Reading Gossips' report about the board's annual meeting on March 26, at which the board voted to approve four new members, caused former city attorney Ken Dow to suspect that the method of voting had been improper. Acting on his own initiative, he made a FOIL request for the ballots and the voting results. He received a tally of the votes for each candidate but no information about how members of the board had voted. It was explained that the voting had been anonymous and no records existed to establish how individual members had voted. Dow investigated the matter and confirmed that, as he suspected, secret voting by the HDC board was a violation of New York State law.
Even more significantly than any concern for liability, I would expect that as a body formed to serve the interests of the citizens of the City of Hudson, the HDC and its members are committed to earning and keeping the confidence and trust of the people, and to operating in an exemplary manner in full compliance with applicable laws. Going forward, I hope and anticipate that the HDC will operate with the transparency that is not only warranted and appropriate for a body with its powers, duties, and purposes, but also mandated by the laws of the State of New York.HDC has called a special meeting at noon tomorrow the purpose of which, in part, is "to discuss board officers."
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