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
    [email protected]

    Information about Combined Sewers

    The following is information provided by the NYS DEC. For more information please visit

    What are Combined Sewers?

    Combined sewer systems (CSS) are sewer systems that are designed to collect storm water runoff, domestic sewage, and industrial wastewater in the same pipe and bring it to the publicly owned treatment works (POTW) facilities.
    During rain events, when storm water enters the sewers, the capacity of the sewer system may be exceeded and the excess water will be discharged directly to a waterbody (rivers, streams, estuaries, and coastal waters).
    The untreated water may contain untreated sewage that may impact human health. For information about the general CSO wet weather advisory and links to the CSO outfall map visit the CSO Wet Weather Advisory web page.

    What is a CSO?

    A combined sewer overflow (CSO) is the discharge from a combined sewer system that is caused by snowmelt or storm water runoff. 


    How many CSS Communities are there in NY?

    Combined sewers are found across New York State (NYS), except on Long Island. However, most CSOs are found in large cities. Most large municipal sewer systems in NYS consist of combined sewers in older downtown urban areas with separate sanitary and storm sewers serving outlying tributary suburban areas.
    About ten percent of the CSOs in the United States are found in NYS. There are approximately 937 CSO outfalls in NYS. Each combined sewer system in NYS is required to have a State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit, which is issued by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
    The number of CSO outfalls listed in the permits of POTWs has decreased from 1300 to 937 since 1993, due to CSO abatements competed by the permittees.

    What is being done to identify problems?

    DEC enforces the requirements under the Wet Weather Water Quality Act and monitors permit compliance through the permit process that includes requirements of Best Management Practices (BMPs) and a Long-Term Control Plan (LTCP).
    What's being done abate the problems?

    There are two types of abatement categories: water quality and technology based. Water quality based abatement options may be more expensive. The following are options for abatement of CSO discharges as part of the permittee's long-term control plan. However, these options can be expensive and may be cost prohibitive for some communities:
    • Separation of stormwater and sewer lines
    • Storage tanks to hold overflow during storm event
    • Expansion of waste treatment capacity
    • Retention basins to hold overflow during storm events
    • Screening and disinfection facilities for the overflow
    • Green infrastructure to reduce stormwater flows into combined sewer system

    How is progress monitored?

    Permittees submit an annual report, Combined Sewer Overflow Annual Report Form. Reports are due no later than January 31st each year to report on CSO abatement status during the previous calendar year. DEC uses information from the report to monitor permittees' progress on the implementation of their CSO abatements. Permittees report progress on:
    1. Compliance with the 15 CSO Best Management Practices;
    2. The condition and operation of the combine sewer system (CSS) components. Most importantly, the end-of-pipe measures that show trends in the discharge of CSS flows to the receiving water body, such as reduction of pollutant loadings, the frequency of CSOs, and the duration of CSOs;
    3. How water quality standards in the receiving water bodies are being met as a result of the implementations of the BMPs and/or the approved CSO control measures;
    4. Overall status of the CSO LTCP, if applicable;
    5. Key CSO control accomplishments and design and construction progress in the previous year
    The new reporting format is the minimum information a permittee must provide. It is the obligation of every permittee to show full compliance with the EPA CSO Long-Term Control Policy and their SPDES permit requirements.

    Wet Weather Water Quality Act

    In 1994, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a National CSO Control Policy. The Wet Weather Water Quality Act of 2000 requires combined sewer systems to conform to the requirements in the National CSO Control Policy. The requirements include implementing Nine Minimum Controls (NMC) and a Long-Term Control Plan (LTCP). The NMCs are technology-based controls that can be used to abate CSOs. The LTCP consists of more extensive characterization and monitoring of the combined sewer system and the receiving water, as well as selection and implementation of CSO control alternatives, with the intent of minimizing the impacts of CSOs on water quality.