HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Local lawmakers are pushing for a measure that would allow people in Hoosick Falls and other Superfund communities to recover the cost of their medical bills.
Assemblyman John McDonald and Senator Kathy Marchione are backing the legislation.
Right now a statute of limitations prevents most from filing a personal injury lawsuit, but the cause of their decades-long health problems has only recently become known.
The bill passed in the assembly, 132 to 7, but has yet to go up for a vote in the senate.
“I believe there shouldn’t be a time limit on justice for Hoosick Falls’ families. John’s a democrat and I’m a republican, but we’ve worked together to create a common sense solution reflecting our belief that there can’t be a time limit on justice,” Senator Marchione said.
If passed, people harmed by contaminants at a superfund site could bring personal injury claims for up to three years after the site is designated.