February 2018

On behalf of the City of Hudson Fire Department Water Rescue Team and the Hudson Youth Department, we would like to thank you for all your support organizing our first Hudson Polar Plunge. People like you make us proud to be part of this community!


It’s been a fun month here on Common Council.  Here are a few of the highlights from February:

Organizing events is what I do; logistics, publicity and promotion.

Back late fall, I was asked to help out with the Hudson Polar Plunge, and I gladly said YES.    I worked with 5th Ward Alderman Dominic Merante, Nick Zachos from the Hudson Youth department, and Justin Elliot, Dan Hickey and Nick Cozzolino from the Hudson Volunteer Firefighters Water Rescue team and Mike Molinski.   In total, we were able to raise about $12,000 for the Hudson Youth/Oakdale and Water Rescue.  It was great working with these guys!

The event was a lot of fun, raised a lot of money, and brought together many different parts of the Hudson community.  The weather was perfect, and we are looking forward to next year!


Girgantua (Justin Weaver) stole the show!

photo credit:  Zach Neven Photography

Tourism Board

The new Hudson Tourism Board is moving forward.  Last year, the Common Council passed a new Lodging  Tax –  4% of all Lodging Sales – Hotels, B&Bs and AirBnBs.   From the total tax collected, half of it (up to $250,000) will be spent to help market the City for tourism.  The rest of the funds will go into the General Fund to help pay for basic City-related costs and services.

As Chair of the Economic Development Committee, I will also be the Chair of the new Tourism Board.  The Tourism Board will have nine members – four chosen by the Mayor, and four chosen by the Common Council.   The new board is still in the works, and I will keep you up-to-date here.

Stewart’s Proposal

At the last Economic Development Committee meeting, we met with the management from Stewart’s, regarding their proposal for the Green Street/Fairview location.  After that meeting, the following week, 5th Ward Alderwoman Eileen Halloran and myself met with Craig Haig of Code Enforcement.  At this point, we are still determining the next steps for this proposal and if it will remain as a decision within the Economic Development committee.

Clean Energy Community

The City of Hudson, like any community within NYS, can apply for government grants as long as it meets four out of the ten High Impact task requirements.   Last year, Hudson completed two tasks. However, if the City does not finish two more tasks soon, there may not be any funds left.  Funds run out as other communities complete the tasks, and qualify for the grants.  Recently, nearby Hillsdale completed these tasks.

Grant money that is available can be used for energy conservation or renewable energy projects.  I met with the consultant from the state who works with communities on these projects. I’m hoping to complete the remaining two tasks (one of which requires passing a Unified Solar Panel Permit resolution) so that the City qualifies for grant funding.

A Tree Grows on State Street

I write this on a wintery day, but spring is right around the corner!  Are you interested in having a tree in front of your house?

The City of Hudson’s CAC, or Conservation Advisory Council will provide a tree and the Department of Public works will cut out the hole to be planted.  For more information, please visit this link.

Gareth Rhodes Meet & Greet

For those interested in meeting a Congressional Candidates for CD-19 in New York, Gareth Rhodes is having a meet and greet on  March 16th

Meet Gareth Rhodes, Democratic Congressional Candidate (NY-19)
When: Friday, March 16th at 6:00PM-8:00PM
Where: Terenchin Fine Art, 339 Warren St. Hudson, NY
RSVP: events@garethrhodes.com





DRI Project – Public Input Needed

The Hudson DRI –  the Downtown Revitalization Initiative – is in its final stages of project proposals.

These projects use tax dollars to help support local businesses and communities.

Please give the project your input.

Also, please send an email to the project manager, Steve Kearney, steve.kearney@stantec.com with any concerns.

The next DRI meeting, asking for public input, will take place here:

Thursday, March 1st


John L Edwards School Cafeteria

360 State Street

Please attend, and please give the project your opinion!

Thank you!
Rich “Trixie” Volo

January 2018

Hello Readers!

My goal for this website is to give you monthly updates of City of Hudson issues and issues that affect Hudson’s Fourth Ward.

Hudson Polar Plunge

I am very happy to be one of the main organizers of the Hudson Polar Plunge, coming to the City on Sat, Feb. 24 at noon at Oakdale Beach.  Funds from the event will go towards the Hudson Youth Center/Oakdale and the City’s Volunteer Fire Department.  For more information, or how you can donate or register, please visit:  www.HudsonPolarPlunge.com

Preserving Community Character

At the first 2018 formal Common Council meeting, the Council voted unanimously in favor of new legislation that would prohibit chain establishments  (stores, restaurants, etc) from opening within the City of Hudson.  This resolution (CLICK HERE to read it) was created in the past year(s) for a vote in Jan 2018.  The resolution will prohibit a chain business (defined as four or more similar locations, such as Starbucks, the Gap, etc), from opening in Hudson.  The goal is to help preserve the character of the community and support locally-owned businesses.


Much of the work and discussions prior to Common Council meetings happens within committees.  I sit on the five committees below, and serve as Chair for Economic Development.  For a full calendar of Committee meetings, please check out the City website.  All committee meetings are held at City Hall and are open to the public.

  • Economic Development  – Chairperson
  • Finance
  • DPW and Parks
  • Youth, Seniors, Education, and Recreation
  • Legal

Stewart’s Expansion

As Chair of the Economic Development Committee, one of the major issues presented to the committee is the expansion of the Stewart’s store on the corner of Greene and Fairview.   If you would like to see the plans for the expansion, please click here.  The committee had its first meeting this past month, and we decided to give ourselves more time to review the proposal.  At the next committee meeting, we will decide next steps.

Clean Energy Community

The Economic Development Committee, with myself as Chair, will continue working on Hudson’s designation as a Clean Energy Community by NYSERDA.  Once the City completes the required tasks, it is then eligible for additional grants and funding.  More about this program can be found at this link.

Sewage pipes on Short Street!

Do you remember all that construction on Short Street last year?  Well, here’s the result!   The sewage pipes were upgraded from 4 inch pipes to 8 inch pipes.  This is part of a long-term project to replace main sewage lines above Short Street –  these pipes needed to be replaced first.

Dog Park

December 2017 (prior many new members of Common Council, including myself), the former Common Council voted on a resolution recommending that a dog park not be constructed in Charles William Park.  This resolution was vetoed by the former Mayor.

I’ve since learned that the Mayor, not the Common Council, has jurisdiction over the parks.


Thank You Dinner Pictures

On December 7, 2017 I sponsored a Thank You Dinner on the 2nd floor of the Library, thanking voters and members of the Ward.

Thank you to everyone who came out!

It was a great opportunity to together, meet your neighbors, and just talk.

I hope to do another one in the summertime.

Please sign up on my Contact List, and I’ll send you an email invite!

Thanks for coming, thanks for voting, and thank you for being a part of the election process!

Democratic Congressional candidate for the 19th District, Gareth Rhodes showed up!
My parents helped out – my mother made the baked ziti! Photo credit: Linda Mussmann



Hello Hudson,

The absentee ballots have been counted, and on January 1st, I am looking forward to being sworn in as one of the City of Hudson’s 4th Ward Alderman.

I plan to use this website to:

  • Update you on committees and meetings I attend
  • Local City issues regarding the 4th Ward
  • Ask for your opinion and input on local issues
  • Events throughout City

Please refer back to this website for more info and THANK YOU for voting!


As a THANK YOU to all voters in the 4th Ward, I’m putting together a


Thursday, Dec 7th, 6-8pm

Hudson Area Library, 51 N. 5th Street – 2nd Floor

Come, talk, and meet your neighbors in the 4th Ward!

(My mother is making baked ziti – and I’m baking cookies, plus more food!)

Please sign up on the Mailing List, to RSVP!