During an emergency press conference held in the high school auditorium, 12 student leaders who are sophomores, juniors, and seniors explained the science of the water situation in Hoosick Falls, after becoming frustrated by how it has been handled. The students have requested that Governor Cuomo do the following:
- Find a new water source (inside or outside of the village/town) that will instill health and economic confidence in our community, and hope for the future.
- Demand a consent order be signed immediately by Saint-Gobain and Honeywell to create a feasibility study group of hydrologists and engineers to locate a new water supply, design the infrastructure, and complete all construction in 12 months.
- Funding in the New York State budget that is due April 1st, so that the school can be connected to the new water source. The governor always gets the budget done on time, and the students at HFCS want to make sure this is in the budget this year, as the money will be reimbursed by the companies responsible.
- After a new water source is secured, the school campus will need to be connected to it, as it is only a matter of time before it is detected in the water supply on campus. (The water on campus is from a well which remains safe with no detectable levels of PFOA.)
“We the students of Hoosick Falls Central School, ask the governor of our great state to come to our assistance as he alone is the only one that can make this happen. We will await the Governor’s response.”
UPDATE: Governor Cuomo, less than 12 hours after this press conference, responded to the proposed solution and agreed that a new water source would be what Hoosick Falls would be getting. We are so proud of these students for speaking up and making big things happen. You can read the press release from the Governor’s office HERE.
Below is the video of the assembly that the panel presented to our 6-12 student body followed by the press conference.
Names of students on panel:
Anna Wysocki (Spokesperson)