Sunday, May 13, 2018

Word on the Tourism Board

The City of Hudson has been collecting a lodging tax for almost a year now, but the Tourism Board, the body created by the law authorizing the tax "to take all reasonable steps it determines desirable, necessary and proper to market the City of Hudson as a destination for overnight and daytrip visitors by making use of the funds set aside by the City Treasurer," has not yet been formed.

Photo: Julien Capmeil|CN Traveller
In February, the Common Council passed legislation redefining how members of the Tourism Board would be appointed. Four would be appointed by the mayor, four by the Common Council, and the chair of the new board would be the chair of the Common Council Economic Development Committee. 

At the informal Common Council meeting last Monday, a resolution was introduced appointing the Council's four choices: Jeffrey Hunt, president and CEO of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce; David Brown, proprietor of a B&B at 26 Warren Street; Ellen Thurston, former alderman, former supervisor, and longtime member of the board of the Hudson Opera House; and Jamie Smith Quinn, executive director of the FASNY Museum of Firefighting. The four people named in the resolution, whose resumes were attached to the document, had submitted letters of interest to Rich Volo, who will chair the Tourism Board, and Volo had met with each one.

Mayor Rick Rector has so far not announced his appointments to the Tourism Board.

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