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

Harvest Festival Knickerbocker Mansion

  • September 24, 2017
  • 8:00 am

Harvest Festival Knickerbocker Mansion, Schaghticoke from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Pancake Breakfast ($7.00) from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
**Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Hudson River Ramble Devil’s Chimney Walk will NOT take place this year
Chicken and Biscuit Dinner ($10.00) from Noon – 4:00 PM
Historical Presentation –  11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM
Mansion and Cemetery Tours, Bake Sale, Charlotte’s Shop, Snack Bar, Harvest Produce for Sale.




St. Henry’s Fall Festival

  • September 24, 2017
  • 9:00 am

St. Henry’s Fall Festival will be held Saturday, September 23rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Once, again, the harvest food booth will have pies, baked goods and other harvest food goods for sale.  Lunch items and snacks will be available for sale on Saturday in the kitchen.  Coffee and donuts will be available Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Local crafters and vendors will be on hand both days to sell their wares.  The Fall Festival will feature a Chinese Auction with hundreds of dollars in gift certificates and merchandise from area restaurants and merchants.  Books, videos, jewelry, mums and other items will be on sale.  On Saturday, face painting and pumpkin decorating will be available for the children.  If you have any questions about the Fall Festival, please call Nicole Heckelman at (518) 283-5234.

North Greenbush American Legion

  • September 24, 2017
  • 12:00 pm

Join them at North Greenbush American Legion, 11 Main Avenue, Wynantskill. There will be a Flag Disposal Ceremony from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. and a pig roast from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lunch: Hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, macaroni salad, and potato chips.
Dinner: Pig Roast, baked beans, ziti, tossed salad, and corn on the cob. Draft Beer and Soda all day.
Ages 12 and up $20, ages 6-11 $10, ages 5 and under Free.