Valley View Center Saved Through 2012Jul 5th, 2012 | By HV Insider | Category: Lead Article
EACHUS LEADS CHARGE THAT SAVES VALLEY VIEW THROUGH 2012
Orange County citizens finally saw their legislators come together in a bipartisan effort led by Legislator Chris Eachus, D-New Windsor, and vote unanimously to save Valley View Center for Nursing Care through the end of 2012.
Following months of partisanship, questionable ethics by county executives, withholding information, and the looming closing or privatizing of Valley View, Orange County lawmakers pulled together and voted to approve the additional funding of $6.74 million needed to keep the nursing home open through 2012. Eachus announced to a packed audience at the Valley View Family Council meeting on Monday a proposal to keep Valley View open with an amendment to increase the $3 million in funding that County Executive Ed Diana had requested to sustain the Valley View Center for Nursing Care and Rehabilitation through Sept. The amendment worked and all 20 legislators voted to approve the additional funding for $6.74 million.
“This is what the Democratic caucus have been looking for since day one so we would have proper time to analyze the costs and revenues of the home,” said Eachus. “It gives the investigative committee sufficient time to secure all documentation, subpoena everyone and review past records appropriately.”
Eachus spent months of analyzing, calculating and assessing strategies to understand the viable options to keep the desperately needed 360-bed nursing home open for the citizens of Orange County. “I even wrote a budget for Valley View for the year to understand its viability and this was simply a continuation of the budget we were looking for,” Eachus said. “I applaud my fellow legislators for coming together to unite and make a strategic decision to now give us time to properly analyze and determine the future of Valley View.”