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
    [email protected]

    Ad Hoc Water Bottling Committee 

    On October 14, 2014 the Kingston Conservation Advisory Council hosted Judith Hansen, the superintendent of the Kingston Water Department to the monthly CAC meeting at Kingston City Hall. This meeting was attended by over 250 people from the public. At this meeting, Judith presented to the CAC and the public, an overview of the Kingston Water Supply and Distribution System; an overview of the Niagara Bottling Proposal at it pertains to the City of Kingston; and accepted Questions and Answers from both the CAC and the public. 

    Presentation by Judith Hansen to Kingston CAC, October 14, 2014

    Throughout the meeting, the public was invited to present questions and/or comments submitted via index cards to the evening's Q & A moderators (League of Women Voters), who then worked through a number of questions, presenting those to both the CAC and Judith. All comments submitted were then collected by the CAC. The public was also instructed that they could continue to submit comments via email to Julie Noble, CAC Chair after the meeting. All comments received to date were transcribed verbatim and can be found below. 

    Comments submitted to Kingston CAC from Public 

    At the October 14th meeting, the Kingston CAC voted to form an Ad Hoc Water Bottling Committee, who would continue to be part of the proposal review process, to the extent allowable under NYS GML 239x. Members of this Committee are:

    Diane Bonavita

    Kevin McEvoy 

    Julie Noble

    Gregg Swanzey

    This Committee will be discussing a process for facilitating how to address the comments submitted. 

    Additionally, at the October 14th meeting, the Kingston CAC voted to submit recommendations to the Kingston Common Council and the City of Kingston Mayor that those parties recommend that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation serve as Lead Agency for the SEQR review of the Niagara Bottling Proposal.

    Letter of recommendation to Common Council and Mayor

    This letter was discussed at the Public Safety/General Government Committee Meeting on October 22.