CITY OF KINGSTON
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
KINGSTON, NEW YORK 12401
Phone (845) 334-3902
Fax (845) 334-3904
SHAYNE R. GALLO
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JANUARY 3, 2014
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KINGSTON TIDAL WATERFRONT FLOODING TASK FORCE RECONVENES
Mayor Shayne R. Gallo announced a public meeting is scheduled Tuesday, January 14 at 6:15 PM in Council Chambers at City Hall, 420 Broadway, to share the results and next steps of the Kingston Tidal Waterfront Flooding Task Force and celebrate the efforts of the Task Force with a cake reception.
Members of the task force will summarize the community-driven process and provide details on the key recommendations. City officials will share information on recent accomplishments that have resulted since the Common Council’s formal adoption of the recommendations of the Planning for Rising Waters: Final Report of the City of Kingston Tidal Waterfront Flooding Task Force on November 12, 2013.
Information will also be provided on how community members can help implement the recommendations and contribute to other efforts for creating a resilient waterfront. A portion of the meeting will be devoted to a facilitated question and answer session for attendees to ask questions and provide input on strategies for implementing the recommendations.
Appointed by Mayor Gallo, the task force looked at current and future flooding risks for Kingston’s waterfront on the Hudson and Rondout. The task force’s findings were compiled into a report which included 24 recommendations covering City operations, funding and decision-making, resilient structures, promotion of a waterfront economy and economic revitalization, collaboration and public outreach and emergency management. In addition, site-based recommendations examined each stretch of the city's waterfront and considered where shoreline protection may be needed, where natural shorelines and innovative architecture might be combined to create resilient neighborhoods, and where wetlands and high water should be allowed to migrate inland to safeguard the natural resources of the Hudson. Mayor Gallo offered, “There are numerous opportunities for city staff and the community to work together to implement the recommendations in the final report.”
RVSP for the event at: kingstontf.eventbrite.com. The report can be found here.