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

    12/11/2018 - Volunteer Opportunity: The Board of Assessment Review is Seeking Applications

    December 11, 2018

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Volunteer Opportunity: The Board of Assessment Review is Seeking Applications

    KINGSTON, N.Y. -- The Board of Assessment Review (BAR) is a great opportunity to volunteer for the City of Kingston. The BAR serves to hear all taxpayer contests of their property assessment and make a ruling for each contest. Being a member of BAR requires that each member follow Real Property Tax Law (RPTL) to make their decisions.  The committee members are not advocates for the City of Kingston or the complainant, they are advocates for Real Property Tax Law, which has clearly defined guidelines.

     

    Past experience in real estate or related fields in not required.  Being able to enforce the legal duties set forth in the BAR Manual (link) is most critical, along with attending three annual meetings:  the 4th Tuesday of May, the 4th Tuesday in July and 4th Tuesday in November. The City of Kingston’s Common Council appoints the new member, with the current opening to be filled in early 2019. The committee has five members total, each serving five year terms. Training by Ulster County Real Property is required upon appointment.  

    How to Apply:

    Individuals interested in serving on the BAR, must complete an application and submit it to the Assessor’s office. This information will be used in determining which individuals are best suited to serve on the Board based on their qualifications, backgrounds, skills and interests. The purpose of this application process is to enable the City to recruit individuals who have a strong desire and ability to serve and to ensure that the Board reflects the rich diversity of our community. 

     

    Apply online or download the application and return it to the Assessor's Office.

     

    If you have additional questions, please contact:

    City Assessor

    Daniel P. Baker

    Phone: (845) 334-3910

    City Hall

    420 Broadway

    Kingston, NY 12401

    Relevant link:

    Board of Assessment Reviews legal duties https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/RPT/523