HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Since Rob Allen took over as Hoosick Falls mayor, negotiations on a settlement have been ongoing with the two companies accused of polluting the village's water with PFOA. But talks with Saint Gobain and Honeywell have not gone as planned, which has lead to the village board taking action.
"At this point, we as a board completely feel this has to be the next step," Allen said.
On Tuesday night, the village board authorized its law firm, Nolan and Heller, to begin preparing a lawsuit on behalf of Hoosick Falls against Saint Gobain and Honeywell.
"There are some issues out there that we want to take a look at, and we'll get in touch with them and see if they're interested in having some discussions," said Dave Engel of Noland and Heller Law Firm.
In addition, the village board has also authorized the filing of a separate lawsuit against its former law firm, Fitzgerald Morris Baker Firth. The group was terminated by the village once the new administration took over last year.
"They've basically filed a notice of claim against us that they were going to be suing us for basically the bills of what they say their service is," Allen said.
The village and the law firm are disputing the total bill of $582,000. Allen says this lawsuit will protect the village. Fitzgerald Morris Baker Firth did not respond to Spectrum News' request for a comment.
"It does have a little risk to it, but at the end of the day with the information we have and the questions and concerns we have, I think this was the right step," Allen said.
Meanwhile, Allen says the state department of health will host a second round of blood testing this spring.