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Activist: Government playing 'political ping-pong' in water crisis

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Gov. Rick Snyder addresses the media during an announcement of new resources for Flint. Gov. Rick Snyder addresses the media during an announcement of new resources for Flint.
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Gov. Rick Snyder and other announced the creation of the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee.

"I want to announce that we are going to increase both the executive office presence and the presence of the state of Michigan in the city of Flint," Snyder said.

Pending Senate approval, $28 million in state dollars to address the immediate need for clean drinking water in Flint.

"$28 million is not the only request we are going to have,” Snyder said. “This is the request we have in right now, that's gotten through the House and hopefully we will get through the Senate very quickly this week.”

Leon el-Alamin of the community activist group M.A.D.E isn't buying what he describes as busted pipe dreams from Lansing.

“I really feel like the governor and these politicians are doing right now is playing a political ping pong with these citizens,” el-Alamin said.

el-Alamin questions the governor’s sincerity in his handling of the water crisis.

"I believe it's a lot more that can be done in aiding and bringing reassurance to the citizens that he is trying to do everything to help them," el-Alamin said.

While the state's top administrator vows to keep Flint on the top of his agenda, Mayor Karen Weaver made some moves of her own announcing that Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards has been retained to monitor the testing of the Flint water.

"He is fully independent he will be reporting to me and is funded by private donations," Weaver said.

Still it's the governor's commitment to change that took center stage and he takes the blame.

"I've learned a lot never to take anything for granted, hopefully I didn't before, but this shows – it reinforces that," Weaver said.

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