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.
He makes statements that lead me to believe he would have us cut Public Safety resources. Does anyone think we are without a crime problem in this county?
The statement I read about the Legislature not doing studies on The Villages is ridiculous. The studies that we have done, he claims are invalid, and he complains about the use of consultants. He calls for the Center for Governmental Research, a consultant, to do a study — and literally the next day they publish results of the statewide study on the plight of counties in the nursing home business. He then goes on to tell everyone why that study is no good.
Mr. Kent frequently refers to Genesee County’s CGR study results, results that they paid tens of thousands of dollars to get, and claims Genesee was told not to sell their home. Interestingly, Genesee is looking at sale options as I write this.
Why are they looking at selling after they had the magical study done? Because this model of service delivery doesn’t work anymore and their study, if you read the whole thing, doesn’t say what he says it does.
How many more studies need to be done? How much money must we spend to satisfy Mr. Kent? Personally, I don’t think we could ever spend enough.
The problem is that Mr. Kent doesn’t care how much taxes go up when it comes to the nursing home. How do I know? I know because he said so, on the legislature floor. It’s in the minutes.
I guarantee that I will sign this and send it out to various media outlets and there will be a loud response that attempts to drown out my voice. Why? Because the reality is that Mr. Kent doesn’t want to hear the facts or any opinion other than his own. He doesn’t want you to hear the facts, either.
Orleans Co. Legislator, District I