Noble delivers upbeat state of city address
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.