The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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September 25, 2013

Facts support legislature's plan for The Villages

Medina Journal-Register — It intrigues me how Gary Kent and company know what is best for The Villages of Orleans when they are not involved with the operations of the facility.

The legislature’s health committee, consisting of two legislators including me, the legislature chairman and the chief administrative officer, meets with the nursing home administrator on a monthly basis. During these meetings, daily operations, income and expenses, status of admissions and employee issues are reviewed and discussed. This has been an established process for many years. We are deeply involved in the operations of the county nursing home.

It’s very clear that Gary Kent continues to use ridiculous, over-the-top statements to argue against the decision made last February to move forward with the Local Development Corporation process. He claims to know what we are going to need to spend on virtually everything, yet he hasn’t been involved with actual operations of the nursing home in years.

He complains about marketing. The Villages is very near full. Even if it were full, we’d still be bleeding money.

He complains that we haven’t looked closely at other services, yet he is the first to angrily object when we do. We have eliminated other programs and, as tough as it is, we have eliminated 40 full-time jobs since 2010. Orleans County has the third-lowest taxes per capita in New York State (according to seethroughny.net).

Mr. Kent advocates for bringing convicted felons in to mingle with our senior citizens and Albion Central School students in order to get some free labor, putting everyone at risk, then conveniently forgets the HVAC quote for modernizing the old portions of the building was close to $700,000 alone. I am certain that he also fails to consider that any asbestos issues can’t be addressed by the prison work crew.

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