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Essex County to seek potential Horace Nye buyers

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Essex County says it will begin looking for private companies willing to buy the county-owned Horace Nye Nursing Home.
The Horace Nye Task Force, made up of members of the county board of supervisors, gave Essex County Manager Dan Palmer the go-ahead this week. A report issued this week by county officials found that the Horace Nye home, with 100 beds, is losing more than $2 million a year. Todd Moe has more.

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Board of Supervisors Deputy Chairman Roby Politi heads the task force. He said all options are currently on the table regarding the facility. But Politi said just because the county is looking for formal bids does not mean its sale is a sure bet.

"Before we can make a decision about the direction we're going to go we also need to know how much interest is out there from the private side, and is that interest more beneficial to the county than keeping it within county ownership."

A report issued this week by county officials found that the Horace Nye home, with 100 beds, is losing more than $2 million a year. According to a report in the Plattsburgh Press Republican, the annual losses could rise to more than $4 million.

Last month, Suffolk County sold its 260-bed facility to a private firm for $36 million. Again, Roby Politi. "Yeah, we might not get any responses. If we don't get any responses we'll have to continue to be more efficient there. If we get 30 responses, and we have an offer like Suffolk County just got, we'd be silly not to consider."

Horace Nye's annual deficit now accounts for roughly 14% of the county's total tax levy. 

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