Friedman, who was chairing the meeting, began by welcoming the young people from Operation Unite, asking them to stand. He then proceeded to explain that the meeting could not happen because there wasn't quorum and to apologize for wasting their time and the time of everyone else who had come out for the meeting. His remarks concluded, "Most of the time, adults don't behave as well as youths."
As everyone prepared to leave, Friedman asked Delaney to call and "make sure Doc Donahue (Fifth Ward) didn't die, because this is the first time he hasn't been in that chair for a meeting." Delaney did so and apparently learned that Donahue was alive and well.
It seems that, as with the Historic Preservation Commission meeting on Friday, one person was responsible for the lack of a quorum. It is rumored that Alderman Tiffany Garriga (Second Ward), upset because Moore had asked Friedman to chair the meeting in his absence instead of her, persuaded many of the absent aldermen not to show up. She believed it was her right as majority leader to chair the meeting; Moore maintained it was his choice.
It's unfortunate that the meeting didn't happen, because there were a lot of things--more than a half-inch of documents--before the Council that didn't get discussed or introduced, among them:
- A letter from the director of bird conservation at Audubon New York stressing the importance of North Bay as a bird habitat
- A resolution to provide a 10 percent match for the $950,600 remediation of the Fosters Refrigeration site
- A resolution to retain TGW Consulting for another year
- A resolution accepting a $10,000 donation from the Abatecola family to the Hudson Police Department, with the surprising stipulation that "the funds so set aside shall not be used to fund a K-9 unit"
- A resolution authorizing the submission of this year's CDBG application (DPW superintendent Rob Perry, two folks from Delaware Engineering, and two folks from TGW Consulting were all there to talk about it)
- The albatross resolution that's been hanging around since March, declaring the controversial sewer separation project--last year's CDBG project--a Type II action
- A resolution authorizing the City to apply for a grant from the Environmental Protection Fund "to facilitate accessibility and make entrance improvements to Promenade Hill," the nature of which no one has yet seen
- A resolution declaring the as yet unseen improvements to the entrance to Promenade Hill (and erroneously referring to that grant application as a "CDBG application") a Type II action
- A fairly incomprehensible resolution having to do with water quality improvement projects
- A resolution declaring the Power Avenue pump station improvements a Type II action
- A resolution authorizing an application to the Green Innovation Grant Program for the Upper Union Street Green Infrastructure Project--a project "that would consist of installing stormwater structures that will collect stormwater runoff from the street and surrounding areas"
- A resolution declaring the Upper Union Street Green Infrastructure Project a Type II action
- A resolution--an alternative to the albatross resolution--declaring the controversial sewer project an Unlisted action and authorizing the completion of the short Environmental Assessment Form (EAF)
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