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

Fundraiser for the Sisters of the Resurrection

  • September 28, 2017
  • 4:00 pm

A fundraiser for the Sisters of the Resurrection at Panera Bread at 279 Troy Road, Rensselaer, on Thursday, September 28 from 4 to 8 PM!  Come enjoy a delicious sit-in or take-out Panera meal with them.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call

Evening Paddle

  • September 28, 2017
  • 5:30 pm

Evening Paddle:Join them to witness the changing colors of fall on a serene paddle around the lake. Bring your own boat or rent a kayak from us ($10 rental fee) Pre-registration required and program limited to 12 boats.
Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is a Rensselaer County Park open daily during daylight hours for hiking, fishing and non-motor boating. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent each day from 9am until 3pm. A complete list of programs can be found at: Preregister for all events by calling (518) 658-2055 or send an email to

475 Dyken Pond Road, Cropseyville, New York 12052

8th Annual Rensselaer Plateau Traverse

  • September 30, 2017
  • 12:00 am

8th Annual Rensselaer Plateau Traverse
Saturday – Sunday, September 30 – October 1
You  will  hike 27-34 miles across the Rensselaer Plateau over 2 daysthrough various terrain. Come enjoy the company of hardy hikers.
Optional overnight at Pine Ridge Cross Country Ski Center. This is a strenuous hike with some bushwhacking. Sponsored by RPA, Rensselaer Land Trust, and Dyken Pond Environmental Center.