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

    1/4/2019 - 2019 Community Development Block Grant applications due

    January 4, 2019

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Applications Due on January 14

    KINGSTON, N.Y. – Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce the availability of applications for the 2019 Fiscal Year Community Development Block Grant. Eligible entities are encouraged to apply for the funding, which is administered by the City of Kingston’s Office of Economic and Community Development and made available by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Grant. Applications are due January 14, 2019 to be considered for the 2019 Community Development Block Grant (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020). 

    The goal of the CDBG program is to develop viable urban communities through:

    • Housing

    • Economic Development

    • Elimination of Slums and Blight

    • Expansion of Community Services

    • Neighborhood Revitalization

    The primary objective of the CDBG program is to benefit persons of low and moderate income. By regulation, the City must allocate at least 70% of its annual CDBG funding on activities that benefit persons of low and moderate income, households, and neighborhoods.

    Each year, the City of Kingston is awarded an estimated $600,000.  Funds have been used to support such activities as youth and adult literacy programs, arts and music education, initiatives to address food insecurity, after school and summer programs at the City’s community centers, facility improvements at the City’s parks and local helping organizations, and home repairs through the City’s Housing Rehabilitation program.  

    “Over the past three years, we have used this funding to enhance the quality and affordability of housing, support educational, recreational and support services for youth and families, and improve our public facilities,” said Mayor Noble. “With funding continuing to dwindle each year, we are looking for community partners who can leverage these funds to create and sustain effective and accessible opportunities for our youth and families throughout Kingston.”

    Public feedback regarding projects or program priorities you would like to see included in the Consolidated Plan or Annual Action Plan are also accepted at the City's Office of Economic & Community Development at any time until January 14, 2019.  

    About the process:

    The Mayor, the Economic & Community Development Director, the Common Council’s Community Development Committee, and the Community Development Advisory Board review all submitted applications for adherence to HUD eligibility requirements and alignment with the City’s Consolidated Plan. The Mayor takes into consideration the public comments and recommendations of the Board and then offers a final recommendation to the Common Council. Prior to the Council’s vote, the recommended slate of projects is published in The Daily Freeman followed by a thirty-day public review and comment period. After the comment period, the Common Council votes on the annual slate of activities and the Community Development Director submits the final plan to HUD for approval in May.

    Questions can be directed to Brenna Robinson, Office of Economic & Community Development at (845) 334-3924 or brobinson@kingston-ny.gov.

    Relevant links:

    https://kingston-ny.gov/content/8399/8469/8547/default.aspx 

    More information, important dates & timeline can be found here: https://kingston-ny.gov/filestorage/8399/8469/8547/2019_CDBG_app.pdf