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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.

     

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    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080

    Kingston News

    5/4/2020 - Mayor Noble Proposes Economic Recovery Plan in Phased Approach

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    May 4, 2020 

    Mayor Noble Proposes Economic Recovery Plan in Phased Approach

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the City of Kingston Comptroller have proposed a plan to the Common Council to address the impending deficit to the 2020 budget, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Due to the necessity for local businesses to close and for the state to be on PAUSE, the City expects to collect drastically less sales and property tax revenue than the 2020 budgeted estimates. Other income sources such as investment interest, parking revenue, fees, permits and others will also be impacted. City Comptroller John Tuey is expecting the City of Kingston to have revenue decreases between $2,500,000-$5,000,000.

    The Comptroller’s office has formulated three estimates of potential revenue losses: a low loss estimate, a mid-range loss estimate, and a high loss estimate. Mayor Noble’s economic recovery plan includes three phases that would address each scenario.  Noble has asked the Common Council to implement the first phase of the plan now, which will have minimal negative impact on city services.

    “It has become clear that we should prepare ourselves in the event that the federal government fails to adequately aid our City and, in turn, our ability to deliver essential services to residents,” said Mayor Noble. “If our Federal government will not take desperately-needed action, we’ll be forced to make very difficult decisions.”  

    The next two phases of Mayor Noble’s economic recovery plan would be implemented as the City learns more about federal aid and sales tax figures. The plan outlined below is subject to change based on the emerging financial picture of the City over the coming months ahead.

    Phase 1 (Immediate): Departmental budget cuts, hiring freeze, and overtime pay reductions. By strictly cutting back budgetary spending across all City departments, leaving currently unoccupied positions unfilled, and limiting overtime pay across City Departments, the City will save approximately 1,611,889.58. In order to meet the planned reduction in revenue, this phase would also include allocating up to $1.6 million from the Fund Balance to cover budget shortfalls expected under the low-loss estimate forecast.

    Phase 2 (June 1): Phase 2 would be implemented if mid-range estimates become more realistic based on early sales tax returns and/or confirmation of local aid cuts by New York State. During this phase, temporary layoffs would occur in multiple areas of City government and would cause a temporary impact in the delivery of some City services. Phase 2 could also include a targeted retirement incentive for those employees who may be eligible.

    Phase 3 (September 1): Phase 3 would be implemented if the fiscal outlook showed signs of the high-loss scenario and would include far-reaching permanent layoffs along with severe cuts to City services.

    “The Coronavirus has devastated on our local economy, but we don’t know yet how severe and long-lasting those effects will be,” said Mayor Noble. “I hope we won’t have to execute all phases of this plan, but I know we must do whatever we can to pull our community out of this dark economic time. By having a strong municipal financial plan, we can make sure that we continue to serve our community during this time.”

    See Mayor Noble's communication to the Common Council and more details here.