By Rebecca Martin
KingstonCitizens.org proudly announces it’s new Citizen Committees to focus on the Proposed Niagara Bottling Water Sale in Kingston, NY.
Residents are invited to join and are asked to be in touch with the chair of any of the committee’s of interest by Friday, October 31st. First meetings will be organized the week of November 3rd. If you happen to miss the deadline, don’t fret! Citizens can join at any time. We are simply looking to get a head count prior to each committee’s first official meetings.
VISIT the KingstonCitizens.org ‘Citizen Committees’ page. You will find it in the menu heading. Click on ‘Proposed Niagara Water Sale’ for all committee information.
Below is our recent press release and a list of the committees for easy access.
It’s an incredible and exciting crew of citizen leaders! Join us as we broaden our abilities and thank you for your participation.
Kingston, NY. – In September, news broke that the national water bottling company Niagara is looking to build a facility in the Town of Ulster, potentially utilizing ten years of tax abatements of all taxes through the Start-Up NY program. In addition, Niagara Bottling Company has submitted a Consolidated Funding Grant application for public money to aid in their build through the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council who endorsed the Niagara Bottling Company proposal as one of it’s “25 regional priorities for 2014”. The decision to award CFA applicants will apparently take place after the November 4th elections.
Please choose the committee you wish to be a part of and contact the Chair to be in contact to get on their mailing list for upcoming meetings.
COMMUNICATIONS & OUTREACH
Chair: Debra Bresnan CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Chairs: Kitty McCullough CONTACT: email@example.com
The Communications & Outreach Committee is charged with creating strategies for mainstream support, media coverage, public forums, canvassing, social media and in organizing the public to attend important meetings.
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Chair: Rachel Marco-Havens CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Chair: Elizabeth Littleton CONTACT: TBA & Karin A. Wolf CONTACT: TBA
The Event & Fundraising Committee is charged with creating fun and educational events and working to develop relationships with key ‘celebrity’ voices living in the Hudson Valley area.
Chair: Kitty McCullough CONTACT: email@example.com
The Economic Development Committee is charged with working to identify strategies to target business that highlights the assets in the City of Kingston and neighboring communities. The committee will also work to identify items that need to be addressed (taxes, affordable housing, etc) in order for small, medium and larger industry to come to Kingston.
LEGAL & POLITICAL
Chair: (Acting) Jennifer Schwartz Berky CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Legal & Political Committee is charged in all matters having to do with SEQR, Legal Tools, Kingston’s Charter, the Public Trust Doctrine and other items.
SCIENCE, ECONOMIC, CULTURAL & HISTORIC
Chair: Jennifer Schwartz Berky CONTACT: email@example.com
The Science, Economic, Cultural & Historic Committee is charged with providing research for sound science and to bring clarity to the economic, cultural and historic drawbacks or otherwise in selling Kingston’s municipal water source.