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

    5/10/2017 - City of Kingston’s favorable 2016 financial performance yields $823,613 increase in unassigned fund balance

    May 10, 2017
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    City of Kingston’s favorable 2016 financial performance yields $823,613 increase in unassigned fund balance


    KINGSTON, N.Y. Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston’s General Fund unassigned fund balance increased by $823,613 in 2016 to a total of $5,519,836. This amount is 13.3% of the City's 2017 General Fund budgeted expenditures and now in excess of the City's adopted fund balance policy, which calls for a fund balance level of 10-13%.

    “We have worked diligently with each department to implement and maintain responsible spending practices that have resulted in this excellent increase in our unassigned fund balance,” stated Mayor Noble. “I appreciate the efforts of all of my staff who have heeded my administration’s call to do more with less.”

    The City’s Comptroller, John Tuey, has recommended that the Common Council use $441,440 of fund balance to pay off a portion of the City’s short term debt. This action would provide recurring interest savings, as well as future budgetary flexibility that Tuey recommends to be used to fund vehicle and other short life capital expenditures in order to reduce the need to bond for such assets. A reduction of $441,440 from the City’s fund balance would bring the City's unassigned fund balance calculation to l2.2% of budgeted expenditures, which is still in the upper range of the City’s targeted fund balance levels.

    “This move will reduce interest costs and will be returned to the City over the next three years in $441,440 of budgetary savings,” said Tuey.

    Included with Tuey’s recommendations was a letter from the City's debt fiscal advisor, Noah Nadelson, Chief Executive Officer of Munistat Services, Inc., which stated:
    “…the City has been able to improve its financial position (and credit rating) through prudent fiscal management. The City has maintained an aggressive amortization with its borrowings, and the General Fund debt profile is strong. Paying off some of the outstanding notes is another example of thoughtful financial planning…”


    The matter will be discussed and considered by the Common Council in the coming month.


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