Campbell and Hofmann compete to be Hudson treasurer
Melanie Lekocevic reports for Columbia-Greene Media that Heather Campbell and Michael Hofmann are competing at the polls through Nov. 2 to be the City of Hudson treasurer. Campbell is the incumbent, running on the Democratic and Heather4Hudson ballot lines, while Hofmann is challenging on the Working Families Party line. Campbell says she wants "to develop a long-range planning process that would forecast costs out two to five years, so that the city can better predict upcoming capital expenses, such as dump trucks, police cars and fire trucks that are aging out." She says she has worked on "cleaning up the city’s general ledger system," "providing early guidance on the impact of COVID-19 on city financials," and implementing Hudson's lodging-tax law. Hofmann is currently aide to Mayor Kamal Johnson, City of Hudson; development operations manager at the Fisher Center at Bard College; and a freelance stage director and stage manager, graphic designer, and singer. Hofmann says, "the single largest hurdle we face is the systemic racism embedded in our society... and we must have financial leadership that not only supports existing initiatives to mend the damage that’s been done over all these years, but also actively seeks out new opportunities for investment that prioritizes the needs of our historically marginalized neighbors." He wants new standards for public budget presentation, a long-range financial forecast, and to upgrade the city’s antiquated accounting system. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.