Thursday, March 31, 2022
|Photo: JD Urban|Hudson Hall|
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On Thursday, March 31, 2022, the Hudson City Police Department presented dozens of bullet proof vests and Kevlar SWAT helmets to representatives of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 59 Partition Street, for immediate shipment to Ukraine.
The body armor manufacturer certifies their vests for a period of five years, which coincides with a federal grant which also requires periodic vest replacement. Labor contract obligations as well as liability issues also necessitate the vests’ routine replacement. An inventory of surplus equipment at HPD showed a growing collection of old vests.
“We have been trying to determine the best way to dispose of these vests and helmets,” Lt. Andy Moon, HPD Sr. Firearms Instructor, said. “You just can’t throw these things in a landfill, and there is a substantial cost to our city associated with having them burned or shredded by an authorized company.”
Some of the equipment was tested at the Department’s firearms range. While the vests and helmets have been taken out of service, HPD found that the equipment is still very effective at stopping small caliber bullets and shrapnel.
World events prompted Chief Moore to contact Father Wolodymyr Paszko, a priest at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Hudson. Father Paszko has been arranging weekly shipments of medical supplies and food to Ukraine.
“Father Paszko is a lifelong friend,” Chief Moore said. “A couple years ago we partnered together and shipped Hudson’s abandoned bicycles to an orphanage in Ukraine. With the vest rotation and the suspension of our SWAT team, this was the most logical and best use for our old vests and helmets. I am sure all of our citizens agree. Our used equipment, which probably would have been scrapped, could actually save the life of an innocent civilian or child.”
|Lt. Moon, Father Paszko, and Chief Moore|
The study, which was about quantifying need and identifying resources, was acknowledged as a first step. When the question was raised about follow up, Mike Tucker of CEDC said there would be a debriefing with the panelists (Adams, Czajka, Darren Scott from NYS Homes and Community Development, and Brian Skoda, Taghkanic Town Supervisor) next week, the goal of which would be to identify five to ten next steps. Tucker concluded, "The true test is not what we do here today but what we do moving forward."
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
- At 4:00 p.m., Mayor Kamal Johnson holds a public hearing on the proposed local law that will amend the lodging tax law to abolish the Tourism Board. The hearing takes place in person only, so if you want to participate, you need to show up at City Hall, 520 Warren Street.
- From 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., CEDC (Columbia Economic Development Corporation) is hosting the Columbia County Virtual Housing Forum. The announcement for the event indicates that attendees will "learn about the latest trends in Columbia County housing." During the forum, a recent study commissioned by CEDC and carried out by Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, the same group that did Hudson's Affordable Housing Development Plan, will be discussed. For the Zoom link to the meeting, click here.
- At 5:30 p.m., Friends of Oakdale Lake presents the Oakdale Lake Water Quality Assessment Project carried out by the ecological consulting firm Great Ecology. The event takes place in person only at the Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street.
- At 6:00 p.m., the newly created Tourism Committee of the Common Council will hold its first meeting. The committee is made up of the following alders: Ryan Wallace (Third Ward), Dominic Merante (Fifth Ward), and Art Frick (First Ward). The agenda includes reviewing applications for funding in 2022. (There is $50,000 available this year.) Also on the agenda is a discussion of WSSUP 2022. (The acronym stands for Warren Street Seasonal Usage Program.) Click here to access the meeting on Zoom.
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Monday, March 28, 2022
|Desoto Park in 1920|
After the completion of the Dixie Highway from Montreal to Miami in 1915, the number of automobile tourists to Florida increased dramatically every year, and Florida's rural areas and small towns began to change as well. The 1920s featured a faith in the material growth of the nation and with Florida's natural allure, caused much of the state to seemingly mushroom overnight. According to one local historian, "It seemed that all the people of the Midwest and farming regions of the North were coming to Florida to spend the winter in their trailers." Lured by the accounts of friends who had visited the area, intrigued by Florida sunshine and sand, and spurred in the 1920s by the mobility of Henry Ford's inexpensive cars, the number of immigrants to the state steadily increased. . . . The winter of 1919-1920 marked the arrival of the so-called Tin Can Tourists; visitors driving homemade trailers and eating out of tin cans. Cars from all over the North headed to Florida piled high with bedding, tents, and boxes of canned food.
|Gateway to Osceola County on the Dixie Highway, 1920s|
Sunday, March 27, 2022
- On Tuesday, March 29, the Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency (HCDPA) has a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. The topic of this meeting is not known, but it may be making a decision about which property to sell to keep the agency solvent. A Zoom link for the meeting has been published on the city website. Click here to access the meeting.
- On Wednesday, March 30, at 4:00 p.m., Mayor Kamal Johnson holds a public hearing on Local Law Introductory A of 2022, which amends the lodging tax law to abolish the Tourism Board. The hearing will take place at City Hall. There apparently will be no remote access to the hearing.
- At 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, Friends of Oakdale Lake presents the Oakdale Lake Water Quality Assessment Project carried out by the ecological consulting firm Great Ecology. The event takes place in person at the Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street.
- Also on Wednesday, March 30, the Tourism Committee of the Common Council meets at 6:00 p.m. to review applications for funding events and initiatives that support tourism. The committee has about $50,000 to distribute this year. The applications for funding can be reviewed here. It is not yet known if the meeting will be accessible on Zoom.
- On Thursday, March 31, at 5:30 p.m., the Hudson Industrial Development Agency (IDA) holds the first of three Project Criteria Evaluation Public Workshops. Because the tax benefits granted by the IDA result in a cost to the community, the goal of the workshops is to make the evaluation criteria used by the IDA accessible and understandable to the general public. The goals and objectives of the workshops are explained here. The workshop can be accessed on Zoom by clicking here.
There has been a glaring gap in today’s important and critical discussion of American slavery and its legacy: an accurate understanding of the lives of the enslaved and their enslavers in the Northern colonies and how their experiences contributed to the institution of American slavery. Many Americans are surprised to learn of the existence of Northern slavery and New Yorkers may be stunned to learn that slavery was deeply entwined in their colonial and state history. Historians have long recognized these connections but have been marginally successful in bringing these stories to a wider audience. In recent years, a new cohort of New Netherland historians has focused their attention on the experiences of the enslaved, slavery’s institutional origins and development, the slave trade, and how slavery impacted New Netherland society. Thus, the purpose of this talk is to provide a broader historical context in which to consider some of these new revelations and the questions they raise. Hopefully, a better appreciation of slavery in New Netherland will stimulate a more accurate and comprehensive understanding of American slavery.
Friday, March 25, 2022
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Yesterday, the New York Times made the following appeal for information: "Are You Familiar With Wrongdoing Among Nonprofit Groups?" The article's opening paragraph reads: "David A. Fahrenhold, an investigative reporter for The New York Times, covers the world of nonprofit organizations. He wants your suggestions about what to dig into next." He's looking for examples of "mismanagement, deception, self-enrichment or fraud." It's an intriguing invitation.
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
|Men survey damage at the Shacks after a flood in 1948. |
Photo from Ciancetta-Rowles Collection, Hudson Area Library
Monday, March 21, 2022
Next Monday, March 28, Miller will be at Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. to talk about The Blade Between. TSL's announcement of the event says the novel "explores Hudson's vibrant past and fraught present" and calls it "a story exploring grief, gentrification, and resistance . . . and whale-ghosts, as well."
Sunday, March 20, 2022
- On Monday, March 21, the Hudson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners meets at 6:00 p.m. An agenda for the meeting is not available, but it is possible there may be an update on the search for a new executive director. The meeting will take place in person in the Community Room at Bliss Towers, 41 North Second Street, and can also be accessed on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting remotely.
- On Tuesday, March 22, Hudson Development Corporation (HDC) holds its regular monthly meeting, followed by its annual meeting, beginning at 12:00 noon. On the agenda for the regular meeting, the assertion that HDC is a public authority will be refuted and the renewal of its lease at 1 North Front Street will be discussed. At the annual meeting, the board will elect officers. The slate of officers to be presented is the same as those currently serving, with the exception of board president. The meeting will take place in person at the offices of CEDC, 1 City Centre, Suite 301, where there is greater opportunity for social distancing.
- On Wednesday, March 23, the Common Council Technology Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. Some of the issues discussed at the first meeting of this new committee were improving the quality of hybrid meetings, updating the software system for the treasurer's office, and having the Council go paperless. The meeting will be a hybrid--in person at City Hall and virtually on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting remotely.
- On Friday, March 25, the Historic Preservation Commission holds its second meeting of the month at 10:00 a.m. It is expected that the meeting will include a public hearing on the Galvan Foundation's plans for the area of the city being called the "Depot District." The HPC is being called upon to make a judgment about the appropriateness of the two buildings being proposed to their context.
The meeting will be a hybrid. Click here to join the meeting on Zoom.
Saturday, March 19, 2022
|Washington and Lafayette at the Battle of Yorktown, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation|
|Lafayette in 1825, National Portrait Gallery|
In 1824, President James Monroe and Congress invited Lafayette to return to the United States, in part to celebrate the country's upcoming fiftieth anniversary. During that visit, which lasted for more than a year, Lafayette traveled to all twenty-four states that then made up the Union. Hudson was one of his early stops. He arrived in New York on August 15, 1824. On September 17, 1824, he paid a brief visit to Hudson. An account of Lafayette's visit to Hudson is found is Stephen B. Miller's 1862 book, Historical Sketches of Hudson. The following is quoted from that book:
Hudson was one of the first cities in the Union which sent a committee of invitation to meet Lafayette in New York, and tender him the hospitalities of the city. In the month of September, in 1824, he started upon the steamer James Kent, commanded by Capt. Samuel Wiswall, or the "Commodore" as he was styled, to visit the different places upon the North river. Upon his arrival at the residence of the Hon. Edward P. Livingston, the evening previous to his visit here, word was sent to the city, when a committee of citizens, consisting of Rufus Reed, Esq., Mayor, Doct. John Tallman, and Col. Strong, accompanied by two military companies mentioned [Hudson City Guards and Scotch Plaids], the Hudson Brass Band, Gen. Jacob R. Van Rensselaer and suite, Brig. Gen. James Fleming and suite, proceeded upon the steamboat Richmond, Capt. William J. Wiswall, to meet Lafayette at Clermont and escort him to this city upon the day following. In the evening the grounds and dwelling of Mr. Livingston were beautifully illuminated, and a ball given, attended by several hundred people, among them many of the most distinguished citizens of the State. The military companies from this city were quartered over night upon the James Kent. After a short visit at Catskill, Lafayette reached Hudson about noon of the day following, and "met with a reception the most heartfelt and joyous ever bestowed upon man." He was conducted to an elegant carriage drawn by four black horses, attended by four grooms in livery, and accompanied by a lengthy procession of military and citizens of Hudson and its vicinity, under the direction of Col. Charles Darling as Marshal of the day, was carried through the principal streets, which were literally choked with people, to all of whom Lafayette tried in vain to bow. Arches of evergreens were erected at various points, bearing inscriptions of welcome, and that at the head of the street was surmounted by a colossal figure of the Goddess of Liberty, bearing the Stars and Stripes in her hand. At the Court House, which was filled "by elegantly dressed women," he was welcomed by his Honor, the Mayor, to whom he replied in a brief speech. Sixty-eight veterans of the Revolution were then presented to him, for each of whom he had a kind word; after them the military officers, lastly the "elegantly dressed women." Dinner had been provided for a great number of people at Mr. Allen's tavern, the long room of which had been beautifully decorated by the ladies. Over the chair designed for Lafayette was suspended a beautiful wreath of flowers, enclosing an appropriate poetical welcome, while around the room were the most tasteful and elaborate decorations which had been anywhere seen upon his journey. But these labors of love were all lost, the want of time preventing his remaining for dinner; he did, however, so great was the pressure of citizens upon him in passing this point, alight, and after remaining for a short time and partaking of a glass of wine, bade the multitude farewell, proceeded directly to the river and embarked for Albany about the middle of the afternoon.
We take the particulars of this reception from the Commercial Advertiser of that date, whose reporter accompanied Lafayette upon his extended tour through the country.