Once upon a time, a city had to pay for everything itself. No federal or state grants, and no borrowing. Every amenity had to be paid for up front. The same financial arrangement applied to the maintenance of those amenities. Cash up front, or your sidewalks would be left to crumble. In this environment, cities and towns were conservative. They didn't build sidewalks until they knew they had enough money to build and maintain them in perpetuity.
The Mayor from the Street Committee to which was referred the petition of H. Macy and others for a sidewalk on the south side of Union st., westerly of the lot of Hiram Macy, reported in favor of deferring the work until another season.
The Hudson city directory for 1866-1867 indicates that Hiram Macy lived at 309 Union Street, which, became 547 Union Street after all the house numbers were changed to implement 100 blocks in 1889. (The mayor at the time was J. W. Hoysradt, who then lived at 59 Allen Street.)
Resolved, That the Street Committee are hereby authorized to have and cause the side-walks from Warren-street to Long Alley, on the westerly side of Fourth street to be re-laid and re-paved under their direction, and in case of a refusal of lot owners to comply with this resolution, then that said Committee be authorized and directed to present an Ordinance for the re-laying and repaving of said side-walks, at the Regular Meeting of the Common Council; the same to be re-laid and re-paved on a grade to be fixed and given by the City Surveyor.
Resolved, That the side-walk on the easterly side of City Hall Place, between Warren street and Cherry Alley, also the side-walk on Warren street in front of lot now occupied by Abram Harris be re-paved and repaired under the direction of the Street Committee, and in case of a refusal of the owners of said lots so to repair and repave, then the Street Committee be and are hereby directed to report by Ordinance at the next Regular Meeting of the Council for such repairing and repaving, and that the Clerk be directed to serve the necessary action on such lot owners.
Resolved, That the plank sidewalk on the easterly side of Fifth street be repaired and relaid under the direction of the Street Committee, and that the Clerk cause copies of this resolution to be served on the several lot owners.