Monday, January 31, 2022
- On Monday, January 31, the Hudson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners holds a special meeting at 5:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting, as chair Revonda Smith told her colleagues at HCDPA (Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency) on Friday, is to consider a resolution to hire a firm to do the search for a new executive director of HHA. Nick Zachos is currently serving as interim director. His commitment to serve in the position runs through April 2022. Click here to join the meeting on Zoom.
- On Tuesday, February 1, the Conservation Advisory Council meets at 6:00 p.m. The most interesting and ambitious item on the agenda for the meeting is developing an outline for creating a Parks Department. The meeting takes place on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting.
- On Wednesday, February 2, the Hudson Industrial Development Agency (IDA) meets at 1:00 p.m. So far, no agenda for the meeting is available. The meeting takes place on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting.
- On Wednesday, February 2, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., the Columbia County Department of Health is offering a COVID vaccine walk-in clinic at the Hudson Youth Center, 18 South Third Street. Anyone 5 years or older can be vaccinated. No appointments are needed.
- Also on Wednesday, February 2, the Common Council Legal Committee meets at 6:00 p.m. At the Council meeting on January 18, Council president Tom DePietro announced which alders would serve on the Legal Committee. They are Theo Anthony (Fourth Ward), Art Frick (First Ward), Ryan Wallace (Third Ward), and Margaret Morris (First Ward). He also indicated that the members of the committee would pick their own chair. It will be interesting to see what initiatives from the previous Council the Legal Committee will decide to carry forward. The meeting will take place on Zoom. The link to the meeting should be available on the City of Hudson website prior to the meeting. Scroll down to the calendar.
- On Thursday, February 3, the Affordable Housing RFQ Selection Committee meets at 6:15 p.m. to begin its review of the responses from developers interested in partnering with the City to implement the City's Affordable Housing Development Plan. There were eleven of them. The committee is made up of Mayor Kamal Johnson, Council president Tom DePietro, Commissioner of Public Works Peter Bujanow, First Ward Alder Art Frick, Mayor's Aide Michael Hofmann, and Housing Justice Director Michelle Tullo. Members of the public can observe the meeting but not comment. Any questions or comments about the responses to the RFQ, all of which can be viewed here, should be directed in advance of the meeting to Michelle Tullo at email@example.com. The link to the Zoom meeting should be published on the City of Hudson website prior to the meeting. Scroll down to the calendar.
Sunday, January 30, 2022
. . . I drew a 4th map that unites the Hudson Terrace Apartments in the 2nd ward, an approach that had its advocates in the 2017 redraw, but was not practicable at the time. With the 2020 census numbers, it turns out that the Hudson Terrace Apartments can more easily be united into the 2nd ward, with the 2nd ward giving up in exchange the two census blocks adjacent to Warren St between 1st and 3rd streets, that without any further changes other than eliminating the split census block along Harry Howard Blvd, also gets the population deviation down below 10%.
If after any decennial federal census, the population of the wards is not in compliance with the law, the Common Council by not later than July 1 of each year ending in "2" shall reapportion the wards and change their boundaries in order to cause their respective populations to be in conformance with the law.
Saturday, January 29, 2022
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the City of Hudson supports
1) The creation of a Housing Trust Fund to serve residents of Hudson at risk of displacement
2) Applying for Anti-Displacement grant funds to seed a Housing Trust Fund
3) Applying for Anti-Displacement grant funds to support a Housing Justice Manager, whose responsibilities will include the management of the Housing Trust Fund
Housing trust funds are distinct funds established by city, county or state governments that receive ongoing dedicated sources of public funding to support the preservation and production of affordable housing and increase opportunities for families and individuals to access decent affordable homes.
Friday, January 28, 2022
Thursday, January 27, 2022
It's nearly time to suit up. The Oakdale Plunge returns for the 5th year on Saturday, March 5, 2022.
This kooky community fundraiser at Oakdale Lake is a wintertime favorite and has become one of Hudson's signature events. All proceeds are evenly spilt between the Hudson Fire Department Water Rescue and Dive Team and the Hudson Youth Department.
The all-volunteer Water Rescue Team answers about a dozen calls a year from people in trouble on the Hudson River, from Dutchess/Ulster to Rennselaer counties. Proceeds from the event allow the team to keep up with industry standards and replace aging equipment. It costs approximately $10K to train and fully outfit one rescue diver for all types of water rescue.
The Youth Department provides free recreation, enriching activities, and safe space for local kids. It uses the funds to support their Waterfront Program, providing critical lifeguard training which in turn allows expanded beach hours for community swimming at Oakdale Lake during the summer.
Last year, 75 plungers braved the freezing waters of Oakdale Lake to raise over $35,000. Crazily costumed teams from local organizations supported the effort, and numerous local businesses make this event possible through their generous sponsorship.
This year, the Plunge is playing it Hudson Safe. Intrepid plungers will jump into Oakdale Lake's frigid water in staggered shifts. Spectators can attend if they mask, distance, and remain outdoors, or can enjoy the show via live stream. Updated information on the schedule and live stream will be available at OakdalePlunge.com closer to the event.
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
- Stop relying on good intentions
- Think of the future as a continuous stream of changes, not just a single change
- Quit assuming that we are prepared to succeed
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
On May 16, 1691, Jacob Leisler, de facto governor of New York, was hanged until half dead, then beheaded before the largest gathering in New York City up to that time. Leisler's administration had created a bitter division in New York. This presentation looks at how the deep emotions Leisler aroused reveal much about the milieu in which he lived and continued to echo in historical evaluations. Moreover, Leisler's immediate family and their households of servants and enslaved persons, their trade and marital connections, and their actions provide insights into the broader social, ideological, economic, artistic, and political events of colonial New York and its place in the larger world at a time of tremendous change.
Monday, January 24, 2022
As a result, northern Black experiences were far different than those in the south. Even as slaves, some skilled craftsmen traveled freely for their work. Most freed people were educated in local schools. Some owned businesses or were farmers. Many were members of the Dutch Reform Church, while others started the first African Methodist Episcopal Church in the area. They formed relationships with other residents--both Black and white.
To this day, many Black families continue to bear the surnames of the County's Dutch founding fathers (Van Ness, Van Buren, Gardiner, Van Alen, Witbeck, etc.) and continue to live in Columbia County and the surrounding area.
To learn more about the lecture and to purchase tickets, click here.
Hudson Development Corporation meetings don't get listed on the City of Hudson website anymore. As a consequence, the HDC meeting that takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, January 25, was omitted from the list of meetings published earlier today. Among the items on the agenda for the meeting are an update on the disposition of the Montgomery Street property, a.k.a. the Kaz site, and the strategic plan for the future of HDC. The meeting takes place at 12:00 noon. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
- On Tuesday, January 25, City Hall will be closed until 1:00 p.m. for a scheduled power outage. Phone lines for City Hall offices will be down, but staff who are able to work remotely can be reached by email. City Hall is expected to resume normal operations at 1:00 p.m.
- On Thursday, January 27, the Common Council holds a special meeting at 6:00 p.m. to consider three issues.
- Although there doesn't seem to be a Tourism Board at the moment, all the members' terms having expired and no new appointments having been made, the Council will consider a request from the Tourism Board to approve an expenditure for a "tourist bus."
- Issuing a request for proposals (RPF) for the adaptive reuse of the Dunn warehouse. The resolution and the RFP can be found here.
- Appointing a community member to the Industrial Development Agency (IDA). The Council has received letters of interest from four people: Richard Wallace, who is currently the community representative on the IDA; former First Ward alder Jane Trombley; former Council minority leader Rebecca Wolff; and Julie Goldweitz, a Hudson resident who has an MBA and is an attorney. There is a fifth candidate interested in the post, although apparently she did not submit a formal letter of interest: former Council majority leader Tiffany Garriga.
The meeting will be held on Zoom. The Zoom link will be posted prior to the meeting on the City of Hudson website. Scroll down to the calendar.
- On Friday, January 28, the Historic Preservation Commission holds its second meeting of the month at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will take place on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting.
- Also on Friday, January 28, the board of Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency (HCDPA) meets at 11:00 a.m. Because the HCDPA board is made up of five ex officio members--the mayor, the Council majority and minority leaders, the chair of the Planning Board, and the chair of the Hudson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners--there will be three new members this year. Dominic Merante replaces Tiffany Garriga, Ryan Wallace replaces Rebecca Wolff, and Theresa Joyner replaces Stephen Steim. It is expected that the meeting will take place on Zoom, but the link to the meeting has not yet been published.
Sunday, January 23, 2022
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Friday, January 21, 2022
The Tuckers were active in AME Zion Church and the Colored Citizens Club, and their house was a social hub for the black community. It was also what Mitchinson describes as "an early B&B for black visitors" to Hudson, when public hostelries were segregated. The house is still owned by descendants of John and Adelaide Tucker.
DOH Director Mabb noted that New York State reports that since December 1, 2021, there have been 169,764 cases of reinfection, which represents an infection more than 90 days after first being infected. This number represents 3.6 percent of all new COVID-19 infections in that time frame.