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 Makers Market

  • April 21, 2018
  • 9:00 am
  • Uncle Sam Atrium

A celebration of crafters, makers, artists & taste makers from around the Capital Region

The Troy Makers Market is held in conjunction with the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market, which takes place Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm (Monument Square May-October and Uncle Sam Atrium November-April).

Spring Clean-up at the Old Lansingburgh Cemetery

  • April 21, 2018
  • 9:00 am

April 21, 2018 the Lansingburgh Historical Society will have their annual Spring Clean-up at the Old Lansingburgh Cemetery located on 3rd Avenue and 107th St., Troy, NY 12182.  We will be there from 9 am to 1 pm.  Come and enjoy the Spring air, peruse the Cemetery; which has graves dating back to Revolutionary War, Civil War, War of 1812 and early settlers of Lansingburgh; get some exercise and be happy you helped to refresh this wonderful old cemetery.

Volunteer for Earth Day

  • April 21, 2018
  • 9:00 am

Dyken Pond Center will have a Volunteer for Earth Day Event on Saturday, April 21. Help them give back to the earth by clearing trails, gardening and other outdoor work. Volunteers who register by April 19th will be given a free BBQ lunch.  Pre-register by calling 518-658-2055 or Dyken Pond EE Center is a Rensselaer County Park and open daily during daylight hours with 6 miles of hiking trails and picnic sites. Visit for directions and a complete schedule of events.