“Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon is scheduled to visit Hoosick Falls on Wednesday afternoon to meet with residents of the embattled community who learned four years ago that their public and private water supplies had been polluted with a toxic manufacturing chemical.

After a meeting with members of the community to hear their accounts of the fallout of the pollution — including diminished property values and blood testing that revealed many residents have higher-than-normal concentrations of the toxic chemical in their bodies — Nixon will take part in a news conference with former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith Enck, according to her campaign.

Nixon announced last month she will challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary. Her return to the Capital Region this week is focused on the Rensselaer County community where residents continued drinking contaminated water for more than a year after health officials and elected leaders learned about the elevated levels of the dangerous chemical.

Fallout from the discovery of the toxic chemical in the water supply of Hoosick Falls later erupted into a war of finger-pointing between local, state and federal agencies after questions emerged in late 2015 about why it took at least 14 months before residents were warned to stop drinking from the village’s contaminated wells…

Nixon’s visit to Hoosick Falls strikes at the legacy of an environmental disaster that brought widespread criticism on the response to the crisis by Cuomo’s administration and subsequently resulted in areas of Hoosick Falls being declared as federal and state superfund sites. The pollution was traced to the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics plant in the village of Hoosick Falls, a few hundred yards from the village’s public wells and water treatment plant.”

Read the full article by Brendan Lyons.