Hoosick Falls PFOA contamination hearings being held at the end of August

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The long awaited and demanded PFOA contamination hearings will happen in a few weeks at Hoosick Falls High School.

Some people living here say they are preparing testimony while others say they fear it could all be just for show.

“Everyone wants to hear the answer of why were we allowed to drink poison water for well over a year,” Loreen Hackett, a Hoosick Falls Resident, said.

Will Loreen Hackett and others in Hoosick Falls, poisoned through their drinking water by the toxic chemical PFOA, get that answer on August 30th during Senate Hearings being held on the water crisis? No one knows for sure, but Hackett says those who are part of her campaign PFOA Project NY will demand it.

“We’re going to contact the Senator. We’re going to work with Steve and have them all make sure our questions are represented,” Hackett said.

That’s because senate members like Senator Kathy Marchione will be the ones asking questions to experts and officials who testify. The public can comment, but it will be testimony, not a question and answer session.

Hackett has many for questions for New York State Department of Health officials.

“Any questions we might have had for Nathan Greber or Howard Zucker we can’t directly ask them unless they come out in the hall and let us,” Hackett said. “We won’t be allowed to do it during the hearings so that’s a bit frustrating.”

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand who has asked the federal government to ban PFOA believes the hearings could improve how this type of crisis is handled in the future.

“I’m just trying to do my part to push out questions to the people who know what the answers are,” Sen. Gillibrand said. “If they don’t know the answers, I’ll insist that the research is done. That’s why I’ve written letters to the CDC and the EPA demanding to have research done.”

“We will not let this go just as we’ll just shut them up let’s just do this. We won’t allow it,” Hackett said.

To preregister for the hearing, contact Senate Health Committee Clerk Darlene Murray at dmurray@nysenate.gov or (518)-455-2200.

Officials say in order to accommodate people who work during the day, members of the public will also have the opportunity to speak on a first come, first-served basis beginning at 5 p.m.

Governor Cuomo’s Office says the New York State Department of Health and DEC have yet to receive an invitation to the Senate hearings.

Hoosick Falls Mayor Dave Borge says he also has not received an invitation to the Senate Hearings.

The Assembly will also be holding a public hearing on September 7 in Albany.

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