Dear Guests,

Welcome to Rensselaer County’s Internet home page. If you live here, we hope you are able to access the services you need, and if you don’t live here we hope you have similar good fortune and encourage you to come visit us…who knows…you may decide to stay.

As one of the earliest of New York’s counties, Rensselaer has a population of about 153,000 residing over 665 beautiful picturesque square miles. The quality of life as portrayed in our 14 towns, six villages, and two cities, lends to the air of spirit and togetherness symbolic of what life should be about. The County seat is Troy, known as the home of Uncle Sam and our other city, Rensselaer, sits on the bank of the historic Hudson River, directly across from the Empire State’s Capital, Albany.

The county slogan, “Life Looks Good From Here” is consistent with our identity. We are an excellent place to live, to work, to shop, to raise a family, and yes, to start a business. The economic, educational, and recreational opportunities to be found in our County are second to none. And our refreshing blend of rural and hi-tech influences makes us truly appealing.

“Convenience” could be a secondary slogan for us. We are located within 250 miles of New York City, Boston, Montreal, and Buffalo, placing us in the hub of North American activity, and are easily accessible to the New York State Thruway and well as the Taconic Parkway. Additionally, we are home to one of the busiest yet most customer friendly Amtrak facilities in the northeast. Add to this a certain New England flavor by virtue of bordering Vermont and Massachusetts, and we indeed provide lifestyles for everyone.

I guess by now you have figured out that I am really proud of Rensselaer County…of what we have and what we will achieve in the future…but don’t let me influence you…for more information you are encouraged to follow links on this page for instant connection to Rensselaer County services, cultural and recreational opportunities, colleges and universities…and much, much more
Thanks for your visit.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday Treks

  • May 22, 2018
  • 1:00 pm
  • Dyken Pond

Tuesday Treks: 1pm – 3pm
We will hike about 2-3 miles every Tuesday afternoon in May. For adults and older teens. Free.  Leader: Leonard Tremblay. Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center
475 Dyken Pond Rd.
Cropseyville NY, 12052

(518) 658-2055

Celebrate Stephentown 2018

  • May 22, 2018
  • 7:00 pm
  • Stephentown Town Hall

Celebrate Stephentown 2018 is happening August 17-19, 2018!  Come join us as planning continues on Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00 PM at the Stephentown Town Hall.  We’ll be finalizing the schedule of events at this meeting, so if you are interested in presenting an event, please come to the meeting or contact us ahead of the meeting. We’ll also be talking about our “Made in Stephentown” Opening Reception. If you are you making something in Stephentown, whether as a manufacturer, artist, farmer, musician, or craftsperson, we would love to have you participate in this free showcase. We are also looking for sponsors and advertisers and would be happy to talk to you about those opportunities to support the festival and community while gaining exposure for your business or organization.  More information, our contact information, as well as photos and videos documenting events from last year’s inaugural festival, can be found online at

Bird Club

  • May 23, 2018
  • 8:00 am

Bird Club: Wednesday mornings: 8 am – 10am    Runs May until June 20th
Practice makes perfect, or at least helps in learning to identify birds. Practice your birding skills or learn new ones with us every Wednesday morning in May and June for a casual bird walk. We will go in a different direction and habitat each week, but will meet at the parking lot each time. Bird Club is great for beginner birders as we will be learning to bird by sight and sound and will cover identification tips. Advanced birders welcome, too! Free.

Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center
475 Dyken Pond Rd.
Cropseyville NY, 12052