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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

    5/1/2020 - City of Kingston Hires Director of Housing Initiatives

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    May 1, 2020

     

    City of Kingston Hires Director of Housing Initiatives

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce the hiring of the Director of Housing Initiatives for the City of Kingston, Michael Gilliard, who will start on Monday, May 4. 

    The Director of Housing Initiatives will guide the City’s myriad 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. The salary is $65,000 a year and is supported by grant funding. 

    The Director of Housing Initiatives was established as part of Mayor Noble’s ambitious agenda for tackling local housing issues in partnership with the Common Council and community stakeholders. In Mayor Noble’s State of the City address in January 2020, he outlined housing justice initiatives including 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. Due to the unprecedented and unforeseen burdens caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, these efforts are more vital now that just a few months ago. 

    “I welcome Michael to the City of Kingston team and look forward to collaborating on creative solutions to some of the biggest issues we’re facing,” said Mayor Noble. “Now more than ever, we will need to be diligent in our efforts to make sure every single person in our community has access to safe, clean housing that is affordable.”

    Kingston resident Michael Gilliard has over 15 years of experience developing housing and mixed-use projects along the Eastern Seaboard, including in the Hudson Valley. In senior executive roles with non-profit and for-profit developers, he has worked extensively with municipalities, housing and community organizations. Gilliard has successfully led the production of thousands of new and adaptive-reuse affordable and market-rate homes. He and his wife Erin enjoy hiking the Hudson Valley, urban farming and continuing to contribute to the wonderful Kingston community.

    “I am humbled and honored to continue this important work in direct service to the City and all of its residents,” said Michael Gilliard.