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.

     

    Contact Us

    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080
    Email:
    info@kingston-ny.gov

    Kingston News

    4/6/2021 - Statement from Mayor Noble on Debt Presentation

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    April 6, 2021 

    Statement from Mayor Noble on Debt Presentation:  

    On Tuesday, April 5 at the Common Council Caucus meeting, Noah Nadelson, CEO of Munistat Services, lnc gave a presentation on the City of Kingston's debt profile. Munistat Services provides fiscal advisory services to the City of Kingston for debt issuance matters. The presentation provided an overview of the City's debt, where our debt levels stand in relation to market metrics, and how Kingston’s debt compares to other municipalities in New York State. 

    In the presentation, Mr. Nadelson explained to the Council that the City of Kingston is in good debt standing with a strong debt profile, which is the most positive designation (strong/adequate/weak). Debt only makes up approximately 10% of the City's strong bond rating, and debt service makes up less than 10% of the City's General Fund Operating Budget. When compared to other New York State municipalities of similar size, the City of Kingston rates favorably in debt metrics such as total debt, debt per capita, and debt as a percentage of taxable assessed value.

    As Mr. Nadelson explained, all municipalities have debt; it is not a bad thing the way me might consider personal debt. Bonding allows the City to invest in vital infrastructure when needed and pay for it over time. It means that taxes do not spike when the City embarks on a major project or when an emergency financial situation arises. In fact, under Mayor Noble, the City of Kingston’s taxes have not gone up in six years as we continue to have a low annual fiscal stress score as measured by the NYS Comptroller and good debt standing. 

    City of Kingston Comptroller John Tuey says, “The presentation provided an overview of the City’s debt structure in a manner that promotes a better understanding of various aspects of our debt profile. It is also a resource that the City’s leadership can take into consideration when analyzing future financial decisions.”

    I am proud of the City of Kingston’s ongoing good financial standing, despite the pandemic and in the midst of multiple major infrastructure upgrades and projects. Our City is strong and we are in good fiscal shape to move forward on important community initiatives including housing, sustainability and resilience, and public safety. 

    The full debt presentation can be found here, or to watch the Caucus meeting, click here.