Legislature looks to privatize Van Duyn Nursing Home
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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Van Duyn Nursing Home continues to be a sore spot financially for Onondaga County. The legislature discussed the nursing home's future at their budget hearing Thursday night.
The county's Ways and Means Committee has approved funding for Van Duyn through next year, but their goal is to privatize it by selling it to nursing home operator, Upstate Services Group.
According to legislators, part of the problem has been state funding. They say the funding formula hasn't been updated in over a decade. They've been filling the gap using a rainy day fund, but that money has now run out.
Officials say plans must move forward or eventually it would bankrupt the entire county.
"Our goal is to keep these beds in Onondaga County, to keep these employees employed. Our understanding is that both those things will happen, but we still have some homework to do still," said Onondaga County Legislature Chairman Ryan McMahon.
Two union officials did speak out against the committee's proposal over concerns about what privatization would mean for the future of Van Duyn's 500 jobs.