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COVID-19

Coronavirus updates including health recommendations, links with information on the virus, information on the city of Hudson's response, and recent emergency orders. You can also sign up for email notifications.

Mayor Johnson urges everyone to stay at home. If you must leave the house, keep a safe distance of six feet from others in public spaces to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.


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Apr 01,2020

Climate Smart Task Force

Working with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties (CCE), the City of Hudson announces the creation of a Climate Smart Task Force to pursue certification in the NYS Climate Smart Communities Program. The task force will begin by conducting an assessment, identifying what the City has been or is doing and what actions are priorities to take next. The final step in the process will be to submit the documentation and request certification as a Climate Smart Community (CSC).

CCE will provide technical expertise and administrative support for the task force. This project is a program of CCE in partnership with the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, NY Water Resources Institute, and Cornell University with support from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.

“Climate change will have devastating impacts and the City of Hudson must reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” says Mayor Kamal Johnson. “We must prepare for a changing climate by identifying and deploying adaptation strategies. It’s an added benefit that many of these climate strategies will save money over the long-term.”

In addition to the assessment and submission for certification, CCE will work with the city of Hudson to create a flood guide and road stream crossing management plan. These projects count as actions in the CSC program and are important to sustainability planning in the City of Hudson, especially with increasingly intense weather events and rising waters of climate change.

“CCE is deeply committed to supporting our local communities and very proud to work with the City of Hudson to achieve these immensely beneficial Climate Smart Community project goals,” CCE stated.

The CSC program offers a variety of benefits to the City including cost savings through greater efficiency, greater energy independence, and security as well as streamlined access to resources. In addition to the environmental and planning benefits, the city of Hudson would be recognized as a leader with higher scores on grant applications and eligibility for funding opportunities.

Mayor Johnson is appointing Mayor's Aide Michael Chameides to chair the Climate Smart Communities Task Force and to serve as the Climate Smart Coordinator. Chameides has worked on several city initiatives and has also collaborated with state and federal elected officials and departments. He has professional experience with environmental advocacy, communications, strategic planning, and operations. He serves on the Columbia County Board of Supervisors and has been an advocate for public transportation, parks, and a clean Hudson River.

“Sustainability is a top priority for myself and the Mayor,” says Chameides. “This task force is an important opportunity to create an institutional commitment to a sustainable future. The Covid-19 crisis shows us the importance of following science and the need for planning and preventive action.”

Also serving on the Task Force will be Kam Bellamy, Michael O’Hara, John Rosenthal, Briggin Scharf, and Tony Stone. The Task Force includes members of Hudson’s executive branch, legislative branch, and Conservation Advisory Council as well as community members with a background and passion for environmentalism.

Kam Bellamy spent the bulk of her adult life living in intentional communities in which residents grew and produced much of their own food and shared income, cars, and houses. She is the President of the Board of Camphill Hudson as well as the Executive Director of the Foundation for Agricultural Integrity, a private foundation dedicated to the promotion of regenerative agriculture and restorative communities. Bellamy was recently accepted to the Yale School of Management and will matriculate this summer in pursuit of an Executive MBA with a focus on Sustainability.

Michael O’Hara is an environmental policy advocate who engages with elected officials at the local, state, and national levels to support actions to create a more livable environment. He worked on the Hudson Cool Cities committee in 2006 which produced a baseline energy inventory for the city which led to the signing of the “U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement” by the mayor of Hudson. He has worked in finance and sales of solar electric systems and was the operations director at Sustainable Hudson Valley and former Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Hudson. He is a founding member of Columbia County Futures, a local community development organization. O’Hara also serves on Hudson’s Conservation Advisory Council.

John Rosenthal serves on the Common Council and chairs the Legal Committee and Department of Public Works Committee. He is also a historical writer, researcher, and screenwriter.

Briggin Scharf celebrates the ecosystems of the Hudson River Watershed through agriculture and outdoor education. They are a founding member of Rolling Grocer 19, a collective committed to increasing food access for everyone in Columbia County, They also manage Kite's Nest's ReGen Program which empowers youth leaders for environmental, social, and food justice.

Tony Stone, a co-founder of Basilica Hudson and River House Project, is a filmmaker whose films have been exhibited worldwide at film festivals and released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures. He has worked on numerous green energy projects, focusing on converting historic buildings to be carbon neutral without any fossil fuel usage.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Columbia and Greene Counties puts knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability, and social well-being. We bring local experience and research-based solutions together, helping Columbia and Greene County families and communities thrive in our rapidly changing world.

The Hudson River Estuary Program helps people enjoy, protect, and revitalize the Hudson River and its valley. Created in 1987 through the Hudson River Estuary Management Act, the program focuses on the tidal Hudson and adjacent watershed from the federal dam at Troy to the Verrazano Narrows in New York City.

For more information on CCE of Columbia and Greene Counties and other program offerings, visit their website www.ccecolumbiagreene.org. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

4/1/2020

Mar 31,2020

Columbia County Business Continuity Fund

Columbia County Business Continuity Fund will provide cash grants to small businesses in our city and town centers with fewer than 10 full-time employees and less than $1 million in annual revenue. These businesses can apply for grant funds from $1,000 to $5,000 to cover costs related to retaining employees, rent, and other fixed operational costs.

“The small businesses in Hudson are a major driver of not only our economy but also our community,” said Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson. “They are among the first to donate or sponsor an event or cause. When we say ‘All Hands on Deck,’ we mean it and it’s time to reach a hand out to save our local businesses.”

The fund will accept applications from April 1 to April 15. 

The Columbia County Business Continuity Fund is established by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Columbia Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and the Hudson Business Coalition. Foundations, Business, Community, Elected Officials, and Donors help seed funds to support nonprofits and small businesses.


Mar 30,2020

Trash Collection

Learn about trash Collection During the Covid-19 State of Emergency.

The City is making every effort to reduce the possibility of transmitting the virus by any City employee or activity. With respect to the sale of trash bags the City has taken the following steps to address this crisis: 

  1. Trash bags are delivered to the City in sealed cases. The current stockpile of cases was delivered months ago, is not contaminated by the virus and cases remain in storage until needed.
  2. Trash bags are removed from cases by people wearing gloves who fold them into single units or multi-packs of five to fit into the trash bag vending machine.
  3. The bags are loaded into the machine and sanitizer is used.
  4. The machine is regularly sanitized by the city.
  5. The vending machine is equipped to take payment by Apple Pay, thereby reducing the need to touch the machine. 

If residents are able, they may use personal gloves and or sanitizer when using the machine. The City recommends that residents wash their hands often and as soon as possible after purchasing trash bags.

We also suggest that residents purchase the 5-pack of small bags, which should last most households 5 weeks, and consider purchasing trash bags when also shopping for other essential items like food. If you are in a high-risk group for Covid-19, please consider asking family, friends, or neighbors to purchase bags for you.

Trash bag fees help fund not only portion of the salaries provided to Department of Public Works (DPW) workers, they also defray the “tipping fees” (the fee charged by the county to “tip” the garbage truck load into the landfill). The most recent tipping fee for a week’s worth of City trash was $1,000. The fee reflects a portion of the real costs of trash generation and disposal and is not a fee that the City can waive at this time. To reduce your household cost to dispose of trash, you may consider reducing the amount of trash generated.

A word about Conservation 

The DPW has reported that the City’s average weekly tonnage of trash has increased dramatically since the start of the pandemic. Prior to March, the City generated approximately four tons of trash per week. Last week City residents generated nine tons of trash, or more than double the usual amount, most likely because more people are home and others are cleaning out closets and doing early spring cleaning.

We encourage you to consider your waste generation. Are there ways you can reduce, recycle or reuse, find a recipe for those leftovers, or use a dish, rather than paper towel for that sandwich? Everyone one can make a difference and even small efforts matter. Conserving resources and reducing trash will not only save you money and help the environment but will give our overworked and potentially reduced DPW staff a break.

If for some reason you are not able to secure City trash bags during this crisis, please contact the DPW staff who will try to help you secure bags. 

Thank you for your cooperation, we appreciate your pitching in during this crisis.

Learn more about city of Hudson trash pick up
Learn more about Covid-19 Response and Resources


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Empire State Trail

Construction is scheduled to begin this week on Harry Howard Avenue for a shared-use bike/walking path. Please use extra caution if driving on Harry Howard Avenue. 

The project is part of the Empire State Trail, which will be a continuous 750-mile route spanning the state from New York City to Canada and Buffalo to Albany. The section of the trail will connect the Dugway from Mill Street to Greenport and make it easier to walk or bike to Hudson City Schools as well as Mill Street and Charles Williams Park.

uUility poles will be moved to make space for the dedicated bike/walk lane. Next, hydrants and catch basins will be relocated. Then constructionof the multi-use path will begin. There will be intermittant lane closures during this period. 

While non-essential workers are directed to work from home, "essential construction may continue and includes roads." Workers at site must maintain social distance, including for purposes of meals, entry, and exit.

Mar 27,2020

Extension of Time to File Lodging Tax

In a March 27 memo, City Treasurer Heather Campbell announced a revised due date for the city's lodging tax.

Extension of Time to File Lodging Tax

Pursuant Hudson City Code Chapter 275, Article VIII, I am authorized to collect a tax of 4% per day of the rent for a room used to provide short-term lodging in the City of Hudson. Such taxes accrue quarterly, on the last day of February, May, August and November of each year. Lodging owners are required to file a tax return with a tax payment, if any, within one month after the end of each such quarterly period.

Section 275-35 of the Code empowers me, for good cause shown, to extend the time for filing any return for a period not exceeding 30 days. By proclamation dated March 7, 2020, the Governor of the State of New York declared a State of Emergency for the entire state due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Subsequently, the Governor ordered the cancellation or postponement of any gathering involving more than 50 people and the closure of all restaurants, bars, and movie theaters as of March 16, 2020.

While such actions by the Governor were necessary to protect public health and safety, the prohibition on gatherings and the service industry closures have caused the cancelation of virtually all lodging reservations. Consequently, I have been advised by many lodging owners that they are unable to remit the lodging taxes due for the first quarter of 2020.

Accordingly, as authorized by Chapter 275, Article VIII, I hereby waive the filing date for the December 2019 – February 2020 lodging tax period for 30 days. The revised date for filing without incurring a penalty is Monday April 27, 2020.


Learn more about the City of Hudson Lodging Tax 
Learn more about COVID-19


Mar 22,2020

Census 2020

Stand up and be counted. 

Complete your census questionnaire online at my2020census.gov.

The census is constitutionally mandated and foundational to our government. Political representation is apportioned based on the census. In addition, funding for local infrastructure and services depends on an accurate census.

FUNDING DEPENDS ON ACCURATE CENSUS

The census data is used to fund many of our most important government programs including:

  • Medical assistance
  • Nutrition assistance
  • Highway and transit funds
  • Education, including Pell grant, school lunch, school breakfast, head start
  • Economic assistance, including Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Section 8, foster care, child care, low-income energy assistance, workforce training, community grants, social services, AmeriCorps
  • Disaster recovery
  • See full list

CENSUS AND PRIVACY

Census data is private and all data is anonymized before being released. Census employees take an oath to safeguard the data, there are significant fines for any violation. Government agencies, outside the Census Bureau, only have access to the public, anonymized data.

PARTICIPATION RATES

You can track our rates here https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html


Mar 20,2020

Hudson Emergency Order

On March 31, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 6

EFFECTIVE: MARCH 31, 2020 AT 12:00 PM THROUGH APRIL 5, 2020 AT 12:00 PM

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on March 16, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency Order No. 6. Emergency Order No. 6 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 12:00 pm on March 30, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on April 4, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of April 4, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency.

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.
Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. Emergency Order No. 4, dated March 25, 2020 is here by extended until April 4, 2020 at noon;
  2. Emergency Order No. 5, dated March 26, 2020 is here by extended until April 4, 2020 at noon.

On March 26, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 5

EFFECTIVE: MARCH 26, 2020 AT 12:00 PM THROUGH MARCH 31, 2020 AT 12:00 PM

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on March 16, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency Order No. 5, to amend and further clarify Local Emergency Order No. 4. Emergency Order No. 5 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 12:00 pm on March 26, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on March 31, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of March 31, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency. 

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.

Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. The public use of the City’s Dog Park located on Front Street may continue under the following conditions:
    a) No more than 6 people shall use the park at one time; and 
    b) Park users shall keep at least 6 feet distance between themselves and other people who are not otherwise quarantined together.
  2. Pathways, walkways and trails may be used in public parks but otherwise the use of public parks is prohibited, including playground areas, basketball courts, and picnic table and BBQ pit areas. 

On March 25, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 4

EFFECTIVE: MARCH 25, 2020 AT 12:00 PM THROUGH MARCH 30, 2020 AT 12:00 PM

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on March 16, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency OrderNo. 4, to be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 12:00 pm on March 25, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on March 30, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of March 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency.

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.

Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19  threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited.  In order to keep the City running smoothly and staff safe, the City’s administration offices will be significantly reduced. City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Business in the departments that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, property taxes, and water or other bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. All public programs at the Youth Center and Senior Center are canceled. All City employee travel will be restricted, all conferences and workshops will be cancelled. 

  1. All non-essential City meetings will be canceled. Common Council meetings will be held but all other meetings of public Boards and Commissions, including the Planning Board, Zoning Board and Hudson Preservation Commission will be cancelled for the duration of this Order.  Committee meetings of the Council may be held at the discretion of the Council President. 

  1. Notwithstanding paragraph 2, the Hudson Preservation Commission will be permitted to meet in a non-public, virtual/electronic session on March 27, 2020 to formally issue Certificates of Approval (CofAs) which were informally approved at the Commission’s March 13, 2020 meeting. No other business or new applications will be conducted or accepted at this meeting and all future meetings of the HPC after March 27, 2020 shall be canceled as per paragraph 2. The purpose of the March 27, 2020 meeting is to review the informally approved CofAs and issue a formal vote of approval. The votes on the following projects can be taken electronically, as further set forth below in paragraph 5, without a threat to the public health or safety, allowing, in some cases, work on these projects to continue: 
    558 Warren St – sign
    542 State St – enclosing a porch to fix a water leak
    127 Union St – porch roof
    226 Union St – fence, shingles, removal of chimney, relocate windows, renovate porch
    41-43 N 7th Street – renovation/conversion to restaurant

  1. Notwithstanding paragraph 2, the Hudson Tourism Board shall be permitted to meet as per paragraph 5, as convened at the request of the Mayor or Common Council President to address the urgent needs of the business community in Hudson which is being significantly and adversely impacted by the COVID-19  pandemic. 

  2. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2021-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council meetings or Committee meetings, if held, in person.  Meetings that are held will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript or minutes, as required, will be made available  on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means, however, where possible, the Common Council President or his designee must attend the meeting in person. 

  3. With the exception of public walking trails which may be used while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together, all city parks will be closed to the public, including playground areas, basketball courts, and picnic table and BBQ pit areas.

  4. Alternative side of the street parking regulation authorized by section 305-8 of the Hudson City Code and Hudson Police Commissioner Memorandum dated January 5, 1972 is suspended. 

  5. The payment of parking meter fees as required by section 305-20(A) is suspended.  

  6. Payment of late fees for parking tickets issued between February 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020 will be waived but will begin to accrue as of  June 15, 2020 if the ticket is not paid by June 1, 2020. 

In addition to the Orders set forth above, the Governor of the State of New York has issued several Executive Orders as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic which can be viewed here.  https://www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders  Of particular concern to the people of Hudson please note: 

  1. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2023-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency events and other gatherings have been severely limited. Accordingly, no largepublic gatherings of more than 50 people may be held as per the Governor’s order, as such conditions threaten or imperil the public safety of the citizens of Hudson. This requirement also applies to houses of worship.  

  2. Per the Governor’s Executive Order https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2023-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency  any restaurant or bar in the state of New York shall cease serving patrons food or beverage on-premises effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020, and until further notice shall only serve food or beverage for off-premises consumption.


On March 20, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER #3

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on March 16, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency Order No. 3, to be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 12:00 pm on March 20, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on March 25, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of March 25, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency.

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.

Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited. In order to keep the City running smoothly and staff safe, the City’s administration offices will be significantly reduced. City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Business in the departments that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, paying taxes or bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. All public programs at the Youth Center and Senior Center are canceled. All City employee travel will be restricted, all conferences and workshops will be cancelled.
  2. All non-essential City meetings will be canceled. Common Council meetings will be held but all other meetings of public Boards and Commissions, including the Planning Board, Zoning Board and Hudson Preservation Commission will be cancelled for the duration of this Order. Committee meetings of the Council may be held at the discretion of the Council President. 
  3. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2021-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council meetings or Committee meetings, if held, in person. Meetings that are held will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript will be made available on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means, however, where possible, the Common Council President or his designee must attend the meeting in person. 
  4. Alternative side of the street parking regulation authorized by section 305-8 of the Hudson City Code and Hudson Police Commissioner Memorandum dated January 5, 1972 is suspended. 
  5. The payment of parking meter fees as required by section 305-20(A) is suspended. 

In addition to the Orders set forth above, the Governor of the State of New York has issued several Executive Orders as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic which can be viewed here. https://www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders Of particular concern to the people of Hudson please note:

  • Per the Governor’s Executive Order, https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2023-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency events and other gatherings have been severely limited. Accordingly, no large public gatherings of more than 50 people may be held as per the Governor’s order, as such conditions threaten or imperil the public safety of the citizens of Hudson. This requirement also applies to houses of worship.
  • Per the Governor’s Executive Order https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2023-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency any restaurant or bar in the state of New York shall cease serving patrons food or beverage on-premises effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020, and until further notice shall only serve food or beverage for off-premises consumption.

On March 18, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER #2

Pursuant my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on March 16, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency Order No. 2, to be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 5 pm on March 18, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on March 20, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of March 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each during the pendency of the local state of emergency.

A Local Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.
Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. Alternative side street parking regulation authorized by section 305-8 of the Hudson City Code and Hudson Police Commissioner Memorandum dated January 5, 1972 is suspended; and
  2. The payment of parking meter fees as required by section 305-20(A) is suspended.

On March 16, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus


LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION AND EMERGENCY ORDER

Local State of Emergency Proclamation

Pursuant to New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, Section 24, I hereby declare and proclaim a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York beginning March 16, 2020. This Proclamation shall remain in effect for a period not to exceed thirty days or until I rescind such Proclamation, whichever occurs first.

This State of Emergency has been declared due to emergency conditions produced by:

"The uncontrolled contagion of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, and the need to limit the spread of the disease to the people of Hudson, particularly vulnerable populations such as the elderly, those with compromised immune systems, and those with other underlying health issues that predispose them to respiratory infections. Due to both nation-wide and local limitations on medical supplies and the limited availability of life saving medical equipment such as respirators that could help save the lives of those in vulnerable populations, it is important to slow the contagion rate to the greatest extent possible. Slowing this rate will better enable health care providers and first responders to manage the health care needs of the population caused by this pandemic, as defined by the World Health Organization; prevent mass public contagion; and ensure that City staff remain healthy and able to safely manage the business of the City, particularly staff who provide essential services to the residents of Hudson." 

Local Emergency Order
Pursuant to New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, Section 24, I further hereby issue a Local Emergency Order to be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 5 pm on March 16, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on March 20, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of March 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each during the pendency of the local state of emergency.

A Local Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.

Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. The Department(s) of Fire, Youth, Police, Code Enforcement, Public Works, Treasury, Water, and City Hall Clerk related business shall take whatever steps necessary to protect life and property, public infrastructure and other such emergency assistance as deemed necessary.
  2. At a minimum, I will be limiting the public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building. In order to keep the City running smoothly and staff safe, the City’s administration offices will be operating and fully functioning but with limited public access. Business in the these departments that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, paying taxes or bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. The Clerk’s Office and Code Enforcement and Building Department will be taking special appointments for in-person interactions. 
  3. All City employee travel will be restricted, all conferences and workshops will be cancelled. 
  4. All non-essential City meetings will be postponed. Common Council meetings will be held but all other public Boards and Commissions will be cancelled or postponed. 
  5. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council Meetings in person. Meetings will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript will be made available on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means, however, where possible, the Common Council President or his designee must attend the meeting in person. 
  6. Per the Governor’s Executive Order,  for events and gatherings, please follow all State orders and regulations. Accordingly, no large public gatherings may be held as per the Governor’s order, as such conditions threaten or imperil the public safety of the citizens of Hudson. This requirement also applies to houses of worship. 

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 Learn more about Hudson's response to coronavirus.

Mar 18,2020

Public Comments: Local Law B

The Mayor is considering signing Local Law B and is accepting comments for the next seven days until March 27, 2020 at 5:00pm.

Local Law B would move future moneys received through the short-term lodging tax to be credited and deposited to the general fund for allocation during the budget process for any municipal purpose including a portion of which may be allocated to the Tourism Board.

After discussion at Common Council meetings and the Common Council's public hearing, the Common Council passed the resolution unanimously on 3/17/2020.

The Mayor’s public hearing requirement prior to signing proposed local laws has been suspended due to the public health emergency occasioned by the Covid-19 Pandemic.

3/27 UPDATE: comments are closed. View Comments.


Mar 16,2020

City Seeks ADA Architect

The City of Hudson is requesting proposals from qualified licensed architectural firms that are knowledgeable about the architectural accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
 
In 2019, the City of Hudson executed an Americans with Disabilities Act Settlement Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
 
City departments have been working to address all of the findings included in the Settlement Agreement. The City desires to hire an independent licensed architect and accessibility firm to survey all remaining City facilities and sites to identify barriers and to assist in the development of the City's transition plan to remediate these barriers.
 
Work to correct these compliance issues range from room identification signage to larger projects such as reconstructing accessible routes or parking spaces.
 
It is a priority of the City to remove barriers and provide equitable opportunities so that people of all abilities can access City facilities and parks with ease, feel welcomed and included to participate in programs and services, and travel freely and safely at intersections throughout the City.

It’s important that people feel safe walking in Hudson and crosswalk signals can make an intersection safer. Safe streets make a more just city, a better quality of life, and improve our economy.  

View the RFP. Proposals are due April 10, 2020.

Mar 10,2020

K.I.S.S. - Postponed

The Columbia County KISS (Keeping Identities of Seniors Safe) Program is postponed in order to reduce risk of coronavirus.

The KISS Program is designed to protect the identities of our seniors while assisting them in the shredding of their sensitive materials.  Seniors are encouraged to contact their local Town Hall for hours of operation and more information on the program. Justin Weaver, Columbia County Clerk’s Records Services Manager, is overseeing the program and can also be contacted with any questions at 518-822-0143.

For Additional information click here.
To view the Item Retention Guideline and Disposal list click here.


Mar 06,2020

Fishing Village Master Plan Request for Proposals

Give your input on a draft request for proposals for the Historic Fishing Village Master Plan. As part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, the city will preserve and redesign the Furgary Fishing Village as a public park. The city is considering issuing a request for proposals for a master plan.

The public can make comments on the draft document by emailing Mayor's Aide Michael Chameides at mayoralaide@cityofhudson.org by Monday, March 16.


Mar 06,2020

Affordable Housing Development Plan

Mayor Kamal Johnson announces a proposal to create an affordable housing development plan. The plan will be a collaboration between several organizations that addresses a wide variety of housing needs and types of affordable housing. The plan will review developable properties, funding opportunities, and development feasibility in order to create a document that recommends the operations, timeline, and partnerships for developing affordable housing.

“Too many of our residents are struggling with housing in Hudson,” says Mayor Kamal Johnson. “Creating an affordable housing development plan is an important step to meet Hudson’s housing needs.”

PLANNING NEEDED TO ADVANCE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Since Hudson does not have a planner, engineer, or staff member dedicated to land use or housing, Hudson needs to look to outside support to develop affordable housing. The affordable housing development plan will help identify and solve key problems to advance the development of affordable housing.

DETERMINE WHAT IS BUILDABLE

The plan will determine what building options are possible. The plan will incorporate engineering, SEQRA, zoning, neighborhood compatibility, and economic feasibility to create a menu of development options for each developable property. 

ADDRESS THE VARIETY OF HOUSING NEEDS

The plan will incorporate the variety of housing needs, which include a mix of income levels as well as rental and homeownership. Not every development project in the plan needs to address every need, but the totality of the projects need to have a comprehensive impact.

COLLABORATE WITH A VARIETY OF STAKEHOLDERS 

The plan, and the creation of the plan, should include a variety of stakeholders. The plan should create synergy and partnerships between organizations such as the City of Hudson, Hudson Community Development & Planning Agency, Hudson Housing Authority, Habitat for Humanity, Hudson Development Corporation, and Columbia County Economic Development Corporation.

IDENTIFY RIGHT FIT DEVELOPERS

The plan, and the creation of the plan, should help establish partnerships with developers in order to get effective outcomes. 

IDENTIFY FUNDING SOURCES

The plan should recommend funding sources for each project and identify how projects can be economically feasible while also considering Hudson’s short and long-term interests.

DEVELOPMENT TIMELINE 

The Plan will include a project timeline. The timeline will consider ways to maximize productivity and funding options. Since NYS State will only fund a limited number of Hudson projects in each grant cycle, the plan should map which projects will be applications for which funding cycles.

LONG-TERM VISION

The plan should look beyond the two-year term and establish a longer-term vision for the city and partners.

APPROPRIATE FLEXIBILITY

The plan should create a plan and framework with enough flexibility to account for future changes.

CREATING THE PLAN

The city and development partners will collaborate to jointly fund a consultant who will lead a collaborative process to create the housing development planning document.

The consultant should have relevant experience with

  • Affordable housing development
  • Affordable housing funding, especially NYS grants
  • Leading collaborative planning processes
  • Creating planning documents
  • Familiarity with Hudson, NY is a plus
  • Experience with developers who would develop in Hudson, NY is a plus

The City of Hudson, in collaboration with other housing and development organizations, will issue a Request for Proposals to identify the best consultant to partner with.

STRATEGIC HOUSING ACTION PLAN

The affordable housing development plan supports Hudson’s 2018 Strategic Housing Action Plan (SHAP). The plan will help accomplish SHAP’s goal 3: “production of new housing options: facilitate and support the development of new mixed-income housing activities carried out by private and non-profit developers, community groups and individuals.”

In February, the Galvan Foundation and Mayor Johnson announced plans to create 80 units of mixed-income rental housing at 7th and State St. The development is an important step in addressing housing needs, but it does not solve the problem. The Affordable Housing Development Plan will help identify additional locations for development, different types of affordable housing development, and additional developers to partner collaborate with.

BACKGROUND ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING

DEFINING AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Housing that is affordable costs no more than 30 percent of a household income for low-income households. For renters this includes rent and tenant-paid utilities. For homeowners this includes mortgage, insurance, and taxes.

WE NEED MORE AFFORDABLE RENTAL UNITS

The 2017 Housing Needs Assessment concluded that there is a scarcity of good quality cost-accessible family rental housing throughout Columbia County. Hudson’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant application states that “43% of households pay more than 30% of their household income for housing—a standard calculation of economic strain.” This is not a new finding, Hudson’s 2012 Housing Needs Analysis found a particular lack of cost-accessible units for households with $15,000 income or less. It also found that 44 percent of renters are paying more than 35 percent of their income for rent.

Low and moderate-income tenants that find affordable housing often suffer from bad conditions and because of the housing scarcity they fear reporting the issues. They worry that they will be evicted and then will have no other option. (2017 Housing Needs Assessment)

SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE HOMEOWNERSHIP

The 2017 Housing Needs Assessment concluded that there is a scarcity of good quality moderate-income owner-occupied single-family homes. Likewise, the 2012 study found “A substantial proportion of Hudson’s homeowners are ‘housing cost-burdened.’” Forty-two percent pay more than the recommended 30 percent of income to housing costs. Hudson homeownership is below the national average. Black households have a homeownership rate that is only 45 percent of white households.

Homeownership is an important step in economic opportunity. In a 2018 study, Goodman and Mayer report “Our Overall Conclusion: homeownership is a valuable institution. On average, it allows families to build wealth and serves as a measure of financial security.”

The 2017 Housing Needs Assessment found that credit issues and lack of housing stock contributed to this problem. Second homeowners as well as younger buyers moving to the County have increased housing pressures.

Many homeowners report additional changes after the 2019 re-evaluation of property taxes, taking a difficult situation and making it worse. 

HOUSING STABILITY HAS BENEFITS BEYOND HOUSING

Housing stability is key to creating opportunities. In a January 2018 research report by the Urban Institute, Corianne Scally reports:

“Those who need housing assistance but do not receive it face the threat of housing instability and may end up doubled up with family and friends or experiencing episodes of homelessness… Homelessness can lead to a particularly vicious cycle. Families may experience multiple stays in shelters or other homeless programs or become involved with the child welfare system. Individuals, particularly those with disabilities, may fall into a pattern of heavy use of emergency shelters, emergency rooms, and local jails.”

Alternatively, Scally notes, those who get housing assistance are less food insecure, are healthier (particularly for girls), and have better educational outcomes.

In the 2017 Housing Needs Assessment of Columbia County, school staff and administrators note how the lack of affordable housing in Columbia County poses education difficulties. Homelessness and housing instability can be traumatic for students and the school allocates staff and volunteer time and other resources to help compensate.

Housing stability is an essential component of a healthy community. We need to address this issue in order to address education, economic development, public health, and public safety. 


Mar 05,2020 Dunn Warehouse

Request for Development Ideas for Dunn Warehouse

The city seeks an adaptive reuse of the former Dunn Warehouse to increase city revenue, employment opportunities for residents (particularly living-wage jobs), and/or increase quality of life. The DRI Committee has issued a Request For Expression of Interest.

The 5500 SF Dunn Warehouse located on the corner of Broad and Water Streets adjacent to the Hudson Amtrak station. The City has conducted extensive planning exploring reuse of the site and has significant incentives to offer to the right partner/developer.

Mar 02,2020

Listen to Council Meetings Live

Audio stream council meetings from the city website. During council meetings, a live audio stream of the meeting is available. 

During council meetings, go to the City’s Meeting Calendar, scroll to the bottom, and hit the play button.

Listen live to Common Council Meetings

(Stream is available live, during the meeting.)

The streaming technology is provided by community-based radio station WGXC.

Other ways to learn about council meetings:


Feb 19,2020

Mayor Johnson Appoints Tourism Board Members

Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson announces new appointments to the Hudson Tourism Board. The appointments are the proprietor of Wm Farmer and Sons Boarding and Barroom Kristan Keck, writer and founder of Friends of Oakdale Tamar Adler, marketing professional Chris Mcmanus, and educator and small business owner Filiz Soyak.  

"People enjoy visiting Hudson because of our diversity, authenticity, and commitment to equity,” says Johnson. “These appointees will build on our strengths and support projects that ultimately benefit everyone—residents and tourists.”

In addition to the Mayor’s four appointees, the Common Council appointed Hannah Black, Selya Graham, Sidney Long, and Kate Treacy to the Tourism Board. Alderperson Calvin Lewis will chair the Tourism Committee. 

Tamar Adler is an award-winning writer, podcaster, and cook. Tamar founded the non-profit, Friends of Oakdale Lake, and is an enthusiastic supporter of a vibrant and inclusive Hudson community. Traveling for work, Adler has learned that the most exciting tourist destinations are those that support their communities. 

“We need to invest in our city—in its children, its residents, its parks,” says Adler. I look forward to working to increase investments in those areas, which will continue to make Hudson the remarkable draw it is, and drive more, and more diverse, tourism, in the future.”

Chris McManus has more than 25 years of marketing experience. He has helped nonprofits positively change their narrative and businesses align their narrative to meet their business goals. He grew up in Columbia County and is passionate about empowering local businesses and developing solutions that maximize our local potential.

"Tourism presents both challenges and opportunities for Hudson,” says McManus “We can be mindful in our approach and actively manage tourism to benefit both visitors to our great city and also the diverse communities that make up Hudson. This is about more than attracting visitors on weekends. It's about solutions that improve Hudson for everyone and programs that preserve the unique, extraordinary character that attracts tourists in the first place."

Kristan Keck and her partner Chef Wm Kirby Farmer are the proprietors of Wm Farmer and Sons Boarding and Barroom. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Keck came to hospitality following a decade long career as a producer in commercial, television, and film production. She has served on the Tourism Board since it’s founding In 2018. 

Filiz Soyak is an artist, educator, and small business owner. Soyak spent over 10 years in the education field—building award-winning curriculum and education programs promoting creativity, life skills, and career-readiness, for children and families of diverse communities. Her creative work has been exhibited and collected internationally. In 2019 Filiz co-founded Creative Citizen Alliance (CCA), a community organization with a mission to connect, serve, and advocate for the diverse creative community of Hudson. CCA provides a voice for local issues facing the creative sector, and actively seeks out innovative, actionable, and equitable solutions that benefit the local economy.


Feb 18,2020 Dunn Warehouse

City Prepares Request for Development Ideas for Dunn Warehouse

The city seeks an adaptive reuse of the Dunn Warehouse to increase city revenue, employment opportunities for residents (particularly living-wage jobs), and/or increase quality of life. The DRI Committee is drafting a Request For Expression of Interest that will solicit reuse proposals.

The public can make comments on the draft document by emailing Mayor's Aide Michael Chameides at mayoralaide@cityofhudson.org by Sunday, February 23.

DRI Committee agendas, meeting notes, and meeting documents can be viewed on the DRI Document Center.


Feb 17,2020 jumping into lake

The Oakdale Plunge

The Oakdale Plunge returns with an ice-breaking crash on Leap Day, Saturday, February 29, at noon.

Last year, 76 intrepid swimmers braved the frigid waters of Oakdale Lake to raise over $18,000. The proceeds were split between the Hudson Fire Department Water Rescue and Dive Team and the Hudson Youth Department. The all-volunteer Rescue Team does the crucial job of saving people who get into trouble in the Hudson River, while the Youth Department provides safe space and free enriching activities for our youth.

The Plunge takes place at Oakdale Lake, 132 N. 6th St., a public facility for swimming and recreation that is home to the Youth Department’s summer day camp. In 2019, 12 teams of whimsically costumed groups and individuals took the Plunge.

Prizes for Top Fundraiser and Best Costume will be awarded by a panel of judges including Mayor Kamal Johnson. Council President Thomas DePietro, Mayoral Aide Michael Chameides, and Alderperson Jane Trombley will be taking the plunge. Alderperson Dominic Merante is also supporting the event.

To make a splash as an individual or a team, or to donate, visit OakdalePlunge.Com


Feb 11,2020

Conservation Advisory Council Seeks New Members

The Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) advises the Common Council and Planning Board on matters related to the environment. By providing an informed perspective on land-use planning and decision-making, the CAC contributes to the conservation and improvement of the local environment and quality of life for residents. 

The CAC has openings for new volunteer members and invite residents of Hudson to join! 

A background in the environmental sciences, ecology, conservation, green infrastructure, city planning, green engineering, or environmental law is particularly useful, but there are no minimum professional qualifications.

Members are expected to devote time to CAC tasks, and should be able to work cooperatively with other municipal agencies. 

Prospective members should attend several meetings prior to seeking an appointment to the council. This gives a sense of the type of work and time commitment that is necessary.

CAC meetings are held at City Hall on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm.

If interested contact Council President Tom DePietro.


Feb 07,2020

Dunn Warehouse Repairs

The city of Hudson invites bids for Dunn Warehouse Roof Repair/Stabilization. For details, review the Invitation for Bids

Learn more about the Dunn Warehouse and Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

Feb 06,2020

Water Quality Grant for Oakdale Lake

Friends of Oakdale and the Columbia Land Conservancy received an Environmental Justice grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to map the Oakdale Lake watershed and study its water quality.

“We have an extraordinary asset in our 100-year-old, beautiful human-made lake, right in the middle of our city. But there’s confusion around where the water comes from, the clarity of the water, and what makes it into the lake from nearby properties,” says Tamar Adler, director of Friends of Oakdale Lake. “This is an opportunity to educate ourselves and our community about Oakdale and chart a course for how to improve the water quality, and how to protect it.”

This project will identify possible sources of water pollution near the lake, which could include old infrastructure, lawns, and/or commercial facilities. It will include citizen science and volunteer water testing. And, after identifying Oakdale Lake’s watershed and potential sources of pollution, partners will work together to create outreach materials to share information about how we can collaborate to protect and improve the lake. 

Oakdale Lake is a 5-acre spring-fed lake with a small sand beach, located in Oakdale Park, a 14-acre public park in downtown Hudson, managed by the Hudson Youth Department. The park also offers walking trails and a small playground. All of the lands that drain to the lake make up its watershed, which includes properties surrounding the park, even perhaps several blocks away. 

Friends of Oakdale Lake is collaborating on this project with the Columbia Land Conservancy, which is serving as a fiscal sponsor for the grant. CLC has an ongoing interest in protecting water quality throughout the county. In addition, CLC will provide educational programs working with Hudson youth that utilize the lake and surrounding woodlands at the park. 

“Working with youth and our partners in the City of Hudson is a significant part of our commitment to connect people to the wonders of the natural world. We are thrilled to be able to facilitate this important initiative and will do whatever we can to support the work as it goes forward,” says Peter R. Paden, CLC’s Executive Director. 

 “We need to ensure we have clean water and that our parks are as accessible as possible,” says Mayor Kamal Johnson. “Thank you to Friends of Oakdale and Columbia Land Conservancy for working on this important environmental justice project.”

Feb 03,2020

Public Space Improvements

Learn about the Downtown Revitalization Project (DRI) and how the city is moving forward to improve public space.

As part of the DRI, the city of Hudson is managing four projects: 

  • Renovate Promenade Hill Park and provide ADA access
  • Improving streets and transportation for pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists
  • Stabilize the Dunn Warehouse and prepare for re-use
  • Repurpose historic fishing village as a public park
“We need to ensure more people can access our public parks, our waterfront, and our streets. It’s great to be moving forward on these projects.”-Mayor Kamal Johnson

Public Information

Stay up to date by viewing the newly created DRI Document Center. View meeting minutes and agendas, plus the 2019 annual report.

Making Progress

In January 2020, the city finalized the Master Agreement-Contract with NYS DOS. This enables the city to move forward on contracts and advance these projects.


Jan 29,2020

Preserve Your Hudson River Access

Do you have a favorite spot for fishing, kayaking or spending time on the Hudson riverfront—or have a place where you’d like to be able to do those things?

Scenic Hudson is creating a comprehensive inventory of river access locations—formal and informal—so they can develop a plan to identify current gaps in access, recommend places for safe new shoreline access, and suggest ways to improve safety at existing rail crossings.

Tell Scenic Hudson how you use the river

Visit the public input map. The map lets you identify specific locations where you currently access the Hudson and make suggestions for new places where you'd like access to be allowed. You can also add comments listing the activities you enjoy on or along the river.

The map will be open for comments until January 31, 2020. 


Jan 26,2020

Our community stands together against anti-Semitism.

Statement from Mayor Kamal Johnson: 

“I am deeply troubled by the recent incident at Congregation Anshe Emeth. The Jewish community deserves to feel safe at synagogue and throughout our community. We must recommit ourselves to creating a more equitable city and region. We must combat anti-Semitic hate with solidarity.”


Jan 23,2020

City Receives Grant to Combat Displacement of Low-Income Residents

The City of Hudson has been awarded a New York State Anti-displacement Learning Network grant, by Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise) in partnership with the New York State Attorney General. Hudson was one of ten cities awarded the grant across New York State. The awarded applicants demonstrated an understanding of local causes of displacement, a history of collaborating, and a commitment to preserving and stabilizing neighborhoods facing high rates of displacement.

“This grant is an important step in addressing our housing crisis. I look forward to partnering with community leaders from Hudson and around New York State to create solutions.” -Mayor Kamal Johnson

The Hudson grant application was led by Council Member Rebecca Wolff. County Supervisor and Mayoral Aide Michael Chameides also worked on the application. Dan Kent from the Galvan Foundation provided technical support. The Anti-Displacement Project team also includes Council Member Calvin Lewis, service provider Serria McGriff, and Mayor Kamal Johnson. Several community organizations contributed to the application and expressed interest in collaborating on the project.

“Hudson’s low- and middle-income residents are being displaced in the current inflated housing market,” says Wolff. “This is a crisis of community that is negatively affecting the character and health of our city. The anti-displacement grant comes with a mandate to bring together elected officials, agencies, and impacted residents to identify and implement meaningful solutions to address the crisis.” 

“Residents and local leaders have the greatest understanding of how displacement and related issues impact their neighborhoods,” said Judi Kende, vice president and New York market leader, Enterprise Community Partners. “We are happy to work with the Attorney General’s office to provide communities with the resources they need to create and implement thoughtfully designed strategies so that residents can remain in their neighborhoods.”

In the first phase of the grant, the Anti-Displacement Project Enterprise will receive peer learning opportunities. During the second phase, grantees will work collaboratively with local stakeholders in affected neighborhoods to identify a high-impact anti-displacement strategy targeting the most vulnerable population(s)—particularly in low-income communities, communities of color, and renters—with the ultimate goal that successful outcomes will allow residents to remain in their homes and foster community stabilization. The program culminates in an additional grant application of up to $1 million to implement a strategy that will have a significant positive impact.

“When longtime residents are squeezed out of their homes where they have built their lives, their whole community and family suffers.”-NYS Attorney General Letitia James.

Jan 09,2020

Mayor Johnson Appoints Planning Board Members

Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson announced his appointments to the Hudson Planning Board. The appointments are Larry Bowne, Clark Wieman, Stephen Steim, and Teresa Joyner. Betsy Gramkow will be the Chair of the Planning Board. The appointments have been involved in numerous community projects and have important experience that will inform their roles on the Planning Board.

“The Planning Board plays a key role in Hudson’s future and these members will help steer us towards a more equitable and sustainable city.” - Mayor Kamal Johnson

Larry Bowne is a registered architect who has designed dozens of projects, including commissions in New York City; the Hudson Valley; Cushing, ME; Austin, TX; Zurich, Switzerland; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. As an architect and former professor of architecture, Bowne has collaborated with colleagues and students on several community engagement projects, dedicated to providing design services to historically underrepresented communities. He has a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Bowne is actively involved in Hudson's civic and community affairs. With Peter Spear and others, he organized a series of events in the Spring and Summer of 2019 as part of Future Hudson, which engaged Hudson’s citizens in conversations about their city. He has also participated in outreach and engagement with Our Hudson Waterfront. With Angelyn Chandler, he has launched Hudson Public, dedicated to helping Hudsonians imagine improved circulation and access to important educational, cultural and recreational resources. 

Stephen Steim is the executive director of the New Media Advocacy Project (NMAP), where he leads a team of narrative strategists that use visual storytelling, strategic communications, movement building, and cultural engagement to promote equity and justice. NMAP is the impact producer for PUSH, a new feature-length documentary that investigates how private equity and the financialization of housing is fueling the global housing crisis. NMAP is also mentoring a group of activists through its Rights Reframed program that are working on a range of creative advocacy projects about housing rights issues in Central Asia and the South Caucasus. 

Stephen is a filmmaker by trade and worked previously at Human Rights Watch and on the Obama Senate Campaign. He has a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from St. John's College and a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. 

Clark Wieman has over 30 years of experience as a real estate professional with extensive knowledge of architectural design and planning as well as building systems design and controls. He is the founder of Planet - Green Building Services, LLC, a real estate property management consultancy that includes mixed-use commercial and residential properties in Hudson. As owner and operator of 234-238 Warren Street, in Hudson, Wieman integrated upgrades of units, and management of workers, vendors, and contractors for a complete overhaul of a 10,000-square-foot residential and commercial space.   

Wieman worked at Cooper Union where he oversaw zoning upgrades to Cooper owned properties, which set the stage for the redevelopment of 3 sites. As Director of Planning and Capital Projects, he also oversaw the planning, design, and construction of 41 Cooper Square academic building, a $175 million, 180,000-square-foot academic facility. He has a Master’s of Urban Planning from New York University. Wieman served on the Planning Board since 2017 and is being appointed to an additional term. 

Theresa Joyner worked for the United States Postal Service and served as Superintendent of Finance and Germantown Post Office Postmaster. She recently completed a term serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals. She has also served on boards and committees for the Hudson Chamber of Commerce, Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson Lion’s Club, Columbia County Habitat for Humanity, Hudson Opera House, United Way Board, The Lions Club, Operation Unite Board, Shiloh Baptist Church, and All Nations Church.

Betsy Gramkow and her husband, Ted, are 15-year residents of Hudson’s First Ward. Gramkow has served as a Trustees of the Hudson Area Library, Hudson Hall, and Triform Camphill Community. As a member of Hudson’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Task Force, she Chaired the Waterfront and Transportation Committees.

Gramkow is the Development Director for the Preservation League of New York State, a statewide preservation non-profit in Albany that champions the essential role of historic preservation in community revitalization, sustainable economic growth, and the protection of historic buildings and landscapes. She was formerly the Executive Director of the Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation and before that, Development Director at Triform. Gramkow has been a member of the Planning Board since 2018.

Gramkow will serve as Chair of the Planning Board. Planning Board Member John Cody will represent the Planning Board on the Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency and the Industrial Development Agency. Cody is the former Common Council President.


Jan 05,2020 math-icon

Talking is Teaching

Mayor Johnson to speak at press conference.

Tuesday, January 7, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Columbia County Chamber of Commerce
1 North Front Street
Hudson, NY

Who: Columbia Opportunities, Inc., Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the Clinton Foundation.

Brief remarks will be made by:

  • Peter Taylor, President of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
  • Kristen Rocha Aldrich, Associate Program Director, Too Small to Fail
  • Serria McGriff, Senior Counselor, Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood and Talking is Teaching Trusted Messenger
  • Kamal Johnson, Mayor, Hudson, NY

Remarks and the unveiling of campaign materials will take place from 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm.

Visual opportunities will include public remarks, the unveiling of new Talking is Teaching materials including home book boxes, brochures, and posters. There will also be a mass distribution of books on that day to children ages 3-5 in Columbia County. The books are provided by the Early Literacy and Learning Network.

“Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” aims to give parents and caregivers the tools to talk, read and sing more with their young children from birth, increasing meaningful interactions that are critical to healthy brain and language development. According to a study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, almost 60 percent of American children start kindergarten unprepared, lagging behind their peers in critical language, math, and social-emotional skills. Research shows that during the first years of life a child’s brain forms one million new neural connections every second and absorbs information like a sponge. This is why simple, everyday interactions with young children-like describing objects seen during a walk or car ride, singing songs, or telling stories- can better prepare them for school, and lay a strong foundation for their social-emotional development, health, and lifelong learning.


Jan 01,2020 inaugeration-photo

Hudson Inauguration

Mayor Kamal Johnson, Common Council President Tom DePietro, City Council members, and appointees were sworn-in at a New Year's Day event.


Jan 01,2020

Mayor Kamal Johnson Announces Appointments

Mayor Kamal Johnson announces commissioners, Executive Branch staff, and legal team.

“These appointments have the experience, vision, and commitment to help us achieve a more equitable city.” -Kamal Johnson

Commissioner of Police Peter Volkmann

Johnson is appointing Peter Volkmann as the Police Commissioner. Volkmann graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Mercy College and received his Masters in Social Work from Fordham University. Volkmann retired as a police officer and an emergency medical technician with the Town of Ossining, New York Police Department. He served as Stockport Police Chief for four years before becoming the Chatham Police Chief. As Chatham Police Chief, Volkmann has initiated several innovative and successful programs, including the community engagement “Your Cop” program and the alternative to incarceration “Chatham Cares 4 U” program.

“I look forward to working with the Hudson Police, the mayor, and all of Hudson to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents.” -Peter Volkmann.

Commissioner of Public Works Peter Bujanow

Johnson is reappointing Peter Bujanow as the Commissioner of Public Works. Bujanow has been in the position since January 2015. During his nearly four years, he brought a commitment to good government, efficient purchasing and project management, and a collaborative approach. Bujanow supported city initiatives with his expertise in purchasing and effective spending. When the city was reviewing accessibility issues and the possible purchase of the John L. Edwards school, they turned to Bujanow to create the request for proposals (RFP). When the city’s youth department building needed repairs, city council members asked Bujanow to help create a long-term solution. Bujanow graduated from Siena College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Sage Graduate School with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He has extensive and diverse experience in both private and public sectors and recently retired from a New York State Public Authority where he was responsible for the supervision, management, and fiscal accountability of major capital construction procurement projects throughout New York State.

“Through my professional and government experience, I’ve learned how to manage projects, keep costs down, and get results. I’m happy to offer those skills back and contribute to our community.” -Peter Bujanow


COMMISSIONER OF YOUTH MAIJA REED

Johnson is appointing educator Maija Reed as Youth Commissioner. Reed has an 18-year history of working with youth and families in the city of Hudson. Her educational practice focuses on the individual learner even in group settings, acknowledging care and the development of trusting relationships as key components to life-long learning, knowledge-seeking, and community building.

“Children are our youngest citizens. Respecting and valuing young people as well as giving them voice and visibility is of paramount importance to me in all of the work I do.” -Maija Reed

Reed worked with a wide range of age groups and in a variety of settings. She has worked with young learners beginning in infancy, through elementary, intermediary, high school, and college, as well as continuing education and workshops for adults and seniors. She has worked in schools as an arts educator, in a host of community and arts organizations, at colleges, in private homes and has led education workshops at a variety of venues. She has a BFA from SUNY Purchase, Certificate of Completion Ateliersta Study Intensive from Reggio Emilia International, and Certificate of Completion Foundation Course in Infant Development and Care from RIE (Resources in Infant Educare).

COMMISSIONER OF FIRE TIMOTHY HUTCHINGS

Johnson is reappointing Timothy Hutchings as Fire Commissioner. Hutchings started with the Fire Department as an explorer in 1979 and became a full member in 1981 with J.W. Hoysradt Hose & Chemical Company #8. He served as a Lieutenant for nine years and Captain with Hoysradt Hose for seven years. He also served as Assistant Chief from 2001-2002 and Chief from 2003-2006. He has completed numerous New York State fire training courses as well as several Federal Emergency Management incident command classes. He was recognized in 1999 along with three other members for the rescue and resuscitation of a man trapped in his burning home.

He retired last year from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office where he served for 32 years in the capacities of Corrections Officer and Corrections Sergeant before transferring to the Communications Branch where he retired as a Master Sergeant.

He also previously served for 15 years with the Greenport Rescue Squad finishing his career as a Nationally Registered Paramedic.

COMMISSIONER OF AGING ROBYN WATERS

Johnson is appointing Robyn Waters as Commissioner of Aging. Waters worked as a community organizer for over twenty-five years in support of land conservation, disability rights, food security, and public education. She holds a BA in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Teaching and Learning and is dual certified in New York State to teach Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities. She worked as an advocate for adults with disabilities and with the aging population establishing individualized care plans.

“My goal is to listen and act responsively to the needs of the elders in our community and create inclusive spaces that honor their contributions and provide support as needed. When individuals are given the dignity and care they deserve, communities are transformed.” -Robyn Waters

City Clerk Tracy Delaney

Johnson is reappointing Tracy Delaney as the City Clerk. Tracy has been a clerk since 1990 and has been the City Clerk since 2009. During that time she has taken on an increasing level of responsibility including overseeing the Parking Violations Bureau, improving and managing records management, and streamlining Freedom of Information Law requests.

Mayoral Aide Michael Chameides

Johnson is appointing Michael Chameides as the Mayoral Aide. Michael Chameides serves on the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, Columbia County's legislative body, representing Hudson's 3rd Ward. He has worked on city initiatives and has also collaborated with state and federal elected officials and departments. He has professional experience with land use policy, education, communications, strategic planning, and operations. Chameides has been a vocal advocate for affordable housing, public transportation, immigrant rights, and increasing public access to public land.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to support Mayor Johnson and the city of Hudson. I am deeply moved by his commitment for an equitable city.”
-Michael Chameides

LEGAL TEAM

Johnson is appointing Cheryl Roberts as Corporation Counsel—Jeff Baker, Victoria Polidoro, Zoe Paolantonio, and Dan Arshack will also join the legal team. The team has experience in environmental and land use policy, criminal justice reform, and municipal law. The team also includes three women, a first for the city of Hudson. While working together to create a more equitable city, each lawyer will have a focus area for the city of Hudson.

Roberts will be returning to the position of Corporation Counsel to help manage the City’s legal work and provide institutional knowledge as Mayor Johnson implements his agenda for change.

Cheryl Roberts is the Executive Director of the Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice, a nonprofit founded by Francis Greenburger and Roberts in 2014 to advocate for reforms to the criminal justice and mental health systems. She is also a licensed bond agent providing pro-bono bond agent services to the Columbia County Bail Fund, a nonprofit community bail fund in upstate New York.

Roberts is a former town judge from Columbia County, New York, and became the first woman to serve as Corporation Counsel for the City of Hudson in 2012. Prior to becoming Corporation Counsel, Roberts served in various legal capacities for the City of Hudson including Special Waterfront Counsel and Assistant Corporation Counsel for the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Historic Preservation Commission, and Common Council between 2005 and 2011. Roberts also served as counsel to the Hudson Development Corporation from 2008-2015, and the Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency from 2013 - 2015. Earlier in her career, she practiced environmental and land use law and served as a counsel to committees in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Roberts wrote major portions of the coastal consistency legal brief cited in New York’s State’s ruling against the creation of a major cement operation in Hudson, NY. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Planning and Design and a J.D. from Rutgers University.

“I was honored to be asked by Mayor Kamal Johnson to join his administration which is about change, fairness, and inclusion. Our diverse legal team reflects these values and together we are anxious to help the Mayor and Council achieve their legislative and policy goals.” -Cheryl Roberts

Jeff Baker will serve as Assistant Corporation Counsel. He will serve as counsel for the Common Council and Planning Board. Baker has been practicing environmental and land use law in New York since 1987. He was counsel to Friends of Hudson during the review of the St. Lawrence Cement project and subsequently was City of Hudson Assistant Corporation Counsel to the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals from 2006-2007. He has served as a town attorney and planning board attorney for several towns as well as special projects attorney for a number of municipalities. Since 1991, he has been counsel to the Coalition of Watershed Towns comprising approximately 40 towns in New York City’s West-of-Hudson watershed. He is currently the Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals in the Town of New Scotland, Albany County where he lives. Mr. Baker received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

“I hope that I can provide my problem-solving abilities to the City and advise city officials on how best to address those challenges.” -Jeff Baker

Zoe Paolantonio will serve as Assistant Corporation Counsel. She will serve as counsel for the Zoning Board of Appeals and also represent the city on Code Enforcement issues at city court. Paolantonio is a family court attorney who has dedicated her career to working in the public interest. Prior to opening her Hudson-based solo practice in 2018, she served as a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, as a public benefits attorney at Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, DC and an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Northeastern University Domestic Violence Institute in Boston. Paolantonio got her J.D. from the New England School of Law, where she was published in the Law Review. She belongs to the New York Bar Association, the Columbia County Bar Association and is an active member of the Capital District Women's Bar Association. She has served as a Board member to WiseBodies and the Columbia County Family Resource Center.

“I look forward to working for Hudson with this progressive team.” -Zoe Paolantonio

Victoria Polidoro will serve as Assistant Corporation Counsel. She will serve as counsel for the Historic Preservation Board. Polidoro concentrates her practice in environmental, land use, and municipal law. She currently serves as planning board attorney or zoning board attorney, or both, for the Towns of Dover and Hyde Park and the Villages of Fishkill, Red Hook, and New Paltz. Ms. Polidoro was of counsel in Cooperstown Holstein Corp. v. Town of Middlefield, one of the first two decisions in the state defending the right of the Town to ban fracking for natural gas through the use of its zoning law, ultimately affirmed by the Court of Appeals. She was also of counsel in Gabrielli v. Town of New Paltz, which successfully defended the right of the Town of New Paltz to regulate its wetlands and vernal pools in the face of a constitutional and SEQRA challenge. This decision established that towns do not have to accurately map each wetland before enacting a wetlands law, nor do they have to forego regulating vernal pools, though they may exist for only two months a year. Ms. Polidoro got her B.A. from the University of Arizona and J.D. from Pace University Law School.

Daniel Arshack will be serving as Special Waterfront Counsel and will be the lead attorney on updating the Hudson waterfront plan. Arshack is co-founder of The Bronx Defenders. He was the President of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a founding member and officer of the International Criminal Bar. For over 30 years, Arshack has handled high-stakes and high-profile criminal cases, civil rights cases, and complex commercial cases that require creative and aggressive representation and delicate negotiations. Arshack got his B.A. from Brandeis University and the University of Stockholm. He obtained his law degree from the Antioch School of Law and he completed post-graduate work in Medical Bio-Ethics and the Humanities at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and Einstein School of Medicine. He is the President of the Center for Community Alternatives and has been counsel to Greenpeace and a member of the Natural Resource Defense Council for many years. An avid fisherman and kayaker, Arshack is committed to participating in creating a sustainable environment.

“I have children. Therefore, I am an environmentalist. Especially in the Hudson Valley, how we manage our natural resources and, particularly, our water resources, will determine the quality of life that all of our children and their children will have. Reasonable minds can find solutions to every challenge.” -Dan Arshack

 


Dec 27,2019

City Releases Plans for City Hall to Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Mayor has announced the results of the City funded feasibility study for City Hall ADA compliance of These four plans range in cost from $131,000 for simple front door access to $3.14 million for a complete renovation of City Hall.  The plans were developed by the design firm of Lacey Thaler Reilly Wilson and the schematics designs for each option can be reviewed here.

ADA Feasibility Study Plans

Nov 26,2019

Mayor Rector Suspends Meter Parking Fees For December

Mayor Rector has suspended putting coins in City of Hudson parking meters for month of December to encourage business in our business district -- that is from December 1 thru December 31, all meters except those in the Amtrak Parking Lost.  Have a Happy and productive Holiday Season!

Mayor's Proclamation

Nov 26,2019

Charge Your E-Vehicle in the Hudson Parking Lot --  Drive Green with $500 National Grid New Car Rebate

 The City of Hudson now is open for E-Vehicle business.  Six car charging stations are now active in the center of the City Parking Lot on Columbia Street between 5th & 6th Streets.

Plus, National; Grid is offering gifts of $500 to anyone who purchases a electric car before the end of December 2019.  Do you have questions about electric vehicles? Free webinar on December 5th!

If you need a new car, or are thinking about going electric for your next car purchase?  Curious about electric cars, but don’t know where to start? Drive Green with National Grid is a program to help you learn everything you need to know about driving on electricity.

There are lots of reasons to switch to an electric car: they’re more fun to drive, cheaper to fuel, and way better for the environment than gas guzzlers. Join us for a free webinar about electric vehicles to get your questions answered and learn how to get one! 

What: Drive Green with National Grid Webinar
When: Thursday, December 5th, 12 pm or 7 pm
Get tickets: RSVP here

The folks running the webinar are Green Energy Consumers Alliance, the non-profit organization working with National Grid to bring you clean rides.

$500 is enough to cover charging for 12,000 driving miles, jumpstart the installation of your own at-home charging station, or go for a wintertime getaway in your brand new electric car. Learn more and apply for your gift card here.  Call us at 800-287-3950 x 7 or email drivegreenuny@greenenergyconsumers.org with any questions you have about electric cars or this special end-of-year offer. 

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The Drive Green with National Grid discounts are in addition to the New York State Drive Clean rebate (up to $2,000) and the federal tax credit (up to $7,500). The Drive Green with National Grid web site has a wealth of information about the cars, incentives, charging, environmental impact, and more. Check it out at drivegreen.nationalgridus.com.  To qualify for the program discounts, all you have to do is fill out this form.


Nov 18,2019

K.I.S.S. - Keeping Identities of Seniors Safe

K.I.S.S. - Keeping Identities of Seniors Safe

DATE:  12/2/2019 – 12/13/2019
TIME: Monday - Friday  8:30AM - 5:00PM
Location: Hudson City Hall
                 520 Warren St
                 Hudson, NY 12534.

The Columbia County KISS Program is once again available to seniors in every town in Columbia County.  The KISS Program, founded by Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner, stands for Keeping the Identities of Seniors Safe.  It was designed to protect the identities of our seniors while assisting them in the shredding of their sensitive materials.  Seniors are encouraged to contact their local Town Hall for hours of operation and more information on the program. Justin Weaver, Columbia County Clerk’s Records Services Manager, is overseeing the program and can also be contacted with any questions at 518-822-0143.

For Additional information click here.

To view Item Retention Guidelines and Disposal click here.

 


Nov 14,2019

New Rules for Dogs and People at the New Dog Park

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Where the Dog Park Is

For the purpose of these rules, owner means the person in charge of the dog or dogs at the park. 

  • The dog park is open from dawn to dusk.
  • Use at your own risk. The City of Hudson is not responsible and will have no liability for the acts or omissions of dog owners and their dogs who use the dog park.
  • Dog owners must immediately clean up after their dogs.
  • Dogs must display a valid license and have up-to-date vaccinations. Puppies younger than four months, female dogs in heat, dogs that are ill or have a history of aggression are not allowed in the dog park.
  • No person may bring more than 3 dogs at a time to the park. No more than 15 dogs are allowed in the large dog section at one time and 15 dogs in the small dog section. Small dogs (under 30 pounds) may enter the large dog section at their owners’ discretion, but large dogs (over 30 pounds) are NOT allowed in the small dog section of the park.
  • Dogs must be removed from the park at the first sign of aggression toward a human or another dog.
  • No food, dog treats, alcoholic beverages, or smoking are allowed in the dog park.
  • Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Children are not allowed to chase or taunt the dogs.
  • People unaccompanied by dogs and animals other than dogs are not permitted in the dog park.

Oct 29,2019

City Seeks Sole Assessor

The City of Hudson, NY is seeking a certified experienced professional Tax Assessor who will be responsible for citywide assessment. Responsibilities include: working with outside consultant to complete citywide reval; annually valuing all parcels of real property citywide; all clerk duties; entering data in RPS systems, along with all property exemptions; updating all assessment records; and working closely with the city's building department. Candidates should have good knowledge of principles, practices and laws pertaining to Real Property valuation and assessment; be able to prepare and participate at all public hearings of the Board of Assessment Review. Establishing and maintaining a good working relationship with the public is essential. 

This is an appointed, part-time position – 3 full workdays per week at $35,000 per year.  The position is open until filled.  Interested parties are encouraged to apply via email to Hudson’s Mayor at mayor@cityofhudson.org.


Oct 25,2019

City Meetings Live-Streamed On WGXC

The City Council has arranged with local, listener-supported radio station WGXC to live stream all  open city meetings.  What this means is you can listen live to all public meetings on your computer as they are taking place.  Afterwards, the station eventually archives the recordings.  This is an exciting new level of open government.  With the WGXC app, you can listen on your phones as well.  The attached link will take you to the live stream page--check meeting times to listen in to government in action. https://wavefarm.org/radio/partner-streams/schedule/3s3xd1

 The red "broadcasts" button on the upper right is where you can access the developing archive.  


Oct 01,2019

JLE Building Adaptive Re-Use Feasibility Study Presentation

John L. Edwards School Building Feasibility Study Presentation
Hudson Civic Center
Public Forum #2
September 30, 2019



Aug 05,2019

City Clarifies Recycling Rules

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Recycling in Hudson is changing to meet the environmental and economic challenges of our times. The City of Hudson's Department of Public Works has clarified the rules for regular pickup of recyclable material -- what is recyclable and what is not.  We follow the guidelines of Columbia County's Solid Waste Department, which processes all Hudson's general trash and recyclables after they are collected by DPW.

What does this mean?  Recyclables must be on The List (they call it a protocol) and if not on The List, then put those items into the regular trash.  Also, recycles cannot be packaged in plastic bags -- they aren't recyclable. So put them out in metal, plastic or cardboard containers.

Here is Columbia County's explanation:

As many of you may be aware, a number of actions taken by China over the past months have begun impacting the recycling markets and state and local programs.

The new proposed standard quality limit is far more stringent than any existing international standard and unless there is an easing to some of the restrictions, market prices will likely be depressed, if markets are available at all. Our goal moving forward is to ensure the highest quality material that could be marketed by both domestic and international markets.

Columbia County like many other municipalities is working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and our vendor Casella Recycling to assist in educating residents and looking at potential financial assistance and guidance through this crisis.

Although the US exports a significant amount of recyclables, domestic markets do exist and may expand, perhaps as a direct result of China’s actions. However, these developments might take time and communications are critical to maintain public trust.

 


Jul 17,2019

Public Comments Sought on DRAFT Local Laws

The Legal Committee of the Common Council is currently reviewing the following Proposed Local Laws (FIRST DRAFTS).  The Committee is seeking written comments from the public, please email comments to Common Council President Thomas DePietro (councilpres@cityofhudson.org):

Short Term Rental Proposed Local Law (DRAFT)
Sidewalk Improvement District Proposed Local Law (DRAFT)
Sidewalk Landowner's Responsibility Proposed Local Law (DRAFT)

        UPDATE:  President DePietro states the 2nd Draft Proposed Local Law regarding Short Term Rental is in progress and will be posted soon.  (7/31/2019)

Jun 19,2019

Resolution No. 7 of June 18, 2019

Resolution No. 7 of June 18, 2019

The New York State Retirement System requires that all elected and appointed officials, who are members of the retirement system and are not in a time & attendance system; maintain records of activities for three consecutive months within 150 days of the start of a new term or appointment.


Resolution No. 7 of June 18, 2019

May 10,2019 CAC Inventory 2019

Hudson's Conservation Advisory Council Releases Natural Resources and Open Space Inventory

After four years, two state grants, and hundreds of hours of volunteer effort, the Hudson Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) presented the city's first natural resource and open space inventory to the Common Council at its meeting on Monday, May 13, 7 p.m., at City Hall, 520 Warren Street.

The inventory is a 56-page magazine-style report, including 14 specially created maps and a text explaining them. It provides a broad overview of natural and urban conditions within the city. The report is available free in printed form at City Hall and the Hudson Area Library, and online at the CAC's web page.

The inventory establishes a baseline of information essential to ensuring the health and well-being of Hudson's citizens, civic spaces and natural resources. The new maps show, for example, projections of future sea-level rise and waterfront flooding; the source of the city's drinking water; the presence of rare and endangered species; and where the city has — and lacks —  street trees.

The maps and analysis are as accurate as possible, given currently available data and the CAC’s limited resources. However, natural and urban conditions are always evolving. The inventory is offered as a snapshot in time, and the CAC intends that it be updated periodically. It is descriptive, rather than prescriptive — not a planning document itself, but a body of knowledge to be incorporated into planning documents and decisions. It does not answer all questions about the city's natural resources, address political controversies, or initiate any enforcement action.  But it does highlight important challenges Hudson faces. It identifies problems needing further study, and suggests possible actions to address them.

The CAC was established in 2015 to provide Hudson's governmental bodies and citizens with objective information about environmental concerns. There are currently several open seats; interested volunteers should contact Common Council President Tom DePietro.

 
 

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Reminders for the New Year!

As many of us use the new year to reflect and start new habits, perhaps it's also a good time to remind our residents about where they can find information about services in Hudson. 

Our website has a useful Resident Information page where you can find a lot of the information you may need about living here in Hudson. From parking rules and regulations to when and how to get your refuse and recycling picked up-- you'll find it all! 

**Please remember that residents and locals will have to pay for metered parking again as the suspension period is now over. 

**Here's a quick link to the Holiday Schedule for 2019. Note: Your  Christmas Trees can be put in the alleys and will be picked up by DPW until January 27, 2019.