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

Bird Club

  • June 20, 2018
  • 8:00 am

Bird Club: Wednesday mornings: 8 am – 10am    Runs May until June 20th
Practice makes perfect, or at least helps in learning to identify birds. Practice your birding skills or learn new ones with us every Wednesday morning in May and June for a casual bird walk. We will go in a different direction and habitat each week, but will meet at the parking lot each time. Bird Club is great for beginner birders as we will be learning to bird by sight and sound and will cover identification tips. Advanced birders welcome, too! Free.

Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center
475 Dyken Pond Rd.
Cropseyville NY, 12052


  • June 20, 2018
  • 5:00 pm

ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER is a free, 9-week outdoor summer concert series held on Wednesday nights between June and August in Riverfront Park. The series gives music fans a wonderful excuse to stay out and about on a Wednesday night in Downtown Troy, attracting 5,000 to 8,000 guests per night. Want to party like rockstars while promoting your business? Reserve your own VIP tent today! The BID invites businesses and private parties to host their own Rockin on the River VIP Tent. Your decorated 10 x 10 tent sits directly between the stage and the river with equally awesome views of everything, with a buffer from the crowd. It’s furnished with comfortable seating, swag bags filled with goodies, and complimentary soft drinks, beers and wines. Call for more info: 518 279-7997. Concert Rules: Absolutely NO alcoholic beverages, coolers, backpacks, bags, containers, packages, thermoses, cups, bottles, cans, flasks, glass containers of any kind; animals or pets* allowed at the event; Security personnel reserve the right to inspect any bag, container or package and confiscate any prohibited or illegal items. (*Excludes ADA-defined service animals, ground rules are subject to change without notice; Exceptions made for medical or child care reasons – may be addressed individually). All attendees should be prepared to present age identification at any time and wear BID-provided identifying bracelet at all times within event grounds if they intend to consume alcohol. Any attendee caught by security personnel consuming alcohol without a bracelet will be escorted out of the event area. Parking in the Central Business District is limited to two (2) hours from 9:00am-5:00pm and four (4) hours in the areas designated by metered pay stations. There are also approximately 1,000 parking spots in the City’s 7 parking garages located on Fifth Avenue & Broadway, First Street next to the YWCA, Congress Street & Fifth Avenue, Front Street behind The Arts Center, State & River Streets, and River Street next to the Green Island Bridge. Parking is free on nights and weekends in City of Troy parking garages and lots.

Wednesday, June 6 – Moriah Formica w/ special guest Margo Macero
Wednesday, June 13 – Skeeter Creek w/ special guest Sydney Worthley
Wednesday, June 20 – Super Doppler w/ special guest Wurliday
Wednesday, June 27 – Blues For Breakfast
Wednesday, July 11 – Meklit
Wednesday, July 18 – Gabriel Sanchez Presents The Prince Experience w/special guest The Age (Adrian Lewis )
Wednesday, July 25 – Almost Queen w/ special guest The Troy Music Academy All-Stars
Wednesday, August 1 – Rubblebucket
Wednesday, August 8 – The Mallett Brothers Band w/ special guest The North & South Dakotas

Corning Museum of Glass: Glassbarge

  • June 21, 2018
  • 11:00 am

Corning Museum of Glass: Glassbarge
June 21 and June 22 11 am – 6 pm at the Riverfront Park. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Brooklyn Flint Glass Company’s relocation to Corning via the New York Waterways, the Corning Museum of Glass will launch GlassBarge which brings the beauty of hot glass to a waterfront community near you: Troy. Space is limited, so please reserve your free ticket by selecting day and time at right. A 30’ x 80’ canal barge equipped with patented all-electric glassmaking equipment, GlassBarge shares the story of glass through live, 30-minute demonstrations. GlassBarge is the 2018 signature event for the Erie Canal Bicentennial. In addition to sharing the story of glassmaking in Corning, the GlassBarge tour emphasizes the continued role of New York’s waterways in shaping the state’s industry, culture, and community. For more information, visit or email