We are midway through May, and although the summer solstice is more than a month away, it's already beginning to feel like summer. In the meantime, here what is happening this week.
- On Monday, May 16, the Hudson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners meets at 6:00 p.m. It is expected that there will be news of a new executive director. Last week, Revonda Smith, chair of the HHA Board, told the HCDPA (Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency) board that two candidates were returning for a second interview and a hiring decision would be made this week. The HHA 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 remotely.
- On Tuesday, May 17, school district elections take place. There are six candidates running for five seats on the Hudson City School District Board of Education: four on the ballot--Willette Jones, Lakia Walker, Kjirsten Gustavson, and Mark DePace--and two running as write-in candidates--Ọṣun Zotique and Calvin Lewis. Also on the ballot is accepting or rejecting the proposed 2022-2023 school budget, which amounts to $54,125,024. Dr. Lisamarie Spindler, HCSD superintendent, told the Common Council last week that if the budget is voted down, adjustments will be made, and a new budget will be presented for a vote on June 21. Voting takes place at these polling places from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
- District 1 (City of Hudson) Central Fire Station, 77 North Seventh Street
- District 2 (Greenport, Stottville/Stockport, Ghent) Greenport Community Center, 500 Town Hall Drive
- District 3 (Claverack, Livingston, Taghkanic) A. B. Shaw Firehouse, 67 Route 23, Claverack
- At 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, the Common Council Sidewalk Committee holds its monthly meeting. It is expected the committee will continue to discuss its plans to notify all property owners of their responsibility for maintenance and repair of the sidewalk adjoining their property. The meeting will be a hybrid--taking place at City Hall and on Zoom. Click here to join remotely.
- At 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, the Common Council holds its regular monthly meeting. The Council is expected to hear recommendations from the Tourism & Events Committee regarding Warren Street Shared Usage 2022 and recommendations from the Legal Committee for adjusting ward boundaries. The meeting will be a hybrid--taking place in City Hall and on Zoom. Click here to join remotely.
- On Wednesday, May 18, the Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 6:00 p.m. No agenda for the meeting is yet available. The meeting takes place in person only at City Hall.
- On Friday, May 20, at 10:00 a.m., the Historic Preservation Commission has scheduled a special meeting devoted exclusively to the "Depot District." The HPC wants to understand more about the two buildings to be demolished to make way for the building proposed for 75 North Seventh Street--a turn-of-the-century residence and an old ice house, both contributing structures in the 1985 National Register Hudson Historic District, The Galvan Foundation wants input from the HPC on materials being proposed for the two apartment buildings it wants to construct. The meeting will be virtual, but the link to the meeting has not yet been published.
- On Friday, May 20, the Hudson Area Library History Room, in collaboration with the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History, presents Andrea Mosterman discussing her book Spaces of Enslavement: A History of Slavery and Resistance in Dutch New York. Through examination of homes, Dutch Reformed churches, and public spaces, the book shows how Dutch American enslavers increasingly used their dominance over these spaces to control the people they enslaved. The talk is an in-person event to take place in the Community Room at the library, 51 North Fifth Street. Masks are required. For more information, click here.
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