Saturday, October 30, 2021
- Early voting continues today and tomorrow at 401 State Street. The polling place is open each day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The next opportunity to vote is Election Day, Tuesday, November 2, when the polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.
- Today, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Friends of Oakdale Lake and the Hudson Youth Center are sponsoring the Fall Oakdale Community Clean Up. Participants are asked to meet at the pavilion. Those who come out and lend their efforts to the cause will be rewarded with a delicious array of hearty snacks prepared by Tamar Adler, with ingredients donated by Talbott & Arding, Rolling Grocer 19, and Le Perche. If you are interested in learning about invasive species at Oakdale and helping to remove them, Vanessa Baehr will be on hand to provide a short hands-on tutorial.
- Also today, the Robert Jenkins House, the home of the Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the DAR at 113 Warren Street, will be open for tours from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
- Tomorrow--Halloween--trick-or-treating on Warren Street happens from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Halloween Parade down Warren Street begins at 4:00 p.m. For trick-or-treaters, look for the Halloween sticker that marks businesses participating in the Halloween treat giveaway.
- Also tomorrow, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., you can meet two of the write-in candidates for aldermen--Margaret Morris in the First Ward and Amber Harris in the Third Ward--at Oak Pizzeria Napoletana, 523 Warren Street. Proof of vaccination is required. RSVP here.
Friday, October 29, 2021
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Sheriff Bartlett's $57,000 Pay-to-Play Scheme
On October 25, 2021, Sheriff Bartlett announced that an Alabama company, Black Creek Integrated Corporation, was selected as the new records management system for the Columbia County Sheriff's Office (CCSO). On August 18 2021, the Board of Supervisors, on Bartlett's urging, approved a $57,000 contract with the company.
A mere eight weeks before the Board of Supervisors approval, Bartlett's campaign accepted a $500 donation from Black Creek. In total, Bartlett has accepted $3,500 from the Alabama-based corporation.
"This is corruption, there's no other way to describe it," said Sam Hodge, the Chair of the Columbia County Democratic Committee (CCDC). "Taking money from an Alabama-based corporation that has business with the CCSO is unethical and wrong. Why on earth would a corporation in Alabama donate to a political candidate in Columbia County, New York, if not to gain access and secure a contract worth thousands? This is a pay-to-play scheme, plain and simple."
CCDC will be filing a formal complaint with the New York State Board of Elections and will be requesting that the New York State Attorney General's Office open a criminal investigation.
According to public campaign finance records, Black Creek is not the only CCSO vendor that has donated to Bartlett's campaign. Another company, Global Tel Link Corporation, donated $500 to the Bartlett campaign. Global Tel Link is the telecommunication company that was awarded the contract to provide the inmate telephone system for the Columbia County Jail.
By accepting these donations, Bartlett also likely violated the Columbia County Code of Ethics ("Code"). Bartlett, who is a county employee under Section 48-2 of the Code, is not permitted to accept "directly or indirectly" more than $75 "under circumstances in which it could reasonably be inferred that the gift was intended to influence him or could reasonably be expected to influence him or her in the performance of his or her official duties or was intended as a reward for any official action on his or her part (see Section 48-8a)." Similarly, Bartlett had an obligation when he sought approval from the Board of Supervisors on August 18 to disclose "on the official record the nature and extent of any direct or indirect financial or other private interest he ha[d] in such legislation (see Section 49-8e)."
Today, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) denied an air permit for the proposed Danskammer fracked-gas power plant in Newburgh. This means that Danskammer cannot build a new polluting plant.
This is a huge victory in the campaign to Stop the Plant--essential for confronting the climate crisis. The DEC agrees with us that by spewing millions of pounds of climate-warming emissions, Danskammer would make it harder to achieve the state's clean energy goals. It also affirms that there's no need for energy from a new fossil-fuel plant.
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. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
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.