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

Seventh Annual “A Taste of Troy”

  • April 25, 2017
  • 6:00 pm

The Hope 7 Community Center is set to hold its seventh annual A Taste of Troy fundraiser on Tuesday, April 25, at the Franklin Terrace Ballroom. The event, which begins at 6 p.m., raises money for the community center’s food pantry and youth programs by inviting guests to sample food from almost 20 local restaurants. Among the restaurants scheduled to participate this year are The Ruck, Slidin’ Dirty, The Eatery at Carol’s Place, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Inferno Pizzeria and Muddaddy Flats Quesadillary, as well as a new addition, Deli and Brew. Door prizes, raffles and auctions will be held throughout the night, with prizes including tickets to see the ballet at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, hotel stays, and four one-day Park Hopper passes for Walt Disney World. This year, Hope 7 is doing a wine pull and a “fund-a-need” raffle alternative for those who want to donate but aren’t interested in taking a prize home.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and are available at Hope 7, Carol’s Place and the Eatery, De Meo’s Discount Wine & Liquor, T&J Soaps or online at For more information, visit


  • April 25, 2017
  • 7:00 pm

POESTENKILL HISTORICAL SOCIETY: This month’s presenter is Michael Barrett, director of Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway. His subject is the Anti-Rent war, a tenants’ revolt in upstate New York that began in 1839 with the death of Stephen Van Rensselaer III who was a descendant of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, the first patroon of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck. Stephen’s will directed his heirs to collect outstanding rents to apply to the debts of the estate. When they attempted to collect rents the farmers resisted. Come and join us to learn more about this interesting subject on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the Town Hall on Route 351. The program is free and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be provided.


  • April 26, 2017
  • 12:00 am

PITTSTOWN SENIORS 2017 TRIPS: April 26-28: Lancaster, Pennsylvania–Jonah at the Millennium theatre, Vegas Legends at the American Music Theatre, plus tour of the Amish Countryside.  $380. per person.  Includes luggage handling, taxes, meal gratuities, transportation.  $20. holds your seat.  The rest is due after reservations are made. June 8-16: 9-day trip to Branson, Missouri.  Shows, meals, bus driver, and maid gratuities are included for $925. per person.  For more information, all Sylvia at 478-3338.  Please leave a message.