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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

    4/29/2020 - Mayor Noble's Statement Regarding New UCCRA Proposal

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    April 29, 2020

     

    Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency Continues to Make Recycling More Difficult and Costly in the City of Kingston

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble issues a statement directed at the current Board of the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency (UCRRA) after receiving communication apprising him of a recently adopted resolution of the Board which affects the City. Mayor Noble was made aware via phone call from UCRRA Executive Director Tim Rose that on Monday the UCRRA Board adopted a resolution negatively impacting both the collection process and the City’s budget. The resolution adopted a new, increased fee for cardboard collection without any notification or request for comment by the City of Kingston officials or residents. This is in clear conflict with the procedures outlined in Local Law Number 4, Section 6, promulgating Rules and Regulations of the Agency.

    Statement from Mayor Noble: “The Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency, since its initial efforts to dissolve its single stream recycling initiative has continued to turn its back on the residents of the City of Kingston. The City of Kingston is the Agency’s largest individual municipal customer and has seemingly done everything it can to make recycling in our municipality harder and more expensive. 

    We recognize that the recycling market has changed and may not be the money maker that it once was, but we have paid and continue to pay our fair share in refuse costs -- $105 a ton, which is up from the $73 dollars a ton in 2012. Those additional dollars have been put into an agency slush fund instead of being invested in upgrading recycling operations. 

    Since 2010, the Agency has allowed the City of Kingston to pick up residential mixed paper, including cardboard, or “hard mix.” The Agency’s decision this week to charge for “hard mix” is the latest unscrupulous tactic in mismanaging and gouging our community on recycling fees. The Agency is proposing to charge almost $50 a ton for our mixed paper material. Currently, the City is not charged for its recycling, and in fact, UCRRA gets paid almost $50 a ton for the cardboard collected from Kingston businesses and keeps 100% of those funds.

    Now, in the midst of a pandemic, when there has been a marked increase in online purchasing, and as a result more cardboard, the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency wants to penalize the City of Kingston. These penalties will effect families who are essential front line workers, those who have been laid off, and all those who are working to make ends meet, by charging additional fees simply because they have been ordering online out of necessity.”

    Today, Mayor Noble calls on the Board of the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency to immediately rescind this poorly conceived resolution before it takes effect on June 1st and to pledge to stop taking advantage of the City of Kingston for its best efforts to responsibly manage solid waste.