Sen. Kathy Marchione in an interview on Capital Tonight Thursday praised the efforts by the state to deal with a chemical contamination in drinking water that has impacted at least two Rensselaer County communities near the Vermont border.

But while the Democratic-led Assembly plans to hold hearings on water quality issues across the state, Marchione in the interview continue to insist the Senate holding meetings could disrupt “momentum” that’s been built in dealing with Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh PFOA contamination.

“When you have the Department of Health, DEC, the mayor, the supervisor, myself all working together moving forward quickly, I won’t do anything to stop that momentum,” said Marchione, who represents the Hoosick Falls area in the Republican-controlled Senate. “Everyone needs to continue working together. We can stop when it’s over and take a look and see how can we do better.”

Marchione pointed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office forming a “rapid response” team that is being charged with handling water quality issues in local communities when they arise. The response team was formed partly in response to the Hoosick Falls contamination, as well as water quality concerns that have arisen on Long Island.

Still, Marchione said she has questions as to why the PFOA contaminate was not on the list of regulated chemicals. The Cuomo administration has repeatedly pointed to the Environmental Protection Agency on the federal level for having not regulated the chemical.

“I think they’ve already started with that rapid response team,” Marchione said. “But certainly I have questions why the EPA didn’t have it on the list. Right now I want to focus on make sure people in my district are protected.”

The Assembly’s water quality hearings are yet to be officially scheduled.