The Middletown Record is reporting that Ulster County Executive Michael Hein “has just announced that Golden Hill Nursing home is going to be privatized.” "The county is creating a local development corporation to identify a buyer and sell the County Nursing home to a private buyer in 2013. The subsidy to run the home in 2012 is $5.6 million."
"Legislators must approve a transfer to a local development corporation and Hein says he will veto any other options. The budget calls for an increase of 2.5 percent in the tax rate. Hein says he will veto any attempts to override the property tax cap."
The County Legislature was deeply divided on this issue. Now, it appears that County Executive Mike Hein has stepped up, shown some leadership, and taken a strong stand on the issue. Whether you agree with his decision or not, one must commend him for taking a strong position.