Gossips has learned, from a number of sources, that on Thursday, September 15, Theresa Parsons, president of the Hudson Area Library Board of Trustees, accompanied by HAL trustees Mark Young and Dan Jablanski, who had attended his very first library board meeting the night before, appeared at the Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency (HCDPA) meeting to request that the library be allowed to keep some or all of the $300,000 owed to HCDPA after the sale of 400 State Street to Galvan Partners.
When the library purchased 400 State Street from the Hudson City School District in 2005, it did so using $300,000 in returned HUD grant monies from projects that had been awarded HUD grants but decided, after the fact, that they did not want to comply with HUD requirements. In exchange for the $300,000, the library entered into a mortgage agreement with HCDPA. So long as the library occupied the building and used 51 percent of the space, no mortgage payments would be required, but if the library were to sell the building or to cease using it as a library, they would owe HCDPA $300,000. The library board recently sold 400 State Street to Eric Galloway for $470,000, which means that, after paying off their mortgage, giving HCDPA $300,000 to invest in other worthy causes, the library still has a profit of $170,000. But the library board wants more.
The City of Hudson contributes $120,000 a year to the Hudson Area Library--60 percent of the library's annual operating budget. The library is chartered to serve Hudson and Greenport, but Greenport contributes only $5,500 to the library's annual budget.
Those present at the meeting whom Gossips interviewed used the words brazen, outrageous, audacious, astounding, greedy, and incomparable nerve to describe Parsons' request. The HCDPA board--which is made up of Mayor Richard Scalera, Common Council Majority Leader Ellen Thurston and Minority Leader Richard Goetz, Hudson Housing Authority Board Chair George DeJesus, and Hudson Planning Commission Chair Donald Tillson--has yet to make a decision about whether or not to comply with Parsons' request.