Gov. Andrew Cuomo made his first trip to Hoosick Falls for the first time since the village’s drinking was declared unsafe by state and federal officials.

Cuomo at a press conference flanked by local and state elected officials praised the handling of the water crisis in the rural Rensselaer County village.

Cuomo said the state was moving to find a permanent alternative water source for the community after it was found the chemical PFOA had seeped into the water system at unsafe levels. A temporary water filtration system is online for Hoosick Falls, Cuomo said.

At the same time, the state will move to have the company deemed responsible for the contamination — Saint-Gobain — to pay for six months of water bills incurred by village residents.

In his first public appearance in the village since the water was declared unsafe in January, Cuomo said the concerns of residents in the village were understandable.

“If I lived in Hoosick Falls and I heard the news broadcasts, I would be frightened,” Cuomo said. “The hyperbole, the shifting the facts, I would find it frightening.”

But the governor also sought to allay concerns, saying the state had the situation under control given the installation of the filtration system.

“The situation in Hoosick Falls is by no means unique,” Cuomo said of the chemical contamination of a chemical that was only recently regulated. “The question is how we resolve it, how we handle it.”

Cuomo, too, was defensive when asked by reporters why he is only visiting the village now in the wake of the contamination, which was initially discovered by a local researcher in 2014.

The governor in other crises has been known to travel quickly to a far-flung corner of the state to personally appear.

On Sunday, Cuomo said his visit was primarily to meet with elected officials.

“On this situation I was involved as soon as I heard about it,” Cuomo said. “You go personally where you are needed personally in a situation.”

He sarcastically noted that his viewing the water filtration system up close was not the point of the visit.

“Its an attractive filter, it’s a big filter,” Cuomo said, “it was a nice filter.”

“A snarky reporter is going to find something to criticize,” he added. “It’s in the job description.”

The state in January moved to declare the area a superfund site in an effort to speed remediation. Cuomo has also formed a task force within his administration to handle water contamination issues in the state when they occur.

His evidence the state was performing well? Cuomo pointed to the praise he received at the news conference from local leaders, including the village mayor, David Borge and Republican Sen. Kathy Marchione.

“Job well done,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo pledged to return to the village once a permanent water source is found for the community, which could included well number three, the Hoosick River or a reservoir 12 miles away, the latter of which would be an expensive option.

Meanwhile, Cuomo reiterated his administration’s call for the Environmental Protection Agency to set a standard, national guideline for safe PFOA levels in water.

“We want a national standard,” he said. “We’re saying to the EPA we need a common standard and a common number for long-term exposure.”