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Agriculture is a three and-a-half billion-dollar industry in New York. With over 35-thousand farms, food producers need as much help as they can get to produce an abundant crop. However, some say a key component in fruit and vegetable farming is experiencing a population decline, causing the state to create a task force to study the health of pollinators.

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Kathy Marchione, who represents the Hoosick Falls area, wouldn't say whether Republican state senators felt pressured to hold hearings into the region's water quality. 

"I can't answer for the conference," she said to reporters in Defreestville, about 30 miles southwest of the town, when asked if her colleagues made the decision in light of the growing call. 

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Governor Cuomo’s Administration is facing greater scrutiny over handling of the Hoosick Falls water crisis. In recent days a Congressional committee opened an inquiry, and both the state Assembly and Senate will hold hearings.

The State Senate will hold hearings on the Hoosick Falls water situation. The news was announced by Senator Kathy Marchione after a forum held at the high school organized by US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

This week our media partner, the Times Union, has released a special report called 'Toxic Risks' which takes an in-depth look at some of the polluted Superfund sites across the Capital Region.  Included in the investigative venture is a series of stories about the town of Hoosick Falls which has captured the environmental spotlight in 2016 due its water crisis.