New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has blocked the sale of two nursing homes, the Greater Harlem Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center and the St. Joachim and St. Anne nursing home, to the Allure Group. Allure is the company that sold Rivington House, a nursing home for AIDS patients, to a private developer to build condos in a controversial move that has resulted in criticism of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. The De Blasio Administration is accused of removing a deed restrictions on the use of the facility after the company paid a substantial sum.
Schneiderman’s office released a letter it sent to the Allure group saying,
“The not-for-profit Rivington House entity, which the Allure Group came to control in 2015, did not, as was required under the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law, either seek to dissolve or to obtain approval for disposing of its nursing home operations at 45 Rivington Street,” it states.
Allure is saying that the company was going to keep the two facilities as nursing homes, but Schneiderman said that the company had said the same thing about Rivington House which now stands empty. “Allure made clear and repeated promises to continue the operation of two nursing homes for the benefit of a vulnerable population — promises that proved to be false. Until we conclude our investigation, we will object to Allure buying additional nursing homes,” a spokesman for Schneiderman said.
I commend Attorney General Schneiderman for looking out for the public interest and blocking this company from possibly changing the stated nonprofit purpose of the nursing home.