August 26, 2022 - In this issue:

Mayor's Message
Covid Update
Drought Emergency Remains in Effect

Second Annual African American Festival

Broadway/Prince Street Design Awarded

Hooley on the Hudson on September 4 

R.Y.A.N. Overdose Awareness Vigil Aug. 31

Roadwork Update for Week of August 29

Mayor's Message:

Dear Friends -

Construction season is in full swing. Paving in the Highland/Clifton/Hasbrouck Place area has been moving swiftly this week, and is expected to be completed today. That brings us to 15 road sections completed already this year, with many more to come. 

Our other major current construction projects -- the Midtown Parking Lots Green Infrastructure Project and the Franklin Steet Complete Streets Project -- represent an almost $3 million investment in MIdtown Kingston.

Next week, we'll have additional paving announcements, so stay tuned! 


Covid Update

There are currently 182 active cases in Ulster County and 45 in Kingston.

Latest news:

City of Kingston Drought Emergency Stage II

The Drought Emergency remains at Stage II for all Kingston water customers. Mandatory water usage restrictions remain in place for the foreseeable future.

  • NO use of water from the KWD to fill or maintain the water level in any swimming pool.
  • NO use of water from 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 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.


The complete Rules and Regulations restricting water use during the Drought Emergency may be found at or call 845-331-0175.


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. 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. 
  • Use low-flow fixtures and showerheads.

2nd Annual African American Festival

Join Harambee for the 2nd Annual African American Festival on Sunday, August 28 in the Rondout/Kingston Waterfront. 

This year's event will feature a special tribute to Motown by super group Shadows of The 60s, along with a variety of other performances, a children's village, senior village, great vendors, and excellent food.

Everyone is welcome! The African American Festival will be held from 12:00-7:00pm. The parade is from 11:00am -12:00pm, embarking from the Kingston High School and ending at 1 Rondout Landing.

Broadway/Prince Landscape Design Awarded

The City of Kingston has awarded the contract to provide landscape design plans for greenspace at the newly-configured intersection at Broadway and Prince Street to KaN Landscape Design.

The City of Kingston issued an RFP in April, which asked qualified firms to develop a landscape design plan to serve as a blueprint for creating an attractive, inviting public space at a crucial juncture of the Kingston Greenline in the heart of Midtown.

KaN is a women-owned, Kingston-based landscape design firm that has worked on many local projects including the Y Park, the YMCA playground, and the African Burial Ground. Community engagement, stakeholder support, and the inclusion of youth groups and local organizations will be an integral part of the plan development.

KaN will kick off the project at the YMCA Farm Project’s Harvest Day on September 20 to gather initial public input, and will launch a survey in September. During the extensive engagement process, KaN will meet with nearby residents and businesses, local organizations, and will hold a series of youth-led, interactive workshops to facilitate ideas, among other activities.

R.Y.A.N. Overdose Awareness Vigil

Hooley on the Hudson on September 4

The 21st Annual Hooley on the Hudson Irish Festival will be held on Sunday, September 4, 2022 at T.R. Gallo Park on the Rondout Creek from 11:30am to 9:00pm.

The free, family-friendly event features live music, step dancing, and more!

Roadwork Update for Week of August 29

Paving: This week, paving was completed on:

  • Highland Ave from East Chester to the dead-end
  • Hasbrouck Place from Highland to Hasbrouck Ave
  • Highland Avenue from E. Chester to Foxhall
  • Clifton Avenue from Highland Ave. to Park St.

Next week, DPW will be preparing for Clifton Ave paving. Clifton Avenue from Flatbush to Highland will be milled on September 19 with paving on/around September 25-26.


Franklin Street: construction continues on the north side of Franklin Street from Wall Street to Prospect Street. New granite curb has been installed from Wall Street up to Prospect Street. Bluestone sidewalks are partially installed up to Clinton Avenue. 

Excavation, base material and forms are currently being installed for concrete sidewalk from Clinton Avenue to Prospect Street on the north side. ADA ramps will be installed next week at two locations on Pine Street and one at Clinton Avenue. Excavation for sidewalks and curbs is anticipated to begin between Prospect Street and Broadway.

Central Hudson continues relocating poles in the upcoming weeks.

Midtown Parking Lots Improvements Project: construction continues on the Cornell Street parking lot. The porous pavement parking areas on the east side have been constructed and are awaiting a concrete curb and paving. Construction has begun on the biofiltration practices. The Sea Deli parking lot is awaiting timber rail and pipe for the bio-retention areas.

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

More info about paving projects can be found at

Paving on Highland Ave today

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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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