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

Troy Flea

  • September 23, 2018
  • 10:00 am

Select Sundays – June, July, August and September, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Troy Flea is a collective market, running the second and fourth Sunday of every month from June 10 to Sept. 23, filled with handpicked vintage and craft vendors located along the Hudson River in Riverfront Park. The Flea provides food, music, shopping and a great place to spend your Sunday in Troy, New York.

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Dyken Pond Paddling Programs

  • September 23, 2018
  • 2:00 pm

Grafton – If you’re interested in kayaking, Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center has two upcoming paddling programs being held on Sunday, September 23. If you’re new to kayaking, there is a Kayak Skills Class from 2pm – 4pm. We’ll go over everything you need to know to feel comfortable paddling on your own. Learn how to stay safe, enter and exit the boat, what to wear and what to bring with you to enjoy a great day on the water. For adults and youth ages 12 and older. Fee: $15 per person includes boat rental fee. For the more experienced, join us for a Full Harvest Moon Paddle from 5pm – 7pm.  Enjoy a twilight paddle on Dyken Pond and watch the full Harvest moon rise over the shoreline.  For adults and teens 16 and older. Bring your own boat or rent one of ours for $10.  Pre-registration required for both programs and events limited to 12 participants.  For more information, contact the Center at or 658-2055.

Songs at Sunset: Songs of Nature

  • September 23, 2018
  • 6:00 pm


On Sunday, September 23rd, Rich Miller and Evan Mack will present “Songs at Sunset: Songs of Nature”, a musical performance to benefit the Albany-Tula Alliance.  The performance will take place at the Franklin Plaza in Troy, NY and begins at 6 p.m.

An informal viewing of a short documentary featuring youth exchanges will run prior to the musical performance.
An attorney with Morris & McVeigh LLP, Rich Miller is also a well-known tenor who has made a specialty of operetta and oratorio since studying with the likes of Metropolitan Opera tenor John Alexander, Earl Wrightson, David Bender and Robert White. He has performed in many of the works of Gilbert & Sullivan and Victor Herbert, with professional and amateur companies, international festivals, and college organizations, and has been characterized as having “a voice of considerable power and sweetness, an oboe rather than a violin.”

Evan Mack has devoted much of his young compositional life to opera and song.  In August 2016, Mack and librettist Joshua McGuire’s American grand opera Roscoe premiered at Seagle Music Colony to rave reviews.  Mack & McGuire also found time to write the first ever opera for Twitter #IsOperaDead – an opera in 5 acts lasting one minute and forty seconds.  Mack’s new cycle If Only Lenny Were Here, which celebrates the life of Leonard Bernstein has its world premiere with the Schenectady Symphony in October of 2018.
Majority of donations go to benefit the Educational & Culture Committee, one of the most active and dynamic of sister-city committees.  The annual essay contests award participating Capital Region students with cultural opportunities, prize money and trips to our sister-city, Tula, Russia.  These and other ambitious objectives are what makes the ATA one of the most important in the country, especially at this time.

Tickets are available for $125 and can be purchased through Paypal at or welcomed at the door. For more information, please contact Mary Williams at 518-364-0668 or