Monday, May 9, 2016

Mark Your Calendars

Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton "and her team" will hold a City of Hudson Town Hall Meeting, described as "the first open State of the City discussion," on Monday, May 16, at 6 p.m., at the Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street. Members of the Hudson community are invited to bring to the meeting their questions, comments, and suggestions, with this caveat: "We respectfully request that any issues raised be presented along with at least one proposed solution--this will both provide an opportunity for positive dialogue and offer the city fresh perspectives on some long-standing issues."

The following Sunday, May 22, the mayor will hold another public discussion, this one with the focus on North Bay. The outdoor event, which was originally to take place on May 1, was rescheduled for May 22 because of rain. As before, the event is planned to take place at the Furgary Boat Club, at the corner of North Front and Dock streets, at 1 p.m.



  1. In America, public fishing rights were codified shortly after the colonies were founded. In the 1640s, the city of Boston established laws to protect public rights to fishing waters, and the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared public rights to fish in the “great ponds,” and to cross private property, if not cultivated, to get to the water. People tend to assume that fishing at that time was just for sustenance, but the sport of fly fishing was already popular in Europe before America was colonized, and in Philadelphia there were at least five different fishing clubs before the American Revolution.

    After the Revolution, state and federal courts upheld public fishing rights, as well as state authority to regulate fishing to conserve fisheries.

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  2. The Freshkills Park Alliance is grappling with the same problem as Hudson confronts in the North Bay -- namely, leachate from a landfill. Unlike the CLC, the Freshkills Alliance has stated, "No area will be open to ongoing public access until it has been tested and found safe for park use." I challenge the CLC and the City of Hudson to make the same commitment. Here's a link to the Freshkills position on public health and safety...

  3. The City of Hudson turns its back on solar arrays in the North Bay, while the City of New York embraces solar arrays at Freshkill Park. It is unfortunate that Hudson's "leaders" aren't leading the battle against global warming. Read on...

    "Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White, Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability Sergej Mahnovski announced the largest solar energy installation in New York City will be installed at Freshkills Parks on Staten Island. Approximately 47 acres of land will be leased to SunEdison, which was selected through a public bidding process to design, construct, install and operate a solar power facility with the potential to generate up to 10 megawatts of power – five times more than any solar energy system in the city and enough to power approximately 2,000 homes. The solar power system will be an integral part of the Freshkills Park."

  4. Solar One heaped the following praise on the Freshkills solar arrays. Hudson should get on the bandwagon...

    "The Big Apple knows how to do big. Freshkills Park in Staten Island, formerly the world’s largest landfill, is slowly but surely being transformed into New York City’s largest park. It will provide reaction and aesthetic value, but the new park will also become the city’s largest solar farm.

    47 of Freshkills Park’s 2,200 acres are slated for solarization, as the land has been leased for 20 years by SunEdison, a California based solar power plant operator and energy provider. When the installation is complete,the electricity from SunEdison’s panels will channel into the city’s ConEdison electrical grid, and the site has the potential to generate 10 megawatts of power, or the amount needed to power around 2,000 homes. Freshkills Park also has the capacity to boost New York City’s renewable energy generation by a whopping 50%.

    The Staten Island based park and facility is scheduled to begin solar panel installation in 2015, with a fully operational plant by 2016. It represents major urban environmental efforts by Mayor Bloomberg, who stated at the park in November that Freshkills would be “the largest solar power installation ever developed within the five boroughs.” He reflected on the past twelve years progress, notably wetlands and vegetation restoration, in addition to a number of recreational parks and soccer fields that border the site’s perimeter."

  5. Saving the future is as important as preserving the past.