Saturday, June 15, 2024

Democratic Primary

Early voting begins today and continues through next Sunday, June 23. Here's the schedule:

Saturday, June 15:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 16:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, June 17:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, June 18:  12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 19:  12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 20:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, June 21:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 22:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 23:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The polling places for early voting are the Columbia County Office Building, 401 State Street, in Hudson, and the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building, 3211 Church Street, in Valatie.

Election Day is Tuesday, June 25.

There is only one issue on the ballot: Who will be the Democratic candidate for assemblymember representing the 106th District in the New York State Assembly--Claire Cousin, who was elected twice, both times running unopposed, to represent the First Ward on the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, or respected and longtime assemblymember Didi Barrett, who has ably served the residents of District 106 for ten years?

Over the past few weeks, voters in the 106th Assembly District have been bombarded with mailings from both candidates, including this "attack" flyer from the Cousin campaign . . . 


and this response from the Barrett campaign:


Today, the Register-Star published three letters to the editor in support of Didi Barrett, all of which can be found here.
  • "Barrett's commitment does not falter," from Margaret Morris, Hudson First Ward Councilmember
  • "Barrett delivers for District 106," from Keith Kanaga, former chair of the Columbia County Democratic Committee
  • "Only one choice for June 25," from Susan Bane, M.D.
Gossips concurs with everything the writers of the three letters have to say.
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Thursday, June 13, 2024

In the Public Square Today

Three test pits were dug in the Public Square today to discover what is happening beneath the surface.  


Starr Whitehouse, the landscape architects working with FOPS (Friends of the Public Square) on the restoration and renovation of Seventh Street Park, wanted to understand if there was some subterranean reason why tree roots grew so close to the surface and why some of the benches tended to shift position. It was also hoped they might find the cobblestones that paved the area prior to 1878, when the Public Square was beautified to become the park as we know it today. 

The Public Square before 1878
But, alas, the test pits found nothing but dirt and clay.
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The Different Kind of Vandalism

Fourteen years ago, on a Monday morning in February 2010, Gossips reported on the aftermath of a late night, possibly alcohol-fueled rampage on the 200 and 300 blocks of Warren Street.
Vandalism on Warren Street Someone went on a rampage last night, overturning planters on the 200 and 300 blocks of Warren Street. Many of the objects of assault were the whiskey barrel planters placed on the street by the Beautification Committee a few years ago, but private property was not spared. One of the large cast iron urns in front of 242 Warren Street was pushed over, and--most destructive--one of the large ceramic pots flanking the entrance to 232 Warren Street was knocked over and smashed.
This past Sunday, the property at 446 Warren Street was the victim of a different kind of vandalism, more purposeful, probably premeditated, but as destructive and disrespectful as the late night rampage of yesteryear. Shortly after 8:30 p.m., when it was still light, two men drove up to the building in a black SUV, being careful not to park in front of the fire hydrant. While one man stayed in the car, presumably keeping the motor running, the other cut or broke branches off the amazing smoke bush that grows beside the building.


When he was finished, he packed the boughs into the SUV, and the two of them drove off, leaving the smoke bush horribly mutilated.


What the culprits may not know is that their actions were captured on security cameras, and the video has been turned over to the Hudson Police Department.

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Another Event Happening on Saturday

On Saturday, June 15, the Mental Health Awareness and Creative Arts Gallery is hosting a multi-organization gathering on the topic of Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder. The event will showcase the partnering organizations and will also +be the opening of an art show featuring artists of the Mental Health Awareness and Creative Arts Gallery. 


The organizations participating in the event include:
  • Camphill Solaris
  • Columbia County Mental Health Center
  • Columbia-Greene Addiction Coalition
  • Columbia Memorial Hospital Psychiatric Department
  • Mental Health Association of Columbia and Greene Counties
  • Mental Health Awareness and Creative Arts Gallery
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness of Columbia County
  • Tobacco-Free Alliance of Columbia and Greene Counties
  • Twin County Recovery Services
Each organization will have its own table set up, with representatives present to provide information and answer questions about their programs. 

The event takes place from noon to 6:00 p.m. at Camphill Solaris, 360 Warren Street, in Hudson. Light refreshments will be available. Beginning at 3:00 p.m., representatives of the partnering organizations will speak briefly about their programs. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

A Fairly Well-Kept Secret

Gossips knew nothing about this until shortly after 7:00 this evening, when I saw this post on Justin Weaver's Facebook page. (Justin Weaver being the new mayor's aide.)


One wonders where, how, and to whom Dunn Warehouse Community Workshop #1 was announced. Nevertheless, Gossips encourages everyone to visit dunnwarehousehudson.com, complete the survey (which must be done before Friday, June 21), and sign up for future updates.

And So It Begins . . .

The work of demolishing the historic Ferry Street Bridge, constructed in 1905, started between 9:00 p.m. last night and 5:00 a.m. this morning. These pictures, taken by drone photographer Glenn Wheeler, show the progress as of this morning.

Photo: Glenn Wheeler
Photo: Glenn Wheeler

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Funding Awarded for Waterfront Resiliency

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that it has awarded $384,000 to "increase shoreline resilience and improve recreational access using nature-based solutions." Of that amount, $200,000 goes to Assemblage Landscape Architecture DPC for a climate-adaptive waterfront park design in the City of Hudson." The announcement explains: 
The project for this proposal will create a more accessible waterfront that maintains Hudson's water-based recreational vitality, while prioritizing nature-based solutions that restore the shoreline to a dynamic intertidal marshland that adapts to projected future sea-level rise and flooding.  

The grant requires a $75,000 match from the City of Hudson, which was approved by the Common Council on May 29. 
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News of HCSD

Earlier today, the Hudson Police Department released the following statement:
June 11, 2024--This morning at approximately 9:30 a.m., the Hudson Police Department (HPD) was informed by our School Resource Officer of a serious concern raised by staff about a 12-year-old from the Hudson City School District (Junior High School). The student reportedly expressed aspirations to become a school shooter.
The HPD's detective division promptly initiated an investigation at the school. During the investigation, a list of firearms was discovered in the notes section of the student's phone. The student, however, denied making any threatening statements.
As a precautionary measure, the student was removed from the school and transported for a comprehensive mental health evaluation.
HPD is actively collaborating with the Hudson City School District, New York State Police (NYSP), and Columbia County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) to address this situation with the utmost priority and to ensure the safety of our community. If anyone has information regarding this incident or similar incidents, please contact HPD at 518 828-3388.

Monday, June 10, 2024

11 Warren Street: The Empire Strikes Back

On Friday, Matt Murell, chair of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, responded to Clark Wieman and Donna Streitz, the principals of the 11 Warren Street Action Group. His letter was copied to Mayor Kamal Johnson and the Hudson Common Council. The letter, in its entirety, can be found here. Gossips shares the meat of the letter below. 
Prior to purchase of 11 Warren Street, the County conducted its due diligence regarding the County's intent to renovate the building for County Office's. This included confirmation by the City of Hudson Code Enforcement Officer that the parcel is located within the Central Commercial (C-C) zoning district and that professional, governmental or business offices are identified as allowable uses within this Zoning District. 
Furthermore, the County reviewed applicable sections of the City of Hudson Zoning Code pertaining to site plan approval and received concurrence from the City of Hudson Code Enforcement Office that the intent of the County to occupy the existing building footprint, as well as the County's proposed use of the building as Governmental offices would not trigger any threshold as listed within City Code that would require the County to obtain Site Development Plan Approval prior to occupancy. 
Based on the above, at the monthly Board of Supervisors meeting held August 2023, the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution, with a unanimous vote of the Supervisors present, in favor of determining that, [1) the purchase of the 11 Warren Street parcel is desirable for utilization as office space for county departments, and (2) to proceed with the purchase of said parcel. 
The renovation of 11 Warren Street and relocation of several county departments will include a fully multi-operational facility for the Board of Elections that will increase walkable accessibility by residents including but not limited to the Hudson Housing Authority, Hudson Terrace, Schuyler Court, and Providence Hall; for voter registration, absentee ballots and early voting. It should be noted that approximately 10% of the entire building will be used for work areas associated with programming voting printers, voting machines, and check-in tablets. 
Currently the site contains 30 off-street parking stalls for use by the staff and visitors. As discussed during the recent space utilization committee meeting, the normal business hours of the county offices is 8:00am-4:00pm, Monday through Friday which leaves the parking available in the evenings and weekends. In addition, the availability of this off-street parking area at nights and on weekends allows for the parking lot to be used by the public and/or community organizations for special events. As an example, the County has been contacted by a representative of the Hudson Catskill Coalition regarding use of the parking lot for a Juneteenth block party celebration. 
It's too bad the County's due diligence didn't go beyond confirming that governmental offices were an allowed use in the zoning district where 11 Warren Street is located and a chance encounter with Mayor Kamal Johnson, during which the mayor allegedly told Murell and Rob Lagonia, Austerlitz supervisor who serves on the Board of Supervisors Space Utilization Committee, that "the City had no plans for 11 Warren Street since the City did not own it." A public hearing in Hudson might have been in order, but, of course, that could have meant hearing things Murell and his colleagues didn't want to hear.

Regarding the "unanimous vote" that took place on August 9, 2023, only two of the five Hudson supervisors--Abdus Miah (Second Ward) and Michael Chameides (Third Ward)--participated in that vote. Rick Scalera (Fifth Ward) recused himself because he is, according to a document submitted recently to the Hudson Industrial Development Agency (IDA), the treasurer of the Galvan Initiatives Foundation, which owned the building the County was about to acquire for $3.35 million; Claire Cousin (First Ward) was absent from the meeting; and Linda Mussmann (Fourth Ward) had to leave the meeting before the vote was taken.

Update: Rick Scalera provided this information to Gossips in an email this morning (June 11, 2024): 
I, for years, have volunteered to sit on the [Galvan] Housing Resources Board and was never the treasurer of the GIF, Galvan Initiatives Foundation who owned 11 Warren St. When the County showed interest in that site, I had a discussion with the County BOS attorney and it was agreed upon that the direction I should take was to recuse myself of all discussion and ultimately the vote to purchase of that building.
Scalera has not responded to Gossips request for comment on why he is identified as the treasurer of Galvan Initiatives Foundation in the application for financial assistance for 65-75 North Seventh Street submitted to the IDA on May 29, 2024.

Update on the Update: Since I published the initial update, Scalera responded to my request for comment. Here is what he had to say:
Dan Kent has acknowledged the mistake and will be correcting it! I serve as treasurer to nothing. . . . More importantly, I did not recuse myself from participating in the 11 Warren St discussion and purchasing because of the above mistake but rather being on another board and quite frankly didn't need to but chose to!
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Happening This Saturday

Once again this year, the residents of Hudson have the opportunity to become citizen scientists, trained to test and evaluate the water in Oakdale Lake. 


From 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, June 15, at Oakdale Lake, volunteers will learn to test the water, discover pH, and use ecology tools, in preparation for participating in three testing events planned for this summer. According to Friends of Oakdale Lake, training to become a citizen scientist is "super fun and simple and educational and helpful" and appropriate for all ages. For more information, email oakdalelake@gmail.com.

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Meetings and Events in the Week Ahead

With Flag Day behind us, here is what's happening in Hudson in the coming week.
  • Late tonight, Sunday, June 9, and in the wee hours of tomorrow morning, Monday, June 10, the demolition of the Ferry Street Bridge will begin. The work is being done at night and in the early morning in order to minimize conflicts with passenger trains. Work will continue during the night for the next two weeks. 
  • On Monday, June 10, the Common Council holds its informal meeting at 6:00 p.m. So far, there is not much of interest on the agenda, but that's sure to change. The meeting is a hybrid, taking place in person at City Hall and on Microsoft Teams. Click here for the link to join the meeting remotely.
  • On Tuesday, June 11, the Planning Board meets at 6:30 p.m. The agenda for the meeting includes three projects that have been before the Planning Board for months--the subdivision on Hudson Avenue, the new location for Lil Deb's Oasis, and apartment building proposed for Fairview Avenue between Oakwood and Parkwood boulevards--and "Mill Street Lofts," the 70-unit apartment building Kearney Realty and Development wants to build adjacent to Charles Williams Park. New on the agenda is "State Street Lofts," the 24-unit apartment building Kearney is proposing for North Fourth and State streets, the lot now being used by the County for parking. The meeting is a hybrid, taking place in person at City Hall and on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting remotely.
  • On Wednesday, June 12, the Housing Trust Fund Board meets at 5:30 p.m. The meeting is a hybrid, taking place in person at City Hall and on Microsoft Teams. Click here for the link to join the meeting remotely.
Update: The Housing Trust Fund Board meeting has been canceled and will be rescheduled.
  • On Friday, June 14, the Historic Preservation Commission meets at 10:00 a.m. The meeting is a hybrid, taking place in person at City Hall and on Microsoft Teams. Click here for the link to join the meeting remotely.
  • On Saturday, June 15, early voting begins for the Primary Election, which takes places on Tuesday, June 25. Early voting continues through Sunday, June 23. Here is the schedule for early voting:
Saturday, June 159 am–5 pm
Sunday, June 169 am–5 pm
Monday, June 179 am–5 pm
Tuesday, June 18: 12 pm–8 pm
Wednesday, June 1912 pm–8 pm
Thursday, June 20: 9 am–5 pm
Friday, June 219 am–5 pm
Saturday, June 22: 9 am–5 pm
Sunday, June 23: 9 am–5 pm

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Thursday, June 6, 2024

Update on 11 Warren Street

Yesterday, the 11 Warren Street Action Group submitted its petition to the Columbia County Board of Supervisors. The petition was accompanied by this letter:
We, the 11 Warren Street Action Group, came together to persuade you that converting 11 Warren Street to house County departments is the wrong decision for Hudson and Columbia County. We understand the County's urgent need for office space for the cramped Board of Elections and others. But we believe there are far less expensive and better solutions.
The County's 11 Warren Street Project will:
    • Cost the County, and in turn taxpayers, $8.9 million ($3.35M purchase + $5.53M renovations), or $477 per SF.
    • Take the property off Hudson tax rolls.
    • Dash hopes of positive redevelopment of the property (the city needs affordable housing, daycare, community spaces, etc.).
    • Create a traffic nightmare (forcing more cars onto our already congested main street. Traffic on Warren Street near its intersection with Front Street becomes regularly congested with every arrival of an AMTRAK train (14 trains per day 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.).
    • Make parking extremely difficult for employees, voters, people using the services at 11 Warren, and residents of the neighborhood (there is insufficient parking for employees and none for people using the services that will be offered at 11 Warren).
Following the Board of Supervisors' January 24 meeting, we organized a petition on behalf of concerned citizens of the City of Hudson and Columbia County. See attached Petition Statement opposing the County's plans for 11 Warren, plus two listings of signatures collected online via change.org [816 signatures] and in-person (at Hudson Farmers' Market, on Warren St, and other venues) [85 signatures]. Through June 4, the Petition has drawn 901 signatures, including many from Hudson proper and Columbia County.
Thank you in advance for reviewing this information.
We have asked for a meeting to discuss the project and to this date have not received a response. We appreciate the opportunity for ongoing community dialogue and look forward to meeting with you to discuss our report and the petition. You, as County Supervisors, have a duty to taxpayers to reconsider these plans.

In February, the Hudson Common Council unanimously passed a resolution opposing the County's plans for the building. So far, county officials, in particular Matt Murell who chairs the Board of Supervisors, have shown nothing but hubristic determination to pursue their wrongheaded plans for 11 Warren Street.
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Ear to the Ground

In the past couple of months, much attention was paid to the City's application for a Restore New York grant on behalf of the Hudson Housing Authority's redevelopment plan. When a resolution in support of the application came before the Common Council on April 24, the resolution failed to get the six affirmative votes needed to pass. Four members of the Council were absent from that meeting, so Council president Tom DePietro called another special meeting to vote again, hoping for a better outcome. That meeting took place on April 29 and resulted in the sought-after outcome: Council support for the application.

More than two weeks later, on May 16, the Common Council held a public hearing about the application. The public hearing was a requirement of the application process, but some thought it would have made more sense for the hearing to be held before the Council voted to support the project. At the public hearing, few people who were not HHA residents had anything good to say about seeking Restore NY funds for the project. The fear was that supporting the application would be interpreted as support for the entire project, about which very little information has been shared. 


Today Gossips offers an update on the situation. According to a reliable source, the City's Restore NY application was rejected because it was submitted too late.
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Trail of New Trees

Last year, the Conservation Advisory Council received a grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to plant trees on Harry Howard Avenue, along the Empire State Trail. Yesterday, the work of planting the fifty-two trees began, and it continues today.


The drawing below shows the planting layout, followed by a list of the types of tree being planted. (Click on the images to enlarge.)
  
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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Ear to the Ground

 . . . eye on Facebook. 

It's been more than a month since Michael Hofmann left the position of mayor's aide, and in that time, the City has been without an ADA coordinator and anyone who fields inquiries to the mayor's office, facilitates remote meetings, and posts meeting videos on YouTube, among many other things. Somehow we muddled through. 

Today, Mayor Kamal Johnson announced that there is a new mayor's aide: Justin Weaver.


Here's the announcement that appeared on the mayor's Facebook page this afternoon:
We are thrilled to welcome Justin Weaver to our team as the new ADA Coordinator and Mayoral Aide. Justin brings a wealth of experience and a deep-seated passion for the Hudson community. With his extensive background and commitment to accessibility and public service, we are confident that he will be an invaluable asset to our team. We look forward to his contributions in enhancing our city's initiatives and ensuring that Hudson remains an inclusive and vibrant place for all residents.

Hudson's "New, Exciting Commercial District"

As predicted, Dan Kent and Dan Hubbell were at the Hudson Industrial Development Agency (IDA) meeting this morning seeking a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement for the revised plans for what the Galvan Foundation wants to construct at 75 North Seventh Street, across the street from the building now under construction, in the part of the city that Galvan has dubbed the "Depot District." 

Photo: Win Jackson
A little history of the Depot District and the IDA is in order. Early in 2021, when the project first came before the IDA, the plan was that the building on the west side of the street (75 North Seventh Street) would be low- and moderate-income housing, and the building on the east side of the street (now 76 North Seventh Street) would be market rate. But when the IDA decided they shouldn't be giving tax breaks to a market rate apartment project, Galvan redefined the building on the east side of the street as "workforce housing," for households with incomes between 80 and 130 percent of the area median income (AMI). 


In September 2021, the IDA voted to approve PILOTs for both buildings. 

While the construction of the building designated as "workforce housing" began in October 2023, no progress has been made on the other building--the one intended for households with incomes between 40 and 80 percent of the AMI. The building on the east side of the street was to be financed through banks and private investment; the building on the west side of the street was seeking state funding. The project applied for state funding twice and was twice denied. Earlier this year, Gossips learned that the project had been disqualified for state funding through NYS Homes and Community Renewal because three houses on the site had been demolished, eliminating four dwelling units, before funding for the new building had been secured. 


Today, Dan Kent told the IDA that they were looking at a new model for the building on the west side of the street, one that was closer to that of the building on the east side of the street, because the model they were using "no longer works." Of the building's 75 apartments, once meant to be for households with incomes between 40 and 80 percent of AMI, 15 (or 20 percent) would be "affordable" (incomes between 80 and 130 percent of AMI) and 60 (80 percent) would be market rate. He further explained the change by saying they didn't want to compete for state funding with the Hudson Housing Authority and the project being pursued by Kearney Realty and Development to build affordable housing on City-owned land. 

Kent and Hubbell maintained that the site plan for the building had not changed, so there was no need for the project to go back to the Planning Board. The appearance of the building seems to have changed somewhat since the Historic Preservation Commission granted a certificate of appropriateness in June 2022, so it's likely the project will be returning to the HPC. The first four renderings below show the design that was approved by the HPC. The final rendering was part of the presentation made to the IDA this morning.


The IDA plans to hire a consultant to analyze the PILOT request and its economic impacts. The PILOT application, the cover letter, and the presentation made to the IDA can be found here, here, and here.
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Parking Advisory

For those attending the memorial for former Hudson mayor Rick Rector on Friday, June 7, at 11:00 a.m. at Hudson Hall, Mayor Kamal Johnson and Police Commissioner Shane Bower have agreed to suspend parking fees at meters in the 300 and 400 blocks of Warren Street from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on that day.

Also, a limited number of spaces will be made available in the Columbia County employees' parking lot at Fourth and Columbia streets, behind 401 State Street.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Thinking About Architecture

I've been following a group on Facebook called Architectural Uprising--The Alternative to Ugliness for a while now. The group also has a website: architecturaluprising.com. The tagline for the group is: "A people's movement against the continued uglification of our cities."


Recently, the following images appeared on the group's Facebook page, juxtaposing two plans for construction on a city block. The two designs were described as "Modernist City Planning vs. Smarter City Planning."

The images brought to mind the only city block in Hudson whose reconfiguration is currently being considered. What's being proposed for the block bordered by First, State, Second, and Columbia streets seems to fall somewhere between "Modernist City Planning" and "Smarter City Planning." 


It remains to be seen what the buildings will actually look like. At the last Hudson Housing Authority meeting, the architects promised a public workshop, or community charrette, for the development of the park the buildings will surround, but no such promise has been made regarding the design of the buildings. The assurance that the buildings' design will fit into the architectural context of the neighborhood is vague and promises nothing good. The neighborhood immediately surrounding the HHA site is entirely the product of Urban Renewal--not exactly a golden age of American architecture.  
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Monday, June 3, 2024

What's Happening with the Tree Ordinance?

A tree ordinance has been a topic of discussion and a goal since 2006. Last December, it seemed we might be getting close to having an ordinance that encouraged tree planting and prohibited the senseless elimination of trees. A draft tree ordinance was submitted by the Conservation Advisory Council to the Common Council Legal Committee for review and consideration. It is not clear from the minutes of the December 2023 Legal Committee meeting what next steps had been agreed upon regarding the tree ordinance, but it was expected the legislation might be introduced to the full Council at its December 19 meeting. That didn't happen. It's impossible to know how much, if at all, opinions like this one shared by former mayor Rick Scalera on the Facebook group "Unfiltered Hudson" influenced the situation and caused the legislation to languish, but little attention has been paid to a tree ordinance for the past six months.


Meanwhile, the loss of trees continues. This morning, the Galvan Foundation, which over the years has displayed a penchant for clear-cutting properties in its extensive inventory, cut down a tree behind 34 South Second Street, a house Galvan has owned since 2012. It's surprising the tree survived for the past dozen years.

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Yet Another Delay

Last week, it was announced that the demolition of the Ferry Street Bridge was to begin today. This morning, Gossips received the following update from Rob Perry, superintendent of Public Works.
We received information from Amtrak late last week.
Their flaggers have been reassigned to work elsewhere and won't be available until next week.
Night work is rescheduled until next Monday, 6/10.

Meetings and Events in the Week Ahead

In the first week of June, here's what's happening.
  • On Monday, June 3, the City of Hudson is hosting a Community Visioning Workshop to inform the new Comprehensive Plan. The event takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the recently opened Spark of Hudson building at 502 Union Street. The public is invited to drop in at any time during the two-hour period to learn the findings of the existing conditions analysis and share ideas about the topics and issues that should be prioritized in the new plan.
  • On Tuesday, June 4, the Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) meets at 6:00 p.m. The meeting is a hybrid, taking place in person at City Hall and on Microsoft Teams. Click here for the link to join the meeting remotely.
  • On Wednesday, June 5, the Hudson Industrial Development Agency (IDA) meets at 10:30 a.m. It is possible the Galvan Foundation may appear at this meeting with revised plans for the "Depot District." The meeting is a hybrid, taking place in person at 1 City Centre, Suite 301, and on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting remotely.
  • At 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, the Common Council Legal Committee holds a meeting. It's been a while since the Legal Committee has met, and no agenda is available for this meeting, so it not clear what issues may be taken up. The meeting is a hybrid, taking place in person at City Hall and on Microsoft Teams. Click here for the link to join the meeting remotely.
  • On Thursday, June 6, the Common Council ad hoc Truck Route Committee meets at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will undoubtedly provide an update on the committee's work, including tests being conducted to determine the weight-bearing capabilities of the city's streets. The meeting is a hybrid, taking place in person at City Hall and on Microsoft Teams. Click here for the link to join the meeting remotely.
Update: The Truck Route Committee meeting has been canceled and will be rescheduled.

  • On Saturday, June 8, the Flag Day parade and fireworks extravaganza will take over our little city. In advance of that, the Hudson Police Department has issued the following information about street closures and parking restrictions.
    • Green Street--No parking on either side beginning at 1:00 p.m. The road will be closed down at 1:30 p.m.
    • Warren Street--No parking on either side beginning at 1:00 p.m., and towing will begin at 1:30 p.m. Warren Street will remain open to traffic until approximately 2:30 p.m., at which point it will be closed to traffic until the parade is over.
    • There will be no parking on any side streets between Cherry Alley and Prison Alley.  
    • Union Street from Front Street to Third Street will be one-way traffic only going WEST beginning at approximately 2:30 p.m. There will be NO PARKING on the SOUTH side of Union Street beginning at 1:00 p.m.
    • Allen Street from Front Street to Third Street will be one-way traffic only going EAST beginning at approximately 2:30 p.m. There will be NO PARKING on the NORTH side of Allen Street beginning at 1:00 p.m. 
    • Front Street--No parking on either side beginning at 1:00 p.m. The street will be shut down once the parade reaches the lower part of the city.
There will also be NO PARKING on the following streets beginning at 1:00 p.m.:

    • Union Street from Third Street to West Court Street SOUTH SIDE
    • Upper State Street--Seventh Street to Columbia Street BOTH SIDES
    • Green Street--Columbia Street to Fairview Avenue BOTH SIDES
    • State Street just past Green Street facing west
    • Columbia Street from Park Place to Eighth Street BOTH SIDES
    • Park Place--Warren Street to Columbia Street BOTH SIDES
    • North Seventh Street from Warren Street to State Street
    • South Sixth Street from Cherry Alley to Warren Street BOTH SIDES
    • North Fifth Street from Prison Alley to Warren Street BOTH SIDES
    • South Fourth Street from Cherry Alley to Warren Street BOTH SIDES
    • South Third Street from Warren Street to Allen Street
    • North and South Second Street from Prison Alley to Cherry Alley BOTH SIDES
    • North and South First Street from Prison Alley to Cherry Alley BOTH SIDES
    • Wherever NO PARKING signs appear between Cherry Alley and Allen Street
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