Resolution to sell nursing homes causes stir at Legislature – Olean Times Herald

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Cattaraugus County Legislature

Cattaraugus County Legislator Donna Vickman, R-Farmersville, chairman of the Senior Services Committee, moves Wednesday to refer a resolution to hire a consultant to study selling the two county nursing homes, a resolution she sponsored. Rick Miller Olean Times Herald

LITTLE VALLEY — A resolution to hire a consultant to look into selling the Cattaraugus County nursing homes in Olean and Machias was referred by county legislators Wednesday to the Senior Services and Finance committees.

The resolution, which was only introduced near the end of Wednesday’s meeting for immediate consideration, was sponsored by 15 legislators including the entire Senior Services Committee. It authorized seeking proposals for a consultant to help county officials evaluate options for the operation, management and/or sale of skilled nursing facilities.

Ironically, earlier in the meeting, Legislature Chairman Michael O’Brien issued a proclamation declaring May National Older Americans Month and the week of May 8 to 14 National Nursing Home Week in Cattaraugus County.

Olean Republican James J. Snyder urged fellow county lawmakers to refer the resolution to committee.  “Why go through this exercise when there’s nobody who would vote for it? To suggest we’re going to look at selling these nursing homes and get a whole lot of people upset makes absolutely no sense to me when we’re not going to do it.”

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