Toward the end of the Common Council meeting on May 19, Alderman Shershah Mizan (Third Ward) brought up the topic of the Colarusso haul road, a project currently before the Planning Board. He said he wanted the Council to pressure the Planning Board to approve the haul road. Jeff Baker, counsel to the Council, who was at the time also counsel to the Planning Board (Gossips has learned he no longer serves as the Planning Board's attorney), offered the opinion that the Council "has a right to let the Planning Board know how they are feeling." Council president Tom DePietro, who once chaired the Planning Board, opined, "It would have no authority with them."
Mizan, however, didn't abandon the idea of getting to Council to weigh in on a matter before the Planning Board. At the Housing and Transportation Committee meeting on June 3, he asked the committee to recommend that the Planning Board approve the haul road. Rebecca Wolff (First Ward) told him the Common Council and the Planning Board function independently, and the Council should not try to influence the Planning Board. She went on to say, "There should be other avenues that the City could pursue to affect trucks on the street without impacting the waterfront." Tiffany Garriga (Second Ward), who chairs the committee, suggested that Mizan could, on his own, send an email to the chair of the Planning Board urging approval of the haul road.
Gossips doesn't know if Mizan followed Garriga's suggestion or not, but it seems he has found another way to make his opinion known. Today, this sign appeared in front of his house at the corner of Green Street and Fairview Avenue.
Green Street is the most heavily trafficked street in Hudson. The two truck routes that enter Hudson by way of Worth Avenue and Third Street converge on Green Street. Trucks heading for the big box stores of Greenport and trucks just traveling through Hudson pass by Mizan's house. Why is the focus only on the gravel trucks?
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