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‘Political smoke’

Bizarre meeting ends with legislature authorizing contract talks for county home sale

October 31, 2012
By Eric Tichy ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

MAYVILLE - County Executive Greg Edwards has been given the okay to begin contract negotiations for the sale of the Chautauqua County Home.

Hours of discussion, debate and mass confusion, however, marked Thursday's special legislative session in Mayville on Oct. 18.

Lawmakers eventually agreed to begin contract talks with Altitude Health Services Inc. for the sale of the 216-bed County Home in a meeting legislature chairman Jay Gould, R-Ashville, said afterward was full of "political smoke."

William Rothner of Altitude Health discussed his $16.5 million offer for the Dunkirk skilled nursing facility. Rothner, who owns five nursing homes throughout the country, took questions from the legislature after an hour of public discussion.

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