August 12, 2022 - In this issue:
Mayor's Message
Covid Update
Drought Emergency Escalates to Stage Two
Rent Guidelines Board Applications Open
Landlord-Tenant Mediation Informational Meeting
Music & Movies in the Park - Tonight!
Grow Well Community Garden Map
Kingston Artists Soapbox Derby on Sunday
Roadwork Update for Week of August 15
Mayor Noble's Tuesday Radio Show
Mayor's Message:

Dear Friends -

The August Special Election and August Primary Elections will be conducted at the same time. All voters can participate with the Special Election; and if you are enrolled in a party having a Primary you will receive a separate ballot.

The Primary and Special elections will be held on August 23, with early voting running from August 13 – August 21. Please note: early voting will have a new location: the Kingston High School (403 Broadway).

The Board of Elections is looking for election inspectors to help out. Click here to find out how to become an inspector.

Covid Update
There are currently 214 active cases in Ulster County and 33 in Kingston.

Latest news:
City of Kingston Drought Emergency Stage II
Mayor Noble and the Water Department have escalated the Drought Emergency to Stage II for all City of Kingston water customers.
Based on the continuing decrease of water level at Cooper Lake, the Board of Water Commissioners voted on Wednesday to declare Stage II of the current Drought Emergency in the City of Kingston. Effective immediately, the final stage of mandatory water usage restrictions will be in place.
In addition to previous mandatory restrictions on water usage, the following measures will be in effect:
  • NO use of water from the KWD to fill or maintain the water level in any swimming pool.
  • NO use of water from the KWD to water any lawn, golf course, ornamental shrub or plant, except that water may be used to irrigate, from a hand held container only, vegetables or fruits grown for human consumption.
  • All air conditioning systems utilizing water from the KWD should be operated only in accordance with hourly restrictions established by the Superintendent.
  • All large, nonresidential water consumers must immediately reduce usage by at least 20%.
Violations of these regulations will be punishable by fines and penalties. Water service may be terminated for violations of any provision of this regulation or for any waste of water.
“We have seen no change in water usage from residents since declaring the Drought Emergency last week,” said Mayor Noble. “We are in severe drought conditions and the public must understand the serious state of our water reserve. We need the entire community to act in unison to preserve this precious natural resource.”
The complete Rules and Regulations restricting water use during the Drought Emergency may be found at or by calling the Kingston Water Department at 845-331-0175.
Kingston Water Department Superintendent Matt Dysard said, “The Department will be continuing to explore all possible avenues to navigate this emergency. It is important that all water usage is carefully considered. Small amounts of conservation from each household can be significant for helping decrease the City’s water demand.”
Conservation Tips
  • Fix leaky faucets immediately.
  • Only run washing machines and dishwashers when full.
  • Turn off water while brushing your teeth, which can save up to 4 gallons with each brushing. If everyone in the City does this twice each day, we could save 200,000 gallons of water each day, or 5% of our daily usage in the City of Kingston. 
  • Use low-flow fixtures and showerheads.
For updated information, please follow the Kingston Water Department Facebook page:
Rent Guidelines Board Applications Due Monday!
Now that the Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA) legislation has been signed into law, a Rent Guidelines Board will be established.
The City’s Department of Housing Initiatives will oversee the implementation of ETPA in coordination with NYS’s Division of Housing & Community Renewal. According to the State guidelines, the City of Kingston must establish a Rent Guidelines Board to determine the annual allowable rental increases.
The Rent Guidelines Board will be made up of two tenant representatives, two property owner representatives, and five members of the public, who will meet annually to set guidelines for rent adjustments. Members of the public must have at least five years of experience in finance, economics or housing, and must be residents of the City of Kingston.
Applications for the Rent Guidelines Board are due Monday, August 15 at 5:00pm and can be found here. The Board is expected to hold its first meeting in September. More info on the eligibility requirements can be found here.
Landlord-Tenant Mediation Informational Meeting
For more information, call Jolynn Dunn at 845-372-8771 x5001.
Music & Movie in the Park Tonight
The Music in the Parks and Movies Under the Stars event returns tonight, August 12, at Hutton Park!

Music kicks off at 7:00pm with a Latin Pop concert from Alessandra, followed by a showing of Disney's Encanto around 8:30pm. The event is free and open to all. Bring your own blankets and chairs.
Grow Well Community Garden Map
Grow Well has created a map of our community gardens. The Grow Well Focus Team of Live Well Kingston has created an interactive garden finder. Community gardens with plots available to use are blue, gardens that sell or give away food are green, school gardens are red, and pollinator gardens are yellow. For questions about specific projects reach out to the contacts listed.

If you have a garden project to be included, or have a question about this map or Grow Well, contact Emily Flynn at 
Kingston Artists Soapbox Derby on Sunday
The Kingston Artists Soapbox Derby kicks off on Sunday, August 14, 2022 at 1:00pm!

Now celebrating 27 years, the Kingston Artist Soapbox Derby is a parade of non-motorized kinetic sculptures capable of rolling down lower Broadway, with vendors and live performances and an awards ceremony in TR Gallo Park. The Kingston Artist Soapbox Derby is a truly unique family-friendly event that promotes the arts and draws participants and spectators alike. 
Roadwork Update for Week of August 15
The next round of paving will be:
  • Highland Avenue from Foxhall Ave to E. Chester Street and E. Chester Street to the dead-end
  • Hasbrouck Place from Hasbrouck Ave. to Highland Ave.
  • Clifton Avenue from Highland Ave. to Park St.
  • West O’Reilly Street from Broadway to just beyond Mary’s Ave

Milling will begin on or about August 22, and paving is expected to be completed by September 2, 2022, weather depending. During paving, there may be detours and changes in traffic patterns.

Central Hudson: Service replacements will continue on Gage Street, Abbey St. and Clifton Avenue with detours and road closures. Main line tie-ins on Highland Ave. and Park St.  

Franklin Street Complete Streets Project construction continues on the north side from Walls Street to Clinton Avenue.
New granite curb has been installed up to Clinton Avenue on the north side, and bluestone sidewalks are partially installed up to Pine Street on the north side. Central Hudson will be relocating utility poles in the upcoming weeks.

Midtown Parking Lots Green Infrastructure construction continues on the Cornell Street parking lot. The Fashion Lane extension from Thomas Street to Cornell Street has been established and paved. The porous pavement parking areas on the west side have been paved.

Regular Roadwork Updates are posted on the City's website here. More info about paving projects can be found at
Cornell Street Parking Lot
Mayor Noble's Tuesday Radio Show
Mayor Noble hosts a weekly radio show on Tuesdays at 5:00pm which airs live on Radio Kingston and the City of Kingston Facebook page.
This week, Mayor Noble spoke with City of Kingston's Director of Housing Initiatives, Bartek Starodaj about the Emergency Tenant Protection Act and the Rent Guidelines Board. The application to serve on the Rent Guidelines Board can be found here.
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. 
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Mayor Steven T. Noble
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