Interviews and Appearances
Need a ride? Here’s what the county offers now
“Following on an extensive Transportation Planning Analysis issued in draft form by the County Transportation Planning Task Force in February, 2023, and updated and issued for public comment in August, the Board of Supervisors is now scheduling hearings to address those very questions.”
Emerging Movement to Build Multi-Racial Power in Rural Communities
“We have to work together in order to be able to live full, safe lives in our communities. But it’s not just about fighting for good local government. We also need federal leaders, national media and progressive allies in urban areas, to fully see rural communities for who we are and what we need to do.”
Would House budget cuts derail Amtrak?
“Passenger rail service is important to Hudson and Columbia County. It’s a valuable economic engine that connects our community to Rensselaer, New York City, and towns along the Hudson. I’d like to see investments in Amtrak to increase service, and I oppose attempts to reduce opportunities for people to travel to Hudson by rail.”
Shuttle riders can view live updates of bus location
“I'm grateful to offer this new feature to riders who utilize this vital service. ”
Local elected officials from around the state call for immigrant protections from feds
City & State
I want my friends and neighbors to feel truly safe, that's why I joined with 50 elected officials to support the New York for All Act
Extended hours for bus operation
"In 2022, more than 21,000 passengers rode the shopping shuttle, and more than 30,000 on Columbia County public transit."
Hudson's $1 'shopper shuttle' to Greenport now has extended hours
“Public transportation contributes to economic development, public health, and quality of life,” Public Transportation Committee Chair and Supervisor Michael Chameides said. “I’m grateful to be working with great partners to improve this vital service.”
County eyes Ghent site for expanded services
“Mr. Chameides said that conversations with the public and the affected departments will be needed to weigh options. ‘We have to consider how it will impact the public. The ultimate goal is the public good.’”
County to expand public transportation services
“We want to make public transportation accessible to more people, for school, work, medical appointments, recreation,” Mr. Chameides said. “Our goal is for people to be able to get places they want to by public transportation.”
County committee agrees to back a Clean Slate law
“People will make a mistake in their life,” said Supervisor Michael Chameides, Hudson, 3rd Ward. “They need a chance to reintegrate into society.”
GOP says this is safer. Dems ask, ‘Why now?’
“Supervisor Michael Chameides (D-Hudson 3rd Ward) mentioned that this felt rushed. Supervisor Chameides asked for [a] bi-partisan committee to be formed to look at the issue, and pointed out the timing of removing a division of the Sheriff’s Office when a new sheriff had just been elected. ‘This was not the will of the voters,’ he said.”
“Chameides suggested formation of a bipartisan committee of supervisors and representatives of emergency services who will be able to talk through the pros and cons and create a plan for how to improve emergency management.”
2 routes eyed to reduce Hudson truck traffic
“The truck study has collected and analyzed the data. Now we have two great options to improve safety and economy,” Hudson 3rd Ward Supervisor Michael Chameides said in a statement. “An updated route would benefit county residents, and we need to move forward with the next stage of feasibility study.”
How much will cameras tell us?
“Mr. Chameides continued. When more than one police officer is at the scene [at a use-of-force incident], he said, the public wants to have a report from each officer’s view, before the officers view the footage from their own and each other’s cameras and agree on a narrative. 'The public will know there has been collusion,' he said.”
Police panel hones new regs
“The committee is going point by point through a list of eight recommendations for body camera use that Mr. Chameides issued on April 3.”
Hudson filmmaker questions body camera policies
“As the county creates its first-ever body camera policy, I’ve suggested we invite Mr. Anthony for a discussion with the implementation committee. Unfortunately, he has not been invited. It’s a missed opportunity and we aren’t taking advantage of our local resources and talent.”
Starting at 22:30, Randall Martin, Alan Skerrett, and Rev. Kim L. Singletary interview Michael about police reform.
Protesters call for extension of eviction moratorium
“Chameides said the county has hundreds of thousands of dollars set aside for COVID-19 relief for housing but people cannot access the funds during the moratorium. Those funds should be unlocked before the moratorium ends, he said.”
Anti-vax group, health officials feud over vaccine safety
“3rd Ward Supervisor Michael Chameides emphasized Wednesday the importance of the vaccine to curb the spread of COVID-19. ‘The key thing is that the vaccine is the most critical thing that we have to avoid the continued spread of coronavirus,’ he said, adding the vaccine has been thoroughly tested and is continually monitored at the federal, state and local levels.”
Deputies now wear body cams
“Having a bad body camera policy is a serious risk to the public,” Mr. Chameides said. “There have been uproars” over incidents involving police, civilians and body cameras when there is no clear policy about releasing what the cameras show.
County green-lights body cameras for sheriff’s office
“In advance of the meeting, Hudson 3rd Ward Supervisor Michael Chameides sent a list of policies and procedures for the cameras which he suggested be included such as banning video manipulation methods, require officers to inform members of the public that they are being filmed, opt out of all data-sharing agreements with Axon and require a note in the video file for every time a video file is opened, downloaded, shared or modified in any way.”
‘Hudson Roots’ Will Help with Rent to Fight Displacement
The Other Hudson Valley
“Lower-income Hudson residents passed over by state and federal rental assistance programs may find help with a local program meant to fight displacement in communities of color.”
Advocates push COVID relief for immigrants
“The Columbia County Sanctuary Movement on Friday held a forum that was part press conference to talk about immigrant workers who have been excluded from COVID-19 relief.”
County buys deputy cameras
“Supervisor Michael Chameides (D-Hudson, 3rd Ward) had additional concerns. “For body cameras to be effective tools, there needs to be a good policy on how to use them.”
Inauguration watchers hope for unity
“I’m heartened by the millions of people who worked hard to elect President Biden and Vice President Harris,” Chameides said. “Our country’s leadership will work with the people to better address coronavirus, racial injustice, climate change and an unfair economy.”
Dem Supervisors elect Tistrya Houghtling as Minority Leader
“We have an urgent opportunity to help people overcome the risks of coronavirus, economic instability, and inequality, said Mr. Chameides."
CMH picket sends strong message
“The picket was held to call attention to the labor-management disagreement over salary raises and health care costs that have stalled negotiations during the pandemic.”
Report: 47% of trucks lack Hudson destination
“The study gives the city a chance to merge personal stories with data and informed analysis, Chameides said Thursday.”
State grant to help housing
The county Department of Social Services has partnered with St. Catherine’s Center for Children, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York and Columbia-Greene Continuum of Care to expand housing services and support. The initiatives are funded through a $253,000 grant from New York state through the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.
Elected Officials Demand No Confirmation Until Inauguration
State Innovation Exchange
The letter calls for support for states and localities as they grapple with the pandemic and health care emergency, racial injustice, economic crisis, and current election
City revives truck route study
“‘New York State truck routes traverse the city of Hudson and deleteriously impact the community’s quality of life and economic vitality,’ Chameides said. ‘The study will collect data and propose alternative truck routes.’”
Volunteers sought for painting pedestrian zones
“‘These are public improvements, initiated by the public for the public,’ Chameides said. ‘By taking a fun day to create the improvements ourselves, we are participating in an ongoing process of shaping our city.’”
Hospital extends union contract to Nov. 30
“Michael Chameides attended part of the negotiations in his role as a Columbia County Supervisor from Hudson’s 3rd Ward. ‘I’m thankful to our health care workers. They help us stay healthy and care for us at times when we are most in need,’ he said. ‘I support the worker’s efforts to secure a fair contract.’”
Hudson vigil honors Ginsburg’s life, legacy
“Chameides said the event gave the community a chance to find inspiration from Ginsburg together.”
Hudson wants feedback on sidewalk conditions
“Creating this public input process is part of a larger effort to increase accessibility in Hudson.”
Power of the People - Forum of speakers discussing the issue of criminal justice and injustice in Columbia County, New York. I speak at 25:17.
Letter Urging Governor Cuomo to Stop Danskammer Power Plant
Food and Water Watch
“...these elected leaders are urging Governor Cuomo to reject new fossil fuel infrastructure like Danskammer, and commit to renewable energy. ”
Johnson signs measure to finance energy-efficiency construction
“‘This is a way to help people economically while also helping the environment, and we are excited to be doing a project like this,’ Chameides said.”
Starting at 1:25, Randall Martin, Alan Skerrett, and Rev. Kim L. Singletary interview Michael about police reform.
DRI details waterfront plans
“Downtown Revitalization Initiative representatives hosted an open house at Promenade Hill Park on Tuesday night to get community feedback on its planned projects.”
Speaking at Black Lives Matter Event
Hudson seeks Climate Smart Community certification
“This task force is an important opportunity to create an institutional commitment to a sustainable future. The COVID-19 crisis shows us the importance of following science and the need for planning and preventive action.”
Supervisors approve fly-overs looking for weed
"Four members of the Board of Supervisors voted against the agreement, including Canaan Town Supervisor Brenda Adams, Hudson 1st Ward Supervisor Sarah Sterling, Hudson 4th Ward Supervisor Linda Mussmann and Hudson 3rd Ward Supervisor Michael Chameides.
'Attempting to eradicate marijuana is the wrong use of resources. We should be focusing on evidenced-based solutions, successful pathways to recovery and harm reduction,' Chameides said during the vote."
Starting at 11:20, Kristen Buckbee interviews Michael about how county government functions.
Columbia County expands public transportation hours
“Public transportation contributes to economic development, public health, and quality of life...”
We will survive the plastic bag ban
To help Columbia County residents manage the changeover, 3rd Ward Hudson Supervisor Michael Chameides organized a tote-bag collection
County urges state to delay and rework bail reform law
"One of the six supervisors who voted against the resolution, Michael Chameides (Hudson, 3rd Ward), said the day after the vote, 'It’s so important that we treat people equally regardless of income. It’s so arbitrary when somebody who has not been found guilty languishes in a holding cell, sometimes for weeks, because they can’t afford bail. And during this time they can lose their jobs, not take care of their children, miss going to classes that will train them to get a job with which they will be able to afford bail.'"
Columbia County Supporting Lawsuit Against EPA Over Hudson Clean-up
The Other Hudson Valley
"City of Hudson Third Ward Supervisor Michael Chameides, who introduced the resolution supporting the lawsuit, said PCBs have harmed Columbia County."
Grant gives Hudson money for crosswalks
98.5 The Cat
“It’s important that people feel safe walking in Hudson and crosswalks can make an intersection safer” says Michael Chameides, 3rd Ward Supervisor who helped coordinate the grant. “Safe streets make a more just city, a better quality of life, and improve our economy.”
Fund the EPA
"During one particularly heavy rainstorm this July, the city of Hudson spilled almost two million gallons of sewage into the Hudson River. Spills like these are routine up and down the Hudson, wherever our cities’ older sewer systems channel wastewater and stormwater into the same pipes."
The endless waves of reinvention in Hudson
"If you work on creating an environment where it's possible—and safe—for kids to walk or bike to school, then you're also inherently taking on issues of public safety, traffic, and zoning, and building a community in which people look out for the well-being of children they see around town, even if they don't know them. It's also much more likely that a kid who enjoyed their childhood will stick around as adults."
Local Elected Leaders Call On McDonald’s to Clean Up Act on Sexual Harassment
"...officials decry McDonald’s failure to protect its workers from groping, lewd comments, and other forms of harassment and violence, and demand that it bring workers to the table to establish a policy to eradicate sexual harassment."
Talked Census 2020, transportation, and affordable housing on the Drive Time Radio Show. I come on around the 45-minute mark.
Facilitating Congressional CD-19 Candidate Forum.
Tom Roe talks with Michael on WGXC.
Facilitating forum on Affordable Housing.
Prospect of ACA repeal draws sharp criticism
"People survive because of their health care and to threaten that is really dangerous."