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]

    Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Task Force

    The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation advisory task force will help lead the City of Kingston’s transition into allowing local marijuana dispensaries in accordance with the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA).

    New York State continues to develop regulations related to adult use of marijuana, revising long-standing law enforcement policies and creating new business opportunities throughout the State. The City has not opted out of allowing licensing for local dispensaries and on-site consumption. While the NY State Office of Cannabis Management will control that process, the City of Kingston has created a task force to gather community input regarding these policy changes. 

    The MRTA task force will meet periodically over 12 months and its mission is to help guide the City of Kingston in our limited authority over the time, place and manner of retail operations. The task force will help to amplify community voices regarding enforcement concerns and goals for how MRTA tax proceeds can be reinvested to achieve the law’s social equity objectives.


    Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Task Force members include:

    Joseph Baganz

    Essie Baker

    Amberly Jane Campbell

    Stuart Chernoff

    Jeremy Cherson

    Steve Ellman

    Mandy Geyer

    Willie Johnson

    John Mazzone



    The New York State Attorney General has released a public information guide on marijuana conviction expungement.