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Issues at Holyoke Geriatric Authority delay paychecks

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After a nearly three-hour-long closed-door meeting at the Geriatric Authority of Holyoke Friday night, the board has promised to pay its workers by next Thursday and has accepted the resignation of its board chair, Patricia Devine.

When the doors reopened after the meeting, the board had just two words for media, "no comment."

Workers at the Geriatric Authority were not paid Friday and were not told when their next check would come.

After Friday night's meeting the board of directors of the authority released a statement to the media saying, "The board has committed that all employees will be paid in full and made whole in every way on or before Thursday Feb. 27, 2014."

But no reason was given as to why they were not paid on time.

They chose not to comment as they walked out to their cars after the meeting Friday night. Our media partner MassLive and The Republican reports the authority may not have the money to meet payroll.

In addition to committing to pay employees by Thursday, the board also accepted the resignation of its chairwoman Patricia Devine effective immediately.

She had no comment on her resignation. The new interim chairman will be Mike Stroetzel.

The only item on Friday night's agenda stated the discussion of "the future" of the facility and its property.

This meeting comes more than a month after Mayor Alex Morse and Devine announced a process had begun to seek buyers for the financially struggling facility. The board will meet again on Monday.

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