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

    Civil Service

    Civil Service Commission

    • Bernice Arra - Chairperson
    • Susan Wallace
    • Audrey Kithcart

    Municipal civil service commissions in New York State perform legislative, executive and judicial functions: legislative when making rules which have the force and effect of law; executive when administering the merit system, including determining general policy and establishing internal procedures; judicial when considering appeals from Civil Service Law decisions such as examination, position classification, and disciplinary actions.

    The following outlines some of the statutory duties of a municipal civil service commission with citations to the sections of the Civil Service Law which apply. Each municipal civil service commission shall:

    1. Administer the provisions of the Civil Service Law (Section 17) 
    2. Prescribe, amend and enforce suitable rules covering jurisdictional and position classifications, examinations, appointments, promotions, transfers, resignations and reinstatements (Section 20) 
    3. Have power to investigate the enforcement and effect of the Civil Service Law and Rules (Section 21) 
    4. Certify appropriate titles for new positions (Section 22) 
    5. Report to the State Civil Service Commission on how the law and rules are administered (Section 26) 
    6. Ascertain the merit and fitness of applications for competitive class positions (Section 50) 
    7. Certify eligible lists for appointments (Section 61) 
    8. Assist others in carrying out the duties of public officers (Section 95) 
    9. Maintain in detail the employment history of each employee (Section 97) 
    10. Certify payrolls (Section 100)

     City of Kingston Rules & Regulations (adopted March 8, 2016)

     Appendices to Rules & Regulations

    Civil Service Examination Schedule

     Click on the exam title to view/print the announcement.  If none are listed there are no exam announcements posted at this time.

    Job Vacancy :

    Part-time Clerk - Deadline to apply June 24, 2016

    Capital Projects Assistant (part-time) - Deadline to apply June 29, 2016

    Park Maintenance Supervisor - Deadline to apply June 29, 2016

    Forms, Policies & Announcements

    Listing files in 'Civil Service Documents'



    Contact Information

    City Hall
    420 Broadway 
    Kingston, NY 12401 

    Executive Secretary 
    Jackie DeCicco
    Phone: (845) 334-3921
    Fax: (845) 334-3946