September 30, 2022 - In this issue:

Mayor's Message

Kingston Revealed Art Exhibition at City Hall 

City of Kingston's 2021 Fiscal Stress Score Released

Free UCAT Bus Service

Stockade Faire Tomorrow

Touch a Truck Event on Saturday

New Rescue Equipment for KFD

City of Kingston Job & Other Opportunities

Roadwork Update for Week of October 3

Drought Emergency Remains in Effect

Mayor's Message:


Dear Friends -


This week, NYS Comptroller DiNapoli released his annual Fiscal Stress Score analysis. I'm proud that our 2021 Fiscal Stress Score remained at the previous year’s low level, and that our environmental stress score went down. Despite the lingering effects of the pandemic, we were able to maintain solid financial standing, and by using sound budgeting practices year after year, we are consistently leading Kingston on a strong path forward.


I am currently working dilligently on the 2023 budget, which I will be presenting to the Council and to the public on October 17. Stay tuned for more! 


Today is the last day to comment on the Kingston Forward rezoning draft 2.0. Visit EngageKingston.com to see the draft and submit feedback.  


-Steve

Kingston Revealed Art Exhibition at City Hall

A landmark art exhibition, Kingston Revealed will be displayed from October 1, 2022 through the end of the year at the Ground Floor Gallery of City Hall.

 

The Kingston Revealed exhibition will open with a reception on Saturday, October 1 from 3:00 to 5:00pm, which will feature performances by the Pablo Shine Latin Jazz Trio and award-winning Native American singer-storyteller Matoaka Little Eagle (Grandma Jingle Dress) of Tewa, Apache, and Chickahominy tribes. The reception is free and open to the public.


In conjunction with the 150th Anniversary Celebration, the Kingston Revealed exhibition includes a spectrum of artistic expression and works that illuminate the complexity of cultures and heritages in our community, and the contributions made by all Kingstonian peoples, past and present.

 

The exhibition features artwork by Michael Bisio, Debbie Auer-Breithaupt, Ben Eichert, Amy Fenton, Judit German-Heins, Debra Hymes, Pat Jow Kagemoto, Josh Kramb, Carmen Lizardo, Doug Menuez, All Dolled Up by Mumba, Nancy Ostrovsky, Pablo Shine, Coyote Old Song Paul Tobin, and Michael A. Torres.

 

For further information, visit www.kingston-ny.gov/exhibitions

City of Kingston's 2021 Fiscal Stress Score Released

For the second year in a row, the City of Kingston has received a Fiscal Stress Score of 1.7% from the New York State Comptroller’s Office.

 

A lower number indicates a lower fiscal stress score. On a scale of 0 to 100, based on the City’s fiscal year-end results, the City of Kingston received a score of 1.7%.

 

Fiscal Year               Score

2017                           6.7%

2018                           6.5%

2019                           5%

2020                           1.7%

2021                           1.7%   

 

The Office of the State Comptroller uses the Fiscal Stress Monitoring System to examine the annual financial information reported by each municipality. This analysis provides an objective assessment of the fiscal challenges facing individual local governments and school districts, identifying situations where corrective action may be needed. More information can be found here.

Free UCAT Bus Service Starts Tomorrow 

Starting tomorrow, bus rides on UCAT are free! Download the UCAT app or visit UCAT's website to explore bus routes. 

Stockade Faire on Saturday

Touch a Truck Event on Saturday

New Rescue Equipment for Kingston Fire Dept.

Yesterday, Senator Michelle Hinchey announced a state grant for more than $56,000 she secured will help the Kingston Fire Department purchase two emergency vehicles for land and water rescues. 


With the funding, KFD purchased a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) and a fireboat to help members fight fire and conduct rescues in areas inaccessible to trucks, including on local trails, in wooded areas, and along the Hudson River.

Community Design Charrette for Broadway & Prince Greenspace

A community design charrette for the Broadway and Prince landscaping design plan will be held on Monday, October 3 from 5:30- 7:00pm at the YMCA.

 

In collaboration with the YMCA Farm Project youth-led design team, the community design charrette will include a short presentation and interactive workshop, with the goal of collecting community input for the greenspace at the newly configured intersection at Broadway and Prince Street.

 

KaN Landscape Design has been contracted to develop landscape design plans, which will serve as a blueprint for creating an attractive, inviting public space at a crucial juncture of the Kingston Greenline in the heart of Midtown. The design is expected to be completed by late spring 2023.

 

In addition to the community design charrette, a public survey is available at Engage Kingston.

City of Kingston Job & Other Opportunities

The City of Kingston has several job opportunities currently available, including a full-time Spanish-speaking Clerk, a part-time Historic Preservation Administrator, Motor Equipment Mechanic, and Motor Equipment Operator.

To apply and to see other opportunities, please visit www.kingston-ny.gov/employment


There are several upcoming Civil Service Exams. To see the list and apply, visit kingston-ny.gov/employment.


We're always looking for volunteers to serve on City of Kingston boards and commissions. We currently have openings on the Kingston City Land Bank, the Arts Commission, and the Kingston Local Development Corporation, among others. Apply for City boards & commissions here

Roadwork Update for Week of October 3

Midtown Parking Lots Green Improvements: work is continuing on the Cornell Street lot, and work has begun on the Prince Street lot (next to Monkey Joe). The odd-side of Hoffman St. between Broadway and the exit of the Midtown Center will be reserved for Prince Street Lot Annual Parking Permit holders.


Paving on Clifton Ave will be completed by 6pm today, with cleanup early next week. More paving will be announced soon.


Central Hudson: main installation will continue next week on Lucas Ave between Emerson Ave and Catskill Ave with detours and road closures. Service replacements will begin on Johnston Ave, Westbrook Pl, and Sharon Lane.


Wurts Street Bridge: As of this week, NYSDOT will terminate late night operations and second shift work. Intermittent night work and/or longer work shifts may be required as this project moves forward, but will be limited. The Saturday work is anticipated to continue into early November.


Wilbur Ave: substantial progress has been made on the project, with the first paving to be placed on Tuesday, October 4. 


Regular Roadwork Updates are posted on the City's website here.


More info about paving projects can be found at https://kingston-ny.gov/paving.

Paving today on Clifton Ave.

City of Kingston Drought Update

Even with the recent rainfall, the reservoir remains low and we are asking for continued water conservation.


Water conservation tip: Only run washing machines and dishwashers when they are full.


Remember conserving water will also save you money on your quarterly bill.


More information about the Drought Emergency 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. 
Sent on behalf of:
Mayor Steven T. Noble
845.334.3902
mayor@kingston-ny.gov
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