October 29, 2017 - In This Issue:
A Message From Mayor Steve Noble:
Dear Friends,

I hope that you are planning to attend our "Downtown Revitalization Initiative" Kick-Off Meeting on Monday. Although the name of the State's grant program is the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), the focus of our program locally is on the Stockade District.  I encourage you to read the  September 21st issue  of this newsletter for a recap of our community's interest and application in the highly competitive DRI program, as well as the requirements our application had to meet.

In order for us to be most successful and to ensure that our entire community benefits from this initiative, we need your participation. This Kick-Off meeting will include a lot of information about the goals of the program and the planning process, as well as an opportunity for you to give your initial feedback, so please join us.

City of Kingston "Downtown Revitalization Initiative" Kick-Off Scheduled for Monday, October 30th
Date: October 30, 2017
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: City Hall, located at 420 Broadway

Mayor Noble is pleased to announce the kick-off event for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) program in the City of Kingston, scheduled for Monday, October 30th, 6:00pm-8:00pm, at Kingston's City Hall, located at 420 Broadway.
The event will include a summary of the New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative, including goals and expectations of the program, an overview of Kingston's initial proposal and potential projects in the Stockade District, and an outline of the DRI planning process. Attendees will be invited and encouraged to participate in small group feedback sessions. These group sessions will be interactive and will be facilitated by staff from the City of Kingston and the consulting team assigned by New York State to the City for this project, including VHB, WXY, and Arch Street Communications.
The October 30th event will be one of many community engagement events and activities throughout the DRI process. Subsequent community meetings will be announced in the coming weeks and will be held at various days, times and locations to enable all stakeholders to give input into the plan.
About Governor Cuomo's Downtown Revitalization Initiative
Now in its second year, Governor Cuomo's Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), is transforming downtown neighborhoods into vibrant communities where the next generation of New Yorkers will want to live, work and raise families. Participating communities are nominated by the state's ten Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) based on the downtown's potential for transformation, and each community is awarded $10 million to develop a downtown strategic investment plan and implement key catalytic projects that advance the community's vision for revitalization. For more information, visit: https://www.ny.gov/programs/downtown-revitalization-initiative 

City of Kingston Public Tax Foreclosure Auction Scheduled for Tuesday, November 14th

Date: Tuesday, November 14th 
Start time: 10:00am 
Doors open for registration: 9:00am 
Location: Kingston City Hall - 420 Broadway - Kingston, NY

Click here for a full listing of properties to be auctioned.
Click here for auction terms.
Click here for Ulster County Tax Maps.
Click here for deletions, alternate starting bids and amendments.
Click here for Broker's Client Protection Registration Form.
Click here for Bidder Registration Form and Frequently Asked Questions

I-587 Intersection Project Update

Thank you to everyone who attended the informational meeting held on Tuesday, October 24th, in which staff of the NYS Department of Transportation provided an update regarding the I-587 Intersection Project. For additional information and to submit questions, visit:

New Pickleball Courts Opened at Loughran Park

Mayor Noble was pleased to join local Pickleball players for the official opening of the new Pickleball courts at Loughran Park on Thursday afternoon.

The grand opening!

About the Project:

In April 2017, Kevin Gilfeather, Superintendent of the City of Kingston's Parks and Recreation, met with local Pickleball players who played indoors at the YMCA during the winter months and were interested in establishing outdoor courts. An unused former tennis court at Loughran Park was identified as the ideal location for this project. The players volunteered to help establish the Pickeball courts in collaboration with the Parks and Recreation Department, assisting with such efforts as laying out the courts, specifying materials, repairing the surface, and marking and painting the lines. The maintenance staff of the Parks and Recreation Department installed new equipment that had been ordered for this popular activity. It should be noted that the establishment of permanent Pickleball courts was a need cited in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan. It is expected that three additional courts will be added in 2018.
What is PickleBall?
A paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.
For more information on the sport, visit: 

Mayor Noble learning to play the game.
Employment Opportunities and Exam Announcements

The City of Kingston recently posted a number of job vacancies. 

View these announcements and stay up to date on employment opportunities by visiting:  www.kingston-ny.gov/employment

Ulster County Italian Festival

The 2017 Ulster County Italian Festival, held on Sunday, October 8th, was a great success! 

Congratulations to the 2017 honorees: 

Signora of the Year- Anna Brett

Signore of the Year- Vincent DeLuca

Italian Pride Award- Peter Perry, John DeGasperis, Frank Campagna

Community Services Award- Robert Senor

Learn more about the Ulster County Italian American Foundation here.
Burning of Kingston

Below are just a few of the many pictures from the 2017 Burning of Kingston.  Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to plan this incredible weekend of events!

All pictures by Raleigh Green

About the Burning of Kingston

"The Burning of Kingston is a weekend-long celebration that draws thousands of visitors to Kingston, New York. It is a unique story in American history commemorating bravery, sacrifice, resilience and renewal. On a Fall October day in 1777, British troops set fire to the newly established capital of the State of New York - Kingston. Since most of the local militia were fighting battles elsewhere (such as at the Battle of Saratoga), the vulnerable city burned down with over 300 buildings lost in just hours. Since many of the buildings were made of stone, we can still see examples of them standing today. The event was a dramatic moment in the American Revolutionary War that hardened the determination of colonists to gain their independence, and for local citizens to rebuild Kingston, stronger than ever."

Learn more at 
Save the Dates
Special Finance Meetings

The following are the dates of Special Meetings of the Finance Committee of the Common Council, as well as the Departments whose budgets are to be considered:

Monday, October 30th- 7:00pm - Kingston Police Department
Monday, November 6th - 6:30pm - Parks and Recreation; Citibus 
Wednesday, November 15th - 6:30pm - Regular Finance 
Monday, November 20th - 6:30pm - Fire Department; Building Safety 
Tuesday, November 21st - 6:30pm - City Hall 
Monday, November 27 - 6:30pm - Department of Public Works; Waste Water Treatment Plant

Note: All meetings are held at City Hall, Conference Room #1.

Note: To learn more about Mayor Noble's 2018 Recommended Budget, check out last week's Special Edition newsletter.
Upcoming Municipal Meetings

Monday, October 30th
Civil Service Commission
City Hall

Downtown Revitalization Initiative Kick-Off
City Hall, Council Chambers

Special Finance Meeting
City Hall, Conference Room #1

Tuesday, October 31st 
No meetings scheduled at this time.

Wednesday, November 1st
No meetings scheduled at this time.
Thursday, November 2nd 
No meetings scheduled at this time.

Friday, November 3rd
No meetings scheduled at this time.

To stay up to date on all municipal meetings each month, check out our monthly calendar here. Most meeting agendas and minutes can be found here.
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

The purpose of this newsletter is to share important information, project updates, pictures and news from the City of Kingston. For more detailed information, visit: