MAYVILLE - The Chautauqua County Nursing Home is still in the county's hands.
Legislators voted Wednesday night, Jan. 23 not to sell the home, which County Executive Greg Edwards said loses $9,000 per day, to potential purchaser William (Avi) Rothner of Altitude Health Services. Although 16 legislators voted to sell the home to Rothner, it was not enough for the supermajority vote.
The supermajority vote would require 17 legislators to vote in favor of selling. This stems from a local law dating back to 1975, which requires a two-thirds vote in order to sell real property owned by the county.
Several legislators spoke on both sides of the issue in a discussion that lasted more than an hour. Two legislators who have been very vocal on their feelings on the County Home over the last several months were Lori Cornell, D-Jamestown, and Vince Horrigan, R-Bemus Point.