No­ble de­liv­ers up­beat state of city ad­dress

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mid-Hud­son News Net­work

Kingston Mayor Steve No­ble's state of the city ad­dress in­cluded a re­view of ac­com­plish­ments and plans for 2017.

Mayor Steve No­ble de­liv­ered a state of the city ad­dress Tues­day evening to a packed cham­ber at City Hall.

No­ble cited such ac­com­plish­ments as con­sol­i­dat­ing the Eco­nomic and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment de­part­ments, which he cred­ited for ob­tain­ing $3.5 mil­lion in state fund­ing, ob­tain­ing $564,000 in ad­di­tional new grant monies, and $1.4 mil­lion in Com­mu­nity Block Grant fund­ing.

No­ble said the con­sol­i­dated depart­ment in 2016 suc­cess­fully han­dled about $9 mil­lion in awarded grant funds.

The mayor also took credit for what he said was an in­clu­sive 2016 bud­get process, the new “zom­bie prop­erty” law that of­fi­cials hope will help put va­cant prop­er­ties back on the tax roll by es­tab­lish­ing a land bank, and an LED street light­ing project, which is ex­pected to re­duce city light­ing costs.

Look­ing to the fu­ture, No­ble said the adop­tion of a new city com­pre­hen­sive plan will pave the way for con­tin­ued eco­nomic vi­tal­ity, with a heavy fo­cus on work­ing with the pri­vate sec­tor.

“In or­der for our city to achieve and sus­tain a thriv­ing econ­omy, we must con­tinue to ex­plore pub­lic and pri­vate part­ner­ships,” No­ble said. “Our ef­forts to se­cure ma­jor grant fund­ing in the ar­eas of in­fra­struc­ture, trans­porta­tion, hous­ing and sus­tain­abil­ity, along with ap­pro­pri­ate pol­icy changes, lay the ground­work for pri­vate in­vest­ment.”

No­ble’s plans for 2017 in­clude es­tab­lish­ing a “Liv­ing Well Kingston” health­care ini­tia­tive, an open space plan and con­sol­i­dat­ing the city bus sys­tem with the Ul­ster County sys­tem.

“We can­not change the world, but I will as­sure you that, by work­ing with our neigh­bors, in­stead of against them, we can build a far more re­silient city,” the mayor said.

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