FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2023
Mayor Noble Appoints Bryant “Drew” Andrews to Ward 7 Seat
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that he has appointed Bryant “Drew” Andrews to the Ward 7 seat recently vacated by Michael Olivieri.
“I am so pleased to appoint Drew Andrews as Alderperson to serve Ward Seven,” said Mayor Noble. “Drew works each and every day to improve this community in such a positive manner. I know he will bring the same energy, positivity, and inclusive spirit to the role of Alderperson. I look forward to working with Drew alongside the Common Council.”
Drew Andrews said, “I am truly honored and excited to serve the wonderful community of Ward Seven. Together, we'll continue to build an inclusive and beautiful community for all of us, fostering unity, creativity, and positive change. Let's work harmoniously to make our neighborhood the best it can be.”
Council President Andrea Shaut said, “I am pleased to welcome Drew Andrews to the Common Council. I have known Drew for several years as an active, compassionate, and energetic community leader. His voice will be an asset to the Council, and I am confident he will be a strong advocate for Ward Seven and the City of Kingston.”
Andrews is the co-founder of the Center for Creative Education (CCE), where he provides high-quality arts education, a safe and supportive learning environment, a platform for youth to find their voice and prepares, and guides students of all ages as they navigate life. Andrews is also the founder of Energy Dance Company and the CEO of Dance Xross Fitness. He has served on the Ulster County Restorative Justice Task Force, the Kingston Arts Commission, the NYSCA Arts Education Panel, and has served on the UPAC/Bardavon and the SUNY Ulster Foundation boards. Andrews has degrees in Human Services and Youth Counseling and has completed professional development programs at Stanford University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Olivieri stepped down to accept the Business Manager position at the Kingston Water Department in July. As per the City of Kingston Charter, Mayor Noble has the authority to appoint a Council member to a vacated seat. Mayor Noble opened an application process for the seat.
Andrews will serve the unexpired term that currently expires on December 31, 2023.