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

Foraging for Sustenance

  • October 21, 2017
  • 10:30 am
  • Wyomanock Farm, Stephentown

Foraging for Sustenance-Hosted by Wyomanock Center for Sustainable Living.  Noted ecologist David Hunt (Ph.D) has been foraging for wild edibles as a way of life for decades.  Join him at the 75 acre Wyomanock Farm & Preserve, where you will have the opportunity to forage and learn to identify varied habitats under his guidance.  David’s background in botany and his concentrations in natural communities and deep ecology will combine with his intuition to interpret the group’s field observations.
Tickets and more information available through:
$25/adults; $12.50/under 12

RCHS Walking Tour

  • October 21, 2017
  • 10:30 am
  • Troy Farmers Market Information Table

RCHS Walking Tour: From Doughboys to Dylan: Changing Times on the Rensselaer County Homefront
See the sites associated with the home front activities during WWI and  the Vietnam war. This tour is in conjunction with the current exhibition on view at RCHS through December of 2017.
Members: $5/pp; Non-members:  $10/pp

Sgt. Walter A Adams American Legion Post 1021

  • October 21, 2017
  • 11:00 am

The Sgt. Walter A Adams American Legion Post 1021 has been delivering chicken barbeques for the community for decades.  Dinners were added in 2016 and well accepted.  They will continue to be available.  Chicken BBQ dates:  August 19, 2017, September 16, 2017 and
October 21, 2017.  Please call to reserve an order a
674-2309 on the day of the BBQ.  Pick up your order between 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.