- Tom Casey reports on the discussion of the Furgary Boat Club that took place at Monday night's informal Common Council meeting--the last meeting of the Council before the July 16 deadline for eviction: "Mayor seeks input on Furgary lease." Mayor William Hallenbeck defended the City's position that the shacks must come down "for liability reasons" but also reportedly "asked the public to offer suggestions of what the city could do legally [to] lease the land to the Furgarians."
- Nathan Mayberg reports on the reaction of Hudson officials to the plans being discussed by the Columbia County Department of Social Services and the Galvan Foundation (or is it the Lantern Organization?) and the Mental Health Association of Columbia and Greene Counties: "City officials: Out of loop on homeless shelter." The article reports that "representatives of Galvan, including Supervisor Rick Scalera, D-Hudson5, met with Hudson officials . . . to provide more information on the project." According to the article, Scalera is planning to "recuse himself as a supervisor from matters involving the homeless shelter," because, as he says, "That would be a clear conflict of interest." Since the perennial mayor of Hudson is obviously using his influence to promote the project with city officials, including his fellow supervisors, one wonders at what point in the process the recusal will begin.
- Tom Casey reports which not-for-profits in Hudson benefited from the Galvan Initiatives Foundation's largesse in its first round of grant awards. The biggest grant--$40,000--went to Paula Forman's after-school program for girls, Perfect Ten.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
There are some articles in today's Register-Star that merit attention.