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]

    Kingston News

    11/3/2023 - Mayor Noble Announces Launch of Right to Counsel Program


    November 3, 2023


    Mayor Noble Announces Launch of

    Right to Counsel Program


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce the City of Kingston has launched a Right to Counsel program to provide free legal counsel to income-eligible Kingston residents regarding housing issues. Legal Services of the Hudson Valley has been contracted to assist with the program’s implementation.

    The Right to Counsel Program will provide residents with the information, resources, services, advice, and representation they need to exercise their housing rights. Issues might include potential eviction proceedings, habitability claims for repairs, claims under the Emergency Tenant Protection Act, and discrimination proceedings.

    “We are proud to launch this program, which is designed to help our residents facing eviction in court or other pressing housing issues. Legal counsel can be prohibitively expensive, which makes this is a social justice issue – no one should lose their housing because they can’t afford an attorney;” said Mayor Noble. “My team and I have been using every available tool to protect our residents from the housing crisis, and this is just another one of our strategies to keep our community members housed.”

    Kingston residents qualify for the Right to Counsel program if they meet Legal Services of the Hudson Valley’s eligibility requirements and have an annual income at or below 120% percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), as calculated based on household size and annually updated for Ulster County by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In addition, to ensure the program is serving those residents with the greatest need, at least 50% of all clients served by the program will have an annual income at or below 100% AMI.

    The Right to Counsel Program can be accessed in any of the following ways:

    • Call LSHV’s central intake at 1-877-574-8529
    • Visit Legal Services offices at 550 Aaron Ct, during business hours: weekdays from 9:00am-5:00pm
    • Click the ‘Get Legal Help Now’ button on

    This free legal service is provided for income-eligible City of Kingston residents for housing issues only. Services can be offered in English and Spanish.

    “Legal Services of the Hudson Valley is proud to partner with the City of Kingston in their efforts to keep the members of their community in stable housing. As the sole provider of comprehensive civil legal services to low-income residents throughout the Hudson Valley, we have seen firsthand the imbalance of power between tenants and landlords. This much-needed program assists tenants in asserting their legal rights when their basic human need for housing is at risk. Providing counsel to low-income tenants effectively prevents homelessness, and we look forward to being a part of this progressive initiative,” said Erin Burud, Attorney in Charge of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley’s Kingston office.

    “Access to legal services is an essential aspect of ensuring that vulnerable Kingston families can exercise their housing rights with respect to illegal rent increases, lack of basic services, or eviction proceedings. This program will ensure that Kingston tenants have access to the fair representation they deserve,” said Bartek Starodaj, Director of Housing Initiatives.

    The City of Kingston has allocated $500,000 of its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to support the Right to Counsel Program. More information about utilizing these legal services is available at   

    Mayor Noble established the Department of Housing Initiatives in 2020 to support housing planning in the City of Kingston. The Department manages housing-related grants, supports the construction of new market-rate and affordable housing, develops policies to protect existing residents, and addresses the connection between housing and sustainability, health, and mobility. The Department also reviews the disposition of city-owned property suitable for housing development and collaborates with local and regional housing organizations. Current projects include implementing city-wide rezoning efforts, short-term rental guidelines and many more. Visit