Gossips regularly publishes the links to Dan Udell's videos of Common Council meetings. Udell also videotapes the meetings of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors--meetings that are far less entertaining but just as instructive. Click here to view the video of the December 14 meeting of the Board of Supervisors, during which Fifth Ward supervisor Rick Scalera presented a certificate of recognition to Arthur Koweek for fifty years of service on the county Planning Board.
Koweek was first appointed to the Columbia County Planning Board in 1967 and has been consistently reappointed to the board by a succession of Hudson mayors. In 1991, he was elected vice chair of the county Planning Board and has held that position continuously since. In the 1960s and 1970s, Koweek chaired the Hudson Planning Commission and later the Hudson Urban Renewal Agency, during the era that saw the demolition and reconstruction much of the Second Ward and the west side of Front Street. In 1984, as chair of the Hudson Community Development office, he spearheaded the unsuccessful effort to site an oil refinery on the Hudson waterfront.
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