Brief Update: Exploring Hudson’s Assessment Mess

The Hudson Common Council voted again to throw out the city’s preliminary assessments during a meeting rife with insults, angry interruptions, gavel-banging, and a physical confrontation between a former and a current Common Council member.

The resolution is the same as the legislation passed by the Common Council last week, but with a section specifically requesting Mayor Rick Rector reject the assessment.

That language was removed from the original resolution passed by the Common Council prior to last week’s vote. Language asking the mayor to “terminate” the contract with GAR, the private firm aiding in the assessments, and reject “any recommendations and opinions by GAR” concerning the assessments, was included in the original resolution.

The original resolution was vetoed by Mayor Rick Rector on Friday.

Eileen Halloran, Rob Bujan, and Dominick Merante — who all abstained from the first vote — voted against today’s resolution.

The resolution was passed over the protests of Hudson City Attorney Andrew Howard, who maintained his stance the resolution was illegal by state law.

There was much interrupting during the meeting. When Alan Weaver, a local real estate agent, began challenging Common Council President Tom DePietro’s stances during the public comment period of the meeting, the two raised their voices until DePietro began loudly banging his gavel and called a five-minute recess, walking out of the room.

Mid-way through the recess, John Freidman, a former Common Council member, was heard outside the meeting room asking if DePietro had called him “a motherfucker.”

“You’re a pussy,” Friedman was heard saying to DePietro after a brief pause.

DePietro was then seen shoving Friedman against the wall at the edge of a staircase. The two struggled until they were pulled apart by Alderman Shershah Mizan and others.

Friedman continued down the staircase and out of the library, which held the meeting, while DePietro stayed. The meeting recommenced a few minutes later.

The resolution’s fate will now be considered by Mayor Rick Rector, who can veto the legislation. The Common Council can override his veto with a two-thirds majority.

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