New Airbnbs Will Continue After Failed Vote

New Airbnbs will continue to open in Hudson after the Common Council failed to override the mayor’s veto of their nine-month moratorium on short-term rentals (STRs) in the city. Though the moratorium passed the Common Council unanimously last month before being vetoed by Mayor Rick Rector Friday, four council members changed their tune during Tuesday…

Sam Pratt: Dem Elections Commissioner Out After Vote

Virginia Martin will no longer be the Columbia County democratic elections commissioner after her reappointment was voted down by both Democrats and Republicans on the Columbia County Board of Supervisors last night. The vote follows November’s elections, which were marked by confusion and repeated delays in posting official vote counts. Read the full story by…

Two Counties Taking Legal Action Against EPA in Hudson Cleanup Fight

In Brief­-  Ulster County is taking legal action against the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), contending the Hudson River has not been sufficiently cleaned of carcinogens spewed from old General Electric (GE) plants. The county joins Dutchess County in supporting a lawsuit brought by New York against the EPA after the federal agency issued a…

Will Columbia County’s Mental Health Facility be Privatized?

A Columbia County committee charged with optimizing the county’s health services met May 20th and discussed a controversial topic – whether the county’s Mental Health Clinic, which had been losing money for years, should be privatized to save money. Members of the Human Services Productivity Committee previously discussed offering the clinic to Columbia Memorial Hospital…