07 Sep 2016

Water Quality and Contamination

Legislative Office Building

Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor

11:00 AM Archived Video
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Joint—Senate Standing Committee on Health
Chair: Senator Kemp Hannon
Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation
Chair: Senator Thomas F. O’Mara
Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation
Chair: Assembly Member Steve Englebright
and Assembly Standing Committee on Health
Chair: Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried
Public Hearing: Water Quality and Contamination
Place: Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 11:00 A.M.
Contact: Darlene Murray (518) 455-2200 (Senate Health);
Brian Alapatt (518) 455-2091 (Senate Environmental Conservation);
Michelle Milot (518) 455-4363 (Assembly Environmental
Conservation); Anthony Kergaravat (518) 455-4371 (Assembly Health)
Media Contact: Scott Reif, Director of Communications, Senate Majority Conference
(518) 455-2264; Assembly Press Office (518) 455-3888




Public Hearing on Water Quality and Contamination

Panel 1:

Howard A. Zucker, MD, JD, Commissioner, New York State Department of Health

Basil Seggos, Commissioner, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation


Panel 2:

Honorable Keith Batman, Chairman, Cayuga County Legislature

Honorable David B. Borge, Mayor, Village of Hoosick Falls

Honorable Alan Webster, Supervisor, Town of Petersburgh

Michael G. Ciaravino, City Manager, City of Newburgh


Panel 3:

Howard A. Freed, M.D., Former Director, NYS Department of Health, Center for Environmental Health

Mary Fran Wachunas, County Public Health Director, Rensselaer County Department of Health


Panel 4:

Robert A. Bilott, Esq., Partner, Taft, Stettinius and Hollister LLP

David E. Engel Esq., Nolan & Heller (Counsel for Healthy Hoosick Water)


Panel 5:

Jennifer Plouffe, Resident, Hoosick Falls


Panel 6:

William Cooke, Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Elizabeth Moran, Water and Natural Resources Associate, Environmental Advocates of New York

John Parker, Director of Legal Programs, Dan Shapley, Water Quality Manager, Riverkeeper, Inc

Alex Beauchamp, Northeast Region Director, Food and Water Watch

Daryn Cline, Director of Environmental Technologies, Alliance to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease


Panel 7:

Cheryle Saltmarsh, Resident, Ellenberg Depot

Wayne Askew, Resident, Wilseyville

Terry Nardone, Resident Hammondsport


Panel 8:

Martin Aman, Chairman, New York Chapter American Water Works Association

Joseph Fiegl, President, New York Water Environment Association

Robert A. Michaels PhD, President, RAM TRAC Corporation

Darren Suarez, Director of Government Affairs, The Business Council of New York State


Panel 9:

Ingrid Beer and Donna Liebman, Plains Road Water Watch

Andrew Bicking, Director of Public Policy and Special Projects, Scenic Hudson, Inc.

Kevin Chlad, Director of Government Relations, The Adirondack Council

Tamara Elzubair, CNA, and Gail Cook, Political Organizer, 1199SEIU

David Hassel, Engineer formerly employed at the site of St. Gobain in Hoosick Falls


Part 1

Part 2

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