Schmitt to hold water quality hearing

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Assemblyman Schmitt, podium, announces the upcoming public hearing on water issues

WASHINGTONVILLE – State Assemblyman Colin Schmitt (R, New Windsor) has been appointed to the Assembly Minority Task Force on Water Quality and he is planning to hold a water quality hearing in his district later this month.

His appointment and the hearing are significant given the issue of contaminated water in the greater Newburgh/New Windsor area, determined to have come from PFOS leaching from the Stewart Airport Air National Guard Base.

The hearing will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30 at the Vails Gate Firehouse at 872 Blooming Grove Turnpike in New Windsor.

“From the very beginning of my term a top concern and priority of mine has been addressing water quality problems and water crises in my district and our entire region,” Schmitt said.

“From emerging contaminants like PFAS/PFOA, aging infrastructure, depletion of aquifers to harmful algae blooms and wastewater treatment concerns all levels of government must work together to deliver results,” he said.