RIVERHEAD - Lawmakers tonight voted against a maneuver that could have delayed the sale of Suffolk's county-run nursing home.

The Suffolk Legislature rejected a bill that would have withdrew county funding for the consultant who was hired to help close the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility in Yaphank.

The home's unionized employees recently voted against the county's proposal to lease the facility to a private operator.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone says he will now continue with his plan to shut down the nursing home.