Hoosick Falls renters claim they weren’t notified of water issues

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – While the village of Hoosick Falls said it warned homeowners of the water contamination in 2014, renters feel as though they were forgotten.

Theresa Markiewicz rents in the village of Hoosick Falls. According to the mayor’s office, a letter about PFOA contamination was sent to homeowners and landlords in December 2014. But Markiewicz, who drinks the water, said she was never notified.

Now, she’s constantly worrying if her failing health is somehow connected to drinking PFOA.

“My kidney has been bothering me,” she said. “You just wonder if it’s this or maybe just the aging process.”

In April 2015, the mayor said he sent out another letter that reminded landlords to notify tenants. Andy Bockleslegh, Jr. rents in the village. He said he never heard anything from his landlord.

“No,” he said. “Nothing.”

But according to one man who rents out three apartments in Hoosick Falls, he didn’t receive anything from the village.

“The tenants are the ones who actually told me about the water,” Bill Ingwersen said.

Ingwersen said the only letter he received from the village was in late 2015 when the free bottled water program began at the store Tops.

Many renters said they should have been notified regardless since they’re the ones drinking the water.

“I never would have moved out here eight months ago if I knew,” Bockleslegh said.

“It’s wrong,” Markiewicz said. “It’s wrong, but what’s right anymore?”

Now, many are wondering what’s next. The Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Department of Health will be at the Armory on Church Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to let residents sign up for blood tests and receive information.

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