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

    Energy

     A Climate Smart Community –

     

    A Climate Smart Community – The New York State Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Program is a network of New York communities engaged in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving climate resilience. Municipalities become involved with the CSC Program by adopting the CSC Pledge, which includes 10 elements that lead to a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and provide guidance on climate change adaptation. Municipalities can opt to participate in the Climate Smart Certification Program, which has four certification levels: certified, bronze, silver and gold. Communities can access technical support and funding opportunities to reach their certification goals.

    The City of Kingston achieved Bronze Climate Smart Community certification in 2014, and now Silver certification in 2018, both the highest levels achieved by any municipality in New York State. Kingston has completed a variety of adaptation and mitigation strategies to achieve this level, including appointing a commission, conducting a Greenhouse Gas Inventory and creating a Climate Action Plan. The Climate Action Plan outlines strategies and actions for the city to take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and set a goal for energy use reduction of 20% by 2020. For more information, visit the Climate Smart Kingston webpage, and view Kingston’s Climate Smart Communities Profile. In 2018, the City will be updating our Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, tracking our progress, and understanding the road ahead toward achieving our goals.

    To take the City’s commitment even further, in 2017, the City adopted Resolution #179 of 2017: Resolution of the Common Council of the City of Kingston, NY Committing to 100% Clean Energy by 2050 and Continuing Support of the Principles of the Paris Agreement.  

      

    A Clean Energy Community An initiative of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Clean Energy Communities Program provides funding and technical support to communities that are implementing energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects.  A community must complete four out of the 10 High Impact Actions that save energy and money, and contribute to lowering greenhouse gas emissions, to achieve the Clean Energy Community designation.

     

    In 2017 the City of Kingston became the first city in New York to be designated a Clean Energy Community. To earn the designation, the city by completed the following high-impact actions:

    • Establishing a Clean Fleet by adding electric vehicles (EV) to the city fleet.
    • Implementing a Benchmarking initiative that establishes a policy of data collection on energy use in municipal buildings to identify opportunities to cut energy waste. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager Program is a tool that the City of Kingston uses to benchmark the performance of municipal buildings.
    • Establishing the Energize NY Finance program, a loan to help commercial and non-profit property owners to tackle energy upgrades and renewable energy projects. The loan is repaid through a special charge on the property tax bill.
    • Earning Climate Smart Community certification. As an added incentive for receiving Clean Energy Community certification, the City was awarded $100,000 by NYSERDA to complete an energy or sustainability project (see CEC Grant in Table 1).
    • In addition to these actions, Kingston is also a solar-friendly community. In 2015, the City of Kingston participated in the Solarize Hudson Valley campaign, which was designed to make it easier for households and small businesses to go solar. The Solarize Kingston campaign has ended, but residents can access a Solar Guidebook and Kingston’s Solar Permit here

     

    Greening Our Street Lights-

    Kingston’s street lights consume 1.9 million kWh of energy annually.  Kingston is retrofitting all of our existing street lights to energy efficient LED street lights, which will result in a retrofit of over 2,200 municipal street lights to LED.

    Street Light FAQ 

    Project Website