A State of Emergency has been declared in the City of Kingston. City offices are open to the public from 10am-2pm with a health screening. Please see Latest News for more info.

The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.


    Contact Us

    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York

    (845) 331-0080


    Civil Service Commission

    • Bernice Arra - Chairperson
    • Susan Wallace 
    • Audrey Kithcart

    The City of Kingston Civil Service Office is responsible for administering New York State Civil Service Law for employees of the City of Kingston, Kingston City School District, Kingston Housing Authority and Kingston Library from the application through the appointment process for all positions in the classified service.  In addition, it serves as the Personnel Office for the City of Kingston and is responsible for employee recruitment, administering benefits for City employees and retirees as well as various personnel functions.  As part of its services, the City of Kingston Civil Service Commission provides the following:

    • Determines position titles and develops job descriptions.
    • Administers examinations for competitive titles and establishes lists of qualified candidates.
    • Interprets Civil Service Law and Rules covering appointment, promotion, discipline and discharge.

     City of Kingston Rules & Regulations (adopted March 8, 2016)

    Appendices to Rules & Regulations


    Civil Service Examination Announcements

    Please click on the link below to view the examination announcement.  Applications can be found at the bottom of this page under Forms, Policies and Announcements.  Applications can be mailed or placed in the drop box located outside City Hall on the side of the building closest to the Hospital. 

    The City of Kingston will be holding the Police Officer and Police Officer (Spanish Speaking) Examinations on May 15, 2021.  If you are currently on the Police Officer list you will have to sign up and retake the exam in order to remain on the City's Police Officer eligible list. 

    The deadline to apply for both Police Officer exams is March 10, 2021 before 3:00pm.  Please read the announcement in its entirety for minimum qualifications, age and residency requirements.  There is a non-refundable application fee so please only apply if you meet all the requirements as stated in the announcements.

    Police Officer #60136 - May 15, 2021 

    Police Officer (Spanish Speaking) #60137 -  May 15, 2021

    Physical Fitness Examination will be given on April 10, 2021 at 10:00am at Dietz Stadium.  Approved candidates must bring the forms below completed and notarized in order to participate.  

    Physicians Release and Hold Harmless - Print two sided.

    COVID-19 Health Screening Form




    Part-time Building Inspector - The City is in need of a part-time Building Inspector.  Please click on the link for the full vacancy notice.  Applications may be mailed or placed in the drop box located on the outside of City Hall at the side door entrance closest to the Hospital.  Applications accepted through the end of business on March 5, 2021.


    *Page down to the bottom of this page to the drop down menu, click on "employment and examination application" to print the application. 


    Forms, Policies & Announcements

    Listing files in 'Civil Service Documents'



    Contact Information

    City Hall
    420 Broadway 
    Kingston, NY 12401 

    Fax: (845) 334-3946

    Executive Secretary 

    Jackie DeCicco

    Phone: (845) 334-3921

    Senior Account Clerk

    Robin Kimble

    Phone: (845) 334-3922

    Benefits Account Clerk

    Elizabeth Johnson

    (845) 334-3952 

    Commissioner Meetings are held in Conference Room 1 located at City Hall, 2nd floor on Monday mornings at 9:00am.

    January 27, 2020 Meeting Minutes

    February 12, 2020 Meeting Minutes

    May 18, 2020 Meeting Minutes - Virtual Meeting

    June 29, 2020 Meeting Minutes - Virtual Meeting

    August 24, 2020 Meeting Minutes - Virtual Meeting

    September 28, 2020 Meeting Minutes - Virtual Meeting

    October 26, 2020 Meeting Minutes - Virtual Meeting

    December 28, 2020 Meeting Minutes - Virtual Meeting

    January 25, 2021 Meeting Minutes - Virtual Meeting

    February 22, 2021 - Meeting Minutes Draft - Virtual Meeting

    Next meeting will be held March 22, 2021 Agenda to be posted prior to the meeting.

    Please see calendar on home page for meeting dates.