Wednesday, October 27, 2021
It was in May that a press release for the Greenburger Center's Wellness Hub announced a parcel "soon to be donated" by A. Colarusso and Son in Greenport. Cheryl Roberts, Executive Director of the Greenburger Center, should have recused herself at once, especially as the gift was still pending.
Come to think of it, is the donation still "soon to be"? Why didn't she recuse herself from any involvement with the Colarusso application ages ago?
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
When I moved to Hudson I thought everyone was an erudite queer intelligent partying child of the sun and moon back alley lord island hopped gregarious razor witted soaking wet survivor flower lover song full beauty full poet of fresh flesh and ancient earth songs brilliant endless warrior of a million days . . . but I was wrong . . . there was only one. Vincent Mulford.
Monday, October 25, 2021
The New York Forward dashboard is reporting a positivity rate for Columbia County yesterday of 3.8 percent and a seven-day average of 3.4 percent. By comparison, the daily positivity rate for the Capital Region was 4.5 percent and the seven-day average was 3.7 percent.
At 11:19 a.m. on Monday, October 25, 2021, HPD received a call via Columbia County 911 from an unidentified man that there was a male subject outside the Hudson Terrace Apartments (15 N. Front Street) with a gun. Numerous HPD units responded. A subject was identified as he walked into an apartment upon a Detective’s arrival. HPD secured the public area outside the apartment and subsequently located three witnesses who claimed to see a man with a gun. Video surveillance footage was reviewed that showed two individuals in that location at the time of the 911 call. Detectives identified one of the suspects as a person with an extensive criminal history who is currently free on bail for a felony assault with a weapon. HPD is also currently investigating a felony assault that occurred Saturday morning involving this subject. A second person identified in the video was also detained. A search warrant was obtained from Columbia County Court Judge Richard Koweek. The warrant was executed by the New York State Police Special Operations Response Team around 2:45 p.m.
The investigation is continuing, and arrest/charges are pending.
“We want to work proactively when there is potential for violence. It was only 18 months ago that a homicide occurred near that location, June of this year when a man was shot in the torso there, and only July when we had a stabbing nearby. This weekend’s report of gang violence heightened our concern. ”--Chief
The voters of Hudson's First Ward have a real opportunity to choose a fresh voice and an independent thinker to represent them on the Common Council this election. Margaret Morris's commitment to accountability, transparency and collaboration, and her well-researched approach to the issues facing the City of Hudson will be a tremendous asset to the Common Council. I encourage voters to support her write-in campaign! --Didi Barrett
- Early voting continues all week. Click here for the schedule and the two early voting locations. In Hudson, it's 401 State Street.
- On Monday, October 25, the Board of Estimate and Apportionment (BEA) meets at 2:30 p.m. Click here to join the meeting on Zoom.
- On Tuesday, October 26, the Hudson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners holds a special meeting at 6:00 p.m. The topic of the meeting will very likely be the process of finding an interim director. Click here to join the meeting on Zoom.
- On Wednesday, October 27, the BEA (Board of Estimate and Apportionment) meets at 2:30 p.m. Click here to join the meeting on Zoom.
- At 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, at Common Council ad hoc committee focused on property will holds its monthly meeting. Perhaps the meeting will provide an update on any progress made in selling 429 Warren Street. Click here to join the meeting on Zoom.
- Also on Wednesday, October 27, the Common Council ad hoc committee pursuing a solar farm meets at 5:00 p.m. The responses to the RFEI (request for expressions of interest) were due last Friday, October 22. The RFEI indicates that interviews and presentations may begin today, Monday, October 25. Responses to the RFEI will undoubtedly be discussed on Wednesday. Click here to join the meeting on Zoom.
- On Friday, October 29, the BEA (Board of Estimate and Apportionment) meets at 2:30 p.m. The link to the Zoom meeting has not yet been published.
Saturday, October 23, 2021
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On Thursday, October 28, Clarkson Chapel, now owned by Columbia County, will be the scene of an interactive storytelling experience suitable for Halloween. Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk will perform Washington Irving's gothic tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
- Saturday, October 23, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Sunday, October 24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Monday, October 25, 12 noon to 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, October 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 27, 12 noon to 8 p.m.
- Thursday, October 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Friday, October 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, October 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Sunday, October 31, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday, October 22, 2021
- On Saturday, October 23, Historic Hudson is offering two guided walking tours through Hudson, beginning at 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m. The tour will be an opportunity to explore Hudson through the lens of vintage photos, postcards, and historic documents and to witness firsthand the changes to our city over time. Each tour will start at the gazebo in Courthouse Square, located at West Court and Union streets, and will include Courthouse Square, Warren Street from Fourth to Front streets, and the waterfront.
The fee for the tour, which supports the not-for-profit Historic Hudson, is $15 for adults and $7 for children under 12. To join this walk through history, RVSP to email@example.com. This is an outdoor, family friendly event, and masks are required.
- Also on Saturday, October 23, the Robert Jenkins House, 113 Warren Street, the Chapter House of the Chapter House of the Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m.
- On Sunday, October 24, the History Room of the Hudson Area Library presents Tales from Hudson's Crypts, a tour of the Hudson City Cemetery led by Kelley Drahushuk. The tour takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Long recognized as "a virtual treasure trove for historians and enthusiasts of American funerary art," the Hudson Cemetery includes more than 10,000 grave sites, the final resting places of such notable individuals as the original Proprietors of Hudson, war heroes, famous artists, paragons of industry, and Titanic survivors.
Mask wearing and social distancing is required on the tour, as is registering in advance. To do the latter, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518 828-1792, ext. 106.
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
I fully support the objective of this legislation and acknowledge its urgency. However, in the period between its submission to my office and today's public hearing on this Proposed Law, members of the Common Council's Legal Committee have expressed a desire to make additional amendments to this proposed law. As I understand it, these changes seek to close unintended loopholes existing in its current form, which have recently come to light in similar iterations appearing in other municipalities across the state of New York. In the interest of adopting the strongest possible protections for tenants in our City at the outset, I believe it is appropriate to return the proposed legislation to the Common Council for further deliberation on these intended revisions before adoption into law.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Monday, October 18, 2021
Man Assaults Hospital Staff
On Saturday 10/16/21 at 2:42 a.m., HPD received phone reports that a man was causing a disturbance in the emergency room at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Patrols discovered Hyron U. Yi, 50 years old, from Greenport, NY, fighting with hospital security staff. The patrol assisted in getting Yi under control. Officers conducted interviews and identified several nurses who had been injured while trying to restrain Yi. Two nurses sustained injuries after falling; one received bruising to her back, and another received head and wrist contusions. Yi allegedly became combative after staff refused to allow him to smoke a cigarette in the emergency room. Yi sustained a serious injury to his hand after repeatedly punching a solid wall.
Upon release from the hospital, Yi was arrested on two counts of Felony Assault 2nd. He was arraigned in front of Hudson City Court Judge Brian Herman and remanded to the Columbia County jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail/$2,500 bond.
The investigation in continuing.
- On Monday, October 18, the Board of Estimate and Apportionment resumes its budget workshops. The topic for today: revenues. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
- At 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 18, the Hudson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners holds a special meeting. The purpose of the special meeting has not been publicly announced, but based on the discussion at the board's October 13 meeting, it is believed that the topic will be hiring an interim director for HHA. At last report, there were three potential candidates for that position, one of whom is former Youth Director Nick Zachos. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
- Also on Monday, October 18, at 7:00 p.m., the Columbia County Women's Alliance presents a discussion on Zoom entitled "The Changing Face of Justice: Women in Law Enforcement." Participants in the conversation are Mishanda Franklin, Sergeant, Hudson Police Department; Jacqueline Salvatore, Senior Investigator and Director of the Police Employee Assistance Program, New York State Police (retired); and Robin Benziger, Lieutenant Colonel, New York State Police (retired). Email email@example.com to RSVP and get the Zoom link.
- On Tuesday, October 19, the Common Council holds its regular monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. One thing that will be considered at the meeting is an amendment to the zoning law, which melds a law affecting R4 districts proposed in August and Local Law No. 9 of 2017. The purpose of the amendment is to allow Basil Nooks to open a restaurant at 61-63 North Third Street, a building he owns, which has a long history of being an eating and drinking establishment but has been vacant since 2004. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
- On Wednesday, October 20, the Hudson Industrial Development Agency (IDA) holds a special meeting at 1:00 p.m. The meeting is being held to discuss the project proposed by PBF Hudson LLC--the restoration and adaptive reuse of the Pocketbook Factory. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
- At 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20, the BEA continues its budget workshops. It is probably safe to predict that the objective of the meeting will be to start trying to close the gap between proposed expenditures and anticipated revenue. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
- Also on Wednesday, October 20, the Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 6:00 p.m. The agenda for the meeting, which includes two public hearings, one of which is for the project proposed for 16-20 North Second Street, involving the demolition of the existing house and eighteen area variances, can be found here.
Also on the agenda for the ZBA meeting are appeals from the two property owners to continue the use of their properties (90 North Second Street and 543 Warren Street) as short-term rentals after December 7, 2021, deadline imposed by the short-term rental law enacted last year.
- On Thursday, October 21, the Hudson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners holds a special meeting at 5:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting has not been made public, but, at the board's October 13 meeting, in a discussion of hiring an interim director, board chair Revonda Smith referred to October 21 as "our interview day." Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
- On Friday, October 22, the Historic Preservation Commission meets at 10:00 a.m. Although an agenda for the meeting is not available, it is likely that the HPC will continue its review of the proposal to replace the windows at 10 South Seventh Street.
This house was rescued and restored by Frank Faulkner in the mid-1990s. The current owners wish to replace the windows, believed to be the original wood windows, with aluminum clad windows. At the October 8 meeting, members of the HPC agreed to make a field trip to the house to assess the windows and their condition. The link to the Zoom meeting has not yet been published on the City of Hudson website.
- At 2:30 p.m. on Friday, October 22, the BEA continues its budget workshops. The link to the Zoom meeting has not yet been published.
Sunday, October 17, 2021
The original plan was to plant five trees--one in each ward--but digging hazards were discovered at the first sites chosen in the First Ward and the Third Ward, so the planting of those trees had to be postponed until new sites could be cleared with DigSafeNY. The trees that did get planted were a fringe tree in the 200 block of State Street (Second Ward), a redbud tree at Fifth and Prospect streets (Fourth Ward), and a pin oak at 46 Green Street.
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