Common Council

The general legislative powers of the City for all municipal purposes, except such as may be vested in other boards, commissions or officers of the City, and except as such powers may be limited by the provisions of this Charter or by law, shall be vested in the Common Council; and subject to the limitations herein stated the Common Council shall have authority to govern the City, manage its affairs and provide for the protection, security and welfare of the City, its inhabitants and their property. The Common Council shall have power to make such local laws and ordinances as it shall deem necessary to insure the well-being and good order of the City, and to amend the same. It may by vote of a majority of all its members, taken by ayes and nays, repeal any local law or ordinance which may have been passed under this Charter or which may have been passed under any previous charter, act or local law.

Special Notice From the President of the Common Council
As the city moves forward in becoming ADA compliant, each voice is important and should be heard, as one method to provide equal access for people with disabilities. If anyone requires accommodations to attend meetings, please contact the President of the Common Council or the chairperson of the Committee at least two weeks prior to the meeting.

Common Council Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic   
Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation to extend virtual access to public meetings under New York State’s Open Meetings Law, which allows New Yorkers to virtually participate in local government meetings.  Zoom Information is available on the city meeting calendar prior to the meeting.  

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.

The red "broadcasts" button on the upper right is where you can access the developing archive.  (10/25/2019)

Hudson City Zoom Meetings - Youtube

City of Hudson Charter: Chapter C: Article X11 -- Common Council



Thomas DePietro - Common Council President

1st Ward 
Art Frick

Margaret Morris

 2nd Ward 
Dewan Sarowar

Mohammed Rony

 3rd Ward  
Amber Harris

Ryan Wallace

 4th Ward  
Malachi Walker

Theodore Anthony

 5th Ward 
Vicky Daskaloudi

Dominic Merante


The Legal Committee of the Common Council is currently reviewing the following Proposed Local Laws (FIRST DRAFTS).  The Legal Committee is seeking written comments from the public, please email comments to Common Council President Thomas DePietro  ( (6/27/2019):
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)

Alderman Halloran's Materials related to Revaluation Project
(Common Council Special Meeting held 4/24/2019):
Columbia County Sales 07/01/2015 - 06/30/2016
Columbia County Sales 07/01/2016 - 06/30/2017
Columbia County Sales 07/01/2017 - 06/30/2018
Contesting your Assessment in New York State
Complaint on Real Property Assessment Form

Legal Advisor Howard's Legal Materials related to Revaluation Project
(Common Council Regular Meeting held 4/16/2019):
Assessor (powers and duties); Complaints (duty of board of assessment review)

Assessments (responsibility of assessor)

McAlevey v. Williams
Volume 1 Opinions of Counsel SBEA No. 75
Assessor (powers and duties)(revaluation program)
Volume 1 Opinions of Counsel SBEA No. 73
Assessment roll (assessor's duties)(final filing)

J.L. Edwards School Building Adaptive Re-Use Feasibility Study Proposals (3/12/2019) :
3t Architects PLLC 
Hyman Hayes Associates LLC
Synthesis Architects LLP
Rhinebeck Architecture
Ballina Group LLC
Trudeau Architects PLLC
Lacey Thaler Reilly Wilson Architecture & Preservation LLP

J.L. Edwards School Building Adaptive Re-Use Feasibility Study Proposals:

Request for Proposals - John L. Edwards School Building Adaptive Reuse Feasibility Study
Request for Proposals (Addendum No. 1) - John L. Edwards School Building Adaptive Reuse Feasibility Study