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

    (845) 331-0080
    [email protected]

    Kingston News

    5/7/2019 - City of Kingston Files 2019 Tentative Assessment Roll


    May 7, 2019


    City of Kingston Files 2019 Tentative Assessment Roll 

    Grievance Day to be Held on May 28, 2019


    KINGSTON, NY -- The City of Kingston’s Assessor has filed the Tentative Assessment Roll for 2019. There has been an undeniable demand for residential, commercial, land, residential rental and commercial rental properties in the City of Kingston over the past four years.  This demand, from a multitude of different buyers, has caused pressure in the marketplace and significant increase in property values over the past three assessment roll cycles. 

    Over the past three valuation periods (July 2015–June 2016; July 2016–June 2017; July 2017–June 2018) the City of Kingston’s commercial real estate market showed consistent positive growth when analyzing property sales compared to their assessments. This upward commercial value trend has been consistent throughout each business district in the City of Kingston, as many new buyers have been entering the market over the past few years. Values in the residential sector have been following similar trends.  The residential sector has seen its strongest uptick in value this year over the past few years, due to a healthy demand for residential properties in the City of Kingston. All residential neighborhoods will see upward trending this Assessment Roll year of 2019.

    Any property receiving a change in assessed value (positive or negative) or exemption status will be mailed a notice this week. Included in this notice will be the amount of assessment change, any exemptions on the property, and what a property owner should do if they disagree with the assessment. 

    The Assessor will be available to discuss any property owner’s valuation complaint prior to Grievance Day. Appointments to meet at the Assessor’s Office at City Hall can be made during the following times: May 11 from 9:00am–1:00pm, May 15 from 4:00–8:00pm, and May 23 from 12:00–4:00pm.

    Grievance Day will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, from 3:00–5:00pm and 7:00–9:00pm at City Hall. The Board of Assessment Review will hear and examine all complaints in relation to assessments. Any person believing himself/herself to be aggrieved, should provide a written application, as well as the required RP-524 Grievance Application. A helpful grievance how-to guide is provided by New York State. 

    What can impact Assessed Values?

    • Adjusting for Market Value
    • New Construction
    • Improvements (Permitted or Unpermitted)
    • Alterations (Permitted or Unpermitted)
    • Demolition
    • Fire damage  

    A property’s assessed value is a measure of its market value based on the prior July 1st (7/1/2018).   Property in the City of Kingston is assessed at 100% of market value. 

    The entire Tentative Assessment Roll is available now and may also be reviewed online at: or by clicking “Assessment Roll” on the City of Kingston’s website’s homepage or in person at the Assessor’s Office.

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