Saturday, October 23, 2021

Get Ready to Vote

Early voting begins today and continues for the next nine days. For reference, here is the schedule for all nine days.
    • 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.
There are two polling places in the county: the Columbia County Office Building at 401 State Street in Hudson and the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Center at 3211 Church Street in Valatie.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 2. On that day, the polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.


  1. If one were curious who is running for aldermen/women and other positions in the city, is there a resource on line? I don't see anything on city or county sites.

    1. Look at the sample ballots: They are found at the Board of Elections website. Of course, in the case of Hudson, they don't show the people who are running as write-in candidates for alderman positions in the First and Third wards.

    2. bb
      I am running as a write-in candidate for the first ward alderman - in my case alderwoman - position.
      my website is
      Feel free to contact me.
      Margaret Morris

  2. Is anyone besides H Campbell running for city treasurer?

    1. Heather Campbell is the only individual running for citywide elected office who has the experience and qualification necessary for the office for which they are running.

    2. John, I wasn't asking for an opinion. Just the facts, please. Who might be running against her?

    3. bb--Michael Hofmann, now the mayor's aide, who challenged Heather Campbell in the Democratic primary and lost, is still on the ballot on the Working Families Party line. That's it. There are no other candidates.

    4. He's on the ballot, but is he actually in the run since he is already a city employee?

  3. The winners of contested races in this year's primary produced a rich crop of excellent candidates for local office. Additionally, we should all be grateful that Margaret Morris, Gary Purnhagen, and Amber Harris have stepped up to the plate to use their diverse backgrounds and life experience to serve the Hudson community as alderpersons.

    People so often (understandably) get wrapped up in national issues that they forget how impactful to their lives municipal politics are. The last two years have provided a valuable if difficult lesson in the importance of local races. From the sheriff through the City Treasurer to the Common Council, it's important that everyone show up to vote for candidates who value transparency and policy over politics.

  4. It’s very difficult to understand how the 3rd Ward, a vital entry point to the city and the seat of Columbia County’s Hospital serving many different counties, has no information of relevance posted about its 3rd Ward candidates running for office. I have read several enforcements for Amber Harris but find absolutely nothing with regard to what she wants to do to help out the 3rd Ward, only vague comments about climate change and affordable housing by her, and Did Barrett made a vague reference to, I’m not really quite sure what. If anyone wants to talk about 3rd Ward issues, here are a few: The 3rd Ward is a hospital district and residential area with a few shops selling things such as liquor, tabacco, gas, alcohol, junk food and some household sundries. It’s where front line workers during the Covid crisis are facing trauma everyday, and there aren’t any cross walks in the “Burmuda Triangle” intersection in front of it. I live on that intersection and watch crashes, hear near crashes and squealing tires, people yelling profanities at each other all the live long day, every day. I witness hospital workers, patients, kids, mothers, elderly, runners, walkers, dig walkers, locals and tourists dodging the nightmare of that intersection everyday. When there are accidents I’ve seen cops laughing, apparently because there’s just another accident, while a stunned mother stood in the middle of the intersection clutching her baby to her chest, in shock. Semi trucks regularly barrel through Columbia and Prospect streets even though it’s apparently NOT a truck route. Ambulances dodge cars, pedestrians, bicyclists and deer on a regular basis. All of this around three stumpy shrubs and a weed patch which are regularly attacked by city landscapers with no guards on their weed whackers or mowers while spewing dirt, dust, grass and rocks out making it impossible to pass. How about 50 square feet of landscaping for the city that doesn’t require weekly maintenance in the middle of it? How about crosswalks and sidewalks? How about a study to determine how to turn it into a safe intersection fir everyone? It appears the intersection is only set up for more business for the hospital and police and for people to vent their anger by honking and screaming at each other. And then there is the new Stewart’s Shoppe: house of junk food, gas and a few sundries. They promised cross walks and a pedestrian friendly intersection? What did they provide? A wheelchair ramp leading into a death trap where you might be run over by a myriad of cars at once a well as a Colarusso truck or two, and where you can breathe the thick dust of their trucks as they fly by leaving a cloud of particulate matter in the air to clog your eyes, throat and nose, and a rumble to damage your ears. Hello candidates! Here are a few issues quite unique to the 3rd Ward.