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Hudson Common Council to vote to override Rector rental veto

Dec 11, 2019 12:32 am
Amanda Purcell reports for Columbia-Greene Media that the Hudson Common Council will vote on overriding Mayor Rick Rector’s veto of legislation implementing a nine-month moratorium on short-term rentals in the city at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at City Hall, 520 Warren St. The Common Council would use the moratorium time to craft a long-term policy on short-term rentals. For years, the area has lacked hotel rooms, and the rise of short-term rental apps has meant business for many homeowners in the area. There's also a shortage of affordable housing locally, so many Hudson Valley towns have adopted regulations for the short-term rental industry, as these housing issues are related. The nine-month moratorium would prohibit any leasing or renting out of homes for 30 or fewer days, except for hardship cases approved by the Common Council. Rector said the length of the ban was too long for him, and he seemed to also complain about "lengthy discussions, reviews, and meetings" that took place in public before the Common Council voted on the temporary ban on new short-term rentals. "The nine-month moratorium sends a message to residents, business owners, and outsiders that Hudson is not fully open for business," Rector wrote in a statement that he did not post on the city website. But Common Council members disagreed. “I think a moratorium is the best thing for the community,” Fourth Ward Alderperson John Rosenthal said. “I think the right thing for the Council is to say something to the community that we hear them.” Common Council President Tom DePietro also supports for the moratorium. “What we are doing is discouraging outside predatory investors who bring nothing to Hudson but in fact take from our community,” DePietro said. “We have listened to the residents and they have said, quite clearly, “Enough.” FULL DISCLOSURE: DePietro is a volunteer WGXC programmer. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.