FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2023
City of Kingston Receives NYCOM Local Government Achievement Award
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) has selected the City of Kingston as a winner of NYCOM’s Local Government Achievement Awards for 2023. The awards program, in its 33rd year, recognizes Kingston for its Mobile Mental Health Ambulance Pilot Project.
In commenting on the award, NYCOM President Francis Murray, Mayor of the Village of Rockville Centre, stated: “The City of Kingston is to be commended for its desire to provide unique but necessary services to its residents are the award recognizes the efforts of local officials to improve the quality-of-life in their communities and the Mobile Mental Health Pilot Project will certainly benefit the City of Kingston for years to come. Congratulations to Mayor Noble on this important accomplishment.” The Mobile Mental Health Ambulance will address the growing mental health crisis in Kingston and provide more specialized services for the City’s residents.
The Mobile Mental Health response team pairs a mental healthcare specialist with a Kingston Fire Department EMT and has a dedicated ambulance that provides person-centric crisis responses to mental health emergency calls. The project is funded by the Office of Community Renewal along with the City's ARPA funds.
The award will be presented at NYCOM’s Annual Meeting on May 18 in Bolton Landing. NYCOM represents 574 cities and villages in New York State and has been in existence since 1910.
Mayor Noble said, “This is a terrific honor for the City of Kingston, our Kingston Fire Department and our partners at Access: Supports for Living and Ulster County Mental Health. As one of only a few programs like it in the country, I was happy to share our program with mayors from across the New York State and extremely proud that we can provide this service to our residents.”