Weigelt, Bassin call for more study of Pine Haven
May 06, 2014 7:23 am
John Mason is reporting in the Register Star Claverack Town Supervisor Clifford Weigelt is advocating for a comprehensive look at the financial and operational health of the county-owned 120-bed Pine Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center located in Philmont. In a letter sent Mon., May 7 to all county supervisors, Weigelt also expressed disappointment with the approach taken by the county's Pine Haven Subcommittee to date. Weigelt, a first-term supervisor, said he was discouraged to discover the subcommittee discussions have focused mainly on how the county could divest itself from the facility. Ancram Town Supervisor Art Bassin said he agreed completely with Weigelt’s emphasis on proceeding slowly and answering questions. Bassin said the subcommittee has just begun that process. According to Bassin, Pine Haven has cost the county approximately $12 million over the last five years. He said the facility currently owes the county a total of $3.5 million, not $1.4 million, as previously indicated. In April, the Wall Street bond rating agency Moody's warned the county's finances could be imperiled by its financial support of Pine Haven. Read the full story in the Register Star.