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

    6/3/2019 - City of Kingston Ends 2018 Fiscal Year with $1.1 Million Increase in Fund Balance

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    June 3, 2019

     

     

    City of Kingston Ends 2018 Fiscal Year with

    $1.1 Million Increase in Fund Balance

    Mayor Noble Proposes Using Funds to Pay Down Short-Term Debt and Pave 8 Additional Streets

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce the excellent financial performance of the City of Kingston in 2018. The City of Kingston Comptroller’s Office submitted the City’s 2018 Financial Report to the state on May 1, which documents a $1.1 million increase in the City’s General Fund Balance. This strong budgetary performance was made possible through smart fiscal management practices– and without raising the tax levy for three consecutive budgets. 

    “2018 was a great year in the City of Kingston,” said Mayor Noble. “Our revenues were up, including a bump in sales tax and more investment throughout our city, and we were able to implement a number of significant cost-saving measures throughout the year, all of which resulted in a surplus of over one million dollars. It is absolutely vital that remain diligent in our careful and meticulous budget oversight to continue to protect our taxpayers and provide the highest quality services.”

    In a communication to the Common Council, Mayor Noble has proposed using a portion ($390,000) of the unassigned fund balance toward paying down the balance on a higher interest retirement amortization loan, which will save the City money in interest in the future. Mayor Noble has also proposed utilizing $350,000 for additional street paving in 2019. The Department of Public Works has identified eight streets to be paved, including all of Washington Avenue, that were scheduled for paving in 2020. If the proposal is approved by the Common Council, the paving work will be done this construction season, making the total number of newly paved streets close to 25 in 2019. 

    “By paying down a higher interest loan, we are saving the taxpayers in the long run, and we will not have to budget those funds for next year – it’s a win-win,” said Mayor Noble. “It’s been one of my administration’s top priorities this year to invest in infrastructure, and by using these funds for paving, we are delivering these improvements even faster than we hoped.”