November 11, 2022 - In this issue:

Mayor's Message

Drought Update

Veterans Day Ceremony

EFC Awards Kingston $100,000 in Study Grants

Blood Drive at City Hall on November 15

Roadwork Update for Next Week

Join a Board or Commission

Mayor's Message:

Dear Friends -

On Veteran's Day, we thank the men and women who have served our country for all the sacrifices they have made for our freedom. I hope you'll join us at Kingston’s American Legion Post 150 for a ceremony to honor our local veteran heroes today at 11:00am.

As a reminder, City offices are closed today in observance of Veterans Day.


City of Kingston Drought Update

The Board of Water Commissioners has ended the Drought Emergency, and voted to downgrade to a Drought Alert. The elevation at the Cooper Lake Reservoir will be low for the duration of the remaining construction, and therefore the Drought Alert, which means voluntary water conservation, will remain in effect until further notice.


“We appreciate our residents’ cooperation in conserving water, and to the Kingston Water Department for keeping our clean water running for the duration of this emergency,” said Mayor Noble. “When the DEC mandated the work at Cooper Lake, we had no idea that our area would suffer such a severe drought combined with extreme temperatures. However, we had a plan in place, and thanks to the hard work of the Kingston Water Department and help from our neighbors, we were able to keep the water turned on for our residents with no service interruptions. We appreciate your continued voluntary conservation until the project is completed.”

To accommodate New York State-mandated construction work for the Cooper Lake Dam Rehabilitation Project, the level at Cooper Lake Reservoir was lowered 10 feet below maximum capacity in July 2021. This level must be maintained for the duration of the dam construction, which is expected to be completed by late summer 2023. More at

Veterans Day on Friday, November 11

Due to the dedication of a refurbished canon that will be placed on the American Legion lawn, this year’s Veterans Day ceremony will be held at the Kingston’s American Legion Post 150 at 18 W O'Reilly Street.

The ceremony will be held on Friday, November 11, 2022, at 11:00am - rain or shine. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.


For further information contact Kingston Veterans Association Chairman Bill Forte at 845-399-0414.

EFC Awards Kingston $100,00 in Study Grants

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) has awarded the City of Kingston $100,000 in Engineering Planning Grants, which will fund a Pump Station Study ($50,000) and a Waste Water Treatment Plant Upgrades Study ($50,000).


Governor Hochul recently announced $300 million in grants to municipalities for water infrastructure projects that protect public health or improve water quality. Planning grants help fund the development of an engineering report, which is required in the EFC financing application process. Engineering Planning Grants help municipalities advance fiscally sound and well-designed projects to construction.


“To make sure we are meeting NYSEFC requirements on our much-needed waste water projects, these grants will allow us to conduct the proper studies to develop construction documents and apply for grant funding to do the work,” said Mayor Noble. “Properly processing our waste water is crucial, and we want to make sure we are doing so in the most efficient, environmentally sound, and reliable way possible. We thank EFC for the opportunity to prepare studies to help us do just that.”


About the Pump Station Study: The City of Kingston owns and maintains 18 pump stations. The average age of the pump stations is 40 years, and in need of various upgrades, which would improve reliability, resiliency, and reduce maintenance and repair. With the EFC grant, the City will produce a study identifying and prioritizing needs at the pump stations, which may include repairs, rehabilitation, or replacement.


About the WWTP Upgrades Study: The headworks structure receives daily flows of up to 10.2 million gallons per day (MGD), with annual average flows of around 5 MGD. The current equipment, which is crucial for daily operations of the WWTP, is outdated. Upgrades will prevent failures and disruptions to the process. Modern upgrades will result in energy savings, process improvements, increased capacity, and improved reliability. The study will identify and prioritize the needs, and will serve as the basis for developing construction documents for future upgrades.

Red Cross Blood Drive at City Hall

City Hall will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, November 15 from noon to 5:00pm in Council Chambers.

Reserve your spot to donate at or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Thank you for giving!

Roadwork Update for Week of November 14

Paving: Wilbur Avenue from Greenkill Avenue to Abeel Street has been milled, and will be paved next week. Paving is expected to be completed by Wednesday, November 16. Davis and Dunn Streets will also be paved.

Central Hudson: main installation will continue on Lucas Avenue between Washington Ave and Joys Lane and on Joys Lane at the Lucas Ave intersection.

Franklin Street Complete Streets Project: Construction continues on the north and south sides of Franklin Street from Wall Street to Broadway. Remaining work, including bluestone installation, tree planting, and final restoration, is anticipated to be completed by November 18. 

Midtown Lots Parking Lots Improvements Project: Construction continues on the Cornell Street parking lot, which is anticipated to be completed by December. Paving on the Monkey Joe parking lot is complete, while construction continues on bioinfiltration practices. The Sea Deli parking lot is awaiting striping.

Wilbur Avenue Repaving Project: Paving is complete for this project. Guiderail is currently being removed and replaced.

Regular Roadwork Updates are posted on the City's website hereMore info about paving projects can be found at

Prince Street Parking Lot (next to Monkey Joe) paving

Join a Kingston Board or Commission

We're always looking for volunteers to serve on City of Kingston boards and commissions. Currently there is an opening on the Kingston Local Development Corporaton, among others!

The board & commissions application 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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