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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

    2/17/2021 - New City of Kingston Director of Housing Initiatives Hired

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    February 17, 2021 

     

    New City of Kingston Director of Housing Initiatives Hired

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce the new Director of Housing Initiatives for the City of Kingston, Kevin Corte, will start on March 1, 2021. 

    Kevin Corte is a Kingston resident and urban planner with years of experience in development, environmental review, and housing initiatives. From 2016 to 2019, Kevin worked for New York City, as a planner in the city’s Environmental Assessment and Review Division and then as a policy advisor to the New York City Council’s Land Use Committee. In these roles, Corte ensured that major private developments and city-sponsored projects analyzed neighborhood socioeconomic conditions, equity, and overall quality of life. During his time with the City Council, Corte helped draft new rules that prevented out-of-context buildings in historic neighborhoods, preserved scarce open space in undeveloped areas of the city, and identified areas suitable for smart growth. He has also worked in both environmental review and housing development in the private sector. 

    The City of Kingston’s first Director of Housing Initiatives, Michael Gilliard, is now serving as the full-time Executive Director for the Kingston City Land Bank. As Director, Corte will focus on furthering City of Kingston housing programs and policy initiatives, including implementing the Anti-displacement Grant, the zombie property grant, and seeking other avenues to increase affordable housing while working with those in the community who share our goal of housing for all. 

    “We are happy to welcome Kevin Corte to the City of Kingston staff as our new Director of Housing Initiatives,” said Mayor Noble. “Kevin’s unique experience in housing development, environmental review, and policy creation make him an ideal candidate to lead our housing efforts. I look forward to working with Kevin to accomplish our important and growing housing efforts.” 

    “There’s no doubt that Kingston is being challenged by a housing shortage,” said Corte. “Rents are rising and the threat of displacement is very real. In this new role, I want to focus on policies that can deliver affordable housing for Kingston residents. I believe that we can address the city's affordability problems by focusing on neighborhood-first solutions. That means helping homeowners afford to stay in their homes, providing high-quality housing for tenants, and providing long term housing solutions for our city’s most vulnerable residents. I’m excited to hit the ground running, helping to build on all of the city's recent improvements, from connected trails to active and inviting public spaces.”