HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is urging the Hoosick Falls Mayor and Village Board of Trustees to hold off on a signing a PFOA settlement.
In an open letter to Mayor David Borge, Gillibrand says the settlement worth more than $1 million offered to the village from Honeywell and Saint Gobain, the companies being blamed for contaminating the water, is inadequate.
Mayor Borge says the money is needed to pay consulting firms the village used in the PFOA crisis.
In the letter, Gillibrand said, in part, “To allow polluters to pay a mere $1,045,000 to the village is inadequate to cover the immense risk that has been placed on public health.”
She went on to say, “Furthermore, the village should not be precluded from taking legal action on behalf of the residents in the event that future circumstances warrant such action.”
If approved, the village cannot sue the companies for their role in contaminating three wells with PFOA but the village can still seek damages and pursue other claims associated with contamination in alternate water sources and if chemicals other than PFOA are found.
This settlement is also separate from the class action lawsuit filed by residents.
The Village Board is expected to consider the agreement at a meeting Monday.