Last Wednesday, the chairs of the Assembly Environmental Conservation and Health committees announced that they will hold public hearings in September on water quality in the state. The hearings will relate to water contamination situations in various communities around the state, and will be held in Albany and Suffolk County.

The hearings are in response to the situation in Hoosick Falls, a village of 3,500 near the New York-Vermont border where residents have been raising concerns since last year regarding the safety of their drinking water.

Also on Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform requested all communications regarding the toxic chemical PFOA and Hoosick Falls from the Cuomo Administration and the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

On Friday, Senate Majority Leader Flanagan announced that the Senate will hold public hearings, the first of which will be in Hoosick Falls, “in an effort to explore the sources of water contamination, examine state and federal oversight issues, and determine how we can prevent this from happening in the future.”