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

    11/9/2017 - Mayor Steve Noble proposes extending the local Cold War Veteran Exemption beyond the current 10 year term

    November 9, 2017



    Mayor Steve Noble proposes extending the local Cold War Veteran Exemption beyond the current 10 year term


    KINGSTON, N.Y. Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to propose a local law to extend the Cold War Veteran Exemption beyond the current 10 year term.


    Earlier this month, Mayor Noble was made aware of Chapter 290 of the Laws of 2017, which authorizes localities to extend the Cold War Veterans exemption beyond the initial ten years previously allowed. Currently, Cold War Veterans can only benefit from this exemption for a maximum of ten years. If a locality does not adopt a local law stating that the exception will apply to qualifying owners without regard to the ten-year limitation, the exemption will expire after 10 years.


    “I am pleased to support this local law and urge the Common Council to act on this opportunity to honor our local veterans and ensure that they have access to this exemption beyond the initial ten-year limitation,” said Mayor Noble.


    Currently, over 40 Cold War Veterans receive the exemption on their primary residence in the City of Kingston. In order to be eligible for the exemption, an honorably discharged Cold War Veteran, a spouse of a Cold War Veteran or the un-remarried surviving spouse of a deceased Cold War Veteran must own a home and the home must be their primary residence. The exemption entitles eligible veterans to receive a reduction in their City of Kingston Taxable Assessed Value and if adopted this benefit would extend beyond the current 10 year time limit.


    A communication has been sent by the City Assessor, Daniel Baker, to the Common Council for the local law to be considered by the appropriate Council Committee in November. If endorsed by the Committee, there must be two readings of the Local Law before final adoption. The Local Law must be enacted on or before the taxable status date, which is March 1, 2018.


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