June 23, 2023 - In this issue:

Mayor's Message

Kingston Wins Largest Grant Award in City History

Fourth of July Fireworks & Entertainment

Mayor Noble's Tuesday Update

Kingston Police Department GIVE Grant

Paving & Roadwork Update

City of Kingston Job Opportunities

New Mural at Forsyth Park

Celebration of the Arts Expo This Weekend

Mayor's Message:

Dear Friends -

This week, the USDOT announced that the City of Kingston is the recipient of the RAISE grant in the amount of $21.7 MILLION DOLLARS. This is the single largest grant award in Kingston's history.

We are so thrilled to win this monumental award, and thank Senator Schumer and Congressman Pat Ryan for their tireless advocacy on Kingston’s behalf. They see, like we do, Kingston’s need for connection to our breathtaking natural resources, making these assets accessible to residents of all abilities, and protecting our downtown homes and businesses from a changing climate. This grant will not only make an entire neighborhood safer, it will beautify the area, and bring sustainable growth to the waterfront.

We are honored to receive this funding for our community, and can't wait to see this vision of Kingston's waterfront come to life!

I also want to wish all the Kingston High School Class of 2023 graduates all the best!


City of Kingston Wins $21.7 Million RAISE Grant

The City of Kingston has been awarded $21.7 million through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant program, the largest grant award in Kingston’s history.


The $21.7 million RAISE grant will support the Kingston Weaving the Waterfront Transportation Project, a multi-faceted initiative that will significantly expand the walkability of the waterfront, connect residents from underserved neighborhoods, and bolster the Waterfront Business District.


The project, part of the Weaving the Waterfront initiative, will not only improve safety and access to park spaces, also plans ahead for climate and sea level change by elevating roadways in two flood prone areas, East Strand and Delaware Avenue. The project develops walking and biking access throughout the Rondout Creek and Hudson River Waterfront areas, and will increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists and access to nature. New sidewalk and bicycle paths will provide connections to and from the historic business districts, will complete branches of the Kingston Greenline and the Empire State Trail (EST), and will connect to the 520-acre Sojourner Truth State Park. In addition, the improvements will help the Ponckhockie residents and local businesses. This project, paired with the proposed new zoning code, will allow for smart development in the Rondout neighborhood.


The RAISE grant award will support five projects that will complete vital connections between Kingston’s neighborhoods and natural landscapes and upgrade with ADA-accessible infrastructure:


1. Kingston Point Rail Trail Phase 2

Phase 2 will include paving a 10-to-12-foot-wide ADA-compliant path for pedestrians and bicyclists. The new path will begin where Phase 1 ends at Garraghan Drive and traverse over an old bridge, pass behind the Trolley Museum, and end at a small trailhead on East Strand Street. Phase 2 includes fencing, interpretation of historical places, and the construction of a small building to exhibit 9/11 artifacts in the Museum’s collection. Kingston Point Rail Trail Phase 2 designs are complete. Grant to be used for construction.


2. East Strand and North Street Complete Streets

The project’s second component includes the development of ADA-compliant sidewalks, a multi-use path or bike lanes, Complete Streets amenities, and flood resilience measures for 1.2 miles along the roads parallel to the Rondout Creek -- Rondout Landing, East Strand Street and North Street. Complete Streets will be implemented from the end of Broadway in the Waterfront Business District to the intersection of North Street and Delaware Avenue near Kingston Point Park. Green infrastructure and a canopy of urban street trees on Rondout Landing and East Strand will provide shade, stormwater capture, and species biodiversity. Two sections of East Strand that experience flooding during spring tides will be raised and rebuilt. Grant to be used for preliminary design, final design and construction.


3. Kingston Point Rail Trail Phase 3 – Trolley Trail

This component begins at the intersection of East Strand and North Streets, traveling east along the Trolley Trail causeway currently enjoyed by pedestrians and seasonal trolley tour patrons. An elevated 10-foot-wide, 0.72-mile climate-resilient boardwalk is proposed along the causeway adjacent to the trolley tracks. The boardwalk will traverse the length of the causeway before turning north to provide an accessible route up through Rotary Park, where the trolley route ends at a replica trolley station at the mouth of Rondout Creek. Shoreline stabilization of the causeway, utilizing living shoreline approaches, and historic/archaeological mitigation will be required to enhance biodiversity and protect the rich pre-historic legacy of the area. Designs are complete. Grant to be used for construction.


4. Rotary Park & Kingston Point Park Pedestrian Connections/ Raising of Delaware Avenue

This component will complete the Empire State Trail/Hudson River Brickyards Trail connections through Rotary Park and Kingston Point Park with a safe, accessible path. A new network of sidewalks and multi-use paths along Delaware Avenue will create a linear connection that fills a critical in the Empire State Trail. Delaware Avenue between North Street and Rotary Park will be raised to address flooding, which will provide at least 30 years of access to the parks. Complete Streets will also be implemented to improve pedestrian and bicycle access and ADA-compliance. Grant funds to be used for design and construction.


5. North Street Complete Streets

North of Delaware Avenue, Complete Streets will extend along North Street. Adjacent to the Hutton Brickyards, a 10-to-12-foot paved pathway will connect to the Hudson River Brickyard Trail, completing the Empire State Trail/Kingston Greenline. This path will provide multi-modal access to the Sojourner Truth State Park. Grant funds will be used for design and construction. Three new electrical vehicle charging stations will be installed at key locations, adding to an expanding citywide network of stations.


A full project description can be found here. The City of Kingston applied for the RAISE Discretionary Grant from the Federal government for the last three years.


Mayor Noble said, “I want to thank my Grant Management team for their rigor in creating a comprehensive and enticing application for this grant, and for all the work their office does each day to make our community a better place. This has been a long process but our success is in large part due to the great work of our City staff and community partners.”


The RAISE grant program provides funding for road, rail, transit, and port projects that have significant local or regional impact.

Fourth of July Fireworks & Entertainment

There will be a fireworks display on the Fourth of July in the City of Kingston. Sponsored by O’Connor & Partners and Ole Savannah, the fireworks will be set off from a barge in the Rondout Creek just after dark, and will be visible from T.R. Gallo Park. 

This year, the Independence Day celebration will include pre-fireworks entertainment, sponsored by Mainetti & Mainetti. Starting at 5:00pm, The Bill’s Toupee Band, a pop/dance cover band, will play on the City stage in T.R. Gallo Park before the fireworks display.

Parking will be limited. UCAT will run a free shuttle service, making regular pick-ups from the Kingston Plaza (adjacent to the ballfield off of Westbrook Lane), from the Cornell Street parking lot (Thomas Street lot near Little Italy), and along Broadway at the Governor Clinton, the Andy Murphy Center, and Yosman Towers, dropping off at Garraghan Drive. There will also be a continuous shuttle from the parking lot at Kingston Point Beach. Buses will start picking up at 5:00pm and the last bus will depart the Rondout at 11:30pm.

Mayor Noble's Tuesday Update

Mayor Noble's Tuesday radio show is on hiatus during the campaign season, but in its place, he will be doing a weekly update on Facebook Live each Tuesday at 5:00pm to give a brief update on the latest City of Kingston news.

Click below to hear this week's update.

Kingston Awarded GIVE Grant to Reduce Gun Violence

The City of Kingston is expected to receive just over $172,000 from New York State’s Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative.


Governor Hochul announced nearly $36.2 million to law enforcement agencies participating in the state's Gun Involved Violence Elimination initiative. Combined, the Kingston Police Department and Ulster County law enforcement agencies will receive a total of $405,525. The GIVE grant cycle runs from July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024, and agencies will use funding for personnel, overtime, equipment and technology.


“Addressing gun violence takes a comprehensive, multifaceted approach, but support for our local law enforcement partners on the front lines of this fight is paramount,” Governor Hochul said. “I am proud to provide our current partners with significant increases in funding and extend the GIVE initiative to additional communities so they can implement evidence-based strategies and have the resources they need to get guns off our streets and drive down violent crime.”


Mayor Steve Noble said, “The City of Kingston and our local law enforcement agencies are grateful for Governor Hochul’s support in combating gun violence in our area. Like in many municipalities, gun violence has negatively affected our community in countless ways. We appreciate this funding, almost double our previous allocation, to continue our efforts to curb gun violence and end gun-related deaths in Kingston.”


Read Governor Hochul’s full announcement here

Paving & Roadwork Next Week

Madden Street, Arlington Place, and Field Court were paved this week. July paving will be announced soon.

Central Hudson: Main work and service replacements will continue the week of 6/26/23 on Elizabeth Street and Wall Street with road closures and detours. On Monday, Wall St. will be closed from Greenkill Ave. to Henry St. for gas service installation.

Gas installations will continue the week of 6/23/23 on West Chestnut Street, New St, W. Pierpont St and Montrepose Avenue with road closures and detours. On Monday, Montrepose Ave. will be closed from West Pierpont St. to West Chestnut St. for gas main installation.

Henry Street Safe Routes to School Project: crews are currently installing granite curbing on the south side of Henry Street, and concrete sidewalks along the south side of Henry Street.

ADA Ramps Citywide – crews are scheduled to mobilize on Monday, starting the Clifton Ave area.

Regular roadwork updates can be found here.

New sidewalk installation this week on Henry Street

City of Kingston Job Opportunities

The Kingston Water Department is accepting applications for Business Manager, to oversee business office. A job description and applications may be obtained from the Civil Service Office in City Hall or online at https://kingston-ny.gov/Employment.


Upcoming Civil Service Exams include:

Bilingual Family Worker- August 5, 2023

Police Officer Exam - September 9, 2023. The deadline to apply for the Police Officer Exam is July 7, 2023. The Physical Agility Exam will be given on July 29, 2023.


More about jobs and exams is available at kingston-ny.gov/employment.


The City of Kingston has over 25 boards & commissions, and we're always looking for volunteers to serve the community. Currently there are openings on the Kingston City Land Bank board and the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Apply here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KingstonBoards.

New Forsyth Park Mural

A big thank you to Cindy Lapp, a Kingston resident who volunteered to help beautify our city parks! Cindy, who had painted a beautiful mural at Forsyth Park that had become deteriorated over the years, worked with the Parks & Recreation Department to restore the wall and cover up the existing mural with a beautiful new Forsyth Park and Nature Center logo.

We love to see this kind of active participation. Thank you, Cindy!

Celebration of the Arts Expo This Weekend

The Kingston Midtown Arts District (MAD) will hold its Ninth Annual Celebration of the Arts Expo on Saturday, July 8, 2023 from 10am to 4pm at the Kingston Center of SUNY Ulster located at 94 Mary’s Avenue in Midtown.

This free, family-friendly event will bring many familiar and new opportunities to experience and explore the arts. As in the past, the Art Expo will feature many workshops, demos and community art-making projects.

Kingston 311
The Kingston 311 app, website and phone system allow residents to quickly and easily report issues and submit service requests. The Kingston 311 app, available for Android & iPhones, is a fast and simple way to connect to City officials in non-emergency situations.

This system is a valuable resource to submit service requests for streetlight replacement, roadwork, City signage, traffic calming measures and other concerns. Issues with snow removal and reporting of vehicles and sidewalks not in accordance with the Snow Emergency restrictions can also be submitted via Kingston 311. Photos can also be attached to illustrate service orders. Dial 311 from any phone within City limits to reach us. 

Sent on behalf of:

Mayor Steven T. Noble



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