Judge voids decision to sell Otsego Manor

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Otsego Manor in Cooperstown will not be privatized any time in the near future, following a ruling from an acting Otsego County State Supreme Court Justice.

Acting Justice Donald Cerio has stated that the Otsego County Board of Representatives violated a law when it held a secret "executive session" meeting last September in order to deal with a sale.

The judge voided the vote by the board, in which they decided to sell the nursing home to the highest bidder.

CSEA Spokesman Mark Kotzin calls this a victory for good government and for the taxpayers of Otsego County. Those against the sale have held protests and signed petitions on the matter.

According to the Oneonta Daily Star, the judge says the board will have to start the process from the beginning if it wants to sell Otsego Manor. Board Representative Katherine Stuligross, of Oneonta, tells the paper she made one of the motions to go into executive session on September 5, saying the reason for "contract." Stuligross tells the Daily Star that she believed she had a valid reason for asking for the executive session.

The CSEA represents 200 workers at the facility.

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