Since the Hudson Area Library Board sold its historic building to Eric Galloway and then announced that the Galvan Foundation was going to create a dream space for them in the Armory, there hasn't been much word from the trustees about what's happening. Gossips did manage to learn that the deal Galvan was offering wasn't quite the dream come true that Library Board President Theresa Parsons and Vice President Mark Orton imagined, but beyond that, not much real information has emerged about the library's future. It remains, at the pleasure of the Galvan Foundation, in the building it once owned, presumably paying a dollar a month in rent, and it is reported that the library board is continuing its talks with Eric Galloway and Henry van Ameringen about a future home in the Armory. Meanwhile, rumors swirl.
It is said that Theresa Parsons has resigned or is resigning as president of the board, and Mark Orton, now vice president, will assume that position. It is rumored that the Galvan Initiatives Foundation, with former mayor Rick Scalera as its "special advisor," may be thinking of offering the Armory to the Hudson Police Department and the City Court and having the library share the space with those institutions of law and order, or perhaps Galvan will set the library up in the recently acquired Register-Star building. On @Issue last Wednesday, Tom Swope, executive director for the Galvan Initiatives Foundation, said the foundation was committed to providing a "new 21st-century home for the Hudson Area Library," but he didn't specify where that home would be. (By new, I don't think Swope meant "new construction," but you never know.)
The answers to many questions may be revealed tomorrow night--Wednesday, March 14--when the library board holds its regular monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m. and its annual meeting at 6:15 p.m. Both meetings take place at 400 State Street and are open to the public.