In 2021, Tiffany Garriga, then a Second Ward alderman, introduced legislation to create an "honorary street naming dedication program." On December 21, 2021, the members of the Common Council at the time (Rebecca Wolff and Jane Trombley [First Ward], Garriga and Dewan Sarowar [Second Ward], Shershah Mizan and Ryan Wallace [Third Ward], John Rosenthal and Malachi Walker [Fourth Ward], Dominic Merante and Eileen Halloran [Fifth Ward]) and Council president Tom DePietro voted unanimously to enact the law.
Garriga had some specific people and streets in mind. North Second Street was to be "Joette Bell Way," in honor of the first African-American woman to be elected to the Common Council. The corner of North Third and Robinson streets was to be "Rev. Ed Cross Way," to recognize the man who served as Second Ward supervisor for two decades and lives on Robinson Street. Glenwood Boulevard was to be "Robert Doc Donahue Way," in honor of the man who served for twelve consecutive terms as Fifth Ward alderman and lived on Glenwood Boulevard. The law that was passed, however, was enabling legislation and did not actually bestow any honorary names on streets.
On the agenda for last night's informal Common Council meeting was a request from Greg Mosley, representing Operation Unite, to give the 200 block of Warren Street the honorary name "Jacob and Barbara Walthour Way." Mosley and his wife, Elena, were at the meeting to speak in support of the honorary street naming, as were two of the Walthours' three children, Jacob, Jr., and Nona. Mosley called the Walthours "a piece of the fabric of what Hudson is about." Walthour asserted his parents' business in Hudson was "one of the most successful black-owned businesses in New York State," noting that they "consistently recycled dollars they made back into the community."
For thirty-five years, from 1982 to 2017, the Walthours owned a bar called the Savoia, located in the 200 block of Warren Street. It was first located at 255 Warren Street.
|255 Warren Street as it was when Savoia was located there|
|255 Warren Street today|
The building is now the location of Ca' Mea and the Howard Hotel.
In 2015, the 200 block of Warren Street was closed for six hours on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend for a block party to celebrate Jake Walthour's 74th birthday. At that time, Mayor William Hallenbeck honored Walthour with a Life Time Achievement Award.
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