KINGSTON, NY – A former Kingston alderman will serve as the city’s project manager for its federal American Rescue Plan Act funding.
Bill Reynolds will assume the role of project manager beginning Sept. 12, overseeing how the city spends its $17.3 million in federal funding, according to a press release from Mayor Steve Noble’s office. He has 33 years of professional experience managing public affairs and communications for the New York state government, according to the statement.
Under Governor Kathy Hochul’s administration, Reynolds served as director of media services for the state Justice Center for the Protection of Individuals with Special Needs, director of communications at the Office of the State Inspector General, and director communications to the state Department of Transportation, according to the release.
“We are thrilled to have Bill Reynolds join the City of Kingston and begin managing our economic recovery plan,” Noble said in a statement. “With his many years of experience in state and local government, he will ably oversee the many projects that will be funded and brought to fruition through the federal infusion.”
The city’s economic stimulus plan outlines how Kingston will use funding from its American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA.
Reynolds was Councilor for Ward 7 from 1994 to 2011 and Majority Leader of City Council from 1996 to 2011. He has lived in Kingston for 30 years.
“I have always valued public service, especially my years serving the people of Kingston on the Common Council,” Reynolds said in a statement. “I look forward to working for my community again, with administration and council, ensuring that federal ARPA funds are spent wisely, providing maximum benefits to the people of the City of Kingston. .
Reynolds received his bachelor’s degree in communications from SUNY Brockport.
The four-year project manager position will be funded through ARPA funding from the city. The salary must be $70,000 per year.
As part of the adopted economic stimulus plan, the city must allocate 27.5% of federal funding to housing action projects. A further 26% will go to vital community infrastructure projects, while 12% will be allocated to the category of protecting public health and supporting and safety of the general public.
The city will also allocate 8% of the funding to the nonprofit service support category, while 7% each will be allocated to the arts, culture, and tourism development project categories; business district development and enterprise redevelopment funds; and the Parks and Greenways Improvement Fund. The remaining 5.5% will be used for the category of administration, program delivery and bonuses for essential workers.