More than forty people--Hudson residents all--packed into the committee room at 401 State Street tonight, filling all the chairs provided and lining the ramp to the doorway. They were there to witness the Finance Committee in its consideration of the resolution to authorize Social Services Commissioner Paul Mossman to enter into a lease agreement with the Galvan Initiatives Foundation for an emergency and transitional housing facility at the corner of State and Seventh streets.
Supervisor Richard Keaveney (Canaan), who chairs the committee, left this resolution for last, and after it was introduced, there was lengthy discussion of the proposal among committee members and Mossman, until finally committee member Ray Staats (Clermont) asked the obvious question: "Why do we have to do this now?" The question elicited applause from the audience, which in turn elicited this reprimand from committee member Betty Young (Taghkanic): "Be quiet!"
The tide seemed to turn with Staats' question, and the committee ultimately voted unanimously to table the resolution, but not before members of the public were given a chance to speak. In order to get this news out as soon as possible, Gossips will report the highlights of those comments in a subsequent post.