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Legislative Committee Votes on “Rivington Act” Tomorrow

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Sen. Squadron attended a media event outside Rivington House in the spring of 2016.
Sen. Squadron attended a media event outside Rivington House in the spring of 2016.

There will be a vote in Albany tomorrow on State Sen. Daniel Squadron’s legislation aimed at preventing Rivington House-like debacles in other communities.

The Senate Health Committee will take up the “Rivington Act,” which would require the state to produce a public closure report when any nursing home is threatened, to reject any closure plan if community health needs cannot be met and to consider recommendations from local stakeholders.

Rivington House was, of course, stripped of its restrictive deed, closed and then sold for $116 million to luxury condo developers. City and state officials failed to provide the public with information about the closure.

The legislation is co-sponsored by local Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou. Senator Squadron used a procedural maneuver to force a vote. You can watch the hearing live tomorrow at noon by following this link.  The full text of the legislation is available here.

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