SOUTH AMBOY – City Council President Fred Henry announced that Windsor Health Care has signed an agreement to construct a $28 million sub-acute medical care and dialysis treatment center, which will create 350 new jobs in the city and contribute property taxes.
Henry said he has been working for several months to close the deal, which he viewed as an important part of the city’s economic recovery. “Windsor’s facility will contribute a substantial tax payment each year that will help defray the cost of property taxes paid by homeowners,” said Henry.
“Windsor Health Care is also known as a responsible employer that appreciates its workforce,” Henry said. Windsor Health Care is a family-owned company with ten rehabilitation and skilled nursing communities throughout the Garden State. The company is known for quality services, comfortable settings and respect for the dignity of patients.
Windsor operates Briarwood, the long term care and short-term rehabilitation facility on Ernston Road. “Briarwood has been serving the community for many years and we are looking forward to welcoming this new enterprise, which is expected to contribute so much,” said Henry, who put the matter in context with the need for job creation.
“The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a 16 percent real unemployment rate for New Jersey during the last quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2010,” said Henry. That measurement includes the total unemployed, plus marginal workers and those in part-time positions for economic reasons, he said.
“While the basic state unemployment rate during the same period was 9.9 percent — higher than the rest of the country’s 9.7 percent — the 16 percent more clearly shows that these are dire circumstances and it is important to do what we can to achieve quality job growth,” he said.
Henry credited Mayor John T. O’Leary and redevelopment agency director Eric Chubenko with working to bring the negotiations to a successful conclusion. “I do not know if people realize how much planning and teamwork goes into a thing like this, but it is not something that should be overlooked,” said Henry.
“We have many pending deals on track to bring new ratables and jobs to the city, including some that are fairly delicate.” The Council President noted that a candidate attending a recent redevelopment meeting was rude to a developer.
“Trying to show off or score political points could cost South Amboy millions of dollars,” Henry said. “We need look no further than the Governor’s recent job-killing actions on the ARC tunnel and failing to secure ‘Race to the Top’ funds for education. We cannot afford billion dollar mistakes in this economy.”
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