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

    Meet the Council


    Emilie Hauser, Chair

    Emilie Hauser joined the CAC through her volunteer work on the Kingston climate smart communities and green jobs task force. She is interested in energy conservation, open space and water quality, especially as it relates to the protection of the Hudson River. She has lived in Kingston since the early 1980s. Born and raised in the mid-west, she and her late husband came to Kingston for his job with IBM. Her volunteer activity in Kingston started in the late 1980s when she chaired a recycling task force, later working for the UC Resource Recovery Agency.She serves on the Kingston Library climate smart committee, the Hudson River environmental society, and the solid waste committee of the league of women voters – mid-Hudson region. She is the estuary training program coordinator for the NYS DEC Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, employed by NEIWPCC. Her professional and volunteer activities intersect in helping communities plan for climate change. Passionate about the environment, the Hudson River, and Kingston, she enjoys iceboating, kayaking and bicycling.

    Kevin McEvoy, Secretary 


    Kevin became a Kingston resident in 2001 at which time he and his wife Barbara purchased and oversaw the renovation of one of Kingston's pre-Revolutionary old stone houses and an adjacent barn which he later placed on the National Historic Register. He has lived in NYC, New Paltz, Rosendale and elsewhere previously and has been actively involved in historic preservation, urban planning, environmental matters and working with non-profits. Kevin has served as a current board member and Vice Chair & Treasurer of Kingston Land Trust 2009-2012 working on programming, policy, and open space matters, as a volunteer for Friends of Historic Kingston, as a researcher for the Kingston African American History Committee, as a member of the Kingston Tidal Waterfront Flooding Task Force and is presently a Kingston Heritage Area Commissioner and on the Kingston Urban Agriculture Committee. Kevin directs a family business in NYC where he was a co-founder of a community garden. When not otherwise engaged he can be found hiking , biking, traveling, studying art, architecture and history of different periods and cultures and attending live music performances.



    Sebastian Pillitteri 

    Bio Coming Soon!