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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

    7/8/2020 - City of Kingston Enacts Police Accountability Guidelines and Forms Re-envision Public Safety Task Force

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    July 8, 2020

     

    City of Kingston Enacts Police Accountability Guidelines and Forms Re-envision Public Safety Task Force

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Today Mayor Steven T. Noble signed resolution for Police Accountability guidelines, which was unanimously passed by the Common Council on Tuesday night. The legislation includes: transparent guidelines for the appointment process of the Police Commission; creating training requirements for the Commissioners; and improving the Commission’s complaint process.

    “I am so pleased to sign this police accountability legislation today, and I want to thank the Common Council for all their dedication and perseverance to make this happen,” said Mayor Noble. “We have, as a community, come together to create what I think will be meaningful change. This is a step forward toward transparency and trust, and I look forward to working with the Police Commission to implement these common-sense changes. I also want to thank Chief Tinti was has been supportive of accountability measures, and to the Kingston Police Department for their willingness to work with their community toward positive change.” 

    Chair of the Common Council’s Special Policing Committee, Alderwoman Rita Worthington said, “I am delighted that the Police Accountability/Guidelines and Procedures for our Policing Commission has finally passed! A lot of hard work and dedication was put into this initiative and with the help of fellow Special Policing Committee members, Alderman Jeffrey Ventura Morell and Rennie Scott-Childress, grass roots organizations, and community input, we are moving forward with tangible change that will in turn improve community/police relations. While we know this is not the end all to dismantling ingrained systematic racism, it is a first step toward that goal.”

    In order to begin creating a more diverse Police Commission, Mayor Noble recently appointed Minya DeJohnette, an acupuncturist with a master’s degree in Health Sciences, to the vacant seat on the commission. At the June meeting, the Police Commission voted to release the Kingston Chief of Police from duties as the commission’s secretary, and will appoint a vice chair and secretary from the existing commission members. The Mayor serves as the chair of the Police Commission. 

    Additionally, Mayor Noble, in cooperation with the Common Council and the community, is in the process of creating the “Re-envision Public Safety Task Force” to further address law enforcement-community relations, use-of-force policies, procedural justice, systemic racial bias, and practices that may contribute to racial disparity in the community, among other issues. 

    In accordance with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order, the task force will “perform a comprehensive review of current police force deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, and develop a plan to improve such deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, for the purposes of addressing the particular needs of the communities served by such police agency and promote community engagement to foster trust, fairness, and legitimacy, and to address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color.”

    The Re-envision Public Safety Task Force will review and collect new, innovative recommendations and modernizations and provide a concrete plan, which will be presented to the public for comment, and which must be ratified by April 1, 2021. 

    “Part of making real change is being able to dismantle ideas and concepts that we’ve previously taken for granted,” said Mayor Noble. “I commend the Governor for asking each municipality to take a long look at how policing is done in our own communities, and to boldly rethink what is best for all who we serve and protect.” 

    More information and updates can be found at https://kingston-ny.gov/policeaccountability