General Information

Welcome to Ulster County! The Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce provides you with all the general information you need to begin your relocation to our beautiful Hudson Valley, located 75 miles north of New York City and 60 miles south of the state capital (Albany).

According to the most recent census data, Ulster County is home to 181,000 residents, occupying 20 towns, three villages, and one city spread across 1,127 square miles of the Hudson Valley.

Utilities
Gas & Electric
Central Hudson Gas & Electric
Green America Now

Cable Services
Time Warner Cable
Mid-Hudson Cable 
Telephone
AT &T
Verizon
Verizon Wireless
CornerStone Telephone Company
Nextiva
Transportation
Ulster County is the only county in New York State that offers three direct links to the New York State Thruway at Saugerties (exit 20), Kingston (Exit 19), and New Paltz (Exit 18). Travel by car to New York City is approximately 90 minutes, and north to the Capital Region is less than one hour.Ulster County also offers quick and easy access to two major airline terminals: Stewart International in Newburgh is approximately 30 minutes south of Kingston which features low rate carriers. Public transportation is provided by Ulster County Area Transportation (UCAT at 845-340-3333) and Kingston Citi-Buses (845-331-0682). Adirondack Trailways bus line provides service throughout Ulster County and to other communities. Taxicabs and rental cars are also available. Passenger rail service via Amtrak is available within minutes of Kingston, by crossing the George Clinton Rhinecliff Bridge in Rhinecliff. Metro North service is available in nearby Poughkeepsie, approximately 15 minutes from the New Paltz area.
Taxes
The New York State individual income tax rates range from 4% to 6.85% of taxable income. For more information, you may call the New York State Income Tax Office toll free at 1-800-255-5829 (in NYS) or 518-438-8581 (outside NYS). There is no personal property tax. Real property tax rates are set locally and vary accordingly. The current property tax rates can be obtained by calling the Ulster County Real Property Tax Office at (845) 340-3490. For school tax information, contact the local school district office.The State of New York levies a 4% sales tax. Localities may impose an additional sales tax up to 4%. The combined state and county sales tax is 8%
Health Services
Chiropractors
Consultant – Health Care
Dental Laboratories
Dentists
Electrologists
Fitness/Health Clubs
Health Services
Home Health Services
Hospitals
Health & Wellness
Massage Therapists
Mental Health Services
Nursing Homes/Senior Residences
Opticians/optometrists
Pharmacies
Physicians / Surgeons
Psychotherapists
Rehabilitation Services – Drug & Alcohol
Schools
Ellenville Central Schools
http://www.ecs.k12.ny.us/
Highland Central Schools
http://www.highland-k12.org/
Kingston City Schools Consolidated
http://www.kingstoncityschools.org/
Marlboro Central Schools
http://www.marlboroschools.org/
Saugerties Central School District
http://www.saugerties.k12.ny.us
Rondout Valley Central Schools
http://www.rondout.k12.ny.us/
New Paltz Central Schools
www.newpaltz.k12.ny.us
Wallkill Central Schools
http://www.wallkillcsd.k12.ny.us/
Onteora Central Schools
http://www.onteora.k12.ny.us/
General Government
Licenses & Registration Motor Vehicles
Vehicles must be registered within 30 days of residency in the state; a driver’s license must be obtained within 60 days. Written, driving, road sign, and vision tests are required. For details contact:Department of Motor Vehicles Ulster County Office Building
240 Fair St, Kingston, NY 12401
(845) 340-3700
Voter Registration
Residents must be 18 years of age and be registered at their local address at least 25 days prior to a primary or general election. Registration may occur at your local department of motor vehicles. For details contact:
Ulster County Board of Elections
284 Wall St, Kingston, NY 12401-3818
(845) 334-5470
Emergency Services
Most communities have a full-time police force. The county Sheriff’s Department maintains jail facilities, patrol services and a detective unit. The county is also served by the New York State Police and enhanced 911 emergency service is provided. The City of Kingston maintains a paid fire-fighting force, supplemented by volunteer fire companies throughout the county. A full-time Hazardous Materials office is staffed by Ulster County.
Other Services
Financal Services:
Banks, Credit Unions, Financial Services   Ask your present banker to recommend a correspondent bank and to assist you with the transfer of your funds and establishment of credit to the Ulster County area.
Housing
A variety of homes, townhouses, apartments and condominiums are available throughout the county. The classified columns of the local newspapers are an excellent source of information on currently available housing.
Real Estate
Agents
Appraisals
Industrial / Commercial
Property Management
Rental Properties
Development / Investment
Inspections
An additional source of information is: Ulster County Board of Realtors
74 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
(845) 338-5299
Houses of Worship
All major faiths and many small denominations are represented among churches and synagogues in the area. The Chamber has a list available upon request.
Media
Radio
Magazines & Periodicals
Newspapers