Hudson Council to vote on tourism grants, appoint new Tourism Board member
Aliya Schneider is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Hudson Common Council will vote Tue., April 20, on more than $77,500 in tourism grants and the appointment of a new member of the Tourism Board. The board approved a $28,345 grant for the Waterfront Wednesday program before the council’s informal meeting last week. Those funds would bring programming to Henry Hudson Riverfront Park this summer. The project is organized by Elena Mosley from Operation Unite, performance artist Adam Weinert and Sam Merrett of the Schooner Apollonia. Tentative program plans include drum circles, children’s movies, music, sailboat rides, lighthouse tours, food vendors and possible dance performances, board member Kate Treacy said. Among the four additional tourism resolutions presented at the informal meeting: one resolution would provide $15,000 for an outdoor circus performance called Flatbed Follies put on by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. Another resolution awards $20,000 for the Warren Street Seasonal Use program, the new version of Shared Streets, for concrete barriers and the repair of wooden planter boxes. The remaining two resolutions would provide the Hudson Business Coalition with the second installments of grants the board and council agreed to fund last year. The council will also vote on the appointment of Hudson resident Ivy Dane to fill a vacancy on the Tourism Board. Dane would succeed board member Sidney Long. Dane is a long-time Hudson visitor and has been a resident for three years, said Common Council President Thomas DePietro. The Tourism Board’s budget was derived from a 50 percent allocation of the city’s lodging tax revenue until March 2020, when Local Law 2 eliminated that allotment. It had more than $400,000 at the end of 2019 and spent about $160,000 in grants and about $54,000 for the Shared Streets program in 2020. The board requested the use of $30,000 to fund a project manager position for the Warren Street Seasonal Usage program. The council denied that request, allocating $15,000 instead and telling the board it can come back to the council if more is needed. Note: DePietro is a volunteer WGXC on-air volunteer. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.