Proposal to prevent privatization of Otsego Manor shot down


COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - A last ditch effort to prevent the privatization of the Otsego Manor was rejected by the County Board of Representatives Wednesday.

Here is a look at the rejected plan proposed by Representative John Kosmer.

First, the county would need to renegotiate a contract with the Civil Service Employee Association, which represents the workers at Otsego Manor. The contract would need to be more in line with regional medicaid reimbursement standards.

"The thing that's new here is no one has thought to go back to CESA, said Kosmer. "Maybe we aren't done with them and that's the lynch pin of this proposal."

If an agreement with the union is reached, residents would vote in an online poll to determine whether or not they would accept a .25% sales tax hike.

If the overwhelming opinion is "yes", Governor Cuomo would need to give the final seal of approval.

The Otsego County Board of Representatives shot down the plan saying it lacked specifics and is just too vague, especially when it comes to the online poll for a sales tax increase.

"I don't think you have enough data," said Representative Betty Schwerd who voted "no". "We don't have a verification process. We haven't decided if it would be taxpayers voting or if there would be an age limit. Can you have 5-year-olds voting on it?"

Kosmer said it is almost certain the Otsego Manor will be privatized.

The Otsego County Board of Representatives is in the process of interviewing consultants to handle all of the financial details that come with selling the home.

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