The news that New York State Health Department will not force Niagara County to build an assisted living facility is good news to the taxpayers of this county. The ruling clears the way for the county to divest itself of the Mount View nursing home, and get out of the nursing home business altogether.
Dumping millions of dollars into an antiquated facility that would require millions more in taxpayer monies to update was never a good idea. I am a firm believer that the public sector should never compete with the private sector. If there are businesses out there that can do the job more effectively and efficiently than the public sector, which is almost always the case, the private sector should prevail.
This position has nothing to do with the employees or the care at the facility. Besides the rampant sex parties that are alleged to have occurred quite frequently, I have heard primarily good things about the care to patients.
What does boggle my mind is the position of the Minority Caucus. Dennis Virtuoso, the current Minority Leader, has been extremely vocal about Mount View. Every time I watch legislature meetings or LCTV or read the papers, there is Dennis crying like a little girl about Mount View.
What Dennis doesn't acknowledge is that in 2003, while he was in the Majority, the Legislature was given multiple presentations by then Administrator Ed Marchi about renovating Mount View. That's right, the ball was absolutely in Dennis's court when it came to determining the future of Mount View.
What did he do? Absolutely nothing. His failure to act in 2003, when he was in a position to invest millions into Mount View has put Mount View in the position it's in now. Not the Berger Commission, not Greg Lewis, but Dennis Virtuoso.
I do wish the employees good luck in their respective futures. No one deserves to have this game played with their livelihoods. I am confident that the patients will be fine, there are many facilities within 50 miles that can accommodate them. And Edwina Luscksh, well Edwina must be the happiest person in Niagara County with the news that Niagara County can now proceed with the closure of Mount View.
After all, it's Edwina who attends every Legislature meeting, calls LCTV, calls WLVL every opportunity she gets to say that Niagara County has way too many employees. Congratulations, Edwina, you just got your wish with the prospective layoffs of 200 county employees.