Sunday, October 27, 2013

Update on the Hudson Mayoral Race

Yesterday, Democratic candidate Victor Mendolia held a town meeting at which he answered questions posed by members of the audience. It would have been a more meaningful exercise if his opponent, incumbent mayor William Hallenbeck, had been there to answer the same questions, but, as Hallenbeck told the Register-Star, he was "out 'enjoying and greeting the residents and visitors' at Hudson's Halloween Parade" (which didn't start until 5 o'clock), and, as a consequence, he couldn't participate in the town meeting (which ran from 2 until 3 o'clock). Hallenbeck also offered as a reason for ducking the town meeting the fact that Mendolia had sent the invitation to participate to his "work email," which he considered "inappropriate."

Joe Gentile reports on the town meeting in today's Register-Star: "Mendolia calls for moving forward on waterfront, revitalizing Columbia Street." The not to be missed account of the meeting, however, appears on The Rogovoy Report: "Mayoral Candidate Victor Mendolia Shares His Vision for a Friendlier, Better Hudson."

What Gossips finds curious is why Hallenbeck considers Mendolia's agenda, which in the Register-Star he calls "unrealistic," but which involves broadening the tax base, "the biggest burden on taxpayers the city of Hudson taxpayers have ever faced."

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