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]


    Combined Sewer Overflow Information

    The City of Kingston has installed four Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) monitoring devices, which cover all of Kingston’s Combined Sewer Overflow locations. This technology allows city staff and the public the opportunity to be notified via our City Website whether one or more of the CSO outfalls are in the process of overflowing at the current time.

    The four locations are listed above. When the listing indicates Normal, no overflows are detected at that location. If the listing indicates Active, a discharge is currently happening.


    To sign up for NY Alerts to be notified about sewer overflow events, please visit:

    For a map of each CSO Location, please click here.


    CSO Events

    To find a Combined Sewer Overflow report on a particular site, please use the following dropdown menu:

    Listing files in 'Combined Server Overflow'


    What is Combined Sewer Overflow? When does CSO occur?

    Combined sewer systems (CSS) are sewer systems that are designed to collect storm water runoff, domestic sewage, and industrial wastewater in the same pipe and bring it to the publicly owned treatment works (POTW) facilities. During rain events, when storm water or snow melt enters the sewers rapidly, the capacity of the sewer system may be exceeded and the excess water will be discharged into a waterbody (rivers, streams, estuaries, and coastal waters). The untreated water may contain untreated sewage that may impact human health.

    Combined sewers can be found across the state. Most large municipal sewer systems in NYS consist of combined sewers in older downtown urban areas. There are currently about 800 CSO outfalls in New York State.

    The DEC states “CSO outfalls may discharge rainwater mixed with untreated sewage during or following rainfall or snowmelt events and may contain bacteria that can cause illness.”

    The DEC recommends to “avoid contact or recreation (swimming, boating, and fishing) within the waterbody during or following a rainfall or snowmelt event.”

    To learn more about CSO’s, please see our Combined Sewer Overflow Information.


    What is being done to resolve CSO in Kingston 

    The City of Kingston has committed to spending $3.5 million in the next year for sewer separation projects.

    For more information on the projects, the supporting grants, and grant applications, please visit:



    This project was prepared for Hudson River Estuary Program, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, with support from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund, in cooperation with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission. The viewpoints expressed here do not necessarily represent those of NEIWPCC or NYSDEC, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or causes constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.