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Newburgh City Manager Asks Residents To Conserve Water

Sep 20, 2018
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In preparation for a temporary shutdown of the city’s current water source, a Newburgh official is urging that residents and businesses to step up water conservation efforts.

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility on McCaffrey Street in Hoosick Falls
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UPDATE 9/13/18:

The communications office for NCEH/ATSDR tells WAMC "the communities for this project have not been selected at this time."

A spokesman for the New York State Department of Health tells WAMC it has reached out to ATSDR seeking clarification on the communities included in the study and has spoke to the mayor of Hoosick Falls about the issue. 

A spokesman for the office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the senator is "still looking into the proposal, but she is supportive of any proposal that can help communities affected by PFOA get more information on health impacts."
 

The federal government has proposed studying communities affected by PFAS contamination – like many in the Northeast. But residents of one community that is not on the list say the study is too short-sighted.

A new filtration plant for the City of Newburgh awaits testing and operation. New York state paid for the plant it had constructed to filter a class of chemicals that includes PFOS. State officials expect testing to begin soon. But Newburgh’s city manager continues to have concerns.

Newburgh Reconstitutes Two Commissions

Jun 12, 2018
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The City of Newburgh is looking for members to serve on two reformulated commissions.

United Way Thanks Community For Newburgh Donations

Jun 11, 2018
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United Way is thanking the community after receiving nearly $22,000 in donations to help Newburgh following a deadly tornado in May.

Courtesy of #NewburghStrong

United Way is continuing its supply drive for Newburgh residents following last week’s tornado. Tonight, a local taproom is donating all of its proceeds to United Way to help the city get back on its feet.

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An article published in Politico earlier this week revealed federal officials sought to block a report on PFAS chemicals, pollutants found in water sources in some local communities. The story is drawing strong reaction from environmental advocates and political leaders.

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Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy has died after a battle with cancer. She was 73.

Newburgh Drug Ring Investigation Yields 16 Arrests

Feb 14, 2018
Courtesy of the office of NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a 172-count indictment charging 16 members of a drug trafficking ring operating in the Hudson Valley on Tuesday. Several of those arrested are alleged to be members of a gang that has plagued Newburgh streets.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health have released preliminary results of ongoing studies to assess PFC contamination in fish in both the Newburgh area and the Hoosick Falls region. As a result, they are issuing several fish advisories.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Newburgh Monday to announce he is taking legislative action to ensure the Department of Defense pays for the remediation of PFOS contamination at Stewart Air National Guard Base. Also there was New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner, who divulged the results of a PFOS fish study in the area.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Local groups and citizens held a rally over the weekend to call on the U.S. Department of Defense to halt PFOS discharges from Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh, New York, which drain into the city’s main drinking water source and the Hudson River. 

Global To Local = Ecuador To Newburgh

Jun 30, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A group of students from Newburgh is nearing the end of a trip to Ecuador and, when they return, they’ll be applying their global service learning to community impact projects in their neighborhood. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with a few of the students and their teachers before the trip.

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As officials continue grappling with the PFOS water contamination issue in Newburgh, thoughts are turning to the distant future — to creating a watershed model replicable throughout New York.

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The New York state budget includes $2.5 billion for clean water infrastructure, which lawmakers and environmentalists alike are cheering. And fueled by drinking water contamination in Hoosick Falls and Newburgh, there is companion legislation that requires nearly all public drinking water supplies in the state to be tested for emerging contaminants.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state lawmaker is among the latest to call on the U.S. Department of Defense to take responsibility for the PFOS drinking water contamination in Newburgh.

NYS DOH Discusses PFOS Blood Test Results In Newburgh

Mar 31, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state Department of Health held two pubic information sessions Thursday in Newburgh on the second set of PFOS blood test results. The blood testing regimen was put in place after the public learned in May 2016 of PFOS contamination in Washington Lake, Newburgh’s main drinking water supply.

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More than two dozen residents are seeking permission to sue the City of Newburgh over PFOS drinking water contamination. Their attorney has filed paperwork in state supreme court in Orange County aiming to pave the way. If the suit is allowed to proceed, it apparently would be the first since the public learned of the contamination last May.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos was in Newburgh Tuesday. He visited the city’s water department to tour the future site of Newburgh’s new carbon filtration system. The system is being built in response to Newburgh’s PFOS drinking water contamination revealed last year. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne took a tour with Commissioner Seggos.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York State Department of Health will hold two public information sessions Thursday, March 30, to discuss the second set of PFOS blood test results.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The second set of PFOS blood test results is being mailed to Newburgh area residents. During a public meeting on PFOS water contamination Monday night, New York State Department of Health officials said envelopes are being stuffed and a meeting date is being planned to discuss the results. Meanwhile, some people voiced concern over the meaning of the results.

Courtesy of the Office of Assemblyman James Skoufis

The Federal Railroad Administration should review current standards for the time between the activation of train warning signals and the distance of an oncoming train, US Senator Charles Schumer said Friday.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Officials focused on the PFOS water contamination in Newburgh have been urging the Department of Defense to take responsibility for pollution on and off Stewart Air National Guard base, and to pay for the cleanup.

Courtesy of Stewart Air National Guard Base

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and other officials are calling on the Air Force to expand its PFOS cleanup plan for Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh. They want contaminated waterways outside the base to be included.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York State Department of Health announced Wednesday that results of the Newburgh PFOS blood testing program have been mailed to the first 370 people who were tested. State health officials also are expanding the program.

HV Digs Out Of Major Snowstorm

Feb 9, 2017
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By mid-afternoon, the storm that left more than a foot of snow in some parts of the Hudson Valley had either ended or been reduced to flurries. Still, officials are urging caution on the roads, especially with any icing tonight amid frigid temperatures.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York State has announced it will cover $700,000 in costs related to providing Newburgh and New Windsor residents with clean water.

Three congressional lawmakers from New York are calling on the U.S. Department of Defense to install filtration units immediately at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh to stop the spread of PFOS-contaminated water.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York officials Tuesday announced additional PFOS blood testing dates for Newburgh. Testing began in November.

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility on McCaffrey Street in Hoosick Falls
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Village of Hoosick Falls has postponed a meeting scheduled for today where officials were set to consider a settlement offer by the companies deemed responsible for the contamination of local water supplies. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the latest developments in one of the biggest stories of 2016 — and looks back on how we got here.

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