Here's what the law says--Chapter 169, Section 5 of the Hudson City Code (boldface inserted):
A certificate of appropriateness is required to carry out any exterior alteration, additions, restoration, reconstruction, demolition, new construction, or moving a landmark property within an historic district, or to make any materials change in the appearance of such a property or its windows, or install or move a satellite dish.The idea behind requiring a certificate of appropriateness is that the HPC can dictate where on the building the dish should be mounted, to avoid defacing the facades of buildings in the historic districts.
Alas, Gossips was alerted this morning to this dish, allegedly installed without a certificate of appropriateness, on the top of the portico at 28 Union Street.
Since it seems so hard to get the word out about this issue, and because oftentimes the dishes are installed on rental properties by new residents who are unfamiliar with Hudson's preservation laws, it might be effective if the city attorney, who is also counsel to the Historic Preservation Commission, were to send an official notice to all the companies that provide satellite TV in the City of Hudson, informing them to it is illegal to install a satellite dish within a historic district without a certificate of appropriateness, accompanying that notice with a map of the historic districts. How hard could that be?