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    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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    9/1/2021 - Mayor Noble and Common Council Members to Introduce Good Cause Eviction Legislation


    September 1, 2021 


    Mayor Noble and Common Council Members to Introduce Good Cause Eviction Legislation


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble, was joined at a press conference today by Council Members Reynolds Scott-Childress, Michele Hirsh, Jeffrey Ventura Morell, Council President Andrea Shaut, and community groups Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, Real Kingston Tenants Union/Ulster County Coalition for Housing Justice and Citizen Action, to announce that legislation for enacting Good Cause Eviction on a local level will be put forward to the Common Council. 

    Passing Good Cause Eviction would give every tenant in Kingston the right to a lease renewal, and would protect against predatory rent increases and unfair evictions. The legislation stops landlords from removing tenants without an order from a judge, who would decide if an eviction is for a good cause. “Good causes” include failure to pay rent, violating terms of the lease, causing a nuisance, violation of the law, or in the event that the owner is selling the building.

    Mayor Noble said, “At a time when we are in the midst of both a housing crisis and an ongoing global pandemic, we believe that passing Good Cause Eviction will not only help protect tenants, it will be beneficial for our City, homeowners and neighborhoods, and good landlords as well. Everyone deserves a safe, secure place to live, and Good Cause Eviction gives tenants the power to demand safe living conditions without fear of retaliation. We know that housing instability has profound effects on a person’s well-being, including physical and mental health, academic success and gainful employment. This legislation would be one step in helping everyone in our community have adequate housing.”

    Common Council Majority Leader Reynolds Scott-Childress said, “All tenants in Kingston live in precarious conditions. They can lose their homes in the blink of an eye.  They face the possibility of eviction on a landlord’s whim.  They face the possibility of unconscionable rent increases that can leave them homeless. The common-sense legislation we propose here today provides a reasonable set of guidelines that clarify the relations between tenants and landlords. Landlords have a grave responsibility that sets them apart from most providers of services and goods. They provide not just housing, but homes.  This legislation ensures that tenants can feel confident that, so long as they do their duty as renters, they will be secure in their homes.” 

    Alderwoman Michele Hirsh said, “Just Cause Eviction Legislation is an important policy tool to prevent displacement and promote tenant stability in the City of Kingston where rents are rapidly rising and vacancies are low, where landlords may seek to evict existing tenants to renovate their buildings and attract wealthier renters at higher prices. Just Cause also protect tenants who report inadequate housing conditions or request repairs. The City of Kingston has a high percentage of rental units and many tenants have already been displaced from our city due to gentrification which has rapidly sped up during the COVID-19 Pandemic. I have witnessed Ward Nine lose many wonderful community members over the last two years. The passing of Good Cause is also good policy for the health and stability of Kingston families as evictions are linked to depression, poorer health, higher levels of stress, and higher rates of material hardship, especially among low-income mothers. I call on my Council colleagues to pass this legislation and protect the City of Kingston’s tenant community.”

    Rebecca Garrard of Citizen Action said, “We’re extremely grateful to the Mayor and Councilmembers for their introduction of Good Cause legislation in the City of Kingston. The housing crisis, which existed pre-pandemic, has only increased since 2020.  The current housing situation is intolerable, especially for low income residents and communities of color. We must protect the residents of Kingston from mass displacement, predatory rent hikes, and retaliatory evictions, and this legislation is an important step towards accomplishing that.”

    Brahvan Ranga of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson said, “Every day, we speak to members of this community who face the constant fear of housing insecurity: skyrocketing rental prices, predatory landlords, and the threat of evictions looming large. Mayor Noble and these members of the Common Council have courageously taken an important first step to combat the housing crisis, and affirm fundamental rights for tenants in Kingston, by introducing Good Cause Eviction.” 

    Rashida Tyler of the Real Kingston Tenants Union and the Ulster County Coalition for Housing Justice said, “Good Cause eviction legislation will help keep many Kingston residents in their homes, and stem the tide of displacement that has only deepened the pandemic began. There are many tenants throughout the city who are at risk of eviction despite paying their rent on time and being exemplary tenants. We need Good Cause Eviction legislation to help provide stability for our community.”

    The proposed legislation will be presented to the Common Council’s Laws & Rules Committee on September 15, 2021. 

    The New York State Rental Assistance Program for any New Yorker in rent arrears due to the pandemic is still accepting applications: