ALBANY — As the governor and legislative leaders wrangle over the state's budget of more than $150 billion, residents of the tiny village of Hoosick Falls are preparing to borrow a million dollars to pay for costs incurred when they discovered that their water supply was poisoned.
One village official, Deputy Mayor Ric DiDonato, made an explicit plea to state and federal help at a meeting several weeks ago. “We cannot fight this on the limited budgets we have in our community,” he said.
But when Senate Republicans and Assembly Democrats released their one-house budgets last week, there was no money for Hoosick Falls.
“Isn’t that just awful?” said Michele Baker, a resident of the town of Hoosick who has become an activist on the issue. “There are billions of dollars that are moving right now in the state Capitol on budget items and ... Hoosick Falls needs a drop in the bucket to get itself back on its feet and we’re getting nothing. It’s so disappointing.”
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Source: Politico (via The Empire Report)