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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

    Police Accountability in the City of Kingston

    Since Mayor Noble took office in 2016, the City of Kingston has made significant incremental changes to policies and procedures around police accountability.

    Over the past four years, we have:

    - Equipped every officer with a body camera

    - Adopted the Right to Know Act

    - Instituted strategies to attract more diverse applicants to the police force, and hired bilingual officers

    - Codified our commitment to not approach anyone based upon their immigration status

    - Made the Police Commission meetings and process more accessible 

    - Instituted the Peaceful Guardians Program 

    - Approved the funding of implicit bias training for Police Board Commissioners, to begin in 2020


    In June 2020, Mayor Noble pledged his support to continue these efforts and in the City of Kingston. He and the Common Council worked alongside community groups to pass legislation centered around police accountability that includes: 

    - Transparent guidelines for the appointment process and composition of the Police Commission

    - Creating training requirements for the Commissioners, and

    - Improving upon the Commission’s complaint process

    This legislation unanimously passed the Common Council on July 7. Mayor Noble signed the legislation into law on July 8. Read the full resolution HERE.  

    Police accountability efforts are far from finished, and we know the work will only be complete when everyone in this City feels safe and protected. We are committed to doing the work toward building trust in the community, between law enforcement and all people of Kingston.