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

    6/3/2022 - City of Kingston Launches Landlord-Tenant Mediation Program


    June 3, 2022


    City of Kingston Launches Landlord-Tenant Mediation Program


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston has launched a Landlord-Tenant Mediation Program.

    The Landlord-Tenant Mediation Program offers free and confidential assistance from a trained, neutral mediator for landlord/tenant conflicts in Kingston. The mediation process is designed to resolve conflict without having to escalate disagreements to Housing Court.

    Mediation can help resolve conflicts in areas such as:

    • Disputes about rent, including agreements about payment plan for back-owed rent
    • Negotiations between landlords and tenants around potential rent increases
    • Disputes around needed repairs, including maintenance and safety concerns
    • Disputes between tenants/landlords involving commercial leases
    • Disputes between tenants around noise or property use

    “We have a housing crisis and are woefully lacking in rental housing, so my office and the housing director are constantly seeking new programs and policies that will help us keep our residents safely housed,” said Mayor Noble. “This program provides conflict resolution tools outside of the court system, and allows tenants and landlords to bring up concerns in a non-adversarial open communication process, which helps both sides understand where the other party is coming, and to move forward in a positive, productive way.”

    Mediations can be virtual or in person, and is a voluntary and free process. The typical turnaround from intake to mediation is two weeks. Mediation does not replace housing court, but can be a valuable first step to help both parties reach an agreement. If mediation does not work, tenants and landlords are free to proceed with the appropriate next steps, including taking their case to housing court.

    “The Landlord-Tenant Mediation Program is a safe and proven option for tenants and landlords to work together toward solutions that help prevent displacement. I hope this option will be valuable resource for landlords and tenants to resolve housing issues,” said Bartek Starodaj, Director of Housing Initiatives.

    “The DRC is looking forward to supporting this initiative and continuing to serve the community,” said Jolynn Dunn, Regional ADR Coordinator at the Dispute Resolution Center.

    The Landlord-Tenant Mediation Program is run by the Dispute Resolution Center (DRC), which has been helping residents in Ulster County resolve conflicts for 15 years. Landlords or tenants are encouraged to fill out an intake form or call the DRC at (845) 372-8771 x 5001. For general questions about the Landlord-Tenant Mediation Program, contact the City of Kingston’s Office of Housing Initiatives at (845) 334-3928.

    For more information and an FAQ, reference this fact sheet.

    Mayor Noble established the Department of Housing Initiatives in 2020 to support housing planning in the City of Kingston. The Department manages housing-related grants, supports the construction of new market-rate and affordable housing, develops policies to protect existing residents, and addresses the connection between housing and sustainability, health, and mobility. The Department also reviews the disposition of city-owned property suitable for housing development and collaborates with local and regional housing organizations. Current projects include city-wide rezoning efforts, the Tiny Homes Project, Good Cause Eviction, short-term rental guidelines and more. Visit