Last night, at the informal Common Council meeting, Mayor Kamal Johnson provided an update on the effort to get the truck routes out of Hudson.
get the gravel trucks off city streets by pressuring the Planning Board to approve Colarusso's plan for a paved two-lane road through South Bay.
Alluding to the letter from Our Hudson Waterfront and The Valley Allliance, Johnson said there were some who wanted to separate the issue of the truck routes from the issue of the haul road, but, he said, "Greenport and Claverack are not interested in separating those two issues." He went on to say, "The State is not going to take any sides, so ultimately this comes down to a decision being made by our Planning Board on the haul road, whatever that decision is."
In responding to a question from Councilmember Margaret Morris (First Ward), Johnson said, "The State isn't going to choose between municipalities . . . without some kind of understanding and agreement and partnership between those municipalities, and from my conversations with other county supervisors, they're not in those conversations unless the haul road is decided." Council president Tom DePietro then interjected, "Let's be clear. That's not to say that we are pressuring the Planning Board in any way to make a decision." It is not clear what quid pro quo with other municipalities might be contemplated.
The entire update can be heard here between 5:56 and 9:43.