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ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. -- A development in the debate over what to do with the Orange County- run Valley View nursing home. Thursday, the legislature voted unanimously to override the County Exec's veto, thereby funding the home for another year.
Legislators voted 19 to zero in favor of funding Valley View for all of next year, overriding Country Executive Ed Diana's veto to their changes to his budget.
Diana's budget had only included funding Valley View for four months in 2014.
Diana and the legislature have been at odds over whether to privatize the home or keep it in county hands.
Legislators say their override sends a message about the kind of care they want residents to have as they age.
"You have people who lived in Orange County all their lives. They paid taxes all their lives. They built this county up. You can't take that facility away from them. They deserve it and they are going to have it," said Orange County Legislator Mike Anagnostakis.
The clock is ticking for lawmakers on the issue. A budget must be adopted by December 15th.