Have Restrictions Really Been Tightened? Has Anything Changed? Nope…
In June, shortly after the Allure scandal, Attorney General Schneiderman was calling the group unscrupulous, openly stating that tighter restrictions were required so that the laws could not be so easily circumvented.
But the crux of his speeches were irrespective of the health and safety of the sick and elderly who are misplaced by Nursing Home operators looking to syphon an additional buck.
If one scours the news today, it is difficult to find anything that Schneiderman has either done or said on the subject since June. One must wonder whether his words were simple lip service and his photos scattered along the internet as campaign slogans. Allure cost New York City millions. But what got missed were the lives of the patients who had once graced the halls of Rivington. Rivington was not at the time, nor is it now in our view and exception. It was and continues to be the rule.
Schneiderman blocks sale of two nursing homes to Allure Group
June 2016 – Politico
The Allure Group, a nursing home operator that sold Rivington House on the Lower East Side to a condo developer earlier this year, is being blocked from two other property transactions by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who says the company misled government officials.
Schneiderman’s office is halting the sale of the nonprofit Greater Harlem Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center and the Sts. Joachim and Anne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to Allure, which paid the de Blasio administration $16 million last fall to remove any restrictions on the use of Rivington House. That action allowed the former nonprofit AIDS residence to be sold to Slate Property Group for $116 million — a move that is under investigation and has become a blemish on the mayor’s record.
In letters to the nursing homes’ attorneys, provided to POLITICO New York, Schneiderman’s Charities Bureau lays out its concerns with Allure.
“Joel Landau (principal at Allure) made misrepresentations to the Department of Health that New Rivington would continue to operate a nursing facility at the site,” reads the four-page letter, signed by Sean Courtney, enforcement section chief at the Charities Bureau.
The letter goes on to say that the 45 Rivington St. facility is currently empty as Slate prepares for construction.
“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.
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Attorney General Seeks To Block Sale Of Coney Island Nursing Home To Scandalized Operator
The New York attorney general’s office is trying to block the sale of a Coney Island nursing home, and another facility in Harlem, to a company at the center of a real estate scandal related to nursing center on the Lower East Side.
The Allure Group, whose sale of the Rivington House nursing center in February prompted investigations by three different agencies, wants to purchase the Saints Joachim and Anne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Coney Island, as well as the Greater Harlem Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center, the New York Times reports.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office reportedly sent letters informing both centers he would not support “any proposed sales of not-for-profit organizations, in particular nursing homes, to the Allure Group.”
The Attorney General’s office reviews the sale of assets by a non-profit in New York. The organizations must then get court approval.
The Allure Group, a nursing home operator, is under investigation by the attorney general, the New York City comptroller and the city’s Investigation Department over its $116 million dollar sale of the Rivington House to a developer. Allure group had pledged to keep the facility open as a health center for at least two years when it paid $16 million for the city to drop deed restrictions on the property, according to the Times.
The attorney general’s office also alleges Allure Group purchased another nursing home in Bedford-Stuyvesant last year and closed it months later with plans to demolish the building, the Times reports.
“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,” and attorney general spokesman told the Times. “Until we conclude our investigation, we will object to Allure buying additional nursing homes.”
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