Rep. Antonio Delgado to Bring Hoosick Falls Community Leader Michael Hickey to State of the Union

February 4, 2019
Press Release
Hickey exposed water contamination in Hoosick Falls & led efforts to spur action on the crisis

KINGSTON, NY – Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) will be bringing Hoosick Falls resident Michael Hickey as his guest to the State of the Union on Tuesday.  Hickey discovered elevated levels of PFOA chemicals in his community’s water supply after his father passed away from cancer, bringing to light the water contamination crisis we know today. 

“I’ve seen personally the devastating effects that PFOA chemicals have had on our communities and on families like Michael Hickey’s. He is a true hero in what he has done to create action, and I’m pleased he will join me for the State of the Union as we send a powerful message that this crisis cannot be ignored,” Delgado said. “I am committed to working with members on both sides of the aisle to take decisive steps to address water contamination. And I will be a strong voice urging the Administration to step up its efforts to protect the health and safety of communities in Upstate New York and across the country.”

“I’m honored to be joining Representative Delgado at the State of the Union on Tuesday,” Hickey said. “Putting a spotlight on the poisoning of residents of Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh is exactly what we need to spur action on a local and national level. I’m grateful for the work that Representative Delgado has done already to support our community and I look forward to working closely with him as we continue our efforts.”

Delgado, a founding member of the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force, is committed to addressing water contamination, especially given the high levels of PFOA found in Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh. Last week, Delgado wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency urging it to include a commitment to set maximum contaminant levels for PFOA/PFAS as well as additional provisions to address water contamination in Upstate New York and across the country. Delgado is also a cosponsor of the bipartisan PFAS Action Act that would designate all PFAS chemicals under the Superfund program because they pose serious risks to human health and the environment.