January 7, 2022 - In this issue:
Mayor's Message
Covid Update
Save the Date: State of the City Address
Bicycle Path on Broadway Now Open
Pedestrian Bicycle Master Plan Public Meeting
Job Opportunity: Grants Manager
A Message From Mayor Steve Noble:

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed a safe holiday season.

As we start the new year, we are excited to activate the newly-installed traffic signals on Broadway. With the traffic and bike lane signals now activated, we can safely open the bike path!

I encourage all users – drivers, pedestrians and cyclists -- to please pay attention and use caution when navigating Broadway. Vehicles should always pay close attention when turning off of or onto Broadway, and be sure to look for pedestrians and cyclists crossing the street in both directions.The Council approved funding a Traffic Safety Education Campaign, which should kick-off in time for increased use of the bike path this Spring. Until then, be alert!

-Steve
Covid Update

As of today, there are 4,401 active Covid cases in UIster County, 553 in Kingston. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 330 deaths across the county.

To put these numbers in perspective, on this date last year, we had 1,862 active cases across the County, and there had been 163 deaths to date.

The Kingston Fire Department will have a rapid test distribution on Monday, January 10 at 6:00pm at Dietz Stadium. This will be a drive-through event, and each vehicle will recieve one test kit, which contains 2 tests. Supplies are limited, and kits will be dsitributed until supplies run out.

The Kingston City School District is also holding distribution sites for student families, check the KCSD Facebook for more information.

Visit the Ulster County Vaccine Resource Center for more info and to make vaccine and boosters appointments.
Mayor Noble's State of the City Address
Mayor Noble delivered his 2022 State of the City speech at the Common Council meeting on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the City of Kingston. The issues our city faces now are not that different from 1872, but we are challenged with recovering from a pandemic and healing a great divide in our community. Mayor Noble calls on each one of you - residents new and longtime - to help us unite as a community to move forward together.

Click below to hear his speech in full.
Bicycle Path Now Open on Broadway
The two-way bike lane on Broadway, which spans from the roundabout to Grand Street, is now open.
 
The final traffic signals and bike path signals, which were delayed due to supply chain issues, have been installed and activated. With the activation, the bike path is now officially opened. However, the permanent signals at Broadway/Grand Street/Pine Grove are still delayed due to supply chain issues, and that section of the bicycle path is not yet open.
 
Drivers should park in the marked parking spaces between the bike lane and traffic, never in the striped door zone or bike lane. Passengers opening car doors near the bike lane should always look for pedestrians and cyclists, as a “dooring” can be deadly for cyclists. After exiting a vehicle, look in both directions when crossing the bike path to the sidewalk. Cyclists should use caution when entering an intersection, even with the right of way. 
 
Signals for the newly aligned Broadway/Grand Street/Pine Grove intersection are expected to be installed in the coming weeks.
 
Supply chain issues also effected the delivery of the coordinated traffic sensors, which have yet to be installed. Currently, traffic lights are timed until the sensor technology can be installed and activated.
 
For more information on the Broadway Streetscape and other pedestrian safety projects, please visit EngageKingston.com. Many resources for NYS Bike Laws can be found here
Pedestrian Bicycle Master Plan Public Meeting
The City of Kingston is creating a Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan (PBMP) to inform our ongoing efforts to improve conditions for active transportation users (non-motorized travel such as walking and biking), reduce vehicle congestion and emissions, and support a culture of health.
 
A public meeting to further engage the community in the process will be held on January 18, 2022. Consultants and City staff will review the project, share initial community responses, and invite additional input. This meeting will be conducted in English & Spanish.
 
Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan Public Meeting
January 18, 2022 at 6:00pm
Webinar link
Passcode: FwHUr4Ax

This project has been funded in part by the Climate Smart Community Grant Program, Title 15 of the Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
 
Job Opportunity: Grants Manager
The City of Kingston is hiring in the Grants Management Office! We are looking for a Grants Manager to assist in researching grant funding opportunities at the federal, state, local and foundation levels; develop applications; and manage the full life cycle of awarded grants. 
 
Candidates should have a working knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration, the ability to determine eligibility for a variety of grant proposals, the ability to coordinate the development of grant applications, strong communication skills, among other qualifications.
 
Visit kingston-ny.gov/employment for more details & 2022 salary update. 
Reminder: New Snow Emergency Procedure
For more efficient clearing of major roadways, going forward there will be no street parking along Snow Emergency Routes.

A Snow Emergency is announced if more than 3 inches of snow are forecasted and plowing is required. When a Snow Emergency is declared, the best place for vehicles is off-street, however alternate side parking will remain in effect for non-Emeregency Route streests. A map and more information on the Snow Emergency Routes can be found at: www.kingston-ny.gov/snowemergency.

During a Snow Emergency, parking is permitted on the odd side of the street on odd numbered calendar days and on the even side of the street on even numbered calendar days. The odd/even side is determined by house numbers. At 7:00am the following day, vehicles must move to the opposite side of the street. Vehicles not in compliance will be ticketed and towed.
 
During a Snow Emergency, regular alternate side parking rules are suspended. On-street and off-street parking meters are suspended. Pre-existing parking restrictions which allow or prohibit parking on a particular side of the street are temporarily superseded by Snow Emergency alternate-side-of-the-street parking rules.
 
No parking is allowed within 50 feet of any street corner and vehicles must not block fire hydrants, driveways, entryways or exits for parking lots, or in any hazardous manner.
 
The City of Kingston will announce a Snow Emergency in the following ways:
  • Online at http://www.kingston-ny.gov and at the City of Kingston Facebook page.
  • By phone or text using the City’s notification system, Swift911. Sign up to receive calls or texts here.
  • By e-mail. Recipients of the Mayor’s newsletter will receive an e-mail notification. Sign up for the newsletter here.
  • Via media—all local media will be alerted.
 
For a snow-related service request or to report hazardous road conditions, call the Department of Public Works dispatch at 845-338-2114 or use Kingston 311. For towed vehicles, call the Kingston Police Department at 845-331-1671.

The Spanish version of the flyer 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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