A State of Emergency has been declared in the City of Kingston. City admin offices are closed to the public. Please see Latest News for more info.
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.
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 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.
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.
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In 2016, Mayor Noble instituted a new process for attracting and recruiting volunteers for Kingston's Boards, Commission and Committees.
interested in serving on a board, commission and/or committee must complete an
application and submit it to the Mayor's office for review. This information
will be used in determining which individuals are best suited to serve, based on
their qualifications, backgrounds, skills and interests. The purpose of this application process is to enable the City to recruit individuals who have a strong desire and ability to serve, but who may not have had the opportunity before. The expected outcome is that each board, commission and committee will benefit from the addition of new and well-qualified volunteers.
Note: individuals who
currently serve on boards or commissions will be expected to complete
applications when their terms expire.
For more information, please contact the Mayor's Office at 334-3902.
Boards and Commissions Online Application
Boards and Commissions Downloadable Application
Board of Assessment Review
Civil Service Commission
Climate Smart Kingston Commission
Community Development Advisory Board
Complete Streets Advisory Council
Conservation Advisory Board
Electrical Examiners Board
Heritage Area Commission
Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission
Human Rights Commission
Kingston Housing Authority
Kingston Local Development Corporation Board
Live Well Kingston Commission
Public Works Commission
Zoning Board of Appeals