July 26, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mayor Noble Appoints Director of Building Safety
KINGSTON, N.Y. - Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Knox as the Director of Building Safety. Mr. Knox has served as a Housing Rehabilitation Specialist for the City’s Office of Economic and Community Development since 2013.
“With Steve on board in this new position, we have the opportunity to further advance our ambitious housing and neighborhood revitalization efforts,” said Mayor Noble. “Steve has an extensive background in both construction and community development and understands the needs of property owners, residents and contractors. I am confident that he will apply this experience to ensure that individuals are given the education and support to improve their facilities and absentee landlords and ‘zombie’ building owners are pressed to maintain their properties.”
Raised in Kingston, Mr. Knox is currently a resident of Hurley and has 30 years of experience in the construction industry, both as a tradesman and a small business owner. He has 9 years’ experience as a Housing Rehabilitation Specialist and holds a certification as a NYS Code Enforcement official. In addition, he holds Building Performance Institute certifications for Building Analyst, Envelope Professional and Heating Professional.
“Our team will work hard to serve the community with integrity through the interpretation and enforcement of all Building Codes while promoting public safety,” said Mr. Knox.
An early initiative Mr. Knox intends to spearhead is improvements to the Department’s accessibility, stating, “We look forward to providing enhanced access to Building Safety and Zoning Enforcement services with improvements to the Department’s webpage. Giving residents the option to submit applications and relevant documents during non-traditional business hours is a practical approach when considering the busy schedules most people have today.”
Mr. Knox started in this new position on July 23rd.