August 6, 2018 - In This Issue:
A Message From Mayor Steve Noble:
Dear Friends,

This week kicks off our first-ever Participatory Budgeting process in the City of Kingston. Over the next few weeks, all of our community members have the opportunity to submit ideas about improvements they want to see in our business districts. I urge you to take a few moments to submit your ideas, whether its online through our project submission form, in person at one of our three community visioning sessions in Midtown, Uptown and Downtown, or by postal mail to City Hall. Please participate and help ensure that your money is invested in improvements that you think are best for our city. 

This week's issue also introduces a number of new Senior Staff who will be serving our community in key positions. Each of these individuals bring with them exceptional skills and experience and will help to ensure that our city keeps moving forward. 

Finally, I want to congratulate the Midtown Arts District and all of the collaborating organizations who worked to organize this past Friday's Celebration of the Arts, as well as a beautiful dedication ceremony at the Deep Listening Plaza at Broadway Commons. It was an honor to participate in this event and to connect with so many of our community members.

Mayor Steve Noble Appoints City Engineer

Mayor Noble is pleased to announce the appointment of John Schultheis to the position of City Engineer.

Mr. Schultheis is a Professional Engineer with 23 years of experience in a range of civil engineering assignments and positions, including transportation, utility, drainage design, permitting and construction. He has worked on projects in numerous cities and counties, including design and permitting to meet Department of Transportation criteria. His technical skills extend to roadway, drainage, potable water distribution, sanitary sewer collection/transmission, reclaimed water modeling, design, permitting, bidding and construction.

Mr. Schultheis recently moved to New York from Florida with his three children. He has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE). He is set to start in his new position on Tuesday, September 4th.
Mayor Steve Noble Appoints DPW Superintendent

Mayor Noble is pleased to announce the appointment of Edward Norman as the new Superintendent of the Department of Public Works.
Mr. Norman is a life-long resident of Ulster County and currently resides in Saugerties. With over thirty years in the field, Mr. Norman has extensive experience in the installation and repair of municipal infrastructure, including highway building, water, sewer, and drainage systems. His experience also includes owning and operating a private construction and excavation company, as well as years of managing construction crews and collaborating with engineers.
Mr. Norman is set to start his new position on September 4 th .
Mayor Steve Noble Appoints Director of Building Safety

Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Knox as the Director of Building Safety. Mr. Knox has served as a Housing Rehabilitation Specialist for the City's Office of Economic and Community Development since 2013.

Raised in Kingston, Mr. Knox is currently a resident of Hurley and has 30 years of experience in the construction industry, both as a tradesman and a small business owner. He has 9 years' experience as a Housing Rehabilitation Specialist and holds a certification as a NYS Code Enforcement official. In addition, he holds Building Performance Institute certifications for Building Analyst, Envelope Professional and Heating Professional.

An early initiative Mr. Knox intends to spearhead is improvements to the Department's accessibility, stating, "We look forward to providing enhanced access to Building Safety and Zoning Enforcement services with improvements to the Department's webpage. 
Giving residents the option to submit applications and relevant documents during non-traditional business hours is a practical approach when considering the busy schedules most people have today."

Mr. Knox started in this new position on July 23rd.
Free Screening of Disney's Coco scheduled for this Friday, August 10th at 8:30pm at Academy Green

Special thanks to the Kingston Professional Firefighters Association (KPFFA) for sponsoring this week's movie!

Join us this Friday, August 10th at 8:30pm at Academy Green for a FREE screen of Disney's Coco!

All summer films are shown at 8:30pm on each of the scheduled movie dates. In the event of rain, notifications about postponements or cancellations will be sent to local media and posted at and on the City's Facebook page.
Check out the rest of this summer's schedule at 
Ulster County Cultural Services and Promotion Fund 2018 Kingston Based Awardees

Anne Bailey of M.A.D. accepting UCCSPF Grant
(Image courtesy of Arts Mid-Hudson)

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients of the Ulster County Cultural Services and Promotion Fund! The UCCSPF awards funding to creative organizations who focus on providing cultural services and programming for Ulster County. This year, Kingston organizations received a noteworthy 6 out of the 18 awards. As Kingston's artistic community continues to grow, we are excited to see our local programs, venues, and organizations receive recognition and support. This year's awardees include the following Kingston based organizations:
  • The Midtown Arts District (M.A.D.)
  • The Center for Creative Education (CCE)
  • The D.R.A.W at the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County
  • Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC)
  • The Arc of Ulster-Greene
  • Made in Kingston (Sponsored by M.A.D).
The UCCSPF is awarded through Arts Mid-Hudson, a nonprofit art service organization dedicated to connecting local artists with resources and funding opportunities. For more information on art related grant opportunities, please visit Arts Mid-Hudson's website. For more information on the UCCSPF, please contact the Ulster County Office of Economic Development.

Dedication Ceremony of Deep Listening Plaza

The 4th Annual Celebration of the Arts began with a moving dedication ceremony of the Deep Listening Plaza in honor of Kingston's Pauline Oliveros, renown composer, and musician. Check out the sign installation in person by visiting 615 Broadway. 
15th Annual Antique Fire Engine Muster and Open House

Check out the 15th Annual Antique Fire Engine Muster this Saturday, August 11th from 10:00am to 3:00pm in front of the Volunteer Firemen's Museum at 265 Fair St. Free food, fun children's activities, and new exhibits!
Mondays with the Mayor on Radio Kingston

Tune in to Mondays with the Mayor on  Radio Kingston (1490AM) each week at 3:30pm to learn about exciting activities, events and initiatives happening in the City of Kingston.

Check out some of the most recent episodes:

Application to Serve on Boards, Commissions and Committees Now Available Online

Do you want to become All individuals interested in serving on a Board, Commission and/or Committee must complete an application and submit it to the Mayor's office for review. This information will be used in determining which individuals are best suited to serve on each Board, Commission and Committee, based on their qualifications, backgrounds, skills and interests. The purpose of this application process is to enable the City to recruit individuals who have a strong desire and ability to serve and to ensure that each Board, Commission and Committee reflects the rich diversity of our community. We are striving to build an inclusive process that seeks to attract applicants who embody the values and principles of our community and who are committed to serving in this important role with integrity, respect, compassion, and professionalism.
In addition to new applicants, individuals who currently serve on Boards/Commissions/Committees are required to complete applications when their terms expire.
Or download the application here and return it to the Mayor's Office at City Hall, located at 420 Broadway.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Mayor Noble's Confidential Secretary, Lynsey Timbrouck, at (845) 334-3902 or
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Mayor Steven T. Noble

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