John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility's future still uncertain

Last summer, officials agreed to sell the nursing

Last summer, officials agreed to sell the nursing home to an upstate nursing home operator for $23 million.

YAPHANK - The future of Suffolk's county-run facility remains up in the air after the union rejected the latest plan to keep it running.

Unionized workers rejected a proposed deal last Friday to lease the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility to a private operator.

Foley employees tell News 12 Long Island they voted against the lease plan because they simply don't trust that their jobs would be safe for the next 18 months, as promised. They say they'd rather roll the dice with Suffolk County legislators who are still fighting to keep Foley open under county ownership.

County Executive Steve Bellone insists he will continue to move patients out and then close the facility. Meanwhile, other lawmakers are continuing their battle to keep the nursing home open and under county ownership.

Tomorrow, Suffolk legislators will debate a proposal to stop funding the consultant being used to close the facility down.

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