The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

October 11, 2013

Union ponders appeal over LDC

Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — CSEA is reviewing options and considering an appeal following the dismissal last week of a lawsuit challenging Orleans County’s creation of a Limited Development Corporation for The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center.

“We are disappointed that the judge found the claims in our legal action to be legislative or premature, but that does not mean that our claims are incorrect,” said Cindy Troy, CSEA Orleans County unit president. “We will not back down from our belief that the legislature acted incorrectly, and that The Villages of Orleans must remain public and available to county residents.”

CSEA’s lawsuit sought to invalidate the Orleans County Legislature’s resolution creating the LDC and transferring The Villages into it. The union initiated the lawsuit last summer on behalf of petitioners Jan Standish and Mary A. Lewis, two union members who work at The Villages and who have relatives living there. Justice James P. Punch ruled that the petitioners do have legal standing in court, even though the county challenged that claim.