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New bill to protect Hoosick Falls residents exposed to toxic chemicals


A new bill from Capital Region state lawmakers would help protect Hoosick Falls residents who may seek legal action against Saint Gobain or Honeywell.

This new bill would change the statute of limitations in cases when residents are exposed to toxic chemicals. The statute would actually begin when the resident is diagnosed with a disease rather than when the environmental pollution happened.  That means that if Hoosick Falls residents develop cancer ten years from now and can link it to the village drinking water; they can bring their case to court.

“It will protect the citizens of the state of New York who have every right to be protected and have their opportunity to bring a claim for injuries inflicted by the negligence of others,” said local attorney E. Stewart Jones.

The bill is being sponsored in the Senate by state Senator Kathy Marchione and in the Assembly by Assembly members John McDonald and Steve McLaughlin. It would also apply to situations outside of Hoosick Falls and would not be limited to cases involving PFOA.