Sunday, June 20, 2021

Meetings of Interest in the Week Ahead

Today, of course, is Father's Day, but it is also the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Summer officially begins at 11:32 p.m. tonight. So, for the first week of summer, here's what's happening.
  • It seems the Tourism Board has been meeting every Monday recently, but its meeting scheduled for this Monday, June 21, has been canceled. 
  • The Democratic Primary in Hudson takes place on Tuesday, June 22. The polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. until 9: p.m. The polling places for Hudson are: 
    • First, Second, and Third Wards--St. Mary's Academy, 301 Allen Street
    • Fourth Ward--County Office Building, 401 State Street
    • Fifth Ward--Central Fire Station, 77 North Seventh Street
Only registered Democrats can vote in the primary, and for voters in the First, Third, and Fourth wards, there is only one race--the one for city treasurer in which incumbent Heather Campbell is being challenged by Michael Hofmann. In the Second Ward, there are contests both for aldermen and supervisor, and in the Fifth Ward are is a contest for aldermen. To prepare yourself to vote, check out these articles that appeared in the Register-Star:
To prepare further to vote, click here to see a sample ballot.

  • At noon on Tuesday, June 22, the Hudson Development Corporation Board of Directors meets at noon. The agenda for the meeting includes an update on the sale of the Montgomery Street property and a strategic plan for the future of HDC. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
  • At 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22, the Planning Board holds a special meeting. Despite information to the contrary on the City of Hudson website, the subject of the meeting will not be the continuing review of Colarusso's application for conditional use permits. Rather it will focus on the Verizon application to locate communications equipment on Providence Hall, with the aim toward finalizing the decision. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.  
  • On Wednesday, June 23, there are two Common Council ad hoc committee meetings. The Property Committee meets at 5:00 p.m., and the Solar Farm Committee meets at 6:15 p.m. So far, the link for neither meeting has been published on the City of Hudson website, but those links should appear at some point before the meetings begin.
  • Also on Wednesday, June 23, the Hudson Housing Authority Tenant Relations Committee meets at 6:00 p.m. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
  • On Friday, June 25, the Historic Preservation Commission holds its second meeting of the month at 10:00 a.m. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.



    Thank you.

    1. Not a good idea for this beautiful parcel, even if it can't be fully enjoyed by the public for a while longer. There are other opportunities for deploying renewables--rooftop, hardscape and otherwise. And clearly they should be explored and leveraged wherever possible across the city. But this particular parcel involves vital habitat, viewshed, and future parkland, immensely valuable in Columbia County's ONLY dense urban corridor. We are starved for open space in Hudson, and the waterfront is the only place to expand it--as opposed to largely giving it over, from end to end, to private interests.

  2. Heather Campbell has shown incredible skill and professionalism during her tenure as City Treasurer. She has the experience, expertise, and integrity the people of Hudson need in their treasurer (and should look for in all City officeholders.)

    In the Fifth Ward race, Dominic Merante has, in the time I have known him as an alderperson, shown both character and compassion. He has been the sole voice speaking up for better oversight of departmental management to benefit the kids using the Youth Department, and his advocacy for members of the Hudson community with disabilities has improved access and made a number of City initiatives stronger. While I don't always agree with him, I always respect his focus on making Hudson a better place to live.

    Vicki Daskaloudi, with experience as the owner/manager of several small business ventures, understands the fundamentals of the enterprises that make up the backbone of the Hudson economy, and how entrepreneurial activity can create innovative ways to improve social mobility and access to capital for underserved and marginalized communities. As a parent, she understands the need for long-term planning that will help make Hudson a strong community for generations to come. Her practical experience would be a welcome addition to the Common Council.