Suffolk Executive considers selling county nursing home

March 19, 2008 6:08:03 AM PDT
The Suffolk County budget faces a $150 million deficit next year, and County Executive Steve Levy says one way to save money is cut 160 county jobs and sell the county's nursing home. Levy says those moves, along with selling up to 100 county vehicles and selling part of the tobacco settlement money it's due to get from a lawsuit, would save the county about $75 million in 2009.

The most controversial part of the plan is to sell the 300-bed John J. Foley Nursing Home in Yaphank. Levy says the county operates the nursing home at a $12 million annual loss. But Cheryl Felice, the president of Suffolk's Association of Municipal Employees, said her union is strongly opposed to any sale.

Felice adds the union may also oppose early retirement offers, because it cuts a staff that's already on the brink of destruction.