Galvan shifts site for 77-unit housing plan

Above is a rendering of the 77-unit housing proposal from the Galvan Foundation for the west side of North Front Street in Hudson. Image contributed

HUDSON—The Galvan Foundation seeks “to give people what they’ve been asking for: affordable housing anywhere in any part of the City of Hudson,” said Dan Kent, vice president of initiatives for that organization, in a phone interview June 15.

Construction projects underway in Hudson include continuing work on 356 Union Street, Hudson for affordable apartments. This is part of the foundation’s Housing Initiative announced March 2018. Of the 10 Galvan buildings in the initiative, the other nine already have tenants, Mr. Kent said.

(Late last week Galvan announced another project—the construction of a new location for The Starting Place, Coarc’s daycare center for children with special needs. The center will occupy part of the Galvan Armory at North 5th and State Streets, which is also the site of the Hudson Area Library. The Starting Place will include a playground. The program currently uses a former Coarc building. See sidebar below.) Read more…

Few kids camps open for summer

GHENT—While New York is on Pause so are many of the things that make summertime memorable, especially for kids.

Like ball games, swimming at the local pool or lake, playing tag with a group of friends and summer camp.

Currently, no municipally-run summer recreation program in the county will open this summer, Columbia County Director for Public Health Ed Coons told The Columbia Paper this week. Read more…

Housing Authority drafts pandemic plan

HUDSON-Apartment openings, emergency grant use, Hudson’s Affordable Housing Strategic Initiative and elevators are all topics that received attention at the Hudson Housing Authority (HHA) meeting June 10. The HHA runs the 135-unit, income-restricted Bliss complex in Hudson and a Section 8 program for housing elsewhere in that city. This report is based on an audio recording of the meeting.

Twenty-five Bliss apartments are currently empty, but all should be ready to rent by September, reported HHA Executive Director Tim Mattice. Three of them have always been vacant and used for purposes such as storage, but HHA has “decided to rent them out.” The others went “off line” because of damage their last occupants caused, Mr. Mattice said. Of the 25 units, HHA has already rehabilitated seven for $140,000. It will get an additional $117,000 for apartment rehabilitation as one reward for converting to RAD (Rental Assistance Demonstration) status earlier this year.

Addressing another matter, Mr. Mattice announced, “We have not have one case of Covid-19 in our building. This is great.” He attributed the good news to the hard work of staff, saying, “I’m drafting a long term Covid emergency plan. Maintenance and administrative staff will continue to wear face masks,” he said, and employees will be taking the temperature of people who come into the building seeking to lease a unit. Read more…

UPDATED: How about take-out?

The Church Street Deli and Pizzeria in Copake is among the many eateries keeping the doors open for take-out and delivery with a reduced staff. On Sunday afternoon, pizza chef Rob Heeder sliced mushrooms while owner Dave Valden waited for orders. Photo by David Lee

GHENT—Some eateries are opening for indoor and/or outdoor dining under the latest easing coronavirus guidelines.

But those still leery about venturing out can get take-out meals to bring home, some places even deliver. Below is a list of some of the county’s many restaurants that have adapted their menus and their work schedules to offer good food at the recommended social distance, even if you enjoy it at home.

The list is a free service of The Columbia Paper, and it’s far from complete at this point. We urge restaurants that aren’t yet on the list to email their name, street address, phone number, email and web addresses, plus a very few words about hours and services (delivery, for example). Our address is . There is no charge for the listings.

Be sure to call or digitally connect with these places before you decide where to get your tasty take-out.

Eat well. Stay safe. Read more…

ICC names Guntlow newest super

KINDERHOOK—The Ichabod Crane Board of Education announced this week that Assistant Superintendent Suzanne Guntlow would become the new superintendent of the district starting this summer.

At a June 23 meeting, held online on Zoom, Board President Matthew Nelson also announced that board member Regina Rose had resigned from the board. After a short discussion at the meeting, the board decided to appoint Tammy Crawford to the open seat, a one-year position. Ms. Crawford is currently finishing her first-term on the board. She ran for reelection this June but lost her seat by 11 votes. There were three open seats on the board and Ms. Crawford was the fourth highest vote-getter.

Board Vice-President John Antalek suggested the board appoint Ms. Crawford. He said the board has done that in the past. Board member Elizabeth Phillips also supported the idea of appointing Ms. Crawford, saying it would benefit the board to have someone who was not new to everything on the board. Read more…