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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

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    9/16/2020 - Re-envision Public Safety Task Force Members Announced

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    September 16, 2020

     

     

    Re-envision Public Safety Task Force Members Announced

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble, along with Lester Strong and the Peaceful Guardians Project, are pleased to announce the selection of the Re-envision Public Safety Task Force members.

    The Re-envision Public Safety Task Force will be made up of ten City of Kingston residents, the Chief of Police Egidio Tinti, Common Council liaison Alderman Tony Davis, and Minya DeJohnette as the Police Commission liaison. The residents who have been selected to serve on the task force are:

    Beetle Bailey

    Jimmy Buff

    Andrea Callan

    Raquel Derrick

    Daniel Gruner

    Donald Mapes, Jr.

    David McNamara

    Naimah Muhammad

    Manuel Blas Sánchez

    Amy Shapiro

    The Re-envision Public Safety Task Force will have meetings twice a month from September to March, which includes two public forums where the community can offer input and feedback. The public forums will be held on October 28 and December 16, 2020 from 6:00-8:00pm, with location details to be announced at a later date. 

    “I want to first thank everyone who volunteered for the task force,” said Mayor Noble. “I look forward to working with the individuals who were selected, each of which brings unique perspective and expertise to the table. We had a strong response and recognize that this is an issue that many in our community are passionate about. This is a defining moment for the City, and will make sure there is ample opportunity for the greater public’s input as well.” 

    “We have assembled a great group of volunteers who are committed to tackling a complex issue with thoughtful dialogue,” said Lester Strong, Executive Director of Peaceful Guardians Project. “We are all eager to get started and begin these conversations that will have lasting impact on our community.” 

    "The Special Policing Committee and Common Council look forward to supporting the Task Force in their endeavor to re-imagine and re-envision public safety in our communities by continuing to explore innovative ways to obtain a more fair and equitable society," said Alderwoman Rita Worthington, Ward 4.  

    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 work to provide a comprehensive plan, which must be ratified by April 1, 2021.