Friday, February 10, 2017

Hudson Rallies for Sanctuary City Resolution

In December, the Hudson City Democratic Committee (HCDC) passed a resolution urging the City of Hudson to prioritize the safety of our community over arbitrary immigration enforcement. The HCDC policy recommendation includes a city commitment:
  • not to ask for proof of citizenship or use racial profiling; 
  • not to actively report local law enforcement issues to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); 
  • to limit city resources for immigration enforcement and detention to cases ordered by a state or federal judge.
Nationwide, cities have adopted similar policies to become “Sanctuary Cities.” This movement predates the current federal administration, but the White House’s open hostility to immigrants has intensified the urgency for cities and states to adopt formal policies. As more places adopt resolutions, the topic has been increasingly discussed at the state and national level.

The February 7 detention of a Hudson man led to widespread local alarm, demonstrating that our community has deep concern for its immigrants. It also showed strong support for the city playing a role in protecting them. A clear, transparent Sanctuary City policy would address those needs.

Since the December HCDC resolution, there have been three Common Council meetings and two events on the sanctuary topic, all well attended.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Join the Hudson City Democratic Committee

In the early weeks of the Trump administration, we see clearly that politics is NOT a spectator sport. Longstanding American ideals such as freedom and inclusivity are under attack, with Republicans sanctioning, rationalizing, or looking away.

Fortunately, Democrats are confronting this threat head-on. Engagement matters at every level of government, including local, where movements like Sanctuary Cities counteract Trump’s darker impulses, and protect the most vulnerable among us.

In that spirit, consider becoming a committee member of the Hudson City Democratic Committee (HCDC).

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Affordable Housing in Hudson Public Forum

Thursday, February 23, 5:30 pm
Hudson Chamber of Commerce
1 Front Street (red building at Promenade Park)

Learn about how we can make more affordable housing in Hudson a reality.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Dorothy Heyl joins the Hudson City Democratic Committee

The Hudson City Democratic Committee (HCDC) welcomes Dorothy Heyl onto the Committee. In addition to volunteering in past elections, Dorothy is a vice president of Historic Hudson, secretary of Classics on Hudson, and a member of the 50th Anniversary Task Force of The Olana Partnership.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Support Our Residents

The Hudson City Democratic Committee (HCDC) encourages the Hudson Common Council, Mayor, Police Commissioner, and Police Chief to work together to create a policy that prioritizes safety and community over immigration enforcement.

 People attend Common Council in support
of Immigrant Access to Driver's Licenses
As cities across the country are declaring themselves “Sanctuary Cities” and “Fourth Amendment Cities,” HCDC has drafted a policy framework that supports safety for all Hudson residents, workers, and visitors.

“Immigrants bring tremendous value to our city—economically and culturally,” says HCDC Chair Michael Chameides. “Immigration enforcement does not improve our city and would likely distract from other priorities.”

Immigration enforcement can be costly, as it requires officers, detention facilities, and transportation, which shifts valuable and scarce resources away from other critical services. In addition, when people are detained and deported, the community loses the valuable contributions they can make.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Local Election Success

As we take in the reality of a new Trump presidency amidst a Republican controlled Congress, it is important to celebrate a few, local bright spots from this Election.

  • Two local Propositions endorsed by the Hudson Democrats passed by wide margins:
    • Prop 1 gave all residents fair and equal representation in our city government. 
    • Prop 2 showed our city’s commitment to our volunteer firefighters by allowing them to accrue a modest retirement benefit.
  • Hudson voters had a strong showing for Didi Barrett and helped secure her reelection to the New York State Assembly. With 81% of the vote, Didi received significantly more votes in Hudson than she did 2 years ago. Once absentees are counted, her lead is sure to increase.
  • Hudson voters had a strong showing for Hillary Clinton (and the rest of the Democrat line). In Hudson, Hillary Clinton got 72% vs Trump’s 22%. Once absentee ballots are counted, it is likely that Hillary will have garnered more Hudson votes than Obama did in 2012. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Get Ready to Vote


See below for information on polling locations, ballots, and absentee ballot registration.

Vote Row A for Democratic Candidates
Turn the ballot over and Vote Yes on both proposals (Fair & Equal and Support for Firefighters).