The new Common Council was sworn in today--at least eight of the ten alders were. Art Frick (First Ward) was not present. He reportedly had been sworn in last week at City Hall. Calvin Lewis (Third Ward) also was not present. It is still not clear if he intends to take office or not.
|Ryan Wallace, Third Ward
|Malachi Walker and Theo Anthony, Fourth Ward
|Vicky Daskaloudi and Dominic Merante, Fifth Ward
The swearing in took place at the Central Fire Station. Seating was limited, and admission was by invitation only. Gossips was not invited and not present, but it was reported that Council president Tom DePietro delivered a speech at the event, in which he urged the new alders to emulate former First Ward alder Rebecca Wolff, who brought $1 million to the City in the form of the anti-displacement grant from Enterprise Community Partners. DePietro said the impact of the grant would be felt long into the future.
Gossips' Note: Back in 2008, when I was starting my second term as an alderman for the First Ward, I discovered that the representatives on the City Council in the very cool city of Madison, Wisconsin, were called alders, thus avoiding the gender specific terms alderman and alderwoman. I suggested to my colleagues on the Common Council that we should do the same in Hudson, but the idea was pooh-poohed by the Council president at the time, and it got no traction. In the past year, I have noticed that some of the alderwomen have taken to calling themselves alders. So, from hence forward, Gossips will use the term alder to refer to the women and men who represent the people of Hudson on the Common Council.
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