June 28, 2019 - In This Issue:
A Message From Mayor Steve Noble:

Dear Friends,

The Fourth of July marks the beginning of the summer, and with school out and temperatures in the 90s, it feels officially kicked off. As we gear up for the big Fourth  celebration, I want to say a huge thank you to Mainetti & Mainetti, PC and O'Connor and Partners PLLC for their generous support of the City's fireworks. We could not put this event on without their enormous contribution. Each year, the fireworks are incredible, and I look forward to this year's display. I know it will be spectacular. 

I also wanted to give my congratulation to the Stockade Football Club. Their last home game of the season on Wednesday night at Dietz Stadium was a nail biter. Despite passing rain showers, there were over 1000 spectators and fans cheering them on. The team scored in the final seconds to tie up the game. It was an exciting way to end the home field season. 

Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks

Just a reminder about the festivities we have planned for next Thursday!  More details about parking and shuttle service are available on the City's website.  
Opening Reception for New City Hall Art Exhibition
City Hall will host its third art exhibition of the year, with  En Camino: Destination Forward photography by Mexican-American artist Alexandro "Alekz" Pacheco, which focuses on his family's journey as immigrants in the United States. 

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 6, from 3:00-5:00pm on the ground level at City Hall. The reception is free and open to the public and coincides with First Saturday events. Light refreshments will be served.  

En Camino: Destination Forward is one of three Kingston-based exhibitions launching as a part of The Spaces Between: Exploring Our Physical and Cultural BordersThe Spaces Between is an ambitious project developed by the Arts Mid-Hudson Folk Arts Program, Latinx Project, Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History, Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, and the City of Kingston. The three-pronged exhibit seeks to explore the social spaces of marginalized cultures in American society. The Reher Center, LGBTQ Center, and City Hall will each host one of the three exhibitions , along with a variety of events to encourage conversation around immigration, identity, and culture. 

En Camino: Destination Forward will be on display at City Hall's galley space until September 27, 2019.

Bus System Merger in Effect as of July 1 

City of Kingston bus  service changes go into effect on Monday, July 1, 2019. UCAT will now be operating modified CitiBus routes. All City of Kingston bus service on the Red, Blue and Yellow (formerly the A, B and C) routes will be free of charge to passengers until the end of the year.
The merger of the City and County bus systems will provide many benefits for Kingston bus riders, including shorter ride time to your destination, more frequent service, flagged pick-up between stops, and free wi-fi on the buses. The routes were thoughtfully designed to service more residents in low-income areas, and to better serve seniors and those with disabilities. All of these are positive changes, and ridership will be free for the first six months.  Schedules and routes are available at   UCAT's website
To supplement the new transit service in low ridership areas, Demand Response zones have been established. Demand Response service will bring riders outside the immediate transit coverage area to a transfer hub in order to connect with regular bus routes. Users may request the Demand Response service 1 hour or more in advance and must be pre-approved based on address.
Riders can download the UCAT app (via Google Play and Apple iTunes) for real-time location of buses, estimated arrival time, arrival notifications, route maps and schedules.

UCAT buses are wheelchair equipped and have bicycle racks. Dispatch is available to answer questions during operating service hours (4:45am -11:00pm) at 845-334-8458. 

More information about how to make a Demand Response reservation, Paratransit eligibility, UCAT connecting routes, holiday schedules and more, can be found at: https://ulstercountyny.gov/ucat/ulster-county-area-transit

Listen to UCAT Transportation Director Carol Hargrove on Mondays with the Mayor talking with me about all the changes and improvements. 

Ribbon Cuttings at Two New Kingston Businesses 
This week I had the pleasure of attending two ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new businesses here in Kingston. The first was Pie for the People, which is serving up some delicious pizza over on Washington Avenue. 

The second is Hotel Kinsley, the new boutique hotel on Wall Street in Uptown. The Kinsley is open for guests, as is their nicely appointed restaurant and bar. 

We wish a warm welcome to both of these excellent additions to our community! 
Volunteer for a Board or Commission 
A great way to get involved in the community is to volunteer on a Board or Commission. The City has 25 different Boards and Commissions - from the Arts Commission to the Zoning Board of Appeals - all populated by engaged citizens who want to make a difference in their community. There are currently openings on the Complete Streets Advisory Council, the Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Heritage Area Commission as well as a representative of Kingston for the Ulster County Planning Board.  Interested parties should put in an application here .
Repair Cafe on Saturday 
This free event tomorrow is a great way to breathe new life into older or broken objects. We can all help reduce waste when we fix what we have. Don't forget to bring an item for the food pantry as a donation. 

Kingston Happenings
The City of Kingston often receives requests to share upcoming events happening in our community. Our partners at 
KingstonHappenings.org  do an excellent job of centralizing this community information. So while our website is the best resource to gain information about City of Kingston sponsored events and important municipal information, Kingston Happenings can give you a greater preview of community events. Check them out today!
Sent on behalf of:
Mayor Steven T. Noble

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