Saturday, October 31, 2020
Friday, October 30, 2020
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An ongoing investigation into an accident involving a UPS truck in the City of Hudson has led to additional charges for the driver.
On August 21, 2020, HPD responded to a call that a UPS truck had struck several cars in the area of Dock Street and had left the scene. HPD Officers Jessica Mausolf and Randy Strattman located the truck near Bliss Towers, and observed the operator appeared unresponsive and possibly intoxicated. Officer Strattman ran alongside the moving truck, boarded it, and was able to bring the delivery truck to a stop.
The operator, JOHNATHAN L. MILLER, age 36 , of Tannersville, NY, was administered first aid at the scene and was admitted to Columbia Memorial Hospital. He was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree (vape pen with suspected concentrated THC), numerous traffic violations, and was issued tickets.
On 10/29/20 HPD received a report from the New York State Police Laboratory that indicated levels of Benzodiazepines and Marihuana in MILLER’s blood at the time of the accident. He was issued an appearance ticket for Driving While Ability Impaired (Drugs) and is to reappear in Hudson City Court on 11/10/20.
“I received a couple calls from some downtown residents who witnessed the event. They expressed their gratitude to Officer Strattman for taking such a risk. When you factor in the good weather on an August morning, near a playground, the potential for disaster was high.” Chief
Prior to the approval of any application for a special use permit for wireless telecommunications facilities, a public hearing shall ne held by the City, notice of which shall be published in the official newspaper of the City no less than 10 calendar days prior to the scheduled date of the public hearing. In order that the City may notify nearby landowners, the application shall contain the names and addresses of all landowners whose property is located within 500 feet of any property line of the lot or parcel on which the new wireless telecommunications facilities are proposed to be located.
I have lived at Providence Hall for over 13 years. It is a decent place to live. Having grown comfortable here I will say without being overly sentimental that I hope to live out my life here. However I was very disturbed to find out only recently about Verizon's proposal to build a 5G cellular tower on the roof of the building which I have called home for so long. I live on the top floor here--the 5th floor. To think that this monstrosity will be a scant 10 feet above my head causes me a great deal of anxiety and concern.
Would Verizon think of erecting such a dangerous, radiation emitting tower on top of a school? Then why even consider building it on top of a structure that is home to over 100 elderly and/or disabled people? It's almost as if they are saying that we, the people, don't count or don't matter. This is unconscionable. The entire community of Hudson should rally to the cry of: not on my roof, not in my backyard, not anywhere near a residential community. Especially in such a non-gentrified, impoverished, almost forgotten area of the city.
People know about Verizon. Perhaps not so much about the corporation which owns P[rovidence] H[all]. It's called Arbor Management and it's headquartered in the state of Delaware. Delaware is called the corporate state because corporations pay no corporate taxes there.
Arbor Management owns 2 properties in town--P[rovidence] H[all] and Schuyler Court, both on lower Columbia Street. They also own several dozen other Section 8 properties throughout the entire northeast region of the country.
Between these 2 local, extremely lucrative properties Arbor Management rakes in almost $2 million in income per year. And they pay no property taxes. In essence, they have a free ride. They don't contribute to the local economy or tax base.
P[rovidence] H[all] is owned and run by a for-profit corporation. It is not a charity. Simply taking a cursory look at the numbers, one can see that this is an extremely profitable business for Arbor Management. And now, by prostituting their building, i.e. renting out the roof to Verizon, we see the ugly, selfish motive of corporate greed. Arbor Management gives hypocritical lie to the very name of the building. There is absolutely nothing providential about this insatiable lust for ever increasing profit. Especially when the health and safety of thousands of people are at stake. Shame on them. And shame on anyone in authority who condones this proposal!
I can remember 20 years ago when this community rallied and fought against the cement plant. Against seemingly overwhelming odds, this town stated unequivocally--not in our backyard! And we, the people, won that battle. Let us come together once more in the same spirit of togetherness and defeat this monstrous proposal. Let not the unholy alliance of corporate greed and hypocrisy be consummated!
Thursday, October 29, 2020
NEW COVID-19 CASES KEEP COMING
On Thursday morning, Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb reported nine new cases of COVID-19 in the county, bringing to 256 the number of individuals now under mandatory quarantine as a result of active cases.
Twenty-one Columbia County residents are currently hospitalized, with two receiving treatment in the ICU.
At Ghent Assisted Living, Ghent, 45 residents and 11 staff have now tested positive for COVID-19. Four individuals have died as a result of the outbreak that hit the facility last week.
The county Health Department has recently received several complaints regarding the wearing of face masks in business establishments and a local church, Director Mabb said Thursday, noting that the complaints will be investigated and possibly subject to fines under the governor's new executive order.
"This virus spreads quickly and easily, and we all need to keep that in mind," said Director Mabb. "To try to do everything we can as citizens to keep the spread as low as possible is a simple thing. If you go into a business, put on your mask. It's that simple."
"I would like to remind business owners that they were allowed to re-open earlier in the year under certain guidelines established by the governor," said county Chairman Matt Murell. "Those guidelines, which remain in place, include enforcing the wearing of masks and maintaining social distance in their establishment. None of us want to see a business, or businesses, shut down should COVID-19 strike their business and force a 14-day shutdown."
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
The sidewalk audit will review sidewalks between Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Promenade Hill Park, City Hall, the Youth Center, the Senior Center, Oakdale Park, the Central Fire Station, and the Police Station. The audit will report on sidewalk and curb ramp barriers and will list the location of the barrier, the barrier, and how the barrier is not in compliance with ADA standards.The audit is required by the October 2019 settlement agreement between the Department of Justice and the City of Hudson as a consequence of the lawsuit that was brought against the City. To read the entire announcement about the audit from the mayor's office, click here.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Participants for the HudsonUP universal basic income pilot have been selected and are set to receive $500 each month for the next 5 years starting on November 1, 2020.
The pilot received nearly 500 submissions from with the Hudson, NY city limits. Selection was completed by way of a weighted randomization. Selection was randomized with weights applied to submissions to account for equity factors. The selection process was overseen by a team of independent researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The participant group reflects the tremendous diversity of the city--half are Black or African American, 34% identify as white, 12% are Hispanic, and 4% are Asian. The sample includes more women than men--around 70% are women, 23% are men, and 7% are non-binary, non-conforming or transgender.
Participants were notified at the end of last month and are on-track to receive their first UBI payment by the start of next month. There will be no limits placed on how participants are able to spend the money. . . .
Hudson native and non-profit management professional, Joan Hunt will be stepping into the role of HudsonUP Pilot Director to oversee the overall communications strategy and day-to-day operations of the program. Ms. Hunt will be the primary contact for the pilot's participants and will serve as the chief spokesperson for the program. "I look forward to witnessing firsthand the positive effect basic income can have on individuals and on the Hudson community broadly," said Ms. Hunt, "and I'm honored to be taking on the role of HudsonUP Pilot Director to help tell the story of UBI in Hudson to the country and to the world.". . .
- Online: absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov Be sure to print out the receipt with a confirmation number.
- By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- By phone: 518 828-3115
- In person: Board of Elections, 401 State Street, Hudson You may apply in person until November 2.
Monday, October 26, 2020
COVID-19 POSITIVE CASES ON RISE AROUND COUNTY
Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb said Monday that 45 residents and eight staff members of Ghent Assisted Living, Route 66, Ghent, have now tested positive for COVID-19. Two individuals have died as a result of the outbreak that hit the facility last week.
"In addition, there are a number of clusters popping up around the county," said Director Mabb. "There are now 62 active cases in the county, with 99 in mandatory quarantine. Nineteen are hospitalized."
At the Ichabod Crane Central School District, one elementary student has tested positive for the virus, with approximately 20 individuals in mandatory quarantine as a result. On Monday, the district shut down and was deciding whether or not to open the remainder of the week. It has also begun the process of contact tracing.
Director Mabb recited a number of positive cases showing up around the county: one Livingston Hills resident, one at the Fireman's Home, one county worker, and a private day care provider conducting testing because of their connection to the school community.
"There seems to [be] a critical mass with this virus when it gets into the community. Any one of these cases could blow up on us, or not. But I think we have a handle on it right now," said Director Mabb. . . .
- On Monday, October 26, early voting is available from noon to 8 p.m. at 401 State Street.
- At 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 26, the Board of Estimate and Apportionment (BEA) meets to review anticipated revenue for 2021.
- Also on Monday, October 26, the Common Council Fire Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. and the Police Committee meets at 6:00 p.m. The link to each meeting will be posted on the City of Hudson website prior to the start of the meeting. Scroll down to the calendar.
- Early voting on Tuesday, October 27, is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 401 State Street.
- On Tuesday, October 27, the Hudson Development Corporation (HDC) holds its monthly meeting at noon. Click here for access to the Zoom meeting.
- Also on Tuesday, October 27, the Planning Board meets at 6:00 p.m. The agenda for the meeting is posted here and includes public hearings on making BackBar's expanded outdoor space permanent and on installing wireless communication systems on Providence Hall.
- On Wednesday, October 28, early voting at 401 State Street is from noon to 8 p.m.
- Also on Wednesday, October 28, the Board of Estimate and Apportionment (BEA) meets at 1:00 p.m. The proposed 2021 budgets for the cemetery and water and sewer will be considered. The link to access the Zoom meeting will be published on the City of Hudson website prior to the meeting. Scroll down to the calendar.
- On Wednesday, October 28, 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 link to each meeting will be posted on the City of Hudson website prior to the start of the meeting. Scroll down to the calendar.
- On Thursday, October 29, early voting is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 401 State Street.
- On Friday, October 30, early voting is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 401 State Street.
- Also on Friday, October 30, the Board of Estimate and Apportionment (BEA) meets at 1:00 p.m. The topic of discussion at this meeting is yet to be determined. The link to access the Zoom meeting will be published on the City of Hudson website prior to the meeting. Scroll down to the calendar.
- On Saturday, October 31, early voting is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 401 State Street.
- On Sunday, November 1, early voting is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 401 State Street. Sunday is the last day of early voting. On Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, the polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. The polling places in Hudson on that day are as usual: First, Second, and Third Wards vote at St. Mary's Academy, 301 Allen Street; Fourth Ward votes at 401 State Street; Fifth Ward votes at the Central Fire Station, 77 North Seventh Street.
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Historic Hudson opens the grounds of the Bronson Estate for public visitation from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
|Photo: Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects|
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Early voting in New York began today, and this was the scene at 401 State Street, the only polling place in Columbia County, when I passed by there today at about 12:50 p.m., a little more than an hour before the poll was scheduled to close.
- Sunday, October 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Monday, October 26, noon to 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, October 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 28, noon to 8 p.m.
- Thursday, October 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Friday, October 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, October 31, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Sunday, November 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday, October 23, 2020
An article getting lots of attention on social media is this one from the Times Union: "Hudson makes top-25 list for small-town millionaires." In the subtitle. the Times Union attributes the phenomenon to "hip" factor and COVID-19.
As it does every Friday, the Columbia County Department of Health has released its weekly breakdown of COVID cases by municipality and nursing home. In the past week, there have been 28 new cases of COVID-19. Fourteen of them have been at Ghent Assisted Living. Elsewhere in the county, there have been three new cases each in Claverack, Kinderhook, and Livingston, two in Chatham, and one each in Greenport, Hillsdale, and Valatie. Hudson has seen no new cases this week.