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]

    Kingston News

    4/6/2020 - Common Council Meetings Will be Held Via GoToMeeting



    Due to COVID-19 and in order to provide safe conditions and continuity for our community, city staff and council members, all Kingston Common Council meetings (that include the monthly caucus, full council and committee meetings) will be held remotely pursuant to Executive Order 202.1 until further notice. 


    The City of Kingston will use the GoToMeeting platform which can be accessed by the public through telephone conferencing. The Council President will serve as Organizer for all meetings. The phone number and meeting access code will be made public on the City of Kingston website main page (via each meeting's agenda) and the City of Kingston Facebook page. Each meeting will have its own access code.


    Please use the following guidelines to keep the meetings respectful and efficient. Note the Organizer reserves the right to lock and pause the meeting to remove disrespectful participants.


    Mute/Unmute: The public will be asked to remain on mute for the entire length of the meeting. There will be no verbal public comment during virtual meetings. To learn the  process to submit comments, see Comments or Contact below. If a member of the public unmutes themselves during a meeting, the Organizer has the right to mute this member.  


    Recording: All virtual meetings will be recorded. At the beginning of each meeting, the Organizer will start the recording and all attendees will hear the automated announcement.  A similar announcement will be made at the end of the meeting when the recording is stopped. The video recordings and a written transcription will be made public at a later date. Please visit the City of Kingston website’s main page following the meeting for more information. 


    Council Committee Meetings:  If you would like to submit comments for a council committee meeting, please contact the council committee chair for instructions.  

    Finance & Audit                      

    Alderman Doug Koop             

    [email protected]


    Laws & Rules

    Alderman Jeffrey Ventura-Morell       

    [email protected]


    Community Development

    Alderman Steve Schabot                   

    [email protected]


    Public Safety & General Government   

    Alderman Tony Davis        

    [email protected]

    Comments: In lieu of public speaking during the monthly council meetings, the council will accept written comments only. To submit comments via email, please write to the City of Kingston Clerk Elisa Tinti at [email protected] or you can drop off written comments to Kingston City Hall in the drop box located outside the side door entrance with “Common Council Comments” on the envelope. The deadline for written comments is 10am on the day of the council meeting. Comments will be distributed to the full council by 3pm prior to the evening of the meeting. During the meeting, the Council President will announce the names of all who submitted comments and where they can be located for public viewing on the City of Kingston’s website. The public is encouraged to continue to reach out to their individual councilmembers with any concerns or questions.


    Contact:  If a member of the public wishes to contact a council member or the full council, they can do so through an email or phone call prior to or after each meeting. If there is a problem with the audio connection, please send a text message to the council president during the meeting at the following number: (845) 594-6120. Phone calls will not be answered during council meetings.