Jacobson calls on Nuvance to increase essential workers’ wages

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LAGRANGEVILLE – Following word that Nuvance would relocate its Lagrangeville corporate offices to Danbury, Connecticut, New York Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson (D, Newburgh), Thursday, urged the corporation to use its relocation savings to provide better pay for essential healthcare workers at its medical facilities.

“While I understand the decision to consolidate its corporate offices, I am calling upon Nuvance to use its million-plus dollars savings to increase the pay of essential healthcare workers who are battling COVID-19 on the front lines,” said Jacobson. “Increases should also be given to support personnel whose work also puts them at risk during the current pandemic.”

Jacobson said losing the Nuvance offices is “a blow to Dutchess County, particularly at a time when municipalities and counties across the country are facing decreased tax revenue.” But, he said Nuvance is cutting the ribbon on Friday on the $500 million patient pavilion at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, which could offset the fiscal impact to Dutchess “in a small way, by increasing the wages of their heroic healthcare workers.”

In addition to Vassar, the company owns Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel and Sharon Hospital in Connecticut.