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

    2/3/2020 - Mayor Noble Proposes New Leadership Roles in Administration

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    February 3, 2020

     

    Mayor Noble Proposes New Leadership Roles in Administration

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble announces the establishment of two new leadership positions in his administration, the Director of Housing Initiatives and the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. 

    As outlined in his 2020 State of the City address, Mayor Noble has set forth a clear and ambitious agenda for tackling local housing issues in partnership with the Common Council and community stakeholders. His housing justice initiatives for 2020 include adopting the Emergency Tenant Protection Act and additional tenant safeguards, supporting anti-displacement efforts through participation in the NYS Attorney General’s new Learning Network program, and implementing regulations for short-term rentals. To support and advance this work, Mayor Noble is proposing to establish a Director of Housing Initiatives, who will guide the City’s housing efforts, research and draft policy and proposed legislation for consideration by the Common Council, and work closely with local housing organizations. The position will also serve as the Executive Director of the Kingston City Land Bank. 

    “There is no doubt that our entire region is in the midst of a housing crisis, and we are at a pivotal moment here in the City of Kingston,” said Mayor Noble. “We must continue to be proactive in our efforts to protect and support our residents who are at-risk of or struggling with housing insecurity. It is imperative that we have dedicated staff with the expertise needed to expand the availability of safe, affordable and equitable housing for all.”

    The Director of Housing Initiatives will be established as part of a reorganization in the City’s Community Development department. The Director of Community Development will continue to oversee administrative and support staff and will focus on the management of the Community Development Block Grant funds made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with other related community development projects, such as the City’s Lead Line Replacement program. Economic development efforts will be conducted in partnership with Ulster County’s newly established Office of Economic Development as agreed upon in a shared services plan. 

    As part of the roll out of his Kingston 2020: Clearer, Bolder, Better agenda, Mayor Noble is also proposing the appointment of a Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, a new position in his office who will be responsible for a wide array of projects and initiatives that are outside the boundaries of any one department, and often require collaboration with other agencies. This position will assist the Mayor’s office in guiding key projects forward and will serve as a bridge between the City administration, the Common Council, County and State Government, along with community nonprofits and private business partners.

    “Our community is changing; new needs are emerging, as are new opportunities,” said Mayor Noble. “I have sought to build a team that has the vision and expertise to move our city forward, and with the Council and the public's support, we have been tremendously successful. From Communications to Grants Management, Arts and Cultural Affairs to Health and Wellness, we have proven time and time again that by strategically expanding our staffing capacity in core areas, we can make government better.”

    The Common Council is expected to review the Mayor’s proposal at its February Finance Committee meeting. The establishment of the proposed positions will not impact the 2020 City Budget. If approved by the Council, Mayor Noble expects to fill both positions in the second quarter of the year.