KINGSTON, N.Y. -- In front of a packed house, Mayor Shayne Gallo updated the community on the status of their historic hometown.
"I've shared with you some of those ups and downs, the grand old days of Kingston and the economy and what it is today, but I've also identified what I think our most important asset is - human capital and the educational players in this community," said Gallo. "We can put them all together and we can connect to those successful small businesses and address their concerns and stimulate and environment where more will want to come in and invest in Kingston."
To push this overarching idea forward, Gallo said the city is exploring ways to do more with less. He said tax rates are in check and crime is down.
Officials are thinking outside the box to improve infrastructure, continue community policing, and revamp the midtown district which was once riddled with eyesores.
"There is renewed interest in investment in midtown, specifically on Broadway. there's a feeling of pride among many of the residents who live along that corridor and there are new businesses in previously vacant storefronts," said Gallo.
Plans are also underway to mold midtown into an education corridor and provide a much needed upgrade to local parks and recreation facilities. There are also efforts to improve the quality of life for city residents through the continued grass-roots partnership.
"The only way we're going to succeed as a model city is if we put political egos aside and we listen to each other, and I'm looking forward to a continued partnership with all of you," said Gallo.