Heastie says Hoosick Falls hearings unnecessary now
May 18, 2016 12:02 am
Congress has passed on hearings over the water in Flint, Michigan, and Matthew Hamilton reports in Capitol Confidential that Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said May 16 that the State Assembly does not yet need to hold hearings on the Hoosick Falls water contamination problem. “The state took proper action and we want to look more at the results,” he said at an unrelated event. “We didn’t say that we wouldn’t do them, we just don’t think it’s necessary absolutely at this point. We think the state has taken action to resolve the issue in Hoosick Falls and other places around the state that may have those issues.” Perfluorooctanoic acid has poisoned the Hoosick Falls water, and Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, has called for a congressional investigation of the state and federal responses to the situation in the Rensselaer County town where the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics plant superfund site in the village of Hoosick Falls is the original source of the problem. Read the full story in Capitol Confidential, a Times-Union blog.