Sheena Salvino, who is young and full of energy and ideas, is the executive director of HDC and HCDPA, a position which, when last I heard, was only part-time. John "Duke" Duchessi, one of the principals of TGW Consulting Group (which used to call itself The Grant Writers), is also part of the HDC staff, responsible for preparing grant applications and administering grants received. HDC has a nine-member board of directors--four are elected officials (the mayor, Common Council president, and Council majority and minority leaders); five are members of the community. Currently, the four elected officials on the HDC board are Bill Hallenbeck, Don Moore, Cappy Pierro, and Ohrine Stewart; the five community members are Steve Anderson, a vice president at Columbia Memorial Hospital; Perry Lasher, a vice president at the Bank of Greene County; Victor Mendolia, chair of the Hudson Democratic Committee; Seth Rapport, owner of Valley Mortgage Company; and Lori Selden, co-owner of Mexican Radio.
Two other initiatives mentioned in Salvino's report are of interest. (The two bulleted items below are quoted directly from the report. Comments in parentheses are part of the original; anything in brackets was added by Gossips.)
- We discussed, in brief, the idea of developing a linear park. A phase 1 could potentially include a walkway that connects Promenade Park [sic] to the waterfront via a pedestrian bridge. This park could eventually connect to the CLC planned park system by traveling behind [west of?] the housing units [i.e., the north half of Hudson Terrace] toward River loft [i.e., the surviving Hudson River Knitting Mills building] and further connecting to the Furgary site and beyond to the landfill park and Charles Williams Park.
- There will be money left over from the Charles Williams Park Project—Maybe $15K? (HCDPA Project) [i.e., the park project is funded by a grant awarded to HCDPA] Ideas: Dog Park (fencing & receptacles), Parking Lot (not my favorite idea), hand launch upgrades at Furgary Boat Club, terraced seating at Charles Williams Park on the incline to be used as outdoor performance space in lieu of the landfill performance space idea (it's perfect for it), Campsite Development (signs, grills, benches, tables) either across from CW Park or develop a passageway to a grassland w/ a view.