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
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080

    Meet the Council

    Julie Noble, Chair

    Julie Noble was born and raised in Kingston, NY. After getting a degree in Environmental Studies from Binghamton University, she briefly lived in Syracuse, NY and worked at Beaver Lake Nature Center while her husband finished school. Interested in being near family and returning to their home town, Julie moved back to Kingston and they bought a home where they currently reside, in Ward 6. Professionally, Julie is the Environmental Education and Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Kingston, managing city-wide sustainability projects including natural resource management, energy and transportation projects, resiliency and adaptation issues and environmental education. In addition to serving on the Kingston CAC, Julie also is the secretary of the New York State Association of Conservation Commissions, and the Friends of Forsyth Nature Center.

      

      

    Elizabeth (Betta) Broad

    Elizabeth (Betta) Broad is a native New Yorker and longtime advocate for social justice and sustainability. She has worked in the labor movement, as a grassroot organizer for fair trade, represented a youth-led peace organization at the United Nations, and organized the major Earth Day festivals in NYC. Currently, she is the Energy & Climate Program Manager for Catskill Mountainkeeper where her main projects are the Community Fracking Defense Project and Renewable NY, a campaign designed to transition NYS to a renewable energy future. Betta works with many committed advocates around the state and is delighted to share some of their stories in the video series, Love NY: Don’t Frack It Up! In addition to serving on the Kingston CAC, she is also a board member of Citizens for Local Power. She lives in Uptown Kingston and enjoys the area's natural beauty, local food and music scene. 

    Lorraine Farina 

     

    Lorraine Farina enjoys the natural, architectural, historical,and artistic aspects of Kingston and the Hudson Valley. She and her husband have lived in Kingston for 32 years, and their son was born and raised here. She has a strong interest in social justice and in preserving the quality of life for all residents of Kingston. Her educational background is in theoretical linguistics and foreign languages, and she taught ESL to children and adults for over 30 years. In addition, she trained teachers and had a
    Fulbright grant to train teachers of English in the middle schools of Italy. She is a member of the Conservation Advisory Committee, the Kingston Sidewalk Taskforce, as well as the Ulster Immigrant Defense Network.

    Emilie Hauser, Vice Chair

    Emilie Hauser joined the CAC through her volunteer work on the Kingston climate smart communities and green jobs task force. She is interested in energy conservation, open space and water quality, especially as it relates to the protection of the Hudson River. She has lived in Kingston since the early 1980s. Born and raised in the mid-west, she and her late husband came to Kingston for his job with IBM. Her volunteer activity in Kingston started in the late 1980s when she chaired a recycling task force, later working for the UC Resource Recovery Agency.She serves on the Kingston Library climate smart committee, the Hudson River environmental society, and the solid waste committee of the league of women voters – mid-Hudson region. She is the estuary training program coordinator for the NYS DEC Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, employed by NEIWPCC. Her professional and volunteer activities intersect in helping communities plan for climate change. Passionate about the environment, the Hudson River, and Kingston, she enjoys iceboating, kayaking and bicycling.

      

    Lynn Johnson

     Lynn was born and raised in Binghamton, NY. She lived for 30 years in Manhattan and Brooklyn before moving to Kingston in 2003 with her partner Sharon, a botanical artist. She has worked in it for many years, currently at Capital Region Boces in Albany. Lynn serves on the Kingston Democratic Committee and the Ulster County Human Rights Commission, and is a member of Friends of Historic Kingston and the Arts Society of Kingston. She loves Kingston’s cultural scene, its architecture and waterfront, and wants to help preserve and enhance the beauty and utility of its natural surroundings.

        

     

    Kevin McEvoy, SEcretary 

    Kevin became a Kingston resident in 2001 at which time he and his wife Barbara purchased and oversaw the renovation of one of Kingston's pre-Revolutionary old stone houses and an adjacent barn which he later placed on the National Historic Register. He has lived in NYC, New Paltz, Rosendale and elsewhere previously and has been actively involved in historic preservation, urban planning, environmental matters and working with non-profits. Kevin has served as a current board member and Vice Chair & Treasurer of Kingston Land Trust 2009-2012 working on programming,policy, and open space matters, as a volunteer for Friends of Historic Kingston, as a researcher for the Kingston African American History Committee, as a member of the Kingston Tidal Waterfront Flooding Task Force and is presently a Kingston Heritage Area Commissioner and on the Kingston Urban Agriculture Committee. Kevin directs a family business in NYC where he was a co-founder of a community garden. When not otherwise engaged he can be found hiking , biking, traveling, studying art, architecture and history of different periods and cultures and attending live music performances.

     

    Casey Schwarz

    Casey Schwarz , a Sculptor , has been going to Kingston CAC meetings since July 2009. As of January 2011, he has been appointed to the commission. Casey received a B.A. in Environmental Science, with a minor in Visual Arts from SUNY at Purchase. After working in Energy Management and Solar Heating , he decided to pursue his Art. Earning an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute, he has since focused on Sculpture. Still having an interest in Alternative Energy and Conservation, he stays updated attending US Green Building Council presentations and maintaining his membership with The American Solar Energy Society.