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

    6/24/2021 - City of Kingston Launching Community Solar Campaign

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    June 24, 2021 

     

    City of Kingston Launching Community Solar Campaign

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston is partnering with Ulster County, Solarize Ulster, and the Climate Smart Kingston Commission on a community solar campaign. 

    Presented at the Climate Smart Kingston Commission meeting on Wednesday, June 23, the Solarize Kingston Campaign allows anyone with a utility bill to support local renewable generation of electricity and reduce their electric bills by 10%, with no upfront costs or monthly fees.

    Through the community solar campaign, anyone who pays an electricity bill can receive credits. These monetary credits are generated by local solar arrays whenever the sun is shining. Credits are applied directly to the account holder’s utility bill. There is no initial cost or monthly fee. 

    “The subscription directly supports clean, renewable energy resources and saves our residents money without having to install costly solar panels on your home or property,” said Mayor Noble. “Often sustainability resources are not available to all, for a variety of accessibility reasons. By tapping into a larger array of solar panels, we are able to extend this opportunity to more of the community and create a much more equitable resource for renters and all those who are interested in renewable energy.” 

    “When you pay your electricity bill, a portion of that cost goes into the pocket of the fossil fuel industry. Community solar is a way to make sure our dollars are going towards clean energy production, and not coal burning, natural gas drilling, and other unsustainable methods,” said Ellie Gartenstein, City of Kingston Environmental Specialist. “The Community Solar programs help transform our utility grid and expand solar infrastructure all across the region. It is a simple and effective way for anyone who pays an electric bill, including renters, to participate in solar power projects.”

    The amount of credits to the account holder’s electric bill will vary from month to month. Since solar generates more electricity in the summer, more credits will be logged in the summer months. If more credits are earned than can be used in a given month, the utility will rollover credits for use in subsequent months. Costs and credits typically balance out over the course of the year.

    Ulster County has selected three trusted partners for participants to choose from: Solstice, CommonEnergy, and PowerMarket. Each partner will donate $100 to Ulster County's Green New Deal fund with each subscription. This fund will be used to create more Green New Deal community programs.

    For more info, visit www.kingston-ny.gov/SolarizeKingston