Judge dismisses CSEA challenge to nursing home sale
A state Supreme Court judge has dismissed the Civil Service Employees’ Association’s effort to block Saratoga County from selling its Maplewood Manor nursing home in Ballston Spa.
Judge Robert J. Chauvin ruled July 9 that CSEA Local 1000, which represents county employees, and three individual members who helped bring the suit lack the standing to sue over the county’s privatization plan.
The ruling from Chauvin is available below.
The parties have shown no direct injury, Chauvin wrote in denying them standing, and also haven’t raised the kinds of issues that would get him to overrule a legislative body.
“The court notes, generally, that legislative acts carry with them the strong presumption of constitutionality,” he wrote.
The union, which represents Maplewood Manor’s employees, filed its lawsuit in March, asking that the county board’s action be declared “arbitrary and capricious.” The union is now considering its next move, CSEA spokesman Stephen Madarasz said.
“We respectfully disagree with the decision of the court on the standing issue and are considering our options, including appeal, and have not yet made a final decision on our future course of action,” he said.
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