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Counties priced out of nursing home business

Saratoga latest to eye privatization

Saratoga County is making plans to sell its nursing home, Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa, pictured Friday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Saratoga County is making plans to sell its nursing home, Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa, pictured Friday.
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Since George Washington was president, counties in New York state have been responsible for providing for the poor, elderly and infirm. When Saratoga County was formed in 1791, one of the first things supervisors did was appropriate a few shillings each for care of “paupers.” But the county’s founders wouldn’t recognize today’s system, in which the Maplewood Manor nursing home in Ballston Spa is just one of dozens of county-run nursing homes across the state. ...


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