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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

    8/18/2020 - Peaceful Guardians Project to Partner with Re-envision Public Safety Task Force

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    August 18, 2020 

     

    Peaceful Guardians Project to Partner with Re-envision Public Safety Task Force

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Noble is pleased to announce that the Peaceful Guardians Project has been contracted to assist with the City of Kingston’s Re-Envision Public Safety Task Force. 

    The Re-Envision Public Safety Task Force will 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. The task force will review current police force policies, procedures, and practices, and develop a plan for any necessary improvements, with a focus on the needs of the community and fostering trust. The Re-envision Public Safety Task Force will meet at least monthly from September 2020 to April 2021 and will work to provide a comprehensive plan, which must be ratified by April 1, 2021. 

    The Peaceful Guardians Project, a local community-police relations organization, will help recruit and coordinate volunteers for the task force, will facilitate monthly meetings and public forums, and will collect research and feedback to prepare final recommendations. 

    “We are grateful to have the Peaceful Guardians Project on board to facilitate the task force meetings and guide the community through this process,” said Mayor Noble. “This is a time when we can think big about our law enforcement and reimagine what community policing should look like. In order to do that, we have to build trust amongst members of the community. Having the Peaceful Guardians Project involved, I believe will go a long way to bridging that divide. I look forward to working with Lester Strong and his team, and seeing what innovative ideas we hear from the task force.” 

    “We are delighted to support the work of the Public Safety Task Force,” said Lester Strong, Executive Director of Peaceful Guardians Project. “We are in the midst of a critical inflection point, not only for Kingston but also for the entire country, in ensuring the safety and well-being of every citizen. The Peaceful Guardians Project is honored to help our community make this transition.”

    The Peaceful Guardians Project was founded in 2018 as a communications bridge between law enforcement and the Kingston community, and has worked collaboratively with the Kingston Police Department and the Kingston City School District.