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The New York state Department of Health announced Friday that is extending the PFOS blood testing program for Newburgh by eight weeks. PFOS drinking water contamination came to light in May 2016 and blood testing began in November.

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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.

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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.

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New York state officials were in Newburgh this week to update the community on PFOS contamination and the blood testing program. It was the sixth community meeting in the city since PFOS contamination in Newburgh’s main drinking water source was discovered in May 2016.

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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.

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New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker was in Poughkeepsie earlier this week as part of a series of events across the state marking National Public Health Week. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.

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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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.

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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.

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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and state Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker were in Newburgh today, giving an update on the PFOS drinking water contamination that surfaced some 10 months ago. Maloney announced he will reintroduce legislation to require a federal study on long-term health effects of PFOS and PFOA exposure. 

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New York State Department of Health officials were on hand in Newburgh Wednesday night to discuss the first set of PFOS blood testing results. The blood testing program began in November following news last May of the city’s PFOS drinking water contamination.

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.

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The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health have announced the results of sampling from certain drinking water systems.

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

In response to a mumps outbreak on the campus of the State University of New York at New Paltz, state, county, and school officials are joining together to hold vaccination clinics this week. 

Officials Detail PFOS Newburgh Blood Testing Program

Oct 26, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

About one month after the New York State Department of Health’s formal announcement of a PFOS blood testing program for Newburgh, state, federal and local officials were on hand during a public meeting Tuesday night to offer more details and answer questions.

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New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Monday announced initial blood testing dates for Newburgh residents concerned about PFOS exposure.

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A public meeting last night concerning an update on the PFOS water contamination issue in Newburgh brought a formal announcement about the launch of a blood testing program for the city. But with it came more questions and concerns.  

Many more seats were filled in the auditorium at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh than at the first such public forum in June. Local, state and federal officials first delivered a recap of what has been done to address PFOS contamination and residents grew impatient, wanting to hear more about a blood testing program.

NYS DOH Works On Blood Testing Plan For Newburgh

Sep 14, 2016
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The New York state Department of Health is working with federal partners to finalize details of a plan to have Newburgh residents blood tested for PFOS.

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The New York state Department of Health has begun sampling private wells in the vicinity of Stewart Air National Guard base, which the state Department of Environmental Conservation declared a superfund site in August.

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A hospital emergency department in the Hudson Valley is set to close in October. However, state officials must still approve the closure and a few elected officials are pushing for denial of the hospital’s request.

Congressman Paul Tonko discusses the Zika funding crisis in his Albany office on May 1, 2016.
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Zika virus may be more dangerous than we thought. The first Zika-related death in the U.S. was reported last week. While communities beef up mosquito control efforts, an upstate Congressman wants more federal funding to fight Zika.

New York State officials are continuing to test public and private wells in the Rensselaer County community of Hoosick Falls as the village is beginning to flush contaminants from its water system.

New York state authorities say three other insurers have agreed to automatically enroll individuals covered by Health Republic Insurance of New York as it shuts down.

An annual report from the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society is out, grading each state on various cancer prevention and cancer fighting policies. The report card is mixed for New York.

NY State Health Care Website Slammed With 30M Hits

Oct 3, 2013
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New York's website to allow the uninsured to shop for health insurance under the nation's new health care law has struggled under the surge of nearly 30 million hits in two days.

New York has just 2.7 million uninsured residents, so state officials are trying to figure out why their website has attracted more hits than any other state's.

State Department of Health Executive Director Donna Frescatore says the agency doubled the website's capacity after users experienced delays and other difficulties entering it.

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The New York State Department of Health has not scheduled any public hearings since releasing in August a draft document that would continue to allow upstate water headed for New York City faucets to avoid filtration. A group of Ulster County legislators says it will hold its own public hearing, to compile comments on the controversial subject.

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