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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

    9/23/2020 - City of Kingston’s 2019 Fiscal Stress Score Released

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    September 23, 2020

     

    City of Kingston’s 2019 Fiscal Stress Score Released

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and Comptroller John Tuey are pleased to announce that the Office of the New York State Comptroller has released the City of Kingston’s fiscal stress score for 2019. On a scale of 0 to 100, the City received a score of 5%. A lower number indicates a lower fiscal stress score. 

    FYE

    Score

    Designation

    2017

    6.7%

    No Designation

    2018

    6.7%

    No Designation

    2019

    5.0%

    No Designation

    As the Comptroller’s analysis states, the assessment is an objective review of the fiscal challenges facing individual local governments, and identifies situations where corrective action may be needed. The 2019 scores are based on end-of-year results—before the start of the pandemic, and provide a baseline measurement of a local governments’ ability to respond to the current crisis. The recent financial uncertainty and resulting challenges will be reflected in reports in 2021 and beyond.

    “The City’s fiscal stress score of 5% is on a scale of 0% to 100%, with a lower score being more favorable,” said City of Kingston Comptroller John Tuey. “With a score of 5%, the City received a rating of ‘no designation,’ and was not deemed to be in fiscal stress at the close of 2019. The NYS Comptroller’s fiscal scoring system takes into account key financial indicators that drive fiscal health including fund balance levels, liquidity, short-term debt, operating surpluses/deficits, and fixed costs. The City of Kingston’s score in 2016 was 19.2% and we’ve worked diligently over the last four years to improve our overall fiscal health.”

    “We are extremely pleased to receive such a low fiscal stress score from the State Comptroller’s Office,” said Mayor Noble. “Our excellent fiscal condition in 2019 has helped us weather the pandemic with all of its economic challenges. Had we not been in such strong financial standing, we would have had to brace for a much more difficult recovery. While we still have a long road ahead, I have no doubt that the City of Kingston will be able to make a full economic recovery.” 

    The NYS Comptroller’s Office evaluates budgetary solvency based on key financial indicators:

    • Year-end fund balances

    • Operating deficits/surpluses

    • Cash position

    • Use of short-term debt for cash flow

    • Fixed costs

     

    More information about the fiscal monitoring system can be found at: https://www.osc.state.ny.us/local-government/fiscal-monitoring