With the prospect of more trucks rumbling through our streets and navigating the tight turns around the public square and onto upper Warren Street, I wondered if the City of Hudson had ever been consulted before this detour was decided on. Interestingly, Hudson seems to have been left out of the conversation. On March 23, after the public information meeting about the roundabout, Richard Moody reported in the Register-Star:
The state contacted several local officials and stakeholders, who gave their approval to the project, including officials from Olana and the Thomas Cole historic sites, Greene County Legislature Chairman Kevin Lewis, Catskill Village President Vincent Seeley, Greenport Town Supervisor Kathleen Eldridge, state Sen. George Amedore Jr., R-46, and Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, D-106.Neither the mayor of Hudson nor any other city official is mentioned among the "several local officials and stakeholders," but it is doubtful that the scope of the project as it was presented to the local officials and stakeholders for approval back in March included the plan to detour trucks into Hudson. Gossips was at the informational meeting in March, and it never occurred to me to ask or even to wonder if the construction of a project three miles from the city limits might necessitate detouring trucks into Hudson.
Gossips spoke with Mayor Rick Rector this morning who asserted he had not been consulted and had received no advance notice of the detour. He is pursuing the issue with the Department of Transportation and other representatives.
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