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

    5/8/2015 - Kingston Library 2015 Budget Forum Press Release

    Press Release
    May 05, 2015

    Contact: Margie Menard, Library Director
    Phone: 845-339-4260 X14
    Email: [email protected]

    For Immediate Release

    On Thursday May 21st at 6:00 pm in the community room of the Kingston Library at 55 Franklin Street, Kingston Library will hold a public forum on its June 2nd budget vote and trustee election. At the public forum, the library's operations, long range plan, proposed 2016 tax appropriation, and overall 2016 budget will be reviewed.


    At the June 2nd election, voters will be electing three Trustees to the 9 member Kingston Library Board of Trustees. The candidates running for those seats will be invited to the public forum to introduce themselves and discuss their candidacy. The candidates on the ballot are incumbent Trustee David Rolfe and former Trustee Philippe Cosme.

    The June 2nd library election will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Kingston Library, 55 Franklin Street which is the sole polling place for voting. Absentee ballots will be sent to shut-ins in the city of Kingston or can be requested by contacting the library directly at 845-331-0507. Absentee ballots must be returned to the library by 5:00 June 2nd, 2015. All registered voters living in the City of Kingston are eligible to vote.

    The purpose of the library budget vote and trustee election is to seek approval of a tax appropriation of $775,606 to support the operation of Kingston Library in 2016 and to elect 3 trustees, each for a term of three years. The $775,606 tax appropriation request is an increase of $15,207 over the 2015 appropriation or a 2% increase. In 2014, Kingston Library extended it’s operating hours to better serve the community resulting in increased staffing and utility costs. The total proposed budget for 2016 is $844,237. This is $15,977 or 2% more than the current, total 2015 budget.


    For further information about the library election, call Margie Menard at 845-339-4260 X14