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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

Here’s Why the Hudson Valley and Catskills’ Population is Falling

The northern Hudson Valley and Catskills’ population has fallen faster than greater Upstate New York in recent years. Seven counties — Columbia, Greene, Ulster, Delaware, Putnam, Sullivan and Dutchess — saw a loss in population from 2010 to 2017, with Orange, Westchester and Rockland counties seeing an increase, according to an analysis of Census data.…

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Amtrak Pulls Plan to Fence Off Parts of Hudson River

Amtrak announced Friday it would withdraw an application seeking to fence off more than a mile-and-a-half of Hudson River shoreline. The emailed announcement ended for the moment a battle between Hudson River municipalities and Amtrak that started last winter when the federally-subsidized rail company sought permission from the New York State Department of State (NYSDOS)…