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

    7/29/2022 - Marijuana Task Force Members Announced


    July 29, 2022


    Common Council & Mayor Noble Announce Marijuana Task Force Members


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and Common Council President Andrea Shaut are pleased to announce that the nine members of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) task force have been selected.

    The MRTA task force members will be: Joseph Baganz, Essie Baker, Amberly Jane Campbell, Stuart Chernoff, Jeremy Cherson, Steve Ellman, Mandy Geyer, Willie Johnson, and John Mazzone.

    The MRTA task force will meet periodically over 12 months and its mission will be to help guide the City in our limited authority over the time, place and manner of retail operations. The task force will help to amplify community voices regarding enforcement concerns and goals for how MRTA tax proceeds can be reinvested to achieve the law’s social equity objectives.

    “Marijuana regulation is new for all of us and we want to make sure we support this new industry in the right ways, to ensure that our residents benefit from this economic development opportunity,” said Mayor Noble. “I thank the members of this task force who will guide us in this effort.” 

    Council President Andrea Shaut said, “The MRTA task force is a proactive measure and useful tool for Kingston to move forward in the industry in a way that can focus on social justice and fairness to all. This is an opportunity for the City to consider the wrongs of previous laws, and how they unjustly held back members of our society. We now have the chance to do it better, and with this team, I have the confidence they will carry their wide range of perspectives to do just that. I would like to thank all applicants – we had to select from an impressive group of folks. I would also like to thank Corporation Counsel Barbara Graves-Poller for her role in establishing the task force.”

    New York State continues to develop regulations related to adult use of cannabis (marijuana), revising long-standing law enforcement policies and creating new business opportunities throughout the State. The City has not opted out of allowing licensing for local dispensaries and on-site consumption. While the NY State Office of Cannabis Management will control that process, the City of Kingston is creating a task force to gather community input regarding these policy changes.