On Monday, Gossips announced that a petition had been initiated, asking the board of the Hudson Development Corporation (HDC) to hold its monthly meeting in the early evening instead of at noon. Today, there's an article about that petition and HDC's response to it on HudsonValley360: "HDC chair defends board meeting times, transparency." In the article, John Gilstrap, who was elected chair of the HDC board in March 2018, after nominating himself, is quoted as saying, "I don't see a compelling reason to move the [meeting] time." Noting that "the board has given the public the opportunity to hear from prospective developers, allowed them to hear discussions about the developers, and distributed copies of the proposed one-page plans," Gilstrap added, "I don't know how much more transparent we could be other [than] to have them come into my living room."
When Gossips last checked, the petition requesting HDC to change its meeting time had ninety-three signatures. The next HDC meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 25, at noon, at 1 North Front Street.
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