Mayor mulls cre­at­ing city IDA

No­ble cites changes, ‘dif­fer­ent pri­or­i­ties’ of county body

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ariél Zangla [email protected]­manon­

Mayor Steve No­ble wants the city to cre­ate its own In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Agency.

“As part of my over­all eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment agenda, we have been work­ing to cre­ate new, liv­ing wage jobs in our com­mu­nity and have used a va­ri­ety of tools to do so,” No­ble wrote in a let­ter to Com­mon Council Pres­i­dent James No­ble ear­lier this month. “We have suc­cess­fully worked with var­i­ous en­ti­ties and or­ga­ni­za­tions that have part­nered with us to demon­strate the high qual­ity of life, di­verse pop­u­la­tion, skill sets, and avail­able space, which have al­lowed us to work on cre­at­ing a new econ­omy here in Kingston.

“In an ef­fort to make sure that we have all the tools avail­able to us, I be­lieve it is im­por­tant that the

city of Kingston work with our part­ners in the state leg­is­la­ture to cre­ate our own In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Agency (IDA),” No­ble wrote. “Cur­rently, the county IDA is go­ing through a change in lead­er­ship and man­age­ment, and may have dif­fer­ent pri­or­i­ties than us here in Kingston.”

No­ble said he would like the Com­mon Council to re­quest home-rule leg­is­la­tion to al­low the city to cre­ate its own In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Agency. Sum­mer Smith, the city’s di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, said the mayor’s re­quest was go­ing to the council’s Fi­nance and Au­dit Com­mit­tee, which meets again Thurs­day, Jan. 24. She said the city is still very early in the process, but the mayor should have more to say at that meet­ing.

The Ul­ster County In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Agency re­cently sev­ered ties with the Ul­ster County Of­fice of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, which had pro­vided ad­min­is­tra­tive ser­vices to the agency. It in­stead con­tracted with an Or­ange County com­pany to pro­vide those ser­vices, but the com­pany has since with­drawn from the agree­ment after learn­ing the decision was re­sult­ing in a po­lit­i­cal bat­tle be­tween the In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Agency and the of­fice of Ul­ster County Ex­ec­u­tive Michael Hein.

The mission of the county In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Agency, ac­cord­ing to its web­site, “is to ad­vance the job op­por­tu­ni­ties, gen­eral pros­per­ity and long-term eco­nomic vi­tal­ity of Ul­ster County res­i­dents by tar­get­ing tax in­cen­tives, bond­ing and other as­sis­tance to foster creation and at­trac­tion of new busi­ness and the re­ten­tion and ex­pan­sion of ex­ist­ing busi­ness.”


Kingston Mayor Steve No­ble talks to the Free­man dur­ing a live in­ter­view on Fri­day, Jan. 11.

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