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

Tuesdays at Noon Concert Series

  • December 19, 2017
  • 12:00 pm

Tuesdays at Noon Concert Series:
45 Minute programs on the Third Tuesdays-Free
Bring your Lunch-Donations Welcomed!
Presenting Music of the Christmas Season
For additional information, please call 518-273-7351.

St. Paul’s Church, 58 Third St. Troy


  • December 19, 2017
  • 12:00 pm

FARMER DISCUSSION MEETING: Description: Cornell Cooperative Extension-Albany and the Capital Area Agriculture & Horticulture Program are pleased to announce an upcoming series of Farmer Discussion Meetings, to be held in Albany, Rensselaer, Greene, Columbia and Washington Counties. After a free lunch, Aaron Gabriel will discuss basic insect biology and identification, and Sandy Buxton will lead a discussion about how to estimate farm machinery costs. A meeting will be held for Rensselaer County on December 19 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Brunswick Family Community Center, 19 Keyes Lane, Troy.

Public skating

  • December 19, 2017
  • 4:00 pm

Public skating will start at the  Hudson Valley Community College Conway Ice Rink for the season.   Skating for all ages is from 4:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from Noon until 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The season runs through March 11, 2018.
The rink will be closed November 22 – November 24, December 24, December 25 and December 21-through January 1, 2018.  The rink will be closed if Hudson Valley classes are canceled.  Extended holiday hours are noon until 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. December 26 through-December 29.  Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12.  Currently HVCC students can skate for free with a valid student ID, and admission for Hudson Valley Faculty, staff and alumni who present a current Hudson Valley ID or membership card is $2.
The skate shop offers rentals and sharpening.  For information on skating classes for children, please
Call (518) 629-7339.  For all other inquiries, please call 518(629)4850.