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Kingston Police Department
Gerald Keller(Chief of Police)
1 Garraghan Dr,
Kingston, NY, 12401

Ulster County SPCA
David R Fix(Senior Humane Law Investigator)
20 Wiedy Rd,
Kingston, NY, 12401

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The city of Kingston, also called "K- Town" encompasses the following counties: Ulster. Kingston's government is comprised of the Mayor, who is currently Shayne Gallo (D).

Kingston encompasses . The elevation is 476 ft (145 m) above sea level. The local time zone is Eastern (EST) (UTC-5).

Zip codes in Kingston include 12401-12402. Local area codes are 845. The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code for the city is 36-39727, which is used in computer filings when non-government agencies and contractors fulfill government contracts.

Kingston is a city in and the county seat of Ulster County, New York, USA. It is 91 miles (146 km) north of New York City and 59 miles (95 km) south of Albany. It became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 16, 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. Passenger rail service has since ceased, and many of the older buildings are part of three historic districts, such as the Stockade District uptown, the Midtown Neighborhood Broadway Corridor, and the Rondout-West Strand Historic District downtown.

The city of Kingston was first called Esopus after a local Esopus tribe, then Wiltwijck (sometimes anglicized to Wiltwyck). Settled in 1651, it was one of the three large Hudson River settlements in New Netherland, the other two being Beverwyck, now Albany, and New Amsterdam, now New York City. In 1777, Kingston became the first capital of New York. During the summer of 1777, when the New York State constitution was written, New York City was occupied by British troops and Albany (then the second largest settlement in New York and capital of the newly independent State of New York) was under threat of attack by the British. To escape attack, the seat of government was moved downstream to Kingston, which was deemed safer. Ironically, the British never reached Albany, being stopped at Saratoga, but they did reach Kingston. On October 16, 1777, shortly after the Battle of Saratoga, the city was burned by British troops moving up the Hudson River from New York City, disembarking at the mouth of the Rondout Creek on the formation the Dutch had named Ponck Hockie.[dead link] Contrary to popular belief there wasn't a large conflict between the townsfolk and the British invaders. This is because the denizens of Kingston knew of the oncoming fleet. The city had been evacuated by the time the British arrived, residents and the government having removed to Hurley, New York, which the British did not attack.[citation needed] Kingston celebrates and re-enacts the 1777 burning of the city by the British every other year (2013 is the next 'burning of Kingston), in an all-city theatrical staging of the event that begins at the Rondout.

The area was a major granary for the colonies at the time, so the British burned large amounts of wheat and all but one or two of the buildings. There is some debate over exactly how much of a fight was put up against the British; one third of the local militia regiment was still to the north at Saratoga, and one third was to the south manning several forts (which were captured days before by the British). This would have left approximately 150 militiamen to defend the city against approximately 2,000 British regulars.