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Johnson names planning board chair, members

Jan 13, 2020 2:00 pm
Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson has appointed First Ward resident Betsy Gramkow as the new chair of the city planning board. Johnson announced Gramkow's appointment, along with those of Larry Browne, Clark Wieman, Stephen Steim and Teresa Joyner as planning board members, in an undated statement posted to the city website. “The Planning Board plays a key role in Hudson’s future and these members will help steer us towards a more equitable and sustainable city,” Johnson wrote. Gramkow has lived in Hudson for 15 years and is employed as the Development Director for the Preservation League of New York State. She served on the boards of the Hudson Area Library, Hudson Hall, and Triform Camphill Community. As a member of Hudson’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative Task Force, she chaired the Waterfront and Transportation committees. Gramkow has held a seat on the planning board since 2018. Bowne is a registered architect and former professor of architecture. He was an active participant in Future Hudson, and has also participated in outreach and engagement with Our Hudson Waterfront. Steim is the executive director of the New Media Advocacy Project and a filmmaker by trade. Wieman is the founder of Planet — Green Building Services, LLC, a real estate property management consultancy that includes mixed-use commercial and residential properties in Hudson. He has a degree in urban planning, and has served on the Hudson Planning Board since 2017. Joyner worked for the United States Postal Service and served as Superintendent of Finance and as Germantown Postmaster. Joyner recently completed a term serving on the Hudson Zoning Board of Appeals. Former Common Council President and current planning board member John Cody will represent the Planning Board on the Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency, as well as the Industrial Development Agency. Read the full statement at cityofhudson [dot] org
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