December 22, 2021 - In this issue:
Mayor's Message
Covid Update
Save the Date: State of the City Address
Lunette Repair in Council Chambers
Reminder: New Snow Emergency Procedures
A Message From Mayor Steve Noble:

Dear Friends,

As we head into the holidays, we're reminding and encouraging everyone to get your boosters if you haven't already. And if you feel sick, please take a Covid test before you gather.

It's been a tough year, but we've made it through to the end, and we look forward to seeing what 2022 will bring.

A quick reminder, City Hall will be closed on December 23-24 for Christmas, and December 31 for the New Year. There will be regular refuse/recycling pick-up tomorrow, December 23, and all next week.

I hope everyone has a safe and warm holiday!

-Steve
Covid Update

As of today, there are 1,085 confirmed Covid cases in UIster County, 137 in Kingston. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 318 deaths across the county.

The Kingston City School District is distributing free rapid Covid test kits for each student. Pick-up is at Kingston High School on Wednesday, December 22 and Thursday, December 23 from 4:00pm-6:00pm.

Check Ulster County's Facebook page for other rapid Covid test distribution sites.

Visit the Ulster County Vaccine Resource Center for more info and to make vaccine and boosters appointments.
Save the Date: State of the City
Mayor Noble will deliver his 2022 State of the City speech at the January Common Council meeting on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. The four new Council members will also be sworn in and there will be special musical performances. The event will be held in-person and virtual. More details to come!
Lunette Repair in the Council Chambers
In addition to the tower repair on the exterior at City Hall, the construction crew is also working in the interior of Council Chambers to repair two of the historic lunettes.

The lunettes, which contain relief sculptures depicting historical events, were damaged by the leaking bell tower. The lunettes were first installed during a renovation of City Hall in 1929 and will now be returned to their former glory. Repairs are expected to be completed by January 4.
Reminder: New Snow Emergency Procedure
Typical Snow Emergency procedure in the City of Kingston is alternate side parking rules. However, to allow for more efficient clearing of major roadways, going forward there will now be no street parking along Snow Emergency Routes.

Alternate side parking will remain in effect for the rest of the City, but there will be no parking allowed on Snow Emergency Routes for the duration of a Snow Emergency event, effective immediately.
 
Signs to this effect will be installed on the Snow Emergency Routes, which include the following streets:
 
Abeel Street
Albany Avenue
Andrew Street
Boulevard
Broadway
Clifton Avenue
Cornell Street
Delaware Avenue
Foxhall Avenue
Flatbush Avenue
East Chester Street
East Strand
Elaine Drive
Frog Alley
Garden Street
Garraghan Drive
Greenkill Avenue
Hasbrouck Avenue
Hurley Avenue
Linderman Avenue
Lucas Avenue
Marys Avenue
North Street
O'Reilly Street
Pearl Street
Schwenk Drive
Washington Avenue
Wilbur Avenue

A map and more information on the Snow Emergency Routes can be found at: www.kingston-ny.gov/snowemergency.
 
As a reminder for standard procedure, 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 be in effect for non-Snow Emergency Routes. 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 or even side of the street 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.
 
For those who are unable to move their vehicle off the road, the following municipal parking lots are free and open to the public during a Snow Emergency:
 
Uptown area
All 3 North Front Street lots
Forsyth Park lot adjacent to the tennis courts
Dietz Stadium lot
 
Midtown area
Sea Deli lot
Hodge Center lot
AME Zion Church on Franklin St. lot
Cornell St. lot
Prince St. lot
Lot next to Arace Electronics (357 Broadway)
Broadway Commons (615 Broadway)
 
Downtown area
Dock St. Lot
117-165 Abeel St.
Trolley Museum lot
Block Park
Kingston Point Beach
 
The City of Kingston will be sending a flyer with the new Snow Emergency procedure information to every household in the coming weeks.
Sent on behalf of:
Mayor Steven T. Noble
845.334.3902
mayor@kingston-ny.gov
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