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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

    6/8/2020 - A Message from Mayor Noble About Police Accountability

     

     

    To the residents of the City of Kingston:

     

    When the pandemic hit, the primary focus of my administration was to do anything we could to protect the public. Within just a few short days, we worked with a network of organizations to develop an emergency meals program for thousands of children out of school, along with their families. We rapidly changed our departmental procedures to find ways to function and began using technology to perform essential City business. What we have learned during this difficult process is that when we commit to prioritizing the health and wellness of our community, despite logistical barriers or other obstacles, we can overcome anything together. 

     

    As protests have unfolded across the country, including here in Kingston, demanding justice for George Floyd and the thousands of other people of color who have been killed or injured by members of law enforcement, I have personally been confronted with a hard truth. My privilege has allowed me to believe that COVID-19 is a public health emergency, but racism and police brutality is not. Every day, people of color are afraid for their lives- afraid for their children’s lives- because the system that was designed to protect them has also caused devastating harm. This is an emergency and I am committed to start treating it that way. 

     

    We have made significant incremental changes to our policies and procedures in Kingston. Over the past four years, we have equipped every officer with a body camera, adopted the Right to Know Act, codified our previously unwritten commitment to not approach anyone based upon their immigration status, and made the Police Commission meetings and process more accessible. This has been important work, but in order to make real, long lasting change, we need to dig deeper and look at how the current system supports, conceals, or perpetuates institutional oppression. 

     

    For the past two years, Rise Up Kingston has worked to develop a comprehensive platform on criminal justice and housing justice initiatives. One of their key goals has been the adoption of legislation centered around police accountability. Click here to read their proposal. The primary goals of this common sense legislation are to make transparent guidelines for the appointment process and composition of the Police Commission, create training requirements for the Commissioners, and improve upon the Commission’s complaint process. It has taken a long time to get to this point and I want to thank Rise Up Kingston and the hundreds of local residents who advocated for these common sense changes. I also want to thank the NYCLU who provided technical assistance to ensure that this legislation fits our City’s needs and does not conflict with our City Charter. The Common Council has made it clear that they are eager to act on this proposal and I thank them for their diligent work to review this legislation. I look forward to signing this into law as soon as the Council adopts it and working with our partners in the community to make these important changes.

     

    Thank you again to everyone who demanded more from me and from your government. I heard you and I promise I will keep listening, learning, and doing better. 

     

    Steve Noble,

    Mayor