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Sep 29,2020

Mayor Johnson Appoints Police Commissioner

Mayor Kamal Johnson appoints Shane Bower as Police Commissioner. Bower served in the Hudson Police Department from 2001 to 2019, when he retired as Sergeant. He held positions of School Resource Officer and Juvenile Aid Officer. He was also a certified Field Training Officer, a Fire and Accident Reconstruction Investigator, and was a part of the Law Enforcement Bike Patrol. He is a certified Motor Vehicle Investigator, a Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Collision Investigator as well as being part of FEMA’s Incident Command ICS, 200, 300, and 700. 

Bower brings the experience of several departments and organizations. Prior to working at the Hudson Police Department, he worked at the Ulster and Chatham Police Departments. He has been a volunteer firefighter since 2002 and is a certified Diver for their Rescue Dive Team and an NYS Level I Fire Investigator.


Sep 25,2020

Community Sailing

Sign up for a free 1-hour sailing trip on the Schooner Apollonia. Sign up for Sunday, September 27 at 3:00 PM, Sunday, September 27 at 4:00 PM, Sunday, October 4 at Noon, or Sunday, October 4 at 1:00 PM.

In addition to the carbon-neutral shipping of freight and cargo, the Apollonia helps communities engage with the Hudson River. See what it's like to hoist the sail, be on the river, and view Hudson from the water. Learn about the ecology, economy, and history of the Hudson River. Or just sit back and enjoy the sail.

Reserve your seat by texting 518-303-6060. Participants will have a physically distanced seat on the boat. Participants must wear a mask and maintain physical distance. Life jackets are provided.


Sep 23,2020

Hudson Connects Demonstration Project

On Saturday, October 3, 9 AM to 6 PM, you’re invited to help improve pedestrian safety and ADA accessibility. Paint The Streets With Us!

The Hudson Connects project team invites you to help install temporary projects that improve pedestrian safety and ADA accessibility for people of ALL ages and abilities.

These two temporary projects will be implemented at the intersections of Front + Warren Street and North 2nd + State Street. Each location was selected with direct community feedback the project team has been collecting since July, 2020.

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The projects will test the potential to make permanent improvements to both intersections, which would be included in the final Hudson Connects Implementation Plan, funded by the State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, and to be constructed in 2021.

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HUDSON CONNECTS OVERVIEW

The Hudson Connects demonstration and pilot projects will provide short-term and low-cost improvements to two Hudson intersections. The goal of the two projects is to test out potential streetscape enhancements that could be built permanently using DRI funds. The two projects are also intended to increase awareness of the Hudson Connects project and provide an opportunity for local Hudson residents to get further involved in the planning process. 

Public and City departmental feedback will be collected over the coming weeks and months in order to assess what project elements work well, and what may need to be reconsidered should one or both projects be included as priority projects to be built with the City’s DRI funds in 2021. 

Demonstration and pilot project sites were identified by community members who have participated in the Hudson Connects walking tour, kick-off workshop, focus group conversations, the Promenade Hill Park open house, and the project survey. Given existing conditions, the project timeline, budget, and public feedback, the demonstrations project will focus on two  intersections: Front and Warren, and North 2nd Street and State Street.

FRONT AND WARREN 

The demonstration project at Front Street and Warren Street intersection will include three large painted curb extensions, which will slow down turning vehicles, allow people walking and rolling in wheelchairs to be more visible to motorists, and shorten the crossing distances from one side of the street to the other. Temporary sidewalk ramps will also be installed so that those with physical disabilities, strollers, luggage, shopping carts etc. will have an easier time moving from the street to the sidewalk and vice-versa. This project will use inexpensive and temporary materials that likely will be removed within a week or so, offering just enough time for City leaders, residents, and the consultant team to assess the merits of the changes. 

NORTH 2ND AND FRONT 

The demonstration project at North 2nd and Front Street intersection will include painted curb extensions as well as high-visibility crosswalks to enhance driver awareness. A painted sidewalk along the north side of State Street will encourage cars to slow down while also connecting pedestrians from the North 2nd and State Street intersection with the entrance to the Bliss Towers park and playground where currently there is no sidewalk. Finally, midblock curb extensions will be paired with the existing crosswalk over State Street, between the park entrance and the sidewalk on the south side of the street, so that people walking or rolling are more visible and have less distance to cross. This project will use more durable materials and be intended to last several months to a year. 

LEARNING AND PLANNING 

The feedback received and lessons learned from both of these projects will be used to inform if and how they and other projects like them may be included in the priority plan to implement permanent streetscape improvements as party of the DRI process.

If interested in volunteering to install either of these projects, email john@streetplans.org.

LEARN MORE ABOUT HUDSON CONNECTS


Sep 19,2020

Statement on Police Commissioner

On September 19, 2020, Mayor Kamal Johnson released the following statement:

"I have received and accepted the resignation of Police Commissioner Pete Volkmann. I’m thankful for the work that was accomplished during his nine months as Commissioner. Moving forward, we will continue our work to improve public safety as well as police-community relations. I will continue to work closely with the Hudson Police Department, the Police Reconciliation & Advisory Commission, and Transitions to Treatment. As the great John Lewis would say always forward never back."


Sep 15,2020

Mayor Johnson and Andrew Yang Town Hall

Mayor Johnson and Andrew Yang will host a town hall on September 17 at 5pm. Join Andrew Yang, former presidential candidate and founder of the Humanity Forward Foundation, and Mayor Kamal Johnson for a conversation universal basic income, the HudsonUP UBI pilot program launching in Hudson this fall, and other economic and social issues. Tune in to the virtual town hall at the following links on YouTube or via Facebook.


Since its formation in March, the Humanity Forward Foundation has provided millions of dollars in financial assistance to American families. The organization is now partnering with the Spark of Hudson, a learning and training center in Hudson, N.Y. set to launch in 2021. 

HudsonUP is a five-year UBI pilot program that will provide 25 randomly selected Hudson residents $500 each month for five years. Residents of Hudson, N.Y. can now enter for their chance to be randomly selected for the HudsonUP universal basic income project. Deadline for entry is September 20, 2020.


Sep 14,2020

Minority and Women Owned Businesses Award Announcement

Galvan Foundation and Mayor Kamal Johnson announced the  award of $100,000 in grants to 13 minority and women owned small businesses in Hudson and Columbia County. The initiative aims to support the long-term growth of minority and women-owned businesses. The businesses selected to receive grants each show great potential to expand over the coming years.

“Galvan Foundation believes everyone deserves to have a home in this city and a chance to thrive. Minority-owned businesses are the heart of Hudson. With these grants, we are proud to play a role in ensuring that these businesses can overcome challenges, serve our community, and grow,” said Dan Kent, the Galvan Foundation’s vice president of initiatives.

“COVID-19 has challenged our city and our businesses like never before, but we won’t let the crisis prevent Hudson’s entrepreneurs from striving and succeeding. The Galvan Foundation has stepped up, and with its help these 13 businesses will be able grow their business. I look forward to seeing all they will contribute to our community,” said Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson.

The 13 businesses that will receive grants totaling $100,000 are:

  • 3J Customs, custom printed apparel and promotional products
  • Chimba Art, high-quality artwork prints on canvas
  • Collins Kitchen, family-owned catering and delivery business specializing in Caribbean cuisine
  • Grandma's Kitchen, soul food catering company planning to expand to a storefront location after more than 50 years in operation
  • Hazel’s Essentials, all-natural hair and skincare products along with wellness workshops
  • I’m Beauty Store, cosmetics, haircare and beauty products
  • Janet Oar, sustainably manufactured furniture and other products
  • LYF Fitness, fitness classes and customized personal training
  • M&J’s Unisex Hair Salon, barbershop and training site with a focus on community
  • Martin Audio Video Services, creative video services specializing in online marketing for small businesses
  • Shakesphere's, custom cakes, baked goods, and signature infused berries
  • The Eagle, fresh food and groceries, specializing in Hispanic products
  • What's Really Good, serving barbecue for 10 years with plans to upgrade to a food truck
Learn about additional business and ecomoic support opportunities. 

Sep 06,2020 sloop-650

Free Waterfront Program

On Sunday, September 6, Schooner Apollonia and Sloop Clearwater host a free community event at the Hudson Waterfront. From 1 PM to 5 PM, The Clearwater offers on-shore, hands-on participatory activities. These cover topics including the aquatic life and history of the Hudson River. Also, The Clearwater will offer deck tours

Join The Apollonia for sailing trips at 2 PM, 3 PM, or 4 PM. Participants will watch the crew raise sails, shut down the engine, and navigate by sail past the Hudson Athens Lighthouse. These trips are designed to be a safe introduction to boating on the Hudson River. Also, they will give everyone the experience of leaving and arriving in their home port from the water.

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Launched in 1969 by legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has long been part of the environmental movement as champions of the Hudson River. To date, more than half a million people have experienced their first real look at an estuary’s ecosystem aboard the sloop Clearwater.

The Apollonia was recently recognized by Scenic Hudson for its environmental mission.

All activities will follow physical distance and safety guidelines and are free of charge.


Sep 02,2020

Short Term Rental Regulations

Here is the latest version of the Short-term rental law that will be discussed at the next Common Council Informal Meeting on September 8th:

Short-Term Rental Regulations Proposed Local Law (9/4/2020)



On Wednesday night, August 26th, at 6:15 PM, the Legal Committee of the Common Council will meet to discuss the latest (and we hope last) version of the short-term rental regulation, which is attached here.

Short Term Rental Regulations Proposed Local Law DRAFT
Regulation of Short Term Rentals Presentation


Links to articles that provide research support for the power point presentation:

The economic costs and benefits of Airbnb: No reason for ...

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The economic costs and benefits of Airbnb: No reason for local policymakers to let Airbnb bypass tax or regulatory obligations | Economic Policy Institute

www.epi.org

Analysis shows that the costs of Airbnb expansion to renters and local jurisdictions likely exceed the benefits to travelers and property owners. Thus there is no reason policymakers should reverse long-standing regulatory decisions simply to accommodate the rise of a single company.


https://hbr.org/2019/04/research-when-airbnb-listings-in-a-city-increase-so-do-rent-prices

 https://www.forbes.com/sites/garybarker/2020/02/21/the-airbnb-effect-on-housing-and-rent/#4ee491582226

 http://hcdpa.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Hudson-Strategic-Housing-Plan-2018.pdf

 https://airbnbwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/FACTSHEET_AFV_Airbnb-Impact-on-Housing-FINAL-1.pdf

 https://comptroller.nyc.gov/reports/the-impact-of-airbnb-on-nyc-rents/

 https://www.chathamnewyork.us/document_center/Zoning%20Code/FAQ%20STR%20May%2016%202019%20bb%20minor%20changes.pdf

http://blogs.ubc.ca/canadianliteratureparkinson/files/2016/06/How-Airbnb-Short-term-rentals-disrupted.pdf



North Elba / Lake Placid Short-Term Rental Assessment


Sep 02,2020

Universal Basic Income

Apply for the Hudson Universal Basic Income Program

Residents of Hudson who are above the age of 18 and earn less than $35,153 each year (median annual income of the city of Hudson) are eligible to be selected for the Universal Basic Income program. Participants may be single, married, with children or without. Selection will be conducted via a random lottery weighted by equity factors and overseen by independent researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

The deadline to apply is September 20, 2020.


About the Program

HudsonUP is a basic income pilot created by The Spark of Hudson and Humanity Forward and based in Hudson. The initiative is being designed in collaboration with the community and Mayor Kamal Johnson.

It is important to build a resilient, “trickle-up” economy that works for everyone. The concept of a universal basic income is a simple one: unconditional, regularly recurring payments made to everyone. With HudsonUP, The Spark of Hudson & Humanity Forward aim to partner with the Hudson community to test this simple concept by providing $500 each month to 20 randomly-selected Hudson residents for five years.


Sep 01,2020

2020 Election Information

Election Day is November 3, 2020. Register to vote, apply for an absentee ballot, and learn more. 

Due to COVID, every eligible voter may vote by absentee ballot. To vote absentee, you must first apply for an absentee ballot.

Aug 25,2020

Public Space Improvements

On Tuesday, August 25, the City of Hudson invited residents to a design open house at Promenade Hill Park to meet the consultant teams working on two ongoing projects: Hudson Connects and the renovation of Promenade Hill Park. At the event, participants reviewed preliminary design concepts and provided feedback on both projects. 

Starr Whitehouse is the design consultant on the Promenade Hill Park renovation. The design team gave a presentation displayed project designs with four accompanying boards. These materials included two concept-level design alternatives. The team also distributed surveys to members of the community in attendance to gather feedback on the design concepts that were shared.

The Promenade Hill Park survey can be completed online until September 8.

Street Plans and Arterial presented on the Hudson Connects street improvements. They reported on existing street conditions and types of possible improvements. They also suggested six possible pilot projects and asked participants to vote for their priorities. 

Learn more about the DRI projects 


Aug 24,2020

K.I.S.S. - Keeping Identities of Seniors Safe

8/31/2020 - 9/11/2020
Monday - Friday 8:30AM - 4:00PM
*** Please call for an appointment - 518-828-1030***
Hudson City Hall
520 Warren St
Hudson, NY 12534

The Columbia County KISS Program is once again available to seniors in every town in Columbia County.  The KISS Program, founded by Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner, stands for Keeping the Identities of Seniors Safe.  It was designed to protect the identities of our seniors while assisting them in the shredding of their sensitive materials.  Seniors are encouraged to contact their local Town Hall for hours of operation and more information on the program. Justin Weaver, Columbia County Clerk’s Records Services Manager, is overseeing the program and can also be contacted with any questions at 518-822-0143.

For Additional information click here.

To view the Item Retention Guideline and Disposal list click here.


Aug 21,2020

Reporting to the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System

Resolution No. 5 of August 18, 2020

The New York State Retirement System requires that all elected and appointed officials, who are members of the retirement system and are not in a time & attendance system; maintain records of activities for three consecutive months within 150 days of the start of a new term or appointment.

The Retirement System also requires the municipality to post the approved resolution to the city's website for a minimum of 30 days.

Resolution No. 5 of August 18, 2020

Aug 19,2020

Clearwater at Waterfront Wednesday

On August 19 from 4 PM to 7 PM, the iconic sloop Clearwater will be providing free deck tours, live fish demonstrations, music, and interactive river lessons. The Clearwater is visiting Hudson as part of the Waterfront Wednesday. 

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Launched in 1969 by legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has long been part of the environmental movement as champions of the Hudson River. To date, more than half a million people have experienced their first real look at an estuary’s ecosystem aboard the sloop Clearwater.  

Waterfront Wednesdays runs on Wednesdays from 4 PM to 8 PM at the Henry Hudson Waterfront Park. There is m
usic, vendors, food, and boat tours. The program adheres to COVID-19 safety protocols. Please wear a mask and keep your distance from others. Waterfront Wednesday will continue on August 26. 
 
Photo Credit: Steve Stanne

Aug 18,2020

Public Space Projects Design Open House

The City of Hudson invites the public to a Design Open House at Promenade Hill Park during the evening of August 25 to meet the consultant teams working on two projects: Hudson Connects and the renovation of Promenade Hill Park. At the event, participants will review preliminary design concepts and provide feedback on both projects. Public input is an important part of the design process, and will ensure that the designs of both projects meet the needs and desires of the community.

“We need to ensure more people can access our public parks, our waterfront, and our streets,” says Mayor Kamal Johnson. “I encourage everyone to participate and share your priorities.” 

This outdoor event will be held at the plaza at Promenade Hill Park. It will begin at 5 PM on August 25, and conclude by 8 PM. Participants must wear a mask and stay six feet apart. Precautions, including having hand sanitizer available, will be taken to make this a safe event for all attendees. Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to register for the event at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/962401880943751/

The Hudson Connects Implementation Plan and the renovation of Promenade Hill Park are part of a broader revitalization effort within the City. In 2017, the City of Hudson was selected by the New York State’s Capital Regional Economic Development Council for one of ten Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Round Two awards. $10 million in state funding was awarded to government and private projects to revitalize the project area, a portion of which is being used to produce and implement these two projects.

Hudson Connects is a streetscape improvement implementation plan focused on the area between the Hudson River on the west and Second Street on the east, the South Bay wetlands to the south, and Dock Street to the north. The Hudson Connects project will identify the cost/benefit of various street design improvements, and prioritize long- and short-term capital improvements that best maximize the resources of the City’s DRI budget. Ensuring that bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders, drivers, and other roadway users have safe and comfortable access to the District’s existing and future amenities is central to the City’s economic development goals, and is the core focus of this streetscape planning and design initiative.

Promenade Hill Park renovations will make the upper promenade accessible for people of all ages and abilities, while preserving the historic fabric of the park, improving recreation opportunities, and enhancing plantings. Construction will begin this winter, and will be completed by December 2021.

More about the DRI Projects


Aug 18,2020

200 Days

On August 17, 2020 Mayor Kamal Johnson issued the following statement. 

Dear Hudson,

Since we have now surpassed 200 days of my term, I decided it was time to formally reach out again. From having to navigate a global pandemic and endure a financial crisis to civil unrest on a global level, I am proud of our city for coming together with compassion and creativity to find ways to support each other.

At the height of the virus in the Spring, Hudson remained below 30 positive cases. We kept our numbers low because our citizens found new and innovative ways to provide meals to each other, to sew masks (a huge thank you to Perfect10), to help keep everyone safe, and to support our local economy by shopping, eating out, and interacting with each other in safe, socially distant ways. As City officials, we have strategized and implemented new plans week after week in order to keep our citizens and our employees safe.

I would like to thank Future Hudson for helping us to improve our messaging and spearhead some important initiatives. Future Hudson partnered with Hudson Hall to devise a plan, through the Safe Streets program, to help give our local businesses the opportunity to open back up in a safe manner for everyone. The initial experiment was met with mixed reviews so as a community, we are continuing to tailor it to meet the needs of all the residents in Hudson.
Speaking of community involvement, we have stuck to our campaign promise that no person can do this job alone. We have more citizens of Hudson on boards and committees than ever before. These committees include a broad and diverse group of citizens serving important roles such as the Police Advisory and Reconciliation Committee, which is working to guide my office on the best solutions to police reform for our city.

On the heels of a nation dealing with civil unrest and craving change, we chose to be proactive instead of reactive. We stood together and spoke about the need for reform of our police systems. We held a socially distant nonviolent rally to serve as an example that we lead, we do not follow. I stood side by side with officers and the community to acknowledge that the system is flawed and there is a lack of trust in our communities of color and of those with lower socioeconomic means.

This is not anti-police but pro-human race.

We are looking for ways to help those in need, especially those dealing with serious mental health issues and substance abuse. I hosted two convenings in partnership with the Greenburger Center which were attended by city and county judges, the Hudson Police, county officials, and all the organizations providing mental health services in our county.

Our goal was to determine where we can use support and where the gaps are in the services we provide when it comes to those who they have struggled to reach. I have to say I was disappointed that our District Attorney and Sheriff’s office was missing from both meetings. I look forward to working with them in the future to serve our most disadvantaged populations.

Housing remains an issue in Hudson and is one that my administration will continue to hold as our highest priority. Housing is a Human Right. The history of our city is created by people who have lived their life here and put their stamp on our city. They tell the stories that make Hudson a great place to live. We owe it to them and others to keep them here in Hudson.

The Galvan PILOT remains a focus and one step for my administration’s housing plan. It has been no secret that our city has seen a large displacement in citizens due to gentrification. The only way our city can thrive is by making it equitable for everyone. We cannot accomplish this without action.

I partnered with the Galvan Foundation to create a MWVBE Grant (Minority, Women, Veterans). These grants will help support businesses and entrepreneurs from our local community by giving them opportunities to thrive and provide vital services to our community.

During the first half of the year, we made history with our partnership with the Spark of Hudson and former Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang’s Humanity Forward organization and becoming one of the first long-term universal based income initiatives on the East Coast. This program will provide 25 recipients with $500 a month for five years. This program will also provide those recipients with financial literacy and opportunities for personal and financial growth. We are also working with our local Department of Social Services to ensure that any possible recipient will not lose any benefits participants may be receiving. My administration prides ourselves on our community partnerships and giving back to the people of our city.

I’m extremely proud of the work of our city departments. City Hall continues to provide all of our services with safety precautions in place. Our Youth Department is one of the few programs across the county providing programming. With 20 sites across, the Youth Department programs are promoting social distancing and giving our youth opportunities for much needed social interaction and community engagement.

Our Senior Center restructured its services to provide programs virtually and is now beginning to offer some classes at outdoor locations to keep our seniors engaged and healthy. The Senior Center has formed a Programming Committee to give Seniors throughout the city a voice in determining the types of programs offered to work to create a vibrant center that strategically addresses the needs of the community.

DPW is working around the clock to support every department in the city as they transitioned to more outdoor programming and as the city began the Shared Streets initiative. They keep the city running on every level taking care of our most essential needs.

Our Fire Department is always on standby risking their lives to protect our city. I watched firsthand what they had to put their bodies through during the horrific fire on Allen St. Their dedication to our community deserves our utmost respect.

The Hudson Police Department collaborated with the Youth Department to support their bike program and is working with our Senior Center to offer opportunities on an ongoing monthly basis to work together to identify types of fraud, create systems to address the opioid crisis, and to provide a community liaison to our Seniors to address individual needs. They have worked collaboratively with the Advisory Committee to build trust and accountability throughout our community. I greatly appreciate the hard work on they do day after day on behalf of everyone in our city.
The Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant is in full swing and we have made progress on all projects. We have so much more to accomplish in our city and I’m looking forward to continuing to serve the rest of my term collaborating to meet our goals. Our city hosted NBC’s The Today Show with Al Roker and is premiering on NBC’s 1st Look starring reality star Johnny Bananas in the fall. Hudson is bound for more spotlight.

My personal favorite event of this summer would have to be our amazing Black Lives Matter Mural created by over a dozen local artists in collaboration with the Hudson Catskill Housing Coalition. Our city is a light of solidarity and hope as we work to address unjust systems that have historically and intentionally disenfranchised people. These systems continue to affect their lives in harmful often traumatic ways. I even got a firsthand lesson in the 2nd amendment in Kinderhook.

Together, we can create an equitable city.

We are not yet the land of the free for all but we will be because we are the home of the brave.

Sincerely

Honorable Mayor Kamal Johnson


Aug 17,2020

North 7th St Affordable Housing Project

Review of PILOT Agreement Announced By Hudson Common Council

Independent study will assess the property tax exemption plan for the N. 7th Street Affordable Housing Program.

Hudson’s Common Council President Tom DePietro announced on April 27 that the Council has commissioned the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz to conduct an analysis of the PILOT agreement for the proposed Seventh Street affordable housing project. The study is expected to be completed within four weeks, in advance of the Common Council’s vote on the project. 

Common Council approval is required before the housing developer can move forward to secure the necessary funding from New York State Home and Community Renewal (HCR), the state’s affordable housing agency. 

The Galvan Foundation, developers of the proposed affordable housing project, is underwriting the study. 

“The Common Council is committed to increasing affordable housing in Hudson,” said President DePietro. “At the same time we need the expertise of the Benjamin Center to analyze the costs and benefits of the PILOT agreement.” 

A tax abatement agreement between the city and the developer, known as a PILOT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) is typical of affordable housing development projects. 

The N. 7th Street affordable housing project’s proposed PILOT agreement covers 95% of the intended square footage, and excludes the remaining 400 square feet of commercial space. 

“The Council takes its due diligence seriously,” added President DePietro. “Bringing in the Benjamin Center for an impartial review of the PILOT agreement is part of exercising that responsibility.”

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More about the Project

Currently on the desks of the Hudson Common Council is a proposed resolution entering into a PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) with the Galvan Foundation. It would allow them to pursue the financing needed to build more than seventy units of housing at different levels of affordability. 

This page collects the relevant documents and also invites further questions and comments from the people of Hudson.

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The Benjamin Center of SUNY/New Paltz has completed its study of the proposed PILOT for the Galvan sponsored housing development at North Seventh Street in Hudson.  The Common Council commissioned the Center, which is an independent institute for public policy initiatives.  (6/8/2020)

Evaluation of the Proposed 7th Street Project PILOT


Questions and Answers

Following are a series of questions and answers (some edited for clarity) from recent emails from Council members, the public, and the Galvan Foundation: 

Could current Hudson residents receive preference for the more affordable units?
Galvan is open to such a preference, if the community calls for it.

Could the number of units below 80% of Average Median Income (AMI) be increased?
The City of Hudson passed a community-driven Strategic Housing Action Plan (SHAP) which identified the need for mixed-income housing. The plan clearly calls for housing that does not concentrate poverty in a single neighborhood. The income mix is designed to further the goals identified in the SHAP. 

Why is this plan being presented to the Council at this time?
Both the PILOT and the project itself are in step with the goals and action plan with SHAP, which was ratified by the Common Council more than a year ago. The project is seeking highly competitive state funding. An important scoring criterion is demonstrating project readiness, and the best way to demonstrate readiness is to submit local approvals with the application. 

What will be the involvement of New York State?
The developer is seeking funds from the Homes and Community Renewal agency of New York (HCR). They will provide oversight in a number of ways. They will assure that the project conforms to the RFP and design outlines. If the application is funded, the HCR must approve all finance and construction documents. During the construction, HCR will be on-site at least every two weeks to monitor the progress and approve payments.

Is there any other involvement of HCR?
Yes. Before the building is occupied, the office of fair housing at HCR approves the marketing and rent plan. Once occupied, their asset management team makes sure income restrictions are met, finances are properly managed, and tenant issues addressed.

Is HCR the only oversight?
No. The investors and lenders are also involved in creating the documents, monitoring construction, and ensuring occupancy conforms to IRS regulations.

Is there a provision to ensure that tenants are full-time Hudson residents?
Yes. Both state and federal law require that the apartment be the tenants’ primary residence. 

If inflation runs at roughly 3% per year, why is this project planning on 2% for its payment increases?
Rent increases are also projected at 2% and do not track ordinary inflation. Other project expenses are projected to escalate at 3%. 

Why is this PILOT being considered by the Common Council and not the Industrial Development Agency (IDA)?
Article 11 of the New York State Private Housing Finance Law allows the creation of a specialized not for profit corporation whose purpose is to provide low-income housing.  Under this provision, the City is authorized to grant the tax exemption.

Who are the investors mentioned in the proposal?
The developer is pursuing conventional and permanent financing from banks. 

Is this an “opportunity zone investment”?
No. 

Will the commercial space enjoy the benefits of the PILOT?
No. The four hundred square feet of commercial space will be assessed at market rate, and provide an estimated $16,000 in tax revenue beyond the $77,000 promised by the PILOT.

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Additional Comments (5/26/2020): 

1)   Do the people currently in need of housing in Hudson (in other words, those our alder-people and mayor, and we have in mind when we call for affordable housing) actually make enough money to live reasonably in these apartments? 2) Can we see a side by side of what people pay in Bliss, the Terraces, places on Columbia St. and what they would pay for a place of comparable size here? If they have a 2 bedroom, a 2 bedroom etc. 3) Alderwoman Garriga talked about people paying $200 a month currently. Are there units at that price point? Will the people she's hoping to see housed be able to afford apartments of appropriate capacity here? 4) How will the building and site integrate, at the planning stage, with the rest of the city's open spaces? What sort of collaboration will be planned in terms of design and urban planning for the open spaces? What sorts of walkable or bikeable access routes to other vital places like the library, Oakdale Lake, the Youth Center, the waterfront, will be planned and built? 5) How will the planning, architecture, and construction of the building move the city forward in terms of walkability, play space, outdoor space, climate resilience? 6) What other community activities will be planned and integrated into the building to ensure its connection to the rest of Hudson?
- Tamar Adler


I firmly believe that this project shouldn’t go forward if the number of units below 80% AMI aren’t increased. I don’t believe this questioned was answered and people needs housing regardless of how the power elite define poverty concentration. Could the number of units below 80% of Average Median Income (AMI) be increased? The City of Hudson passed a community driven Strategic Housing Action Plan (SHAP) which identified the need for mixed income housing. The plan clearly calls for housing that does not concentrate poverty in a single neighborhood. The income mix is designed to further the goals identified in the SHAP.
- Quintin Cross

 
1) Who set the scope or parameters of the review to be conducted 2) Who determined that the developer be the party who pays for the review of the project 3) Is the Common Council (CC) aware that having the developer pay for the study of the developer's project creates the appearance of a conflict of interest if not an actual conflict of interest, as well as the appearance of impropriety if not an actual impropriety 4) Is it equitable to taxpayers and residents of Hudson to approve a 40 year PILOT on this 77 unit apartment building when only last year the city reassessed real estate of private property at rates of over a 100% increase causing many homeowners and small business owners to suffer an increasingly unsustainable tax burden 5) Will the CC consider the scores of existing residential properties that the developer owns and/or manages in Hudson, many empty, as the answer to the need for affordable housing, instead of building a somewhat mammoth new structure that will require increased infrastructure and use of current resources 6) Is the CC aware that the fiscal future of NYS is uncertain at this time, and that committing to a 40 year PILOT at this time is possibly unwise 7) Why is there such a rush to move forward on such a large project when the citizens of Hudson cannot attend live CC meetings, and are unable to have interactive participation with their elected officials 8) Has the CC not yet heard of Zoom? 9) Has the CC accepted at face value the developer's statement that it has switched the site of the proposed project from a vacant lot to a site where 3 houses stand? The developer appears to contend that this new site is one that can be readied more quickly, however, it would involve demolishing three homes. 10) Does't the C see the discrepancy in the many months long discussions about demolishing 2 houses by Stewarts, and the rush to commit to the PILOT plan which includes demolish 3 homes 11) If the reported statement by the mayor that he does not know the specifics about the developer's other projects, and only knows about the proposed PIOLT is true, what does the CC think this statement means? When proposing to enter into a 40 year agreement, with a partner, it is reasonable to expect that the person proposing the project, here the mayor, would have done his due diligence. Has he?
- Janet Kealy

 
--I FOILEd the City 7 days ago and rececived no response. Is the City' FOIL officer not working? --Does the Mayor believe that Galvan paying for a so-called assessment of the PILOT program is not a major conflict of interest? --COT program is not a major conflict of interest? --Can such a report be considered "independent"? --How many 40-year PILOTs have been given by the City of Hudson? --How many vacant apartments owned or controlled by Eric Galloway or any of his companies are there in Hudson? How long have they been vacant? --Has the City done an economic analysis of the impact of Gallooway rental rates on the price of apartments in the City? --Has the City done an economic analysis of the impact of the property tax on rental rates in the City? --Has the City done a needs assessment for "affordable housing" in Hudson? --Has the City done a background check on Eric Galloway and his businesses? --Is the Mayor aware that Eric Galloway's business entities are headquartered in New York City? --Does the Mayor know about the court case Baptist Churches v. Galloway? https://www.leagle.com/decision/2000363271ad2d921342 --What's the rush to get this proposal adopted? --It took Stewart's two years to get its tax-paying gas station and store expansion approved. Why does this non-taxpyaing proposal, with an incredible 40-year tax reprieve get rushed through in one month? --And why does it get rushed through when three-quarters of the City of Hudson is shut down? The worst economic depression in 70 years?
- Sincerely peter meyer 


How many tenants are there in the existing houses which will be demolished? Will they be rehoused in the new building and will that reduce the number of new units available? Where will the displaced tenants be housed during demolition and construction?
-Elsa Leviseur


Regarding the PILOT for 7th Street can you clarify that 1) $77K is the annual real estate payment? 2) what are the school taxes for the project? Why are they not included in the expenses? 3) how was the time frame determined? Other PILOTs have much shorter timeframes such as 15 - 30 years.
-Tracy Young

 

The PILOT is too long. The project is too large. The taxpayers of Hudson cannot sustain a project that does not pay its fare share of taxes. The tax payers are already stressed from the last re-va. The School is looking for a large increase in School Taxes this coming year asking for yet more money from already overburdened tax payers of Hudson--this 7th Street Galvan project will contribute little to the relief of an already over-taxed ever diminishing group of property owners who pay the bulk of taxes. The water and sewer bills have recently increased for example--will each unit pay the same as all the residents in Hudson? Perhaps such a give away should require the City of Hudson to make serious cuts in the budget. Also tearing down houses to make way for this project seems out of keeping for preservation of the character of Hudson as the comprehensive plans suggest. Plans change that is understandable but the plan has already changed by moving from one side of the street to the other--and the number of stories have changed. Embarking on such a project during the time of a pandemic crisis seems foolish. We have no ability to voice our concerns in person and we are asked to trust that this deal is a sound one--when the council seems like it has been left out of the process. Big housing projects in a 2 square mile city like Hudson seem to be out of fashion--the trend has been to find ways to make the housing stock fit in scale with this little city--80 units in one concentrated space is not in the City's comprehensive plan--if I recall correctly. Quote from the Hudson Comprehensive Plan: Develop a Housing Strategy While many of New York State’s urban communities are struggling with strategies to attract middle-class residents, Hudson has already started to attract this group. The challenge for Hudson is to develop a strategy that continues to provide for an ethnically and economically diverse community. Hudson’s housing strategy should seek to develop a “balanced” mix of housing types that encourages a mix of incomes as well as ethnicity and housing tenure throughout the City. Hudson’s continuing revitalization is likely to coincide with increases in the cost of housing (including housing values and rents). For the most part, this increase in value will be a very good thing for Hudson. However, the challenge for local decision-makers, the business community and neighborhood residents will be to ensure the benefits of Hudson’s resurgence are shared among all community members. Specifically, the adverse consequences of community success (rent increases and displacement of families no longer able to afford living in Hudson) must be anticipated and effectively addressed. A coordinated, multi-tiered approach must be developed involving the City, the private sector and not-for-profit organizations such as Housing Resources. For example, if the fire departments are consolidated in a single facility, the City may consider offering the fire houses as a package for redevelopment. Then the City can require that a percentage of units be reserved for low- to moderate-income residents. The City should also take advantage of the Department of Housing and Urban Developments Hope VI program, which has been developed to help communities rebuild Urban Renewal era public housing projects into mixed-use, mixed-income communities. Many communities are using this program to demolish obsolete public housing projects and rebuilding affordable housing in ways that promote human interaction and public open space. (For more detail on HOPE VI programs see http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/programs/ph/hope6/) As the City develops its housing strategy, the following should be considered as a framework. 1) Develop a strategy for transferring in rem properties ß Streamline process for transfer of in rem properties to minimize length of vacancy ß Develop proposal process and requirements in line with community vision for neighborhood revitalization ß Develop detailed guidelines for prioritizing proposals/bids for the properties (i.e. ownership tenure requirements, set asides for mixed- income projects) ß Market program to the public *water & sewer bills Fees for these services, PER UNIT---Water & Sewer Rents, are set by the Common Council each year and billed quarterly to owners of the property. Present Rates $49.00- Sewer $61.00 - Water Per Quarter. (Non Metered) Hel
- Linda Mussman

 

Hello, Thank you for sharing. Why are there no renderings or site plans beyond the sketch up model in wireframe mode? It does not show materials, scale or neighborhood context. I imagine the developer/ designer has drafted site plans that show the building footprint in the context of the neighborhood. They should also have renderings and sections showing the building elevation relative to neighboring properties. The text presentation in ppt is semi helpful but does not show enough of the proposed design for anyone to understand what this looks like. Could we ask the developer to show the drafted plans and renderings in more views and details?
- Britt Zuckerman

 

I understand the need for affordable housing, but do not feel it appropriate for taxpayers subsidized rents through a PILOT for people making up to 90K a year. Many homeowners make less than this, and your are forcing people of lower income to subsidize rents for people with a higher income than themselves. Also I believe it sets a bad precedent for the city to allow construction of new large scale urban buildings. I would be more in favor of investigating the use of existing buildings for affordable housing projects. The pocket book factory, John L, the apartment building on 5th and Union St could all be good sites. John L is huge, could hold many apartments and would be a fantastic site that has a gym, kitchen, parking lot, etc  Why is it necessary to give tax breaks that lead to the demolition of perfectly good houses while we have huge structures sitting vacant? It makes no sense. Other things could be done, increasing the lodging tax and using part of the money to subsidize rents, or giving tax breaks to owners who convert their B&B to affordable housing units. I believe allowing the construction of this large apartment building will only lead the the construction of more buildings and the continued urbanization and congestion of the city which in the long run would degrade the entire community to the detriment of everyone.
- Tim SLowinski

 

The amount of units in this proposal and its previous iteration seem very specific, is this based on community need or developer profits? Have any studies been performed to quantify the current vacancy rate, existing unused and offline units, or other measures which would validate or inform the scale of this proposal? The existing houses on this street are occupied and in good shape, why is the city of Hudson demolishing existing housing and displacing tenants? What measures will be taken to protect the tenants of these units? The setbacks do not conform to local codes. If this proceeds it has the potential to greatly increase the population of the area, what services will the city of Hudson be providing in response to this (schools, groceries, public transportation, public green space)?
- Maxfield Schnaufer


This project is so very, very wrong in many ,many ways. 40 year PILOT - What ! That's insulting to every property tax payer in Hudson No parking spaces - What ! Hudson has a huge parking problem right now that is being swept under the carpet. Hudson's share of the PILOt is $22,000 per year. I pay over half that amount on my property. And don't forget the economy is in freefall with an unknown recovery time. all projects of this enormous size should be on hold until there can be truly PUBLIC meetings. Finally, does anyone read these? In my experience Aldermen do not respond to their email. Does anyone at City Hall ?
- Pamela Kungle

 

This new image has dramatically changed from the first proposal, which seemed somewhat fit for the neighborhood. This building is simply too big and ugly. Not to mention the sketchy tax plan. It seems that this and some other architectural plans are too modern and inconsistent with the flavor of Hudson. This image in no way reflects the history and design of the Pocketbook Factory. One of the reasons I moved here was for the charm and architectural beauty of Hudson. I think the leaders of Hudson need to be very thoughtful about approving plans, historically, aesthetically and financially.
- Sher Stevens

 


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Aug 14,2020

Universal Basic Income

Mayor Kamal Johnson discusses HudsonUP, Hudson's Universal Basic Income Pilot. Additional presenters include Susan Danziger and Albert Wenger, co-founders of The Spark of Hudson + HudsonUP, and Joan Hunt, Project Director of the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood.

August 14 at 4 PM
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HudsonUP will provide $500 each month to 25 Hudson residents over the next 5 years. The program is being designed to benefit the community of Hudson and demonstrate the power of basic income for all.


HudsonUP & the History of Universal Basic Income
Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 6 PM – 7 PM

The Hudson Area Library and The Spark of Hudson present an informational meeting on the history of Universal Basic Income (UBI) and HudsonUP, a current UBI pilot program based in Hudson. Albert Wenger and Susan Danziger, co-founders of The Spark of Hudson and HudsonUP, will speak on UBI's history and the value and details of the UBI pilot program for Hudson.Q & A will follow.

The meeting will be held on Zoom. To register, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 ext 101.

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Hudson Connects Survey

Give your feedback for Hudson's streetscape improvement project. 

If you couldn’t make it to the first public workshop for Hudson Connects and view the July 29 presentation about the City’s streetscape improvement implementation plan, the project team has published an online survey for you to give your initial feedback.

The Hudson Connects planning effort is focused on the area between the Hudson River on the west and Second Street on the east, the South Bay wetlands to the south, and Dock Street to the north. The 12-question survey asks which streets you feel comfortable walking and biking on, and what improvements you think should be made to increase bicycle and pedestrian access and safety. Your responses will help the project team understand what currently enables or prevents safe mobility around the neighborhood, and where to focus investment in street infrastructure improvements.

Aug 12,2020

Housing Rights and Resources

If you are at risk of displacement, get legal and financial support so you can stay in your home.

Jul 26,2020

Americans with Disability Act Awareness Day

The City of Hudson extends greetings and best wishes to all observing the historic recognition of the civil rights for persons with disabilities. 

The City of Hudson recognizes July 26, 2020 as Americans with Disabilities Act Awareness Day. The ADA was passed on July 26, 1990. The City of Hudson affirms the principles of equality and inclusion for persons with disabilities.  

Learn more about City of Hudson's ADA work

Jul 24,2020

Mayor Johnson Appoints Shared Streets Advisory Committee

The Shared Streets advisory committee is made up of city stakeholders to solicit public input and advise the Mayor on future orders affecting the Shared Streets program.

Zachary Bayman has managed and developed boutique and luxury hotels. He is currently the CEO of The Maker Group, which owns and operates The Maker Hotel on Warren Street in Hudson.

Marianne Courville is co-owner of Hudson Wine Merchants (16 years) and The Hudson Standard (6 years). Courville has sat on the board of Hudson Hall for several years and volunteered as a yoga instructor for Perfect Ten and Daytop Village.

Christopher Draghi is a board member of the Hudson Business Coalition and co-owner of Source Adage Fragrances on Warren Street. Prior to moving to Hudson and opening a business, Draghi worked in art direction and branding design for hospitality, fashion, and textile brands.

Kristin Koskowski is a native of Hudson and has worked in the Human Services field for the last 20 years. At this time her main focus of work is with Children and families within Hudson and surrounding areas. Kristin studied Psychology with a focus on substance abuse after graduating from Hudson High School, while further earning several certifications in similar areas of expertise. Kristin volunteers in her community and sits on several committees, both professionally and personally in her home town and is an active member with St. Mary’s Church/Holy Trinity Parish.

Elizabeth Moore is a founding partner of The Gilded Owl, a design shop on Warren Street and the Director of Elizabeth Moore Fine Art, a private art gallery that functions out of her home at 105 Warren Street. Elizabeth has been a full-time resident of Hudson since 2007, and has been actively involved in the art, design, and business communities while serving on the Board of the Hudson Business Coalition. Together with her colleagues on the HBC, Elizabeth conceived of and brought to life the Hudson Design Weekend, a successful fundraising event that was well attended by the community and also attracted a wide range of artists, designers, architects, and retail shop owners.

Dena Moran moved to Columbia County as a full-time resident 20 years ago and opened Olde Hudson a year later. The store has grown from a small market, through four locations, to the current Market and Cafe. Her clients are full-time Hudson residents, weekend homeowners, and tourists.

Allyson Strafella lives and works in Hudson, NY, having a private studio practice alongside her home of 18 years.

Michael Weaver was born and raised in Hudson. He is a 20-year veteran of the volunteer fire service, past Captain and currently a Lieutenant with the Central Fire Station. He is founder of the Hudson NY Public Community Board.

July 24, 2020


Jul 22,2020

Public Comments: Keeping and Raising of Chickens

On July 21, the Common Council passed Proposed Local Law Introductory No. E of 2020 – Amending the City Code to Regulate the Keeping and Raising of Chickens

Mayor Johnson is accepting public comment virtually or via the telephone for the next week. If interested in commenting on this proposed law, please submit your comments to the Mayor’s Office by calling (518) 828-7217 or emailing mayor@cityofhudson.org by Friday, July 31, 2020.

The Mayor’s public hearing requirement prior to signing proposed local laws has been suspended due to the public health emergency occasioned by the Covid-19 Pandemic.

 


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Streetscape Improvement Implementation Plan

Public invited to the “Hudson Connects” Walking Tour and Workshop

July 22, 2020The City of Hudson is kicking off Hudson Connects, a streetscape improvement implementation plan focused on the area between the Hudson River on the west and Second Street on the east, the South Bay wetlands to the south and Dock Street to the north. The City of Hudson and its design consultants, Arterial and Street Plans, will initiate the project with a public walking tour and a public workshop on July 29. Community members are encouraged to attend one or both events.

“We need to ensure more people can access our public parks, our waterfront, and our streets,” says Mayor Kamal Johnson. “I encourage everyone to participate and share your priorities.”

July 29 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Walking Tour 
Begins at Front Street at Promenade Hill Park 
Register at bit.ly/HudsonConnects1

July 29 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Workshop
Hudson Hall
Register at bit.ly/HudsonConnects2

 

The walking tour will begin at 4pm on July 29. It will set off from Front Street at Promenade Hill Park and conclude by 5:30pm. This participatory exercise will provide an opportunity for attendees to evaluate the safety, accessibility, and beauty of the streets in the study area. Participants must wear a mask and stay six feet apart. Participants are also encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and to bring a bottle of water. Attendees may register for the Public Walking Tour at bit.ly/HudsonConnects1

A public workshop at Hudson Hall (327 Warren St) will follow at 6pm and conclude by 8pm. The workshop will introduce the project and project team, and initiate the analysis and data collection phase of the project. Attendees will be encouraged to share feedback on the current state of the streets and vet priority projects, highlighting missing, crucial connections within/to/from the project area, and sharing what currently enables or prevents safe mobility around the neighborhood. 

In accordance with State COVID-19 requirements, the attendance for the Public Workshop portion of the event will be capped at 50 people. The room will be set up for social distancing, masks will be required, and staff will be performing contract tracing. All precautions, including having hand sanitizer available, will be taken to make this a safe event for all attendees. You must RSVP for the Public Workshop with the following link, as attendance is on a first-come-first-serve basis: bit.ly/HudsonConnects2.

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The Hudson Connects Implementation Plan is a part of a broader improvement effort within the City. In 2017, the City of Hudson was selected by the New York State’s Capital Regional Economic Development Council for one of ten Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Round Two awards. $10 million in state funding was awarded to government and private projects to revitalize the project area, a portion of which is being used to produce and implement the Hudson Connects plan. This effort will identify the cost/benefit of various street design improvements, and prioritize long- and short-term capital improvements that best maximize the resources of the City’s DRI budget.

Ensuring that bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders, drivers, and other roadway users have safe and comfortable access to the District’s existing and future amenities, like new, mixed-use development, the Hudson Amtrak Station, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Promenade Hill Park, and businesses along Warren Street, are central to the City’s economic development goals and is the core focus of this streetscape planning and design initiative. Other street and mobility improvement projects include Truck Study, Shared Streets, Empire State Trail, improving sidewalks, Promenade Hill Park improvements


Jul 15,2020

Support for Minority-Owned Small Businesses

Mayor Johnson Announces New Programs to Support Minority-Owned Small Businesses, Funded by Galvan Foundation

July 15, 2020 - Mayor Kamal Johnson announced that the city will be providing $50,000 in grants to minority-owned small businesses and free technical assistance to minority entrepreneurs. The City is coordinating the technical assistance program, which is expected to include support with business planning, marketing, accounting, bookkeeping, human resources, website development, and financing.

The programs are made possible by a $100,000 grant from Galvan Foundation to the City. In addition, Galvan announced plans to partner with the City to create a $1 million revolving loan fund to provide low-interest loans to minority-owned businesses in Hudson and Columbia County.

“As mayor, my highest priority is bringing equity to our city. That means improving access to health care and housing, as well as making sure that entrepreneurs of color can successfully start and grow businesses. The programs we are announcing today will help our businesses get through these unprecedented times and thrive in the years to come,” said Mayor Johnson.

“Hudson’s business community has been hit hard by COVID-19, and for minority-owned businesses, the crisis is one more obstacle that they must overcome. We are pleased to partner with Mayor Johnson to provide immediate funding and long-term support to the small businesses that need it most,” said Dan Kent, Galvan Foundation’s vice president of initiatives.

Interested businesses should apply now. For more information, contact Michael Chamedies at mayoralaide@cityofhudson.org

  • Application Link: https://airtable.com/shrLj0MIEqSGAdym4
  • Submit grant by Sunday Aug 2, 11:59 PM
  • Both existing and new businesses are eligible to apply
  • Grants are up to $10,000
  • If you prefer to submit a paper copy. Address to:

    Michael Chameides
    Mayor's Office
    520 Warren Street
    Hudson, NY 12534

    Mail or place in Dropbox at City Hall.

    If mailing, the application must be received by August 3.

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Jul 14,2020

Permit Fee Relief for Small Businesses

MAYOR KAMAL JOHNSON ANNOUNCES PERMIT FEE RELIEF FOR SMALL BUSINESSES PARTICIPATING IN HUDSON SHARED STREETS PROGRAM

July 14, 2020 – The Mayor’s Office announced today that local residents Mark and Deborah D’Arcy have generously stepped up to donate $15,000 to the City of Hudson through Hudson Hall to underwrite permit fees for local businesses participating in the Shared Streets program. The gift is intended to support small businesses and the City by offsetting lost parking revenues from the program, designed to help them through the ongoing strain of the COVID-19 pandemic by expanding into parking spaces. Mayor Johnson announced beginning July 21, 2020, and in an effort to be equitable, fees for one parking space will be waived for each business or community group participating in Hudson’s Shared Streets until further notice. For more information about Shared Streets or to apply for a permit, visit cityofhudson.org/streets.


“The Hudson Shared Streets program is an effort to expand outdoor space for local businesses to help them survive these difficult economic times,” Mayor Kamal Johnson said. “The City of Hudson is greatly appreciative of the generous donation from Mark and Deborah D’Arcy to help our local business community without further straining the City’s finances.” 

“We are so happy to support Shared Streets and hope it helps more of the wonderful small businesses in Hudson stay strong,” said Mark and Deborah D’Arcy.

“The D’Arcy’s have been fantastic supporters of the arts and creative economies in Hudson,” said Hudson Hall Executive Director, Tambra Dillon. “We’re thrilled by their generous gesture to help support businesses participating in the Shared Streets program. On behalf of everyone involved, we extend our heartfelt thanks.”

In collaboration with Hudson Hall, FUTURE HUDSON and Design for Six Feet, and with financial support from the Columbia Economic Development Corporation and The Spark of Hudson, the City of Hudson established the Shared Streets program on Warren Street to allow businesses to expand into city parking spaces to provide greater space for patrons, pedestrians and cyclists. During Shared Streets hours (weekdays from 4pm to 10pm; weekends from 11am to 10pm), vehicular traffic is slowed to 5 miles per hour to allow for pedestrians to safely share the street with cars and further encourage safe social distancing. Fees to activate parking spaces were put in place to recover the approximately $24 per meter per week in revenue the City would have otherwise received. Feedback received by the City from the business community indicated this fee could have a significant impact on already slim profit margins.   


Jul 08,2020

Police Reconciliation & Advisory Commission

MAYOR JOHNSON ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF THE POLICE RECONCILIATION & ADVISORY COMMISSION

The City of Hudson is committed to ensuring equality, social justice, violence reduction, and accountability related to all interactions with the community, its members, and the police. Mayor Johnson is creating a Police Reconciliation & Advisory Commission (PARC) to advise on police policy and reform. 

“The organizing principle of this committee is that by working alongside our police department we can better understand our officers and, in exchange, our officers can better understand the needs of our community,” says Mayor Kamal Johnson. “Our goal is to always be proactive instead of reactive.”

The PARC is part of a larger set of policy changes and engagement initiatives designed to keep residents safe and ensure all residents equal protection. On July 15, Mayor Kamal Johnson issued Executive Order 21-20 Regarding City of Hudson Police Reforms which outlines nine actions, one of which is the PARC.

The first goal of the PARC is to produce a Reconciliation Report to advise the Mayor on the following: 

  1. The current level of community trust, both citywide and in each ward, in the Hudson Police Department, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department, and the NYS Police

  2. Specific recent incidents (within the last 5 years), which occurred within the City involving any of these police departments that have either inspired or undermined community trust or caused a physical or emotional injury, including incidents of police brutality or misconduct, if any;

  3. The current level of job satisfaction and concerns among officers of the Hudson Police Department; 

  4. Recent incidents (within the last 5 years), of injury to police officers from any police department that have occurred while on duty in the City of Hudson; 

  5. Recommendations by community members or police officers to address mistrust or negative attitudes toward police officers and departments or the community; 

  6. Challenges associated with responding to people in mental health crises or in physical crisis due to a substance use disorder;

  7. Other issues the community or police may wish to raise or the Commission may wish to explore;

  8. Recommendations to reconcile any mistrust, negative attitudes or the physical and emotional injuries that either community members or police may have experienced.   

MEMBERS

Mayor Johnson appoints ten members to the PARC. Several of the members have successfully led progressive policy improvements within large institutions. Members have a variety of lived experiences and professional backgrounds and fairly represent Hudson’s diversity. 

Theo Anthony is a filmmaker based in Hudson, NY. His first feature documentary, Rat Film, premiered to critical acclaim, with a successful festival and theatrical run followed by a broadcast premiere on PBS Independent Lens in early 2018. His follow-up, Subject to Review was broadcast in late 2019 as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. He is currently in post-production on his next feature documentary, All Light, Everywhere, due out in late 2020. 

Vern Cross, a lifelong resident of Hudson, is the co-host of the popular local radio show Drive Time on WGXC 90.7. Cross is a community advocate who has volunteered his time coaching and mentoring youth in the Hudson community. He has over ten years’ experience navigating difficult conversations regarding mental health, suicide, and police/community relations.  

Elizabeth Dickey is a writer, educator, and community advocate. Before moving to Hudson in 2018, she was a volunteer crisis counselor for NYC Anti-Violence Project, a teaching assistant with Art Start, and a member of the University of Michigan's Collective Against White Supremacy.

Sgt Christopher M Filli is a 19-year veteran. He is a Hudson High School graduate. He earned his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia Greene Community College. He is a graduate of Zone 14 Police Academy. He formerly served with Copake and Philmont police departments. He was promoted to Sergeant in December 2017. He previously served as a Detective in the Hudson Police Department. He is President of Local 3972, Council 82, NYS Law Enforcement Officers Union. He is a Bicycle Officer, member of the Cause & Origin (Arson) team, instructor development certified, and Crime Scene Investigator.

Sgt Mishanda Franklin is a 17-year veteran. She is a Hudson High School graduate and previously worked for Hudson’s Youth Department. She attended Columbia Greene Community College, University of Arizona, and New York University. She is a graduate of Zone 14 Police Academy. She was promoted to Sergeant in October 2017. She is instructor development certified, Child Safety Seat Technician, and a Bicycle Officer.

Linda Friedner is a five-year resident of Hudson, has worked as a media and First Amendment lawyer for over 30 years. Currently she is in-house counsel at Penguin Random House, where she also advises the Human Resources departments across the US and Canada. In this capacity in 2017, she co-created a company-wide anti-sexual harassment training program as well as a reporting and investigation policy. Friedner is a member of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council and conducted a poll-watcher training session in Hudson in 2016. In addition, Friedner recently worked with a group of Hudson residents to prepare an analysis of the Hudson Police Union contract and to compile a list of questions for the Police Committee of the Common Council.  

Joan E. Hunt, LMSW is the Project Director of the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood (GHPN) in Hudson, NY. The GHPN, a placed-based, cradle to career initiative modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone, aims to break the intergenerational cycles of poverty and to build strong, vibrant communities. For the past 8 years, Hunt has led the GHPN, successfully building partnerships with community-based organizations, schools, elected officials, county agencies, municipalities, businesses, youth, families and faith-based organizations to address unmet needs in the Hudson community. In 2015, Hunt and the GHPN team launched the Greater Hudson Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents (GHICIP), a partner in Osborne’s NY Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents. In August of 2016, GHPN partnered with the Columbia County Jail to implement “Enhanced Child” visits, allowing children to visit with their incarcerated parents free of restrictions. This program has been a huge success and is now being replicated by other county jails in NYS. Hunt has over 10 years of experience working to reform the criminal justice systems and is passionate about advocating for the rights of those directly impacted. 

Gregory Mosley served four years in the United States Marine Corps as a Military Police and was a 1978 Graduate of the Prince George County Police Academy in PG County, Maryland. In 1979 Mosley became a New York State Trooper. He served thirty-two years with the State Police and retired as a Lieutenant. During his tenure with the NYS Police, Mosley developed the curriculum for law enforcement officers on a national level concerning Racial Profiling and Cultural Diversity. In addition, Mosley developed curriculum for Undercover Narcotic Investigation training programs, News Media Introduction to Police Training, Police Civilian Interaction Training for non-Police Officers, Sexual Harassment Training, and Ethics Training for Police Officers. Mosley served as the New York State Police Affirmative Action Chair and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Compliance Officer in the office of Human Resources. He is a two-time recipient of the New York State Police George M. Serial Award for the design and development of law enforcement training programs.

Dewan Sarowar is serving his second term as Alderman of the 2nd Ward. Sarowar chairs the city Police Committee. 

Officer Randy J. Strattman is a 3-year veteran. Born in Hudson and graduate of Ichabod Crane High School. He earned his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Hudson Valley Community College. He previously served with the Chatham police, Hudson Falls police, Glens Falls police. He is a Bicycle Officer. 

TIMELINE

The Reconciliation Report is to be presented to the Mayor by November 15, 2020. The Mayor will share the report with the Police Department by December 1, 2020 and the public by December 30, 2020. The Report will be used to develop Hudson’s Police Reform Plan (HPRP) in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order No. 203 calling for a “comprehensive review of current police force deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, and the development of a plan to improve such deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, for the purposes of addressing the particular needs of the communities served by such police agency and promote community engagement to foster trust, fairness, and legitimacy, and to address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color.”

Following submission of the Reconciliation Report, the Commission will meet with the Mayor monthly, or as needed, to advise the Mayor on all matters related to the Police Department and Hudson’s Police Reform Plan, or as requested by the Mayor.


Jul 06,2020

City Seeks ADA Compliance Architect

The City of Hudson is requesting proposals from qualified individual licensed Architects or Architectural firms that are knowledgeable about architectural accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to perform audits of City-owned facilities to
determine compliance with ADA regulations.
 
In 2019, the City of Hudson executed an Americans with Disabilities Act Settlement Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). That Agreement requires the City to hire an Independent Licensed Architect to ensure ADA compliance. The Department of Justice has also specified that the ADA Architect must function separately from architects the city uses to create and implement architectural plans.
 
City departments have been working to address all of the findings included in the Settlement Agreement. The City desires to hire an independent licensed architect and accessibility firm with experience in reviewing facilities for compliance with the ADA Standards for Accessible Design to survey City facilities and sites to identify barriers and to assist in verifying the City's compliance with the Settlement Agreement and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
 
It is a priority of the City to remove barriers and provide equitable opportunities so that people of all abilities can access City facilities and parks with ease, feel welcomed and included to participate in programs and services, and travel freely and safely at intersections
throughout the City.
View RFP Addendum #1   
Proposals are due July 22.
 

Jul 06,2020

City Seeks Affordable Housing Development Planning

The City of Hudson is requesting proposals from qualified professional consultants to assist with creating a plan for the development of affordable housing. The plan will be a collaboration between several organizations that addresses a wide variety of housing needs and types of affordable housing. The plan will review developable properties, funding opportunities, and development feasibility in order to create a document that recommends the operations, timeline, and partnerships for developing affordable housing.


Addendum #1 
Proposals are due on August 3

“Too many of our residents are struggling with housing in Hudson,” says Mayor Kamal Johnson. “Creating an affordable housing development plan is an important step to meet Hudson’s housing needs.”

The 2018 Strategic Housing Action Plan (SHAP), approved by the Common Council, identifies the need for affordable housing calls for the “production of new housing options: facilitate and support the development of new mixed-income housing activities carried out by private and non-profit developers, community groups and individuals.”

Since Hudson does not have a planner, engineer, or staff member dedicated to land use or housing, Hudson needs to look to outside support to develop affordable housing. The affordable housing development plan will help identify and solve key problems to advance the development of affordable housing.

“I’m happy to be contributing to our community and advancing this important project,” says City of Hudson Public Works Commissioner Peter Bujanow, who is managing the request for proposals. “This plan will help Hudson residents live with housing stability." 

The plan will incorporate the variety of housing needs, which include a mix of income levels as well as rental and homeownership. Not every development project in the plan needs to address every need, but the totality of the projects need to have a comprehensive impact.

“Columbia County Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) applauds Mayor Johnson and the City of Hudson for its focus on broadening affordable housing opportunities,” says F. Michael Tucker, President and CEO of CEDC. “CEDC looks forward to partnering with Hudson and Columbia County in developing a wider variety of housing units to meet the needs of all county residents.”


 

BACKGROUND ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING

DEFINING AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Housing that is affordable costs no more than 30 percent of a household income for low-income households. For renters, this includes rent and tenant-paid utilities. For homeowners, this includes mortgage, insurance, and taxes.

WE NEED MORE AFFORDABLE RENTAL UNITS

The 2017 Housing Needs Assessment concluded that there is a scarcity of good quality cost-accessible family rental housing throughout Columbia County. Hudson’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant application states that “43% of households pay more than 30% of their household income for housing—a standard calculation of economic strain.” This is not a new finding, Hudson’s 2012 Housing Needs Analysis found a particular lack of cost-accessible units for households with $15,000 income or less. It also found that 44 percent of renters are paying more than 35 percent of their income for rent.

Low and moderate-income tenants that find affordable housing often suffer from bad conditions and because of the housing scarcity they fear reporting the issues. They worry that they will be evicted and then will have no other option. (2017 Housing Needs Assessment)

In Hudson, available aid often goes unused because there aren’t enough affordable housing options. In addition, Hudson residents are often forced to leave Hudson in order to find an affordable place to live.

SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE HOMEOWNERSHIP

The 2017 Housing Needs Assessment concluded that there is a scarcity of good quality moderate-income owner-occupied single-family homes. Likewise, the 2012 study found “A substantial proportion of Hudson’s homeowners are ‘housing cost-burdened.’” Forty-two percent pay more than the recommended 30 percent of income to housing costs. Hudson homeownership is below the national average.

Homeownership is an important step in economic opportunity. In a 2018 study, Goodman and Mayer report “Our Overall Conclusion: homeownership is a valuable institution. On average, it allows families to build wealth and serves as a measure of financial security.”

The 2017 Housing Needs Assessment found that credit issues and lack of housing stock contributed to this problem. Second homeowners as well as younger buyers moving to the County have increased housing pressures.

Many homeowners report additional changes after the 2019 re-evaluation of property taxes, taking a difficult situation, and making it worse. 

HOUSING STABILITY HAS BENEFITS BEYOND HOUSING

Housing stability is key to creating opportunities. In a January 2018 research report by the Urban Institute, Corianne Scally reports:

“Those who need housing assistance but do not receive it face the threat of housing instability and may end up doubled up with family and friends or experiencing episodes of homelessness… Homelessness can lead to a particularly vicious cycle. Families may experience multiple stays in shelters or other homeless programs or become involved with the child welfare system. Individuals, particularly those with disabilities, may fall into a pattern of heavy use of emergency shelters, emergency rooms, and local jails.”

Alternatively, Scally notes, those who get housing assistance are less food insecure, are healthier (particularly for girls), and have better educational outcomes.

In the 2017 Housing Needs Assessment of Columbia County, school staff and administrators note how the lack of affordable housing in Columbia County poses education difficulties. Homelessness and housing instability can be traumatic for students and the school allocates staff and volunteer time and other resources to help compensate.

Housing stability is an essential component of a healthy community. We need to address this issue in order to address education, economic development, public health, and public safety.


Jun 29,2020

Public Comments: Proposed Local Laws

The Legal Committee of the Hudson Common Council hereby invites the public to comment on two DRAFT laws: one for short-term rental regulation, the other related to sidewalk improvements.  Please send your comments to john.rosenthal@cityofhudson.org.  Remember: these are DRAFTS.

Short-Term Rental Regulation Proposed Local Law (DRAFT)
Sidewalk Improvements Proposed Local Law (DRAFT)

Jun 23,2020

Truck Study RFP

The City of Hudson is requesting proposals from qualified firms to perform a destination and origin study associated with a New York State-designated truck route. The route traverses the City of Hudson and deleteriously influences the community’s quality of life and economic vitality. The study will collect data and propose alternative routes. With the completed study, the City of Hudson will work with surrounding towns, Columbia County, New York State, and stakeholders to build consensus for modification and improvement to the truck route.

“Residents need a more walkable, bikeable city, with safe streets that are accessible to all,” says Mayor Kamal Johnson. “The high-volume of large trucks through dense residential neighborhoods is the wrong route and this study will help create solutions.”

The need for a truck study is a longstanding priority for the city of Hudson. The 2002 City of Hudson Comprehensive Plan states: “The [State Truck Route is] forcing trucks to pass through residential neighborhoods and are significantly deteriorating the quality, and in some cases historic integrity, of these homes. Further, trucks are required to make turns on urban streets that were not engineered to meet their turning radius needs… Consequently, a comprehensive truck study should be accomplished.”

The 2011 Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan states “The City intends to work with State and Federal representatives to address the impact of non-local truck traffic through the City.” 

“I’m happy to be contributing to our community and advancing this important project,” says City of Hudson Public Works Commissioner Peter Bujanow, who is managing the request for proposals. “This study will help us understand the impact of current traffic patterns and identify alternatives”

“For decades, truck traffic has been a major safety and quality of life issue in the city of Hudson,” said Assemblymember Didi Barrett, who helped secure the funding for the study. “The congestion slows traffic, causes safety hazards, and leads to noise, light, and air pollution for visitors and residents. It’s also out of character with Hudson’s historic architecture and streetscape. This origin and destination study will help us collect the data to develop an informed solution.”

View the Request for Proposals (RFP)
Addendum #1
Proposals are due July 14.


Jun 23,2020

Shared Summer Streets

To help our city re-open for business and stay safe, the Hudson Shared Summer Streets Program is going to make street space available to businesses, residents, and local organizations in new ways.

Learn More

Jun 18,2020

228 Mill Street Sealed Bid Information

228 SEALED BID INFORMATION

BID INVITATION AND NOTICE TO BIDDERS

The Hudson Development Corporation invites sealed bids for the sale of surplus property located at 228 Mill Street in Hudson, NY. Bidders may download a copy of the Invitation to Bid at hudsonfirst.com. Sealed bids will be opened and either accepted or rejected at a special board meeting on August 25, 2020 at 12:00 PM.

Instructions and Application


Jun 15,2020

Police Reforms

On June 15, Mayor Kamal Johnson issued the following Executive Order. 

EXECUTIVE ORDER No. 21-20
June 15, 2020
Regarding City of Hudson Police Reforms

WHEREAS, the video recorded deaths of black Americans during encounters with police over the last half decade and the Black Lives Matter movement have made it clear that the underlying problem of police brutality is not related to individual police officers alone, but is a societal problem that will require multiple reforms; and

WHEREAS, despite more widespread use of body cameras nationwide, race and bias training, and the acknowledgment that change is necessary, George Floyd’s recent nine-minute long, agonizing and public death demonstrates that the police system has not sufficiently changed, necessitating more direct and systemic reforms to stem the violence and racism inherent in society; and

WHEREAS, the City of Hudson is not immune or exempt from this systematic racism, discrimination, bias, and implicit bias that exists throughout the United States, State and City; and 

WHEREAS, the residents of the City of Hudson are diverse, possess universal human rights and are entitled to dignity, respect and equal treatment under the law; and 

WHEREAS, the City of Hudson is committed to ensuring equality, social justice, violence reduction, and accountability related to all interactions with the community, its members and the police; and 

WHEREAS, the City of Hudson Police Department is an integral part of keeping residents safe and must serve and protect the community in a professional and unbiased manner to ensure all residents are treated equally under the law: and 

WHEREAS, the City of Hudson recognizes the danger, importance and need to support and maintain a professional police department whose members are not only well trained and trusted by residents but are supported in these efforts; and 

WHEREAS, the City of Hudson is committed to community policing targeted on violent crimes instead of low-level crimes, and to implementing the 21st Century Community Policing Strategy called for by President Obama that is based on mutual respect between residents and law enforcement; and 

WHEREAS, in order for the City of Hudson Police Department to fully carry out the mandates of this Executive Order and the 21st Century Community Policing Strategy, the City and the Department need to better publicize and in some cases revise police policies and practices to better serve the public and protect the lives, property and rights of all individuals, particularly people of color.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kamal Johnson, Mayor of the City of Hudson, by the authority vested in me by the charter and laws of the City of Hudson, do hereby order:

Section 1. Funding, Forfeiture Funds & the Demilitarization of the Hudson Police Department

  1. The police budget will be reduced by ten (10) percent. 

  2. No additional police officers will be hired until further notice. 

  3. A full accounting of forfeiture funds and equipment shall be provided to me for the last 3 years.

  4. No forfeiture funds will be accepted without review by the Office of the Mayor. 

  5. The City will not accept vehicles or equipment formally used for military purposes through the federal forfeiture program.

  6. Police Officers will avoid using military equipment and military-style uniforms for nonessential purposes.

  7. Effective immediately Hudson Police Officers may wear less formal attire approved by the Police Commissioner and for such duties as the Police Commissioner authorizes.    

Section 2. Reconciliation & Advisory Commission and Community Relations. 

  1. Purpose. There is hereby created in the Office of the Mayor a Police Reconciliation & Advisory Commission to be composed of 7 people including: 2 Police Officers (one Sergeant and one Police Officer), the Chairperson of the Police Committee of the Common Council, and 4 residents of the City of Hudson who shall fairly represent the diversity of the City.  Such Commission shall meet with the Mayor once a month, or as needed, to advise the Mayor on all matters related to the Police Department as requested by the Mayor.

  2. Reconciliation Report. Such Commission shall undertake a 3-month reconciliation process whereby Commission members meet with members of the community, including those communities with the highest volume of police calls, to listen and record community concerns and suggestions about police interactions within the City.  The purpose of these meetings is to give the residents of the City of Hudson the opportunity to be heard on issues related to: 1) community policing; 2) police interactions with people of color, those with substance use disorders or people in a mental health crisis; and 3) incidents of police brutality or misconduct, if any, among other issues the community may wish to raise or the Commission may wish to explore. The Commission shall also speak with all Police Officers willing to discuss these matters and shall produce a report of these meetings for the Mayor, including recommendations for addressing any concerns raised, no later than November 15, 2020.  The Mayor will share such findings with the Police Department by December 1, 2020 and the public by December 30, 2020.

Section 3. Training on Bias and Race. 

Studies have shown that most trainings on bias and race are not effective in combating systemic racism or racist or bias attitudes held by individuals. Accordingly, instead of requiring training, the City will hold quarterly 2-hour Community Conversations; two during the lunch hour and two in the evening.  All Police Officers shall be required to attend one of these sessions.  One quarter of Police Officers in the Hudson Police Department shall attend one of the sessions at one time. Such sessions shall also be attended by members of the community who volunteer to participate in the sessions. The Mayor shall select different community members to participate in each of the sessions from those who volunteer to serve. The sessions will be facilitated by an outside facilitator. The intent of these sessions is to develop understanding between both the police and the community about the issues and concerns each face related to police interactions in the community in the hope of forging better community and race relations. 

Section 4.   Transparency.

  • As per existing the Hudson Police Department Body Camera Program, body cameras will be worn and on at all times during a police interaction with a member of the public.

  • As per existing policy, the Hudson Police Department Body Camera Program, Police Officers will file a report each time they use or threaten force against a civilian.

  • Effective immediately, the Hudson Police Department Body Camera Program will include a proactive routine supervisory review of video footage and a weekly report of the findings shall be submitted to the Chief of Police.  The Chief will report the results of the review to the Mayor and indicate whether any incidents resulted in discipline or identified training needs.  The report will also be submitted to the Police Reconciliation & Advisory Commission.

  • An emergency notification system will be developed and implemented no later than July 30, 2020, to alert elected officials of major emergency incidents involving the community.  


Section 5. Use of Force and Searches. 


  1. As per existing policy, the Hudson Police Department and its Police Officers shall not employ a “chokehold” nor restrain any individual by placing a knee upon the individual’s neck, nor otherwise restrain any individual in a manner that restricts the flow of air or blood by compressing the windpipe, diaphragm, or the carotid arteries on each side of the neck. 

  1. As per existing policy, the Hudson Police Department and its Police Officers shall not restrain any individual by connecting or tying rear-cuffed hands to cuffed or shackled ankles or legs, or as such practice is more commonly known, “hog-tie,” any individual. 

  1. Effective immediately, so-called “No-knock warrants” for drug searches and other police functions where they are not essential to protect public safety, shall be prohibited. 


Section 6. Duty to Intervene. 


  1. As per existing policy, any member of the Hudson Police Department who is present and observes another member of the Hudson Police Department using force that is clearly beyond that which is objectively reasonable under the circumstances or in any way physically or verbally escalating a law enforcement interaction, shall safely intercede to prevent the use of such excessive force or escalation. 


  1. As per existing policy, any member of the Hudson Police Department who observes such use of excessive force or physical and/or verbal escalation shall promptly report such observation to a supervisor.


Section 7. Hudson Cares. 


The Hudson Police Department will implement a Hudson Cares Program to assist individuals seeking treatment for Substance Use Disorders who are seeking and will adhere to all applicable policies and standards.

Section 8. Reduce Policing of Social Issue & Implement Crisis Intervention Training.

  1. Wherever possible, policing of social issues should be limited or removed from the scope of police responsibilities. The City shall seek to convene and work with city judges, the Public Defender, the District Attorney, county officials, non-profits and directly impacted people to expand diversion options from the criminal justice system, increase funding of and access to social service agencies and services for the provision of evidence-based interventions to address substance use disorders, mental illness, and homelessness, and to expand re-entry services for citizens returning to the community following incarceration. 

  2. At least 1 member of the Hudson Police Department shall become trained in Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) no later than January 15, 2021 to provide assistance with 911 calls involving people in mental health crisis. 

Section 9.  Data Reporting. 

A) Effective immediately, the Police Chief shall cause to be collected the following data on a monthly basis: 

  1. Number of Use of Force incidents; 

  2. Number of times Police Officers intervened as per Section 6(b) of this Executive Order;

  3. Number of arrests and crimes alleged as the basis for such arrest; 

  4. Number of Emotionally Disturbed Person calls; and 

  5. Number of calls involving a drug overdose or suspected drug overdose.

B) Such data shall be reported to the Mayor and to the Chairperson of the Common Council Police Committee beginning July 2020.

This Order shall take effect immediately.


Jun 09,2020

Interpreter Service

Hudson Announces Interpreter Service, Increasing Access to Services.

Residents who need an interpreter can request an interpreter in over 240 languages, including American Sign Language, Spanish, and Bangla. For all city services, interpreters are available via phone or video.

“Our goal is universal access to city services,” says ADA Coordinator Michael Chameides. “Providing an interpreter improves accessibility and is an important step towards making Hudson an equitable city.”

To request an interpreter, please make the request at least twenty-four hours in advance. However, in urgent matters, interpreters can be arranged sooner. Residents can make the request by contacting the city service provider or by contacting ADA Coordinator Michael Chameides at mayoralaide@cityofhudson.org or 518-828-7217.

Learn more about Hudson's ADA projects 


Jun 09,2020

Affordable Housing Development Plan Draft RFP

On March 6, Mayor Kamal Johnson announced a proposal to create an affordable housing development plan. Since then the Mayor's Office drafted an RFP and it is currently being reviewed by housing organizations and agencies that may partner with the project. There will be changes to the RFP before it is issued. 

The public can submit comments by emailing mayoralaide@cityofhudson.org. 

View the Draft Affordable Housing Development Plan RFP

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Work Begins at Promenade Hill Park

On Monday, June 8, surveyors are scheduled to begin work at Promenade Hill Park. The surveyors will be taking measurements of the park to prepare for park improvements. Improvements include preserving historic features while providing access to park amenities and extraordinary views of the Hudson and the Catskills for people of all abilities.

“We need to ensure more people can access our public parks. Residents have been demanding park improvements for years and it’s great to be moving forward on this. I appreciate everyone who has contributed to this project,” says Mayor Kamal Johnson. 

The city asks all residents and visitors to be mindful of the workers at the park and help create a safe environment. Wear a mask and give them extra space. 

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The full project is scheduled to take place over 20 months. There will be an 8-month design phase that includes community outreach, creating concept designs, renderings, construction drawings, and cost analysis. The design phase will be followed by a 12-month construction phase that includes bidding, procurement of the construction contract, and construction. The city has contracted with Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Proper and O’Leary Engineering for both design and construction oversight services.

“Promenade Hill Park is a magical place,” says Gail Wittwer-Laird of Starr Whitehouse. “We are thrilled to be working with the City of Hudson and the local community to restore this historic park so that it can continue to provide delight and access for all for years to come.”

The Department of Justice has identified Promenade Hill Park as a priority for ADA improvements. 

“I love visiting Promenade Hill Park—to enjoy the views and talk with people,” says ADA Coordinator Michael Chameides. “The city must remove barriers and provide equitable opportunities so that people of all abilities can access City facilities and parks.”

The Promenade Hill Park improvements are funded through a grant from New York State 

Stay up to date on Promenade Hill Park and other DRI projects by subscribing at http://www.cityofhudson.org/business/dri_documents.php

Jun 05,2020

Hudson Petitions State Supreme Court

The City of Hudson has filed a petition in the New York State Supreme Court seeking to stop the police union from demanding that the City provide millions of dollars in enhanced retirement benefits.

Current State law provides that police retirement benefits are based on the Final Average Salary (FAS) earned by a police officer during his or her last three years of service. The union seeks to use a FAS for only the last year of employment, arguably the highest-paid year of service. In the case at hand the difference between the 3-year and 1-year FAS is significant and could cause the City to go into significant debt in an already depressed economy. The City’s position is that only the 3-year FAS is allowed.

“I support unions and I'm glad that our police officers have pension benefits so they can work and retire with economic security, but State law prohibits the enhanced retirement benefits this union is seeking since it was never authorized by the City Council,” said Mayor Kamal Johnson. “Their attempt to base retirement on the final year instead of the final three years is not appropriate. It is an unauthorized benefit that will significantly harm the city and its residents. What’s at stake is millions of dollars and possibly the future of the police force in Hudson. The City had no choice but to file for a stay of the union’s request for arbitration,”

Hudson City Treasurer Heather Campbell said, “If the Union is successful in this arbitration, the City will be forced to pay over $900,000 into the State’s retirement system just to cover the past service cost of providing this enhanced retirement benefit. Thereafter, taxpayers will need to come up with an additional $75,000 or more annually, in perpetuity, to cover other officers who may also ask for the enhanced retirement.”

Albany attorney Jonathan Bernstein who is representing the City said, “Retirement benefits for public employees are established by state law which explicitly prohibits unions and local municipalities from bargaining for retirement benefits in a collective bargaining agreement. We believe the enhanced retirement provision relied upon by the union in this case is a holdover clause in the City’s current collective bargaining agreement that has no effect as a matter of law.”

“The Common Council is prepared to litigate this matter to the State’s highest court if necessary and will also be prepared to take drastic cost-saving measures to pay the enhanced benefit if the union prevails. We will have no choice,” said Common Council President Tom DePietro.

A decision in the matter is expected sometime in the fall.


Jun 05,2020

Project Hudson

The Hudson Tourism Board is welcoming proposals for short- and long-term projects that promote Hudson as an attractive destination and strengthen our local communities and economy! 
 
We invite businesses and organizations based in the city of Hudson to fill out this application online or by hand. The board will consider applications that:
  • Take place in the City of Hudson.
  • Enliven Hudson’s city life.
  • Illuminate or create a unique experience of Hudson’s communities and businesses.
  • Create local opportunities for recreation and/or promotion, and/or seek to advance walkability.
  • Create local opportunities for climate resiliency, where applicable.
  • Are accessible to all audiences and ADA compliant, where applicable.
  • Use “tactical urbanism,” which encourages low cost, impermanent, and DIY projects, where applicable.
The Tourism Board is tasked with using its funds to promote our city. With Project Hudson, the board hopes to take small steps toward supporting the creativity, ingenuity, and civic-mindedness of Hudsonians to create a more vibrant, healthy, equitable, and safe place to live and to be.  
 
This grant program is being administered with the help and support of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation.

Jun 02,2020

NY Forward

GUIDANCE ON REOPENING HUDSON

On May 20, Hudson entered Phase 1 of reopening. On June 3, Hudson entered Phase 2. On June 17, Hudson entered phase 3. On July 1, Hudson entered Phase 4. Residents and businesses should continue to follow physical distancing best practices.

The Governor has broken the State into 10 Regions. Hudson is in the “Capital Region.” Each region will reopen its businesses in 4 Phases with 2 weeks between the opening of each new Phase. Phase I openings cannot begin until the region meets 7 metrics. The Capital Region has met 7 of 7 metrics.

Each re-opening business must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. A business may fill out this template to fulfill the requirement or may develop its own Safety Plan. This plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval but must be retained on the premises of the business and must be made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.

PHASES OF REOPENING

Phase I
Construction Manufacturing
Wholesale Trade
Select Retail for Curbside Pickup Only
Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing

Phase II
Professional Services
Finance and Insurance
Retail
Administrative Support
Real Estate, Rental and Leasing

Phase III
Restaurants and Food Services

Phase IV
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
Education

Learn more

New York State has recently added a Reopening Tool, designed to let businesses know when they may reopen in a particular region.


COMEBACK COLUMBIA

The Columbia County Comeback Committee was formed by the Columbia County Board of Supervisors to assist Columbia County businesses as the county looks ahead to the re-start of business activities. The Committee has been tasked to serve as a resource for county businesses to navigate the new normal and develop initiatives to
help business owners adapt and respond once the State allows businesses to re-open. Mayor Kamal Johnson is serving on the committee.

Businesses can also contact the Columbia Economic Development Corporation for additional support.

COMPLAINTS

Every business in operation needs to follow a safety plan. View the NYS know your rights guide. New Yorkers can call the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or file a complaint online if they believe their employer is not following PPE, hygiene or social distancing guidelines as more businesses begin to reopen. If the employer is in the city of Hudson, you can also contact the Code Enforcement Office.

TESTING

If you have a job that puts you in contact with people outside your household, consider getting tested for coronavirus.

LEARN MORE ABOUT HUDSON'S RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS


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Waterfront Docks

May 28, 2020: Docks for boats and kayaks are being installed at the Henry Hudson Waterfront Park. These docks are for short-term boat and kayak use.

Stopping the spread of the coronavirus is a shared responsibility. Please do your part to help keep Hudson safe. 

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

When using the docks, maintain 6' between you and others. Take turns using the dock. Since the dock is less than 6' feet wide, do not enter the dock when another person is on the dock. When you are on the dock, be respectful of your usage so others can have a turn. 

Please use physical distancing guidelines when on your boat as well. Keep a distance of six feet from others outside your household. Wear a mask when near others outside of your household.

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DO NOT CONGREGATE ON DOCKS

No fishing or hanging out on docks.

NO SWIMMING

Swimming is not allowed.

SHORT-TERM USE

No overnight docking

FREE

There is no charge for using the docks

STATE BOAT LAUNCH

Boaters may also want to use the NYS State Boat Launch, located to the north of the Henry Hudson Waterfront Park.

Learn more about Parks and Recreation


May 28,2020

Police Commissioner Letter

On May 28, 2020 Police Commissioner Peter Volkmann issued the following statement.

To the Citizens of Hudson

As Police Commissioner of the City of Hudson, I am responsible to the citizens of Hudson as well as to the officers of Hudson Police Department. The recent event in Minneapolis in which every person was able to witness the death of a person in police custody was shocking to say the least. The slow response of police transparency is tragic and has caused a collective conscious reevaluation of police responsibilities in training and internal investigations in their communities and within their police agencies. I have always strived to be a better cop, better leader, and better person. While I have not been perfect and have personally made mistakes in my career, I have always separated between a "mistake of the head" and a "mistake of the heart". Supervision and training can retrain "mistakes of the head", but "mistakes of the heart" cannot be retrained. "Mistakes of the heart" is a human deficiency that is ingrained forever in a person due to life experiences. Policing, whether with the community, or within the agency, is about confrontation and dealing with issues that may be uncomfortable in nature.

This Minneapolis situation has made America uncomfortable.

Let me begin this uncomfortable conversation on behalf of Hudson Police. The arrest tactics utilized in Minneapolis has never and will never be an aspect of Hudson Police training nor tolerated if utilized as an arrest tactic by any officer. Hudson Police has been trained and will continue to be trained on proper use of force techniques. Our guidelines are clear and concise on the use of force standards to follow. As a NYS accredited police agency, our policies and training standards have been recognized by NYS to be of high standards. Any type of complaint on an officer will be fully investigated and properly resolved. As Police Commissioner, I will take professional responsibility for all officers' actions within Hudson Police. I have confidence in their training standards, supervision, and abilities when utilizing use of force. If there is an identified issue or mistake, we will as an agency investigate how that issue happened and evaluate the best way to correct the issue. Solutions are the result of first acknowledging there is a problem. Community conversations lead to community solutions. If a police agency cannot have uncomfortable conversations with community problems, whether perceived or real, those problems will only get worse. I will let the community know that Hudson Police has a body camera program in place for almost a year. Every on-duty patrol officer wears a body camera. Officers are trained to record any use of force incident. The audio and video recordings provide transparency to our community. This month we will examine the program for any needed immediate adjustments or enhancements. 

As an agency, Hudson Police will evaluate our community policing efforts within the next month. We will strive to be better in communicating with our community, collaborating with other city departments and agencies to serve Hudson, and provide a real sense of service to our community problems. We all can take responsibility to do better for Hudson

One of my many responsibilities as Police Commissioner is to have Hudson Police available for conversations with the community. Once the COVID-19 emergency declaration is lifted, I will invite the community to tour our police facility. The police facility belongs to the citizens of Hudson and everyone should have an opportunity to see the facility. We can have neighborly conversations

Commissioner Peter Volkmann 


May 26,2020

June 1 Parking

Effective June 1: all parking meters and alternate side parking will be restored.

On-Street parking meter fees will be 25 cents for 30 minutes of parking.

On March 19, alternate side parking and use of parking meters were temporarily suspended.

Learn more: 
Parking Rules & Regulations
Parking Bureau

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COVID-19

Coronavirus updates including health recommendations, links with information on the virus, information on the city of Hudson's response, and recent emergency orders. You can also sign up for email notifications.

Mayor Johnson urges everyone to stay at home. If you must leave the house, keep a safe distance of six feet from others in public spaces to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.


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May 21,2020

Hudson Safe

HUDSON RESIDENTS PARTNER WITH CITY OF HUDSON TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19


The city of Hudson has teamed up with two local organizations to develop a civic health campaign to promote safe physical distancing as a way of showing love for Hudson.

The campaign is called Hudson Safe, and was created by Hudson residents Peter Spear and Jonathan Lerner of FUTURE HUDSON, and Alison Matheny of BEST Creative Studio.

The Hudson Safe campaign kicks off with new signage at parks. The signs give clear direction of actions that people need to take, infusing a positive, community-minded tone.

IMG_9175 In the coming week, more posters will be going up around town encouraging residents to “Do Your Part. Stay Home. Stay Six Feet Apart. Wear a Mask.”

OUR COMMUNITY’S SAFETY DEPENDS ON WIDE PARTICIPATION

Until there is a vaccine, the most effective way of stopping the spread is for individuals to take responsibility for the health and well-being of their neighbors. 

We can protect ourselves by protecting each other.

The goal of HUDSON SAFE is to inspire civic pride and reinforce basic safe behaviors — staying home, keeping distance, wearing masks. The message is underscored by a consistent appeal to Do your part. 

COVID-19 is causing damage. How we respond can strengthen our communities.

Printing costs were generously covered by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation's Columbia County Emergency Fund.

The campaign was inspired by The City of Rochester’s “Six Feet Saves” campaign created by Partners + Napier and made available to the public.

The three were encouraged by the Mayor’s Office and worked with the City on clear messaging. The campaign also has the endorsement of the County Health Department. 

Anyone can help support the campaign by wearing a Hudson Safe button, displaying a poster in their window, or posting on social media.

And, if anyone would like a poster for your window, have ideas on how Hudson Safe can further support the community, or would like to know more, please email Peter Spear at peterbspear@gmail.com.

Learn more about the city of Hudson's COVID-19 Response


May 20,2020

Resolution No. 15 of May 19, 2020

The New York State Retirement System requires that all elected and appointed officials, who are members of the retirement system and are not in a time & attendance system; maintain records of activities for three consecutive months within 150 days of the start of a new term or appointment.

The Retirement System also requires the municipality to post the approved resolution to the city's website for a minimum of 30 days.

Resolution No. 15 of May 19, 2020

May 19,2020

Livestream Congressmember Antonio Delgado & Mayor Kamal Johnson

Hudson Shared Summer Streets

Virtual Town Hall
Thursday, June 11 at 4 PM
Learn More


Town Hall #3

Wednesday, May 20, 3:30 PM

Mayor Johnson speaks with Congressmember Antonio Delgado about the Direct Support for Communities Act, the economic stimulus, and other efforts to address our community's needs.

Town Hall #2

Friday, April 24, 2:00 PM
Meeting participants include City of Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson, Hudson Common Council President Tom DePietro, Hudson Housing Authority Chairman Randall Martin, Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb, Columbia County Chairman Matt Murell, Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Dutchess/Columbia), Maria Suttmeier, Hudson City School District Superintendent and Hudson Police Chief Edward Moore.

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Town Hall #1

Friday, April 10, 2:00

Meeting participants include City of Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson, Hudson Common Council President Tom DePietro, Housing Housing Authority Chairman Randall Martin, Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb, Columbia County Chairman Matt Murell, and Columbia Economic Development Corporation President Mike Tucker.


May 17,2020

2020 Property Assessment

2020 Property Assessment Information has been released to the public. The assessment information values each property in Hudson, which is used to determine the portion of taxes for each property owner.
 
You can file a grievance and attend a May 28 virtual grievance meeting. If filing a grievance, property owners are strongly encouraged to file a grievance as soon as possible.
More information:
518-828-3141
Assessor's Office

May 12,2020

Take 5 for Hudson

We are calling on all Hudsonians to take five minutes everyday to call, text, or direct message a loved one, friend, neighbor, or acquaintance. Say hi, check on them, see if they need anything, lift their spirits, and show them support.
 
While this is a difficult time for all of us, it is taking an even greater toll on seniors, people living alone, and those living with depression, anxiety, and addiction. Connect with people in our community who could use it the most. You can talk about the crisis or the latest show you’re watching. The point is that we are staying safe together.

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#Take5ForHudson

LEARN MORE ABOUT HUDSON'S RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS

May 05,2020

Public Comment: Sidewalks and Curb Ramps

Provide your input on the accessibility of curb ramps and sidewalks in Hudson. Give feedback via an online form where you can describe the problems and also submit pictures. The city will use the information to respond to requests and document those responses, and, to where necessary enforce the obligations of property owners to maintain and repair pedestrian level walkways consistent with local ordinances including Municipal Code 22-18. The City of Hudson will maintain all data received in this process.

File A Report

Apr 24,2020

Public Comments: Proposed Local Law Introductory No. D of 2020

 

The Mayor is considering signing Proposed Local Law Introductory No. D of 2020 and is accepting comments until Friday, May 8, 2020 at 5:00pm.  If you are interested in commenting on this proposed local law, email Mayor Kamal Johnson at mayor@cityofhudson.org OR call the Mayor's Office at 518-828-7217 and leave a message if no one is there to take your call.


Proposed Local Law Introductory No. D of 2020 - A Local Law Establishing an Alternate Date for the Meeting of the Board of Assessment Review.

The Common Council passed the proposed local law unanimously on 4/21/2020.

The Mayor’s public hearing requirement prior to signing proposed local laws has been suspended due to the public health emergency occasioned by the Covid-19 Pandemic.


Apr 22,2020

Hudson Emergency Order

On August 14, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION

Pursuant to New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, Section 24, I hereby declare and proclaim a continuing Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York and extend the Emergency Proclamation issued on July 8, 2020 an additional 30 days until September 14, 2020. This Proclamation shall remain in effect for a period not to exceed thirty days or until I rescind such Proclamation, whichever occurs first. 

This State of Emergency is based upon the emergency conditions set forth in the Governor’s March 7, 2020, Executive Order Number 202, declaring a State disaster emergency for the entire State of New York related to the uncontrolled contagion of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 and further, that these conditions persist and both travel-related cases and community contact transmission of COVID-19 have been documented in New York State and are expected to continue.

This Emergency Proclamation also may be supplemented or clarified from time to time by the issuance of Executive Orders as deemed necessary to address emergent issues and situations that require immediate attention. Executive Orders may be issued for a period of up to 5 days. 

Due to the continuing threat of contagion and the concomitant disruption to routine activities and everyday life of the citizens of Hudson, the local economy, particularly the restaurant, bar, arts and retail sectors have been devastated.  As the state is operating under a controlled re-opening of the economy, these sectors are facing restrictions on their operations and occupancy thus impacting their ability to continue in business. 

To support local businesses which are crucial to maintaining the City’s tax base and governmental services during this on-going emergency, I hereby Proclaim and Order  the continuation of the Shared Summer Streets Program begun pursuant to Executive Order 26, as modified by the Emergency Proclamation dated July 8, 2020, and as further modified herein for the duration of this Emergency Proclamation and I intend to extend this authority to continue the Shared Summer Streets Program for additional 30 days periods until such time as the COVID-19 pandemic abates. 

Now therefore, I further Proclaim that:

  1. The purpose of the Hudson Shared Summer Streets Program is to reduce traffic on Warren Street by limiting it to two-way local traffic, reducing traffic speed and making parking spaces on Warren Street available for restaurant/bar seating or the display and sale of retail or craft merchandise.
  2. The Shared Summer Streets Program shall be on Warren Street from Front Street to 7th Street.
  3. Partial Street Closure. 
    A) In effect until August 23, 2020. On Mondays thru Fridays from 4:00 PM until 10:00 PM  and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM until August 23, 2020, the Hudson Police Department and Department of Public Works shall coordinate in the posting of barricades and signs notifying vehicle drivers that Warren Street is open to local traffic only within one-block of the intersection and that the speed limit is 5 MPH

    B) In effect commencing on August 24, 2020. The traffic slowing methods on Warren Street, including the placement of barricades at the Warren Street intersections and the reduction in the speed limit to 5 MPH shall only be in effect on Fridays from 4:00 PM until 10:00 PM and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM.  The Hudson Police Department and Department of Public Works shall continue to coordinate to post the barricades, signs and posted speed limit.

    C) Local traffic is defined as traffic associated with people who reside or operate a business on Warren Street, individuals with disabilities who require accessible parking to shop on Warren Street, those who are picking up or dropping off food or other merchandise from a business operating on Warren Street or public transportation.

    D) Barricades shall be posted at each intersection crossing Warren Street from Front Street to 7th Street. 
  4. The owner of each business on the first floor of a building on Warren Street may apply for a permit to occupy the parking space directly in front of said building. Applications may be made to the Hudson Police Department on a form to be prepared by the Police Department.
  5. Restaurants and bars may apply for permits to occupy parking spaces adjacent to the parking spaces directly in front of their establishments. No permits shall be issued to restaurants and bars for parking spaces across the street from their establishment.
  6. Non-appurtenant businesses and individuals may also apply for permits to occupy parking spaces. Permits may only be issued to Hudson businesses and individuals. No permits for food trucks, food carts or other vendors shall be issued for the Shared Summer Streets area of Warren Street except for any current permits or completed applications for a vendor permit pending on this date. 
  7. Where there is a conflict in the request for permits for parking spaces the Chief of Police shall resolve the dispute giving preference to the business owner directly adjacent to the parking space. The Chief of Police shall also apply the requirements of §307-5(E) of the City Code which prohibits vendors from selling a product within 100 feet of a store selling the same or a substantially similar product.
  8. The Chief of Police shall have the discretion to reserve spaces for parking, delivery, persons with disability and emergency vehicle access.
  9. The permittee shall delineate the parking area to be occupied with stanchions and ropes or other similar means of separating the area from traffic on Warren Street. Permittees planning on using the parking space after sunset shall place reflective traffic cones or an equivalent means of providing a visual warning to vehicle drivers at the corner of the parking area. Beginning on August 24, 2020 and lasting for the duration of the Shared Streets Program, any permittee wishing to use a parking area Monday thru Thursday when traffic slowing measures on Warren Street are not in effect, must have installed a substantial barrier designed to protect patrons consistent with the attached “Design for Outside Dining” dated July 2020.
  10. Permittees must maintain a 4 foot-wide unobstructed area on the sidewalk for pedestrian passage.
  11. Use of the parking spaces by patrons is prohibited after 10:00 PM. Restaurants and bars shall stop serving patrons within the parking spaces by 10:00 PM and use best efforts to have the area vacated as soon as possible thereafter.
  12.  All applicants must provide a hold-harmless indemnity to the City and provide a certificate of insurance naming the City of Hudson as an additional insured on the applicant’s general liability policy in the amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 aggregate.  For all applicants wishing to serve alcohol in the designated parking area, the business shall also provide a certificate of insurance naming the City as an additional insured on their Liquor Legal Liability insurance.
  13. Permittees are responsible for securing all tables, chairs, umbrellas and any other equipment used in the parking lot or sidewalk areas.  Any umbrella or other means of providing shade shall be anchored in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications.
  14. Permittees are responsible for maintaining waste receptacles on their property and directing patrons to use these receptacles. 
  15. Permittees are permitted to use generators limited to inverter type with a maximum capacity of 3500W and must not exceed a noise level of 60dB.
  16. Amplified outdoor music is prohibited in the parking spaces or the exterior of the business.  Speakers may not be placed outside of the building or placed in windows directed outside of the building. 
  17. Permittees will be allowed to leave fixtures and materials in the permitted parking space when Warren Streets is open and not partially closed under condition 3 above. Patrons and customers are not permitted in the parking space when Warren Street is open except as provided in condition 9 above. 
  18. Due to a generous contribution from a pair of Hudson residents, there will not be a permit fee for the Shared Summer Streets program. 
  19. Enforcement. 

    A) The Hudson Police Department shall have the authority to enforce this Order by issuing a written warning to any person or entity in violation of this Order. Upon a second violation of this provision the Chief of Police shall revoke the parking space permit for a period of one week. The business owner may apply for reinstatement after the one-week revocation period.  If the business violates this Order again after reinstatement, the permit shall be revoked for the duration of the Shared Summer Streets program. Any permittee may appeal a revocation order by filing a written appeal with the Mayor’s office within 72 hours of the issuance of the revocation order.  Any appeal must include sworn statements supporting any claim that the permit should not be revoked.

    B) Notwithstanding paragraph (A), all relevant provisions of the Hudson City Code, including the Hudson Noise Control Code (Code Ch. 210) remain in effect.

    C) Furthermore, in addition, pursuant to N.Y. Exec. Law § 24, any person who knowingly violates any local emergency order of a chief executive promulgated pursuant to said section is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.  
  20. All permits for the Shared Streets Program previously issued pursuant to Emergency Orders or Proclamations are hereby continued subject to the permittee having currently valid certificates of insurance on file and operating consistent with the terms of this Proclamation.


On July 8, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION

Pursuant to New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, Section 24, I hereby declare and proclaim a continuing Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York and extend the Emergency Proclamation issued on June 22, 2020 an additional 30 days until August 7, 2020. This Proclamation shall remain in effect for a period not to exceed thirty days or until I rescind such Proclamation, whichever occurs first. 

This State of Emergency is based upon the emergency conditions set forth in the Governor’s March 7, 2020, Executive Order Number 202, declaring a State disaster emergency for the entire State of New York related to the uncontrolled contagion of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 and further, that these conditions persist and both travel-related cases and community contact transmission of COVID-19 have been documented in New York State and are expected to continue.

This Emergency Proclamation also may be supplemented or clarified from time to time by the issuance of Executive Orders as deemed necessary to address emergent issues and situations that require immediate attention. Executive Orders may be issued for a period of up to 5 days. 

Due to the continuing threat of contagion and the concomitant disruption to routine activities and everyday life of the citizens of Hudson, the local economy, particularly the restaurant, bar, arts and retail sectors have been devastated.  As the state is moving to a controlled re-opening of the economy, these sectors are facing restrictions on their operations and occupancy thus impacting their ability to continue in business. 

To support local businesses which are crucial to maintaining the City’s tax base and governmental services during this on-going emergency, I hereby Proclaim and Order  the continuation of the Shared Summer Streets Program begun pursuant to Executive Order 26, as modified herein, for the duration of this Emergency Proclamation and intend to extend this authority to continue the Shared Summer Streets Program for additional 30 days periods until such time as the COVID-19 pandemic abates. 

Now therefore, I further Proclaim that:

  1. The purpose of the Hudson Shared Summer Streets Program is to reduce traffic on Warren Street by limiting it to two-way local traffic, reducing traffic speed and making parking spaces on Warren Street available for restaurant/bar seating or the display and sale of retail or craft merchandise.

  2. The Shared Summer Streets Program shall be on Warren Street from Front Street to 7th Street.

  3. Partial Street Closure.  

    1. On Mondays thru Fridays from 4:00 PM until 10:00 PM  and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM for the duration of this Proclamation, the Hudson Police Department and Department of Public Works shall coordinate in the posting of barricades and signs notifying vehicle drivers that Warren Street is open to local traffic only within one-block of the intersection and that the speed limit is 5 MPH.

    2. Local traffic is defined as traffic associated with people who reside or operate a business on Warren Street, individuals with disabilities who require accessible parking to shop on Warren Street, those who are picking up or dropping off food or other merchandise from a business operating on Warren Street or public transportation.

    3. Barricades shall be posted at each intersection crossing Warren Street from Front Street to 7th Street. 

  4. The owner of each business on the first floor of a building on Warren Street may apply for a permit to occupy the parking space directly in front of said building. Applications may be made to the Hudson Police Department on a form to be prepared by the Police Department.

  5. Restaurants and bars may apply for permits to occupy parking spaces adjacent to the parking spaces directly in front of their establishments. No permits shall be issued to restaurants and bars for parking spaces across the street from their establishment.

  6. Non-appurtenant businesses and individuals may also apply for permits to occupy parking spaces. Permits may only be issued to Hudson businesses and individuals. No permits for food trucks, food carts or other vendors shall be issued for the Shared Summer Streets area of Warren Street except for any current permits or completed applications for a vendor permit pending on this date. 

  7. Where there is a conflict in the request for permits for parking spaces the Chief of Police shall resolve the dispute giving preference to the business owner directly adjacent to the parking space. The Chief of Police shall also apply the requirements of §307-5(E) of the City Code which prohibits vendors from selling a product within 100 feet of a store selling the same or a substantially similar product.

  8. The Chief of Police shall have the discretion to reserve spaces for parking, delivery, persons with disability and emergency vehicle access.

  9. The permittee shall delineate the parking area to be occupied with stanchions and ropes or other similar means of separating the area from traffic on Warren Street. Permittees planning on using the parking space after sunset shall place reflective traffic cones or an equivalent means of providing a visual warning to vehicle drivers at the corner of the parking area.

  10. Permittees must maintain a 4 foot-wide unobstructed area on the sidewalk for pedestrian passage.

  11. Use of the parking spaces by patrons is prohibited after 10:00 PM. Restaurants and bars shall stop serving patrons within the parking spaces by 10:00 PM and use best efforts to have the area vacated as soon as possible thereafter.

  12.  All applicants must provide a hold-harmless indemnity to the City and provide a certificate of insurance naming the City of Hudson as an additional insured on the applicant’s general liability policy in the amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 aggregate.  For all applicants wishing to serve alcohol in the designated parking area, the business shall also provide a certificate of insurance naming the City as an additional insured on their Liquor Legal Liability insurance.

  13. Permittees are responsible for securing all tables, chairs, umbrellas and any other equipment used in the parking lot or sidewalk areas.  Any umbrella or other means of providing shade shall be anchored in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications.

  14. Permittees are responsible for maintaining waste receptacles on their property and directing patrons to use these receptacles. 

  15. Permittees are permitted to use generators limited to inverter type with a maximum capacity of 3500W and must not exceed a noise level of 60dB.

  16. Amplified outdoor music is prohibited in the parking spaces or the exterior of the business.  Speakers may not be placed outside of the building or placed in windows directed outside of the building. 

  17. Permittees will be allowed to leave fixtures and materials in the permitted parking space when Warren Streets is open and not partially closed under condition 3 above. Patrons and customers are not permitted in the parking space when Warren Street is open except as provided in condition 11 above. 

  18. A permit fee for the Shared Summer Streets program is hereby waived through July 14, 2020 at which time a permit fee waiver will be reconsidered. 

  19. Enforcement

    A. The Hudson Police Department shall have the authority to enforce this Order by issuing a written warning to any person or entity in violation of this Order. Upon a second violation of this provision the Chief of Police shall revoke the parking space permit for a period of one week. The business owner may apply for reinstatement after the one-week revocation period.  If the business violates this Order again after reinstatement, the permit shall be revoked for the duration of the Shared Summer Streets program. Any permittee may appeal a revocation order by filing a written appeal with the Mayor’s office within 72 hours of the issuance of the revocation order.  Any appeal must include sworn statements supporting any claim that the permit should not be revoked.

    B. Notwithstanding paragraph (A), all relevant provisions of the Hudson City Code, including the Hudson Noise Control Code (Code Ch. 210) remain in effect.

    C. Furthermore, in addition, pursuant to N.Y. Exec. Law § 24, any person who knowingly violates any local emergency order of a chief executive promulgated pursuant to said section is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.  

  20. All permits for the Shared Streets Program previously issued pursuant to Emergency Orders are hereby continued subject to the permittee having currently valid certificates of insurance on file.




On July 1, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 26

Effective:  July 3, 2020 at 10:00 AM through July 8, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

Pursuant to my Proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on June 22, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency Order No. 26. Emergency Order No. 26 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 10:00 AM on July 3, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 11:59 PM on July 8, 2020.

A Local Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.  Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact upon the local economy, particularly the restaurant, bar and retail sectors.  As the state is moving to a controlled re-opening of the economy, those sectors are facing restrictions on their occupancy thus impacting their ability to continue in business. To mitigate the impact of those restrictions, other regulations are being relaxed by the State Liquor Authority that allow licensed establishments to expand their service area outdoors to previously unlicensed areas. 

Warren Street is a core area of Hudson’s restaurant and retail economy. By allowing businesses to occupy parking spaces through a shared streets program, the City can assist those businesses while protecting the interests of residences along Warren Street. The City will also benefit from the efforts of volunteers to implement the shared streets program thus avoiding the need for overtime by City employees and avoiding further strains on the City’s budget.

I previously issued Executive Order No. 23 establishing the Shared Summer Streets Program on a trial basis for the weekend of June 26, 2020.  Upon an evaluation of that weekend, including reviewing a survey of business owners, residents and visitors, I have determined that the City as a whole will benefit from a continuation of the program for so long as there are restrictions on the interior capacity of businesses due to the pandemic.  Based upon public input, I am amending the conditions for the Shared Summer Streets Program, and will likely amend conditions in the future based on acquired experience with the program. To that end, I will soon be naming an advisory committee made up of city stakeholders and public officials to solicit public input and advise me on future orders affecting the program.

Therefore, in order to mitigate the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and to compliment the efforts of the State Liquor Authority, I hereby order the establishment of the Shared Summer Streets Program which shall consist of the following:

  1. The purpose of this program is to reduce traffic on Warren Street by limiting it to two-way local traffic, reducing traffic speed and making parking spaces on Warren Street available for restaurant/bar seating or the display and sale of retail or craft merchandise.

  2. The Shared Summer Streets Program shall be on Warren Street from Front Street to 7th Street.

  3. Partial Street Closure.  

    1. On Mondays thru Fridays from 4:00 PM until 10:00 PM  and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM for the duration of this Order, the Hudson Police Department and Department of Public Works shall coordinate in the posting of barricades and signs notifying vehicle drivers that Warren Street is open to local traffic only within one-block of the intersection and that the speed limit is 5 MPH.

    2. Local traffic is defined as traffic associated with people who reside or operate a business on Warren Street, individuals with disabilities who require accessible parking to shop on Warren Street, those who are picking up or dropping off food or other merchandise from a business operating on Warren Street or public transportation.

    3. Barricades shall be posted at each intersection crossing Warren Street from Front Street to 7th Street. 

  4.  The owner of each business on the first floor of a building on Warren Street may apply for a permit to occupy the parking space directly in front of said building. Applications may be made to the Hudson Police Department on a form to be prepared by the Police Department.

  5. Restaurants and bars may apply for permits to occupy parking spaces adjacent to the parking spaces directly in front of their establishments. 

  6. Non-appurtenant businesses and individuals may also apply for permits to occupy parking spaces. Permits may only be issued to Hudson businesses and individuals. No permits for food trucks, food carts or other vendors shall be issued for the Shared Summer Streets area of Warren Street except for any current permits or completed applications for a vendor permit pending on this date. 

  7. Where there is a conflict in the request for permits for parking spaces the Chief of Police shall resolve the dispute giving preference to the business owner directly adjacent to the parking space. The Chief of Police shall also apply the requirements of §307-5(E) of the City Code which prohibits vendors from selling a product within 100 feet of a store selling the same or a substantially similar product.

  8. The Chief of Police shall have the discretion to reserve spaces for parking, delivery, persons with disability and emergency vehicle access.

  9. The permittee shall delineate the parking area to be occupied with stanchions and ropes or other similar means of separating the area from traffic on Warren Street. Permittees planning on using the parking space after sunset shall place reflective traffic cones or an equivalent means of providing a visual warning to vehicle drivers at the corner of the parking area.

  10. Permittees must maintain a 4 foot-wide unobstructed area on the sidewalk for pedestrian passage.

  11. Use of the parking spaces by patrons is prohibited after 10:00 PM. Restaurants and bars shall stop serving patrons within the parking spaces by 10:00 PM and use best efforts to have the area vacated as soon as possible thereafter.

  12.  All applicants must provide a hold-harmless indemnity to the City and provide a certificate of insurance naming the City of Hudson as an additional insured on the applicant’s general liability policy in the amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 aggregate.  For all applicants wishing to serve alcohol in the designated parking area, the business shall also provide a certificate of insurance naming the City as an additional insured on their Liquor Legal Liability insurance.

  13. Permittees are responsible for securing all tables, chairs, umbrellas and any other equipment used in the parking lot or sidewalk areas.  Any umbrella or other means of providing shade shall be anchored in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications.

  14. Permittees are responsible for maintaining waste receptacles on their property and directing patrons to use these receptacles. 

  15. Permittees are permitted to use generators limited to inverter type with a maximum capacity of 3500W and must not exceed a noise level of 60dB.

  16. Amplified outdoor music is prohibited in the parking spaces.

  17. Permittees will be allowed to leave fixtures and materials in the permitted parking space when Warren Streets is open and not partially closed under condition 3 above. Patrons and customers are not permitted in the parking space when Warren Street is open except as provided in condition 11 above. .

  18. A permit fee for the Shared Summer Streets program is hereby waived through July 13, 2020. It is my intention to locate a source of funding to offset the lost parking revenues anticipated from this program. If my efforts are unsuccessful, a permit fee may be assessed in the future.  

  19. All permits for the Shared Streets Program previously issued pursuant to Emergency Order No. 23 are hereby continued subject to the permittee having currently valid certificates of insurance on file.

  20. To avoid further burdens on the City’s budget, department heads are directed to avoid authorizing overtime for the implementation of this Order unless exigent circumstances require overtime to maintain public health and safety.

  21. It is my expectation to continue to reissue this Order through October 2020, subject to continued restrictions on the business occupancy and the orders of the State Liquor Authority allowing the expansion of licensed establishments.   This Order and the Shared Summer Streets Program may be continued and/or amended by a future Emergency Order.

Learn more about Shared Summer Streets


 

 

On July 1, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 25

EFFECTIVE: July 1, 2020 at 6:00 PM through July 6, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on June 22, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency OrderNo. 25. Emergency Order No. 25 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 6:00 pm on July 1, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 10:00 am on July 6, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of July 6, 2020 at 10:00 am, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency. 

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.  Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19  threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. Public Administrative Buildings.  The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited as follows: 

    CITY HALL. The following offices are located in City Hall:  City Clerk, Common Council President, Corporation Counsel, Mayor, Parking Bureau, Public Works Department, Tax Assessor, Treasurer, and Water Department.  

    City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 202.17,  all members of the public must wear masks if they enter City Hall as adequate social distancing is not possible due to the configuration of the space. Business in the departments located in City Hall that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, property taxes, and water or other bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone.

    PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING. The following offices are located in the Public Safety Building: Police, City Court, City Court Clerk.

    The Police Office is open to the public open to the public, but members of the public must press the doorbell for entrance and wear a mask while inside the building. 

    City Court and the City Court Clerk’s Office is open to the public by appointment only through the City Court Clerk.

    SENIOR CENTER.  The Senior Center located at 51 N. 5th Street is closed to the public. 

    YOUTH DEPARTMENT BUILDINGS. The Youth Department Buildings located at 18 S. 3rd Street and 132 N. 6th Street are closed to the public.  

  2. Senior Programs. All in person public programs at the Senior Center are canceled. Virtual programming is being offered, please check the City’s website for details. 

  3. Youth Programs. All public programs at the Youth Department buildings are canceled.

  4. Parks and Outdoor Recreation.  Parks may be used while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together, except that the following City park facilities will be closed to the public: playground areas, basketball courts, and bathrooms. Picnic table areas may be used while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together. The public use of the City’s Dog Park located on Front Street may continue  under the following conditions: 

    A) Park users shall keep at least 6 feet distance between themselves and other people who are not otherwise quarantined together. 
    B) Park users must wear a mask while using the park.

  1. Marriage Licenses. Pursuant to Governor’s Executive Order 202.24, Clerks are authorized but not required it issue marriage licenses virtually.  To reduce the possibility of contagion, the City Clerk’s Office will issue marriages licenses to Columbia County residents only. Licenses will be issued in person by appointment only, at the discretion of the Chief Clerk.  Residents of Columbia County wishing to obtain a marriage license should contact the Clerk’s office for information about securing a license. 

  1. Public Meetings.  All City meetings, including Common Council, Planning Board, Zoning Board, Hudson Preservation Commission, Tourism Board and Committee meetings of the Common Council and public hearings held by the Mayor, if any, will be held via electronic means.  Per the Governor’s Executive Order, No. 202.1, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council meetings or Committee meetings, or meetings of any other boards, committees or commissions.  Meetings that are held will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript or minutes, as required, will be made available on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means. 

  1. Parking & Parking Meters.  

    All parking meter regulations are in effect as of June 1, 2020.

    Alternate side street parking:

    Alternate Side Parking is required for night parking Monday through Friday as follows:

    Between 12:00 Midnight and 8:00 AM on all streets within the City unless otherwise posted:

    -Park on the odd side for odd numbered calendar dates.
    -Park on the even side for even numbered calendar dates. 

    Both side street night parking:

    Both side street night parking is permitted Saturday (beginning at 12:00 am Saturday) and Sunday (beginning at 12:00 am Sunday). 

    Due to the Hudson Farmer's Market, no parking in county or city lots on Columbia between 5th and 7th Street on Saturdays 8am - 2pm.

  2. Face Masks.  All City employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public.




On June 26, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 24

EFFECTIVE: June 26, 2020 at 12:00 PM through July 1, 2020 at 6:00 PM.

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on June 22, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency OrderNo. 23. Emergency Order No. 23 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 12:00 pm on June 26, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 6:00 pm on July 1, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of June 26, 2020 at 6:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency.  

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.  Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19  threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. Public Administrative Buildings.  The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited as follows: 

    CITY HALL. The following offices are located in City Hall:  City Clerk, Common Council President, Corporation Counsel, Mayor, Parking Bureau, Public Works Department, Tax Assessor, Treasurer, and Water Department.  

    City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 202.17,  all members of the public must wear masks if they enter City Hall as adequate social distancing is not possible due to the configuration of the space. Business in the departments located in City Hall that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, property taxes, and water or other bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. 

    PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING. The following offices are located in the Public Safety Building: Police, City Court, City Court Clerk.

    The Police Office is open to the public open to the public, but members of the public must press the doorbell for entrance and wear a mask while inside the building. 

    City Court and the City Court Clerk’s Office is open to the public by appointment only through the City Court Clerk.

    SENIOR CENTER.  The Senior Center located at 51 N. 5th Street is closed to the public. 

    YOUTH DEPARTMENT BUILDINGS. The Youth Department Buildings located at 18 S. 3rd Street and 132 N. 6th Street are closed to the public.  

  2. Senior Programs. All public programs at the Senior Center are canceled.

  3. Youth Programs. All public programs at the Youth Department buildings are canceled.

  4. Parks and Outdoor Recreation.  Parks may be used while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together, except that the following City park facilities will be closed to the public: playground areas, basketball courts, and bathrooms. Picnic table areas may be used while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together. The public use of the City’s Dog Park located on Front Street may continue  under the following conditions: 

    A) No more than 10 people shall use the park at one time; and 

    B) Park users shall keep at least 6 feet distance between themselves and other people who are not otherwise quarantined together. 

    C) Park users must wear a mask while using the park.

  5. Marriage Licenses. Pursuant to Governor’s Executive Order 202.24, Clerks are authorized but not required it issue marriage licenses virtually.  To reduce the possibility of contagion, the City Clerk’s Office will issue marriages licenses to Columbia County residents only. Licenses will be issued in person by appointment only, at the discretion of the Chief Clerk.  Residents of Columbia County wishing to obtain a marriage license should contact the Clerk’s office for information about securing a license. 

  6. Public Meetings.  All City meetings, including Common Council, Planning Board, Zoning Board, Hudson Preservation Commission, Tourism Board and Committee meetings of the Common Council and public hearings held by the Mayor, if any, will be held via electronic means.  Per the Governor’s Executive Order, No. 202.1, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council meetings or Committee meetings, or meetings of any other boards, committees or commissions.  Meetings that are held will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript or minutes, as required, will be made available on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means. 

  7. Parking & Parking Meters.  

    All parking meter regulations are in effect as of June 1, 2020.

    Alternate side street parking:

    Alternate Side Parking is required for night parking Monday through Friday as follows:

    Between 12:00 Midnight and 8:00 AM on all streets within the City unless otherwise posted:

    A) Park on the odd side for odd numbered calendar dates.
    B) Park on the even side for even numbered calendar dates. 

    Both side street night parking:

    Both side street night parking is permitted Saturday (beginning at 12:00 am Saturday) and Sunday (beginning at 12:00 am Sunday). 

    Due to the Hudson Farmer's Market, no parking in county or city lots on Columbia between 5th and 7th Street on Saturdays 8am - 2pm.

  8. Face Masks.  All City employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public.


On June 22, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 23

EFFECTIVE: June 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM through June 28, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

Pursuant to my Proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on June 22, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency Order No. 23. Emergency Order No. 23 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 10:00 AM on June 26, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 11:59 PM on June 28, 2020.

A Local Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.  Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact upon the local economy, particularly the restaurant, bar and retail sectors.  As the state is moving to a controlled re-opening of the economy, those sectors are facing restrictions on their occupancy thus impacting their ability to continue in business. To mitigate the impact of those restrictions, other regulations are being relaxed by the State Liquor Authority that allow licensed establishments to expand their service area outdoors to previously unlicensed areas. 

Warren Street is a core area of Hudson’s restaurant and retail economy. By allowing businesses to occupy parking spaces through a shared streets program, the City can assist those businesses while protecting the interests of residences along Warren Street. The City will also benefit from the efforts of volunteers to implement the shared streets program thus avoiding the need for overtime by City employees and avoiding further strains on the City’s budget.

Therefore, in order to mitigate the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and to compliment the efforts of the State Liquor Authority, I hereby order the establishment of the Shared Summer Streets Program which shall consist of the following:

  1. The purpose of this program is to reduce traffic on Warren Street by limiting it to two-way local traffic, reducing traffic speed and making parking spaces on Warren Street available for restaurant/bar seating or the display and sale of retail or craft merchandise.

  2. The Shared Summer Streets Program shall be on Warren Street from Front Street to 7th Street.

  3. Partial Street Closure.  

    1. From 10:00 AM until 8:30 PM on each day of this Order (June 26, 27 and 28), the Hudson Police Department and Department of Public Works shall coordinate in the posting of barricades and signs notifying vehicle drivers that Warren Street is open to local traffic only within one-block of the intersection and that the speed limit is 5 MPH.

    2. Local traffic is defined as traffic associated with people who reside or operate a business on Warren Street, individuals with disabilities who require accessible parking to shop on Warren Street, those who are picking up or dropping off food or other merchandise from a business operating on Warren Street or public transportation.

    3. Barricades shall be posted at each intersection crossing Warren Street from Front Street to 7th Street. 

  4.  The owner of each business on the first floor of a building on Warren Street may apply for a permit to occupy the parking space directly in front of said building. Applications may be made to the Hudson Police Department on a form to be prepared by the Police Department.

  5. Restaurants and bars may apply for permits to occupy parking spaces adjacent to the parking spaces directly in front of their establishments. 

  6. Non-appurtenant businesses and individuals may also apply for permits to occupy parking spaces.

  7. Where there is a conflict in the request for permits for parking spaces the Chief of Police shall resolve the dispute giving preference to the business owner directly adjacent to the parking space.

  8. The Chief of Police shall have the discretion to reserve spaces for parking, delivery, persons with disability and emergency vehicle access.

  9. The permittee shall delineate the parking area to be occupied with stanchions and ropes or other similar means of separating the area from traffic on Warren Street.

  10. Permittees must maintain a 4 foot-wide unobstructed area on the sidewalk for pedestrian passage.

  11. Use of the parking spaces by patrons is prohibited after 8:30 PM. Restaurants and bars shall stop serving patrons within the parking spaces by 8:30 PM and use best efforts to have the area vacated as soon as possible thereafter.

  12.  All applicants must provide a hold-harmless indemnity to the City and provide a certificate of insurance naming the City of Hudson as an additional insured on the applicant’s general liability policy in the amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 aggregate.  For all applicants wishing to serve alcohol in the designated parking area, the business shall also provide a certificate of insurance naming the City as an additional insured on their Liquor Legal Liability insurance.

  13. Permittees are responsible for securing all tables, chairs, umbrellas and any other equipment used in the parking lot or sidewalk areas.  Any umbrella or other means of providing shade shall be anchored in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications.

  14. Permittees are responsible for maintaining waste receptacles on their property and directing patrons to use these receptacles. 

  15. Permittees are permitted to use generators limited to inverter type with a maximum capacity of 3500W and must not exceed a noise level of 60dB.

  16. Amplified outdoor music is prohibited in the parking spaces.

  17. All materials in the permitted parking space must be removed by 11:59 PM on June 28, 2020.

  18. For this trial weekend of the Shared Summer Streets program a permit fee is being waived. If the program is continued, a weekly fee of $24 per parking space or portion thereof, will be assessed. 

  19. To avoid further burdens on the City’s budget, department heads are directed to avoid authorizing overtime for the implementation of this Order unless exigent circumstances require overtime to maintain public health and safety.

  20. This Order covers only the weekend of June 26 through June 28 at 11:59 PM and is intended to be a trial period to determine the efficacy of the program.  This Order and the Shared Summer Streets Program may be continued and/or amended by a future Emergency Order.

Learn more about Shared Summer Streets

On June 22, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 22

EFFECTIVE: June 22, 2020 at 12:00 PM  through June 26, 2020 at 8:00 am

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on June 22, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency OrderNo. 22. Emergency Order No. 22 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 12:00 pm on June 22, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 6:00 pm on June 26, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of June 26, 2020 at 6:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency. 

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.  Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19  threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. Public Administrative Buildings.  The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited as follows: 

    CITY HALL. The following offices are located in City Hall:  City Clerk, Common Council President, Corporation Counsel, Mayor, Parking Bureau, Public Works Department, Tax Assessor, Treasurer, and Water Department.  

    City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 202.17,  all members of the public must wear masks if they enter City Hall as adequate social distancing is not possible due to the configuration of the space. Business in the departments located in City Hall that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, property taxes, and water or other bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. 

    PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING. The following offices are located in the Public Safety Building: Police, City Court, City Court Clerk.

    The Police Office is open to the public open to the public, but members of the public must press the doorbell for entrance and wear a mask while inside the building. 

    City Court and the City Court Clerk’s Office is open to the public by appointment only through the City Court Clerk.

    SENIOR CENTER.  The Senior Center located at 51 N. 5th Street is closed to the public. 

    YOUTH DEPARTMENT BUILDINGS. The Youth Department Buildings located at 18 S. 3rd Street and 132 N. 6th Street are closed to the public.  

  2. Senior Programs. All public programs at the Senior Center are canceled.

  3. Youth Programs. All public programs at the Youth Department buildings are canceled.

  4. Parks and Outdoor Recreation.  Parks may be used while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together, except that the following City park facilities will be closed to the public: playground areas, basketball courts, and bathrooms. Picnic table areas may be used while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together. The public use of the City’s Dog Park located on Front Street may continue  under the following conditions: 

    A) No more than 10 people shall use the park at one time; and 
    B) Park users shall keep at least 6 feet distance between themselves and other people who are not otherwise quarantined together. 
    C) Park users must wear a mask while using the park.

  5. Marriage Licenses. Pursuant to Governor’s Executive Order 202.24, Clerks are authorized but not required it issue marriage licenses virtually.  To reduce the possibility of contagion, the City Clerk’s Office will issue marriages licenses to Columbia County residents only. Licenses will be issued in person by appointment only, at the discretion of the Chief Clerk.  Residents of Columbia County wishing to obtain a marriage license should contact the Clerk’s office for information about securing a license. 

  6. Public Meetings.  All City meetings, including Common Council, Planning Board, Zoning Board, Hudson Preservation Commission, Tourism Board and Committee meetings of the Common Council and public hearings held by the Mayor, if any, will be held via electronic means.  Per the Governor’s Executive Order, No. 202.1, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council meetings or Committee meetings, or meetings of any other boards, committees or commissions.  Meetings that are held will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript or minutes, as required, will be made available on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means. 

  7. Parking & Parking Meters.  

    All parking meter regulations are in effect as of June 1, 2020.

    Alternate side street parking:

    Alternate Side Parking is required for night parking Monday through Friday as follows:

    Between 12:00 Midnight and 8:00 AM on all streets within the City unless otherwise posted:

    -Park on the odd side for odd numbered calendar dates.
    -Park on the even side for even numbered calendar dates. 

    Both side street night parking:

    Both side street night parking is permitted Saturday (beginning at 12:00 am Saturday) and Sunday (beginning at 12:00 am Sunday). 

    Due to the Hudson Farmer's Market, no parking in county or city lots on Columbia between 5th and 7th Street on Saturdays 8am - 2pm.

  8. Face Masks.  All City employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public.


On June 22, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION AND EMERGENCY ORDER

Local State of Emergency Proclamation

Pursuant to New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, Section 24, I hereby declare and proclaim a continuing Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York beginning June 22, 2020. This Proclamation shall remain in effect for a period not to exceed thirty days or until I rescind such Proclamation, whichever occurs first.

This State of Emergency is based upon the emergency conditions set forth in the Governor’s March 7, 2020, Executive Order Number 202, declaring a State disaster emergency for the entire State of New York related to the uncontrolled contagion of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 and further, that these conditions persist and both travel-related cases and community contact transmission of COVID-19 have been documented in New York State and are expected to continue.


On June 17, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 21

EFFECTIVE: June 17, 2020 at 12:00 PM  through June 22, 2020 at 8:00 am

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on May 22, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency Order No. 21. Emergency Order No. 21 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 12:00 pm on June 17, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on June 22, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of June 22, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency. 

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.  Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19  threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. Public Administrative Buildings.  The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited as follows: 

    CITY HALL. The following offices are located in City Hall:  City Clerk, Common Council President, Corporation Counsel, Mayor, Parking Bureau, Public Works Department, Tax Assessor, Treasurer, and Water Department.  

    City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 202.17,  all members of the public must wear masks if they enter City Hall as adequate social distancing is not possible due to the configuration of the space. Business in the departments located in City Hall that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, property taxes, and water or other bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. 

    PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING. The following offices are located in the Public Safety Building: Police, City Court, City Court Clerk.

    The Police Office is open to the public open to the public, but members of the public must press the doorbell for entrance and wear a mask while inside the building. 

    City Court and the City Court Clerk’s Office is open to the public by appointment only through the City Court Clerk.

    SENIOR CENTER.  The Senior Center located at 51 N. 5th Street is closed to the public. 

    YOUTH DEPARTMENT BUILDINGS. The Youth Department Buildings located at 18 S. 3rd Street and 132 N. 6th Street are closed to the public.  

  2. Senior Programs. All public programs at the Senior Center are canceled.

  3. Youth Programs. All public programs at the Youth Department buildings are canceled.

  4. Parks and Outdoor Recreation.  Parks may be used while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together, except that the following City park facilities will be closed to the public: playground areas, basketball courts, and bathrooms. Picnic table areas may be used while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together. The public use of the City’s Dog Park located on Front Street may continue  under the following conditions: 

    A) No more than 10 people shall use the park at one time; and 
    B) Park users shall keep at least 6 feet distance between themselves and other people who are not otherwise quarantined together. 
    C) Park users must wear a mask while using the park.

  5. Marriage Licenses. Pursuant to Governor’s Executive Order 202.24, Clerks are authorized but not required it issue marriage licenses virtually.  To reduce the possibility of contagion, the City Clerk’s Office will issue marriages licenses to Columbia County residents only. Licenses will be issued in person by appointment only, at the discretion of the Chief Clerk.  Residents of Columbia County wishing to obtain a marriage license should contact the Clerk’s office for information about securing a license. 

  6. Public Meetings.  All City meetings, including Common Council, Planning Board, Zoning Board, Hudson Preservation Commission, Tourism Board and Committee meetings of the Common Council and public hearings held by the Mayor, if any, will be held via electronic means.  Per the Governor’s Executive Order, No. 202.1, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council meetings or Committee meetings, or meetings of any other boards, committees or commissions.  Meetings that are held will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript or minutes, as required, will be made available on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means. 

  7. Parking & Parking Meters.  

    All parking meter regulations are in effect as of June 1, 2020.

    Alternate side street parking:

    Alternate Side Parking is required for night parking Monday through Friday as follows:

    Between 12:00 Midnight and 8:00 AM on all streets within the City unless otherwise posted:

    -Park on the odd side for odd numbered calendar dates. 
    -Park on the even side for even numbered calendar dates. 

    Both side street night parking:

    Both side street night parking is permitted Saturday (beginning at 12:00 am Saturday) and Sunday (beginning at 12:00 am Sunday). 

    Due to the Hudson Farmer's Market, no parking in county or city lots on Columbia between 5th and 7th Street on Saturdays 8am - 2pm.

  8. Face Masks.  All City employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public.


On June 5, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 20

EFFECTIVE: June 5, 2020 at 12:00 PM  through June 8, 2020 at 8:00 am

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on May 22, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency Order No. 20. Emergency Order No. 20 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 12:00 pm on June 5, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 8:00 am on June 8, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of June 8, 2020 at 8:00 am, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency.

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.  Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19  threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. Public Administrative Buildings. The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited as follows: 

    CITY HALL. The following offices are located in City Hall: City Clerk, Corporation Counsel, Mayor, Public Works, Treasurer, and Water Department.  

    City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 202.17,  all members of the public must wear masks if they enter City Hall as adequate social distancing is not possible due to the configuration of the space. Business in the departments located in City Hall that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, property taxes, and water or other bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. 

    PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING. The following offices are located in the Public Safety Building: Police, City Court, City Court Clerk.

    The Police Office is open to the public open to the public, but members of the public must press doorbell for entrance and wear a mask while inside the building. 

    City Court and the City Court Clerk’s Office is open to the public by appointment only through the City Court Clerk.

    SENIOR CENTER at the Hudson Library.  The Senior Center located at 51 N. 5th Street is closed to the public. 

    YOUTH DEPARTMENT BUILDINGS. The Youth Department Buildings located at 18 S. 3rd Street and 132 N. 6th Street are closed to the public.  

  2. Senior Programs. All public programs at the Senior Center are canceled.

  3. Youth Programs. All public programs at the Youth Department buildings are canceled.

  4. Parks and Outdoor Recreation.  Parks may be used while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together, except that the following City park facilities will be closed to the public: playground areas, basketball courts, and bathrooms. Picnic table areas may be used while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together. The public use of the City’s Dog Park located on Front Street may continue  under the following conditions: 
    A) No more than 6 people shall use the park at one time; and 
    B) Park users shall keep at least 6 feet distance between themselves and other people who are not otherwise quarantined together. 

  5. Marriage Licenses. Pursuant to Governor’s Executive Order 202.24, Clerks are authorized but not required it issue marriage licenses virtually.  To reduce the possibility of contagion, the City Clerk’s Office will no longer issue marriage licenses in person, (except by appointment only, at the discretion of the Chief Clerk), or to any person not residing in Hudson.  Residents of Hudson wishing to obtain a marriage license virtually or to determine if they may obtain a license in person, should contact the Clerk’s office for information about securing a license. 

  6. Public Meetings. All City meetings, including Common Council, Planning Board, Zoning Board, Hudson Preservation Commission, Tourism Board and Committee meetings of the Common Council and public hearings held by the Mayor, if any, will be held via electronic means.  Per the Governor’s Executive Order, No. 202.1, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council meetings or Committee meetings, or meetings of any other boards, committees or commissions.  Meetings that are held will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript or minutes, as required, will be made available on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means. 

  7. Parking Meters.  All parking meter regulations are in effect as of June 1, 2020.

  8. Alternate Side of the Street Parking. Alternate side street parking regulations are in effect as of June 1, 2020. (Alternate side street parking required Sunday through Thursday.  Both side street parking permitted Friday and Saturday.) 

  9. Face Masks. All City employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public.


On May 27, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 19

EFFECTIVE: May 27, 2020 at 5:01 PM  through May 31, 2020 at 5:00 PM

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on April 22, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency Order No. 19. Emergency Order No. 19 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 5:01 pm on May 27, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 5:00 pm on May 31, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of May 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency.

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.  Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19  threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited.  In order to keep the City running smoothly and staff safe, the City’s administration offices will be significantly reduced. City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 202.17,  all members of the public must wear masks if they enter City Hall as adequate social distancing is not possible in the Clerk’s office due to the configuration of the space. Business in the departments that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, property taxes, and water or other bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. All public programs at the Youth Center and Senior Center are canceled. All City employee travel will be restricted, all conferences and workshops will be cancelled. 

  2.  Pursuant to Governor’s Executive Order 202.24, Clerks are authorized but not required it issue marriage licenses virtually.  To reduce the possibility of contagion, the City Clerk’s Office will no longer issue marriages licenses in person, (accept by appointment only, at the discretion of the Chief Clerk), or to any person not residing in Hudson.  Residents of Hudson wishing to obtain a marriage license virtually or to determine if they may obtain a license in person, should contact the Clerk’s office for information about securing a license. 

  3. Beginning May 1, 2020, all City meetings, including Common Council, Planning Board, Zoning Board, Hudson Preservation Commission, Tourism Board and Committee meetings of the Common Council and public hearings held by the Mayor, if any, will held via electronic means.  Per the Governor’s Executive Order, No. 202.1, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council meetings or Committee meetings.  Meetings that are held will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript or minutes, as required, will be made available  on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means. 

  4. Park Space: Pathways, walkways and trails may be used in public parks while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together but otherwise, city parks will be closed to the public, including playground areas, basketball courts, and picnic table and BBQ pit areas. The public use of the City’s Dog Park located on Front Street may continue  under the following conditions: 
    A) No more than 6 people shall use the park at one time; and 
    B) Park users shall keep at least 6 feet distance between themselves and other people who are not otherwise quarantined together. 

  5. Alternative side of the street parking regulation authorized by section 305-8 of the Hudson City Code and Hudson Police Commissioner Memorandum dated January 5, 1972 is suspended. 

  6. The payment of parking meter fees as required by section 305-20(A) is suspended.  

  7. Payment of late fees for parking tickets issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 will be waived but late fees will begin to accrue as of June 15, 2020 if a ticket issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 is not paid by June 1, 2020.

  8. All City employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public.


 

On May 22, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY STATE OF EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION

Pursuant to New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, Section 24, I hereby declare and proclaim a continuing Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York beginning May 22, 2020. This Proclamation shall remain in effect for a period not to exceed thirty days or until I rescind such Proclamation, whichever occurs first.

This State of Emergency has been declared due to emergency conditions produced by:

The uncontrolled contagion of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, and the need to limit the spread of the disease to the people of Hudson, particularly vulnerable populations such as the elderly, those with compromised immune systems, and those with other underlying health issues that predispose them to respiratory infections.  Due to both nation-wide and local limitations on medical supplies and the limited availability of life saving medical equipment such as respirators that could help save the lives of those in vulnerable populations, it is important to slow the contagion rate to the greatest extent possible. Slowing this rate will better enable health care providers and first responders to manage the health care needs of the population caused by this pandemic, as defined by the World Health Organization; prevent mass public contagion;  and ensure that City staff remain healthy and able to safely manage the business of the City, particularly staff who provide essential services to the residents of Hudson.


On May 22, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 18

EFFECTIVE: May 22, 2020 AT 5:01 PM THROUGH May 27, 2020 AT 5:00 PM

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on April 22, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency OrderNo. 18. Emergency Order No. 18 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 5:01 pm on May 22, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 5:00 pm on May 27, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of May 27, 2020 at 5:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency.  

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.  Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19  threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited.  In order to keep the City running smoothly and staff safe, the City’s administration offices will be significantly reduced. City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 202.17,  all members of the public must wear masks if they enter City Hall as adequate social distancing is not possible in the Clerk’s office due to the configuration of the space. Business in the departments that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, property taxes, and water or other bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. All public programs at the Youth Center and Senior Center are canceled. All City employee travel will be restricted, all conferences and workshops will be cancelled.

  2.  Pursuant to Governor’s Executive Order 202.24, Clerks are authorized but not required it issue marriage licenses virtually.  To reduce the possibility of contagion, the City Clerk’s Office will no longer issue marriages licenses in person, (accept by appointment only, at the discretion of the Chief Clerk), or to any person not residing in Hudson.  Residents of Hudson wishing to obtain a marriage license virtually or to determine if they may obtain a license in person, should contact the Clerk’s office for information about securing a license. 

  3. Beginning May 1, 2020, all City meetings, including Common Council, Planning Board, Zoning Board, Hudson Preservation Commission, Tourism Board and Committee meetings of the Common Council and public hearings held by the Mayor, if any, will held via electronic means.  Per the Governor’s Executive Order, No. 202.1, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council meetings or Committee meetings.  Meetings that are held will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript or minutes, as required, will be made available on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means. 

  4. Park Space: Pathways, walkways and trails may be used in public parks while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together but otherwise, city parks will be closed to the public, including playground areas, basketball courts, and picnic table and BBQ pit areas. The public use of the City’s Dog Park located on Front Street may continue  under the following conditions:
    A) No more than 6 people shall use the park at one time; and 
    B) Park users shall keep at least 6 feet distance between themselves and other people who are not otherwise quarantined together. 

  5. Alternative side of the street parking regulation authorized by section 305-8 of the Hudson City Code and Hudson Police Commissioner Memorandum dated January 5, 1972 is suspended. 

  6. The payment of parking meter fees as required by section 305-20(A) is suspended.  

  7. Payment of late fees for parking tickets issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 will be waived but late fees will begin to accrue as of June 15, 2020 if a ticket issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 is not paid by June 1, 2020.

  8. All City employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public.





On May 17, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 17

EFFECTIVE: May 17, 2020 AT 12:01 PM THROUGH May 22, 2020 AT 12:00 PM

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on April 22, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency Order No. 17. Emergency Order No. 17 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 12:00 pm on May 17, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on May 18, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of May 22, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency. 

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.  Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19  threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited.  In order to keep the City running smoothly and staff safe, the City’s administration offices will be significantly reduced. City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 202.17,  all members of the public must wear masks if they enter City Hall as adequate social distancing is not possible in the Clerk’s office due to the configuration of the space. Business in the departments that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, property taxes, and water or other bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. All public programs at the Youth Center and Senior Center are canceled. All City employee travel will be restricted, all conferences and workshops will be cancelled.

  2.  Pursuant to Governor’s Executive Order 202.24, Clerks are authorized but not required it issue marriage licenses virtually.  To reduce the possibility of contagion, the City Clerk’s Office will no longer issue marriages licenses in person, (accept by appointment only, at the discretion of the Chief Clerk), or to any person not residing in Hudson.  Residents of Hudson wishing to obtain a marriage license virtually or to determine if they may obtain a license in person, should contact the Clerk’s office for information about securing a license. 

  3. Beginning May 1, 2020, all City meetings, including Common Council, Planning Board, Zoning Board, Hudson Preservation Commission, Tourism Board and Committee meetings of the Common Council and public hearings held by the Mayor, if any, will held via electronic means.  Per the Governor’s Executive Order, No. 202.1, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council meetings or Committee meetings.  Meetings that are held will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript or minutes, as required, will be made available on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means. 

  4. Park Space: Pathways, walkways and trails may be used in public parks while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together but otherwise, city parks will be closed to the public, including playground areas, basketball courts, and picnic table and BBQ pit areas. The public use of the City’s Dog Park located on Front Street may continue  under the following conditions:
    A) No more than 6 people shall use the park at one time; and 
    B) Park users shall keep at least 6 feet distance between themselves and other people who are not otherwise quarantined together. 

  5. Alternative side of the street parking regulation authorized by section 305-8 of the Hudson City Code and Hudson Police Commissioner Memorandum dated January 5, 1972 is suspended. 

  6. The payment of parking meter fees as required by section 305-20(A) is suspended.  

  7. Payment of late fees for parking tickets issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 will be waived but late fees will begin to accrue as of June 15, 2020 if a ticket issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 is not paid by June 1, 2020.

  8. All City employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public.

In addition to the Orders set forth above, the Governor of the State of New York has issued several Executive Orders as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic which can be viewed here.  https://www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders  Of particular concern to the people of Hudson please note: 

  1. Per the Governor’s Executive Order 202.10, non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time.  This requirement also applies to houses of worship.  

  2. Per the Governor’s Executive Order 202.3, any restaurant or bar in the state of New York shall cease serving patrons food or beverage on-premises effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020, and until further notice shall only serve food or beverage for off-premises consumption.

  3. Per the Governor’s Executive Order 202.16, for all essential businesses or entities, any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees. This provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were an order pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law.  This requirement shall be effective Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m. 




On May 13, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 16

EFFECTIVE: May 13, 2020 AT 12:01 PM THROUGH May 18, 2020 AT 12:00 PM

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on April 22, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency OrderNo. 16. Emergency Order No. 16 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 12:00 pm on May 13, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on May 18, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of May 18, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency. 

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.  Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19  threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited.  In order to keep the City running smoothly and staff safe, the City’s administration offices will be significantly reduced. City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 202.17,  all members of the public must wear masks if they enter City Hall as adequate social distancing is not possible in the Clerk’s office due to the configuration of the space. Business in the departments that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, property taxes, and water or other bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. All public programs at the Youth Center and Senior Center are canceled. All City employee travel will be restricted, all conferences and workshops will be cancelled.

  2.  Pursuant to Governor’s Executive Order 202.24, Clerks are authorized but not required it issue marriage licenses virtually.  To reduce the possibility of contagion, the City Clerk’s Office will no longer issue marriages licenses in person, (accept by appointment only, at the discretion of the Chief Clerk), or to any person not residing in Hudson.  Residents of Hudson wishing to obtain a marriage license virtually or to determine if they may obtain a license in person, should contact the Clerk’s office for information about securing a license. 

  3. Beginning May 1, 2020, all City meetings, including Common Council, Planning Board, Zoning Board, Hudson Preservation Commission, Tourism Board and Committee meetings of the Common Council and public hearings held by the Mayor, if any, will held via electronic means.  Per the Governor’s Executive Order, No. 202.1, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council meetings or Committee meetings.  Meetings that are held will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript or minutes, as required, will be made available on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means. 

  4. Park Space: Pathways, walkways and trails may be used in public parks while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together but otherwise, city parks will be closed to the public, including playground areas, basketball courts, and picnic table and BBQ pit areas. The public use of the City’s Dog Park located on Front Street may continue  under the following conditions:
    A) No more than 6 people shall use the park at one time; and 
    B) Park users shall keep at least 6 feet distance between themselves and other people who are not otherwise quarantined together. 

  5. Alternative side of the street parking regulation authorized by section 305-8 of the Hudson City Code and Hudson Police Commissioner Memorandum dated January 5, 1972 is suspended. 

  6. The payment of parking meter fees as required by section 305-20(A) is suspended.  

  7. Payment of late fees for parking tickets issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 will be waived but late fees will begin to accrue as of June 15, 2020 if a ticket issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 is not paid by June 1, 2020.

  8. All City employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public.

In addition to the Orders set forth above, the Governor of the State of New York has issued several Executive Orders as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic which can be viewed here.  https://www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders  Of particular concern to the people of Hudson please note: 

  1. Per the Governor’s Executive Order 202.10, non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time.  This requirement also applies to houses of worship.  

  2. Per the Governor’s Executive Order 202.3, any restaurant or bar in the state of New York shall cease serving patrons food or beverage on-premises effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020, and until further notice shall only serve food or beverage for off-premises consumption.

  3. Per the Governor’s Executive Order 202.16, for all essential businesses or entities, any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees. This provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were an order pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law.  This requirement shall be effective Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m. 




On May 8, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 15

EFFECTIVE: May 8, 2020 AT 12:01 PM THROUGH May 13, 2020 AT 12:00 PM

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on April 22, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency Order No. 15. Emergency Order No. 15 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 12:00 pm on May 8, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on May 13, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of May 13, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency. 

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.  Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19  threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited.  In order to keep the City running smoothly and staff safe, the City’s administration offices will be significantly reduced. City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 202.17,  all members of the public must wear masks if they enter City Hall as adequate social distancing is not possible in the Clerk’s office due to the configuration of the space. Business in the departments that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, property taxes, and water or other bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. All public programs at the Youth Center and Senior Center are canceled. All City employee travel will be restricted, all conferences and workshops will be cancelled.

  2.  Pursuant to Governor’s Executive Order 202.24, Clerks are authorized but not required it issue marriage licenses virtually.  To reduce the possibility of contagion, the City Clerk’s Office will no longer issue marriages licenses in person, (accept by appointment only, at the discretion of the Chief Clerk), or to any person not residing in Hudson.  Residents of Hudson wishing to obtain a marriage license virtually or to determine if they may obtain a license in person, should contact the Clerk’s office for information about securing a license. 

  3. Beginning May 1, 2020, all City meetings, including Common Council, Planning Board, Zoning Board, Hudson Preservation Commission, Tourism Board and Committee meetings of the Common Council and public hearings held by the Mayor, if any, will held via electronic means.  Per the Governor’s Executive Order, No. 202.1, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council meetings or Committee meetings.  Meetings that are held will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript or minutes, as required, will be made available on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means. 

  4. Park Space: Pathways, walkways and trails may be used in public parks while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together but otherwise, city parks will be closed to the public, including playground areas, basketball courts, and picnic table and BBQ pit areas. The public use of the City’s Dog Park located on Front Street may continue  under the following conditions:
    A) No more than 6 people shall use the park at one time; and 
    B) Park users shall keep at least 6 feet distance between themselves and other people who are not otherwise quarantined together. 

  5. Alternative side of the street parking regulation authorized by section 305-8 of the Hudson City Code and Hudson Police Commissioner Memorandum dated January 5, 1972 is suspended. 

  6. The payment of parking meter fees as required by section 305-20(A) is suspended.  

  7. Payment of late fees for parking tickets issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 will be waived but late fees will begin to accrue as of June 15, 2020 if a ticket issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 is not paid by June 1, 2020.

  8. All City employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public.

In addition to the Orders set forth above, the Governor of the State of New York has issued several Executive Orders as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic which can be viewed here.  https://www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders  Of particular concern to the people of Hudson please note: 

  1. Per the Governor’s Executive Order 202.10, non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time.  This requirement also applies to houses of worship.  

  2. Per the Governor’s Executive Order 202.3, any restaurant or bar in the state of New York shall cease serving patrons food or beverage on-premises effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020, and until further notice shall only serve food or beverage for off-premises consumption.

  3. Per the Governor’s Executive Order 202.16, for all essential businesses or entities, any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees. This provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were an order pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law.  This requirement shall be effective Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m. 

 


 



On May 5, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 14

EFFECTIVE: May 5, 2020 AT 12:01 PM THROUGH May 8, 2020 AT 12:00 PM

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on April 22, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency Order No. 14. Emergency Order No. 14 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 12:00 pm on May 5, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on May 8, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of May 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency. 

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.  Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19  threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited.  In order to keep the City running smoothly and staff safe, the City’s administration offices will be significantly reduced. City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 202.17,  all members of the public must wear masks if they enter City Hall as adequate social distancing is not possible in the Clerk’s office due to the configuration of the space. Business in the departments that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, property taxes, and water or other bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. All public programs at the Youth Center and Senior Center are canceled. All City employee travel will be restricted, all conferences and workshops will be cancelled.

  2.  Pursuant to Governor’s Executive Order 202.24, Clerks are authorized but not required it issue marriage licenses virtually.  To reduce the possibility of contagion, the City Clerk’s Office will no longer issue marriages licenses in person, (accept by appointment only, at the discretion of the Chief Clerk), or to any person not residing in Hudson.  Residents of Hudson wishing to obtain a marriage license virtually or to determine if they may obtain a license in person, should contact the Clerk’s office for information about securing a license. 

  3. Beginning May 1, 2020, all City meetings, including Common Council, Planning Board, Zoning Board, Hudson Preservation Commission, Tourism Board and Committee meetings of the Common Council and public hearings held by the Mayor, if any, will held via electronic means.  Per the Governor’s Executive Order, No. 202.1, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council meetings or Committee meetings.  Meetings that are held will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript or minutes, as required, will be made available on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means. 

  4. Park Space: Pathways, walkways and trails may be used in public parks while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together but otherwise, city parks will be closed to the public, including playground areas, basketball courts, and picnic table and BBQ pit areas. The public use of the City’s Dog Park located on Front Street may continue  under the following conditions:
    A) No more than 6 people shall use the park at one time; and 
    B) Park users shall keep at least 6 feet distance between themselves and other people who are not otherwise quarantined together. 

  5. Alternative side of the street parking regulation authorized by section 305-8 of the Hudson City Code and Hudson Police Commissioner Memorandum dated January 5, 1972 is suspended. 

  6. The payment of parking meter fees as required by section 305-20(A) is suspended.  

  7. Payment of late fees for parking tickets issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 will be waived but late fees will begin to accrue as of June 15, 2020 if a ticket issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 is not paid by June 1, 2020.

  8. All City employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public.

In addition to the Orders set forth above, the Governor of the State of New York has issued several Executive Orders as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic which can be viewed here.  https://www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders  Of particular concern to the people of Hudson please note: 

  1. Per the Governor’s Executive Order 202.10, non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time.  This requirement also applies to houses of worship.  

  2. Per the Governor’s Executive Order 202.3, any restaurant or bar in the state of New York shall cease serving patrons food or beverage on-premises effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020, and until further notice shall only serve food or beverage for off-premises consumption.

  3. Per the Governor’s Executive Order 202.16, for all essential businesses or entities, any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees. This provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were an order pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law.  This requirement shall be effective Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m. 


 On April 30, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 13

EFFECTIVE: APRIL 30, 2020 AT 12:00 PM THROUGH May 5, 2020 AT 12:00 PM

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on March 16, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency Order No. 13. Emergency Order No. 13 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 12:00 pm on April 30, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on May 5, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of May 5, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency.  

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.  Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19  threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited.  In order to keep the City running smoothly and staff safe, the City’s administration offices will be significantly reduced. City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 202.17,  all members of the public must wear masks if they enter City Hall as adequate social distancing is not possible in the Clerk’s office due to the configuration of the space. Business in the departments that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, property taxes, and water or other bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. All public programs at the Youth Center and Senior Center are canceled. All City employee travel will be restricted, all conferences and workshops will be cancelled. 

  2. Effective April 27, 2020, the City Clerk’s Office will begin issuing marriages licenses under the following conditions:

    • The couple must print and complete the marriage license worksheet located on the city website (www.cityofhudson.org) prior to the scheduled appointment.

    • The couple must arrive on time, with the completed marriage license worksheet and all other required documents as described on the city website.  Failure to arrive at the scheduled time will result in the cancellation of the appointment and the couple will have to re-schedule.  

    • The couple must wear face masks at all times, as adequate social distancing is not always possible in the Clerk’s office. 

    • Access will be given to the couple only.  Please do not bring any other person to the Clerk’s Office when applying for the marriage license.  

    • The fee is $40 and the Clerk’s Office does not accept any credit/debit cards.  Plan accordingly.  

  3. Beginning May 1, 2020, all City meetings, including Common Council, Planning Board, Zoning Board, Hudson Preservation Commission, Tourism Board and Committee meetings of the Common Council and public hearings held by the Mayor, if any, will held via electronic means.  Per the Governor’s Executive Order, No. 202.1, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council meetings or Committee meetings.  Meetings that are held will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript or minutes, as required, will be made available  on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means. 

  4. Park Space: Pathways, walkways and trails may be used in public parks while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together but otherwise, city parks will be closed to the public, including playground areas, basketball courts, and picnic table and BBQ pit areas. The public use of the City’s Dog Park located on Front Street may continue  under the following conditions: 
    A) No more than 6 people shall use the park at one time; and 
    B) Park users shall keep at least 6 feet distance between themselves and other people who are not otherwise quarantined together. 

  5. Alternative side of the street parking regulation authorized by section 305-8 of the Hudson City Code and Hudson Police Commissioner Memorandum dated January 5, 1972 is suspended. 

  6. The payment of parking meter fees as required by section 305-20(A) is suspended.  

  7. Payment of late fees for parking tickets issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 will be waived but late fees will begin to accrue as of June 15, 2020 if a ticket issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 is not paid by June 1, 2020.

  8. All City employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public.

In addition to the Orders set forth above, the Governor of the State of New York has issued several Executive Orders as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic which can be viewed here.  https://www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders  Of particular concern to the people of Hudson please note: 

  1. Per the Governor’s Executive Order 202.10, non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time.  This requirement also applies to houses of worship.  

  2. Per the Governor’s Executive Order 202.3, any restaurant or bar in the state of New York shall cease serving patrons food or beverage on-premises effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020, and until further notice shall only serve food or beverage for off-premises consumption.

  3. Per the Governor’s Executive Order 202.16, for all essential businesses or entities, any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees. This provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were an order pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law.  This requirement shall be effective Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m. 


 On April 25, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 12

EFFECTIVE: APRIL 25, 2020 AT 8:00 PM THROUGH APRIL 30, 2020 AT 12:00 PM

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on March 16, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency OrderNo.  12. Emergency Order No. 12 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 8:00 pm on April 25, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on April 30, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of April 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency.

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.  Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19  threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited.  In order to keep the City running smoothly and staff safe, the City’s administration offices will be significantly reduced. City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 202.17,  all members of the public must wear masks if they enter City Hall as adequate social distancing is not possible in the Clerk’s office due to the configuration of the space. Business in the departments that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, property taxes, and water or other bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. All public programs at the Youth Center and Senior Center are canceled. All City employee travel will be restricted, all conferences and workshops will be cancelled.

  2. Effective April 27, 2020, the City Clerk’s Office will begin issuing marriages licenses under the following conditions:

    • The couple must print and complete the marriage license worksheet located on the city website (www.cityofhudson.org) prior to the scheduled appointment.

    • The couple must arrive on time, with the completed marriage license worksheet and all other required documents as described on the city website.  Failure to arrive at the scheduled time will result in the cancellation of the appointment and the couple will have to re-schedule.  

    • The couple must wear face masks at all times, as adequate social distancing is not always possible in the Clerk’s office. 

    • Access will be given to the couple only.  Please do not bring any other person to the Clerk’s Office when applying for the marriage license.  

    • The fee is $40 and the Clerk’s Office does not accept any credit/debit cards.  Plan accordingly.  

  3. Beginning May 1, 2020, all City meetings, including Common Council, Planning Board, Zoning Board, Hudson Preservation Commission, Tourism Board and Committee meetings of the Common Council and public hearings held by the Mayor, if any, will held via electronic means.  Per the Governor’s Executive Order, No. 202.1, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council meetings or Committee meetings.  Meetings that are held will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript or minutes, as required, will be made available  on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means. 

  4. Park Space: Pathways, walkways and trails may be used in public parks while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together but otherwise, city parks will be closed to the public, including playground areas, basketball courts, and picnic table and BBQ pit areas. The public use of the City’s Dog Park located on Front Street may continue  under the following conditions: 
    A) No more than 6 people shall use the park at one time; and 
    B) Park users shall keep at least 6 feet distance between themselves and other people who are not otherwise quarantined together. 

  5. Alternative side of the street parking regulation authorized by section 305-8 of the Hudson City Code and Hudson Police Commissioner Memorandum dated January 5, 1972 is suspended. 

  6. The payment of parking meter fees as required by section 305-20(A) is suspended.  

  7. Payment of late fees for parking tickets issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 will be waived but late fees will begin to accrue as of June 15, 2020 if a ticket issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 is not paid by June 1, 2020.

  8. All City employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public.

In addition to the Orders set forth above, the Governor of the State of New York has issued several Executive Orders as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic which can be viewed here.  https://www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders  Of particular concern to the people of Hudson please note: 

  1. Per the Governor’s Executive Order 202.10, non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time.  This requirement also applies to houses of worship.  

  2. Per the Governor’s Executive Order 202.3, any restaurant or bar in the state of New York shall cease serving patrons food or beverage on-premises effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020, and until further notice shall only serve food or beverage for off-premises consumption.

  3. Per the Governor’s Executive Order 202.16, for all essential businesses or entities, any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees. This provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were an order pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law.  This requirement shall be effective Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m.  







On April 22, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 11

EFFECTIVE: APRIL 22, 2020 AT 12:01 PM THROUGH APRIL 24, 2020 AT 12:00 PM

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on March 16, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency Order No. 11. Emergency Order No. 11 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 12:01 pm on April 22, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on April 24, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of April 24, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency. 

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control. Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following: 

1) The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited. In order to keep the City running smoothly and staff safe, the City’s administration offices will be significantly reduced. City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Business in the departments that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, property taxes, and water or other bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. All public programs at the Youth Center and Senior Center are canceled. All City employee travel will be restricted, all conferences and workshops will be cancelled. 

2) All non-essential City meetings will be canceled. Common Council meetings will be held but all other meetings of public Boards and Commissions, including the Planning Board, Zoning Board and Hudson Preservation Commission will be cancelled for the duration of this Order. Committee meetings of the Council may be held at the discretion of the Council President. 

3) Park Space: Pathways, walkways and trails may be used in public parks while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together but otherwise, city parks will be closed to the public, including playground areas, basketball courts, and picnic table and BBQ pit areas. The public use of the City’s Dog Park located on Front Street may continue under the following conditions: 

a) No more than 6 people shall use the park at one time; and

b) Park users shall keep at least 6 feet distance between themselves and other people who are not otherwise quarantined together. 

4) Alternative side of the street parking regulation authorized by section 305-8 of the Hudson City Code and Hudson Police Commissioner Memorandum dated January 5, 1972 is suspended. 5) The payment of parking meter fees as required by section 305-20(A) is suspended. 6) Payment of late fees for parking tickets issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 will be waived but late fees will begin to accrue as of June 15, 2020 if a ticket issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 is not paid by June 1, 2020. 7) All City employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. 

In addition to the Orders set forth above, the Governor of the State of New York has issued several Executive Orders as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic which can be viewed here. https://www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders Of particular concern to the people of Hudson please note: 

I. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2023-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency events and other gatherings have been severely limited. Accordingly, no large public gatherings of more than 50 people may be held as per the Governor’s order, as such conditions threaten or imperil the public safety of the citizens of Hudson. This requirement also applies to houses of worship.

II. Per the Governor’s Executive Order https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2023-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency any restaurant or bar in the state of New York shall cease serving patrons food or beverage on-premises effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020, and until further notice shall only serve food or beverage for off-premises consumption.

III. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20216-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency, for all essential businesses or entities, any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees. This provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were an order pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law. This requirement shall be effective Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m.  


On April 17, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 10

EFFECTIVE: APRIL 17, 2020 AT 12:01 PM THROUGH APRIL 22, 2020 AT 12:00 PM

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on March 16, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency OrderNo. 10. Emergency Order No. 10 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 12:01 pm on April 17, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on April 22, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of April 22, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency. 

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.  Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19  threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited.  In order to keep the City running smoothly and staff safe, the City’s administration offices will be significantly reduced. City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Business in the departments that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, property taxes, and water or other bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. All public programs at the Youth Center and Senior Center are canceled. All City employee travel will be restricted, all conferences and workshops will be cancelled. 

  2. All non-essential City meetings will be canceled. Common Council meetings will be held but all other meetings of public Boards and Commissions, including the Planning Board, Zoning Board and Hudson Preservation Commission will be cancelled for the duration of this Order.  Committee meetings of the Council may be held at the discretion of the Council President. 

  3. Notwithstanding paragraph 2, the Hudson Tourism Board shall be permitted to meet as per paragraph 4, if convened at the request of the Mayor or Common Council President to address the urgent needs of the business community in Hudson which is being significantly and adversely impacted by the COVID-19  pandemic. 

  4. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2021-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council meetings or Committee meetings, if held, in person.  Meetings that are held will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript or minutes, as required, will be made available  on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means. 

  5. Park Space: Pathways, walkways and trails may be used in public parks while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together but otherwise, city parks will be closed to the public, including playground areas, basketball courts, and picnic table and BBQ pit areas. The public use of the City’s Dog Park located on Front Street may continue  under the following conditions: 
    A) No more than 6 people shall use the park at one time; and 
    B) Park users shall keep at least 6 feet distance between themselves and other people who are not otherwise quarantined together. 

  1. Alternative side of the street parking regulation authorized by section 305-8 of the Hudson City Code and Hudson Police Commissioner Memorandum dated January 5, 1972 is suspended. 

  2. The payment of parking meter fees as required by section 305-20(A) is suspended.  

  3. Payment of late fees for parking tickets issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 will be waived but late fees will begin to accrue as of June 15, 2020 if a ticket issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 is not paid by June 1, 2020.

  4. All City employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public.

In addition to the Orders set forth above, the Governor of the State of New York has issued several Executive Orders as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic which can be viewed here.  https://www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders  Of particular concern to the people of Hudson please note: 

  1. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2023-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency events and other gatherings have been severely limited. Accordingly, no largepublic gatherings of more than 50 people may be held as per the Governor’s order, as such conditions threaten or imperil the public safety of the citizens of Hudson. This requirement also applies to houses of worship.  

  2. Per the Governor’s Executive Order https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2023-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency  any restaurant or bar in the state of New York shall cease serving patrons food or beverage on-premises effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020, and until further notice shall only serve food or beverage for off-premises consumption.

  3. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20216-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergencyfor all essential businesses or entities, any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees. This provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were an order pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law.  This requirement shall be effective Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m. 

 

On April 15, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 9

EFFECTIVE: APRIL 15, 2020 AT 12:01 PM THROUGH APRIL 17, 2020 AT 12:00 PM

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on March 16, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency OrderNo. 9. Emergency Order No. 9 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 12:01 pm on April 15, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on April 17, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of April 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency. 

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.  Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19  threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited.  In order to keep the City running smoothly and staff safe, the City’s administration offices will be significantly reduced. City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Business in the departments that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, property taxes, and water or other bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. All public programs at the Youth Center and Senior Center are canceled. All City employee travel will be restricted, all conferences and workshops will be cancelled. 

  2. All non-essential City meetings will be canceled. Common Council meetings will be held but all other meetings of public Boards and Commissions, including the Planning Board, Zoning Board and Hudson Preservation Commission will be cancelled for the duration of this Order.  Committee meetings of the Council may be held at the discretion of the Council President. 

  3. Notwithstanding paragraph 2, the Hudson Tourism Board shall be permitted to meet as per paragraph 4, if convened at the request of the Mayor or Common Council President to address the urgent needs of the business community in Hudson which is being significantly and adversely impacted by the COVID-19  pandemic. 

  4. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2021-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council meetings or Committee meetings, if held, in person.  Meetings that are held will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript or minutes, as required, will be made available  on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means. 

  5. Park Space: Pathways, walkways and trails may be used in public parks while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together but otherwise, city parks will be closed to the public, including playground areas, basketball courts, and picnic table and BBQ pit areas. The public use of the City’s Dog Park located on Front Street may continue  under the following conditions: 

    A) No more than 6 people shall use the park at one time; and 
    B) Park users shall keep at least 6 feet distance between themselves and other people who are not otherwise quarantined together. 

  6. Alternative side of the street parking regulation authorized by section 305-8 of the Hudson City Code and Hudson Police Commissioner Memorandum dated January 5, 1972 is suspended. 
  7. The payment of parking meter fees as required by section 305-20(A) is suspended.  

  8. Payment of late fees for parking tickets issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 will be waived but late fees will begin to accrue as of June 15, 2020 if a ticket issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 is not paid by June 1, 2020.

  9. All City employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public.

In addition to the Orders set forth above, the Governor of the State of New York has issued several Executive Orders as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic which can be viewed here.  https://www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders  Of particular concern to the people of Hudson please note: 

  1. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2023-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency events and other gatherings have been severely limited. Accordingly, no largepublic gatherings of more than 50 people may be held as per the Governor’s order, as such conditions threaten or imperil the public safety of the citizens of Hudson. This requirement also applies to houses of worship.  

  2. Per the Governor’s Executive Order https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2023-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency  any restaurant or bar in the state of New York shall cease serving patrons food or beverage on-premises effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020, and until further notice shall only serve food or beverage for off-premises consumption.

  3. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20216-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergencyfor all essential businesses or entities, any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees. This provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were an order pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law.  This requirement shall be effective Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m.  


On April 10, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 8

EFFECTIVE: APRIL 10, 2020 AT 12:00 PM THROUGH APRIL 15, 2020 AT 12:00 PM

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on March 16, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency Order No. 8. Emergency Order No. 8 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 12:00 pm on April 10, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on April 15, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of April 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency.

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.

Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19  threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited.  In order to keep the City running smoothly and staff safe, the City’s administration offices will be significantly reduced. City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Business in the departments that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, property taxes, and water or other bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. All public programs at the Youth Center and Senior Center are canceled. All City employee travel will be restricted, all conferences and workshops will be cancelled.

  2. All non-essential City meetings will be canceled. Common Council meetings will be held but all other meetings of public Boards and Commissions, including the Planning Board, Zoning Board and Hudson Preservation Commission will be cancelled for the duration of this Order.  Committee meetings of the Council may be held at the discretion of the Council President. 

  3. Notwithstanding paragraph 2, the Hudson Tourism Board shall be permitted to meet as per paragraph 4, if convened at the request of the Mayor or Common Council President to address the urgent needs of the business community in Hudson which is being significantly and adversely impacted by the COVID-19  pandemic.

  4. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2021-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council meetings or Committee meetings, if held, in person.  Meetings that are held will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript or minutes, as required, will be made available on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means. 

  5. Park Space: Pathways, walkways and trails may be used in public parks while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together but otherwise, city parks will be closed to the public, including playground areas, basketball courts, and picnic table and BBQ pit areas. The public use of the City’s Dog Park located on Front Street may continue  under the following conditions: 
    a) No more than 6 people shall use the park at one time; and 
    b) Park users shall keep at least 6 feet distance between themselves and other people who are not otherwise quarantined together. 

  6. Alternative side of the street parking regulation authorized by section 305-8 of the Hudson City Code and Hudson Police Commissioner Memorandum dated January 5, 1972 is suspended. 

  7. The payment of parking meter fees as required by section 305-20(A) is suspended.  

  8. Payment of late fees for parking tickets issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 will be waived but late fees will begin to accrue as of June 15, 2020 if a ticket issued between February 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 is not paid by June 1, 2020. 

In addition to the Orders set forth above, the Governor of the State of New York has issued several Executive Orders as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic which can be viewed here.  https://www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders  Of particular concern to the people of Hudson please note: 

  1. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2023-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency events and other gatherings have been severely limited. Accordingly, no large public gatherings of more than 50 people may be held as per the Governor’s order, as such conditions threaten or imperil the public safety of the citizens of Hudson. This requirement also applies to houses of worship.

  2. Per the Governor’s Executive Order https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2023-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency  any restaurant or bar in the state of New York shall cease serving patrons food or beverage on-premises effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020, and until further notice shall only serve food or beverage for off-premises consumption. 


On April 7, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 7

EFFECTIVE: APRIL 7, 2020 AT 6:00 PM THROUGH APRIL 10, 2020 AT 12:00 PM

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on March 16, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency OrderNo. 7. Emergency Order No. 7 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 6:00 pm on April 7, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on April 10, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of April 10, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency.  

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.

Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19  threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited.  In order to keep the City running smoothly and staff safe, the City’s administration offices will be significantly reduced. City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Business in the departments that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, property taxes, and water or other bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. All public programs at the Youth Center and Senior Center are canceled. All City employee travel will be restricted, all conferences and workshops will be cancelled. 

  1. All non-essential City meetings will be canceled. Common Council meetings will be held but all other meetings of public Boards and Commissions, including the Planning Board, Zoning Board and Hudson Preservation Commission will be cancelled for the duration of this Order.  Committee meetings of the Council may be held at the discretion of the Council President. 

  1. Notwithstanding paragraph 2, the Hudson Tourism Board shall be permitted to meet as per paragraph 4, if convened at the request of the Mayor or Common Council President to address the urgent needs of the business community in Hudson which is being significantly and adversely impacted by the COVID-19  pandemic. 

  2. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2021-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council meetings or Committee meetings, if held, in person.  Meetings that are held will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript or minutes, as required, will be made available  on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means. 

  3. Park Space: Pathways, walkways and trails may be used in public parks while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together but otherwise, city parks will be closed to the public, including playground areas, basketball courts, and picnic table and BBQ pit areas. The public use of the City’s Dog Park located on Front Street may continue  under the following conditions: 

    A) No more than 6 people shall use the park at one time; and 
    B) Park users shall keep at least 6 feet distance between themselves and other people who are not otherwise quarantined together. 

  1. Alternative side of the street parking regulation authorized by section 305-8 of the Hudson City Code and Hudson Police Commissioner Memorandum dated January 5, 1972 is suspended. 

  2. The payment of parking meter fees as required by section 305-20(A) is suspended.  

  3. Payment of late fees for parking tickets issued between February 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020 will be waived but fees will begin to accrue as of  June 15, 2020 if a ticket issued between February 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020 is not paid by June 1, 2020. 

In addition to the Orders set forth above, the Governor of the State of New York has issued several Executive Orders as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic which can be viewed here.  https://www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders  Of particular concern to the people of Hudson please note: 

  1. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2023-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency events and other gatherings have been severely limited. Accordingly, no largepublic gatherings of more than 50 people may be held as per the Governor’s order, as such conditions threaten or imperil the public safety of the citizens of Hudson. This requirement also applies to houses of worship.  

  2. Per the Governor’s Executive Order https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2023-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency  any restaurant or bar in the state of New York shall cease serving patrons food or beverage on-premises effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020, and until further notice shall only serve food or beverage for off-premises consumption. 


On March 31, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 6

EFFECTIVE: MARCH 31, 2020 AT 12:00 PM THROUGH APRIL 5, 2020 AT 12:00 PM

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on March 16, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency Order No. 6. Emergency Order No. 6 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 12:00 pm on March 30, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on April 4, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of April 4, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency.

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.
Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. Emergency Order No. 4, dated March 25, 2020 is here by extended until April 4, 2020 at noon;
  2. Emergency Order No. 5, dated March 26, 2020 is here by extended until April 4, 2020 at noon.

On March 26, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 5

EFFECTIVE: MARCH 26, 2020 AT 12:00 PM THROUGH MARCH 31, 2020 AT 12:00 PM

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on March 16, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency Order No. 5, to amend and further clarify Local Emergency Order No. 4. Emergency Order No. 5 will be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 12:00 pm on March 26, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on March 31, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of March 31, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency. 

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.

Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. The public use of the City’s Dog Park located on Front Street may continue under the following conditions:
    a) No more than 6 people shall use the park at one time; and 
    b) Park users shall keep at least 6 feet distance between themselves and other people who are not otherwise quarantined together.
  2. Pathways, walkways and trails may be used in public parks but otherwise the use of public parks is prohibited, including playground areas, basketball courts, and picnic table and BBQ pit areas. 

On March 25, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 4

EFFECTIVE: MARCH 25, 2020 AT 12:00 PM THROUGH MARCH 30, 2020 AT 12:00 PM

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on March 16, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency OrderNo. 4, to be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 12:00 pm on March 25, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on March 30, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of March 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order also may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency.

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.

Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19  threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited.  In order to keep the City running smoothly and staff safe, the City’s administration offices will be significantly reduced. City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Business in the departments that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, property taxes, and water or other bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. All public programs at the Youth Center and Senior Center are canceled. All City employee travel will be restricted, all conferences and workshops will be cancelled. 

  1. All non-essential City meetings will be canceled. Common Council meetings will be held but all other meetings of public Boards and Commissions, including the Planning Board, Zoning Board and Hudson Preservation Commission will be cancelled for the duration of this Order.  Committee meetings of the Council may be held at the discretion of the Council President. 

  1. Notwithstanding paragraph 2, the Hudson Preservation Commission will be permitted to meet in a non-public, virtual/electronic session on March 27, 2020 to formally issue Certificates of Approval (CofAs) which were informally approved at the Commission’s March 13, 2020 meeting. No other business or new applications will be conducted or accepted at this meeting and all future meetings of the HPC after March 27, 2020 shall be canceled as per paragraph 2. The purpose of the March 27, 2020 meeting is to review the informally approved CofAs and issue a formal vote of approval. The votes on the following projects can be taken electronically, as further set forth below in paragraph 5, without a threat to the public health or safety, allowing, in some cases, work on these projects to continue: 
    558 Warren St – sign
    542 State St – enclosing a porch to fix a water leak
    127 Union St – porch roof
    226 Union St – fence, shingles, removal of chimney, relocate windows, renovate porch
    41-43 N 7th Street – renovation/conversion to restaurant

  1. Notwithstanding paragraph 2, the Hudson Tourism Board shall be permitted to meet as per paragraph 5, as convened at the request of the Mayor or Common Council President to address the urgent needs of the business community in Hudson which is being significantly and adversely impacted by the COVID-19  pandemic. 

  2. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2021-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council meetings or Committee meetings, if held, in person.  Meetings that are held will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript or minutes, as required, will be made available  on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means, however, where possible, the Common Council President or his designee must attend the meeting in person. 

  3. With the exception of public walking trails which may be used while keeping at least 6 feet distance between individuals who are not otherwise quarantined together, all city parks will be closed to the public, including playground areas, basketball courts, and picnic table and BBQ pit areas.

  4. Alternative side of the street parking regulation authorized by section 305-8 of the Hudson City Code and Hudson Police Commissioner Memorandum dated January 5, 1972 is suspended. 

  5. The payment of parking meter fees as required by section 305-20(A) is suspended.  

  6. Payment of late fees for parking tickets issued between February 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020 will be waived but will begin to accrue as of  June 15, 2020 if the ticket is not paid by June 1, 2020. 

In addition to the Orders set forth above, the Governor of the State of New York has issued several Executive Orders as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic which can be viewed here.  https://www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders  Of particular concern to the people of Hudson please note: 

  1. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2023-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency events and other gatherings have been severely limited. Accordingly, no largepublic gatherings of more than 50 people may be held as per the Governor’s order, as such conditions threaten or imperil the public safety of the citizens of Hudson. This requirement also applies to houses of worship.  

  2. Per the Governor’s Executive Order https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2023-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency  any restaurant or bar in the state of New York shall cease serving patrons food or beverage on-premises effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020, and until further notice shall only serve food or beverage for off-premises consumption.


On March 20, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus.  

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER #3

Pursuant to my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on March 16, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency Order No. 3, to be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 12:00 pm on March 20, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on March 25, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of March 25, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each, during the pendency of the local state of emergency.

A Local State of Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.

Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. The public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building will be limited. In order to keep the City running smoothly and staff safe, the City’s administration offices will be significantly reduced. City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment only for essential services. Business in the departments that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, paying taxes or bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. All public programs at the Youth Center and Senior Center are canceled. All City employee travel will be restricted, all conferences and workshops will be cancelled.
  2. All non-essential City meetings will be canceled. Common Council meetings will be held but all other meetings of public Boards and Commissions, including the Planning Board, Zoning Board and Hudson Preservation Commission will be cancelled for the duration of this Order. Committee meetings of the Council may be held at the discretion of the Council President. 
  3. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2021-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council meetings or Committee meetings, if held, in person. Meetings that are held will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript will be made available on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means, however, where possible, the Common Council President or his designee must attend the meeting in person. 
  4. Alternative side of the street parking regulation authorized by section 305-8 of the Hudson City Code and Hudson Police Commissioner Memorandum dated January 5, 1972 is suspended. 
  5. The payment of parking meter fees as required by section 305-20(A) is suspended. 

In addition to the Orders set forth above, the Governor of the State of New York has issued several Executive Orders as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic which can be viewed here. https://www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders Of particular concern to the people of Hudson please note:

  • Per the Governor’s Executive Order, https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2023-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency events and other gatherings have been severely limited. Accordingly, no large public gatherings of more than 50 people may be held as per the Governor’s order, as such conditions threaten or imperil the public safety of the citizens of Hudson. This requirement also applies to houses of worship.
  • Per the Governor’s Executive Order https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2023-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency any restaurant or bar in the state of New York shall cease serving patrons food or beverage on-premises effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020, and until further notice shall only serve food or beverage for off-premises consumption.

On March 18, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER #2

Pursuant my proclamation declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York on March 16, 2020, I hereby issue Local Emergency Order No. 2, to be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 5 pm on March 18, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on March 20, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of March 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each during the pendency of the local state of emergency.

A Local Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.
Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. Alternative side street parking regulation authorized by section 305-8 of the Hudson City Code and Hudson Police Commissioner Memorandum dated January 5, 1972 is suspended; and
  2. The payment of parking meter fees as required by section 305-20(A) is suspended.

On March 16, 2020, Mayor Johnson issued an Emergency Order regarding Hudson's response to coronavirus


LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION AND EMERGENCY ORDER

Local State of Emergency Proclamation

Pursuant to New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, Section 24, I hereby declare and proclaim a Local State of Emergency in the City of Hudson, New York beginning March 16, 2020. This Proclamation shall remain in effect for a period not to exceed thirty days or until I rescind such Proclamation, whichever occurs first.

This State of Emergency has been declared due to emergency conditions produced by:

"The uncontrolled contagion of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, and the need to limit the spread of the disease to the people of Hudson, particularly vulnerable populations such as the elderly, those with compromised immune systems, and those with other underlying health issues that predispose them to respiratory infections. Due to both nation-wide and local limitations on medical supplies and the limited availability of life saving medical equipment such as respirators that could help save the lives of those in vulnerable populations, it is important to slow the contagion rate to the greatest extent possible. Slowing this rate will better enable health care providers and first responders to manage the health care needs of the population caused by this pandemic, as defined by the World Health Organization; prevent mass public contagion; and ensure that City staff remain healthy and able to safely manage the business of the City, particularly staff who provide essential services to the residents of Hudson." 

Local Emergency Order
Pursuant to New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, Section 24, I further hereby issue a Local Emergency Order to be effective in the City of Hudson, New York for a period of time beginning at 5 pm on March 16, 2020 and continuing in effect and ending at 12:00 pm on March 20, 2020, a period not to exceed five (5) days. Such order shall cease to be in effect as of March 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm, or upon my declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs sooner. This order may be extended for additional periods not to exceed five days each during the pendency of the local state of emergency.

A Local Emergency Order may be issued to protect life and property or to bring an emergency situation under control.

Because the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 threatens or imperils public safety, as Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and to issue orders rendering and implementing all required and available assistance and polices vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community at my disposal. Toward that end, I hereby order the following:

  1. The Department(s) of Fire, Youth, Police, Code Enforcement, Public Works, Treasury, Water, and City Hall Clerk related business shall take whatever steps necessary to protect life and property, public infrastructure and other such emergency assistance as deemed necessary.
  2. At a minimum, I will be limiting the public use of administrative buildings including City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Water Department and the Public Safety Building. In order to keep the City running smoothly and staff safe, the City’s administration offices will be operating and fully functioning but with limited public access. Business in the these departments that can be conducted online, such as paying parking tickets, paying taxes or bills, should be done online at the City’s website, http://www.cityofhudson.org or over the phone. The Clerk’s Office and Code Enforcement and Building Department will be taking special appointments for in-person interactions. 
  3. All City employee travel will be restricted, all conferences and workshops will be cancelled. 
  4. All non-essential City meetings will be postponed. Common Council meetings will be held but all other public Boards and Commissions will be cancelled or postponed. 
  5. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended and the public will not be permitted to attend Common Council Meetings in person. Meetings will be live streamed, (instructions will be on the website to access live streaming), and a transcript will be made available on the website, following the meeting. Council Members may attend via electronic means, however, where possible, the Common Council President or his designee must attend the meeting in person. 
  6. Per the Governor’s Executive Order,  for events and gatherings, please follow all State orders and regulations. Accordingly, no large public gatherings may be held as per the Governor’s order, as such conditions threaten or imperil the public safety of the citizens of Hudson. This requirement also applies to houses of worship. 

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 Learn more about Hudson's response to coronavirus.

 


Apr 16,2020 IMG_1886

Dunn Warehouse Roof Stabilization Complete

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The city of Hudson completed the temporary roof repair to the Dunn Warehouse. An Invitation for bids was issued on February 7. The project is funded through a Restore NY Grant and is part of Hudson's Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

“I’m glad we have a roof repair to the Dunn Warehouse. This is an important building for our past and our future. It's important to my administration to have continued progress. This project has been in works for several years and thank you to everyone contributing to it.”
-Mayor Kamal Johnson


Apr 09,2020

100 Days

Mayor Kamal Johnson writes a letter to Hudson.

Dear Hudson,

Today marks Day 100 of my term. During the course of the campaign, I never could have imagined that in my first three months we would be dealing with a global pandemic. I’m impressed with how well the people of Hudson have responded to this crisis and collaborated as a community to address the needs of all of our residents. This is what the soul of our city has always been. In times of crisis, we come together. I have seen the care Hudson has for each other a million times over my lifetime.

Our Department of Public Works quickly revised their protocols to be aligned with the CDC guidelines and to meet all the recommendations of the Governors Executive Order and the Columbia County Health Department. They continue to keep our necessary services in place including trash and recycling pick-up and ensuring our safe water supply keeps flowing.

The Hudson Police Department is working with our community to give guidance to people in taking all the safety precautions seriously. They are doing Wellness checks on our Seniors, increasing participation in their Elder Call-in Program, and are even dropping off lifesaving medicine to constituents in need. Our Fire Department remains steady and ready. Their tribute to our first responders and health care professionals was a moment to remember. Our City Hall staff and Treasurer’s Department continue to keep our city’s systems in place even with information continually being updated from the State.

The Senior Center has collaborated with the Hudson Area Library to provide their programs virtually and has been able to increase the number of their participants as a result. The outpouring of support from the community and their offers to volunteer has been heartwarming and inspiring. On any given day you will witness the Youth Department staff full of volunteers delivering food to over 400 of our neighbors. This is what community means and this is Hudson.

I know COVID-19 has created fear in each member of our community during this time. Our storefronts are closed but our businesses are still finding ways to help the community and I personally thank you. As your Mayor, I will continue to do everything that I can to save our businesses and to provide relief for those in need. As much as I can speak on behalf of the Common Council and the Hudson Development Corporation, I can tell you they are joining me in this effort and giving their all to the task at hand.

Personally, the highlight for me was working with Spark of Hudson to deliver over 40 WIFI hotspots to students without internet access as the Hudson City School District transitioned to distance learning. I have been inspired by the dedication of the teachers, the principals, and all the school staff as they continue to provide instruction and necessary meals to their students. They are leaders in our community inspiring our Youth every day.

What have we done in 100 Days? Through a partnership between my office and the Galvan Foundation, we will bring over 70 units of affordable housing to Hudson. My goal to keep families in Hudson remains the same. This crisis has only strengthened my commitment to our families and all the members of our community.

The Anti-Displacement Team is hard at work meeting remotely and working innovative initiatives. Plans are underway for our first time Home Buyers’ program and credit recovery initiative. The Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) is underway and we plan on breaking ground on our projects this year. The city also created a Climate Smart task force to pursue certification in the NYS Climate Smart Communities Program. Our team composed of elected officials and Commissioners are scheduled to undergo a complete street training next month. The city website is continually updated and has information about all the programs mentioned. Visit our website and sign up to be notified of any updates.

We will come out of this stronger than ever. Hudson continues to be a thriving city. We coined the term All Hands On Deck during my campaign and it means more now than ever. My wish is that we learn from this pandemic and have a greater sense of empathy for all of our neighbors. That same feeling of financial fear our business community is facing now is the same fear many of our citizens felt long before this crisis.

Together, we will create opportunities for each of us to grow and to pursue our dreams for ourselves and for our city. This pandemic has taught us that we are all vulnerable and that our ability to survive depends on what each of us does every day. Warren St. faces the same crisis as the rest of the city, together we thrive.

Thank you to our community members who have stepped up as leaders in this time of crisis and offered to support their neighbors in any way they can. Thank you for trusting me to lead our city. Although, when I said let’s make history this isn’t exactly what I had in mind. We are strong and together we can make history that we will all be proud of. We have come far due to a great team that includes The Mayoral Aide Michael Chameides, our city attorneys, and all the department heads and commissioners. The best is yet to come…...

Sincerely,
Honorable Mayor Kamal Johnson


Apr 01,2020

Climate Smart Task Force

Working with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties (CCE), the City of Hudson announces the creation of a Climate Smart Task Force to pursue certification in the NYS Climate Smart Communities Program. The task force will begin by conducting an assessment, identifying what the City has been or is doing and what actions are priorities to take next. The final step in the process will be to submit the documentation and request certification as a Climate Smart Community (CSC).

CCE will provide technical expertise and administrative support for the task force. This project is a program of CCE in partnership with the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, NY Water Resources Institute, and Cornell University with support from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.

“Climate change will have devastating impacts and the City of Hudson must reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” says Mayor Kamal Johnson. “We must prepare for a changing climate by identifying and deploying adaptation strategies. It’s an added benefit that many of these climate strategies will save money over the long-term.”

In addition to the assessment and submission for certification, CCE will work with the city of Hudson to create a flood guide and road stream crossing management plan. These projects count as actions in the CSC program and are important to sustainability planning in the City of Hudson, especially with increasingly intense weather events and rising waters of climate change.

“CCE is deeply committed to supporting our local communities and very proud to work with the City of Hudson to achieve these immensely beneficial Climate Smart Community project goals,” CCE stated.

The CSC program offers a variety of benefits to the City including cost savings through greater efficiency, greater energy independence, and security as well as streamlined access to resources. In addition to the environmental and planning benefits, the city of Hudson would be recognized as a leader with higher scores on grant applications and eligibility for funding opportunities.

Mayor Johnson is appointing Mayor's Aide Michael Chameides to chair the Climate Smart Communities Task Force and to serve as the Climate Smart Coordinator. Chameides has worked on several city initiatives and has also collaborated with state and federal elected officials and departments. He has professional experience with environmental advocacy, communications, strategic planning, and operations. He serves on the Columbia County Board of Supervisors and has been an advocate for public transportation, parks, and a clean Hudson River.

“Sustainability is a top priority for myself and the Mayor,” says Chameides. “This task force is an important opportunity to create an institutional commitment to a sustainable future. The Covid-19 crisis shows us the importance of following science and the need for planning and preventive action.”

Also serving on the Task Force will be Kam Bellamy, Michael O’Hara, John Rosenthal, Briggin Scharf, and Tony Stone. The Task Force includes members of Hudson’s executive branch, legislative branch, and Conservation Advisory Council as well as community members with a background and passion for environmentalism.

Kam Bellamy spent the bulk of her adult life living in intentional communities in which residents grew and produced much of their own food and shared income, cars, and houses. She is the President of the Board of Camphill Hudson as well as the Executive Director of the Foundation for Agricultural Integrity, a private foundation dedicated to the promotion of regenerative agriculture and restorative communities. Bellamy was recently accepted to the Yale School of Management and will matriculate this summer in pursuit of an Executive MBA with a focus on Sustainability.

Michael O’Hara is an environmental policy advocate who engages with elected officials at the local, state, and national levels to support actions to create a more livable environment. He worked on the Hudson Cool Cities committee in 2006 which produced a baseline energy inventory for the city which led to the signing of the “U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement” by the mayor of Hudson. He has worked in finance and sales of solar electric systems and was the operations director at Sustainable Hudson Valley and former Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Hudson. He is a founding member of Columbia County Futures, a local community development organization. O’Hara also serves on Hudson’s Conservation Advisory Council.

John Rosenthal serves on the Common Council and chairs the Legal Committee and Department of Public Works Committee. He is also a historical writer, researcher, and screenwriter.

Briggin Scharf celebrates the ecosystems of the Hudson River Watershed through agriculture and outdoor education. They are a founding member of Rolling Grocer 19, a collective committed to increasing food access for everyone in Columbia County, They also manage Kite's Nest's ReGen Program which empowers youth leaders for environmental, social, and food justice.

Tony Stone, a co-founder of Basilica Hudson and River House Project, is a filmmaker whose films have been exhibited worldwide at film festivals and released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures. He has worked on numerous green energy projects, focusing on converting historic buildings to be carbon neutral without any fossil fuel usage.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Columbia and Greene Counties puts knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability, and social well-being. We bring local experience and research-based solutions together, helping Columbia and Greene County families and communities thrive in our rapidly changing world.

The Hudson River Estuary Program helps people enjoy, protect, and revitalize the Hudson River and its valley. Created in 1987 through the Hudson River Estuary Management Act, the program focuses on the tidal Hudson and adjacent watershed from the federal dam at Troy to the Verrazano Narrows in New York City.

For more information on CCE of Columbia and Greene Counties and other program offerings, visit their website www.ccecolumbiagreene.org. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

4/1/2020

Mar 31,2020

Columbia County Business Continuity Fund

Columbia County Business Continuity Fund will provide cash grants to small businesses in our city and town centers with fewer than 10 full-time employees and less than $1 million in annual revenue. These businesses can apply for grant funds from $1,000 to $5,000 to cover costs related to retaining employees, rent, and other fixed operational costs.

“The small businesses in Hudson are a major driver of not only our economy but also our community,” said Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson. “They are among the first to donate or sponsor an event or cause. When we say ‘All Hands on Deck,’ we mean it and it’s time to reach a hand out to save our local businesses.”

The fund will accept applications from April 1 to April 15. 

The Columbia County Business Continuity Fund is established by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Columbia Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and the Hudson Business Coalition. Foundations, Business, Community, Elected Officials, and Donors help seed funds to support nonprofits and small businesses.


Mar 30,2020

Trash Collection

Learn about trash Collection During the Covid-19 State of Emergency.

The City is making every effort to reduce the possibility of transmitting the virus by any City employee or activity. With respect to the sale of trash bags the City has taken the following steps to address this crisis: 

  1. Trash bags are delivered to the City in sealed cases. The current stockpile of cases was delivered months ago, is not contaminated by the virus and cases remain in storage until needed.
  2. Trash bags are removed from cases by people wearing gloves who fold them into single units or multi-packs of five to fit into the trash bag vending machine.
  3. The bags are loaded into the machine and sanitizer is used.
  4. The machine is regularly sanitized by the city.
  5. The vending machine is equipped to take payment by Apple Pay, thereby reducing the need to touch the machine. 

If residents are able, they may use personal gloves and or sanitizer when using the machine. The City recommends that residents wash their hands often and as soon as possible after purchasing trash bags.

We also suggest that residents purchase the 5-pack of small bags, which should last most households 5 weeks, and consider purchasing trash bags when also shopping for other essential items like food. If you are in a high-risk group for Covid-19, please consider asking family, friends, or neighbors to purchase bags for you.

Trash bag fees help fund not only portion of the salaries provided to Department of Public Works (DPW) workers, they also defray the “tipping fees” (the fee charged by the county to “tip” the garbage truck load into the landfill). The most recent tipping fee for a week’s worth of City trash was $1,000. The fee reflects a portion of the real costs of trash generation and disposal and is not a fee that the City can waive at this time. To reduce your household cost to dispose of trash, you may consider reducing the amount of trash generated.

A word about Conservation 

The DPW has reported that the City’s average weekly tonnage of trash has increased dramatically since the start of the pandemic. Prior to March, the City generated approximately four tons of trash per week. Last week City residents generated nine tons of trash, or more than double the usual amount, most likely because more people are home and others are cleaning out closets and doing early spring cleaning.

We encourage you to consider your waste generation. Are there ways you can reduce, recycle or reuse, find a recipe for those leftovers, or use a dish, rather than paper towel for that sandwich? Everyone one can make a difference and even small efforts matter. Conserving resources and reducing trash will not only save you money and help the environment but will give our overworked and potentially reduced DPW staff a break.

If for some reason you are not able to secure City trash bags during this crisis, please contact the DPW staff who will try to help you secure bags. 

Thank you for your cooperation, we appreciate your pitching in during this crisis.

Learn more about city of Hudson trash pick up
Learn more about Covid-19 Response and Resources


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Empire State Trail

Mar 29, 2020

Construction is scheduled to begin this week on Harry Howard Avenue for a shared-use bike/walking path. Please use extra caution if driving on Harry Howard Avenue. 


The project is part of the Empire State Trail, which will be a continuous 750-mile route spanning the state from New York City to Canada and Buffalo to Albany. The section of the trail will connect the Dugway from Mill Street to Greenport and make it easier to walk or bike to Hudson City Schools as well as Mill Street and Charles Williams Park.

Uility poles will be moved to make space for the dedicated bike/walk lane. Next, hydrants and catch basins will be relocated. Then construction of a 12 foot wide multi-use path. There will be intermittant lane closures during this period. 

While non-essential workers are directed to work from home, "essential construction may continue and includes roads." Workers at site must maintain social distance, including for purposes of meals, entry, and exit.

This project builds on the 2012 Safe-Routes-To-Schools plan. It also improves accessibility

Mar 27,2020

Extension of Time to File Lodging Tax

In a March 27 memo, City Treasurer Heather Campbell announced a revised due date for the city's lodging tax.

Extension of Time to File Lodging Tax

Pursuant Hudson City Code Chapter 275, Article VIII, I am authorized to collect a tax of 4% per day of the rent for a room used to provide short-term lodging in the City of Hudson. Such taxes accrue quarterly, on the last day of February, May, August and November of each year. Lodging owners are required to file a tax return with a tax payment, if any, within one month after the end of each such quarterly period.

Section 275-35 of the Code empowers me, for good cause shown, to extend the time for filing any return for a period not exceeding 30 days. By proclamation dated March 7, 2020, the Governor of the State of New York declared a State of Emergency for the entire state due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Subsequently, the Governor ordered the cancellation or postponement of any gathering involving more than 50 people and the closure of all restaurants, bars, and movie theaters as of March 16, 2020.

While such actions by the Governor were necessary to protect public health and safety, the prohibition on gatherings and the service industry closures have caused the cancelation of virtually all lodging reservations. Consequently, I have been advised by many lodging owners that they are unable to remit the lodging taxes due for the first quarter of 2020.

Accordingly, as authorized by Chapter 275, Article VIII, I hereby waive the filing date for the December 2019 – February 2020 lodging tax period for 30 days. The revised date for filing without incurring a penalty is Monday April 27, 2020.


Learn more about the City of Hudson Lodging Tax 
Learn more about COVID-19


Mar 22,2020

Census 2020

Stand up and be counted. 

Complete your census questionnaire online at my2020census.gov.

The census is constitutionally mandated and foundational to our government. Political representation is apportioned based on the census. In addition, funding for local infrastructure and services depends on an accurate census.

FUNDING DEPENDS ON ACCURATE CENSUS

The census data is used to fund many of our most important government programs including:

  • Medical assistance
  • Nutrition assistance
  • Highway and transit funds
  • Education, including Pell grant, school lunch, school breakfast, head start
  • Economic assistance, including Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Section 8, foster care, child care, low-income energy assistance, workforce training, community grants, social services, AmeriCorps
  • Disaster recovery
  • See full list

CENSUS AND PRIVACY

Census data is private and all data is anonymized before being released. Census employees take an oath to safeguard the data, there are significant fines for any violation. Government agencies, outside the Census Bureau, only have access to the public, anonymized data.

SECOND HOMEOWNERS

For second homeowners, respond to the Census for each housing unit. For your primary home, respond with number of people in your household. If you have an additional home, respond for the second home and put 0 persons (or more if there are other residents).

PARTICIPATION RATES

You can track our rates here https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html

FIELD OPERATIONS

The Census Bureau temporarily suspended 2020 Census field data. Steps are already being taken to reactivate field offices in June. Under this plan, the Census Bureau would extend the window for field data collection and self-response to October 31, 2020, which will allow for apportionment counts to be delivered to the President by April 30, 2021, and redistricting data to be delivered to the states no later than July 31, 2021.


Mar 18,2020

Public Comments: Local Law B

The Mayor is considering signing Local Law B and is accepting comments for the next seven days until March 27, 2020 at 5:00pm.

Local Law B would move future moneys received through the short-term lodging tax to be credited and deposited to the general fund for allocation during the budget process for any municipal purpose including a portion of which may be allocated to the Tourism Board.

After discussion at Common Council meetings and the Common Council's public hearing, the Common Council passed the resolution unanimously on 3/17/2020.

The Mayor’s public hearing requirement prior to signing proposed local laws has been suspended due to the public health emergency occasioned by the Covid-19 Pandemic.

3/27 UPDATE: comments are closed. View Comments.


Mar 10,2020

K.I.S.S. - Postponed

The Columbia County KISS (Keeping Identities of Seniors Safe) Program is postponed in order to reduce risk of coronavirus.

The KISS Program is designed to protect the identities of our seniors while assisting them in the shredding of their sensitive materials.  Seniors are encouraged to contact their local Town Hall for hours of operation and more information on the program. Justin Weaver, Columbia County Clerk’s Records Services Manager, is overseeing the program and can also be contacted with any questions at 518-822-0143.

For Additional information click here.
To view the Item Retention Guideline and Disposal list click here.


Mar 06,2020

Fishing Village Master Plan Request for Proposals

Give your input on a draft request for proposals for the Historic Fishing Village Master Plan. As part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, the city will preserve and redesign the Furgary Fishing Village as a public park. The city is considering issuing a request for proposals for a master plan.

The public can make comments on the draft document by emailing Mayor's Aide Michael Chameides at mayoralaide@cityofhudson.org by Monday, March 16.


Mar 06,2020

Affordable Housing Development Plan

Mayor Kamal Johnson announces a proposal to create an affordable housing development plan. The plan will be a collaboration between several organizations that addresses a wide variety of housing needs and types of affordable housing. The plan will review developable properties, funding opportunities, and development feasibility in order to create a document that recommends the operations, timeline, and partnerships for developing affordable housing.

“Too many of our residents are struggling with housing in Hudson,” says Mayor Kamal Johnson. “Creating an affordable housing development plan is an important step to meet Hudson’s housing needs.”

PLANNING NEEDED TO ADVANCE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Since Hudson does not have a planner, engineer, or staff member dedicated to land use or housing, Hudson needs to look to outside support to develop affordable housing. The affordable housing development plan will help identify and solve key problems to advance the development of affordable housing.

DETERMINE WHAT IS BUILDABLE

The plan will determine what building options are possible. The plan will incorporate engineering, SEQRA, zoning, neighborhood compatibility, and economic feasibility to create a menu of development options for each developable property. 

ADDRESS THE VARIETY OF HOUSING NEEDS

The plan will incorporate the variety of housing needs, which include a mix of income levels as well as rental and homeownership. Not every development project in the plan needs to address every need, but the totality of the projects need to have a comprehensive impact.

COLLABORATE WITH A VARIETY OF STAKEHOLDERS 

The plan, and the creation of the plan, should include a variety of stakeholders. The plan should create synergy and partnerships between organizations such as the City of Hudson, Hudson Community Development & Planning Agency, Hudson Housing Authority, Habitat for Humanity, Hudson Development Corporation, and Columbia County Economic Development Corporation.

IDENTIFY RIGHT FIT DEVELOPERS

The plan, and the creation of the plan, should help establish partnerships with developers in order to get effective outcomes. 

IDENTIFY FUNDING SOURCES

The plan should recommend funding sources for each project and identify how projects can be economically feasible while also considering Hudson’s short and long-term interests.

DEVELOPMENT TIMELINE 

The Plan will include a project timeline. The timeline will consider ways to maximize productivity and funding options. Since NYS State will only fund a limited number of Hudson projects in each grant cycle, the plan should map which projects will be applications for which funding cycles.

LONG-TERM VISION

The plan should look beyond the two-year term and establish a longer-term vision for the city and partners.

APPROPRIATE FLEXIBILITY

The plan should create a plan and framework with enough flexibility to account for future changes.

CREATING THE PLAN

The city and development partners will collaborate to jointly fund a consultant who will lead a collaborative process to create the housing development planning document.

The consultant should have relevant experience with

  • Affordable housing development
  • Affordable housing funding, especially NYS grants
  • Leading collaborative planning processes
  • Creating planning documents
  • Familiarity with Hudson, NY is a plus
  • Experience with developers who would develop in Hudson, NY is a plus

The City of Hudson, in collaboration with other housing and development organizations, will issue a Request for Proposals to identify the best consultant to partner with.

STRATEGIC HOUSING ACTION PLAN

The affordable housing development plan supports Hudson’s 2018 Strategic Housing Action Plan (SHAP). The plan will help accomplish SHAP’s goal 3: “production of new housing options: facilitate and support the development of new mixed-income housing activities carried out by private and non-profit developers, community groups and individuals.”

In February, the Galvan Foundation and Mayor Johnson announced plans to create 80 units of mixed-income rental housing at 7th and State St. The development is an important step in addressing housing needs, but it does not solve the problem. The Affordable Housing Development Plan will help identify additional locations for development, different types of affordable housing development, and additional developers to partner collaborate with.

BACKGROUND ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING

DEFINING AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Housing that is affordable costs no more than 30 percent of a household income for low-income households. For renters this includes rent and tenant-paid utilities. For homeowners this includes mortgage, insurance, and taxes.

WE NEED MORE AFFORDABLE RENTAL UNITS

The 2017 Housing Needs Assessment concluded that there is a scarcity of good quality cost-accessible family rental housing throughout Columbia County. Hudson’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant application states that “43% of households pay more than 30% of their household income for housing—a standard calculation of economic strain.” This is not a new finding, Hudson’s 2012 Housing Needs Analysis found a particular lack of cost-accessible units for households with $15,000 income or less. It also found that 44 percent of renters are paying more than 35 percent of their income for rent.

Low and moderate-income tenants that find affordable housing often suffer from bad conditions and because of the housing scarcity they fear reporting the issues. They worry that they will be evicted and then will have no other option. (2017 Housing Needs Assessment)

SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE HOMEOWNERSHIP

The 2017 Housing Needs Assessment concluded that there is a scarcity of good quality moderate-income owner-occupied single-family homes. Likewise, the 2012 study found “A substantial proportion of Hudson’s homeowners are ‘housing cost-burdened.’” Forty-two percent pay more than the recommended 30 percent of income to housing costs. Hudson homeownership is below the national average. Black households have a homeownership rate that is only 45 percent of white households.

Homeownership is an important step in economic opportunity. In a 2018 study, Goodman and Mayer report “Our Overall Conclusion: homeownership is a valuable institution. On average, it allows families to build wealth and serves as a measure of financial security.”

The 2017 Housing Needs Assessment found that credit issues and lack of housing stock contributed to this problem. Second homeowners as well as younger buyers moving to the County have increased housing pressures.

Many homeowners report additional changes after the 2019 re-evaluation of property taxes, taking a difficult situation and making it worse. 

HOUSING STABILITY HAS BENEFITS BEYOND HOUSING

Housing stability is key to creating opportunities. In a January 2018 research report by the Urban Institute, Corianne Scally reports:

“Those who need housing assistance but do not receive it face the threat of housing instability and may end up doubled up with family and friends or experiencing episodes of homelessness… Homelessness can lead to a particularly vicious cycle. Families may experience multiple stays in shelters or other homeless programs or become involved with the child welfare system. Individuals, particularly those with disabilities, may fall into a pattern of heavy use of emergency shelters, emergency rooms, and local jails.”

Alternatively, Scally notes, those who get housing assistance are less food insecure, are healthier (particularly for girls), and have better educational outcomes.

In the 2017 Housing Needs Assessment of Columbia County, school staff and administrators note how the lack of affordable housing in Columbia County poses education difficulties. Homelessness and housing instability can be traumatic for students and the school allocates staff and volunteer time and other resources to help compensate.

Housing stability is an essential component of a healthy community. We need to address this issue in order to address education, economic development, public health, and public safety. 


Mar 05,2020 Dunn Warehouse

Request for Development Ideas for Dunn Warehouse

The city seeks an adaptive reuse of the former Dunn Warehouse to increase city revenue, employment opportunities for residents (particularly living-wage jobs), and/or increase quality of life. The DRI Committee has issued a Request For Expression of Interest.

The 5500 SF Dunn Warehouse located on the corner of Broad and Water Streets adjacent to the Hudson Amtrak station. The City has conducted extensive planning exploring reuse of the site and has significant incentives to offer to the right partner/developer.

Mar 02,2020

Listen to Council Meetings Live

Audio stream council meetings from the city website. During council meetings, a live audio stream of the meeting is available. 

During council meetings, go to the City’s Meeting Calendar, scroll to the bottom, and hit the play button.

Listen live to Common Council Meetings

(Stream is available live, during the meeting.)

The streaming technology is provided by community-based radio station WGXC.

Other ways to learn about council meetings:


Feb 19,2020

Mayor Johnson Appoints Tourism Board Members

Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson announces new appointments to the Hudson Tourism Board. The appointments are the proprietor of Wm Farmer and Sons Boarding and Barroom Kristan Keck, writer and founder of Friends of Oakdale Tamar Adler, marketing professional Chris Mcmanus, and educator and small business owner Filiz Soyak.  

"People enjoy visiting Hudson because of our diversity, authenticity, and commitment to equity,” says Johnson. “These appointees will build on our strengths and support projects that ultimately benefit everyone—residents and tourists.”

In addition to the Mayor’s four appointees, the Common Council appointed Hannah Black, Selya Graham, Sidney Long, and Kate Treacy to the Tourism Board. Alderperson Calvin Lewis will chair the Tourism Committee. 

Tamar Adler is an award-winning writer, podcaster, and cook. Tamar founded the non-profit, Friends of Oakdale Lake, and is an enthusiastic supporter of a vibrant and inclusive Hudson community. Traveling for work, Adler has learned that the most exciting tourist destinations are those that support their communities. 

“We need to invest in our city—in its children, its residents, its parks,” says Adler. I look forward to working to increase investments in those areas, which will continue to make Hudson the remarkable draw it is, and drive more, and more diverse, tourism, in the future.”

Chris McManus has more than 25 years of marketing experience. He has helped nonprofits positively change their narrative and businesses align their narrative to meet their business goals. He grew up in Columbia County and is passionate about empowering local businesses and developing solutions that maximize our local potential.

"Tourism presents both challenges and opportunities for Hudson,” says McManus “We can be mindful in our approach and actively manage tourism to benefit both visitors to our great city and also the diverse communities that make up Hudson. This is about more than attracting visitors on weekends. It's about solutions that improve Hudson for everyone and programs that preserve the unique, extraordinary character that attracts tourists in the first place."

Kristan Keck and her partner Chef Wm Kirby Farmer are the proprietors of Wm Farmer and Sons Boarding and Barroom. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Keck came to hospitality following a decade long career as a producer in commercial, television, and film production. She has served on the Tourism Board since it’s founding In 2018. 

Filiz Soyak is an artist, educator, and small business owner. Soyak spent over 10 years in the education field—building award-winning curriculum and education programs promoting creativity, life skills, and career-readiness, for children and families of diverse communities. Her creative work has been exhibited and collected internationally. In 2019 Filiz co-founded Creative Citizen Alliance (CCA), a community organization with a mission to connect, serve, and advocate for the diverse creative community of Hudson. CCA provides a voice for local issues facing the creative sector, and actively seeks out innovative, actionable, and equitable solutions that benefit the local economy.


Feb 18,2020 Dunn Warehouse

City Prepares Request for Development Ideas for Dunn Warehouse

The city seeks an adaptive reuse of the Dunn Warehouse to increase city revenue, employment opportunities for residents (particularly living-wage jobs), and/or increase quality of life. The DRI Committee is drafting a Request For Expression of Interest that will solicit reuse proposals.

The public can make comments on the draft document by emailing Mayor's Aide Michael Chameides at mayoralaide@cityofhudson.org by Sunday, February 23.

DRI Committee agendas, meeting notes, and meeting documents can be viewed on the DRI Document Center.


Feb 17,2020 jumping into lake

The Oakdale Plunge

The Oakdale Plunge returns with an ice-breaking crash on Leap Day, Saturday, February 29, at noon.

Last year, 76 intrepid swimmers braved the frigid waters of Oakdale Lake to raise over $18,000. The proceeds were split between the Hudson Fire Department Water Rescue and Dive Team and the Hudson Youth Department. The all-volunteer Rescue Team does the crucial job of saving people who get into trouble in the Hudson River, while the Youth Department provides safe space and free enriching activities for our youth.

The Plunge takes place at Oakdale Lake, 132 N. 6th St., a public facility for swimming and recreation that is home to the Youth Department’s summer day camp. In 2019, 12 teams of whimsically costumed groups and individuals took the Plunge.

Prizes for Top Fundraiser and Best Costume will be awarded by a panel of judges including Mayor Kamal Johnson. Council President Thomas DePietro, Mayoral Aide Michael Chameides, and Alderperson Jane Trombley will be taking the plunge. Alderperson Dominic Merante is also supporting the event.

To make a splash as an individual or a team, or to donate, visit OakdalePlunge.Com


Feb 11,2020

Conservation Advisory Council Seeks New Members

The Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) advises the Common Council and Planning Board on matters related to the environment. By providing an informed perspective on land-use planning and decision-making, the CAC contributes to the conservation and improvement of the local environment and quality of life for residents. 

The CAC has openings for new volunteer members and invite residents of Hudson to join! 

A background in the environmental sciences, ecology, conservation, green infrastructure, city planning, green engineering, or environmental law is particularly useful, but there are no minimum professional qualifications.

Members are expected to devote time to CAC tasks, and should be able to work cooperatively with other municipal agencies. 

Prospective members should attend several meetings prior to seeking an appointment to the council. This gives a sense of the type of work and time commitment that is necessary.

CAC meetings are held at City Hall on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm.

If interested contact Council President Tom DePietro.


Feb 07,2020

Dunn Warehouse Repairs

The city of Hudson invites bids for Dunn Warehouse Roof Repair/Stabilization. For details, review the Invitation for Bids

Learn more about the Dunn Warehouse and Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

Feb 06,2020

Water Quality Grant for Oakdale Lake

Friends of Oakdale and the Columbia Land Conservancy received an Environmental Justice grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to map the Oakdale Lake watershed and study its water quality.

“We have an extraordinary asset in our 100-year-old, beautiful human-made lake, right in the middle of our city. But there’s confusion around where the water comes from, the clarity of the water, and what makes it into the lake from nearby properties,” says Tamar Adler, director of Friends of Oakdale Lake. “This is an opportunity to educate ourselves and our community about Oakdale and chart a course for how to improve the water quality, and how to protect it.”

This project will identify possible sources of water pollution near the lake, which could include old infrastructure, lawns, and/or commercial facilities. It will include citizen science and volunteer water testing. And, after identifying Oakdale Lake’s watershed and potential sources of pollution, partners will work together to create outreach materials to share information about how we can collaborate to protect and improve the lake. 

Oakdale Lake is a 5-acre spring-fed lake with a small sand beach, located in Oakdale Park, a 14-acre public park in downtown Hudson, managed by the Hudson Youth Department. The park also offers walking trails and a small playground. All of the lands that drain to the lake make up its watershed, which includes properties surrounding the park, even perhaps several blocks away. 

Friends of Oakdale Lake is collaborating on this project with the Columbia Land Conservancy, which is serving as a fiscal sponsor for the grant. CLC has an ongoing interest in protecting water quality throughout the county. In addition, CLC will provide educational programs working with Hudson youth that utilize the lake and surrounding woodlands at the park. 

“Working with youth and our partners in the City of Hudson is a significant part of our commitment to connect people to the wonders of the natural world. We are thrilled to be able to facilitate this important initiative and will do whatever we can to support the work as it goes forward,” says Peter R. Paden, CLC’s Executive Director. 

 “We need to ensure we have clean water and that our parks are as accessible as possible,” says Mayor Kamal Johnson. “Thank you to Friends of Oakdale and Columbia Land Conservancy for working on this important environmental justice project.”

Feb 03,2020

Public Space Improvements

Learn about the Downtown Revitalization Project (DRI) and how the city is moving forward to improve public space.

As part of the DRI, the city of Hudson is managing four projects: 

  • Renovate Promenade Hill Park and provide ADA access
  • Improving streets and transportation for pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists
  • Stabilize the Dunn Warehouse and prepare for re-use
  • Repurpose historic fishing village as a public park
“We need to ensure more people can access our public parks, our waterfront, and our streets. It’s great to be moving forward on these projects.”-Mayor Kamal Johnson

Public Information

Stay up to date by viewing the newly created DRI Document Center. View meeting minutes and agendas, plus the 2019 annual report.

Making Progress

In January 2020, the city finalized the Master Agreement-Contract with NYS DOS. This enables the city to move forward on contracts and advance these projects.


Jan 29,2020

Preserve Your Hudson River Access

Do you have a favorite spot for fishing, kayaking or spending time on the Hudson riverfront—or have a place where you’d like to be able to do those things?

Scenic Hudson is creating a comprehensive inventory of river access locations—formal and informal—so they can develop a plan to identify current gaps in access, recommend places for safe new shoreline access, and suggest ways to improve safety at existing rail crossings.

Tell Scenic Hudson how you use the river

Visit the public input map. The map lets you identify specific locations where you currently access the Hudson and make suggestions for new places where you'd like access to be allowed. You can also add comments listing the activities you enjoy on or along the river.

The map will be open for comments until January 31, 2020. 


Jan 26,2020

Our community stands together against anti-Semitism.

Statement from Mayor Kamal Johnson: 

“I am deeply troubled by the recent incident at Congregation Anshe Emeth. The Jewish community deserves to feel safe at synagogue and throughout our community. We must recommit ourselves to creating a more equitable city and region. We must combat anti-Semitic hate with solidarity.”


Jan 23,2020

City Receives Grant to Combat Displacement of Low-Income Residents

The City of Hudson has been awarded a New York State Anti-displacement Learning Network grant, by Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise) in partnership with the New York State Attorney General. Hudson was one of ten cities awarded the grant across New York State. The awarded applicants demonstrated an understanding of local causes of displacement, a history of collaborating, and a commitment to preserving and stabilizing neighborhoods facing high rates of displacement.

“This grant is an important step in addressing our housing crisis. I look forward to partnering with community leaders from Hudson and around New York State to create solutions.” -Mayor Kamal Johnson

The Hudson grant application was led by Council Member Rebecca Wolff. County Supervisor and Mayoral Aide Michael Chameides also worked on the application. Dan Kent from the Galvan Foundation provided technical support. The Anti-Displacement Project team also includes Council Member Calvin Lewis, service provider Serria McGriff, and Mayor Kamal Johnson. Several community organizations contributed to the application and expressed interest in collaborating on the project.

“Hudson’s low- and middle-income residents are being displaced in the current inflated housing market,” says Wolff. “This is a crisis of community that is negatively affecting the character and health of our city. The anti-displacement grant comes with a mandate to bring together elected officials, agencies, and impacted residents to identify and implement meaningful solutions to address the crisis.” 

“Residents and local leaders have the greatest understanding of how displacement and related issues impact their neighborhoods,” said Judi Kende, vice president and New York market leader, Enterprise Community Partners. “We are happy to work with the Attorney General’s office to provide communities with the resources they need to create and implement thoughtfully designed strategies so that residents can remain in their neighborhoods.”

In the first phase of the grant, the Anti-Displacement Project Enterprise will receive peer learning opportunities. During the second phase, grantees will work collaboratively with local stakeholders in affected neighborhoods to identify a high-impact anti-displacement strategy targeting the most vulnerable population(s)—particularly in low-income communities, communities of color, and renters—with the ultimate goal that successful outcomes will allow residents to remain in their homes and foster community stabilization. The program culminates in an additional grant application of up to $1 million to implement a strategy that will have a significant positive impact.

“When longtime residents are squeezed out of their homes where they have built their lives, their whole community and family suffers.”-NYS Attorney General Letitia James.

Jan 09,2020

Mayor Johnson Appoints Planning Board Members

Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson announced his appointments to the Hudson Planning Board. The appointments are Larry Bowne, Clark Wieman, Stephen Steim, and Teresa Joyner. Betsy Gramkow will be the Chair of the Planning Board. The appointments have been involved in numerous community projects and have important experience that will inform their roles on the Planning Board.

“The Planning Board plays a key role in Hudson’s future and these members will help steer us towards a more equitable and sustainable city.” - Mayor Kamal Johnson

Larry Bowne is a registered architect who has designed dozens of projects, including commissions in New York City; the Hudson Valley; Cushing, ME; Austin, TX; Zurich, Switzerland; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. As an architect and former professor of architecture, Bowne has collaborated with colleagues and students on several community engagement projects, dedicated to providing design services to historically underrepresented communities. He has a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Bowne is actively involved in Hudson's civic and community affairs. With Peter Spear and others, he organized a series of events in the Spring and Summer of 2019 as part of Future Hudson, which engaged Hudson’s citizens in conversations about their city. He has also participated in outreach and engagement with Our Hudson Waterfront. With Angelyn Chandler, he has launched Hudson Public, dedicated to helping Hudsonians imagine improved circulation and access to important educational, cultural and recreational resources. 

Stephen Steim is the executive director of the New Media Advocacy Project (NMAP), where he leads a team of narrative strategists that use visual storytelling, strategic communications, movement building, and cultural engagement to promote equity and justice. NMAP is the impact producer for PUSH, a new feature-length documentary that investigates how private equity and the financialization of housing is fueling the global housing crisis. NMAP is also mentoring a group of activists through its Rights Reframed program that are working on a range of creative advocacy projects about housing rights issues in Central Asia and the South Caucasus. 

Stephen is a filmmaker by trade and worked previously at Human Rights Watch and on the Obama Senate Campaign. He has a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from St. John's College and a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. 

Clark Wieman has over 30 years of experience as a real estate professional with extensive knowledge of architectural design and planning as well as building systems design and controls. He is the founder of Planet - Green Building Services, LLC, a real estate property management consultancy that includes mixed-use commercial and residential properties in Hudson. As owner and operator of 234-238 Warren Street, in Hudson, Wieman integrated upgrades of units, and management of workers, vendors, and contractors for a complete overhaul of a 10,000-square-foot residential and commercial space.   

Wieman worked at Cooper Union where he oversaw zoning upgrades to Cooper owned properties, which set the stage for the redevelopment of 3 sites. As Director of Planning and Capital Projects, he also oversaw the planning, design, and construction of 41 Cooper Square academic building, a $175 million, 180,000-square-foot academic facility. He has a Master’s of Urban Planning from New York University. Wieman served on the Planning Board since 2017 and is being appointed to an additional term. 

Theresa Joyner worked for the United States Postal Service and served as Superintendent of Finance and Germantown Post Office Postmaster. She recently completed a term serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals. She has also served on boards and committees for the Hudson Chamber of Commerce, Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson Lion’s Club, Columbia County Habitat for Humanity, Hudson Opera House, United Way Board, The Lions Club, Operation Unite Board, Shiloh Baptist Church, and All Nations Church.

Betsy Gramkow and her husband, Ted, are 15-year residents of Hudson’s First Ward. Gramkow has served as a Trustees of the Hudson Area Library, Hudson Hall, and Triform Camphill Community. As a member of Hudson’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Task Force, she Chaired the Waterfront and Transportation Committees.

Gramkow is the Development Director for the Preservation League of New York State, a statewide preservation non-profit in Albany that champions the essential role of historic preservation in community revitalization, sustainable economic growth, and the protection of historic buildings and landscapes. She was formerly the Executive Director of the Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation and before that, Development Director at Triform. Gramkow has been a member of the Planning Board since 2018.

Gramkow will serve as Chair of the Planning Board. Planning Board Member John Cody will represent the Planning Board on the Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency and the Industrial Development Agency. Cody is the former Common Council President.


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Talking is Teaching

Mayor Johnson to speak at press conference.

Tuesday, January 7, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Columbia County Chamber of Commerce
1 North Front Street
Hudson, NY

Who: Columbia Opportunities, Inc., Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the Clinton Foundation.

Brief remarks will be made by:

  • Peter Taylor, President of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
  • Kristen Rocha Aldrich, Associate Program Director, Too Small to Fail
  • Serria McGriff, Senior Counselor, Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood and Talking is Teaching Trusted Messenger
  • Kamal Johnson, Mayor, Hudson, NY

Remarks and the unveiling of campaign materials will take place from 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm.

Visual opportunities will include public remarks, the unveiling of new Talking is Teaching materials including home book boxes, brochures, and posters. There will also be a mass distribution of books on that day to children ages 3-5 in Columbia County. The books are provided by the Early Literacy and Learning Network.

“Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” aims to give parents and caregivers the tools to talk, read and sing more with their young children from birth, increasing meaningful interactions that are critical to healthy brain and language development. According to a study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, almost 60 percent of American children start kindergarten unprepared, lagging behind their peers in critical language, math, and social-emotional skills. Research shows that during the first years of life a child’s brain forms one million new neural connections every second and absorbs information like a sponge. This is why simple, everyday interactions with young children-like describing objects seen during a walk or car ride, singing songs, or telling stories- can better prepare them for school, and lay a strong foundation for their social-emotional development, health, and lifelong learning.


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Hudson Inauguration

Mayor Kamal Johnson, Common Council President Tom DePietro, City Council members, and appointees were sworn-in at a New Year's Day event.


Jan 01,2020

Mayor Kamal Johnson Announces Appointments

Mayor Kamal Johnson announces commissioners, Executive Branch staff, and legal team.

“These appointments have the experience, vision, and commitment to help us achieve a more equitable city.” -Kamal Johnson

Commissioner of Police Peter Volkmann

Johnson is appointing Peter Volkmann as the Police Commissioner. Volkmann graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Mercy College and received his Masters in Social Work from Fordham University. Volkmann retired as a police officer and an emergency medical technician with the Town of Ossining, New York Police Department. He served as Stockport Police Chief for four years before becoming the Chatham Police Chief. As Chatham Police Chief, Volkmann has initiated several innovative and successful programs, including the community engagement “Your Cop” program and the alternative to incarceration “Chatham Cares 4 U” program.

“I look forward to working with the Hudson Police, the mayor, and all of Hudson to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents.” -Peter Volkmann.

Commissioner of Public Works Peter Bujanow

Johnson is reappointing Peter Bujanow as the Commissioner of Public Works. Bujanow has been in the position since January 2015. During his nearly four years, he brought a commitment to good government, efficient purchasing and project management, and a collaborative approach. Bujanow supported city initiatives with his expertise in purchasing and effective spending. When the city was reviewing accessibility issues and the possible purchase of the John L. Edwards school, they turned to Bujanow to create the request for proposals (RFP). When the city’s youth department building needed repairs, city council members asked Bujanow to help create a long-term solution. Bujanow graduated from Siena College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Sage Graduate School with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He has extensive and diverse experience in both private and public sectors and recently retired from a New York State Public Authority where he was responsible for the supervision, management, and fiscal accountability of major capital construction procurement projects throughout New York State.

“Through my professional and government experience, I’ve learned how to manage projects, keep costs down, and get results. I’m happy to offer those skills back and contribute to our community.” -Peter Bujanow


COMMISSIONER OF YOUTH MAIJA REED

Johnson is appointing educator Maija Reed as Youth Commissioner. Reed has an 18-year history of working with youth and families in the city of Hudson. Her educational practice focuses on the individual learner even in group settings, acknowledging care and the development of trusting relationships as key components to life-long learning, knowledge-seeking, and community building.

“Children are our youngest citizens. Respecting and valuing young people as well as giving them voice and visibility is of paramount importance to me in all of the work I do.” -Maija Reed

Reed worked with a wide range of age groups and in a variety of settings. She has worked with young learners beginning in infancy, through elementary, intermediary, high school, and college, as well as continuing education and workshops for adults and seniors. She has worked in schools as an arts educator, in a host of community and arts organizations, at colleges, in private homes and has led education workshops at a variety of venues. She has a BFA from SUNY Purchase, Certificate of Completion Ateliersta Study Intensive from Reggio Emilia International, and Certificate of Completion Foundation Course in Infant Development and Care from RIE (Resources in Infant Educare).

COMMISSIONER OF FIRE TIMOTHY HUTCHINGS

Johnson is reappointing Timothy Hutchings as Fire Commissioner. Hutchings started with the Fire Department as an explorer in 1979 and became a full member in 1981 with J.W. Hoysradt Hose & Chemical Company #8. He served as a Lieutenant for nine years and Captain with Hoysradt Hose for seven years. He also served as Assistant Chief from 2001-2002 and Chief from 2003-2006. He has completed numerous New York State fire training courses as well as several Federal Emergency Management incident command classes. He was recognized in 1999 along with three other members for the rescue and resuscitation of a man trapped in his burning home.

He retired last year from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office where he served for 32 years in the capacities of Corrections Officer and Corrections Sergeant before transferring to the Communications Branch where he retired as a Master Sergeant.

He also previously served for 15 years with the Greenport Rescue Squad finishing his career as a Nationally Registered Paramedic.

COMMISSIONER OF AGING ROBYN WATERS

Johnson is appointing Robyn Waters as Commissioner of Aging. Waters worked as a community organizer for over twenty-five years in support of land conservation, disability rights, food security, and public education. She holds a BA in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Teaching and Learning and is dual certified in New York State to teach Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities. She worked as an advocate for adults with disabilities and with the aging population establishing individualized care plans.

“My goal is to listen and act responsively to the needs of the elders in our community and create inclusive spaces that honor their contributions and provide support as needed. When individuals are given the dignity and care they deserve, communities are transformed.” -Robyn Waters

City Clerk Tracy Delaney

Johnson is reappointing Tracy Delaney as the City Clerk. Tracy has been a clerk since 1990 and has been the City Clerk since 2009. During that time she has taken on an increasing level of responsibility including overseeing the Parking Violations Bureau, improving and managing records management, and streamlining Freedom of Information Law requests.

Mayoral Aide Michael Chameides

Johnson is appointing Michael Chameides as the Mayoral Aide. Michael Chameides serves on the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, Columbia County's legislative body, representing Hudson's 3rd Ward. He has worked on city initiatives and has also collaborated with state and federal elected officials and departments. He has professional experience with land use policy, education, communications, strategic planning, and operations. Chameides has been a vocal advocate for affordable housing, public transportation, immigrant rights, and increasing public access to public land.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to support Mayor Johnson and the city of Hudson. I am deeply moved by his commitment for an equitable city.”
-Michael Chameides

LEGAL TEAM

Johnson is appointing Cheryl Roberts as Corporation Counsel—Jeff Baker, Victoria Polidoro, Zoe Paolantonio, and Dan Arshack will also join the legal team. The team has experience in environmental and land use policy, criminal justice reform, and municipal law. The team also includes three women, a first for the city of Hudson. While working together to create a more equitable city, each lawyer will have a focus area for the city of Hudson.

Roberts will be returning to the position of Corporation Counsel to help manage the City’s legal work and provide institutional knowledge as Mayor Johnson implements his agenda for change.

Cheryl Roberts is the Executive Director of the Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice, a nonprofit founded by Francis Greenburger and Roberts in 2014 to advocate for reforms to the criminal justice and mental health systems. She is also a licensed bond agent providing pro-bono bond agent services to the Columbia County Bail Fund, a nonprofit community bail fund in upstate New York.

Roberts is a former town judge from Columbia County, New York, and became the first woman to serve as Corporation Counsel for the City of Hudson in 2012. Prior to becoming Corporation Counsel, Roberts served in various legal capacities for the City of Hudson including Special Waterfront Counsel and Assistant Corporation Counsel for the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Historic Preservation Commission, and Common Council between 2005 and 2011. Roberts also served as counsel to the Hudson Development Corporation from 2008-2015, and the Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency from 2013 - 2015. Earlier in her career, she practiced environmental and land use law and served as a counsel to committees in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Roberts wrote major portions of the coastal consistency legal brief cited in New York’s State’s ruling against the creation of a major cement operation in Hudson, NY. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Planning and Design and a J.D. from Rutgers University.

“I was honored to be asked by Mayor Kamal Johnson to join his administration which is about change, fairness, and inclusion. Our diverse legal team reflects these values and together we are anxious to help the Mayor and Council achieve their legislative and policy goals.” -Cheryl Roberts

Jeff Baker will serve as Assistant Corporation Counsel. He will serve as counsel for the Common Council and Planning Board. Baker has been practicing environmental and land use law in New York since 1987. He was counsel to Friends of Hudson during the review of the St. Lawrence Cement project and subsequently was City of Hudson Assistant Corporation Counsel to the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals from 2006-2007. He has served as a town attorney and planning board attorney for several towns as well as special projects attorney for a number of municipalities. Since 1991, he has been counsel to the Coalition of Watershed Towns comprising approximately 40 towns in New York City’s West-of-Hudson watershed. He is currently the Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals in the Town of New Scotland, Albany County where he lives. Mr. Baker received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

“I hope that I can provide my problem-solving abilities to the City and advise city officials on how best to address those challenges.” -Jeff Baker

Zoe Paolantonio will serve as Assistant Corporation Counsel. She will serve as counsel for the Zoning Board of Appeals and also represent the city on Code Enforcement issues at city court. Paolantonio is a family court attorney who has dedicated her career to working in the public interest. Prior to opening her Hudson-based solo practice in 2018, she served as a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, as a public benefits attorney at Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, DC and an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Northeastern University Domestic Violence Institute in Boston. Paolantonio got her J.D. from the New England School of Law, where she was published in the Law Review. She belongs to the New York Bar Association, the Columbia County Bar Association and is an active member of the Capital District Women's Bar Association. She has served as a Board member to WiseBodies and the Columbia County Family Resource Center.

“I look forward to working for Hudson with this progressive team.” -Zoe Paolantonio

Victoria Polidoro will serve as Assistant Corporation Counsel. She will serve as counsel for the Historic Preservation Board. Polidoro concentrates her practice in environmental, land use, and municipal law. She currently serves as planning board attorney or zoning board attorney, or both, for the Towns of Dover and Hyde Park and the Villages of Fishkill, Red Hook, and New Paltz. Ms. Polidoro was of counsel in Cooperstown Holstein Corp. v. Town of Middlefield, one of the first two decisions in the state defending the right of the Town to ban fracking for natural gas through the use of its zoning law, ultimately affirmed by the Court of Appeals. She was also of counsel in Gabrielli v. Town of New Paltz, which successfully defended the right of the Town of New Paltz to regulate its wetlands and vernal pools in the face of a constitutional and SEQRA challenge. This decision established that towns do not have to accurately map each wetland before enacting a wetlands law, nor do they have to forego regulating vernal pools, though they may exist for only two months a year. Ms. Polidoro got her B.A. from the University of Arizona and J.D. from Pace University Law School.

Daniel Arshack will be serving as Special Waterfront Counsel and will be the lead attorney on updating the Hudson waterfront plan. Arshack is co-founder of The Bronx Defenders. He was the President of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a founding member and officer of the International Criminal Bar. For over 30 years, Arshack has handled high-stakes and high-profile criminal cases, civil rights cases, and complex commercial cases that require creative and aggressive representation and delicate negotiations. Arshack got his B.A. from Brandeis University and the University of Stockholm. He obtained his law degree from the Antioch School of Law and he completed post-graduate work in Medical Bio-Ethics and the Humanities at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and Einstein School of Medicine. He is the President of the Center for Community Alternatives and has been counsel to Greenpeace and a member of the Natural Resource Defense Council for many years. An avid fisherman and kayaker, Arshack is committed to participating in creating a sustainable environment.

“I have children. Therefore, I am an environmentalist. Especially in the Hudson Valley, how we manage our natural resources and, particularly, our water resources, will determine the quality of life that all of our children and their children will have. Reasonable minds can find solutions to every challenge.” -Dan Arshack

 


Dec 27,2019

City Releases Plans for City Hall to Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Mayor has announced the results of the City funded feasibility study for City Hall ADA compliance of These four plans range in cost from $131,000 for simple front door access to $3.14 million for a complete renovation of City Hall.  The plans were developed by the design firm of Lacey Thaler Reilly Wilson and the schematics designs for each option can be reviewed here.

ADA Feasibility Study Plans

Nov 26,2019

Mayor Rector Suspends Meter Parking Fees For December

Mayor Rector has suspended putting coins in City of Hudson parking meters for month of December to encourage business in our business district -- that is from December 1 thru December 31, all meters except those in the Amtrak Parking Lost.  Have a Happy and productive Holiday Season!

Mayor's Proclamation

Nov 26,2019

Charge Your E-Vehicle in the Hudson Parking Lot --  Drive Green with $500 National Grid New Car Rebate

 The City of Hudson now is open for E-Vehicle business.  Six car charging stations are now active in the center of the City Parking Lot on Columbia Street between 5th & 6th Streets.

Plus, National; Grid is offering gifts of $500 to anyone who purchases a electric car before the end of December 2019.  Do you have questions about electric vehicles? Free webinar on December 5th!

If you need a new car, or are thinking about going electric for your next car purchase?  Curious about electric cars, but don’t know where to start? Drive Green with National Grid is a program to help you learn everything you need to know about driving on electricity.

There are lots of reasons to switch to an electric car: they’re more fun to drive, cheaper to fuel, and way better for the environment than gas guzzlers. Join us for a free webinar about electric vehicles to get your questions answered and learn how to get one! 

What: Drive Green with National Grid Webinar
When: Thursday, December 5th, 12 pm or 7 pm
Get tickets: RSVP here

The folks running the webinar are Green Energy Consumers Alliance, the non-profit organization working with National Grid to bring you clean rides.

$500 is enough to cover charging for 12,000 driving miles, jumpstart the installation of your own at-home charging station, or go for a wintertime getaway in your brand new electric car. Learn more and apply for your gift card here.  Call us at 800-287-3950 x 7 or email drivegreenuny@greenenergyconsumers.org with any questions you have about electric cars or this special end-of-year offer. 

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The Drive Green with National Grid discounts are in addition to the New York State Drive Clean rebate (up to $2,000) and the federal tax credit (up to $7,500). The Drive Green with National Grid web site has a wealth of information about the cars, incentives, charging, environmental impact, and more. Check it out at drivegreen.nationalgridus.com.  To qualify for the program discounts, all you have to do is fill out this form.


Nov 18,2019

K.I.S.S. - Keeping Identities of Seniors Safe

K.I.S.S. - Keeping Identities of Seniors Safe

DATE:  12/2/2019 – 12/13/2019
TIME: Monday - Friday  8:30AM - 5:00PM
Location: Hudson City Hall
                 520 Warren St
                 Hudson, NY 12534.

The Columbia County KISS Program is once again available to seniors in every town in Columbia County.  The KISS Program, founded by Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner, stands for Keeping the Identities of Seniors Safe.  It was designed to protect the identities of our seniors while assisting them in the shredding of their sensitive materials.  Seniors are encouraged to contact their local Town Hall for hours of operation and more information on the program. Justin Weaver, Columbia County Clerk’s Records Services Manager, is overseeing the program and can also be contacted with any questions at 518-822-0143.

For Additional information click here.

To view Item Retention Guidelines and Disposal click here.

 


Nov 14,2019

New Rules for Dogs and People at the New Dog Park

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Where the Dog Park Is

For the purpose of these rules, owner means the person in charge of the dog or dogs at the park. 

  • The dog park is open from dawn to dusk.
  • Use at your own risk. The City of Hudson is not responsible and will have no liability for the acts or omissions of dog owners and their dogs who use the dog park.
  • Dog owners must immediately clean up after their dogs.
  • Dogs must display a valid license and have up-to-date vaccinations. Puppies younger than four months, female dogs in heat, dogs that are ill or have a history of aggression are not allowed in the dog park.
  • No person may bring more than 3 dogs at a time to the park. No more than 15 dogs are allowed in the large dog section at one time and 15 dogs in the small dog section. Small dogs (under 30 pounds) may enter the large dog section at their owners’ discretion, but large dogs (over 30 pounds) are NOT allowed in the small dog section of the park.
  • Dogs must be removed from the park at the first sign of aggression toward a human or another dog.
  • No food, dog treats, alcoholic beverages, or smoking are allowed in the dog park.
  • Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Children are not allowed to chase or taunt the dogs.
  • People unaccompanied by dogs and animals other than dogs are not permitted in the dog park.

Oct 29,2019

City Seeks Sole Assessor

The City of Hudson, NY is seeking a certified experienced professional Tax Assessor who will be responsible for citywide assessment. Responsibilities include: working with outside consultant to complete citywide reval; annually valuing all parcels of real property citywide; all clerk duties; entering data in RPS systems, along with all property exemptions; updating all assessment records; and working closely with the city's building department. Candidates should have good knowledge of principles, practices and laws pertaining to Real Property valuation and assessment; be able to prepare and participate at all public hearings of the Board of Assessment Review. Establishing and maintaining a good working relationship with the public is essential. 

This is an appointed, part-time position – 3 full workdays per week at $35,000 per year.  The position is open until filled.  Interested parties are encouraged to apply via email to Hudson’s Mayor at mayor@cityofhudson.org.


Oct 25,2019

City Meetings Live-Streamed On WGXC

The City Council has arranged with local, listener-supported radio station WGXC to live stream all  open city meetings.  What this means is you can listen live to all public meetings on your computer as they are taking place.  Afterwards, the station eventually archives the recordings.  This is an exciting new level of open government.  With the WGXC app, you can listen on your phones as well.  The attached link will take you to the live stream page--check meeting times to listen in to government in action. https://wavefarm.org/radio/partner-streams/schedule/3s3xd1

 The red "broadcasts" button on the upper right is where you can access the developing archive.  


Oct 01,2019

JLE Building Adaptive Re-Use Feasibility Study Presentation

John L. Edwards School Building Feasibility Study Presentation
Hudson Civic Center
Public Forum #2
September 30, 2019



Aug 05,2019

City Clarifies Recycling Rules

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Recycling in Hudson is changing to meet the environmental and economic challenges of our times. The City of Hudson's Department of Public Works has clarified the rules for regular pickup of recyclable material -- what is recyclable and what is not.  We follow the guidelines of Columbia County's Solid Waste Department, which processes all Hudson's general trash and recyclables after they are collected by DPW.

What does this mean?  Recyclables must be on The List (they call it a protocol) and if not on The List, then put those items into the regular trash.  Also, recycles cannot be packaged in plastic bags -- they aren't recyclable. So put them out in metal, plastic or cardboard containers.

Here is Columbia County's explanation:

As many of you may be aware, a number of actions taken by China over the past months have begun impacting the recycling markets and state and local programs.

The new proposed standard quality limit is far more stringent than any existing international standard and unless there is an easing to some of the restrictions, market prices will likely be depressed, if markets are available at all. Our goal moving forward is to ensure the highest quality material that could be marketed by both domestic and international markets.

Columbia County like many other municipalities is working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and our vendor Casella Recycling to assist in educating residents and looking at potential financial assistance and guidance through this crisis.

Although the US exports a significant amount of recyclables, domestic markets do exist and may expand, perhaps as a direct result of China’s actions. However, these developments might take time and communications are critical to maintain public trust.

 


Jul 17,2019

Public Comments Sought on DRAFT Local Laws

The Legal Committee of the Common Council is currently reviewing the following Proposed Local Laws (FIRST DRAFTS).  The Committee is seeking written comments from the public, please email comments to Common Council President Thomas DePietro (councilpres@cityofhudson.org):

Short Term Rental Proposed Local Law (DRAFT)
Sidewalk Improvement District Proposed Local Law (DRAFT)
Sidewalk Landowner's Responsibility Proposed Local Law (DRAFT)

        UPDATE:  President DePietro states the 2nd Draft Proposed Local Law regarding Short Term Rental is in progress and will be posted soon.  (7/31/2019)

Jun 19,2019

Resolution No. 7 of June 18, 2019

Resolution No. 7 of June 18, 2019

The New York State Retirement System requires that all elected and appointed officials, who are members of the retirement system and are not in a time & attendance system; maintain records of activities for three consecutive months within 150 days of the start of a new term or appointment.


Resolution No. 7 of June 18, 2019

May 10,2019 CAC Inventory 2019

Hudson's Conservation Advisory Council Releases Natural Resources and Open Space Inventory

After four years, two state grants, and hundreds of hours of volunteer effort, the Hudson Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) presented the city's first natural resource and open space inventory to the Common Council at its meeting on Monday, May 13, 7 p.m., at City Hall, 520 Warren Street.

The inventory is a 56-page magazine-style report, including 14 specially created maps and a text explaining them. It provides a broad overview of natural and urban conditions within the city. The report is available free in printed form at City Hall and the Hudson Area Library, and online at the CAC's web page.

The inventory establishes a baseline of information essential to ensuring the health and well-being of Hudson's citizens, civic spaces and natural resources. The new maps show, for example, projections of future sea-level rise and waterfront flooding; the source of the city's drinking water; the presence of rare and endangered species; and where the city has — and lacks —  street trees.

The maps and analysis are as accurate as possible, given currently available data and the CAC’s limited resources. However, natural and urban conditions are always evolving. The inventory is offered as a snapshot in time, and the CAC intends that it be updated periodically. It is descriptive, rather than prescriptive — not a planning document itself, but a body of knowledge to be incorporated into planning documents and decisions. It does not answer all questions about the city's natural resources, address political controversies, or initiate any enforcement action.  But it does highlight important challenges Hudson faces. It identifies problems needing further study, and suggests possible actions to address them.

The CAC was established in 2015 to provide Hudson's governmental bodies and citizens with objective information about environmental concerns. There are currently several open seats; interested volunteers should contact Common Council President Tom DePietro.

 
 

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Reminders for the New Year!

As many of us use the new year to reflect and start new habits, perhaps it's also a good time to remind our residents about where they can find information about services in Hudson. 

Our website has a useful Resident Information page where you can find a lot of the information you may need about living here in Hudson. From parking rules and regulations to when and how to get your refuse and recycling picked up-- you'll find it all! 

**Please remember that residents and locals will have to pay for metered parking again as the suspension period is now over. 

**Here's a quick link to the Holiday Schedule for 2019. Note: Your  Christmas Trees can be put in the alleys and will be picked up by DPW until January 27, 2019.