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Assembly to hold water hearings

Jul 08, 2016 12:02 am
The water in Hoosick Falls is under more scrutiny today, as Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced plans on July 6 for public hearings on New York water quality in September. The same day, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent letters to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asking for documents for a congressional probe into the handling of the Hoosick Falls' water crisis. "I thank the Oversight Committee joining with me to demand accountability, and look forward to the prompt responses by Governor Cuomo and the EPA to this investigation,” said Congressman Chris Gibson in a statement about the federal investigation. And Politico reported that the former town dumps in both Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh in Rensselaer County are leaking high levels of a PFOA, the chemical poisoning the water. Residents, and the Assemblymember who represents the towns affected in Rensselaer County, Steve McLaughlin (R-Troy), have long called for hearings, and cheered the announcement of general hearings on New York water issues. But residents also want the senate to hold hearings specific to Rensselaer County, and so far State Senator Kathy Marchione (R-Halfmoon) has resisted that idea. On July 8, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand hosts a public forum on the issue in Hoosick Falls.
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