Exploring Hudson’s Reassessment Mess

UPDATE: After a Common Council meeting at 5 p.m. today that included yelling, gavel-banging, and a violent confrontation between a common council member and a citizen, Hudson has passed another resolution concerning the reevaluation. Read about it here. Hudson’s property reassessments, which will influence how much individual property owners will pay in taxes in the…

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Accidentally Hiking Millbrook Mountain

I perused the nuts aisle in New Paltz’s Mobil On-The-Go while mentally flipping through potential titles for the adventure I was about to embark on. “Walking the Razor’s Edge” seemed a little bombastic, I thought while squinting at the nutrition facts on a bag of Planters. Plus it was too close to the W. Somerset…

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Dancing to Non-Profane Music – A Day in TOHV

I’ve always really enjoyed dancing. Wait, that’s not true. If I delve TRULY far back, the first time I remember dancing was at camp the summer before fifth grade with a girl much larger than me. This wasn’t exactly UNUSUAL at that age, what with girls hitting puberty earlier, but my friends at the time…

‘A Terrible Thing’ – New York Slashes Funds for Lyme Research

New York cut a million-dollar investment to battle Lyme and other tick-borne diseases to zero in the new budget passed last week. The funding aided numerous projects, including researching infected ticks in schoolyards, education and outreach programs, and studying environmentally sound ways of eradicating ticks in Hudson Valley neighborhoods. Lyme infected almost 10,000 people in…

Delgado Introduces “Public Option” to Expand Healthcare

Congressman Antonio Delgado introduced a bill Monday to make a form of Medicare available to all Americans, fulfilling assertions on the campaign trail he would address what he has repeatedly called the “health care crisis.” The bill would provide the “public option” of Medicare X, which would use existing Medicare physician networks but would keep…

Could Rent Stabilization Come to Hudson?

Last week, Hudson’s Common Council narrowly voted in favor of a resolution endorsing five state measures aimed at extending rent stabilization to Upstate New York. The non-binding resolution was meant to symbolically support the measures and to start a conversation about rent stabilization to address the city’s lack of affordable housing. The average rent in…

Ashokan High Point at Winter’s Last Gasp

“Alright,” I muttered with deep concentration. “Everyone keep their eyes peeled.” It was the third time Morgan, Ellen and I had driven down Peekamoose Road in Olivebridge looking for the DEC trailhead sign for Ashokan High Point, slowly passing residences while staring out the car windows like we were devising a burglary. Oh, we had…

Rob Bujan, Running to Lead Common Council, Lays Out Plans

First Ward Alderman Rob Bujan laid out his plans for Hudson after announcing on social media Monday he is running for Common Council President. Over the course of an hour-and-a-half interview in his Warren Street home, Bujan discussed tourism, affordable housing, Airbnbs and how to better communicate with city residents. Bujan is up against incumbent…

The World’s Largest Kaleidoscope

I had seen the building boasting the world’s largest kaleidoscope on many drives through the Catskills, cropping up along Route 28 in Mt. Tremper between the idiosyncratic motels and restaurants perched on cliff-faces. “WORLD’S LARGEST KALEIDOSCOPE,” the lettering bellowed, with an arrow helpfully pointing to a silo emerging from the structure. The building was asking…

Environmental Advocates Say 2050 Is Too Late

One theme resonated more heavily than others at the Climate and Community Protection Act hearing in New Paltz Friday: 2050 wasn’t soon enough. Many of the 38 activists, local elected officials and environmental advocates who spoke at the three-and-a-half-hour hearing said the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA), a state bill aiming to reduce greenhouse…

The End of Bail in New York?

The bail system in New York may soon end with Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposing a measure to end the practice and democrats controlling the state legislature. Advocates for ending the system argue bail, which by state law is only meant to assure a defendant shows up to court dates, ends up discriminating against the poor,…

Signing Death Waivers for Charity

I don’t particularly like arriving at large events alone – it makes me feel awkward to see everyone arriving in boisterous, high-fiving groups and have to slink in like some divergent misanthrope. This awkwardness was exacerbated while arriving at the Hudson Polar Plunge Saturday because of my costume, which was thrown together at the last…

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Hudson (Finally) Getting Affordable Grocery Store

Rolling Grocer 19 is expanding its affordable food operation from a mobile trailer to a storefront set to open March 5. Hudson, with a poverty rate of nearly 20 percent, has no affordable grocery store. The one grocery option in the city, Olde Hudson, caters to a boutique crowd and is out of reach to…