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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

    Kingston News

    6/12/2020 - COK to Offer Installment Payment Plans to Property Owners for Outstanding Prior Year Taxes

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    June 12, 2020

     

    City of Kingston to Offer Installment Payment Plans to

    Property Owners for Outstanding Prior Year Taxes

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble announces that the City of Kingston will offer voluntary installment payment plan agreements to property owners for outstanding prior year taxes, effective immediately. This option will assist property owners in retaining their Basic STAR exemptions or credits and to pay down their outstanding taxes in manageable installments.  

    Per New York State, “Beginning in 2020, property owners with property tax delinquencies greater than one year are not eligible for the Basic STAR exemption or the Basic STAR credit.” In order for their STAR exemption or credit to be reinstituted, property owners must either pay their delinquent taxes in full or enter into an installment payment plan. 

    “With so many in our community impacted by the pandemic and the resulting economic downturn, along with these new changes to the STAR Program, we are committed to identifying any potential solutions to help our residents and business owners navigate this difficult time,” said Mayor Noble. “By offering a repayment plan earlier than previously available, eligible residential and commercial property owners can pay off their outstanding taxes over time while continuing to benefit from the STAR program.” 

    Previously, such agreements were only available once property foreclosure proceedings were initiated, due to New York State tax code prohibiting the provision of a second installment payment agreement within 36 months. While the City is making these agreements available earlier, due to the changes in the STAR program, New York State still prohibits property owners who default on their payment plan from entering into another installment agreement for a period of three years, even in the event of foreclosure. Individuals wishing to participate in this program should consult with their accountant prior to entering into such an agreement.

    Property owners who are eligible for this payment option will receive a notice in the mail in the coming week. For more information and to enroll in an installment payment plan, individuals should contact the Corporation Counsel’s Office at 845-334-3947.