YAPHANK - Sell it or shut it down? County Executive Steve Levy (R-Suffolk) says those are the options when it comes to the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility in Yaphank.
Lawmakers are set to vote later this evening on the fate of the facility, and their decision could put hundreds of jobs in limbo or result in taxpayers continuing to foot the bill to keep the financially troubled nursing home afloat.
As News 12 Long Island has reported, Levy and the Legislature have been fighting over the home for some time. Officials say if the Legislature doesn't approve the sale today, Levy can't shut down the facility.
Last night, an appeals court blocked Levy's plan to shut it down. The judge ordered that the closing be further evaluated and that hearings on a possible closure be held in coming months.
Levy wants lawmakers to approve the sale of the home. The county executive says if it is not sold, the building will be closed and workers will be laid off.
However, former employee Christopher Destio sees it differently. He says if the nursing home is sold to a private company, it will result in staff layoffs and cuts to supplies and equipment for the purpose of making a profit.
Officials say the Legislature has already passed a budget that includes money from the closure, and there will be a $16 million budget gap if the nursing home remains open and is not sold.
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