Monday, August 1, 2022

Meetings and Events in the Week Ahead

The first week in August promises to bring some hot days and thunderstorms. Meanwhile, here's what else in happening.
  • On Monday, August 1, the Housing Trust Fund Board meets at 6:00 p.m. The board is made up of Hudson Housing Authority executive director Jeffrey Dodson and Common Council president Tom DePietro, serving ex officio, along with Angellic Innamorato, Rebecca Wolff, Usha Berlin, Dustin Duncan, and Nick Zachos. The meeting is in person only, and presumably it takes place at City Hall.
  • On Tuesday, August 2, Mayor Kamal Johnson holds a public hearing on the local law amending the ward boundaries and the local law regarding videoconferencing. The hearing takes place at 3:00 p.m. in person at City Hall. The law amending the ward boundaries is subject to a mandatory referendum, and it must be enacted before August 8 for the issue to get on the ballot in November.
  • At 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, the Conservation Advisory Council holds its monthly meeting. No agenda for the meeting has yet been made available. The meeting takes place virtually. Click here to join remotely.
  • On Wednesday, August 3, the Hudson Industrial Development Agency (IDA) meets at 4:00 p.m. No agenda for the meeting is yet available. The meeting is a hybrid--taking place in person at 1 City Centre, Suite 301, and on Zoom. Click here to join remotely.
Correction: The IDA meeting is at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 3, not 4:00 p.m.
  • At 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, the Common Council Legal Committee holds its monthly meeting. It is expected that at this meeting the Legal Committee will consider a number of revisions to local laws suggested by Crystal Peck, counsel to the Council. The meeting is a hybrid--taking place in person at City Hall and on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting remotely.
Update: Gossips has just been informed that the Legal Committee meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 10, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Also on Wednesday, August 3, Waterfront Wednesdays happens from 5 p.m. until sunset. Again this week, the sloop Clearwater will be offering programming at the dock, and there will be free sails on the schooner Apollonia at 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00 p.m. This week, the Takeover Event, which begins at 7:00 p.m., is hosted by PS21 and features a dance with the Mark Morris Dance Group. "Share in the genius of Mark Morris in this fun and engaging class that introduces you to choreography from Water. Each class begins with an easy-to-follow warm-up, followed by excerpts and insights of select dances, taught by MMDG company members and accompanied by live music." After this, Mike Mosby will DJ an all-inclusive dance party.
Photo: Richard Wallace | Facebook
  • On Thursday, August 4, the newly formed Common Council ad hoc committee tasked with pursuing the issue of getting trucks off our city streets will hold its first meeting at 6:00 p.m. Nine people have been appointed to this committee: five councilmembers (Margaret Morris, Dewan Sarowar, Mohammed Rony, Amber Harris, Ryan Wallace), two county supervisors (Abdus Miah and Linda Mussmann), one member of the public (Donna Streitz from Our Hudson Waterfront), and Mayor Kamal Johnson. The meeting is a hybrid--taking place in person at City Hall and on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting remotely. 


  1. I wasn’t sure I’d ever see a survey worse than those put out by the Tourism Board, but the Housing Trust Fund managed to plant their flag just a little higher atop Hot Garbage Mountain with this questionnaire. Bravo to them, I guess?

    First, it should be said there was no mechanism to prevent multiple responses-I filled out the survey at least four times sequentially from the same browser at the same IP address-I didn’t even have to reset to avoid detection. This was an obvious flaw in one of the Tourism Board surveys that wasn’t addressed, and makes the whole dataset suspect.

    Second, the ranked choice voting doesn’t allow, presumably (I’d be interested to hear how these were scored) a zero score for undesirable options. Thus, if someone responding were against an option and so ranked it at the bottom of the list, the option may still accrue points unless the bottom-ranked choices are assigned a zero or negative value.

    Third, at least one of the questions (Question 3-I can’t remember the wording) assumes a level of policy expertise wholly irrelevant to a survey measuring public sentiment.

    Lastly, and most importantly, the survey asks for ranking of potential funding sources (and this ties into my earlier objection) without asking whether or not the respondent even supports the continued funding of the Housing Trust Fund from tax revenue, which seems germaine.

    This whole trust fund and the grant that created it seem incredibly suspect, and I hope the Common Council and public are keeping their antennae up.

    1. Haven't you figured it out yet? These surveys are not actual public surveys at all, they are tools used by skilled manipulators to promote their personal agendas. They pass the survey selectively around to people who support their viewpoint, these people fill out the survey multiple times, then they use results to say this is what "the people" want. It is a tool to extract funding and manipulate government.