What's remarkable about the article is that, aside from cherry-picking a few things Rector shared in his opening comments about his background and priorities, the greater part of the article was devoted to post-meeting comments solicited from two people with fairly well-known agendas: Rebecca Wolff, a tireless advocate for affordable housing, and Kaya Weidman, co-founder and executive director of Kite's Nest, who is a champion of the economically disadvantaged and regularly speaks out against gentrification, tourism, and what is perceived as economic development.
What the Register-Star did not report was that the candidate made it clear he intended to make no campaign promises but instead affirmed his commitment to working with whomever it took to seek solutions to problems. He did speak of one thing he planned to initiate as soon as he took office: a Mayor's Council for Youth, tasked with analyzing and coordinating services for children and young people provided by the Hudson Youth Department, the school district, the library, and various not-for-profits, with the goal of improving services. There was a suggestion that the Youth Center rejoin the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (it had that affiliation until around 2005), and Rector promised to investigate the possibility.
Twice, in responding to questions about affordable housing and the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant, Rector spoke of the housing project being pursued by HCDPA (Hudson Community Development & Planning Agency) on vacant property owned by HCDPA on lower State Street--a project, he said, that is running "in tandem" with the DRI planning. When responding to a complaint about gentrification, which the questioner said was ruining Hudson, Rector pointed out that it wasn't possible to prevent people from selling their houses. When the questioner persisted, saying he knew of ways to control gentrification, Rector expressed his willingness to hear those ideas.
Much was said during the meeting that the Register-Star didn't report and Gossips cannot recall, since I was present as a resident of the First Ward not as a reporter. There are four more such meetings coming up--two in the next week: for the Third Ward, on Tuesday, October 10, at House Rules Cafe, 757 Columbia Street, and for the Fourth Ward, on Wednesday, October 11, in the Community Room at the Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street. Gossips will be present at both those meetings, with pen and notebook on hand, prepared to report what transpires.
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