U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand talking PFOA in Hoosick Falls

Kirsten Gillibrand
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is interviewed about military sexual assaults on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 30, 2015. The spouses of service members and civilian women who live or work near military facilities are especially vulnerable to being sexually assaulted, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. said in a report. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

HOOSICK FALLS , N.Y. (NEWS10) – Many were excited that Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was headed here to Hoosick Falls Friday to answer questions.

People of Hoosick falls and Petersburgh filled out these question forms expecting them to be heard during the discussion. Gillibrand saying afterwards that this was all about her hearing the questions so she can bring them back to Washington and get the people here the answers they deserve.

“I am very concerned what elevated levels mean for them,” Senator Gillibrand said.

Sen. Gillibrand pointing to the fact that medical monitoring may be needed here in Hoosick falls and in Petersburgh. She says it would be very easy to follow the program set up for 9/11 first responders and get that set up here.

Some people here today surprised to see state senator Kathy Marchione part of the discussion. She tells me she still wants to move forward and tells me that now legislative hearings will be happening in the Senate too.

Many people dealing with the PFOA contamination were unhappy with how the discussion was going and actually stormed out of the auditorium.

The thing they say set them off? It was when Michael Hickey, who was on the panel and also credited with discovering the PFOA, said that legislative hearings are unnecessary.

Many people in Hoosick falls and Petersburg disagree and say they still deserve answers.

Ten questions were pulled by those running today’s discussion that were intended to be asked to Senator Gillibrand. Only one of those questions had time to be answered the rest I’m told will be forwarded onto the senators office. There’s also a way you can still submit questions by going to the senator’s website.

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