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

    12/15/2023 - Mayor Noble Announces Cooper Lake Dam Improvement Project Completion


    December 15, 2023


    Mayor Noble Announces Cooper Lake Dam Improvement Project Completion


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the Board of Water Commissioners are pleased to announce that the Water Department’s Cooper Lake Dam Project has been completed.   

    The Cooper Lake Dam project, which was done under a Project Labor Agreement and was estimated to cost $20 million, is now expected to be under budget at about $18 million. The improvements bring the dam at the reservoir into compliance with updated DEC regulations with a new water supply intake tower, new outlet works, new metering chamber and controls, a new spillway and energy dissipation structure, raising and flattening of the slope of the main dam, and leveling of the 1,500 feet long West Dike.

    “I am pleased to announce that the Cooper Lake Dam project is now complete, is under budget, and the reservoir now meets New York State DEC highest standards,” said Mayor Noble. “We are proud of our pristine water and, with these improvements, have undertaken the costliest capital project in the Kingston Water Department’s history in order to keep our water at the highest quality for our residents.”

    Water Board President Dennis Croswell said, “The Board of Water Commissioners is pleased that this two-year project to upgrade the Cooper Lake Dam and its supporting infrastructure is complete, and that it will ensure that the City of Kingston residents continue to enjoy the highest quality of water. Although this project was the costliest capital improvement project in the Department’s history, it is but one of many projects that the Water Department has undertaken in the last several years to maintain our water supply to the level that residents have come to expect.”

    Water Department Superintendent Matt Dysard said, “The completion of this project marks a major achievement for the Department. The improved infrastructure is significant for our goal of ensuring the continued supply of high-quality water to the residents of Kingston. I would also like to thank Schnabel Engineering and Thalle Construction for their efforts in the design and construction of this project.”

    The City of Kingston was awarded a $3 million Water Infrastructure and Improvement Act (WIIA) Grant for the project in April 2022. Cooper Lake Dam was the first project in New York State to receive Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (DWSRF) funding for Dam/Reservoir Rehabilitation under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Class Exception. The project was also awarded $100,000 through the FEMA High Hazard Potential Dam Grant (HHPD).

    With the completion of the project and lower water levels during construction no longer necessary, the reservoir level will be increased to full capacity and the Drought Alert has ended.

    More information on the Kingston Water Department at