Enought is enough. How much money do you think the Nigro Companies have to waste on the St. Patricks project. The Concerned Citizens for St. Patrick’s have gone to yet another judge in hope of keeping the company from demolishing the Watervliet church. This time a state Appellate Court Judge stopped the demolition for two weeks while the court reviews the application. Why didn’t these concerned citizens put all this effort into getting asses into the pews of the church to keep it open in the first place, when declining church attendance caused the church to close? I hope when this is all said and done, the Nigro Companies brings suit upon these good concerned citizens — which will probably never happen because the group will cry poor, and Nigro will probably be glad to just have it over with — for all the money it has spent on attorney’s, and on down time from the demolition contractor.……….The fate of the Albany County Nursing Home will probably be known early next week, when a vote from the full, dysfunctional Legislature will take place. A highly attended and vocal public meeting was held Tuesday night hopefully to let everyone that wanted to rant and vent and make their point pro and con, on turning over the home to be run by USG. Folks, there is nothing I can bring to this, other than to say that the fate of the home is now in the hands of the Audit and Finance Committee, and ultimately they will vote to send it to the floor for a vote. The Elder Care Committee had already passed the measure. The Elder Care Committee passed it with no recommendations, so you can expect the A & F to probably do the same. I’m going to go out on a limb here — probably not that much of a limb — and say that the body of the legislature will more than likely go along with the wishes of it’s long time, powerful leader Mr. Commisso. I believe that Commisso thinks that the data showing that the home loses $1 million dollars a month needs to be further vetted. However, there have been three studies, showing the data to be consistent in showing the home operating in the red, and while the complex deal with USG would more than likely benefit the county in the long run, the bottom line, I believe, is that Commisso thinks the deal will not be a good one for the facilities employees. In the end he will protect the workers. The workers union reps have pretty much come out and said that they were definitely not in favor or privatization, and while USG has said that they would retain 90% of the current staff, tenured employees are skeptical of their future. This is a huge matter the legislature is undertaking. USG was the only taker when ”Requests for Proposal” were sent out last year. The people of Albany County have run out of options here. Yes, this can be taken up again; but we have better start watching out for the ones that matter, and that would be the residents of the facility. The Nursing Home is not being run efficiently by the county, and a privatization, be it with USG or another provider, will only benefit all involved. Albany County is not equipped to run the home. Period.……….The Yankees had better get their you know what together. This is going to be one looooong season. Jay Leno said that he was watching a game, and thought he was watching Old Timers Day.……….I have one more thought. Let’s redo the boundaries of New York State. At the line of Westchester and Bronx counties, NYS begins north of that line, and you can call south of that line anything you want. That way you can keep all that corruption out of New York state. Follow me on Twitter.
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