Both houses of the New York state legislature have unanimously approved legislation to allow local water districts to sue polluters and use those funds to clean up their water systems. A bill sponsored by State Senators James Gaughran and Kenneth LaValle, closed a loophole in state law that prevented lawsuits against the companies that have introduced dangerous chemicals into our drinking water supply.
“The people of New York have won a great victory towards holding polluters accountable. It was an honor to be a part of such an important landmark bill. The bill that passed the legislature and awaits the governor’s signature will aid local water providers in recouping the moneys necessary to clean up contaminated water supplies throughout the state. I want to thank the passionate lawmakers such as Assemblymembers Fred Thiele and Steve Stern as well as Senators Jim Gaughran and Ken LaValle who together in a bipartisan way got this over the finish line,” stated Anthony Figliola, vice president of Empire and an East Setauket resident. Empire represents the Long Island Water Conference, a trade group that is representative of Long Island’s public water suppliers.
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