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

Dear Friends -
W inter is here. We appreciate everyone's patience and also appreciate the hard work of the men and women of DPW. 

Over the last couple of weeks, I had three opportunities to hear from our elected officials on the county, state and national level about what they have in store for 2019. The State of the County had a teary goodbye, and the State of the State revealed some exciting initiatives for the coming year. I was encouraged to hear how each plans to tackle issues important to us in our community. We welcomed Congressman Antonio Delgado to his office in Kingston, and heard him speak at an important Martin Luther King, Jr. Day prayer breakfast. It was great to hear his measured comments during a period of such turmoil. 

The Peaceful Guardian Program was launched this week with the first round of police officer training. I was able to attend an all-day training session, and feel sure this will be an excellent tool for our officers. The results came in for our first-ever Participatory Budgeting Project, and I am pleased to announce the exciting projects that received the most community support in each business district. 

I will be participating in the Point in Time Homeless Count on Tuesday, which I encourage you to read more about. I hope the community will stand with me to support those who struggle to find stable housing. 


State of the County

I was there to witness County Executive Mike Hein give his final State of the County address, "A Decade of Change," at the SUNY Ulster campus last Wednesday. We will miss Mike, and all the wonderful work he has done for Ulster County and for Kingston. For more than three years, I have worked closely with the County Executive to push through progressive policies to improve the lives of everyone in our community. Mike's legacy will live on here in Kingston, especially with the brand new Restorative Justice Center in Midtown, which was a vision of his that he shepherded every step of the way. We wish Mike well in his new role in Albany, and I pledge to keep our common goals alive as we transition into new County leadership. 

MLK Day Interfaith Community Prayer Breakfast  
On Martin Luther King, Jr Day, many people came out on a blustery, slushy day to the Pointe Church to gather for prayer and song to honor a great leader. Our new Congressman, Antonio Delgado delivered a message of hope. It was heartening to see so many in our community gather to pay respect to Dr. King, and to also make a commitment to serve our community as a force of good and work toward equality. 

The Peaceful Guardians Project Launched 

The Peaceful Guardian Project launched last week with a condensed version of the two-day training course that officers will attend in the coming weeks. Chief Tinti, myself and other police commissioners attended an all-day training that included strengthening, writing, and natural intelligence exercises, and meditation, along with tips on general healthy living and self-care practices. The condensed course was an overview of the teachings the officers will receive, and I found the experience very informative and rewarding.  

The program is designed, with help from the Creative Center for Education, to bridge the relationship between police officers and the youth of Kingston. Training sessions will be 16 hours over two days for six officers at a time. The course will take place each week for five weeks until all officers have gone through the program. Once the officers complete their initial training, they will work with area youth who have been selected to participate in the program. We believe that learning these important skills and building connections with youth in our community is essential for our officers to be equipped with every resource.

City of Kingston Homeless Count on Tuesday, Jan 29

As a member of the Ulster County Continuum of Care (CoC), I will be working with local police agencies, community organizations, service providers and volunteers to conduct the 2019 Point in Time Homeless Count. The CoC completes this count as part of an annual application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which funds over $1 million in homeless housing grants to local human service agencies in Ulster County. The information collected during the count informs the CoC and local municipalities of the need for housing and support services for those that are homeless or in danger of losing their housing.

As I stated during my annual address, my administration is committed to working with all of our local partners to support our most vulnerable residents. I look forward to meeting with the CoC in the coming months to review the data collected and to develop additional strategies to end homelessness in our community. 
In an effort to connect with more homeless individuals and families, the Everette Hodge Community Center, located at 15-21 Franklin St. in Kingston, will be open on Tuesday, January 29 from 8:00pm-11:00pm as a welcome center for anyone struggling with homelessness or in danger of losing their housing. Volunteers will be on-site to conduct anonymous surveys and to distribute hot meals, warm clothing, additional food, and personal care items. Human service agency staff will  provide information and referrals to homeless services.
The Homeless Count will continue on Wednesday, January 30, at various service-based locations, including Family of Woodstock Walk-in Centers, Caring Hands, Community Action locations, Catholic Charities, and People's Place. Volunteers will be on-site during regular hours at these locations with a short anonymous survey and personal care packages for those that wish to participate. 
2018 Participatory Budgeting Funds Allocated 
I am pleased to announce the projects designated for each business district, which were selected by the community, allocating funds from the first-ever Participatory Budgeting Project: Both Midtown and Uptown voted for community beautification training for youth, while the Rondout district voted for youth programming.
The Midtown and Uptown budgets will both be allocated to the YMCA Farm Project to create a new program, which will train local youth to work in areas of community beautification, including landscaping and greenscaping. The program will give a stipend to the participating trainees, who will be planting trees, removing litter, covering graffiti and other community beautification efforts. The program will be up and running this year.  
The Rondout district voted to allocate its funds for new or expanded youth programming. The funds will go to the Office of Community Development, which will have an application process for organizations to submit ideas for programming initiatives. These applications will be presented to the Community Development Advisory Board, which will award the grant for projects specifically geared toward youth-based programs in the Rondout area.    
Participatory Budgeting is a process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. For the pilot project, $15,000 was set aside for improvements or projects in each business district (Uptown, Midtown and Downtown), for a total investment of $45,000. Funds were generated by revenue from off-street parking fees. The Mayor has set aside $20,000 for each district in the 2019 Adopted budget towards another round of Participatory Budgeting.
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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