Monday, August 24, 2020

Virtual and Actual Meetings in the Week Ahead

Here's what's happening in Hudson in the last days of August.
  • On Monday, August 24, the Common Council Fire Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. and the Police Committee meets at 6:00 p.m. Information for accessing the meetings will be provided on the City of Hudson website prior to each meeting. Scroll down to the calendar. It's possible the Police Committee meeting may provide some insight into the work of the Police Reconciliation and Advisory Commission appointed by Mayor Kamal Johnson at the beginning of July and the City's plan to comply with Governor Andrew Cuomo's New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative initiative. When he issued the executive order two months ago, one June 24, Cuomo described the process as "starting with a blank piece of paper and creating the police force the community wants." Communities that fail to create such a plan by April 2021 risk losing state funding for their police departments.  
  • On Tuesday, August 25, the board of the Hudson Development Corporation (HDC) holds its monthly meeting at noon. Click here to access the meeting. The meeting ID is 859 2911 8764; the passcode is 503246. Heading up the agenda is receiving and opening the sealed bids for 228 Mill Street. Almost 24 hours remain to submit a bid. For information contact
  • From 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25, Arterial and Street Plans, the consultants working on the Hudson Connects project, and Starr Whitehouse, the landscape architects working on the improvement to Promenade Hill, will share preliminary design concepts and gather input from community members. The event takes place at the entrance to Promenade Hill. Attendees must wear masks and observe social distancing.

  • On Wednesday, August 26, at 10:00 a.m., the board of Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency (HCDPA) holds a special meeting to discuss the project proposed by the Galvan Foundation for 75 North Seventh Street. Click here to access the meeting. The meeting ID is 830 5124 1080; the passcode is Urgent!321.  
As Gossips has already reported, the Galvan Foundation, believing the proposed PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) did not have the support needed to pass in the Common Council, announced last Tuesday that they were "withdrawing from proceeding further with the 75 North 7th Street Project." Nevertheless, Charles Gottlieb, land use attorney representing the project, appeared before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday to appeal an interpretation of the zoning code made by code enforcement officer Craig Haigh regarding the lot and the proposed structure. Gottlieb told the ZBA that Galvan was "now in discussion to see what [the project] looks like without a PILOT, what no PILOT means for the project, and what can be developed on the site." He also indicated that the Planning Board's review of the project continued. 
Gossips has learned that the special meeting of the HCDPA board was called by Mayor Kamal Johnson, and Dan Kent of the Galvan Foundation is expected to make a presentation. The board of HCDPA is made up entirely of members who serve ex officio. In addition to the mayor, the five members include: Council majority leader, Tiffany Garriga; Council minority leader, Rebecca Wolff; Planning Board chair, Betsy Gramkow; and Hudson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners chair, Randall Martin. 
Update: Gossips just got word that the mayor has canceled the emergency meeting of HCDPA for this week. There is no word on if or when the meeting will be rescheduled. 
  • Also on Wednesday, August 26, the Common Council Public Works and Parks Committee meets at 5:00 p.m. and the Legal Committee meets at 6:15 p.m. The proposed legislation to regulate short term rentals is expected to be discussed at the Legal Committee meeting. It is very likely that the draft of the proposed law has seen significant changes since mid-July when a draft of the legislation, not the latest version even at that time, was made available for public comment. Information for accessing each committee meeting will be available on the City of Hudson website shortly before the meetings begin. Scroll down to the calendar.
  • On Friday, August 28, the Historic Preservation Commission meets at 10:00 a.m. The meeting can be viewed on YouTube at Hudson City Zoom Meetings.     
  • On Saturday, August 29, Indivisible CD19 NY hosts Power of the People, Reclaim Our Criminal Justice System, a "bi-partisan ZOOM forum calling for transparency, accountability, and reform of our criminal justice system and legislative representation." For more information, click here  


  1. "and what can be developed on the site."

    Last I looked there are three homes with 6 affordable units on 'the site'.

    But thats just not extractive enough for these rentier capitalists, so they'll grease the resentment of a failed PILOT, to be permitted to bulldoze those homes.

    We'll lose another 6 units, and those 3 lots will sit vacant for years, just like all the others.

  2. It is not just about 6 units, it is about setting a precedent for the urbanization and colonization of Hudson. So unless you want Hudson to become like Long Island, North Jersey or Westchester, draw a line in the sand right here, at the beginning, with a big NO THANK YOU.