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County Home is worth the ‘fight’

January 20, 2013

By LORI CORNELL After three years at the leadership table, I recently resigned as Minority Leader of the Chautauqua County Legislature and have proudly passed the torch to the talented team of Bob......

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Jan-20-13 3:47 PM

Horrigan is nothing but Mr.Edwards tool....Get these people out of office!....

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Jan-20-13 12:09 PM

Ms. Cornell,

I would suggest that you read the information that your fellow county legislator Vince Horrigan found while looking into Altitude Health Services (Mr. William Avi Rothner). It does not support your allegations at all. In fact, he came up with an opposite conclusion. Our County Home ranks at the lowest level-one star. Mr. Rothner has increased the ratings of several other homes to three and four stars. Why do you not think that the same would happen here?

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Jan-20-13 10:19 AM

Captain....Barmore is an embarrassment period!.So is Borrello and the rest of them who thinks Avi is a nice guy.Why these Legislators get reelected is beyond my comprehension.

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Jan-20-13 10:13 AM

Bravo Ms.Cornell.I couldn't have written it better.Just to remind everyone,up until a few years ago the County Home was never a burden to this Counties taxpayers,year after year it always generated profit,even though keeping even would have been sufficient.There are many ways to keep the Home operational at the least to break even every year,but most of the recommendations made thru reports and studies were never followed through.And yes,why hasn't Mr.Edwards responded to the Unions concessions.Responsibility for the safety, well-being, and future stability of some of the most vulnerable citizens among us should be top priority,selling the Home to Mr. Rothner whos past track record is appalling, or to any other private owner, is going against the oath Legislators and the County Executive took upon entering office,that is to serve and protect its citizens,ensuring that no harm will come to them.The Home must remain as is.It is the last safe place to go.

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Jan-20-13 10:03 AM

I viewed the posted link in this article. It does, without a doubt, raise serious concerns about selling the CCH to this particular buyer, and his highly questionable history as an independent nursing home owner/operator. Sounds like Avi learned "the business" quite well from his father Eric, who has also earned himself a poor reputation within the industry.

Mr Coughlin said it best: "out of all the notices sent throughout the country in search of a buyer, the Chicago-based marketing firm hired by Edwards returns one offer from an "investor" who has a long history of business dealings with this same firm."

Barmore was an absolute embarrassment during these proceedings, but I want to thank both Ms Cornell & Mr Coughlin for their due diligence...I guess 2 out of 25 is better than nothing!

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