Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hudson on TV News

A reader just alerted Gossips to a report on News Channel 13 about a drug bust in the wee hours of the morning at Crosswinds which uncovered 31.2 grams of uncut heroin. You can see the TV news report here and read the story on the Hudson Police Department Facebook page.


  1. Unusual in which way ? because they were caught, or this dose not happen the in 5 ward

  2. or are they really in the 4th ward

    1. 5th Ward residents voting in the 4th Ward. It's just stupefying.

    2. Let's call them residents counted in the Fifth Ward for the purpose of the weighted vote while thinking they are and voting as if they were in the Fourth Ward.

  3. crosswinds -- where drug dealers meet to live in 'affordable" housing -- another good way to use our taxpayer dollars the columbia county way.

  4. Crosswinds. Brought to you by Democrat ex Governor Spitzer, the whoremongering perv who paid to have sex with girls his own daughters' age.

    What a surprise. Affordable subsidized housing and heroin dealers. Wake up people!

  5. Susan Troy submitted a comment, which I publish in two parts:

    Good Morning, especially to j kay and Observer.

    Here are a few facts you probably don't know about Crosswinds:

    It was, in fact, Governor Paterson, who presided over the ribbon-cutting at Crosswinds, and frankly, I miss the correlation between former Governor Spitz's sex life in New York City and Workforce Housing in Hudson, New York.

    Crosswinds was developed as New York State's first Workforce Housing. Sam Pratt, who I know is a big hero to many of Gossips' readers, likes to use the word "nuanced" when referring to specifics of a particular issue, so allow me to borrow that term here, in reference to housing.

    "Affordable" housing comes in many forms: public, very low income, low income, senior, veterans and work force. "Affordable" is a broad term, thrown around by people who perhaps, aren't aware of the "nuanced" differences of housing options based on criteria such as income, age, physical and/or mental challenges, and employment status.

    I rented up Crosswinds when it opened. It wasn't a 10 AM -ish until 5PM-ish, Monday through Friday job. During the rent-up process, it was a seven day a week, very often, ten hour a day job. I had to be available to show units to applicants who worked from 7AM to 3PM, who worked from 3PM to 11PM and to those who were getting off at 7AM. I had to be at my desk to explain the application process to those people who only had a Saturday or a Sunday as their only day off, because they worked a full time and a part-time job.

    The number of initial applicants was overwhelming, as were many, many of the stories. These people were not small business owners, or middle management at a corporation; they were women who had worked all their adult lives as Nurses' Aides, or as housekeepers, whose husbands had died, who may or may not have had children who could be helpful, who literally cried when they realized that with their scant financial resources they could live in a brand new, clean, beautiful apartment, close to a grocery store and the hospital.

  6. Here is part two of Susan Troy's comment:

    The number of Seniors who applied was both stunning and heartbreaking. People who had steadily worked at low wage jobs their entire lives, who had lived in the same apartment on Warren Street their entire married lives, until their landlord died, or went into a nursing home, and the building was sold and they were given THIRTY CALENDAR days to get out, by the new owner.

    And most interesting, were some of the vocal--very vocal--opponents, who arrived at my office door, first thing in the morning, or who caught me leaving on a Sunday afternoon, to inquire, with some embarrassment, I assumed based on their previous public comments, about the availability of a unit for a brother, or an aunt, who lived far away and alone, who needed " just a little help" with perhaps a mental health issue, or perhaps a no-money issue. "Can I take a look? Can you explain the application process?" they would ask.

    Renting up Crosswinds required discretion. Not a little, sloppy, discretion, but vigilant discretion. You're dealing with people's lives. Their bank balances were, in many cases, evidence of their professional and personal failings, or occasionally, their small professional successes, or a stroke of personal good luck.

    Renting up Crosswinds required compassion. Compassion for the very young adults, just out of high school, working three part-time jobs to escape an abusive home life, who cried when their applications were okayed.

    Affordable housing is one of those hot button campaign issues. So do your homework; examine all the nuances of the subject matter; consider if economic diversity in Hudson is in fact, as important as all the other diversities so often touted on this blog. Consider if compassion and RESPECT for those struggling economically in what I call "invisible jobs": the young woman who makes your coffee every morning for instance, is to be demanded of the local masses, in the same way as compassion and RESPECT is routinely demanded for other segments of our society.

    And finally, heroin is in every community in America, no matter how poor, no matter how swanky.

    For those who are "outraged" about this latest incident, first, congratulate HPD, under Commissioner Graziano and Chief Moore's leadership, on an exceptionally well executed raid, especially given Crosswinds' proximity to the Middle School.

    Then, call the Mayor, and your Common Council representatives. Talk to them about any concerns you might have about management.

    But, go in knowing what you're talking about.

  7. Thank you, Susan Troy, for your refreshingly thoughtful and positive response to this post.

  8. I second that. Thanks so much, Susan.

  9. The NYS sign that was placed on the front lawn of Crosswinds had Gov. Spitzer's name displayed. The sign was there for several years but is now long gone.
    I am not referencing the ex Governor's "sex life", but his criminal activity related to interstate prostitution.