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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

    1/26/2021 - Public Safety Task Force Delivers Recommendations

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    January 26, 2021 

     

    Public Safety Task Force Delivers Recommendations

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the Re-envision Public Safety Task Force has delivered their recommendations, which have been submitted to the City of Kingston Common Council.

    The Re-envision Public Safety Task Force was formed after an Executive Order from Governor Cuomo calling for a New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative to:

    • Review the needs of the community served by its police agency, and evaluate the department’s current policies and practices;
    • Establish policies that allow police to effectively and safely perform their duties;
    • Involve the entire community in the discussion;
    • Develop policy recommendations resulting from this review;
    • Offer a plan for public comment;
    • Present the plan to the local legislative body to ratify or adopt it, and;
    • Certify adoption of the plan to the State Budget Director on or before April 1, 2021.

    The City of Kingston commissioned the Peaceful Guardians Project to facilitate the Re-envision Public Safety Task Force. Mayor Noble put out a call for applications in August and, in September 2020, Lester Strong, the Peaceful Guardians Project Executive Director, announced the 10 task force members from the Kingston community: Beetle Bailey, Jimmy Buff, Andrea Callan, Raquel Derrick, Daniel Gruner, Donald Mapes, Jr., David McNamara, Naimah Muhammad, Manuel Blas Sánchez, and Amy Shapiro. The task force includes three liaisons: Chief of Police Egidio Tinti, Aldermen Tony Davis, and Police Commission member Minya DeJohnette. The task members came from a variety of backgrounds including an educator, an attorney, a social worker, a pastor, an addiction specialist, and a mental health researcher with a PhD in Criminal Justice.

    Each of the members chose a topic to research from four key areas: Use of Force & Accountability, Police Recruitment, Training & Morale, Community Policing, and Alternatives to Police Intervention. Two virtual Town Hall meetings were held on November 19 and December 16, 2020 to gather community feedback.  Additional input was solicited through EngageKingston.com. The Task Force’s final recommendations incorporated public comment and have been finalized for review and ratification by the Common Council.

    “I cannot thank the task force enough for their thoughtful research and diligence on these often complicated issues,” said Mayor Noble. “This unique group of people with a broad range of experience and expertise brought such good insight to the task force. I hope the Common Council will adopt and ratify their recommendations, which I believe will benefit our entire community greatly. Once ratified, we will work with the Council to see what initiatives should be funded with the budgeted $100,000 in the coming months.”

    Find the Re-envision Public Safety Task Force report here. (Link updated on 1/27/21)