September 6, 2019 - In This Issue:
A Message From Mayor Steve Noble:

Dear Friends,

I hope to see you this afternoon at the  Grand Opening of the Kingston Point Rail Trail at 4pm. If you can't make the ribbon-cutting event, I hope you will enjoy the trail with your friends and family soon! 

There's an important meeting coming up that I wanted to draw your attention to - the Kingston City Land Bank's public forum to discuss its Disposition Policy. When we started the Land Bank in 2018, it was my vision to reduce blight and revitalize neighborhoods. It's been proven that transforming vacant and abandoned properties improves affordable housing access for everyone, improves the quality of life for all neighborhoods, and creates new tools for social and economic development. My administration has been successful in moving this initiative forward, and we want to make sure that all voices are heard in creating this policy that will affect so many in the community. 

Midtown Make a Difference Day - Tomorrow!
All are welcome at the 14th Annual Midtown Make a Difference Day on Saturday, September 7 from 11:00am to 3:00pm on Franklin Street. Midtown Make a Difference Day is an opportunity for residents to connect with their neighbors and celebrate our community. There will be an interactive exhibit to share people who have made a difference in your life and how you can pay it forward.

Attendees will enjoy face painting, community dances, and other fun activities for all ages. The event will feature Ms. Ashley Knox, founder of "Go Beyond Greatness," as Master of Ceremonies, and DJ Dre Black spinning music. Performances include the Center for Creative Education, a local Youth Talent Showcase, and a Kids' Dance Party sponsored by MyKingstonKids. Mayor Noble and other community leaders will give remarks throughout the day.

Community-based organizations will be on-hand to provide information and activities to connect residents to services and resources available in Ulster County. Exhibitors will offer information on a variety of topics including health, education, employment, legal, recreation and much more.

Food and activities are free to all thanks to this year's generous event sponsors, including Radio Kingston, Family of Woodstock, Inc., Ulster Savings Bank, the City of Kingston and UlsterCorps. Special thanks to the AME Zion Church for allowing this event to partially take place on its property.

Franklin Street will be closed from Broadway to Prospect Street (adjacent to the Kingston Library). There will be no on-street parking allowed during the event.

Next Round of Paving: Foxhall and Grand
The next round of paving will begin with milling on September 19, weather depending, and will include Foxhall Avenue from Flatbush to Cornell Street and Grand Street from Smith Avenue to Foxhall.
The City of Kingston has created an online hub for all things paving, including a list of streets paved in 2019, photos from current projects, letters to residents regarding upcoming roadwork, and forthcoming projects that involve paving. Visit for more information.

Kingston City Land Bank Public Forum on September 10
The Kingston City Land Bank (KCLB) invites the Kingston community to its first public forum, which will address the KCLB's Disposition Policy. The public forum will be held on September 10 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church, 122 Clinton Avenue, Kingston, NY. 

The disposition policy sets the ground rules for how we will sell and/or transfer our properties. This policy will guide the reuse of 36 vacant lots and properties the KCLB currently has in its portfolio. 

Please join the KCLB's public meeting to learn more about the KCLB's mission and activities and to give your input to the KCLB staff and board members on how the disposition policy could be used to: transform vacant and abandoned properties throughout the city; improve affordable housing access for everyone; improve the quality of life for all neighborhoods; create new tools for social and economic development. 

Food & childcare will be provided.  More info at: www.KingstonCityLandBank.Org  
Annual 9/11 Tribute to Be Held on Wednesday Morning
The annual 9/11 tribute and ceremony will be held on the morning of Wednesday, September 11, 2019.  The Kingston Fire Department will host a ceremony in Firemen's Park at the intersection of Washington and Hurley avenues, gathering at 8:30am and starting the ceremony at 8:46am, marking the exact time the plane struck the first tower. Mayor Noble will give remarks and Chief Brown will lead the program, which will include Terri Dwyer singing the national anthem, Ulster AOH playing bagpipes, and KFD firefighters laying a wreath.
"It's important that we honor those who died on September 11th, those who have suffered from related illnesses, and their loved ones, with a ceremony of remembrance," said Mayor Noble. "I'm proud to stand with the Kingston Fire Department firefighters and all of the first responders in tribute."

Submissions Open for Upcoming City Hall Art Exhibition

TheCity of Kingston's Department of Art and Cultural Affairs will be accepting submissions of artwork for the next City Hall exhibition titled, Sanctuary. Local artists are invited to submit work that explores Kingston's standing as a welcoming and inclusive community and visually represents "sanctuary." Selected works will be displayed at the Ground Floor Gallery at City Hall from October through December, with an opening reception on October 5, 2019.  


Artists of Kingston are invited to submit a piece of artwork in response to the theme and title, Sanctuary, via the online application or in-person/by mail to the Department of Art and Cultural Affairs at City Hall by September 16 at 4:30pm. Applicants must demonstrate a connection to Kingston to qualify for display.


Submissions should include the following to be considered:
-Image of the work
-A short bio and contact information
-A brief written response to the prompt

More info and submission requirements at:

2020 City of Kingston Community Budget Forum
Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce a community forum regarding the City of Kingston's budget process will be held on Tuesday, September 17 at 5:30pm at City Hall, located at 420 Broadway.
The evening will begin with opening remarks from Mayor Noble, followed by an overview of the major components of the City budget led by City Comptroller John Tuey.  Leadership from the various City departments will also be participating throughout the evening. Questions, suggestions and general comments will be gathered by city staff to be referred to during the budget planning process.
This is the third annual community budget forum. Mayor Noble instituted this new part of the budget process in 2016 in an effort to better inform his administration of the priorities and concerns of Kingston taxpayers. 
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Mayor Steven T. Noble

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