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Kingston receives national "Great Street" honor

City of Kingston, NY seal
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo accepted a plaque over the weekend from the American Planning Association, designating Uptown Wall Street as one of the nation's Ten Great Streets for 2012. New York City’s Fifth Avenue and Saratoga Springs’ Broadway also won the honor. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports.

“Kingston is steeped in history,” explained James Rousse, president of the APA's New York Metro Chapter. “Wall Street isn't just a nice place to be, it's America.”

Mayor Shayne Gallo was thrilled with the city’s designation.

“I'm perhaps the luckiest mayor to represent the state's first capitol, which is now being recognized for its streetscape,” Gallo said. “The historical district that we are standing in was essentially the contributor and part of the birth of our nation.”

Kingston was the first capitol of New York State during the American Revolution, before being burned by enemy British troops in 1777. General George Clinton, the state's first governor and Revolutionary War hero, is buried in the Old Dutch Church graveyard nearby.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.