Saturday, May 29, 2021
Friday, May 28, 2021
Thursday, May 27, 2021
At meeting's end, Peter Paden, executive director of the Columbia Land Conservancy, asked to address the committee. He said the CLC has been working with the city and county for years, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to test the concept of whether the North Bay could work as recreation and natural area.
"It's an extraordinarily beautiful place," he said. It provides Hudson with close connection to thousands of acres of woods and trails and a walk to beautiful areas of Stockport.
"The grassland on that landfill could be an important grassland bird habitat," he said, "which is important and rare."
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Jazz phenom Camille Thurman's prowess includes a 4-octave range earning her comparisons to legends Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter, and Ella Fitzgerald. Also a gifted saxophonist, Thurman has been likened to tenor greats Joe Henderson and Dexter Gordon, and is also applauded for her chops as a composer.
The Darrell Green Trio, featuring Anthony Wonsey on piano, Tom DiCarlo on bass, and Darrell Green on drums, accompanies Thurman. Her recent albums feature songs by Sarah Vaughan, Wayne Shorter, Wes Montgomery, Jimmy McHugh, Milton Nascimento, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, and others. "You're hard pressed to find rising talents more exciting than Camille Thurman whose sound is as commodious and strong as Hank Mobley's," says The New York Times.
Channeling the vibe of an intimate jazz club with the grand stage and sound of a world class theater, Hudson Hall invites guests to purchase a socially distanced table for 2 or 4 and revel (again) in the magic of live jazz.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
I will be painting 3 parallel lines of reflective paint on the blocks in the way of oncoming traffic. I will be doing that this weekend. If you have issues or concerns, please contact me. Otherwise, the blocks are not allowed to be painted.
The ‘Maginot Line’ Comes to Hudson.
Those of us who are old enough to remember World War 2, are probably aware, or at least have heard, of the Maginot Line. These were structures of cement and stone built by the French between the two World Wars. They were not known for their architectural beauty but rather were meant to intimidate. Each installation was heavily fortified.
Imagine my surprise a few mornings ago, when I took my daily drive up Warren Street. For a split second, I thought the ‘Maginot Line’ had been re-created and I wondered why we were being protected by our own Maginot Line of cement. Where was the threat coming from? Did the City Fathers and Mothers fear an invasion from Chatham, or perhaps Kinderhook? Soon, I learned that the purpose had to do with making a safe place for restaurants for their outdoor diners. Today I noticed that these battlements were not being used by the intended recipients, that is the merchants, particularly restaurant owners on Warren Street. At least 40 parking places, likely more, were sacrificed to this ill-conceived exercise. Delivery trucks could no longer get to the curb and had no choice but to park in the middle of Warren Street, worsening the traffic, and guaranteeing traffic jams in the summer and fall. I would like to know more about the planning and execution of these structures. I noticed that one of the blocks had already been dislodged by a car running into it. I eagerly await further information.At last night's Tourism Board meeting, Purnhagen also reported that twenty-three of the blocks will be moved early next week. Some retail shops decided they didn't want the barriers after all, so they will be given to businesses that did not make the deadline for requesting them and were put on a waiting list.
Guy and I wish to thank you all for your tremendous effort to ensure the bidding process was fairly conducted and that our story was accurately shared with the citizens of The City of Hudson and our region. This country runs on the voice of the Minority and the will of the Majority.
We are sorry that our 17 years of service was insufficient to find in our favor and, quite frankly, it stings a bit.
Having said that, we wish all of you a very happy and healthy 2021.
A Noor Rahaman
[CCDOH] Director [Jack] Mabb said the low infection rate in the county can be attributed to the county vaccination rate, which stands at 64.4 percent among those who have received at least [one] dose of the vaccine, and the better weather. This constitutes the lowest infection rate in the county in a year, he pointed out.
Hudson is a beautiful, diverse city of environmental and social complexity, and its essence includes its diversity. The Hudson Tourism Board's 2021 Mission Statement asserts that "tourism should support and benefit all Hudson residents and business owners." The Tourism Board is "committed to supporting the rich diversity that makes Hudson an attractive destination to visit and live," and aims "to facilitate approaches that are equitable, environmentally responsible, and create opportunities for all communities." These important commitments bring the Tourism Board into alignment with a concept that is developing globally called Regenerative Tourism. A recent New York Times article describes that Regenerative Tourism "addresses impacts holistically, from destination and community perspectives as well as environmental."
Regenerative tourism proposes that as an industry, tourism can bring positive change to a community in the form of visitors who arrive with an appreciation of cultural difference and bioregional specificity--what makes that place special. Tourism can be oriented toward a deep understanding and appreciation of what is culturally, ecologically, and socially existing in a place. Bill Reed is a writer and educator who has for more than thirty years been working to circulate and develop practices in communities that bring an "economy of meaning" along with raw economic benefit and job creation. These meanings are located in patterns of social and ecological use and relationship which can be harmonized to bring the greatest benefit to all.
Monday, May 24, 2021
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that based upon a review of the responses to the RFP and the potential services that will be in the best interests of the City, the Mayor is authorized to sign a License Agreement with Hudson Sloop Club Inc., in the amount of $6,400.00 of which $2,000 shall be a cash payment upon signing the contract; $1,700 shall be an in-kind contribution for the installation and removal of city docks. The balance of $2,700.00 shall be in-kind services of managing the dock. The in-kind management services shall include, but not be limited to, making the dock available for two boats operated by Hudson Cruises (pontoon boat Lil Spirit and Spirit of Hudson). The Sloop Club shall work with Hudson Cruises to make the dock available for the vessel Marika to the extent practicable consistent with the Sloop Club's use of the dock for community purposes. The City shall establish the fees that will be charged to vessels other than those operated by the Sloop Club with the first $3,700 of revenue to be split 90/10 between the Sloop Club and the City; with the next $2,700 of revenue split 70/30 between the Sloop Club and the City and any revenue above $6,400 to be split equally between the Sloop Club and the City.
The resolution passed with all the members of the Council voting in favor except for Dominic Merante (Fifth Ward) and Shershah Mizan (Third Ward), both of whom abstained. There apparently is no assurance that Hudson Cruises will agree to continue to operate Spirit of Hudson and Lil Spirit from the Hudson dock.
- Today, Monday, May 24, the Tourism Board holds a special meeting at 5:00 p.m. It is not clear what is on the agenda, but the storm of discontent over the concrete barriers on Warren Street may be part of the discussion. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
- Also today, Monday, May 24, the Common Council holds a special meeting at 7:00 p.m. to settle the issue of the dock license for 2021. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
- On Tuesday, May 25, the Hudson Development Corporation (HDC) Board of Directors meets at noon. No agenda for the meeting has yet been made available, but there is always the chance there will be an update on the disposition of the Kaz site, a.k.a. the Montgomery Street property. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
- On Wednesday, May 26, the Upstreet Farmers Market begins its season in Seventh Street Park. The market is open from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. every Wednesday through October.
- Also on Wednesday, May 26, the Common Council ad hoc committee formerly tasked with selling City-owned properties and now re-imagined as the "Real Estate Committee" meets at 5:00 p.m. The link to join the Zoom meeting should be posted on the City of Hudson website prior to the meeting. Scroll down to the calendar.
- At 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, the tenant relations subcommittee of the Hudson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will hold a meeting for tenants to discuss the redevelopment of HHA properties. The meeting, which is for tenants of Bliss Towers, will take place in the Community Room at Bliss Towers. A Zoom link has been provided. Click here.
- Also on Wednesday, May 26, the Common Council ad hoc committee pursuing the development of a pollinator friendly solar farm on City-owned property on north of Charles Williams Park meets at 6:15 p.m. The link to join the Zoom meeting should be posted on the City of Hudson website prior to the meeting. Scroll down to the calendar.
|Photo: Cypress Creek Renewables|
- Thursday, May 27, is property assessment Grievance Day. Here is the information that appears on the city calendar.
Notice is hereby given that the Board of Assessment Review for the City of Hudson will meet to hear and examine all property filed complaints in relation to assessments of Real Property by ZOOM during the hours of 3:30PM-8PM on May 27, 2021. A publication containing procedures for contesting an assessment is available at Columbia County Real Property Tax Office as well as online at: http:// www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/publications/orpts/grievancebooklet.pdf.
Although the notice says the BAR will be hearing complaints in a Zoom meeting, no Zoom link has been provided.
- On Friday, May 28, the Historic Preservation Commission meets at 10:00 a.m. It is not known what will be on the agenda. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Friday, May 21, 2021
Returning from the dog park this morning, I wondered if this year, as in so many previous years, alternate side of the street parking would be suspended for the summer. I didn't have to wonder long. Mayor Kamal Johnson made this announcement on Facebook this morning.
Thursday, May 20, 2021
A year ago today, the CCDOH reported no new cases of COVID-19 but one death from the virus. The total number of cases was 353, and the number of active cases was 188. There were 156 county residents in mandatory quarantine, 18 were hospitalized, and 1 was in the ICU. The total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 at this time last year was 29.
- Rob Perry, head of the Department of Public Works, was paid $108,541 in 2020. Perry was been superintendent of Public Works since 2009.
- Heather Campbell, head of the Treasurer's Office, was paid $76,803 in 2020. Her position is unique in that the treasurer, who is a department head, is an elected official. Campbell has been the treasurer since 2014.
- Tracy Delaney, head of the Clerk's Office, was paid $80,201 in 2020. Delaney has been the city clerk since 2009. Prior to that, she was the assistant city clerk. Delaney has worked for the City of Hudson since 1990.
- Craig Haigh, head of the Code Enforcement Office, was paid $58,191 in 2020. Haigh has been the code enforcement officer since 2013.
Many vacant, abandoned, and tax delinquent properties that will be acquired by municipal land banks may also be historic structures--and historic status should be recognized as an asset, not an obstacle, in successful and sustainable efforts to return blighted properties and neighborhoods to productive use. By utilizing incentives like the Historic Commercial Properties Tax Credit and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, these historic structures can not only come back to active use, but also provide much-needed affordable housing. In this webinar, three panelists will each give a presentation about their work at the intersection of affordable housing, land banks, and historic preservation, followed a a group discussion.
WHEREAS, the Application proposes that 34 units would be leased with rents affordable for households earning up to 50% of the Columbia County HUD Area Median Income (AMI), 20 units would be leased with rents affordable for households earning up to 80% of the Columbia County HUD Area Median Income (AMI), 21 units would be leased with rents affordable for households earning up to 130% of the Columbia County HUD Area Median Income (AMI), preference would be available for applicants who occupy a unit as their sole residence, and the 4 commercial spaces would include a preference for minority and/or women owned businesses, and the Project is to be developed in conjunction with an adjacent project proposed to be developed by a related party to the Sponsor as part of a “Depot District” which would share a 40 space parking facility at 602 Washington Street not subject to the proposed PILOT Agreement; and
WHEREAS, the Application requests a 30 year PILOT equal to the greater of 10% of the Shelter Rent, defined as total net rental income less utility expenses in a given year, or $54,285 per year; . . .
WHEREAS, the Application proposes that 12 units would [be] leased with rents affordable for households earning up to 80% of the Columbia County HUD Area Median Income (AMI) and 51 units would [be] leased with rents affordable for households earning up to 130% of the Columbia County HUD Area Median Income, and preference would be available for applicants who occupy a unit as their sole residence, the Project is to be developed in conjunction with another project proposed to be developed by a related party to the Sponsor as part of a “Depot District” which would share a 40 space parking facility at 602 Washington Street; and
WHEREAS, the Application requests a 25 year PILOT with a 75% exemption in years 1 through 10, with the exemption decreasing 5% each year thereafter for the term of the PILOT; . . .