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

    4/20/2023 - Mayor Noble Issues RFP for ‘Right to Counsel’ Program


    April 20, 2023


    Mayor Noble Issues RFP for ‘Right to Counsel’ Program

    Funded by ARPA, Program Will Provide Free Legal Assistance for Low- to Moderate-Income Residents for Housing Issues


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce the City of Kingston has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from qualified law firms to provide housing-related legal services for tenants.

    The City of Kingston is seeking proposals from qualified attorneys and law firms to assist in a Right to Counsel Program to provide advice, brief service, and full legal representation to income-qualifying residents in the City of Kingston regarding housing issues. The City of Kingston has allocated $500,000 of its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to support the Right to Counsel Program.     

    To qualify for the Right to Counsel program, tenants must reside within the City of Kingston and have an annual income at or below 120% percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), as calculated based on household size and annually updated for Ulster County by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. At least 50% of all clients served during the contract period will serve households at an annual income at or below 100% AMI. The Legal Provider will provide tenants with the information, resources, services, advice, and representation they need to exercise their housing rights with matters including but not limited to potential eviction proceedings, habitability claims for repairs, claims under the Emergency Tenant Protection Act, and discrimination proceedings.

    “I am pleased that, with ARPA funding, we are able to move forward with the Right to Counsel program --one of very few of its kind in the Country, a program which will ensure that every Kingston resident has access to legal services,” said Mayor Noble. “Hiring legal representation, or even accessing legal counseling, is cost prohibitive and allows low- and middle- income residents to be taken advantage of. We continue to use every tool available to combat our housing crisis and with this program, Kingston will create a new model for how communities can support residents fighting to keep their homes.”

    “We know that access to legal services is an essential aspect of ensuring that vulnerable Kingston families can exercise their housing rights with respect to illegal rent increases, lack of basic services, or eviction proceedings. This program will ensure that everyone receives the right to the fair representation they deserve. I encourage legal providers to respond to this RFP opportunity,” said Bartek Starodaj, Director of Housing Initiatives.

    Landlords are also eligible to receive a limited set of legal services assistance under the Right to Counsel program if their rental property is located within the City of Kingston and has five or fewer units.

    RFP proposals are due June 9, 2023. The RFP can be found here.

    Once the City of Kingston has contracted with a law firm or attorney, more information about utilizing these legal services will be available at

    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, short-term rental guidelines and many more. Visit