Mayor William Hallenbeck often seems to have a less than perfect command of the English language. It's not altogether clear if he understands the meaning of the word gentrification, because it's hard to see how he can be "not in favor of gentrification" and think it's "not good for a community," while at the same time taking credit for "putting Hudson on the map" as a destination. Last night, during the debate, he spoke, for the second time, about Hudson doing its "due diligence" when it comes to affordable housing, said the youth of Hudson are "undoubtably" our future, and described the enterprise in Hudson as going from an "industrial revolution" to small businesses. Most of us just let his curious form of malapropism pass, mentally translating "due diligence" to "moral obligation," or something like that, "undoubtably" to "undoubtedly," and "industrial revolution" to "industry-based economy." Seth Rogovoy, however, takes issue with the mayor's use last night of the term figurehead in reference to HPD Chief Ed Moore and Commissioner Gary Graziano: "Mayor Calls Hudson Police Chief a Mere 'Figurehead.'"
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