Hudson’s Suttmeier announces retirement

HUDSON – Dr. Maria Lagana Suttmeier, superintendent of the Hudson City School District, is to retire effective January 2, 2022, the Board of Education announced at its June 15 meeting. She will have held that position for nine and a half years.

“It has been quite a journey,” Dr. Suttmeier said at the meeting. “Being a superintendent everywhere is a lifestyle. It’s 24/7.” But “it’s been a labor of love. I look back with a lot of fond memories.”

Student needs have motivated her work, Dr. Suttmeier said. “The students are the heartbeat of the system.” Read more…

Bliss Tower will come down

HUDSON—The Hudson Housing Authority (HHA) Board of Commissioners voted June 9 to demolish the nine-story income-restricted apartment building called Bliss Tower and the surrounding two-story income-restricted units.

The Board of Commissioners plan to construct new buildings on its property between Columbia and State streets and get its tenants new housing.

The board approved a draft RFQ (Request for Quote) to find developers interested in carrying out these plans and will hold a public hearing on the RFQ July 7. The plan calls for sending the RFQ to developers July 15. Read more…

Juneteenth returns to Hudson Valley

GHENT—Two Hudson Valley organizations, one in Hudson and the other in Kingston, are sponsoring Juneteenth celebrations, marking African American Independence on Saturday, June 19.

The 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration starts at 10 a.m. at the Hudson Waterfront, and activities run until 10 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, June 20 with the same schedule.

Coordinator Tanya Jackson, a Hudson native who returned to the Hudson Valley two years ago, said that the incentive for a Juneteenth celebration came from a desire to “emulate the original Juneteenth’s sense of community” and, personally, “to give back to Hudson [her] gifts and skills after being away for years.” Read more…

Fatal crash claims Valatie woman

VALATIE—A local resident and business owner died after she was struck by an SUV June 14.

State Police from the Livingston barracks investigated the fatal motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Main and Church streets in the village.

At 12:18 p.m., troopers were waved down and alerted to the collision between a vehicle and pedestrian at the intersection.

The Valatie Rescue Squad was dispatched to the scene by Columbia County 911 and took the pedestrian,  Joan E.(Gavigan) Archer, 77, of Valatie to Albany Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

The initial investigation indicates that a 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser operated by David L. Parlman, 26, of Chatham was eastbound on Main Street and made a left-hand turn onto Church Street. For unknown reasons, the Parlman vehicle struck Ms.Gavigan, who was walking west on Main Street in a marked pedestrian crosswalk.

Mrs. Archer later succumbed to her injuries. She was pronounced dead by the attending physician at Albany Med.

This investigation remains ongoing.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Valatie Fire Department were also on the scene rendering assistance.

The Village of Valatie will conduct a candlelight vigil “in loving memory of business owner and community leader Joan Archer” on Church Street, Sunday, June 20 at 7 p.m.

Copake prepares to sue the state

COPAKE—The new fast track approval process Hecate Energy has chosen for its proposed Shepherd’s Run 60-megawatt solar facility may encounter a bump in the road.

At its June 10 meeting, the Copake Town Board voted unanimously to sue the State of New York, specifically, its newly-established Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES) (, because its regulations are “flawed and could violate numerous provisions of state law including the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA),” according to Benjamin Wisniewski, an attorney with the Loughlin Group law firm, which represents Copake in matters related to Hecate Energy’s Shepherd’s Run solar project.

“To ensure ORES takes a hard look at renewable energy projects as required by SEQRA and to protect the town against the flawed ORES approval process, I recommend that the town authorize our firm to investigate and commence litigation against ORES … to challenge the legality of the regulations adopted by ORES,” Mr. Wisniewski said at the meeting. If successful, the lawsuit would annul ORES 94-C regulations, he explained. Read more…