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
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080

    Kingston News

    4/26/2018 - Statement from Mayor Noble regarding the Ulster County Resource and Recovery Agency’s proposals to discontinue the acceptance of Single Stream Recycling and to increase recycling fees

    A Statement from Mayor Steve Noble

    April 26, 2018

    “On behalf of the residents of the City of Kingston, I am deeply concerned about the proposal under consideration by the Ulster County Resource and Recovery Agency (UCRRA) to discontinue the acceptance of Single Stream Recycling on December 31st.

    “UCRRA’s mission is quite clear. It was designed to “…protect public health and the environment and to promote sustainable materials management practices in Ulster County by efficiently managing solid waste materials with a focus on resource conservation.’ The proposal currently before the agency is in direct conflict with this mission and in fact fails to ‘promote sustainable management practices.’ Further, the agency’s vision, which in part states that, ‘…Resource recovery is achieved through a variety of methods including community outreach and education, waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting. The Agency continuously explores the viability of new and/or different practices and emerging technologies for reducing waste and managing discarded materials…’ will be undermined through the adoption of this proposal. The introduction of single-stream recycling was the epitome of implementing an emerging technology to reduce waste. The City of Kingston is a leader in sustainability and has invested heavily in the movement towards single stream recycling, with the purchase of specialized trucks to facilitate the collection of recycled materials, the purchase of recycling totes that have been distributed throughout the city, and the investment of staff time dedicated to recycling education and outreach. In all of these areas, we have done our job. Since 2011, the City has seen a 14.7% decrease in refuse and a 30.7% increase in recycling. If and when the recycling collected did not meet the standards set forth by UCRRA, the City absorbed the costs of that contaminated load and dedicated staff resources towards community education and compliance, checking recycling bins and fining property owners, when necessary.

    “Prior to the establishment of ‘flow control’ in 2013, the City of Kingston held an independent contract with UCRRA. In an amendment to that contract, executed in June 2011, it reads, “…WHEREAS, the Agency supports the City’s efforts to increase recycling through single stream recycling and agrees to amend the Agreement…” The City no longer has an independent contract with the Agency, but I expect that our partners in the Ulster County Legislature will agree that the intent has been to support the continuation and expansion of single stream recycling.

    “The impact of the Agency’s decision will be detrimental to our community. The City includes two Environmental Justice Areas who are disproportionately exposed to or at-risk of exposure to negative environmental conditions. The Agency must reflect on its mission and commitment to our community and instead of scaling back its services, it should be supporting single stream recycling, developing new methods to protect public health and advancing sustainable practices.

    “In addition to the proposal eliminating the acceptance of single stream recycling collection, UCRRA has announced a proposal to double our collection fees mid-year. This sudden change does not allow the City enough time to review the financial impact of this revised fee and is not accounted for in the City’s adopted 2018 budget.

    “I will be attending the Ulster County Legislature’s Energy and Environment Committee meeting on May 3rd at the Ulster County Resource and Recovery Agency. In addition, I will be attending the public hearing scheduled by UCRRA for May 23rd. However, based on the significance of this proposal and the high likelihood that if passed, Kingston would be disproportionally impacted, I respectfully request the following:

    1. The Ulster County Resource and Recovery Agency postpone its vote on the proposal for a minimum of 60 days to allow the Agency time to review the consequences of ending the acceptance of single stream recycling on December 31st.
    2. The Agency hold a second public hearing in Kingston to allow the public and all officials additional time to review the proposal and to understand how it would impact our community
    3. The Ulster County Legislature’s Energy and Environment Committee review the proposal and offer comment on this proposal’s projected impact on the County’s environment
    4. The Agency research regional collection sites for single stream recycling and provide a report to the public on its findings
    5. The Agency postpone its vote on the proposed fee increases and not consider a fee increase to go into effect until January 1, 2019 to allow participating municipalities time to budget appropriately or consider alternative options

     

    “The City of Kingston and Ulster County have both worked to become the ‘greenest’ and most environmental city and county in New York State. UCRRA is a valued partner in this work and I urge its members to remember why the Agency exists and who it serves.

    “Finally, I urge community members and elected officials to join me at the public hearing on May 23rd and to share their concerns.”

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