There was a time when a Common Council meeting provided some of the best entertainment in Hudson on a Monday or Tuesday night. Disputes would erupt; voices would be raised. One (unsuccessful) candidate for Common Council president went so far as to make the campaign promise that he would appoint a sergeant at arms to ensure civility in Council chambers.
In recent years, Council meetings have gotten much tamer, but this past Tuesday, some of the fire was back. At the end of the meeting, Alderman Cappy Pierro (Fifth Ward) took it upon himself to scold Alderman David Marston (First Ward) for some unknown (to the audience) affront, saying that "someone who had been on the Council for all of eight weeks" should read the code book before criticizing the actions of others--namely him. Although Pierro chose to rebuke Marston in public, Marston's offense occurred in private--in an email sent only to Council members. For the benefit of a puzzled public, Council President Don Moore explained what Pierro was talking about.
It seems that at the last meeting of the Council's Economic Development Committee, the Ferry Street bridge was discussed, and the suggestion was made that, since the bridge provided principal access to the waterfront and CSX was doing a less than commendable job of repairing and maintaining it, the City should undertake to build a new bridge. Pierro took it upon himself to contact Colarusso to find out how much a new bridge might cost, and Marston, in an email, suggested that it would be a good idea to get a second opinion about the cost from another contractor. Pierro apparently took Marston's suggestion to be a veiled accusation that he was engaging in some kind of backroom dealing with Colarusso and took umbrage. Marston explained that he thought a second opinion would give a better sense of an "industry average" for the project and provide the City with a more accurate figure to use in thinking about possible ways to fund a new bridge.