Carole,What fun to see that the author(s) of the article in NY Magazine consider you a "local" -- something we all believe to be the case, but with which many would disagree. I say this means some progress on that front. Congratulations!
Written by a local? Hardly.
"Louie," how long does one have to live in a place to be local?Carol Osterink has been a full-time resident of Hudson (and a regular volunteer for many organizations, and an elected official) for what, 15+ years?(If you don't have anything nice to say, you could always post those thoughts to your usual S&M sites, where abuse is more appreciated.)
Thanks for coming to my defense, Sam! The fact is that I have lived in Hudson full time, with no pied-a-terre in Manhattan or anyplace else, for seventeen years. I closed on my house in March 1993 and moved in at the end of April 1993.I was here for the first mayoral election (1993) in which Rick Scalera emerged the victor, from a field of five. (I supported Lou Boyce.) In 1994, Judy Meyer got me involved with the Vision Plan Task Force, writing press releases and the newsletter, and that was the end of my plan to live quietly in Hudson and focus on my career as a freelance writer.I'm actually glad the question of my legitimacy as a "local" came up. No, I wasn't born and raised in Hudson. I was born and raised in Holland, Michigan. Yes, I lived for two decades in New York City, and I've also lived in a few other places: Durham, NC; Wellesley, MA; San Antonio, TX; and Orlando, FL (not for very long in any of them but long enough to get to know them and learn from the experience of living there). In 1991, I had the opportunity to move anywhere I wanted to in the entire United States, and I choose the Hudson Valley, settling first in a rented house in Red Hook. But when I discovered Hudson--a city I didn't even know existed until then--I knew there was no place else I wanted to live.It seems to me that when people choose Hudson, over all other alternatives, and see how extraordinary it is and can be, that should give them some standing. But apparently Louie Monkey-Pest thinks not.
If you live some where, you are from there. Thus you qualify as a local. Carole is Hudson.