YAPHANK - The Suffolk County executive is applauding lawmakers for approving the controversial sale of the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility in Yaphank, but opponents of the $23 million deal say their fight is far from over.

Those who oppose the sale say there are further approvals needed to make it official, and they say they don't plan on backing down.The president of the Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees says the union plans to sue the county, claiming Suffolk needed 12 legislators to approve the sale when they only had 10.

Legislator Kate Browning (D-Shirley) voted against the sale. She says the state Department of Health still needs to approve a license transfer and that the town will have to rezone the property from residential to industrial.

Meanwhile, nursing home residents and employees say they fear time is running out to save the facility.