Last year, Mayor William Hallenbeck appointed Kathy Harter and Geeta Cheddie to the Hudson Housing Authority Board. Victor Mendolia objected to those appointments, pointing out that according to the HHA's bylaws, "not more than one member of an authority may be an official or an employee of the municipality at any one time." Harter is employed at the Columbia County Board of Elections; both Harter and Cheddie serve on the City of Hudson Zoning Board of Appeals--positions that are mayoral appointments. Harter and Cheddie have since resigned from the Housing Authority board, and the mayor has appointed three new people: Alan Weaver, Vernon Cross, and Lola Roberts.
The question of holding more than one position at a time in a municipality brings us to the person who inspired the title of this post: Cappy Pierro. Section C2-3 of the city charter states:
No person shall, at the same time, hold more than one of the offices created or authorized by this Charter, except that the holding of the office of Commissioner of Deeds or Superintendent of Cemeteries shall not disqualify any person from holding any other office hereunder.Pierro has served on the Planning Board (formerly the Planning Commission) while at the same time being aide to Mayor Rick Scalera and being an alderman from the Fifth Ward. Now, although Pierro moved from Hudson to Taghkanic in 2013, the mayor has appointed him chair of the Planning Board. Section C2-4 addresses this situation:
No person shall be eligible to any City office under this Charter, except the Superintendent of Public Works, who, at the time of election or appointment, shall not be an elector of the City; and no person shall continue to hold office hereunder after ceasing to be such elector.The operative word is elector, meaning qualified voter. The assumption is that someone who is qualified to vote in a municipality also resides in that municipality, but Pierro, as others before him, has found a way around that. His voter registration gives 16 Paddock Place as his address, the home, it is believed, of an aunt.
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