On August 5, at the request of Mayor Kamal Johnson, Gossips announced his "40 Under 40" recognition initiative in Columbia County. There were reportedly 190 nominees. Yesterday, the winners were announced in the Register-Star: "Mayor's office unveils 40 under 40 finalists." According to the article, the forty finalist were chosen by "a committee of sponsors for the event."
Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood. Three more members of the Promise Neighborhood team also are on the list: Adolfo Lopez, Linda McGriff, and Manny Folds. (Johnson is a former employee of Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood and currently serves on its board.) Mayor's aide Michael Hofmann is on the list, as is Michelle Tullo, who was hired last summer to be Hudson's Housing Justice Manager. Also on the list is Claire Cousin, executive director of Hudson/Catskill Housing Coalition; Bryan MacCormack, cofounder of the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement; Calvin Lewis and Lucy Segar, both members of the Hudson City School District Board of Education (bizarrely HCSD is identified in the article as the Hudson Central School District); Shaheim Dejesus, founder of Unity Now Internet Service who managed the Zoom meetings for the City of Hudson during the pandemic; Gunnar Wordon, legislative assistant to Didi Barrett; Caitlin Hilverman, current president of the Hudson Area Library Board of Trustees; and Ashley Allsop, controller for A. Colarusso & Sons. The entire list of forty can be found here.
The forty finalists will be celebrated at an event hosted by Johnson to take place on October 28 at Helsinki Hudson.
Update: These are the sponsors of the "40 Under 40" event.