Sunday, June 26, 2022

What Was the Inspiration?

Back in January 2021, when the two apartment buildings proposed for the "Depot District" were first presented to the Planning Board, Walter Chatham, then the architect for the project, said the inspiration for the building proposed for 708 State Street, now being identified as 76 North Seventh Street, was the historic apartment building at 501 Union Street, constructed in 1864.

On Friday, after the Historic Preservation Commission voted to grant the Depot District project a certificate of appropriateness, Gossips was inspired to take a look at the buildings owned and operated by Eric Galloway's Lantern Organization in New York City. Some of the buildings are renovations; others are new construction. Among the latter is this building, called Silverleaf Hall, located at 480 East 176th Street in the East Tremont section of the Bronx. Its resemblance to what's proposed for North Seventh Street is striking.

The first image above is a rendering of Silverleaf Hall, the building in the Bronx. The second is a rendering for 76 North Seventh Street. The construction of Silverleaf Hall was completed in 2006. Below is a Google capture of the building from March 2022.

The Lantern Organization, which was founded by Eric Galloway in 1996, provides permanent and affordable supportive housing in New York City. Dan Kent, known to Hudson as the vice president of initiatives for the Galvan Foundation, also serves as a director of Lantern. According to the organization's website, "To date, Lantern Organization has developed 15 buildings, totaling 1,400 units in operation, and 3 buildings, totaling an additional 225 units are in predevelopment or construction phases." 

Hudson has its own experience with the Lantern Organization. In 2010, Lantern proposed constructing a building to be called "Starboard" at the corner of Warren and Fifth streets. The building would have provided "permanent supportive housing" in 33 studio apartments for the mentally disabled, the homeless, and those with substance abuse problems.    

The Starboard project was abandoned after a public meeting at which the overwhelming sentiment expressed by the people who filled City Hall was that the project was a remarkably inappropriate idea.

Two years later, Lantern, working in partnership with the newly created Galvan Initiatives Foundation, proposed a building for the corner of Fourth and Columbia streets which they called "Hudson Civic." The first two floors in the building would be leased by the City for the police department and the city court; the top two floors would be 35 units of supportive housing for formerly homeless single adults--men and women. 

This project was abandoned because the New York State Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP) would not approve the financing for the project in the face of objections from members of the Hudson Police Department who thought it inappropriate to combine police and court facilities in the same building with residential units.

Since 2012, Lantern has not made any proposals for development in Hudson. That task has been taken over entirely by the Galvan Foundation.


  1. The Lantern Organization was founded to steal a building from clients of Eric Galloway. It was founded by Galloway for this purpose along with some fellow-traveling henchmen. Galloway was the attorney for the seller. He tried to force his own client to sell to Lantern at a lower price than the client had already been offered by a third party. You can’t make this up. You can, however, read the court decision that lambasted Lantern and it’s owners for their underhandedness. Shameful. This is the current mayor’s landlord — and the mayor’s lips are firmly affixed to Galloway’s ass. Why won’t the mayor release a copy of his lease and proof he’s paid rent? Because he can’t.

  2. And a 30-room hotel with a bar and restaurant at the corner of 4th and Warren is yet another great proposal from Galvan. The PB will likely give that the green light, too. It's like Galvan/Dan Kent just throw poop at the wall and see what sticks. And we get stuck with it. Of course, Dan Kent doesn't live in Hudson. Think he cares that we have to live among his stinky poop?
    B Huston

  3. Like I said, the Bronx comes to Hudson. Thanks Galloway, Mayor, Planning Board and HPC. And the tax payers shoulder the burden.

  4. Hudson will be over courtesy of Galvan. indeed, the Industry of Poverty and the South Bronx will take over.
    Hudson has more public housing on a percentage basis than most of towns in the Hudson Valley.

    Why wreck the small town character of this charming preserve place. let individuals do the development. It has worked so far.

    Taxpayers in Hudson have to form a group to sue the City. the Taxes are higher than they are in Palm Beach Fla when you do the math.
    Preserve the real Hudson.

  5. So how does one take the City of Hudson by the cajones? Patiently and strategically.
    If we start to dig into this phenomenon, we find that Eric Galloway has over the years established a well-organized placement of his minions into high places of influence. Ah, so hold onto your underwear as we delve into seeing what to do about it, other than bitching and groaning. How about some questions being asked under the Conflicts of Interest Rules? Let’s start with this HUGE oh oh (your gonna love this one):

    Under New York State Law, Thomas P. DiNapoli. New York State Comptroller and
    Division of Local Government and School Accountability
    Conflict of interest of Municipal municipality officers and employees:
    "If you are an officer or employee of a municipality, the law applies to you, whether you are paid or unpaid, or a member of a municipal board, commission or agency. The term municipality encompasses almost every type of local government entity, including counties, cities (other than New York City), towns, villages, school districts, BOCES, fire districts, public libraries, town and county improvement districts, urban renewal agencies and industrial development agencies".
    Eric Galloway has over the years, methodically achieved his financial goals as he “takes over the City of Hudson”. His plans, like the ones he had for New York City in building projects, may forever change the beautiful City of Hudson, to resemble blocks of Penitentiary like structures.

    How is Galloway able to do all this? Genius really. He “donates” to different causes or needs. It may even benefit a person with political or BOARD affiliations. He doesn’t miss a beat, with generosity to even an “influencer’s” relative, religious group…you get the point. Just look around. Oh Oh, any familiar subjects here? So, this leads back to the NYS Conflicts of Interest Rules.

    "Conflicts of Interest Rules. Under the Act, a public official has a disqualifying conflict of interest in a governmental decision if it is foreseeable that the decision will have a financial impact on his or her personal finances or other financial interests. In such cases, there is a risk of biased decision-making that could sacrifice the ..."

    There is so much material here I just don’t know where to start – I’ll let you fill in the blanks, but here are some questions for thought and investigation:

    Last I read, Dan Kent is a Vice President of Initiatives at Galvan Foundation based in Hudson, New York. He is on one of Hudson’s Housing Boards. How convenient. Is he making decisions without recusal on Galloway projects?

    One of the obstacles that previously faced Galloway’s projects, was the lack of parking for many of his proposed developments. Well, the parking rules in Hudson were conveniently done away with as our first line of defense, by one of Hudson City’s own….was it the Common Council? I’ll let Carol fill that in for you.

    Oh, and thank you John Friedman for pointing out that Galloway’s business entity is the current Mayor’s landlord.

    So, for those that know nothing about the previous results of Galloway’s “affordable housing” projects in NYC; you're in for a treat with a new “development” on the way to North 7th Street in HUDSON.


    (In 2008, CBS News in New York City reported on the Lantern Group, a non-profit housing developer controlled by Eric Galloway)

    Reporting: Don Dahler

    NEW YORK (CBS) — Many of New York City's less fortunate have been forced to live in filth.

    A CBS 2 HD exclusive investigation has found that a non-profit group that promises to provide housing to the City's most vulnerable was doing anything but that.

    "The Lantern Group" took millions of dollars from the city to provide clean, safe and affordable housing for the mentally ill, recovering drug addicts and others in need.

    Instead, they've living in deplorable conditions, and you're paying for it.

  6. Go to the corner of Allen and 2nd and gaze at the Galvan-owned Charles Alger House, or rather the netting and scaffolding surrounding the house. Notice the 30 feet or more of blocked sidewalk, which of course requires a $25 sidewalk permit from DPW and must be renewed every two weeks. Notice no one is working on the house, silence. No one is ever working on that house, and the sidewalk has been blocked for at least a year BECAUSE OF THE UNUSED SCAFFOLDING. Do you think anyone from City Hall, especially DPW, gives a crap? It's like Galvan is in charge, just as you say above.