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

    1/24/2019 - Participatory Budgeting Funds Allocated for Youth Programming

    January 24, 2019

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     

    PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING FUNDS ALLOCATED

    Projects include a Youth Program for Community Beautification

    and Youth Programming Fund

    KINGSTON, N.Y. - Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce the projects designated for each business district, which were selected by the community, allocating funds from the first-ever Participatory Budgeting Project. Both Midtown and Uptown voted for community beautification training for youth, while the Rondout district voted for youth programming.

    The Midtown and Uptown budgets will both be allocated to the YMCA Farm Project to create a new program, which will train local youth to work in areas of community beautification, including landscaping and greenscaping. The program will give a stipend to the participating trainees, who will be planting trees, removing litter, covering graffiti and other community beautification efforts. The program will be up and running this year.  

     “We are thrilled to expand our youth development program to offer training in greenscaping and other community improvement initiatives,” said Susan Hereth, Education Director of the YMCA Farm Project. “We look forward to working with the city to make our community a greener, more beautiful space, and providing teens the opportunity to learn new skills while being a larger and productive part of their community. The projects awarded through the Participatory Budgeting process are ideas the teens in the community have talked and asked about - to receive funding to allow the youth to bring their ideas to fruition is a powerful lesson.” 

    The Rondout district voted to allocate its funds for new or expanded youth programming. The funds will go to the Office of Community Development, which will have an application process for organizations to submit ideas for programming initiatives. These applications will be presented to the Community Development Advisory Board, which will award the grant for projects specifically geared toward youth-based programs in the Rondout area.   

     

    “The first Participatory Budget was a big success. We will be helping to institute some fantastic new programs for the youth in our community, and at the same time cleaning up and greening our surroundings,” said Mayor Noble. “Participatory Budgeting means residents and business owners in each district have a say in how they want to improve their neighborhoods, and I think they have chosen great projects that we can all be proud of.”

     

    Participatory Budgeting is a process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. For the pilot project, $15,000 was set aside for improvements or projects in each business district (Uptown, Midtown and Downtown), for a total investment of $45,000. These funds were generated by revenue received from off-street parking fees. The Mayor has set aside $20,000 for each district in the 2019 Adopted budget towards another round of Participatory Budgeting.

     

    Top three highest-voted projects in each district were:

    UPTOWN:

    1.      Develop landscaping/greenscaping training program for youth who need jobs

    2.      Develop additional summer community events, performances, picnics and celebrations

    3.      Plant additional trees with regular maintenance and pruning 

    MIDTOWN:

    1.      Create a Midtown enhancement project for trees, and improve landscaping

    2.      Improve sidewalks and crosswalks

    3.      Add benches at bus stops and improve bus shelters

    DOWNTOWN:

    1.      Fund youth programs, community events, education and wellness centers

    2.      Purchase additional trash and recycling cans

    3.      Build a seasonal ice skating rink 

    Related links: https://www.kingstonymcafarmproject.org/