Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Hudson Common Council Defends the Voting Rights of 2nd Home Owners

The Hudson Common Council passed a resolution defending the voting rights of Columbia County voters tonight.

The resolution read in part:
WHEREAS, the plaintiffs in that litigation are attempting to suppress votes cast by absentee ballot by second home owners registered to vote in Columbia County...
WHEREAS, the City of Hudson recognizes the contributions that second home owners make not only to the property tax revenue of the City, the County, and the school districts in Columbia County, but also to the cultural institutions of the City and County.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Common Council of the City of Hudson supports the right of second home owners to choose to vote in the county where they maintain a residence...

Voting yes were:
Council President John Cody
Aldermen Carole Osterink, Carrie Haddad (1st Ward)
Abdus Miah, Wanda Pertilla (2nd Ward)
Chris Wagoner (3rd Ward)
Sheila Ramsey, Ohrine Stewart (4th Ward)
Robert Donahue (5th Ward)
The lone Republican on the Common Council, Richard Goetz (5th Ward) voted no.
Ellen Thurston (3rd Ward) was absent due to a death in her family.

The resolution follows on the heels of a similar resolution passed by the Copake Town Board.  That resolution was passed unanimously, with Republican Supervisor Reggie Crowley joining two other Republicans and two Democrats on Copake's Town Board all supporting the resolution.

The Columbia County Democratic Committee's appeal of Judge Nichols' denial of their motion to dismiss will be heard on Wednesday December 16th, 1pm at the Robert Abrams Building in Albany.

Read more:
Copake Democrats Blog - Copake Town Board Passes Resolution on Rights of Second Home Owners
Register-Star - Board denounces county GOP voter challenges
Register-Star - City Follows Copake in Denouncing Challenges
Register-Star - My View: The election saga in Taghkanic (Check out the comments too) 
Register-Star - Ballot battle: Who is footing the legal bills?  

Learn More:
Video Report on the Republican Challenges Part 1 and Part 2
Reply Briefs for Appellate Hearing
See also: boycottfingar.blogspot.com

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