Since publishing my earlier post about the Historic Preservation Commission, I have heard from Tom Swope, who denied that he knew about the appointment of a new commission member when he and I spoke on Friday morning and suggested, not in jest, that this blog should be called Calumnies of Hudson. He also told me the true sequence of events, which I will now share, with apologies to Swope for suggesting that he had deliberately withheld information.
On Friday morning when we spoke, Swope had no idea that the mayor was ready to appoint someone new to the Historic Preservation Commission. After I left City Hall, Swope got a call from the mayor and went upstairs to meet with him. It was then that the mayor told him that, on the recommendation of Eric Galloway, he was thinking of putting Rick Rector on the Historic Preservation Commission. After meeting with Swope, the mayor called Rector and met with him in the early afternoon. Immediately after that meeting, Rector was sworn in by the city clerk, and his name was promptly added to the roster of members of the HPC on the City of Hudson website.