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…

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…

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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…