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]


    Plumbing Board

    • David Allen, President
    • Josh Tienken, Plumbing Inspector
    • Carl Bell 
    • John Miller
    • Frank Parrinello
    • Chris Armstrong
    • Chris Forgione

    The Inspector is responsible for the oversight of any new installation and renovation which involves modifications to existing plumbing services. In addition, he coordinates with other City Departments, such as the Water Department or the Department of Public Works, the installation of municipal services. The Inspector oversees the licensing of all master plumbers and is responsible for issuing permits on work performed within the City limits.

    NOTE: The City of Kingston’s Board of Plumbing Examiners will be giving the 2024  exam for Master Plumber. Applications for the May exam must be submitted by 12:00pm on Wednesday March 27, 2024. 

    Applicant interviews will be held on April 3, 2024; pre-test seminar will be on April 17, 2024. The plumbing exam will be May 22, 2024 at 5:00pm at the office of Building Safety and Zoning Enforcement at 5 Garraghan Drive, Kingston NY.  For further information please call 845-331-1217.

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    5 Garraghan Drive 
    Kingston, NY 12401

    Building Safety & Zoning Enforcement
    Plumbing Inspector, Josh Tienken 
    Phone: (845) 331-1217