Saturday, April 30, 2022
Friday, April 29, 2022
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Our mission statement is newly revised and ratified by you and will drive everything we do. So, I’d like to share it with us all before we continue with our business.
The Hudson Development Corporation is a private nonprofit established in 1976 as a Local Development Corporation for the purposes of sustaining, promoting, and enabling business investment and employment opportunities, as well as strengthening the City of Hudson’s tax base to help secure its future as a desirable place to live work and invest.
And this is how we will accomplish our mission:
- Engage with existing businesses in the areas of business retention, expansion, and job creation
- Seek out and advocate for new businesses that add market diversity and job skills to our local economy
- Partner with City government in strengthening the tax base and planning the future
Because we are a private not-for-profit and a [Local] Development Corporation, we can do lot of things that most government entities and private foundations can’t do, namely:
- We can focus exclusively on the economy of the city and job creation.
- We can accept public grants and private donations as well as invest on our own in our future . . . as well that of Hudson.
- We can donate money and we can lend money to any worthy activity in Hudson that aligns with our mission.
These are just a few of the tools in our toolbox that make us different, useful and consequential to Hudson’s future. . . .
Board members are appointed. Executive committee members are elected by the board. New board members are appointed based on the diverse skill sets, wisdom, and the expertise needed to accomplish our mission. Our committee structure is our vehicle for meeting new people, introducing new board members to our work, and letting them see if our work is for them.
I want to emphasize that all those with faith in the future of Hudson who want to work for its future are welcome to talk to me, Martha [Lane], the chair of our nominating committee; Branda [Maholtz, executive director]; or any Board member about ways to participate in bringing life and ideas to our mission. . .
One last thing I have always found amazing about Hudson: there have been so many different businesses in Hudson’s history--whaling to Diamond Street, ice harvesting to antiques, union suits, pocketbooks, chairs, doors, mining, gravel, hospitality and tourism. Hudson has always been OPEN for business.
I am psyched to add new entrepreneurs with ideas to that list that will continue Hudson’s amazing nonfranchise, nonformulaic business story.
No initiative that creates real jobs is out of bounds if we stay open-minded. Think film production or animation, to AI or gaming, to high tech pharmaceuticals and the whole creative economy to name only a few . . . plus all the many service businesses we depend on today, but with the support of new workforce initiatives both educational and vocational. There are exciting things ahead for sure.
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
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Tuesday, April 26, 2022
|Photo: All Over Albany|
|Photo: Bill Huston|
STREET CLOSURE--Starting 3:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 27--South 3rd Street between Allen St. and Warren St. will be closed to all traffic. It may take more than one day for DPW to repair a large hole in the road surface. Large trucks will not be detoured, and will be flagged through the work zone.
It's too bad large trucks can't be warned on Route 23 not to follow Route 9G into Hudson but to seek another route.
Monday, April 25, 2022
At Hudson . . . elaborate preparations had been made. Beneath an arch hung with black and white drapery and evergreen wreaths, was a tableau representing a coffin resting upon a dais; a female figure in which, mourning over the coffin; a soldier standing at one end and a sailor at the other. While a band of young women dressed in white sang a dirge, two others in black entered the funeral-car, placed a floral device on the President's coffin, then knelt for a moment of silence, and quietly withdrew. The whole scene was one of the most weird ever witnessed, its solemnity being intensified by the somber light of torches at that dead hour of night.
- On Monday, April 25, the Common Council Sidewalks Committee meets at 5:00 p.m. An issue for today's meeting is a discussion with mayor's aide Michael Hofmann about an informational mailing to property owners about sidewalks, ADA compliance, and their responsibility. The meeting is a hybrid--taking place in person at City Hall and on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting remotely.
- Also on Monday, April 25, at 5:00 p.m., the very same time as the Sidewalks Committee meeting, there is a special meeting of the Hudson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. Given that Nick Zachos's tenure as interim executive director of HHA concludes at the end of this week, it is reasonable to assume that the special meeting has to do with the search for a new executive director. It seems, however, that the meeting was called to review an ongoing investigation of a tenant's complaint about a member of the board. The meeting is a hybrid--taking place in person in the Community Room at Bliss Towers, 41 North Second Street, and on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting remotely.
- On Tuesday, April 26, the board of the Hudson Development Corporation (HDC) meets at noon. The meeting is in person only at 1 North Front Street. Click here to view the meeting agenda.
- On Wednesday, April 27, the Common Council holds a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. The special meeting was called to consider (1) Roof Expenditure (the roof in question is the roof at City Hall); (2) Pocketbook Factory Lot Lease (this is the lot on Washington Street across from the Central Fire Station which PBF Hudson wishes to lease for its use during construction); (3) Planning Board Contract (this is probably the contract with the consulting engineer to review the amended site plan for 708 State Street and the site plan and traffic and parking study for the hotel proposed for Warren and Fourth streets). The meeting is a hybrid--taking place in person at City Hall and on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting remotely.
- Also on Wednesday, April 27, the Common Council Technology Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. The committee is pursuing several projects to bring city government into the 21st century. No agenda for the meeting is available, so it is not clear exactly what they will be discussing this month. The meeting is a hybrid--taking place in person at City Hall and on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting remotely.
- From 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and The Olana Partnership (TOP) hold a virtual public information meeting to discuss a proposed new visitor welcome facility at Olana. Those who wish to participate must preregister by clicking here before 5:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting.
- On Thursday, April 28, the Hudson Industrial Development Agency (IDA) holds the third in a series of three workshops whose stated goal was to make the evaluation criteria used by the IDA "accessible and understandable to the general public." What is actually happening in these workshops appears to be establishing the city's priorities for development and creating an evaluation criteria that reflects those priorities. The topic of this final workshop is "Eligibility Criteria." The meeting, which is a hybrid, takes place at 5:30 p.m., in person at City Hall and on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting remotely.
Sunday, April 24, 2022
- increasing the mayoral term to four years
- redrawing election districts to create districts of equal population
- having the City Treasurer appointed by the Common Council rather than elected
- requiring mayoral appointments to be confirmed by the Common Council
- reducing the number of supervisors representing Hudson in county government
- eliminating the positions of commissioners
- adjusting the salaries and/or benefits of elected officials
Friday, April 22, 2022
For the fifth week in a row Columbia County has seen a small but significant increase in COVID-19 positive cases. As of noon today there have been 134 positive cases for the week, up from last week's 112.
"If we go back to the beginning of this five-week period we had 42 cases the third week of March. So the jump is pretty significant over that time," said Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb. He added that despite the increase, he remains optimistic that warmer weather will bring a drop off in cases. The number of hospitalizations stands at five, up a little from last week but nowhere near the numbers seen in past surges.
"With over 90 percent of county residents over the age of 18 having had at least one vaccine, I think you can say that vaccines are doing the job of keeping people from getting seriously ill or ending up in the hospital," says Mabb.
Thursday, April 21, 2022
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
- Creating a handicapped accessible parking space on Warren Street
- Installing an accessible service counter
- Removing the raised dais in the Council Chamber
- Installing new flooring throughout the first floor
- Creating a handicapped accessible restroom
- Warren Street from Third Street to Seventh Street—$2.34 million
- Seventh Street from Union Street to Washington Street—$1.29 million
- North Fifth Street from Warren Street to Prospect Street—$810,000
- North Sixth Street from Warren Street to Prospect Street—$810,000
- South Third Street from Union Street to Warren Street—$285,000
There is a second round of funding for events happening between July 1 and December 31. Applications for the $14,650 remaining in the budget are due by May 1, 2022. Click here to access the application form.
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
The challenges of updating a historic park for contemporary uses, while maintaining its original design intent and character, are embedded in the culture of Starr Whitehouse. Our leadership brings over 30 years' [experience] in the restoration and reinvigoration of historic and iconic parks and landscapes in New York, such as Central Park, Riverside Park, The Battery, St. Mary's Park and Jones Beach State Park. As civic landscape architects and planners, we are excited to bring this experience to bear on the sensitive reclamation of the features that ground and define Public Square Park in the public imagination, while accommodating programming and activities which speak to the patrons of today and tomorrow. Starr Whitehouse will work alongside FOPS, the Mayor, local elected officials, business owners, preservationists, activists and other stakeholders alike to re-imagine how the space can continue [to] offer new amenities to support Hudson's contemporary life while maintaining its underlying identity in the urban fabric.