June 7, 2019 - In This Issue:
A Message From Mayor Steve Noble:
In honor of National Hunger Awareness Day, which took place on June 6th, I want to thank all of the local organizations, businesses, farms and volunteers working together in our community to support our neighbors struggling with food insecurity.
Childhood hunger, in particular, is an issue close to my heart. When I worked in the Parks and Recreation Department, I saw firsthand the severe impact on children who didn't have access to quality, nutritious meals. While a snow day or summer vacation may seem fun, for families struggling with food insecurity, these days off from school mean a loss of school breakfast and lunch programs for their children.
Over the last few years, my administration has worked to improve access to quality food in our community through policy advocacy, systems changes, grant support and infrastructure improvements.
For example, in 2018, the Parks and Recreation Department installed upgraded kitchen equipment at our Everette Hodge Community Center on Franklin St. using Community Development Block Grant funding. With the newly renovated kitchen now in place, our partners at Family of Woodstock, Inc. are preparing dinner every day during the school year for children at the Hodge Center, Rondout Neighborhood Center, and the Boys and Girls Club. During the summer, even more meals are prepared and distributed to as many as eight children's programs throughout the City.
Over the last two years, our Parks and Recreation Department has had the opportunity to collaborate with the Kingston City School District, who prepares meals for youth in our summer camps.
Using CDBG funds, we were also able to support the People's Place Bag Holiday and summer food programs last year, which provide meals for families during these extended breaks from school.
These are just a few of the many growing partnerships we have established over the last few years. Below is an article from our Health and Wellness Department on the impact of hunger on child development and the role of Eat Well Kingston in our community.
Whether it's volunteering at a food pantry, starting a shared community garden, or advocating for policy changes at the state and federal levels, each of us have an opportunity to ensure that no child goes hungry in our community.
Eat Well Kingston Update and Resources
In a 2018 Health Link study, 11% of Ulster County residents self-reported that they, or a member of their household, has been unable to get food when it was really needed. Feeding America reports that there are 17,940 food insecure people in Ulster County and 5,450 of them are children.
Food security is a pillar of a person's health. Without access to healthy, nutritious, food, a person's health will be challenged. Children that are hungry are more likely to experience developmental impairments, may perform worse in school and may have difficulty concentrating.
Thankfully, we have wonderful organizations here in Kingston that are connecting people with food.
has monthly food distributions and farms stands.
has a weekly farm stands and a twice monthly "Your Choice" Food Pantry, they delivered over 6,000 meals last summer with their Bag Summer Hunger Program, and coming soon, they will open the People's Café, which will serve free breakfast and lunch to anyone without asking for proof of need. UlserCorps has maps of all the
Ulster County Farms and Food Pantries
. They also connect farms with volunteers to harvest leftover crops and connect them with food pantries. There are other great organizations like
Angel Food East
, numerous food pantries and, soon, a member-owned
Kingston Food Co-op
that will have low-cost memberships.
Eat Well, a subcommittee of
Live Well Kingston
, brings together organizations that are working on food access and healthy eating. As a group they created a
healthy food map
and called attention to
resources during the Federal Government Shutdown
. Members of Eat Well also participated in the Kingston City School District's Health and Wellness committee. But the true value of Eat Well, is to break down silos, share resources, and collaborate about how to reduce barriers to healthy, low-cost food for everyone.
City of Kingston Launches Municipal ID Program
On Sunday, we launched the City of Kingston ID program at the Kingston Multicultural Festival, where we had a wonderful response from the community. We issued 65 ID cards on Sunday and have issued a total of 170 this week.
The City of Kingston ID card is available to any Kingston resident age 14 years or older who is able to meet the identity and residency requirements.
To obtain a Kingston ID card, proper documentation must be provided at the City Clerk's Office at City Hall. All identifying documentation will be returned or destroyed after the application has been processed. The price for adults is $10, and $5 for Veterans, seniors, and minors.
Por favor traiga los documentos requeridos a la oficina del City Clerk en el primer piso de la alcaldia en 420 Broadway durante las horas: Lunes a Viernes de 8:30am a 4:00pm. Si necesita asistencia enespañol, por favor visite la oficinia durante las horas: Lunes a Viernes de 11:30am a 3:00pm.
More information including required/accepted documents and a list of businesses participating in the Kingston ID Discount Program: www.kingston-ny.gov/kingstonID
The City of Kingston's table at the Multicultural Festival on Sunday
Kingston Paddle Fest on Saturday, June 8
Kenco and Kingston Parks and Recreation have joined forces to present the Kingston Paddle Fest on Saturday, June 8 at Kingston Point Beach.
$10 donation gets you a full day of fun - check out the full schedule of events, including a guided kayak tour with Mayor Noble,
clinics, lessons and demonstrations.
Kayak experts from Kenco will be on hand to help attendees try out different types of kayaks, paddleboards and more on the Hudson River and will be offering discounts
. All equipment and PFDs are provided.
Music in the Parks Returns This Summer!
Mayor Steve Noble and the Office of the City Clerk are pleased to announce the return of Music in the Parks this summer. The series of five concerts
will showcase local musical acts and will be held outdoors in the City of Kingston's beautiful parks, starting with the Maritime Festival in T.R. Gallo Park on June 22, 2019. Concert themes will include swing, cabaret and jazz nights, as well as a concert for young people. All of the events are family friendly and free and open to the public.
The 2019 line-up includes:
June 22 Maritime Festival T.R. Gallo Park 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
July 11 Swing Music in the Parks Hasbrouck Park 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
July 25 Young People's Concert Forsyth Park 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
August 8 SUNY Ulster Presents
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
August 23 Cabaret in the Park Hutton Park 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
September 14 Maritime Museum Hero's Day
T.R. Gallo Park
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Before the June 25 and August 23 concerts, Play Well Kingston, a subcommittee of Live Well Kingston, will host Community Potluck Picnics starting at 5:30pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring food to enjoy and share.
Mayor Proposed Putting Budget Surplus Toward Paving
Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce the excellent financial performance of the City of Kingston in 2018. The City of Kingston Comptroller's Office submitted the City's 2018 Financial Report to the state on May 1, which documents a $1.1 million increase in the City's General Fund Balance. This strong budgetary performance was made possible through smart fiscal management practices- and without raising the tax levy for three consecutive budgets.
"2018 was a great year in the City of Kingston," said Mayor Noble. "Our revenues were up, including a bump in sales tax and more investment throughout our city, and we were able to implement a number of significant cost-saving measures throughout the year, all of which resulted in a surplus of over one million dollars. It is absolutely vital that remain diligent in our careful and meticulous budget oversight to continue to protect our taxpayers and provide the highest quality services."
In a communication to the Common Council, Mayor Noble has proposed using a portion ($390,000) of the unassigned fund balance toward paying down the balance on a higher interest retirement amortization loan, which will save the City money in interest in the future. Mayor Noble has proposed utilizing $350,000 for additional street paving in 2019. The Department of Public Works has identified eight streets to be paved, including all of Washington Avenue, that were scheduled for paving in 2020. If the proposal is approved by the Common Council, paving work will be done this construction season, making the total of newly paved streets close to 25 in 2019.
"By paying down a higher interest loan, we are saving the taxpayers in the long run, and we will not have to budget those funds for next year - it's a win-win," said Mayor Noble. "It's been one of my administration's top priorities this year to invest in infrastructure, and by using these funds for paving, we are delivering these improvements even faster than we hoped."
More Paving News - Round II of 2019 Paving Next Week
This week, the Superintendent of Public Works and I announced the second round of paving of City streets in 2019. Beginning on Monday, June 10 four streets will be paved:
Delaware Ave - Corporate Drive to the intersection of 9-W
Hasbrouck Ave - Delaware Ave to East Chester St.
Roadwork is expected to be completed by Friday, June 14, weather depending. Round 1 of paving, which was completed in early May, included sections of Wilbur Avenue, and South Washington Avenue, Petit Avenue, Klingburg Avenue and Condie Street.
The next round of paving is expected to be announced in the next couple of weeks.
Pride Month Kicks-Off with Crosswalk Refresh
Last Saturday, the LGBTQ Center and volunteers like myself helped repaint the rainbow and transgender flag themed crosswalks in Uptown. DPW refreshed the white lines on Monday making the crosswalks crisp and ready for Pride Month!
I presented the LGBTQ Center with a proclamation in honor and commemoration of Pride Month in the City of Kingston and recognition of all the wonderful work the Center does for the community. The proclamation was read at the Pride Month Kick-Off Party on Saturday night. More Pride Month events and ways to get involved are listed
The intersection of Wall St. and John St.
Senior Picnic Date Announced!
The Senior Picnic will be held this year on Friday, June 14 from 11:00am-2:00pm at Rotary Park at Kingston Point. This event is always a highlight of my summer. Hope to see you there!
What Not to Recycle
An update on recycling: the transition to Dual-Stream Recycling in the City of Kingston over the past couple of months has gone smoothly. However, there are many items still being found in recycling totes that should be placed in the garbage. "Clamshell" plastic containers that hold salad greens and fruit, plastic bags, pizza boxes and coated paper milk cartons are among the most commonly misplaced items. Here's a helpful list of what not to recycle.
To urge UCRRA to accept more plastic items like clamshell containers, give them a call at 336-0300.
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