DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- City leaders in Poughkeepsie are calling on the Wappingers Falls mayor to pay up on what they're calling a delinquent water bill. They say the village owes more than $485,000 for approximately 80 million gallons of water.
Poughkeepsie officials say a contract with the village requires them to purchase a minimum of 522,000 gallons a day. However, Wappingers Falls Mayor Matt Alexander says the town and city of Poughkeepsie sold water that failed basic water quality tests. He says it forced the village to build a brand new water treatment facility so residents could have clean drinking water.
“We're not willing to pay for it and we are holding them to task for it and we decided that our position isn't something we contracted to buy from them. We contracted to buy clean drinking water and that's what we'd like to receive,” Alexander said.
Alexander says City of Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik and Town Supervisor Todd Tancredi's claims are politically motivated.
Alexander is one of four candidates in the June 26th Democratic primary election for the 18th Congressional District seat.