Source: Katie Atkins, The Post-Journal, February 27, 2014
The potential privatization of the Chautauqua County Home is no longer potential – it’s reality. After three failed votes and months of debate, the fourth vote on the sale of the nursing home to VestraCare at a price of $16 million was approved Wednesday in Mayville. Emotions ran high as representatives of the nursing home, the CSEA union and Todd Tranum, president of the county Chamber of Commerce, spoke out about what legislators should and shouldn’t do.
Letter: CSEA is trying for county talks
Source: Steve Skidmore is the CSEA Chautauqua County unit president, The Observer, February 23, 2014
The Feb. 10 editorial “County Home: Union fails with workers” is full of inaccuracies and untruths. It’s merely another attempt by this paper to make CSEA look like the bad guy.
CSEA has issued several news releases in the last few years detailing proposals we have made to the county. Those proposals would have saved the county more than $1.7 million in the first couple years alone. By now, had the changes not been rejected by the county, the savings would likely have been substantially greater.
On the issue of the nursing home, this paper has also received numerous press releases from CSEA expressing the union’s desire to go to the bargaining table with the county with the purpose of negotiating separate terms and conditions of employment for nursing home workers. Each time, our request has fallen on deaf ears.
At the negotiating table not in the pages of this paper is where any cost-saving measures would be discussed and where any tentative agreement would be fashioned. For well more than a year CSEA has been ready, willing and able, to discuss a series of cost saving proposals. We made that clear first to Greg Edwards and now to Vince Horrigan. Until the county is willing to come to the table to discuss our proposals, no progress can be made. ….
Opinion: Sale To VestraCare Is Good For County Home
Source: Post-Journal, February 9, 2014
Chautauqua County Home employees have spent years doing exemplary work in an oft-thankless job. It is quite understandable, then, that continued proposals to sell the Chautauqua County Home can feel like a slap in the face. It’s difficult for them to see such fundamental changes to an organization in which someone has invested their blood, sweat and tears. Their work and sacrifices should be kept in mind as Chautauqua County legislators review a second offer from VestraCare to purchase the home. At the same time, County Home employees and their supporters must also realize the home is failing in spite of their best efforts, not because of them….
Opinion: County Home: Union fails with workers
Source: Observer, February 10, 2014
In a bold move, 171 workers of the Chautauqua County Home have publicly announced through a petition they are willing to accept concessions on wages and benefits….
CSEA, Horrigan Meet Over County Home
Source: Katie Atkins, Post-Journal, February 4, 2014
With Chautauqua County under new leadership, the CSEA union is continuing its efforts to negotiate for County Home employees prior to the County Legislature’s scheduled meeting with potential purchaser VestraCare, set to take place Wednesday in Mayville. Representatives of the union met with County Executive Vince Horrigan recently to discuss issues relevant to the nursing home’s workforce. Steve Skidmore, CSEA Chautauqua County unit president, said he was encouraged by a sense of teamwork stressed by Horrigan.
Helwig to resign as director of Chautauqua nursing home
Source: Susan Chiappone, Chautauqua Correspondent, January 24, 2014
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan announced Friday that Tim Helwig, administrator of the Chautauqua County Home, will resign effective next month.
The action comes just weeks before the Chautauqua County Legislature scheduled a special meeting with VestraCare, a buyer who is interested in the home. Sale of the county run skilled nursing facility in Dunkirk has been the topic of many meetings in the past two years. On Oct. 30, a single vote was needed to confirm the sale of the home to VestraCare. Since the vote, the makeup of the Legislature has changed. The body was downsized from 25 to 19 members. Republicans gained a majority with 13 of the seats….
Editorial: County Home: Sink Or Swim
Source: Post-Journal, November 5, 2013
…Now that legislators have once again decided not to sell the home there is the possibility of those same legislators asking for another round of IGT funding for the home. It is disingenuous for lawmakers to vote against selling the home and then ask for more county money to keep the home afloat….
Positions remain unchanged regarding County Home sale
Source: Liz Skoczylas, Observer, October 13, 2013
There appears to be little change in the numbers of legislators planning to vote for or against the potential sale of the Chautauqua County Home.
Legislators will once again be called upon to decide whether to sell the county-owned skilled nursing facility, with a vote taking place Oct. 30. The legislative body recently heard from members of the potential purchasing group VestraCare, for a question and answer session.
In a straw poll conducted by the OBSERVER, 15 of the 19 legislators who responded answered they would be willing to sell the County Home to VestraCare. Three indicated they would not sell the home, and one indicated there had not been adequate time allowed to research VestraCare and had no answer at the time of the poll….
No questions, few answers
Source: Liz Skoczylas, Observer, August 29, 2013
The latest group expressing interest in purchasing the Chautauqua County Home was introduced to the legislature – but not allowed to answer questions. Martin and Edward Farben-blum and Shannon Cayea of VestraCare made an 11-minute presentation to the county legislature Wednesday. However, per Chairman Jay Gould, R-Ashville, the group did not take questions during public session….
Opinion: Still no union proposal for the County Home
Source: Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News, August 29, 2013
Chautauqua County ponders $16.5M deal for nursing home
Source: Tracey Drury, Buffalo Business First, August 16, 2013
Chautauqua County legislators will consider a deal next week to sell the county nursing home to a downstate-based investment group for $16.5 million…. The prospective buyer is Richard Platschek, part of an investment group that will purchase the 30-acre Temple Road property through 10836 Temple Realty LLC, with the facility to be operated by Chautauqua Restorative and Nursing Center LLC. Platschek is also part of an investment group that has been working for the past year to take over operations at three nursing homes owned by the Zacher family and Legacy Health Care: Williamsville Suburban, Sheridan Manor and Ridge View Manor….
Home Security / Vote To Sell County Home Fails By One Vote, 16-9; Legislature To Continue With Marketing
Source: Liz Skoczylas, Post-Journal, January 24, 2013
The Chautauqua County Nursing Home is still in the county’s hands. Legislators voted Wednesday night not to sell the home, which County Executive Greg Edwards said loses $9,000 per day, to potential purchaser William (Avi) Rothner of Altitude Health Services. Although 16 legislators voted to sell the home to Rothner, it was not enough for the supermajority vote.
Benefits at heart of County Home jobs issue
Source: Daniel Flatley, Watertown Daily Times, November 20, 2012
Benefits are at the heart of the Jefferson County Home for the Aged jobs issue. The home has 15 full-time employees, all of whom will be out of work when it closes early next year. Though some employees may be able to find work in new positions at Samaritan Summit Village, they no longer will receive benefits from the county, which is of particular concern to those nearing retirement age.
Line In The Sand / Two Choices Outlined For Lawmakers On County Home
Source: Eric Tichy, Post-Journal, August 22, 2012
County home’s future / Legislature meets today to discuss full report
Source: Eric Tichy, Observer, August 21, 2012
For the second time in as many months, county lawmakers will convene a special meeting regarding the future of the Chautauqua County Home…. The special meeting takes place a month after the marketing firm Marcus and Millichap announced two qualified offers on the County Home have been received. The offers are from Absolut Care Facilities Management, LLC and by Altitude Health Services Inc. Absolut Care, which operates two nursing facilities in Chautauqua County, submitted an offer of $1.6 million a year with a purchase option of $16 million. Altitude Health, located near Chicago, offered $16.5 million in cash for the County Home….
‘Attacked’ filmmakers respond
Source: Roy and Karen Harvey, Observer, April 8, 2012
County Home study mulled
Source: Nicholas L. Dean, Observer, January 24, 2012
County lawmakers will consider a proposal Wednesday to contract for an unbiased study of the County Home. … Talk about potentially selling or altering operations at the County Home came to a head in recent months when lawmakers were asked to approve the selection of Marcus & Millichap – a consulting firm retained to market the County Home. In response, CSEA officials had questioned how the legislature could move forward with marketing the facility when it had never had an unbiased assessment completed.