At the beginning of July, the mayor's office issued a request for proposals for a consultant "to assist with creating a plan for the development of affordable housing." The proposals were due a week ago, on August 3, but so far there has been no news of how many responses have been received or who is reviewing the responses. Since, according to the schedule proposed in the RFP, interviews with and presentations by the consultants who submitted proposals are supposed to be going on right now, I decided to find out what I could about the status of this initiative.
Remembering from my days on the Common Council that the city clerk logs in all responses to RFPs, I started there, figuring that, at the very least, I could find out how many proposals had been received. My inquiry was promptly answered, but I was told the city clerk did not have the information I sought, and I was advised to contact Peter Bujanow, commissioner for Public Works. I did but received no response. Since the RFP had originated in the mayor's office, I also contacted Michael Chameides, the mayor's aide. Again, no response.
Yesterday, the affordable housing development plan was on the agenda for the HCDPA (Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency) meeting. (HCPDA has been asked to contribute $5,000 toward the consultant's fee for the plan.) When asked about the status, Mayor Kamal Johnson, who serves ex officio on the HCDPA board, said he didn't know anything about the RFP but he didn't think they had gotten many proposals. He did announce that The Spark of Hudson wants to sign on as a partner and contribute $5,000 toward the consultant's fee.
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