Joy in ‘Hud-ville’ as Galvan pays for Little League field

HUDSON–Developer T. Eric Galloway has purchased another, small, historic piece of Hudson, this time a sports venue, through the Galvan Initiatives Foundation.

The Foundation bought the Little League field, Hudson Avenue off Union Street from the Hudson Elks for $60,000. The field went on the market at that price a year ago, when the Elks found they could no longer support it. At that time Little League President Todd Gardner informed the city that 213 children, ages 4 to 14, (including 15 girls ages 13 and 14), were using the field.

The Children’s Foundation was willing to pay $30,000 over 10 years, but the Little League did not have the rest of the asking price and sought an additional buyer.

Enter the Galvan Foundation, a private entity founded by Mr. Galloway and Henry van Ameringen. Rather than co-own the field, Galvan bought it outright, and the Children’s Foundation has pledged $3,000 per year for the next 10 years to assist with Little League operating expenses. Rent is a minimal part of those expenses; the Little League will lease the field from Galvan for $10 per year.

Children’s Foundation funds come from the former Hudson Orphanage–now owned by Mr. Galloway, among numerous other Hudson properties–and the Blue Anchor Youth Center.

Wednesday, with the field a sparkling green in the sun, former League players and others gathered there for the purchase announcement. “We wanted to ensure that Little League baseball, which has been played on this field for 62 years, would continue,” said Richard Scalera (D-5th Ward, Hudson), advisor to the Galvan Foundation and the former mayor. The Elks wanted to sell, he confirmed, but only to a buyer who would allow the League to stay at the field. So, he said, Galvan “stepped up to the plate.”

Mayor William Hallenbeck attended the announcement, along with Carmine Pierro, his aide, whose father founded the Hudson Little League in 1951 and served as its District 15 representative.

CPA Richard Koskey, who was a shortstop on the field in the 1950s, represented the Children’s Foundation. Erica Scalera, 15, Mr. Scalera’s daughter, who plays shortstop on the field in this decade, represented the girls’ softball team.

Also attending were Gerald Wood, former Exalted Ruler of the Elks, and Mr. Gardner of the Little League.

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