Golden Hill supporters are well organized and committed to keeping open a professional care facility for any individual needing the service. On the other side, all nursing homes in Ulster County are located on the eastern side of the County leaving the southern end without local coverage. Arguably, Wawarsing and Rochester municipalities need a health care facility so loved ones can visit, and residents in need of medical monitoring that cannot live independently aren't so far removed from their community. These same communities notably have a shortage of medical professionals that would add a quality of life to the area as well.
Unfortunately, as with everything in the County, it's a political football of personal agendas, concerned CSEA workers, and reports slanted in the direction of preferable decisions. As elected officials, the desire of constituents should be the driving force of County legislative voting. It is also the officials obligation to educate the constituent so they fully understand the issue including its cost and effect. For instance, updating the Golden Hill facility will cost up to 85 million which will be past on to all tax payers. The County will still have to pay medicaid, and get approval from the State to sell the Golden Hill license before the transaction is complete.
This is not and will not be an easy process given the mix of political flavors involved, but keep the letters of support for all alternatives pouring in to your elected officials. As with the right to have every vote counted, so should your opinion be on a County issue.