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Cuomo signs Hoosick-inspired statute of limitations law

Jul 22, 2016 6:45 am

Matt Hamilton is reporting at Capitol Confidential Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that extends the statute of limitations for personal injury claims related to pollution at superfund sites. The measure was prompted by the Hoosick Falls water contamination crisis. The new law allows anyone adversely affected by exposure to chemicals or other toxic substances to file claims up to three years after a location is designated as a state or federal Superfund site. The previous law required that claims be filed within three years of when an injury was discovered, or should have been discovered. Jed Donovan, a 63-year-old resident of Hoosick Falls, said he cried with happiness when he learned Cuomo had signed the bill into law. Donovan lived in the village, where the municipal water supply is contaminated, in the 1990s. He has ulcerative colitis, which is linked to PFOA exposure, and hopes to proceed with a personal injury claim with the new law on the books. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.

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