Friday, May 26, 2017

News from the Affordable Housing Forum

On Thursday, Affordable Housing Hudson (AHH) held its second forum. Dan Udell was there, videotaping the meeting, and Gossips will make it known when that video is available. Meanwhile, we'll recount some of the highlights of the forum, which involved Brenda Adams from Habitat for Humanity, Jason O'Toole from the Galvan Foundation, and Anthony Laulette from the Hudson Housing Authority as panelists, and Peter Meyer as moderator.

Much of what Gossips found noteworthy in the forum was offered by O'Toole, the director of property management for the Galvan Foundation. In his opening remarks, O'Toole he said, "The Galvan Foundation has been here since 2004." He must have meant that Eric Galloway and Henry van Ameringen, using various LLCs, have been acquiring property in Hudson since 2004, because the Galvan Foundation wasn't organized until 2011. He also said the Galvan Foundation provided 186 units of affordable housing. In that, he must have been talking about Galvan Housing Resources not the Galvan Foundation, or perhaps he was conflating the two. O'Toole also announced Galvan's commitment to creating 20 to 25 new units of affordable housing in the next three years, for families with incomes from 50 to 80 percent of the area median income (AMI), which for Columbia County is $74,900. Having announced that commitment, he called for "a commitment from the City of Hudson to have a consistent PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) program for developers who are providing affordable housing."

At some point in the discussion, Meyer raised the issue of warehousing properties. Galvan and its associated entities now own about 70 properties in Hudson, many of which are vacant. O'Toole began his response by commenting, "We've heard this."  He then explained, "Galvan deliberately bought houses to make sure they would be developed as affordable housing and not fall into the hands of people who would make them unaffordable." The irony is that many of the buildings acquired have been standing vacant now for a decade or more, providing housing for no one.  

A bit later in the meeting, Cedric Fulton, director of community engagement for SBK Social Justice Center, seemed to suggest that O'Toole's statement was disingenuous when who spoke of people he knew who were "forced to move because Galvan bought the house where they were living."  

At some point in a discussion about the reasons for the shortage of affordable housing, the subject of Airbnbs came up. Kaya Weidman, executive director Kite's Nest, spoke of houses being turned into high-end Airbnbs. "Nobody should be getting rich off of housing," she declared. She suggested that Hudson's lodging tax should not go toward marketing the city for tourism but should be invested in affordable housing.

The Airbnb phenomenon introduced, it was announced that the next AHH forum would be devoted to the issue of Airbnbs and the impact of short-term rentals on the affordable housing market.

Update: An audiorecording of the forum can now be heard at the WGXC website.
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Technical Difficulties

My apologies to readers who are accustomed to being notified by email whenever something new is posted on Gossips. I recently, along with everyone else who used Verizon for their email, was required to switch to AOL. Since then, things have not gone well. Just now, when attempting to send out a notice, I received an error message that concluded: "Too many recipients attempted in 24 hours. AOL will not accept delivery of this message."

I scrupulously avoided exceeding Verizon's limits, because if I did, all email activity--outgoing and incoming--would be blocked for 24 hours. But since I have been unable to find any policy statement that indicates what AOL's limits are, I don't know how to stay within them.

Until I can figure this out and remedy the situation, I am announcing all new posts on the Gossips Facebook page. If you want to follow that page, you can get notification that way, or you could, from time to time, just go to gossipsofrivertown.com to find out what's new.  
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Stewart's and Hudson

The issue of Stewart's Shops and their desire for Hudson to change its zoning to enable them to tear down two houses and build a new and bigger store, like the one in Chatham, at the corner of Green Street and Fairview Avenue, was discussed last night at the Common Council Legal Committee meeting.


The meeting started out with Alderman Michael O'Hara (First Ward), who chairs the committee, telling his colleagues that he had sent a letter to the Stewart's representative informing him that the committee would not deal with the request separately but "would take it up in a redo of the comprehensive plan." Exactly when and how this "redo of the comprehensive plan" was expected to happen was not clear.

Minutes into the meeting, Andy Howard, counsel to the Council, arrived, with different information and advice about proceeding with the Stewart's request. He told the committee he had spoken with Alderman John Friedman (Third Ward), who now chairs the Economic Development Committee, and recommended that the Legal Committee pass the issue to the Economic Development Committee for consideration. He suggested that it was necessary to "garner a sense of what the immediate community wants in that spot." Council president Claudia DeStefano, who sits on the Legal Committee, proposed that a survey might be developed to gather information from people in the surrounding neighborhood. 

To demonstrate that there could be alternatives to the formula building being proposed for Hudson, Howard showed the committee a picture of the Stewart's Shops building in Manchester, Vermont, as evidence that, when a community insisted on it, Stewart's could build something that was more compatible with its location and architectural context.

Howard also reminded the committee that the current Stewart's at Green Street and Fairview Avenue is, according to Hudson's zoning, a nonconforming use, and a nonconforming use, by definition, means, "We don't want it to stay there."

The discussion of the Stewart's request for a zoning change ended with the committee agreeing to pass the issue along to the Economic Development Committee.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Great War: May 24, 2017

An article on the front page of the Hudson Evening Register for May 24, 1917, announced: "A tremendous campaign throughout Columbia county to get recruits for the "F" company of Hudson is about to be launched." An article on the back page of the paper presented an argument for why young men should volunteer now instead of waiting to be drafted.

If there are depleted ranks in the "F" company of Hudson after the Federal military census is taken on June 5, no man in the first quota drafted for military duty from Columbia county will be assigned to the Hudson unit of the Tenth regiment.
The foregoing information, coming from reliable sources, was obtained to-day by the Register. The National Guard is still strictly a volunteer unit, it was pointed out, and the men who will be drafted from Columbia county will be sent to federal concentration camps. There will be no opportunity to pick one's regiment, it would seem from present indications. To the contrary, the individual will be assigned to a contingent where he is most fitted.
Much significance can be attached to this information. It infers that a young man drafted from Hudson might be sent to a concentration camp in the south with men whom he had never seen or heard before.
Therefore, it appears, the man who is holding back, thinking that if he is drafted he will eventually be placed in the Hudson company, is laboring under a wrong impression.
There is but a faint possibility of the enactment of a law which would send Columbia county men to fill up the depleted ranks of company F, it was intimated to-day.
Young men, there are now many vacancies in the "F" company. Why not join it now VOLUNTARILY and when you go out to fight to help sustain the integrity of Old Glory, and battle for a noble and just cause, you will be shoulder to shoulder with a Hudson boy?
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Unfortunate Collision on Route 66

The Register-Star reported this afternoon about a car crash that happened this morning on Route 66: "2 hospitalized after head-on collision." What the article doesn't mention is that one of the drivers, Rosa Acheson, is a reporter for the paper. The article indicates that, according to the sheriff's office, Acheson crossed the center line to avoid a small animal--understandable, indeed commendable--but in so doing collided with an oncoming car. The driver of that car is now in critical condition at Albany Medical Center. Acheson suffered a broken ankle. A terrible situation for those involved, and our thoughts and prayers are with them both.
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If at First You Don't Succeed . . .

Last year, Hudson competed for $10 million in Governor Andrew Cuomo's Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) and was unsuccessful. The $10 million for our region, the Capital Region, went to Glens Falls. This year, there's a second round and another $10 million to compete for, and Sheena Salvino, executive director of the Hudson Development Corporation, thinks we have a good chance of winning this time. Last year, there was only $5,000 to spend in preparing Hudson's application. This year, the Common Council voted to allocate $10,000 for the purpose, and Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) is investing another $10,000, so there will be $20,000 to hire consultants to help develop the application.

Since DRI Round 2 was announced on May 16, a group of community stakeholders has met twice to discuss the scope of the application. The first of eight items in a list of "desired attributes for participation in the DRI" is "Well-defined Boundaries," and the boundaries now being contemplated are shown on map below. The focus area includes just about everything west of Second Street, from Basilica Hudson at the south to Dock Street at the north. (Click on the image to enlarge.)

The DRI program emphasizes "using investments to reinforce and secure additional public and private investments proximal to, and within, downtown neighborhoods, and in doing so will build upon growth spurred by the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs)."

Salvino revealed at an HDC board meeting yesterday that River Architects of Cold Spring has been hired as landscape architects to help prepare the materials to be submitted with the application, but she stressed, as she has before, that, should Hudson be awarded the $10 million, the first $200,000 to $300,000 must be spent on comprehensive planning. 

The deadline for submitting the application is June 14, and a public meeting about the proposed application is expected to take place sometime next week. Thursday, June 1, has been discussed as the date for that meeting, but it has not yet been confirmed nor has a place for the meeting been determined.
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The Great War: May 23, 1917

The front page of the Hudson Evening Register for May 23, 1917, reported that the Elks had voted to canvass their members to raise money to buy Liberty bonds on behalf of the lodge, and the Odd Fellows had agreed to invest $500 in Liberty bonds. An article on page two reported that committees had been formed "to further the Liberty Loan bond sale here." The committees were made up of, and presumably intended to appeal to, Manufacturers (Malcolm and Arthur Gifford were among those serving on this committee), Professional Men (Samuel B. Coffin was one of the men serving on this committee), Business Men (J. Harold Wardle and Stanley B. Marsh were among those serving on this committee), Women and Retired Business Men (there were actually no women on this committee), Farmers (Arthur Farrand was a member of this committee), and Fraternal Organizations. 

Meanwhile, advertisements, such as the one below, which also appeared in the Evening Register for May 23, urged people to demonstrate their patriotism by investing in the war.  

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Happening Tomorrow

Affordable Housing Hudson (AHH), the group that organized the affordable housing forum that took place in February, is holding a second public forum tomorrow, Thursday, May 25. The panelists for this forum, which will be moderated by Peter Meyer, are Brenda Adams, executive director for Columbia County Habitat for Humanity, which has built about a dozen single family houses in Hudson in the past decade or so; Anthony Laulette, executive director of the Hudson Housing Authority, which operates Bliss Towers; and Jason O'Toole, who will be representing Galvan Housing Resources and Galvan Initiatives Foundation. According to the tax rolls, Galvan Initiatives Foundation owns sixty-one properties in Hudson, many of which are vacant residential properties.

The forum begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, in the Community Room of the Hudson Area Library, located in the Galvan Armory, 51 North Fifth Street.
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Haul Road Review Continues in Greenport

Last night, at the Greenport Planning Board, the review of the proposed haul road continued. It was revealed that the board is still working through comments submitted by David Clouser, the engineer now consulting with the Hudson Planning Board. Ed Stiffler, who chairs the Greenport Planning Board, asked about the dock and the decision of the Hudson Zoning Board of Appeals. In his response, P. J. Prendergast, engineer for Colarusso, revealed that Colarusso will be complying with the ZBA's decision, and with Hudson's zoning code, and will be presenting the changes made to the dock for review by the Hudson Planning Board.

Image: South Bay Coaltion
Prendergast went on to do his usual presentation of the changes to the dock, reiterating the opinion that the work done was replacement in kind, not requiring Planning Board review. He asserted that the changes to the dock had a visual impact only to Rick's Point, a section of riverfront park that he described as a parking lot. He also noted, somewhat petulantly, that the dirt parking lot produced dust, and fugitive dust was something people complained Colarusso's industrial activity in South Bay and the dock produced.

Stiffler requested that a copy of the application for the dock prepared for the Hudson Planning Board, as well as all documents, communication, and permits relating to the project, be submitted to the Greenport Planning Board. It is not clear if this means that the board has decided to expand the SEQRA consideration of the project to include the activity between the end of the haul road and the dock and at the dock, which is something the Hudson Planning Board was been urging.


Stiffler also noted, speaking of comments received from the public, that "people are of the opinion that traffic and activity at the dock would increase" with the proposed haul road. Prendergast alleged, as he has before, that "the whole project is about getting the trucks off city streets." The question was raised if Colarusso's mining permit imposed limitations on the intensification of mining activity, and it was indicated that it did. JR Heffner, vice president of operations for Colarusso, noted that mining permits had to be renewed every five years.
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Great War: May 22, 1917

In the early days of the United States' involvement in World War I, a company of soldiers from New York City was guarding the railroad, and guards were stationed at the Churchtown dam and the reservoir on Mt. Ray to protect Hudson's water supply. An item that appeared on the front page of the Hudson Evening Register for May 22, 1917, reveals that the lighthouses on the river were also subject to heightened security.


In 1917, the keeper of the Hudson-Athens light was Frank M. Best, who had taken over as keeper of the light when his father, Henry D. Best, retired. Henry was the first keeper of the Hudson-Athens light and lit the beacon for the very first time on November 14, 1874.

Old Pictures of Columbia County
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Another Mayoral Candidate

Fred Starke
In case you missed it, as Gossips did, Rosa Acheson reported yesterday in the Register-Star that Fred Starke has declared his intention to run for mayor: "Starke announces bid for mayor." According to the article, Starke's campaign slogan is "Making Change Happen." Starke, who is originally from Athens, across the river, and has lived in Hudson for 22 years, seems to have disdain for anyone who moved here from New York City and wants to take Hudson back to the way it once was. Starke is quoted in the Register-Star article as saying, "Now the people who built this town are living in Section 8 housing. They want change and I'm going to bring it. I don't care about the other people running because now it's my turnI will be mayor in 2018."
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The Great War: May 21, 1917

One hundred years ago, there was a need for men to fight the war in Europe, but there was also a need for men, as well as women and teenagers, to work on farms at home. But human resources were not the only resources that were in short supply as the United States prepared to send troops to France, as evidenced by this item which appeared in the Hudson Evening Register for May 21, 1917.

According to the census taken by the New York State Food Supply commission Columbia county needs 1,163 laborers, of which 240 may be boys of high school age. It needs 140 women for household help, of which 51 may be school girls. There are fewer hired men in this county than there were last year.
The census shows 507 dairy cows wanted and 463 for sale. The heifer calves wanted number 293 with 146 for sale. The figures on sheep show 598 ewes wanted with 362 for sale. There were 166 work horses wanted and 176 for sale. Brood sows wanted numbered 88 with 75 for sale. The demand for pigs totaled 451 with 662 offered for sale.
Figures on seed gave for alfalfa 136 bushels wanted with none offered for sale; potatoes, 3,475 bushels wanted and 1,230 for sale; field beans, 306 wanted with 20 bushels for sale; buckwheat showed 1,682 bushels wanted, with 211 bushels for sale; corn, 1,194 bushels wanted and 3,436 for sale; spring wheat demands were for 312 bushels with 6 bushels offered for sale.
Further details of the census in this county and the names of those having seed and animals for sale may be secured from County Representative Roe, of the State Food Supply commission, whose headquarters are at Hudson. 
The shortage of wheat and the abundance of corn, in Columbia County as well as the rest of the country, inspired the U.S. Department of Agriculture to encourage people to eat more corn, with the message, "Corn Saved the Pilgrims and Fed Our Pioneers. Corn Will Help Us Feed the World."

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The Immigrant Experience a Century Ago

On Sunday, May 28, Hudson Hall presents A Bintel Brief: Sixty Years of Letters from the Lower East Side to the Jewish Daily Forward, a staged reading directed by Carol Rusoff.

Photo: New York Public Library Digital Collections
"A Bintel Brief," which is Yiddish for "a bundle of letters," was the name of an advice column that appeared in the Jewish Daily Forward for the greater part of the 20th century. The column was created in 1906 by Abraham Cahan, the editor of the Daily Forward, to help bewildered Eastern European Jewish immigrants learn about their new country. The column provided a forum for seeking advice and support in the face of problems and challenges ranging from wrenching spiritual dilemmas to family squabbles--predicaments that arise when old world meets new. Sunday's staged reading will feature live musical accompaniment and a diverse cast of actors who will bring to life the history, humor, and struggle of the Jewish immigrant experience.

Carol Rusoff is known to many Gossips readers as the director of the Hudson Teen Theatre Project (HTTP) and Sarah Schaeffer's haunting solo performance, My Anne, adapted from The Diary of Anne Frank. Rusoff talked about A Bintel Brief with Ellen Thurston on WGXC a week or so ago. That conversation can be heard here.

The staged reading of A Bintel Brief takes place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, in the West Room of the Hudson Opera House. Refreshments will be served following the reading. Admission is free, but reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve your place, visit www.hudsonhall.org or call 518 822-1438.

The Great War: May 19, 2017

It appears that either the passage of the Selective Service Act the day before or the article in the Hudson Evening Register calling on young men to do their patriotic duty and enlist had an effect. On the front page of the Evening Register for May 19, beside a headline that spanned two columns and announced all men between 21 and 31 were to enroll for the draft on June 5, the following article appeared.

Recruiting for Company F is apparently picking up. Lester Brothers, a well known young man living at Greenport, has passed and is now a full fledged member of the local unit of the Tenth regiment. Mr. Brothers is a highly esteemed young man, and that he is very patriotic can be seen from the fact that he enlisted when the call for volunteers was made.
Other young men have signified their fealty to the flag by enrolling with Co. "F". They are:
Andrew T. Richardell, Robert MacDowell and Vernon E. Potts, all of Hudson.
They have not as yet undergone their physical examination.
Harold Ham, George Pratkowsky and James Alpino, all of Hudson, to-day enrolled with Co. F.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

One of the Joys of Summer in Hudson

Police commissioner Martha Harvey announced this afternoon that, as in the past, alternate side of the street parking will be suspended on weekends for the summer. Starting this coming weekend, cars can be legally parked overnight on either side of the street, from Friday to Saturday and from Saturday to Sunday. Of course, this weekend, because next Monday is Memorial Day, cars can also be parked on either side of the street from Sunday to Monday.

The weekend suspension of alternate side of the street parking continues until October 1.
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The Great War: May 18, 1917

On May 18, 1917, Congress passed the Selective Service Act, giving the president the power to draft soldiers. On that very day, the following article appeared on the front page of the Hudson Evening Register, bemoaning the fact that more young men in Hudson were not volunteering for military service and encouraging them to volunteer before they were drafted.

Why aren't the young men of Hudson, who have no one depending upon them for a living, responding in greater numbers to the call for recruits being made by Company F?
That question is on the lips of many residents of this grand old city. The indifference being shown by the young men apparently puzzles those of an older generation, as well as the officers and members of Hudson's crack unit of the Tenth regiment.
"It wasn't that way in our time," a Civil war veteran remarked yesterday. Another aged man said a glorious privilege is now being offered our young men to show their patriotism.
"Two weeks ago I stood on a street corner and heard a number of young men talking. One was going to do this, another contemplated doing something else, and another intended to enroll here and another there. All were bragging about their patriotism, their fealty, their courage, and their good intentions, but every one of them was throwing a lot of hot air, for not one of them, as far as I can learn, has made an attempt to join the colors, either here or elsewhere. Of course, probably most of them would accept a lieutenancy or some job with a lot of authority that pays well." This was the declaration of another man yesterday. . . . 
But why don't the young men respond? That terrible question again presents itself. We don't believe it is a lack of patriotism. Probably the young men are not really conversant with the situation, probably they don't thoroughly realize its seriousness. There is no use endeavoring to hide the truth from one's self. The situation is exceedingly serious. Uncle Sam needs soldiers! Uncle Sam needs Company F, and Company F needs men! Germany isn't beaten yet! Germany is still a powerful nation. It will take men with stamina, men of the patriotic type, men like the minute men to overpower that nation. There are many young men in this city who would make ideal soldiers. Join Company F and Hudson will be proud of you. . . .
Some young men are not enlisting, perhaps, because they have good jobs and fear they would lose them. Don't worry. Uncle Sam always looks after his soldier boys! Others, perhaps, are laboring under the impression that they will be fortunate and escape conscription. If they're feeling that way about it, they are very patriotic, aren't they?
Of course, there are young men who are doing more at home, perhaps, than they could in the trenches. A young man who goes out and works on the farm is serving his country, for without farm products our people would starve. Men working in munitions plants or in connection with any factory where things for the army or navy are made, are also working in a department essential to the welfare of the country. It is not of them that we refer. But is is of the slacker--the fellow whose services at home would not be greatly missed, but whose services in the army would be very valuable--that we refer to. . . .
It will be no disgrace to be drafted; to the contrary. It will be only evidence of our obligation to serve. . . . But it will be better to say "I volunteered" than to say "I was compelled." One the other hand, opportunities are many just now. . . . Who knows but that you, young man, if you enlist to-morrow may rise, for remember "the early bird gets the worm."
Company F is considered one of the best units in the Tenth regiment. It is well officered and its roster made up of good fellows. Its equipment is excellent and association with the unit will be beneficial.
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It's Time to Register

If you are the proprietor of a hotel, a B&B, or a guest house, or rent a room or two in your house to visiting guests, it's time to register and start collecting the City of Hudson lodging tax.

The registration application and all the information you need is on the City of Hudson website: www.cityofhudson.org.
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The Great War: May 17, 1917

Two events distinguish 1917: the United States entered World War I, and the women of New York got the vote. In the news, the two events often intertwine, with stories of the suffragist activity on behalf of the war effort. Such is the case with this story, which appeared in the Hudson Evening Register for May 17, 1917.  

Miss Catherine Dodd, publicity agent for the Home Defense committee of Columbia county, and who is furthering suffrage work in this vicinity, has received the following telegram from Mrs. Gordon Norrie, of Staatsburg:
Please announce that in response to the request of the Liberty Loan committee of the Second Federal Reserve bank, the New York State Woman's Suffrage party at a meeting of the State Board held at 303 Fifth avenue, New York city, yesterday afternoon, voted to offer the help of the State suffrage organization in advertising and placing the Liberty loan for this district.
It will be remembered that it was Catherine Dodd, of Boston, who addressed a gathering of the members of the local Suffrage Party on May 7, at the home of Mrs. William I. Gray, 95 Green Street, declaring that the suffrage campaign was neither at a standstill nor abandoned. 

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Looks Like We Made It

On Friday, Thrillist published "The Best Small Town to Visit in All 50 States." For New York, it was Hudson. (The picture below, however, which accompanied that list, shows Telluride, Colorado.)


Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Great War: May 16, 1917

The following item, which appeared in the Hudson Evening Register for May 16, is certainly not news unique to Hudson, but it gives a compelling sense of the challenge, a century ago, of entering a war being waged on another continent. 

If you are not familiar with the tremendous problems involved in getting the army to France here are a few facts and figures that help just a trifle:
An American infantry division consists of 22,000 men, 7,500 horses and 900 vehicles. To make up our suggested first army for foreign service would include probably five divisions, or 110,000 men, 37,500 horses and 4,500 vehicles, plus mechanical transportation and reserve food and ammunition.
In sending troops from Canada such a boat as the steamship Olympia carried six English battalions, artillery, etc., so that we can safely assume in one trip she could carry 8,000 men. Of this class of boat there are, we believe, four. The capacity of the smaller boats in the transport service ran from 1,500 to 3,000 men, so that 2,500 as an average is more hopeful than conservative.
An army of 110,000 in one trip would require the four large boats at 8,000 men, 32,000; thirty-one smaller boats at 2,500 men, 77,500; total, 109,500.
These men would require, at four pounds of food a man per day for sixty days (until normal freight conditions could be resumed), 13,200 tons of food.
In cartridges (assuming 40,000 effective rifles at thirty rounds a day per man for sixty days) 72,000,000 would be required, leaving all artillery ammunition out of the question.
First U.S. troops land at St. Nazaire in June 1917|Associated Press


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The Great War: May 15, 1917

The following news item, which appeared on the front page of the Hudson Evening Register for Tuesday, May 15, 1917, reports something that happened not in Hudson but in Philmont. We share it because the attitudes and sentiment revealed were likely shared by people in Hudson at the time.

PHILMONT, May 15.  Officer Louis Schrader took into custody a man who is claimed to have made derogatory remarks last night about the United States. The man who is a Norwegian, it is asserted made statement, "That his heart was with Germany, and he would fight for that country if he could get to Germany." Those who heard his assertions were incensed at the disloyal sentiments expressed, and the constable was notified, and the arrest followed.
This morning the man whose name is Lawrence Benizen, was compelled to march the length of Main street, carrying an American flag. He raised objection to this, but finally consented to do so. Then he was taken before Justice Lindsey's court, and the case was put over until Saturday afternoon, and in the meantime Federal authorities will be notified. Benizen is of middle age, and has been in this country for a dozen or more years, but had never been naturalized. He lived at Hillsdale for some time, and more recently has been at the Empire House, in this village. It is said that he was somewhat under the influence of liquor last night.
Main Street, Philmont|Old Pictures of Columbia County
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Great War: May 14, 1917

Although we are days behind in our day-by-day account of life in Hudson during World War I, we are going to stay with May 14 a little longer. Sharing the accounts of a fire at a brickyard, an arrest for arson, and a near escape from being hit by a train proved irresistible, but equally compelling is this item, which gives much better insight into life in Hudson during that period. Because the type is a little hard to read, a transcription follows. 

The New York and New England Cement company has received from Congressman Ward two sacks of garden seeds sent out by the government for distribution among its employees.
The company has set aside tracts of ground for all its employees who may want to start gardening, each man getting a plot 25x100 feet. The land has been ploughed by the company and it also supplies the water which may be required during the summer. Over a hundred plots will be worked.
The New York and New England Cement Company became Universal Atlas Cement Company, then St. Lawrence Cement, and finally Holcim.

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Highlights from the FASNY Parade

The prelude to this morning's parade honoring the 125th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone for the original FASNY Firemen's Home was a parade of vintage fire engines from many villages and towns in New York as well as a couple from Massachusetts and Connecticut. Here's a sampling.










There were dogs riding in a few of the firetrucks--some real, some not.






And then there was this guy on the sidewalk, with a goat on a leash.


Another Saturday morning in Hudson.
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