Last week, on June 17, a legal notice appeared in the Register-Star. The petitioners in the lawsuit are the members of the Furgary Boat Club, identified in the notice as "The North Dock Tin Boat Association Inc." The respondents named are the New York State Office of General Services, the City of Hudson, and "the descendants, heirs, or devisees" of the original Proprietors: Thomas Jenkins, Seth Jenkins, David Lawrence, Hezekiah Dayton, Shubael Worth, Joseph Barnard, Ezra Reed, Charles Jenkins, Benjamin Folger, Reuben Folger, William Wall, Nathaniel Greene, Samuel Mansfield, Cotton Gelston, John Thurston, William Minturn, Peleg Clark, and Titus Morgan.
The lawsuit seeks to stop the transfer of land on which the Furgary Boat Club is situated from the State of New York to the City of Hudson and to establish forever the "clear and vested rights" of the boat club "to use, occupy, and possess" the property without interference from any of the respondents in the case. The legal action calls upon the descendants, heirs, or devisees of the Proprietors to claim their property within a designated period of time, or the Furgary Boat Club will own it by adverse possession.
The petitioners are being represented by the Albany law firm of McNamee Lochner Titus and Williams.
Click here for the full text of the notice.
There's a slide show on Flickr of quite remarkable photographs of Furgary shacks by Tim Heffernan.
How important is it really to destroy this place. Doesn't Hudson have enough to mess with ?ReplyDelete
The Furgary Boat Club is a distinctive and unique part of the City's heritage and character, and it would be great if a way could be found to allow their traditions to continue.ReplyDelete
Interesting development. Of course, their time as an "outlaw" settlement will come to a close if they gain official ownership of the property. After they figure out some form of ownership - a co-op, perhaps - they will have to start paying property taxes.ReplyDelete
Very nice photos.
I think I agree with Vince. I've always thought the Fugary boat club should be left alone. Have they caused any real trouble? Are they bothering anyone? Are they an eyesore? Not that I'm aware of. Do they add to the story of what makes Hudson interesting and fun? Yes! Leave them be.ReplyDelete
Couldn't agree more. This Club ought to be left be. I'm glad they retained an attorney, which until Tricky Dick is dethroned, they'll certainly need.ReplyDelete
hell, it was scalera that protected them all these years so what do you know.ReplyDelete
In reference to the last comment. The Furgary has survived a lot more mayors than just Scalera (Yusko, Bill Allen, Dolly Allen, Cranna and Tracy, to name a few). Not everything in Hudson is all about Scalera.ReplyDelete