Meet the Mayoral Candidates at Breakfast

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September 04, 2019
Two of the three candidates for Mayor of Kingston will take to the stage for a Meet the Candidates forum at the September 12th breakfast meeting of the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce. The event starts at 7:30am at the Best Western Plus in Kingston and is sponsored by Nuvance Health. 

Candidates who will appear at the chamber event include incumbent Democrat Steve Noble, who is seeking a second four-year term, and Vincent Rua, who is running on the Serve America Movement (SAM) line. Ellen DiFalco, who is running on the Republican and Independence Party lines, declined an invitation to take part in the Meet the Candidates event.

 Chamber President Ward Todd said the event will be conducted with the assistance of the League of Women Voters. Todd said both candidates will be answering questions posed by members of the audience.

Noble, 37, a former environmental educator with the city, is touting his reduction of property taxes, while maintaining a healthy fund balance and preserving an excellent credit rating.

“I am incredibly proud of the state of our city today,” Noble said. “Kingston is in its strongest financial position in decades. And thanks to smart fiscal management, tax rates for both residential and commercial properties have decreased every year since 2016. 

Noble earned a degree in environmental science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science in 2004.

Rua, 65, an entrepreneur and 1971 Kingston High School grad, said his platform includes attracting new business by reducing property taxes and maintaining the city’s infrastructure and streets “every year, not just election years.”

“Kingston has experienced no real business growth in four years,” he said.

Rua’s platform also includes expanding youth programs; launching a broad housing initiative called “Affordable +” that will provide affordable housing for veterans, the physically disabled and low-income; and “slowing down the bomb train that barrels through the center of Kingston.”

Chamber breakfast programs are a great way to network with other local business leaders and stay on top of current events. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. For more information or to register, call the Chamber at (845) 338-5100 or go online at

Ward Todd, President/CEO
(845) 338-5100