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

    (845) 331-0080
    [email protected]

    Kingston News

    3/16/2022 - Mayor Noble Appoints New Water Department Superintendent


    March 16, 2022


    Mayor Noble Appoints New Water Department Superintendent

    Judith Hansen to Retire After 40 Years with KWD


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that, after forty year of service, City of Kingston Water Department Superintendent Judith Hansen will retire, and he has appointed Matthew Dysard as her successor.

    Judith Hansen has worked at the City of Kingston Water Department for 40 years, 34 of which she has served at the Superintendent. Her last day will be March 25, 2022.

    “Judy has been a leader in her field, not only locally but at the State level. Her devotion and passion for providing the community with safe drinking water is unmatched,” said Mayor Noble. “We appreciate and thank Judy for her deep dedication and many years of service to Kingston, and wish her every happiness in retirement. We welcome Matthew in the role as Superintendent, and look forward to many years under his leadership.”

    “I would like to thank the Board for their many years of support, which allowed me to spend the last 40 years doing something I love, provided me the opportunity to give back to my community, and helped me mentor the next generation of water professionals,” said Judith Hansen. “I would also like to thank the amazing employees of the Water Department, past and present, who, through their dedication and hard work, continue to provide Kingston with water of the highest quality. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to have served.”

    Matthew Dysard, a Hudson Valley native, holds a B.S. in Finance from the College at Brockport and M.P.A. from Baruch Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to joining the Kingston Water Department, Dysard spent five years working at New York City’s Office of Management and Budget. He joined the Kingston Water Department in 2018 as the Business Manager, focusing on the Department’s annual budget, bonding, and funding from the Environmental Facilities Corporation. 

    “I am honored to have this opportunity and excited to take on this new role, while continuing to work with the exceptional staff of the Kingston Water Department,” said Dysard. “I would like to thank Judy for her many years of service. I look forward to guiding the Department and ensuring the continued supply of high-quality drinking water to the City of Kingston.”

    “The Board of Water Commissioners want to welcome Matt Dysard as the next superintendent of the Kingston Water Department. He has our support and confidence that he will continue the strong leadership of the department that Judy Hansen has demonstrated in that position the last 34 years. We also want to thank Judy for her dedication to the department, the board and the residents of Kingston that has ensured us the best water in New York State,” said Dennis Croswell, Water Board Chair.