Report: Suffolk nursing home sale would save less than expected

The sale of the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility might not save Suffolk taxpayers quite as much money as previously thought. County Executive Steve

The John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility, owned

The John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility, owned and operated by Suffolk County. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

YAPHANK - The sale of the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility might not save Suffolk taxpayers quite as much money as previously thought.

County Executive Steve Bellone (D-Suffolk) recently told county lawmakers that they could save $56 million over a five-year period if they sold the county-run John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility for $23 million.

Now, the county Legislature's nonpartisan Budget Review Office has released a report that says selling the home would save nearly $17 million over the next five years.

Despite its contested savings, Deputy County Executive Jon Schneider says selling the nursing home will help close the budget deficit.

Legislators John Kennedy (R-Suffolk) and Kate Browning (D-Suffolk) are among those against the sale, citing the facility as a last resort for those who can't afford more expensive care. Many lawmakers in Smithtown say the vote on whether or not to sell the nursing home will be very close.

The vote could come as early as Sept. 13.

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