MAYVILLE – Following the Chautauqua County Legislature’s decision to sell the Chautauqua County Home, County Executive Vince Horrigan said he and his staff will be doing all it can to help in the transition of the county home. He also said that while the decision to sell is a tough one, it will also prove to be the right one.
“We, in Chautauqua County, have a lot of Challenges ahead of us,” Horrigan said. “This decision tonight means the county nursing home will be there for the seniors and there will be additional services.”
Horrigan said he would be in immediate contact with VestraCare to begin the transition process. Horrigan says VestraCare is committed to letting workers remain in the union and would continue to offer anyone currently working at the facility a position with the new owner.
“So for employees that want to know their options, we’re going to be right there to explain all of their options,” explained Horrigan. “And for the new owners to be able to come in and interview and offer employment to those that do pass the background check and do the basic tests that they have to do and apply.”
The sale of the home is still not final. A “certificate of need” must still be reviewed and approved by the New York State Department of Health. Horrigan says that could take anywhere from six to 12 months to be finalized.