Sullivan Legislature defeats nursing home layoff plan

MONTICELLO – A proposal to lay off 20 people at the Care Center at Sunset Lake, the Sullivan County’s nursing home, in an effort to cut spending that has been impacted by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, was defeated by the county legislature on Thursday.

It would have saved the county $671,000.

The 5-4 vote came after more public outcry over discussions about possible closure of the facility and now, talk of layoffs.

Health Committee Chairwoman Nadia Rajsz called for a delay in the vote referring the layoff plan to her committee.

Nadia Rajsz

“I just can’t believe that $671,000 is going to save us at the expense of all of these taxpayers losing their jobs and these people were heroes, going into work every day,” she said.

The nine-member board opted to vote on the plan, which was defeated.

The proposed layoffs would have included three full-time nursing assistants, seven part-time nursing assistants, four full-time domestic aides, one full-time building safety monitor, one part-time building safety monitor, and three per diem building safety monitors. One fiscal administrative officer was also on the layoff list.

The nursing home presently employs 160 people.



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