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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

    5/29/2020 - Kingston First City in New York State to Achieve Climate Milestone

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    May 29, 2020

    Kingston First City in New York State to Achieve Climate Milestone:

    Awarded Climate Smart Communities’ Silver Certification

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston has received the Climate Smart Communities’ Silver Certification from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The City of Kingston is one of only four communities in the state to officially be listed as Silver-Certified, and the only city to reach this distinguished designation.

    Climate Smart Communities is a New York State program that helps local governments take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. Certified communities are the foremost leaders in the state and have completed actions that mitigate and adapt to climate change at the local level.

    “The certified Climate Smart Communities are models for municipalities across the state, complementing the State’s climate leadership by taking local action to reduce climate pollution and strengthen their ability to withstand flooding and severe weather driven by climate change,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.

    “It’s a huge honor to receive this certification, and a testament to how hard we have worked to meet our goals,” said Mayor Noble. “I want to thank the Office of Sustainability, under the leadership of Julie Noble, and the Climate Smart Kingston commission for their commitment to this community, which has truly put Kingston in the forefront of the state’s environmental protection efforts.” 

    “By taking proactive steps to mitigate and adapt to climate change locally, we have been recognized by the DEC as a leader in the state,” said Julie Noble, Environmental Educator and Sustainability Coordinator. “This is urgent and essential work and we are honored to accept this certification. We will continue to take every necessary action to move Kingston forward, and preserve our city for generations to come.” 

    About Climate Smart Communities:

    Started in 2009, the CSC program provides guidance and technical support to local governments to take locally driven climate action. The first step communities take is to register by passing a pledge to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. Currently there are 305 local governments that have passed the CSC pledge, representing more than 8.7 million New Yorkers. The certification program was launched in 2014 to document and celebrate the accomplishments of leading communities. In total, there are now 51 certified Climate Smart Communities in New York State.

    In order to be certified, every community must show that it has an active climate action task force that includes municipal and resident representatives. Many certified communities get points for installing electric vehicle charging stations and putting solar panels on municipal buildings. Most certified communities also complete greenhouse gas inventories that calculate emissions at the local level and help them identify how best to help New York State meet the aggressive greenhouse gas limits required by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). More at: https://climatesmart.ny.gov/