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Hoosick Falls residents give state failing grades on crisis response

Nov 22, 2016 6:45 am

Casey Seiler is reporting at Capitol Confidential a group of Hoosick Falls residents held a press conference at the state Capitol Mon., Nov. 21. They said too little has changed in the Rensselaer County community to address the PFOA contamination crisis since June. Monday also marked one year since the federal Environmental Protection Agency told residents not to drink or cook with the water from the village system. The residents were accompanied by representatives of Environmental Advocates and Citizen Action. During the press conference, the residents presented a report card that gave Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers failing marks on setting a new statewide safety limit for PFOA, and for overall government accountability and transparency issues. They also gave officials incomplete grades for establishing a rigorous bio-monitoring system for residents and the search for a viable new water source for the community. “If my child brought home this report card, she’d be grounded,” said resident Michele Baker. The residents said the Cuomo administration has fallen short in its outreach by providing helplines that were insufficiently staffed. “We stand before you exhausted and angry, because New York State has failed us,” Baker said. To see the Kyle Hughes (NYSNYS.com) video of Hoosick Falls resident Jennifer Plouffe talking about the questions of transparency and leadership, go to the WGXC Newsroom at wgxc [dot] org. To read the full story go to Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.

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