Below is a list of my accomplishments during my first two years in office, 2018-2019 (inclusive):
- Applied and received two grants totaling over $45,000 for electric vehicle car chargers for the City of Hudson, installed behind City Hall. The chargers cost $1.75/hour. Funds are added to the City’s General Fund (less yearly maintenance fee of approximately $1800).
- Completed Clean Energies Communities Grant – City received $35K.
- Passed a City law to increase the fine for leaving a pet in a car, in extreme weather conditions, from $50 to $250.
- Applied and received Bike Fix-it Station grant for Bike Trail – value $1,200. This is now located near Oakdale Lake.
- 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.
- The City currently purchases its power, for municipal building from a nearby solar farm. The City is saving 10% of its energy costs, approximately $30-$40K/year. This includes the electricity used to for the electric car-charging stations.
- 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 review 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 regarding the demolition of 6 Lucille Dr. Emailed BOE to fund demolition. The demolition funding was taken out of the budget. The building was then bought, demolished, and another structure built, adding to tax base – with no city funds for demolition.
- Liaison between Airbnb hosts and Operation Unite for Holiday Toy Drive. Over a dozen gifts, including a bunk bed, were donated to city youth by Airbnb hosts.
- Project Manager for City’s first Polar Plunge, announcer for all Oakdale Plunges.
Chair of Economic Development Committee and Tourism Board
Member of DPW, Legal, and Finance Committees – 5 committees/boards total
Stop by the Hudson Farmers’ Market, where I sell cookies.
May – November 9am-1pm – 6th & Columbia Street
Dec, March-April – 10am-1pm – Elks Lodge – Harry Howard