Senator Spano introduces legislation to save Westchester Medical Center
The financially strapped Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla is getting much needed support in the Senate.
State Senator Nick Spano (R-Yonkers) has introduced three separate bills which could bring the hospital up to $55 million in the first year alone and additional funds over the long term. The first bill proposes a regional sales tax hike of .125 percent in seven area counties. Another bill changes Medicaid reimbursement and a third will create a state oversight committee to see the hospital never falls back into a $160 million deficit again.
The legislation has bipartisan support and local assembly members have announced similar measures in the state Assembly. Lawmakers are trying to work quickly before they recess for the year on June 23.