Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Much to Do Tomorrow Night

There are a number of important meetings and gatherings taking place tomorrow night, Thursday, February 18. Frustratingly, they are happening concurrently, so inveterate meeting goers must pick and choose.

At 6 p.m. at City Hall, the Common Council Economic Development Committee has its monthly meeting. Advance word is that a topic of discussion will be improving broadband service in Hudson.

Also at 6 p.m., there is a meet and greet with Democratic Congressional candidate Will Yandik, just down the street from City Hall at Peter Jung Fine Art, 512 Warren Street. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP and to arrive no later than 6:15, which is when Yandik is scheduled to speak and answer questions. 

At 7 p.m., the principals of Redburn Development are meeting with the residents of lower Allen Street at Stageworks, 41 Cross Street. They will be presenting their plans to convert the former factory building now theater into a limited service boutique hotel. The purpose of the meeting to address the concerns of people living in close proximity to the proposed hotel about increased traffic and other impacts to the neighborhood that may come with the proposed new use of the building.

Also at 7 p.m., Hudson FORWARD holds its monthly community meeting at the Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street. As he did a year ago at a Hudson FORWARD meeting, Victor Mendolia will make a presentation about the weighted vote and its inequities. 

It will be remembered that last October, Mayor William Hallenbeck vetoed a resolution, which had narrowly passed in the Common Council, authorizing a referendum that would have been the first step toward achieving in Hudson the constitutional standard of one person, one vote. At the Common Council organizational meeting in January, Council president Claudia DeStefano announced her intention to establish a "bipartisan committee to examine ward boundaries" for the purpose of making a proposal to be presented to voters in a referendum in November 2016. It was not clear if the ultimate goal was to create voting districts of equal population, thus eliminating the need for the weighted vote, but Gossips has heard nothing of this committee since the intention to form it was made known.

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