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

    7/23/2018 - City of Kingston Launches Participatory Budgeting Pilot Project

    July 23, 2018

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     

    City of Kingston Launches Participatory Budgeting Pilot Project

    Project submissions due by August 31st

     

    KINGSTON, N.Y. - Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to launch the City of Kingston’s first-ever Participatory Budgeting pilot project in the City of Kingston. Participatory Budgeting is a process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. For this year's pilot project, $15,000 has been set aside for improvements or projects in each business district (Uptown, Midtown and Downtown), for a total investment of $45,000 to be decided by the public. These funds were allocated based on revenue received from off-street parking fees.

     

    “This is a new and exciting process for our city to work on together, where, for the first time, community members will have a direct say in how a portion of public funds are spent,” said Mayor Noble. “I encourage residents, business owners, local employees, and other stakeholders to submit their ideas and help us ensure that the upcoming projects reflect the interests and needs of our community.”

    The scope of the project is intentionally open in order to gather a wide range of suggestions. Projects must impact a business district and must be able to be obligated or paid for in this fiscal year by December 31, 2018. Depending on the logistics of the selected projects, implementation may take place in 2019. It is possible that multiple projects will be selected in a district if the total of those projects does not exceed $15,000.

    Community members can submit project ideas or proposals in one of three ways:

    1) Attend a community visioning session on one of the following dates and locations:

    MIDTOWN

    Monday, August 13th

    5:30pm-7:30pm

    City Hall (420 Broadway)

    UPTOWN

    Tuesday, August 14th

    5:30pm-7:30pm

    LGBTQ Community Center (300 Wall St.)

    DOWNTOWN

    Tuesday, August 28th

    5:30pm-7:30pm

    Hudson River Maritime Museum (50 Rondout Landing)

     

    2) Complete the project submission form by visiting www.kingston-ny.gov/ParticipatoryBudgeting

    3) Drop off project ideas or send by postal mail to:

    City Hall

    420 Broadway

    Kingston, NY 12401

     

    Prior to submitting a project, some of the areas to consider include:

    a. Impact: will the project positively impact one of the business districts?

    b. Timing: can the proposed project be paid for or obligated by 12/31/18?

    c. Cost: can the proposed project be completed for under $15,000?

    d. Duplication: does the proposed project conflict with any current or upcoming projects in the same area?

     

    City staff will provide a public response to each of the proposed projects. Projects not selected by the community or projects that are not feasible due to cost constraints or other barriers may be included in future planning efforts and community initiatives.

    Once the cost estimates have been prepared, a public poll will be launched online and in print. The public poll is expected to be conducted in Fall 2018.

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