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Hoosick Falls board tables settlement vote

Mar 01, 2017 12:02 am

Amanda Fries is reporting in the Times Union the Hoosick Falls Village Board on Mon., Feb. 27, postponed its vote on a $1.04 million settlement offer from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International. The two companies have been blamed for the PFOA contamination of the village water supply. The motion to table was approved, six to one, with Mayor David Borge casting the only dissenting vote. Borge argued that without the settlement money the village is facing "real financial issues." The settlement covers the costs of village expenses for engineering, water sampling, and legal and public relations advice since the contamination was first discovered in 2014, but it limits the village's ability to bring future claims against the companies. That provision prompted many community members, environmental advocates and other public officials to strongly oppose the agreement. Read the full story in the Times Union.