KINGSTON, NY – Kingston Uptown Business Association President Robert Gaston, who has led the group since 2019, has resigned.
“Since taking on the position as president of KUBA my priorities have shifted, and I would like to dedicate more of my time towards my current and future work projects as well as my loved ones,” Gaston said in a letter to KUBA’s Board of Directors. . “It has been my pleasure to work with the KUBA team over the years and I hope you will agree together we have been successful at furthering our mission of forming a strong network of proactive businesses, not-for-profits, and individuals working together to create, sustain, and maximize a vibrant, connected community; help our members grow and prosper; attract new business investment and consumers; and provide a common voice for advocacy. ”
Gaston, who had succeeded Elenie Loizou, co-owner of the Dietz Stadium Diner, as association president, said the board would meet next week to discuss a replacement.
Connie Harkin, vice president of the KUBA’s Board of Directors, said the board had not officially accepted Gaston’s resignation, but plans to discuss it at their next meeting.
Gaston, who owns GPro Digital Media in Uptown, said that there are 124 members of the Kingston Uptown Business Association. He said he would assist in the transition to a new president.
“I would like to continue assisting with KUBA’s communication and marketing efforts, including website and social media platforms,” Gaston said. “I would also like to continue to aid with Uptown Kingston events, including Second Saturdays and Snowflake Festival. “
In a separate email, Gaston said that Uptown has seen its struggles with COVID-19 during his term. Gaston also works on marketing for the Ulster County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
“Like most communities, COVID hit our neighborhood hard,” Gaston said. “I’d like to think KUBA has a hand in bringing our community together. Since COVID restrictions were lifted, we’ve seen a wonderful growth in the turnout at public community events.
“While it has been especially sad to say goodbye to a number of shops and restaurants, I’m encouraged to see so many new businesses opening up and going strong,” he added.