Medina Journal-Register — With the dawn of a new year fast approaching, the Journal-Register has taken a look at the most important and unique stories of 2013.
What follows is our Top 10 list:
No. 1: The Villages of Orleans
Put simply, the Orleans County Nursing Home dominated the headlines this year as debate raged on over the decision to sell it.
Members of the Orleans County Legislature turned over control of the nursing home to the Orleans County Health Facilities Corporation (LDC) in 2012. Much of 2013 centered around the fate of the nursing home, and the LDC’s creation was challenged in court twice. Both times the creation was deemed legal.
Many who ventured to county meetings in the past year, and others who wrote letters to the editor, campaigned for a public vote on the issue. That, too, was classified as illegal.
As Election Day approached in November, four candidates ran as members of the Save Our Nursing Home Party. With all seven legislative seats up for election — and six being contested — the grassroots effort had hopes of turning the tide of the nursing home sale.
When the November ballots were counted, only one incumbent, Henry Smith, lost his seat to a challenger, Fred Miller. None of the candidates who ran on the nursing home platform won a seat, although they did make a strong showing. But a strong showing was not enough.
The latest challenge to the sale of The Villages was made in the past few weeks when a resolution passed by the Orleans County Board of Supervisors in 1830 was brought up to the legislature. After a few weeks to determine its standing, the county determined resolutions passed in the years since have superceded the one from 1830, deeming it “irrelevant.”
As the year comes to a close, the LDC is in the process of narrowing down the bidders on the nursing home. Two finalists have been announced, and both own nursing home properties elsewhere in New York State.