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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

    12/7/2020 - Re-envision Public Safety Task Force Hosts Town Hall on Dec 16

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    December 7, 2020 

     

    Re-envision Public Safety Task Force Hosts Town Hall

    Virtual Meeting to be Held on December 16

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the Re-envision Public Safety Task Force are pleased to announce a virtual Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, December 16 from 6:00-8:30pm. The virtual meeting is open to the public with registration and will have live Spanish interpretation. 

    The Re-envision Public Safety Task Force members have each selected a topic to research, and will present proposed solutions and metrics for successful implementation. The task force has focused on four key areas of reform: Alternatives to Direct Police Response; Use of Force and Accountability, Recruitment, Training and Morale; and Community Policing.

    Presentation topics include: 

    • Examining SROs in public schools 
    • Mandatory Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for police officers
    • Alternatives to police engagement regarding mental and drug-related issues
    • Re-envisioning the Kingston Police Commission
    • Developing procedural justice policies in the KPD  
    • Upgrading police accountability and discipline
    • Improving morale on the police force
    • Greater transparency of the police department
    • Building a supportive and rehabilitative criminal justice system
    • Instituting intensive racial bias training   
    • Creating community ambassadors 

    Presentations are available for preview now at Engage Kingston and will be presented by task members at the town hall meeting.

    “The public safety task force has been working hard to research key areas of improvement, and will present their findings and suggestions for implementation at the next public meeting,” said Mayor Noble. “This is a passionate group of community members, who each bring a unique expertise and perspective to these important issues, and I look forward to seeing their presentations and hearing feedback from the community.” 

    “It's important for everyone to understand that these presentations are still works in progress,” said Lester Strong, Executive Director of Peaceful Guardians Project and task force facilitator. “The goal is for community members to be able to more thoroughly review our work and come to the meeting better prepared with questions and feedback. In this way, we hope community input can be even more rigorous.”

    The Re-Envision Public Safety Task Force was formed to 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 has met bi-monthly since September to 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 provide a comprehensive plan to the Mayor and Common Council, which per Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order must be ratified by April 1, 2021.

     

    Re-envision Public Safety Task Force Town Hall

    December 16, 2020

    6:00-8:30pm

    Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0lcuusqT8rHtTGIWFXqWYAQ5mAxh2mrSWS