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Kingston Mayoral Debate

The two Democratic candidates for Kingston mayor, Shayne Gallo and Steve Noble, debated at Temple Emanuel on August 24, 2015. The entire debate is available for viewing here along with the list of questions.

Two of the questions are likely to be of interest to parents within the Kingston City School District whether you live and vote in the City of Kingston or not:

  • Question #3 Do you believe the City Mayor should have more input or oversight into the Kingston school district and their budgets and board of education?
    20:52 – 21:55    Shayne Gallo
    21:57 – 23:50    Steve Noble
  • Question #7  Do you support initiatives such as the Rail Trail, ‘Building a Better Broadway’ and the Riverport?
    37:15 – 38:40  Shayne Gallo
    38:47 – 40:55  Steve Noble
    41:00 – 41: 28  Shayne Gallo rebuttal

Question #7 impacts KCSD and specifically Kingston High School due to the parking concerns recently raised associated with the Building a Better Broadway project.

At a meeting Wednesday night, the Board of Education had requested a 30-day extension of the comment period on the transportation council’s proposed Building a Better Broadway Project, which would use $4.5 million in state and federal aid to improve traffic efficiency and safety for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians along Kingston’s main business corridor. Board of Education Trustee James Shaughnessy said the proposal would affect Kingston High School but has not yet been evaluated by school district administrators.

“If there is no parking on the south side of Broadway all the way past the high school, it’s really going to have a detrimental impact to drop offs and pickups, parking during the day, parking during the evening, and events,” he said.

Daily Freeman August 19, 2015

Neither candidate addressed the Broadway plan in any detail as part of the debate but you can read more about it here.  If you have any concerns associated with the loss of 55 parking spaces around KHS as part of the Building a Better Broadway project, submit your comments to Brian Slack bsla@co.ulster.ny.us by Friday September 4, 2015.

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