Friday, May 30, 2014

Who Got the Money?

On Thursday night, the Common Council Arts, Entertainment & Tourism Committee made decisions about City funding for public events in Hudson. They had before them fourteen applications and a pot of money amounting to $20,250--the lion's share from the City of Hudson budget, a sizable contribution from HDC (Hudson Development Corporation), and $250 from Columbia County Tourism. Here are the awards that were made, arranged from the greatest to the least.
  • Flag Day, Hudson Pride, and Winter Walk were each awarded $3,300
  • The Black Arts Festival was awarded $2,575
  • The Hudson Music Festival will receive $1,900
  • The Bangladeshi Festival was awarded $1,700
  • ArtsWalk will receive $1,000
  • The Hudson River Exchange was awarded $825
  • Promise Neighborhood's Community Block Party was awarded $700
  • The Bindlestiff Summer Cirkus will receive $45o
  • The Chili Festival, Taste of Hudson, and the New Year's Eve Ball Drop proposed for Promenade Hill were each awarded $400
The event that applied for funding but did not receive it was the Hudson Area Library's Ghostly Gallop. The rationale for the decision was that the event was not so much a community event as it was a fundraising event for the library.

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