Mayor's hearings on proposed local laws--the final step in enacting a law--are usually non-events. The mayor comes down from his office in City Hall at 4 p.m. and sits in the Council chamber for a few minutes. Nobody shows up to express an opinion. He signs the law.
Not so yesterday. Mayor William Hallenbeck, himself a former police officer, held a hearing on the new law that would eliminate language in the city charter that specifies how many high-ranking officers in the Hudson Police Department (currently it says there must be five sergeants and two lieutenants), and the police showed up in force, with their union representative, to express their displeasure. Joe Gentile has the story in today's Register-Star: "Union official: Charter change 'union busting.'"