Hudson Youth Clubhouse getting evicted
Jammel Cutler reports for Columbia-Greene Media that Pamela Badilla, the coordinator of the the Hudson Youth Clubhouse, doesn't want the group kicked out of its home at 11 Warren St. Columbia County purchased the property last month for $3.35 million from the Galvan Foundation, with plans to use the property to store voting machines and for governmental office space, not for a youth center. Badilla wrote to the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, saying, “Bringing innovative and inspirational programs to young people and opportunities for local individuals and organizations to hold performances, meetings, counseling sessions, recovery support, harm reduction, community building celebrations, workshops and other events, at no cost, youth and young adults receive regular care, attentive guidance and mentoring. Their character is nurtured through the variety of choices offered, and they have grown to enjoy a sense of belonging to something very special, something real.” The Hudson Youth Clubhouse has not said when it will have to leave the space, and does not yet have anywhere to go. Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chair Matt Murell said, “We purchased the buildings to put county departments in,” Murell said. “We’re trying to program the building to deal with three to four county departments as well as storage for the Board of Elections, so it’s doubtful that the Hudson Youth Clubhouse will remain.” The Catskill Youth Clubhouse is on Main St. there, and they do a live radio show on WGXC at 6 p.m. every Friday. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.