January 10, 2020 - In This Issue:
A Message From Mayor Steve Noble:

Dear Friends,

Governor Cuomo's State of the State address this week contained some great news for Kingston! We may be getting a state park in our very own backyard. This would be a huge environmental and economic boon for the community, bringing world-class recreation and unprecedented access to the Hudson River.

We're putting out a call for a few Kingston City boards and commissions - if you're an engaged citizen who wants to get involved, please send us an application! 

Proposed 508-Acre NYS Park in Kingston

Mayor Steve Noble announces a proposed state park with over a mile of riverfront access and a series of trails that will connect to the Empire State Trail.


This week Governor Andrew Cuomo included in his State of the State address, the 'Restore Mother Nature' initiative, which would create a 500+ acre New York state park along the Hudson River in Kingston and Town of Ulster. 


Mayor Noble thanks Scenic Hudson for the foresight and vision in acquiring the 508-acre parcel of neglected land, and Governor Cuomo for his commitment to improving and expanding New York's network of beautiful public open spaces.


In partnership with the Hudson Valley Greenway and Scenic Hudson, the City of Kingston is currently working on the design of a one-mile section of the Empire State Trail, which will run through the proposed park land. The City will be putting the bid for construction out this spring.

photo credit: Pierce Johnston
"If I Were Mayor, I Would..." Essay Contest for 8th Graders

The New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) is inviting all eighth grade students currently enrolled in a school located in a city or village in New York State to participate in a statewide essay contest addressing the topic, "If I Were Mayor, I Would..." 

The contest deadline is March 9, 2020. Details can be found here. Three winning essays will be selected. The first place winner will receive $150, second place $75 and third place $50. The first place winner along with his/her parents, teacher and mayor will be invited to and recognized at our Annual Meeting at the Sagamore Hotel in Bolton Landing. The first place winner will also be provided with an overnight stay at the Sagamore for Sunday, May 3, 2020.  All students whose essays make it to the final round will receive an "Honorable Mention" certificate.

City of Kingston Seeking Marina Operator for Rondout Riverfront

The City is currently accepting bids for the management of the marina and boat dock at T.R. Gallo Park. Those interested in partnering with the City of Kingston in operating a seasonal marina, should contact Brian Woltman at 845-334-3943 or

Call for Boards & Commissions

We are currently looking for engaged residents to serve on a few important commissions including:

Human Rights Commission
Planning Board 
Kingston City Land Bank
Heritage Area Commission

We encourage all individuals who are interested in serving on a Board, Commission and/or Committee, to please complete an application online

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.  The online application can be  found here .

Mondays with the Mayor: State of the City Recap

T his week on Mondays with the Mayor on Radio Kingston, Mayor Noble spoke with  Summer Smith,  the City's Director of Communications and Community Engagement about what he unveiled in his  2020  State of the City address, and what City residents can expect from his next term.  Click below to hear the conversation.

Kingston 311
The  Kingston 311 app, website and phone  system allow residents to quickly and easily report issues and submit service requests. The Kingston 311  app, available for  Android  &  iPhones , is a fast and simple way to connect to City officials in non-emergency situations. 

This system is a valuable resource to submit service requests for streetlight replacement, roadwork, City signage, traffic calming measures and other concerns. Issues with snow removal and reporting of vehicles and sidewalks not in accordance with the Snow Emergency restrictions can also be submitted via Kingston 311.  Photos can also be attached to illustrate service orders. Dial 311 from any phone within City limits to reach us. 
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!
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Mayor Steven T. Noble
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