Bellone: Suffolk must sell or close John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility

Bellone claims Suffolk is losing $1 million per month by supporting the county-run nursing home. (2/20/13)

YAPHANK - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone insists lawmakers must either sell or shut down the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility.

Bellone claims Suffolk is losing $1 million per month by supporting the county-run nursing home. But opponents say the county is deliberately inflating that loss number by not filling beds.

A state agency that must approve the $23 million sale delayed a formal vote until April. Two county legislators and the union filed a lawsuit, and the Brookhaven Zoning Board denied the county a special permit needed to transfer the facility.

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Bellone says settling the nursing home deal is crucial to balancing the county's budget.

Meanwhile, critics say there's no guarantee the new owners will take long-term patients who may not be seen as profitable.

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