Newburgh city leaders meet to address water crisis

Newburgh city leaders met Thursday night to try to find a solution to and cause of a dangerous substance found in the city's water that

Newburgh city leaders met Thursday night to try to find a solution to and cause of a dangerous substance found in the city's water that led to the declaration of a state of emergency earlier this week.

Newburgh city leaders met Thursday night to try to find a solution to and cause of a dangerous substance found in the city's water that led to the declaration of a state of emergency earlier this week. (5/5/16)

NEWBURGH - Newburgh city leaders met Thursday night to try to find a solution to and cause of a dangerous substance found in the city's water that led to the declaration of a state of emergency earlier this week.

Newburgh City Manager Michael Ciarazino said he had no regrets when it came to declaring the state of emergency. However, Mayor Judy Kennedy sees the situation a bit differently.

"For him to jump the gun on Monday when we were all going to work on this on Tuesday doesn't make any sense," she said. "It's just not the professional thing to do."

Ciarazino took the action Monday and rescinded it Tuesday after concerns were raised about contamination in the city's water supply at Lake Washington. The contaminant is called perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS.

The levels of PFOS found at Lake Washington are below EPA guidelines. Officials believe the substance is entering the water supply outside the city through the "Silver Stream," which feeds into the lake. They say they don't yet know how it's happening.

In the meantime, water is being pumped to the city from Brown's Pond in New Windsor. Officials say the tap water in Newburgh is safe to drink since it's coming from the backup source.

Another meeting is scheduled for Monday night. News 12 is told that it will be open to the public.

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