The People

Meet the Hudson residents featured in TWO SQUARE MILES and find out what they have been up to since filming ended.

A headshot of Quintin Cross Quintin Cross

This is where I’m from. I wouldn’t leave here for anything.

Cross is an alderman representing the Second Ward. He is the majority leader on the Common Council and represents the interests of a large segment of Hudson's African American community. Though still in his early twenties, Alderman Cross is already an experienced politician. While initially a supporter of the St. Lawrence Cement plant, he grew to oppose it and ultimately voted against it.

A headshot of Peter Jung Peter Jung

My contention is that the city of Hudson is a lot better off with people and businesses that are locally owned, locally managed, that are invested here, where the shareholders live here, where the management lives here.

Jung co-founded Friends of Hudson and served as president of the organization throughout most of its six-year battle with St. Lawrence Cement. He has remained active as a member of the Hudson Planning Commission and a board member with the Hudson Opera House, and devotes the majority of his time to his fine art business, dealing in American and European paintings from 1850 to 1950.

A headshot of Dini Lamot and Windle Davis Dini Lamot and Windle Davis

And recently, people walking by yelling “faggot”, and you know they're not
yelling “faggot” at gay people, you know, they're just yelling it. And I believe that's a product of the horrible divide and conquer strategy of St.
Lawrence Cement.

Lamot and Davis, former members of the 1980s rock band Human Sexual Response, moved to Hudson from Provincetown, MA. In 2000, they bought and renovated an 1890s department store on Warren Street in Hudson. There they opened the Hudson River Theatre, which offers entertainment ranging from puppetry to drag shows, and where Lamot’s infamous alter ego Musty Chiffon often performs. They also continue to run The Inn at Hudson, a bed and breakfast, and believe that tourism is the economic future of the area.

A headshot of Linda Mussmann Linda Mussmann

What goes on in Hudson really is a microcosm of whatıs going on in America.

The founder and co-director of Time & Space Limited, an arts organization in Hudson, Mussmann is a writer and theater director who has collaborated on many performance projects with her partner, Claudia Bruce, over the past 30 years. Mussmann ran for mayor of Hudson in 2001 and 2003. In 2005, her coalition won a majority on the city council. She is now the chair of the Hudson City Democratic Committee, working for change in the region, state and nation. She has continued to write and direct new theater projects, building and fundraising for Time & Space Limited, and is heading a committee to further develop Hudson’s waterfront.

A headshot of Sam Pratt Sam Pratt

We knew this company was going to spend everything that they could to promote the project. The one weapon we had was that we lived here and we just had to spend time, go out and talk to people.

A former journalist for national publications such as Esquire, Spin and I.D., Pratt is the devoted co-founder and executive director of Friends of Hudson, the grassroots organization that has helped score a series of against-the-odds environmental and political victories in the Hudson Valley, including the fight against the St. Lawrence Cement plant proposal. Pratt is currently working on a book about successful grassroots activism.

A headshot of Richard Scalera Richard Scalera

I was an alderman for four years, I was the police commissioner, Iıve been a little league coach, football coach, so Iıve been involved in this community all my life.

A long-time political leader in Hudson, Scalera served five two-year terms as the town’s mayor, supported the establishment of the St. Lawrence Cement plant and saw dramatic changes during his tenure. After deciding not to run for a sixth term, he retired from the state and has been catching up on his house repairs, continuing to attend City Hall meetings and campaigning for Democratic candidates Eliot Spitzer and Andrew Cuomo for state governor and attorney general.

A headshot of Jake Walthour Jake Walthour

What we’re experiencing here in Hudson at the moment is disharmony among a group of people who have basically been here all their lives, and a group of people that have perhaps discovered Hudson in the last fifteen years.

Walthour, an investment manager working in New York City, was born and raised in Hudson. He has returned to live there part-time with his family to open and run Jubilee, a restaurant and night club on Warren Street, attempting to create an atmosphere to bring the entire community under one roof. Frustrated by Hudson's continued divisions yet hopeful about the changing face of his hometown, Walthour is committed to bridging the gap between groups that are often separated along racial and economic lines.

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