Monday, January 31, 2022

Meetings of Interest in the Week Ahead

Wednesday is the day to look forward to this week, not because it's Hump Day or because there are two meetings scheduled for that day, but because it promises to be the warmest day of the week, albeit cloudy, and it's Groundhog Day! Here's what else is happening.
  • 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 The link to the Zoom meeting should be published on the City of Hudson website prior to the meeting. Scroll down to the calendar.  


  1. It's truly disappointing to see the slow-moving train wreck the HHA Board has become. Last time I checked in on the meeting, it seemed like the Chair had abrogated responsibility for the Board meeting to problematic interim director Nick Zachos, who has exactly as much qualification to run the board as the Authority, which is to say, none.

    It's going to be harder and harder for the Board to find someone qualified to take the reins if the Board and staff can't act in a professional and competent manner.

  2. Why is the Mayor's hand picked aide being given a seat on the Affordable Housing RFQ Selection Committee? The Mayor is already on this Committee.
    We are paying this aide to be an aide to the Mayor. That's it.
    The First Ward is the only Ward that has representation on this Affordable Housing RFQ Selection Committee.
    Decisions made by this Committee will impact
    the taxpayers and residents of Hudson in multiple ways for years to come.