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Hudson's Furgary Seized By City

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The City of Hudson today followed through on its threat to shut down the Furgary... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update...

Hudson Police say they removed three "trespassers" early this morning from the fishing encamapment on city owned land - people had been using small shacks on the property for more than a hundred years - stewarding Hudson's North Dock and North Bay - paying no taxes - handing the buildings down through generations -

The Furgary squatters collectively organized under the moniker of The North Dock Tin Boat Association ...the entity lost its appeal of a 2011 decision dismissing its property ownership under adverse possession or “squatter’s rights” on a legal technicality. Hudson Mayor William Hallenbeck gave the boat club until July 16th to gather their belongings and abandon the site.

The Furgary members have had meetings with the Mayor and city officials but have not been able to come to any sort of agreement to preserve the property.  Mayor Hallenbeck isn’t certain what will happen to the Furgary

City workers have erected fencing around the buildings on North Dock Street - the three trespassers were released without charges

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.