Hudson Considering Moratorium on AirBnbs

Hudson is weighing whether to enact a moratorium on all new short-term rentals and may permanently limit the number of these rentals an individual can operate. The two measures were discussed by the city’s Legal Committee this week, and the Committee’s chair, Alderman John Rosenthal, is in discussions with the City Attorney about writing them…

Meet the Anti-Trump Brass Band Playing a Protest Near You

Only a handful of musicians from Tin Horn Uprising were visible as I strode up the sidewalk to Kingston City Hall. The musicians greeted each other warmly and chatted while preparing their instruments on the edge of the wide lawn as the clock ticked down to the start of their latest protest. The gaggle tooted…

Friend: Gay Man Was Called “F****t” Before Beating

A gay man was called a “f****t” while leaving a store on Warren Street in Hudson Monday, which started an argument, according to the victim’s friend, eventually leading to the victim being badly beaten. The alleged assailant was arrested at about 6 p.m. Tuesday while hiding near a wooded area in Hudson and charged with…

Suspect Caught in Beating of Gay Man

Update: After much thought, I have decided to remove the video because of how it might impact the victim. A description of the video has been added. A suspect was arrested Tuesday afternoon for allegedly severely beating a gay man in Hudson the evening before. The suspect, who has not yet been identified by police,…

The Cost of Saving a Minnewaska Park Lake Is in

Estimates for repairing the Tillson Lake Dam came back millions of dollars lower than originally predicted, bringing saving the lake significantly closer to reality. The Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC) announced plans in March 2018 to deconstruct the worn dam and de-water the lake, which is part of the Minnewaska State Park Preserve, for safety…

Chasing F@&%in’ Black Cat – A Day in TOHV

I’m sitting on my balcony a few weeks back, assembling some ingenious piece of journalism, when the sound of demons screwing shoots across the lawn and deep into my bones. I vault out of my armchair, dodge out of my room, and pound down the staircase and through the front door, a dark curse on…

Rent Stabilization is Coming Upstate. Will It Matter?

Rent Stabilization – long limited to New York City and certain communities in bordering counties – will be an option for Upstate New York municipalities after the democratic-led state legislature passed an omnibus bill dramatically changing how renting works throughout the state. Several Hudson Valley communities expressed interest in rent stabilization prior to the bill…

Kayaking (And Capsizing In) Stockport Creek

Nature is always within walking distance in the Hudson Valley, and sometimes, even biophiles like me overlook an adventurous opportunity a stone’s throw away. I’m not being literal there. You could not throw a stone from my driveway and hit Claverack Creek. BUT, you COULD hit it with the aid of certain medieval projectile weapons,…

Who Should be Hudson’s ‘Branding Consultant?’

Hudson’s Tourism Board heard three presentations Friday from marketing companies hoping to become Hudson’s ‘branding consultant.’ The Tourism Board is tasked with marketing the city of 6,200 using funds garnered from the city’s lodging tax, which levels a 4 percent tax on traditional hotels and short-term rentals, such as Airbnbs. The board has seen pushback…

Hudson Police Investigating Violent City Meeting

Hudson police are investigating an altercation between Common Council President Thomas DePietro and another man outside last Wednesday’s chaotic Common Council meeting. Hudson Police Chief Ed Moore confirmed the investigation Monday morning. The special meeting was held in the Hudson Area Library to discuss the Common Council’s response to Mayor Rick Rector’s veto of their…