A few stops scheduled before hearing on nursing home


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  • Legislator Mike Anagnostakis, chair of the Health and Mental Health Committee to hold a special session on April 8, the day before the full legislature votes on whether to form a Local Development Corporation to sell Valley View nursing home.



Putting Valley View's costs into perspective

To put Valley View nursing home's $4.5 million annual cost in perspective, The Chronicle is presenting county expenditures in the areas of social services and enticements to business. Here's a sampling of about half the $300 million in commitments the county has made over the past two years (minus the expansion of BOCES and SUNY):
SOCIAL SERVICES
Overall fiscal commitments to social services (county part only) total $181 million, plus $57 million in administrative costs.
The Valley View portion is about $4.5 million.
Without the state's contribution, the total cost would be nearly $700 million
Social Services Total: $238 million
BUSINESS INCENTIVES
Fiscal commitments to entice business:
Amy's Kitchen:
$5 million toward infrastructure
$800,000 from state for infrastructure
$4.5 million tax abatement
$420,000 property tax abatement
Total: $12,77 million
Stewart Air Force Base:
$143 million in runway repairs and purchase of adjacent property for expansion
$19.7 million for terminal expansions
$10 million for crime lab
Total: $172.7 million
Burton Towers Renovation, Newburgh:
Total: $10 million
Southwest Towers, Middletown:
Total: $7 million
Mediacom:
$7.5 million in incentives
$1 million for development
$6.5 million tax hiring incentive
Total: $15 million
Proposed county governmnent center:
Total: $67 million
Purchase of three Newburgh buildings:
Total: $ 3 million
Renovating 911 Center for information technology:
Total: $500,000
Business Incentives Total: $70.5 million

By Edie Johnson
— The express train speeding through Orange County to get Valley View nursing home into private hands will make a few more stops before legislators make their final decision on April 9.

First is the public hearing from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 4, at the Orange County Emergency Services Center, 22 Wells Farm Rd., Goshen. The hearing will reconvene at 5 p.m. for the benefit of speakers who work during the day.

The next stop will be at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8. Legislator Michael Anagnostakis, chair of the Health and Mental Health Committee, which oversees the nursing home, will preside over a special session of his committee to update the public and legislators about the nursing home's finances. The committee's report at a regular session earlier this month showed that costs were cut dramatically, and now stand at about $4.5 million per year. But the executive branch was not present at the meeting to hear the details, and a decision to propose transferring the nursing home to a Local Development Corporation as a prelude to selling it was not offered to the facility's oversight committee but rather to the Rules Committee, which oversees the executive branch.

Valley View Administrator Laurence LaDue and Finance Director Donna Strecker will speak at this special session, which will be legislators' last chance to hear the details that will help them decide whether improvements over the past year justify keeping Valley View as a county-run facility.

The final stops on April 9 include special session of the Rules Committee, and then another special session of the full county legislature to vote on the LDC recommendation.

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus said this week that he does not intend to close Valley View. But many legislators worry that if an LDC takes over, county oversight of the nursing home will be diminished, if not eliminated. And opponents further argue that of the many other LDCs formed in New York, most have not completed a sale.

For a comparison of Valley View's expenses with other social services and with business incentives, please see sidebar.

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