The first, which appeared in the Times-Union on July 21, 1966, announces the creation of the Hudson Housing Authority.
HUDSON--A five member housing authority was created Tuesday by Mayor Samuel T. Wheeler, who said, "A milestone has been reached in the history of Hudson."
Members and their terms are: Charles Witham, five years; Edward V. Casserly, four years; Mrs. Susie P. Cunningham, three years, Samuel Liepshutz, two years; and Miss Mary Gorman, one year.
The authority will be headed by Mr. Witham who is an electrical contractor. Mr. Casserly is a vice-president of the State Bank of Albany; Mrs. Cunningham is a teacher at the New York State Training School for Girls; Mr. Liepshutz is a downtown businessman and Miss Gorman is a school psychologist with the city school system.
In addition to appointing the authority, Mayor Wheeler cited the work done in recent years by the Planning Commission. He said, "I wish to thank Arthur Koweek, chairman of the Planning Commission, and the members of the commission for the significant role they played in making this authority possible. Mr. Koweek and the commission members have spent much time and effort in studying the housing problems here and have labored long and diligently in their search for a just and equitable solution to those problems."
More Slums Than Most
The mayor continued:
"Hudson is an old city, with more than its share of old and dilapidated buildings. It also has more than its share of dwellings which are almost unfit in which to live, or which are below the standards of other communities in New York State. The need for better housing, especially for the lower income and retired people in the city has never been fully explored.
With the City of Hudson Housing Authority now a reality, I am confident that concrete and constructive proposals will be made to improve housing conditions, which will, at the same time, eliminate those structures which now represent a threat to the very health and well-being of many of our citizens.
Here I must caution that the new authority will not effect an immediate solution to this long-standing problem. Laws and ordinances will have to be amended and improved. Money will have to be appropriated.
Point with Pride
Mayor Wheeler concluded, "but, with all this, with all the personal inconveniences and disruptions that necessarily must follow in the wake of modern-day changes and progress, the people of Hudson will once again point with pride to their city, the city in which they have chosen to live and to work for the rest of their lives."
The authority will have the power to make applications for the establishment of public housing in the city, make studies, issue bonds for financing, hire employees, etc.
The appointing of the five member authority came on the heels of Governor Rockefeller's signing of the proposal.
The next month, on August 26, 1966, the Times-Union reported that the plan to build "140 housing units for the low income people of Hudson" had been approved by the federal government.
Three years later, at the beginning of 1969, the Hudson Housing Authority began advertising for an executive director.
By late spring 1970, the Housing Authority was soliciting bids for the construction of "135 dwelling units, 15 in low rise frame and brick veneer structure and 120 units in a high rise concrete structure."
And so it began.
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