Monday, March 27, 2017

Welcoming City Resolution Passes

Crowd fills City Hall 
We did it! The City of Hudson has committed to the safety of all of our residents, regardless of immigration status. On March 21, the Common Council passed a resolution 10-1 which the Mayor signed on March 22.

When we started this campaign, people said it couldn’t be done. We tried anyhow. It’s the right thing to do. We worked hard and and as we worked the “we” got bigger. New people got involved. People stepped up into leadership roles. Multiple organizations collaborated.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

HCDC Welcomes New Member - Pooky Amsterdam

The Hudson City Democratic Committee (HCDC) welcomes Pooky Amsterdam onto the Committee. She has considerable volunteer experience including fundraising for schools, media relations for progressive candidate Dennis Kucinich’s 2004 presidential run, and canvassing her neighborhood for last year’s Fair & Equal campaign.

With the goal of Progress for All, HCDC builds grassroots support for policy initiatives and candidates. It is the official local chapter of the Democratic Party and works to ensure fair and transparent local elections.

“Pooky Amsterdam is a dedicated and highly skilled volunteer,” says Michael Chameides, Chair of the Committee. “I’m grateful she is joining the team.”

Friday, March 17, 2017

Hudson Business Owners Support A Safe and Inclusive City

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Hudson businesses have published an open letter supporting the safety of all residents including undocumented immigrants. As the Hudson City Council discusses prioritizing safety over immigration enforcement, area businesses show their support for the Resolution Affirming Hudson as a Welcoming and Inclusive City.

“It is in the interest of our businesses, the City of Hudson, and area residents to ensure that all community members and guests, including immigrants, are welcomed and safe while living, working and visiting our great city,” the letter states.

Over 25 Hudson businesses, ranging from corner stores like the Warren Street Market to new restaurants, have endorsed the letter and the resolution.

"Local businesses believe our city's employees, including the police, should focus on safety and service provision,” says Marie Balle, owner of Look. “Immigration enforcement is the responsibility of the federal government, and we support real and comprehensive immigration reform.”

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Resistance Voter Registration

Sunday March 12, 11 AM - 5 PM
Hudson Area Library (Community Room), 51 North 5th Street, Hudson

Join #Resistance activists and organizations from Columbia and Greene Counties.

RSVP on Facebook

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Donate to HCDC

These are trying times for our country. Two months into a Trump presidency, we see a bellicose administration bent on taking down our schools, eliminating affordable care, terrifying immigrants, denigrating our cities and cultural institutions, and transferring wealth to the already-wealthy.

There is a silver lining: Democrats are revitalized and uniting. We appreciate now more than ever the need for strong Democratic candidates at every level. Government is not something we assume someone else will take care of—it’s up to us to get the right people in place.

That’s why the Hudson City Democrats are raising additional funds this year to promote our candidates, with events, palm cards, signs, and mailings. Our role is to ensure they are visible, and that their positions are understood.

Equally important is an informed electorate. That’s why we’re expanding our work this year to push on crucial issues like Affordable Housing and Immigration.

For these reasons, we ask your contribution. If you found yourself on November 9 wondering what you could do, this is something—help us get the right people in office this year and next. We hope you will contribute online or send a check to:

Hudson City Democratic Committee
PO Box 22
Hudson NY 12534

Thanks for your support.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sanctuary City Resolution To Go Before Full Council

Much has happened since our February 10 update on the efforts to prioritize safety over immigration enforcement.


On February 15, three men appearing in court were detained by immigration enforcement. The men were detained prior to conviction and are facing possible deportation. On February 17, 200 people gathered to support the immigrant community.

Columbia County Sanctuary Movement Stop Separating Families Event

Friday, February 24, 2017

Affordable Housing in Hudson Public Forum

The Hudson Democrats helped organize a forum on Affordable Housing in Hudson on February 23. For those to unable attend, here is a summary of what happened at the event:

  • “Affordable housing” means different things at different income levels, and can include both rental and home buying. Any Affordable Housing plan for Hudson needs to address the real needs of the people of Hudson, which will be assessed before a plan is made. 
  • A long-term plan will help ensure that we are creating the right balance and variety. 
  • We need to build public support and pressure to move these projects forward.
  • While we are working on longer term projects, we can queue up projects by doing title searches and Phase 1 Environment Study now.