New Rules for Dogs and People at the New Dog Park
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
NYSERDA & National Grid Offer Hudson Incentives for Electric Vehicles
The Economic Development Committee of the City of Hudson, led by Fourth Ward Alderman Rich Volo, anticipates mid-October opening of three electric vehicle charger stations – six ports – installed in the municipal parking lot behind City Hall and funded by a $24,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Charge Ready NY program and a $22,000 grant from National Grid for construction costs.
Mayor Rick Rector said, “The City of Hudson is grateful to NYSERDA and National Grid for their financial assistance establishing the first City of Hudson vehicle charging stations and parking spots. Special thanks to Alderman Volo for his role in achieving these two grants and to the Economic Development Committee for this important project for the city.”
Drive Green on the Web
The City of Hudson in partnership with National Grid are also excited to announce a new electric vehicle discount program, Drive Green with National Grid. As we look to a cleaner, greener future, National Grid has partnered with the non-profit Green Energy Consumers Alliance to build up a network of local car dealerships who offer YOU fixed purchase discounts and awesome lease deals on a monthly basis.
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.
We hope you’ll drive green soon! If you have any questions, please reach out to Green Energy Consumers at drivegreenUNY@greenenergyconsumers.org or 800-287-3950 ext. 7).
City Releases Plans for City Hall to Comply with the Americans with Disabilities ActThe 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
JLE Building Adaptive Re-Use Feasibility Study PresentationJohn L. Edwards School Building Feasibility Study Presentation
Hudson Civic Center
Public Forum #2
September 30, 2019
Adaptive Re-Use of the J.L. Edwards School - Public Comments Sought
On August 15th at the Hudson Area Library, the architectural firm of Lacey Thaler Reilly Wilson will hold a public meeting on the second floor in the Senior Center at 6PM. The subject is the potential adaptive reuse of the John L. Edwards School. All are invited to contribute their ideas for this potential new public space which would house all city offices, and whatever else the public would like to see.
City Clarifies Recycling Rules
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.
Public Comments Sought on DRAFT Local LawsThe 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 (firstname.lastname@example.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)
Resolution No. 7 of June 18, 2019Resolution 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
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.
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.