Hudson Wants Industry
And More Room to Put It
By STAFF REPORTERS
Hudson, fhe stste's third oldest city, it bursting at the pointed oat that both Hudson and Greenport aro confronted
seams. Its population haa not increased in 30 years, yet with a state law that requires sewage disposal plants, a mi-
there is no room far mora homes. It needs additional in- jor budgetary item that must be resolved within the next
dustry in the wont way hot there aro no industrial sites five years,
evailsble. Hudson's proposed sewage disposal plant (sewage is
Flanking the city on three sides is the bustling, roomy now damped into the Hudson River) will coot an estimated
Town of Greenport, which already houses much of Co- hall-million dollars,
tumbia County's industry, a community thst despite a homo j School Pnrnlhnimte i —
building boom baa acrs upon acre of desirable industrial lo-' ocaww uirvuaacnu asasw
cations. The city and town have the usual problem with increased
m' I M±-+ ^ •. _"_.... # * n . »ch©0l enrollments, Greenport more so man Hudson st the
^SttlaaBnftnet,9* e m t speak for the town. Hud- present time. The town, which educates its young through
S"« a J«a?Tli^lT. sKi ' vf^^Ln ""fr f m i the junior high school level and sands them to Hudson High
thai "lot Mat thing that could happen to both Hudson School for their last four years, is currently spending
and (Greenport would be a merger. He haa said the same $425,000 for construction of * new junior high school
thing and Greenport officials turned a cold shoulder to building.
the proposition. ( The City of Hudson still owes $ 100,000 on its high
$c ,0 l b u , , d i n
Mayor Kelly speculated thst the "time is neering" when * ° f constructed mors than 20 years sgo.
fhe people of Greenport will demsnd "services" ths town Hudson has numerous advantages. It haa unlimited
does not now provide. electricity and natural gas and a new source of water.
These "services," he ssid, include s police dopsrtment, 1 ta geojrraph ic sHoation. other than Ha box ed -in position
improved "underground" facilities and better resources. Hs in relation to the town that all but surrounds it, is sound.
The city is on the Hudson
River, in navigable waters, st
the gateway to New England.
The Rip Van Winkle Bridge
crosses the river to the west.
The main line of the New York
Central Railroad passes through
Route 9, a main Albany-to-
New York highway artery, executive secretary ef the Greater Hudson Chamber of
passes through the city, but a Commerce, said about 700 persons w ere out of work la the
bypass (Route t»-H) built s county.
decade ago, diverts much of
the through traffic past the city Mr. Van Der Poel blames both past Hudson city adminis-
at Ciaverack, a point two miles trations and the state for the current pinch for industrial sites.
from the Hudson city line. "If this city had taken the opportunity to raise plan buildings
Hudson, incorporated as a when it had the chance, it would have been healthy and pro-
city in 17s", had a population of vided room for industries to move In," he ssid.
more than 3,auu in the 1W» cen- He added: "High taxation has been a restraint to industry
sus. Today, it has fewer than coming in."
K.UX) residents, about the same The Chamber side cited the business corporations franchise
number it had in 1030. tax in the state tax law, which takes 5 4 per cent of net in*
Job Situation a Problem come, as a deterrent
The city was hurt, job-wise,
like other communities in the Whet is being done about attracting new Industry? Three
county two years ago when the groups sre working towards that end—Mayor Kelly's advisory
A. D. Juilliard Mills in Stott- committee, a group known as Industries for Columbia County
viUe,. which furnished employ- Inc., and She Chamber.
ment for nearly l.Ouo persons Cement Plant Expaada
at peak periods, shut down.
Mayor Kelly said today the Largest of the industries in the area, both located in Green-
Job situation today is still ''se- port, are two cement plants—Universal Atlas (owned by U. S.
rious," although not as bad at Steel) and Lone Star. A $14 million expansion is under way st
this time of the year when sum- the letter company. No one knows st this point what this will
• w d^lstmr 1 1 A I I CKy Clerk Barry JL Deacon, left, confers with Ctty Treasurer mer employment is increasing. mean in the way of new jobs.
M i l XsmlJ M M l l l l — Jos-pa D. Moy on some tax forms. The men, two of Hudson's No estimates of the number Other main industries include the Gifford Wood Company,
top fovommentsl employes, form part of the force that works out ef Ctty Hall. Mr. Deacon's of Hudson's Jobless was avail- McCall's Refrigerator Company, Universal Match, VsVO Press
salary is $4,000. Mr. Moy'a to $4,101. able, but W. L VanDer Peel, and a Canada Dry bottling plant.
In addition to Juillard, the area has lost s lesser industry
since World War 2, Thermo Mills.
The city's major project, In addition to a sewage disposal L. of
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Council are working en plans tor
Mt. Ray to meet the demand caused by Increased use. The B # w f\ner\nt teg and „,£ disposal plants. They will east an
project haa been recommended by the mayor's advisory com-
mittee and Is now before the Common Council. •seat of 9S2.1.SOS. The council also Is trying to solve
O parking ptSbtSBS,
It haa been roughly estimated that the project will cost
The city is also facing up to die parking problem that hue
beset communities of all sue* in the nation today. An
been cleared just off She business section1 end adjacent to the
Elks Club which will provide parking space for dozens of
when grading and blacktopping sre completed.
The city has a police force of 23 men, headed by Chief
John Sullivan. Six volunteer fire companies give the city
adequate Are protection.
Mayor Kelly said the city is in a ''very healthy" financial
condition, with no outstanding bonded indebtedness, except the
money due on the high school. The current operating budget
Politically, the city was once a Democratic oasis in the
midst of a Republian-dominated county. Today, it is governed
by Mayor Kelly, s Democrat who has been in office since lOAO,
and a Common Council with an elected Republican, Elmer R.
Sheffer, as president and a GOP majority of 8-3.
As mayor, Mr. Kelly receives a salary of S2,rmo a year.
His regular job is traffic manager for Harts Express Inc.
City offices are located in a city hall which was in a run-
down condition for many years until steps were taken recently
to renovate the structure.
Th« Knle ktrboekvr !*»w« Pttotot by Bob Rlrh«y
A New York Central train stops st the
Hudson station en Its way to New York
Cakdale Beach Is a Leading Exhibit
City in Jhe mid-afternoon. Hudson, 35 miles below Albany
en the Hudson River, is the first big stop on the way to ths
metropolis. The city Is well situated for transportation. In Work of Hudson Youth Bureau
By ORMONDE PLATEB
During the past week, Hud-
son's youngsters—and oldsters
too—hsve been following a per-
ennial urge. They don their
water apparel and head for
Oakdale Beach, a pond inside
she city limits.
Before U»w, this pond was a
mudhole snd the Hudson JUver
offered adventure for those
with the urge. It wss full of
tricky currents and whirlpools,
not to mention sewage.
Consequently, there were a
number o. drownings Ths
citizens decided to do some-
thing about it. They formed
committees, campaigned and 2^MMC«PU*CE
ran newspaper advertisements.
As s resuk, Hudson residents
voted to crest* s new city de- \ ssssi'ln Knswamsnnu Leu* A. Pierro, executive director ef the Hudson Youth
partment—the Youth Bureau. M 1 P U B I I » U r * " « U — i i 0 r e t U i poimiM u t H W p ^ | h # to,,,,,., projects tor recrea-
The bureau worka hard seven tion and Juvenile delinquency control. There sre M puss on the msp, indicating M places hi
days a week to keep Hudson's Hudson where the buresu has projects under wsy.
youth out of trouble and to
give them a good time, two Out of the mudhole, the buresu is Iced over, the "buresu spon- ter, the Young Women's Chris-
seemingly contradictor* goals. created s sandy beach at ths sors cold-r'eather sports, such tian Association, the Jewish
It not only hss succeeded st edge of a pool deep enough for as skating, hockey and skiing. Community Center, the Boys
this dual task but has become swimming. A highlight of the cold season Club, the Scouts snd the Youth
a model for similar bureaus Lsst Saturday firemen be- is th* winter carnival, st which Recreation At a time when
throughout the country. gan to pump water out of a sporting contests sre held and such organizations often work
A gr.irh on the wall of the lagoon to one side of the pond. a queen chosen. in competition, the bureau hss
bureau office la the City Hall When National Guardsmen and ' A popular event this month proved that they sre not at
shows the number of eaaes city workers have finished with will be the soap box derby, cross-purposes.
processed by the local Chil- the lagoon it will be a wading on Juno 20. The Junior Cham-
spot for small children. ber of Commerce sponsors it, «s\see
dren's Court each year. In from the city and tU.SSS
lit:, at the beginning of the Oakdale, which is open from and 70 brys have entered their
youth program, there were Memorial Day to Labor Day, little racers. from ths state yearly.
U. The latest figure as four is free for youngsters up to 12 Cooperation la a bag thing In his annus! report to •*»
years old snd costs flO cents s with the bureau. To bring all Common C o u n c i l an May,
'Thst 'such a low figure) will year for those older. Adults available recreational opportu- Mayor John L. Kelly
never happen again," said Louis pay a lo-cent basket charge. nities to the more than 2,ono the bureau tor helping to
A. Pierro, who has been execu- The beach is not the bureau's youngsters in Hudson schools. Hud-on 's nice piece to nve."
tive director o' the bureau only concern. It has a hand in it works closely with golf The acceptance of this pro-
±,nce Its lerond year. all sort' of sthletic events, club*, ski courses, bowling gram." he said, ''wee borne out
Mrs. Harold C. Gladwin of Hudson soaks up the saa at Oakdale Beach, The heaoh, of course, is the teen-age dances, picnics, band alleys and other private and by the fact that 1«,0fl§
G i r l at Oakdale Beach-: 'while smaller fry build send castles, slide down the bank, dire off the most popular phase of the pro- concerts and other youth aoUvi- public groups. l sons enjoyed aba faoiMBaa snd
sag froHe In the water. The beach, located inside the city limits, ia the biggest project ef the Hudson Youth gram. More than 400 per- It also cooperates with the speciel events dur-
Irs span from Mamsrtal to Labor Dag in Jnme tng BS
Thomas M. Tryniski
309 South 4th Street
Fulton New York