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Nursing Home LDC is ‘very close’ to picking buyer

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 January 2014 at 12:00 am

ALBION – The Orleans County Health Facilities Corporation is “very close” to choosing a buyer for the 120-bed county nursing home, Chuck Nesbitt, the county chief administrative officer, said this morning.

The corporation was created by the County Legislature last February. The Legislature transferred ownership of The Villages of Orleans to the HFC and tasked the group with finding a buyer for the site.

The Legislature appointed former Yates Town Supervisor Russ Martino to serve as the group’s chairman. He is joined on the three-person board by former Gaines Town Supervisor Richard DeCarlo and Richard Moy, the current Clarendon town supervisor.

They are scheduled to meet today at 1:30 at the Health Department building next to the nursing home on Route 31. The group will meet behind closed doors to discuss the purchase offers for The Villages of Orleans.

Nesbitt is working with the group to make the decision. He doesn’t expect the group to decide today, but the board could make the decision next month.

The HFC narrowed the bids to two firms. One is Mordy Lahasky, Benjamin Fuchs and Benjamin Landa, which has multiple facilities in the Albany, Long Island and New York City. The other group is led by Kenneth Rozenberg and has multiple facilities across New York State.

The HFC will pick the buyer. The County Legislature gave the HFC that authority last Feburary when the nursing home was transferred to the local development corporation.

The sale will need final approval from the state Department of Health, and that review often takes a year or more to go through Albany.