PRESS CONFERENCE: Mayor Shayne Gallo and RUPCO Announce Second Round of First-time Homebuyer Grant Money Available


DATE:  Wednesday, November 26, 2014

TIME:  10:30 a.m.

LOCATION:  Kingston City Hall, Council Chambers, 420 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401

CONTACTS: Tara Collins, RUPCO Communications, (845) 331-2140 ext. 210 / (607) 643-5148 cell
Ellen DiFalco, Mayor’s Office, (845) 331-0080
Stephan Knox & Brenna Robinson, Office of Community Development (845) 334-3928

TOPIC:  Mayor Shayne Gallo announces City of Kingston to receive $350,000, a second installment of first-time homebuyer funding, from NYS Homes & Community Renewal. RUPCO’s HomeOwnership Center will oversee the grant awards available now to those looking to purchase a home for the first time. This City-RUPCO partnership enters its second year with this award.


10:30 a.m.           Mayor Shayne Gallo talks about City’s housing aspects, community growth and the opportunity that lies in this second round of funding

10:40 a.m.           RUPCO CEO Kevin O’Connor talks about housing’s impact on the City of Kingston,  community and residents

10:45 a.m.           Two first-time homebuyers from the first round of funding will tell their stories on the process of buying a home for the first time, their choice to live in Kingston, and the impact owning a home has made on their lives.

10:55 a.m.           Q&A


  • Second round of NYS HCR funding; $350,000 available now to qualified applicants
  • Applications accepted through RUPCO’s HomeOwnership Center, 301 Fair Street, Kingston
  • Collaborative approach to strengthening community through homeownership
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