Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ulster lawmakers hold off on appropriating funds to cover jail inmate’s medical bills

KINGSTON – The Ulster County Legislature has again decided to wait before it approves covering $188,000 in medical expenses of county jail inmate Anthony Passaro, Jr., the man who shot and killed his wife.

He remains in jail, too sick to be sentenced. That means the county must continue to pay his medical bills.

County Comptroller Elliot Auerbach urged lawmakers not to jump into things until his office had an opportunity to go over each bill line by line.

Legislator Jeanette Provenzano Wednesday said the consensus was to hold off on a vote.

“The Ways and Means Committee has requested the comptroller to review it for us because we have too many different interpretations so it’s referred until we have adequate information to pay that expense,” she said.

Officials hope the bills will be reimbursable through Medicaid.

(Copyright © 2009 Mid-Hudson News Network, a division of Statewide News Network, Inc.)

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