Sunday, December 17, 2023

Meetings and Events in the Week Ahead

As we move toward the shortest day of the year, here's what is happening.
  • On Monday, December 18, the Hudson Housing Authority (HHA) Board of Commissioners holds its monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. Word is that the public will not have an opportunity to see the plans for the redevelopment and expansion of HHA properties until it has been determined if the project is financially viable. Still, some information about the project may be revealed. The meeting is a hybrid, taking place in person in the Community Room at Bliss Towers, 41 North Second Street, and on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting remotely. 
Update: The HHA Board of Commissioners meeting has been canceled.
  • On Tuesday, December 19, the Common Council holds its regular monthly meeting. Although at this point it does not yet appear on the agenda for the meeting, it is expected that the tree ordinance proposed by the Conservation Advisory Council will be presented to the full Council at this meeting. In anticipation of this, former long-term Hudson mayor Richard Scalera posted this alert to the "Unfiltered Hudson" Facebook group.
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 Wednesday, December 20, the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) meets at 6:00 p.m. The meeting is in person only at the Central Fire Station, 77 North Seventh Street. No agenda for the meeting has been published.
Update: The ZBA meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 20, has been canceled.  
  • On Thursday, December 21, it's the Winter Solstice, the beginning of three months of winter but also the occasion to celebrate the return, however gradual, of the light. 



  1. Having just read the proposed tree ordinance, I am absolutely flabbergasted. What staggering overreach. While the goal is laudable and likely eminently doable (I grew up in a town with a tree ordinance and it wasn't a burden nor did it attempt to reach matters outside it's ken), this draft is something out of a farce about small-town government. I suggest all property owners read it and try to understand how they're going to ensure that their contractors adhere to the American National Standard 300 (part 5) regulations (once they figure out what they actually are). It would also be nice if the document, which among other things creates yet another board with 4 year terms and the ability to fine property owners who don't adhere to American National Standard 300 (part 5)(among other arcane things), wasn't so rife with typos and missing words.

    It's probably also worth pointing out that the this legislation provides for fines up to $1000 for violations. One has to wonder if this will be enforced or, like the fines the code enforcement office fails to issue for violation of the Historic Preservation Law, simply a stick that never gets used.

    It's bad public policy to draft laws that the City won't to enforce.

  2. Think Margaret Morris is overextending herself? Legal, trees, trucks, meters... what next? Sidewalks? No, wait, wasn't that committee dissolved?