After a little over one year of being Alderman for the 4th Ward of the City of Hudson, I have decided to run again.
The Primary this year is early – Tuesday, June 25th!
Please mark your calendars. Thank you.
I would like to outline the following accomplishments over the past year:
Completed Clean Energies Communities Grant – City to receive $35K for solar panels to offset city lighting, and LED lightbulbs for residents
Passed a law to increase the fine to $250 for persons leaving their pet in a car in extreme weather conditions
Passed a City law to increase the fine for leaving a pet in a car, in extreme weather conditions, from $50 to $250.
Received Bike Fix-it Station grant for Bike Trail, $1,200
Currently working on electric car charger grants (3 units, 6 chargers) from NYSERDA/National Grid at no cost to City, and the revenue, $1.75/hour will go into the City’s General Fund. To be installed, hopefully this spring.
Passed a resolution for the City of Hudson to take the NYS Climate Smart Pledge. Being part of the Climate Smart Communities opens the City up to grants given by the DEC, Department of Environmental Conservation.
Currently working on a plan for the City purchase its power from a solar farm in Greenport. This will save the City 10% of its energy costs, approximately $40K/year and we will be using green energy.
Attended Solar, Recycling, and Climate Smart conferences and seminars. Liaised with other government officials outside of Hudson and have a much better understanding of issues, grant-writing processes with personal contacts and resources available.
Brought parties together to fine-tooth comb the Vacancy Law and made appropriate changes after discrepancies in law were found. Raised the vacancy fee to $1,000 the first year and an additional $1,000 every subsequent year until 5 years/$5,000 max. Raised the issue with media when only one property was listed on vacancy list after several months of law passed. Now, several units are listed, adding to city revenue.
Submitted monthly minutes for the year for both Economic Dev and Tourism Board (except one month of Tourism board in Aug).
Raised the issue regarding the demolition of 6 Lucille Dr. Emailed BOE to fund demolition. The demolition funding was taken out of the budget, however this building is a nuisance. The building will now be bought, demolished, and another structure built, adding to tax base – with no city funds for demolition.
Created Friends of the Cemetery Group to ultimately offset the costs of Cemetery maintenance. Currently, the City spends between $300-400K/year maintaining the Cemetery.
Liaison between Airbnb hosts and Operation Unite for toy drive during holidays. Over a dozen gifts, including a bunk bed, was donated to city youth by Airbnb hosts.
Project Manager for City’s first Polar Plunge, announcer for second Polar Plunge.
Chair of Economic Development Committee and Tourism Board
Member of DPW, Legal, and Finance Committees – 5 committees/boards total