Girls from Hoosick Falls at Center of Environmental Bill of Rights Ad

Environmental Advocates of New York and "Effective New York" released two 30-second testimonials Thursday, urging Governor Andrew Cuomo next year to take up a new Environmental Bill of Rights in regards to the Hoosick Falls PFOA contamination.

Hoosick Falls resident Ashlynn Sagendorf, 10, was featured in an advertisement -- more than a year after she and other people in the area first learned they had been drinking water contaminated with the chemical PFOA.

The bill would grant New Yorkers a right to healthy drinking water and clean air.

Sagendorf says the town's water contamination has altered her life and those around her, making it difficult to be a kid. She says it's difficult to see how the last year has affected her mother.

"When I get a turn to speak, I say it's not your fault," Sagendorf said.

"It is not my fault," said Laura Peabody, Sagendorf's mother. "They [government officials] should have spoke up and told us when this first happened, and maybe we wouldn't be where we are, sitting here today."

Another girl in the video is 14-year-old Mikayla Baker.

Both ads direct people to go to NYCleanWater.org to sign a petition in support of the effort to amend the Constitution to include a new Environmental Bill of Rights. 

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