Hoosick Falls board tables offer of $1.045M

February 28, 2017 12:51 AM

HOOSICK FALLS – It took some arm-twisting by 20+ speakers but the Village Board pushed the offer on the table back from their plate to the center regarding the companies involved with PFOA contamination of water. The offer of $1,045,000 from Saint-Gobain and Honeywell was not accepted Monday night.

"We are the little town that can, we are the little town that can say no to a big corporation, we are the little town that can say no to this agreement,” said Brian Busher, who grew up in Hoosick Falls and is coming onto the new village board.

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A 17-year old girl wants to continue to grow up in the village: “There’s a whole school, pre-K through 12, 10 miles away, waiting to build this town up,” said Renee St. Hilaire, who attended with her parents. “Please let us have our chance."

Even the former Regional Director of the EPA made an appearance and pushed for a rejection: "The last thing we should be doing is signing this agreement,” said Judith Enck.

The board had tabled an offer of $850,000 last month and now would do the same to this one.

"I do think that sufficient concern was brought to our attention that this certainly needs further consideration,” said Deputy Mayor Ric DiDonato, who will not be running for re-election. Mayor David Borge, who is stepping down, was the only one of the seven to vote for the offer.

"We have a responsibility to look out for everyone, the entire village, both present and in the future,” Borge said. “And that's what we're trying to do."

Desiray Rice implored the board to reject the offer and said she doesn’t want to hate her government anymore, she hope they can focus their anger on the responsible parties: "I'm relieved, temporarily,” said Rice. “It's not over but at least we stopped it for now. Hopefully the next Mayor will do a better job."

The man running unopposed next month is Rob Allen who was the second to speak when the meeting was opened up to the public: "This agreement is horrible."

"I'm hoping that they table it indefinitely and don't come back next week with another meeting and try to pass it again,” said Jennifer Plouffe who said the board was “war weary.”

Pressure also came from Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R-Melrose) who said “too little, too soon to settle.” And from U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand who issued a statement before and after this was tabled, calling this proposal "inadequate.”


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