Shall the Common Council of the City of Hudson amend the City Charter to replace the current ward method of weighted voting utilized by the City with voting districts of equal population such that every resident of the City of Hudson is equally represented on the City Council and the County Board of Supervisors?Pretty simple language. Pretty noble goal. Let the people of Hudson decide if the inequities are to be amended or not. Here's what happened in the roll call vote.
President Moore (190 votes): Aye.
Alderman Delaney (364 votes): This is a democracy--government of the people, by the people, and for the people. I vote aye.
Alderman Donahue (364 votes): I believe the wards are fine as they are. I vote no.
Alderman Friedman (180 votes): Aye.
Alderman Garriga (185 votes): No.
Alderman Henry Haddad (180 votes): Aye.
Alderman Nick Haddad (95 votes): Aye.
Alderman Keith (95 votes): No.
Alderman Miah (185 votes): [After some comment the gist of which was he thought the issue required more study] No.
Alderman Rector (95 votes): Aye.
Alderman Stewart (95 votes): No.The resolution passed with 1,104 affirmative votes (1,015 are required for a simple majority) and 924 nay votes.
After the clerk had tallied the votes, and the outcome was announced, Fifth Ward alderman Robert "Doc" Donahue asked, of no one in particular, "Why would I want the wards changed? I have a weighted vote."
The hero in the struggle for equity tonight was Fifth Ward alderman Bart Delaney, who recognized that fair is fair and voted his conscience. It's understandable why Second Ward aldermen Abdus Miah and Tiffany Garriga voted no. Their weighted votes are second only to the powerful votes of the Fifth Ward aldermen. But why did Fourth Ward aldermen Alexis Keith and Ohrine Stewart, whose votes are among the least powerful on the Council, vote against taking the first step toward correcting the inequities? 'Tis a puzzlement.
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