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

    Kingston News

    12/3/2019 - Common Council Unanimously Adopts 2020 Budget

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    December 3, 2019

     

     

    City of Kingston Common Council

    Unanimously Adopts 2020 Budget

     

    KINGSTON, NY -- Mayor Steve Noble’s 2020 Recommended Budget was unanimously adopted by Kingston’s Common Council tonight. The total 2020 General Fund budget is $44,464,333.

     

    Under the 2020 Adopted Budget, the tax levy will remain frozen at $17,650,940 with a 0% increase for the fifth year in a row. Tax rates continue to decline for the third consecutive year for homestead (from $9.73 to $9.04 per $1,000 of assessed value), and a steep tax rate drop for non-homestead, which will decrease from $15.59 to $14.24 per $1,000 of assessed value. Over $1,070,000 has been placed in contingency in preparation for potential non-recurring expenses, keeps all essential services intact with no eliminations of currently filled full-time positions, and adds or expands 12 full-time positions.

     

    The Common Council voted to appropriate an additional $542,000 from the fund balance to purchase equipment and vehicles for various City departments rather than bonding, which will save future interest costs for taxpayers. 

     

    “I want to thank the Common Council for their close read of the 2020 Budget and their diligence in looking at every facet when allocating taxpayer dollars. We have created a very strong budget that aligns with my overall goals for the future of the City of Kingston,” said Mayor Noble. “The budget also introduces an incremental raise of $5000 a year for the next five years, which will bring the Mayoral salary to $100,000 in 2024. The last raise was in 2006 - this increase is commensurate with similar nearby cities and will ensure that the position of Mayor in the City of Kingston remains attractive to talented candidates with municipal experience.” 

     

    “A $44,464,333 budget is a big deal. It’s a lot of money and it’s the lifeblood of the City. I want to assure the public that this budget has gone through extensive review. We held a series of meetings and every line item has been reviewed down to the last detail,” said Finance Committee Chair Douglas Koop, Ward 2.

     

    The 2020 Adopted Budget will support a variety of core service areas within the City of Kingston, including:

     

    Infrastructure

    Infrastructure improvements continue to be a primary focus, in several areas: sidewalks, streets, waterfront, and sewer. Many infrastructure improvements and capital projects will be moving forward in 2020, including the Broadway Streetscape Project, Rondout Riverport Stabilization, Henry Street Safe Routes to School, Franklin Street Complete Streets, among others. The budget also includes essential DPW and Parks & Recreation equipment, including a dump truck, milling attachment for paving work, and a sweeper.

     

    Housing

    The Kingston City Land Bank will be fully funded in 2020, with a two-year combined investment of over $3 million into quality housing that is affordable. The Office of Economic and Community Development will move to a refurbished property on Franklin Street, ensuring that the Office’s services are easily accessible to local residents.

     

    Public Safety

    The City will invest in necessary safety gear for the Kingston Police Department, including ballistics vests and other protective equipment. The Kingston Fire Department will purchase a new fire engine.

     

    Parks and Recreation

    In 2020, the Parks and Recreation Department will continue to manage 110 acres of parkland, including 11 parks, 3 community centers, a riverfront beach, a community pool, and an interpretive nature center, as well as taking on management of Dietz Stadium. The budget earmarks $150,000 for Wi-Fi in Kingston parks, improvements to Block and Loughran Parks, as well as the construction of a skatepark at Hasbrouck Park.

     

    Sustainability

    Kingston continues to be a leader in environmental and sustainability initiatives. In 2020, the City will implement LED streetlight replacement, invest in several projects that protect and revitalized the waterfront, and continue to reduce emissions with electric vehicles and charging stations.

     

    The 2020 Adopted Budget will be posted at: www.kingston-ny.gov  under Latest News.