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

    11/15/2022 - Common Council Sub-Committee to Begin City-wide Redistricting Process


    November 10, 2022


    Common Council Sub-Committee to Begin City-wide
    Redistricting Process


    KINGSTON, NY –The City of Kingston, like other municipalities, must redraw current ward maps to align with 2020 Census data on local population changes. Under the City’s Charter, the Common Council must undertake this redistricting process to make the nine wards more equitable. The Common Council President has created a Redistricting Sub-Committee, with council members Barbara Hill (Chair), Rita Worthington, and Michael Olivieri serving.

    The Redistricting Sub-Committee will hold a virtual informational meeting on Thursday, November 17 at 4:00pm to educate the public about the redistricting process and provide a timeline for the release of draft ward maps, two public hearings, and final Common Council approval.


    Redistricting Informational Meeting

    November 17, 2022


    Virtual only

    Join via Zoom here.

    Passcode: c7FY0S1E


    Alderwoman Barbara Hill, Redistricting Subcommittee Chair said, “This redistricting process may mean that you may not be voting in the same Ward as you have been the last ten years. The population in some areas has changed, and the new map will distribute voters in an equitable way.”

    Federal law, including the Voting Rights Act, and new the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of New York, State law, guide the redistricting process and require the Common Council to avoid creating districts that deny or abridge minority voting rights. Applicable statutes also impose requirements on how the Common Council configures ward boundaries and requires new maps to protect “communities of interest.” The City’s new maps may not be drawn to discourage political competition or for the purpose of favoring (or disfavoring) particular candidates or political parties. 

    The Common Council expects to vote on the final maps on Tuesday, February 7, 2023.

    More information at