Hudson has a new mayor--the first woman ever elected mayor in the city's 230 year history.
The count of the absentee ballots was completed early this afternoon, giving Tiffany Martin Hamilton a total of 856 votes and William Hallenbeck, Jr., a total of 831.
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I'm just looking forward to the ferry st bridge...Tired of taking a longer route to launch my boatReplyDelete
50.74% vs. 49.26%ReplyDelete
Great news, but ever so close.
So good news IS possible in Hudson, N.Y. after all.ReplyDelete
Possibly more novel than first elected woman: government that respects us.ReplyDelete
Wonderful! Congratulations Tiffany, our new mayor!!ReplyDelete
Congratulations Tiffany!!! Our Fair City has a wonderful new Mayor!ReplyDelete
This is great news! Congratulations to Tiffany and the city of Hudson.ReplyDelete
Now that the election is over, I would like to propose that all meeting of the common council be taped and made available via Youtube. This would make for another historical source and also make the meeting available to citizens who could not get to the meetings for whatever reason.ReplyDelete
I'd love to be a fly on the wall over at the Galvan Foundation.ReplyDelete
What will its strategy be to navigate this new development?
Congratulations Tiffany. It's a happy day for Hudson and its residents. Government that respects us and will move Hudson forward. How exciting bReplyDelete
It's been my pleasure to get to know Tiffany over the course of the past year, and I wish her the best. The job of Mayor in the present environment is a most demanding one, but I am confident that she will prove up to the challenge. She has both the "smarts" and the temperament and the work ethic, to be effective, in my opinion.ReplyDelete
Congratulations Tiffany! I hope that your first term is at least as successful as your campaign. As one of your efforts, please look at the cost of a totally new court and police station vs. the current proposed reclamation. Slowly, but surely, Hudson has blundered its way to spend too much money on a reclaimed and compromised facility. Not all of the old boy network is Republican.ReplyDelete
2016 will see the first legitimately elected female mayor in Hudson, NY's history, take office.ReplyDelete
2016 will also see three new women take their seats on the Common Council, bringing the total number of female representatives to five; that might also be an historic occurrence.
What 2016 WON'T see is those five women, three of whom claim to hold the same political and public policy ideals of the newly elected mayor, join together to support the new mayor's agenda.
Some of those women will vote every time, to protect their fathers' interests and the interests of their fathers' long time political buddies, while choosing to promote their fathers' agendas, as opposed to protecting and promoting Hudson.
The remainder of those women will vote every time to protect the interests of other politically connected men, who run in the same circles as the fathers noted above.
It will be additional work for the boys. More meetings at Bob's Restaurant and Dunkin' Donuts (Greenport businesses, I might add.) to "guide" and "educate" the women. After all, they'll have to tutored on who to talk to, what to say publicly when they continuously undermine the new mayor's agenda, and they will have to be taught how to evade the press, taxpayers, and even some Commissioners.
But for the boys, all that extra work will be worth the effort: they will get to retain their influence in the city, while critizing the newly elected mayor's inability "to get anything done".
For those who want to see the new mayor succeed, show up to the Common Council meetings. Take particular note of the female representatives; their body language, how many times they look to the boys seated in the audience, or standing just outside the Chamber; pay close attention to the reasons they provide as to why they won't support the new mayor.
If you don't show up, month after month, the five women on the Council will simply serve as proxy voters for their fathers, their fathers' buddies, and the rest of the boys.
You and I likely agree on all of the local issues, but you're saying that any woman with whom you disagree cannot think for herself.Delete
If you're wrong, however, and if women can have genuine disagreements with one another, then you're the one perpetuating the stereotype of inferiority, either gratuitously or towards some coercive end.
It was always going to be hard work introducing new policies to Hudson, in part because of the diversity of interests and opinions here. I doubt that degrading people is the best way to begin that work, but perhaps we can respectfully disagree.
I agree 100% with Unknown Susan.Delete
Some of the women worked against Tiffany during the campaign and will continue to do so during her time as Mayor. And a certain man also did his best to keep Tiffany out. So glad they did not succeed but they will make it a rough road for our new Mayor.
Nobody has anything new to tell me about dirty tricks and obstructionism in Hudson politics. Confronting it with invidiousness right out of the gate is a poor substitute for party discipline. It's ugly and it will backfire. People who disagree with you are not, thereby, brainwashed, and further framing this alleged brainwashing gender in the jargon of gender is a sure loser. It's self-congratulatory certainly (to cover for the unnecessary losses), but it's a loser in the long run.Delete
What's wanting is leadership, which is persuasive in itself, and is something which Tiffany is well-equipped to deliver.
Well, I would love to be proven wrong. To paraphrase Sara Bareilles, "Honestly, I want to see them be brave."ReplyDelete
By March or April, 2016, I think everyone will see who supports whom.
Pace Forster: always persuade.Delete
I'd add that we should never vilify till we see the whites of their eyes. In other words, let's give each other a chance unless and until there's obviously nothing left but hypocrisy and the abuse of power. (I say that as veteran of the Common Council wars.)
Up to that point though, maybe we're not as wonderful as we suppose, and maybe new people have their own complex ideas which deserve a hearing. If we genuinely offer that hearing, at the very least we'll be attentive to new means of persuasion (which is a world away from invidiousness).
I want to see us all brave too, so always persuade. Everything's best when the best idea wins, so find common ground early and make that the touchstone. I call that good faith.