HUDSON FALLS — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer popped into some local businesses Friday morning to see the village’s revitalization efforts for himself.
"If I had to pick a word to describe my little visit to downtown Hudson Falls, it would be 'inspired,'" Schumer said, as he stood center stage at the Strand Theatre, one of six historic buildings he visited during an hour-long tour.
Schumer recognized the historic nature of Main Street and brought up the federal program that helps preserve such resources — the National Register of Historic Places. The Trump administration wants to ax, or already has axed, programs like the National Register of Historic Places.
For example, Trump's budget would cut $20 million from The National Heritage Areas program, which is a state and federal partnership to preserve natural, historic, scenic and cultural resources.
Schumer is fighting to keep the funding.
“You can just feel the revitalization in the air," he said of Hudson Falls. "To take these old buildings and give them new life and new purpose is great,” he said as he walked through the park, trailed by a group of nearly 30 people.
Village Attorney William Nikas and Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner acted as Schumer's tour guides, also checking out the Hudson River Music Hall, the Annex building, the courthouse, the former Commercial National Bank of Sandy Hill and the Masonic temple building.
All of the buildings were built in the late 1800s or early 1900s, and he called all of them beautiful.
He also opened doors of local businesses like A Shear Experience and Crafted on the Park to ask how business was doing.
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"I said 'fantastic,'" said Tammy Mullen, owner of Crafted on the Park, which opened last week.
"He said his parents were small business owners so he wished us luck," she said.
Joelle Timms, owner of the new retail shop Jo & Co Fashion Boutique, showed off her store to Schumer.
"The word inspiring was important to me because we've been trying to inspire this community for years," Timms said at the end of the tour.
"We have brought growth to this community and we've all been inspired," she said.
Schumer is also a supporter of the craft beer industry, and a new brewery will be going into the former bank building by next year.
“In the new tax bill, there’s a tax break for your kind. We like our breweries,” Schumer said to Drake Hewitt of Hudson River Taste & Brew.
Schumer wants to add New York to a list of states eligible for a special federal crop insurance program for farmers who grow malt barley, which, he said, will encourage more malt barley farmers.
Friday's visit was part of Schumer's goal of visiting each of New York's 62 counties this year.
"You have done an amazing job ... now people will think Hudson Falls has its best years ahead of it," Schumer said to the group.
Village Trustee Robert Cook said Schumer's visit was terrific.
"He's a real advocate for communities like us," Cook said. "His time here was invaluable to us."
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