Kingston mayor says pandemic is factor in spike in violence

Kingston City Hall

KINGSTON – Last weekend’s stabbing and incident of gunfire have brought the issue of violence in Kingston to a head with law enforcement redoubling their efforts to put a lid on it.

Mayor Steven Noble, Tuesday, said to some degree, the uncertainties related to the pandemic are causing the spike.

“Unfortunately, some people have turned to drugs and violence as a way to deal with that and it is not safe, it is appropriate and it is not going to be tolerated,” he said.

The mayor said the economic recession, stress and lack of opportunity are all playing into the rise in crime in the city.

State Police and the Ulster County Sheriff’s and DA’s offices have joined city police in the renewed effort to stomp out the recent violent crime wave.

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