- On Thursday, March 30, Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency (HCDPA) holds a special meeting at 9:00 a.m. The agenda for the meeting can be found here. The purpose of the meeting seems to be to accept the audit report and review the agency's investment policy. The meeting is a hybrid, taking place in person at the Central Fire Station, 77 North Seventh Street, and on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting remotely.
- The meeting of the Common Council Events Committee, originally scheduled for Thursday at 6:00 p.m., has been rescheduled for Friday, March 31, at 4:30 p.m. At the meeting, the committee will be parceling out $30,000 to "events and projects that encourage the marketing of Hudson as a destination for overnight and day-trip visitors." The meeting is a hybrid, taking place in person at the Central Fire Station, 77 North Seventh Street, and on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting remotely.
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
In a comment on the post "Taking Nothing for Granite," which reported that the Historic Preservation Commission had granted a certificate of appropriateness to the plans to convert the buildings at Fourth and Warren streets into a hotel to be called the Hudson Public, Steve Walsh pointed out that one of the buildings, 402-404 Warren Street, had been a hotel before, the Plaza Hotel. That reminded me that there was a photograph of the Plaza Hotel, taken in 1951 by Howard Gibson, in the collection PhotobyGibson.com. This is that photograph.
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
- Preserve and expand housing affordability. attainability, and availability throughout Columbia County.
- Engage and energize communities and stakeholders to increase awareness of and create responses to housing issues.
- Develop and provide to towns and villages resources to help them achieve their housing goals.
In 2017, the Nack Center, its design having evolved a bit, became part of a larger project, called "Railroad Point Pier," proposed for DRI (Downton Revitalization Initiative) funding. Although it started out as a priority project, Railroad Point Pier ended up not getting funding, but the Nack Center was to proceed on its own.
The Hudson Sloop Club is excited to invite members of the public to join for the first of our Spring Saturday series at Railroad Point--a beautiful site that many people are not aware of. This Saturday, April 1, from 1 to 5 p.m. we will set out to improve the trails by clearing brush and spreading donated shavings so that we can enjoy them all year long. Participants will also be able to take part in hands-on activities to help improve the trails, such as planting trees and clearing debris.
To sign up, please visit the Hudson Sloop Club's website or reach out on social media.
Monday, March 27, 2023
Jennifer Belton grew up in central Virginia, along the James River. After frequent visits to Hudson, she and her husband Dave, a master plasterer and cabinetmaker, felt it was the perfect place to settle and make their home, as it was reminiscent of the place where she grew up. After nine years in Hudson, she decided to enter the race for Fourth Ward councilmember.
A professor for more than twenty years, Jennifer has taught at Albright College, Marist College, and Parsons | The New School for Social Justice. As a leading member of UAW Local 7902, she helped to organize strike duties, attended collective bargaining meetings, and relayed information to the 1,600 members of The New School's part-time faculty.
She served as secretary of the Flag Day Committee in 2018, a community event that is close to her heart.
The things that are important to her are community, the environment, and making sure the decisions made by our city government reflect the desires of its constituents.
Jennifer has worked at small businesses and nonprofits in Hudson and understands the challenges that these businesses and the community members who own and work for them face. She feels a close connection and a deep warmth to the city of Hudson and especially to her neighbors in the Fourth Ward. She will make a spirited and dedicated councilmember if elected.
Rich "Trixie" Volo served as Fourth Ward alderman for two years, 2018-2019. As alderman, Rich obtained for the City $45,000 in grants from New York State and National Grid for the electric car-charging stations behind City Hall, as well as $35,000 from NYS Climate Smart Communities for completing the first four high-impact climate actions.
Rich organized the first Pride Parade in Hudson in 2010 and was involved in the next ten years of Pride Parades.
In 2015, Rich set up a small computer support team in Hudson which still employs several Hudson residents.
Rich currently manages the website Trixie's List, an event calendar, and the accompanying walking map of the city of Hudson. He also serves as chair of Hudson's Conservation Advisory Council.
You can find Rich selling cookies fresh from Trixie's Oven every Saturday at the Hudson Farmers' Market.
Sunday, March 26, 2023
- On Monday, March 27, the Housing Trust Fund Board meets at 6:00 p.m. The meeting is a hybrid, taking place in person at the Central Fire Station, 77 North Seventh Street, and on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting remotely.
- On Tuesday, March 28, Hudson Development Corporation (HDC) holds its annual meeting at noon. The meeting takes place in person only at 1 North Front Street.
- On Wednesday, March 29, the Hudson Industrial Development Agency (IDA) holds a special to review and consider the annual audit and other annual compliance documents. The meeting, which is a hybrid, takes place at 9:00 a.m. in person at 1 City Centre, Suite 301, and on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting remotely.
- Also on Wednesday, March 29, the Columbia County Housing Advisory Board is hosting a Landlord/Tenants Rights Forum from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the library at Hudson High School, 215 Harry Howard Avenue. The topics to be covered are:
- Landlord/tenant law
- Landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities
- Eviction process and small claims court
- Section 8 housing voucher choice program
- Rental and landlord insurance
- Health and safety issues
- On Thursday, March 30, the Common Council Events Committee, whose only reason for existence is to dole out $30,000 to "events and projects that encourage the marketing of Hudson as a destination for overnight and day-trip visitors," meets at 6:00 p.m. The meeting is a hybrid, taking place in person at the Central Fire Station, 77 North Seventh Street, and on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting remotely.
|Photo: David McIntyre | Chronogram|
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Saturday, March 25, 2023
Friday, March 24, 2023
This morning, the Historic Preservation Commission granted a certificate of appropriateness to the plans for converting the buildings at Fourth and Warren streets into a hotel to be called the Hudson Public. The review by the HPC has been going on since the beginning of the year, and the design for the hotel has evolved in that time. It's useful to compare how it started with what it is today.
- Any new mortar will be matched to existing mortar in color, composition, and substance on existing buildings.
- The original patina of the brick on existing buildings shall be maintained and any cleaning that is done shall be nonabrasive and not debride the finish.
- The applicant shall return to the Historic Preservation Commission for approval of specifications and details for all windows, doors, and light fixtures.
- The applicant shall return to the Historic Preservation Commission for approval of sign materials and details.
- The applicant shall return to the Historic Preservation Commission for approval of cornices over windows on the two new infill buildings. The applicant shall consider a projection of at least 2 inches from the face of the brick to create a shadow.
- Materials for stone lintels on infill buildings shall match those on existing buildings.
- Building gutters shall be integral; any exterior gutters require approval of the Historic Preservation Commission.
- Roof shingles will be asphalt timberline shingles.
- The water table on the north elevation is stucco on masonry.
- Corrugated metal on new construction at rear shall be unpainted galvanized or ungalvanized metal.
|Photo: Monthie Collection, Columbia County Historical Society|
Thursday, March 23, 2023
It has been not only a pleasure, but also an eye-opening learning experience to serve as Alder representing the City of Hudson's third ward. I want to thank all of my supporters and mentors that helped bring me this far. In order to allow time for another brave soul with a fresh set of eyes to step up and represent the third ward and the City as a whole, I am announcing that I will not be seeking a second full term this November.
Thank you all for entrusting me to serve in such an important capacity.
|Photo: Sarah Sterling|
In recent weeks, workers from the Department of Public Works have cleared the brush from the escarpment, and this morning, they were scraping the old paint off the fence in preparation for repainting it.
According to Rob Perry, DPW superintendent, the repainting will be done when the weather is a little warmer.
In the same year, 1878, the authorities took measures to improve the Promenade Hill, by the erection of an ornamental fence along the full length of its dangerous frontage, and by increased attention to its walks and lawn.
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
|Photo: Jim Franco | Times Union|
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
|Photo: Win Jackson|
Monday, March 20, 2023
Sunday, March 19, 2023
- On Monday, March 20, the Hudson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners holds its monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. It's possible some information about the responses to the RFQ (request for qualifications) for a development partner to create new public housing to replace Bliss Towers and Columbia Apartments (the low-rise) may be forthcoming at this meeting. The meeting is a hybrid, taking place in person in the Community Room at Bliss Towers and on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting remotely.
- On Tuesday, March 21, the Common Council holds its regular monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. The meeting is a hybrid, taking place in person at the Central Fire Station, 77 North Seventh Street, and in Zoom. Click here to join the meeting remotely.
- On Friday, March 24, the Historic Preservation Commission meets at 10:00 a.m. No agenda for the meeting is as yet available. The meeting is a hybrid, taking place in person at the Central Fire Station, 77 North Seventh Street, and on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting remotely.
- On Saturday, March 25, the Robert Jenkins House, chapter house and museum of the Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), will be offering tours from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The house is located at 113 Warren Street.
Friday, March 17, 2023
According to the Hudson city directory for 1873, the Father Matthew Total Abstinence Society met at St. Mary's Hall, which was located at Third and Allen streets.