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OPINIONS DIFFER ON NEED FOR MOUNT VIEW HEARING

Niagara County's largest public employee union is demanding a public hearing on the sale of Mount View Health Facility, but County Attorney Claude A. Joerg said Sunday that none is required.

The Civil Service Employees Association issued a statement asserting that a public hearing is required before the county can "dispose of an asset."

However, Joerg said research by him and one of his assistant county attorneys, J. Michael Fitzgerald, led them to conclude that there is no such requirement.

The Legislature will need a two-thirds vote to sell the nursing home, Joerg said. The vote could occur as soon as April 19, though County Manager Gregory D. Lewis said last week that it could be put off until as late as May 17.

He said the prospective buyer, Senior Associates, is conducting extra legal research on the terms of the sale contract that could cause a one-month delay.

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