Kingston Uptown Business Association president resigns – Daily Freeman

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KINGSTON, NY – Kingston Uptown Business Association President Robert Gaston, who has led the group since 2019, has resigned.

“Since taking over as Chairman of KUBA, my priorities have changed and I would like to devote more time to my current and future work projects as well as my loved ones,” Gaston said in a letter to the board. Board of KUBA. . “It has been a pleasure for me to work with the KUBA team over the years and I hope you will agree together that we have been successful in pursuing our mission to form a strong network of proactive businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals working together to create, support and maximize a vibrant and connected community; help our members grow and prosper; attract new business and consumer investment; and provide a common voice for advocacy.

Gaston, who had succeeded Dietz Stadium Diner co-owner Elenie Loizou as association president, said the board would meet next week to discuss a replacement.

Connie Harkin, vice chair of the KUBA board, said the board has not formally accepted Gaston’s resignation, but plans to discuss it at their next meeting.

Gaston, owner of GPro Digital Media in Uptown, said there are 124 members of the Kingston Uptown Business Association. He said he would help with the transition to a new president.

“I would like to continue to help KUBA’s communications and marketing efforts, including the website and social media platforms,” ​​Gaston said. “I would also like to continue helping with Uptown Kingston events including Second Saturdays and the Snowflake Festival. “

In a separate email, Gaston said Uptown experienced its struggles with COVID-19 during his tenure. Gaston also works on marketing for the Ulster County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

“Like most communities, COVID has hit our neighborhood hard,” Gaston said. “I would like to think that KUBA has a role to play in bringing our community together. Since the lifting of COVID restrictions, we have seen tremendous growth in attendance at public community events.

“While it was particularly sad to say goodbye to a number of stores and restaurants, I am heartened to see so many new businesses opening and growing,” he added.

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