Monday the workers have not been consulted about last week’s decision by the Board of Representatives to sell the county-owned facility to the highest-qualified bidder….County lawmakers are searching for a consultant to help them find potential buyers for the 174-bed Manor. The county subsidy to operate the Manor is expected to grow from $3.2 million this year to $5.6 million in the year ahead, because of escalating costs and a decline in the state Medicaid reimbursement rate. …