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

30th Annual Capital District Garden & Flower Show

  • March 26, 2017
  • 10:00 am

Enjoy the first sign of spring in Upstate New York
30th Annual Capital District Garden & Flower Show
Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vandenburg Avenue, Troy, NY
Fri., March 24, 10 am-8 pm, Sat., March 25, 9 am 7 pm, Sun. March 26, 10 am – 5 pm
Plants, bulbs, flowers and seeds available for sale * NYS wineries (tastings) * soil testing by Cornell Cooperative Extension with a minimum donation of $1 * plant society and educational booths * lectures, workshops, and flower demonstrations * tips and trends * a Playland for youngsters * Garden Café with sandwiches, salads, soups, coffee and more.


  • March 26, 2017
  • 1:00 pm

FAMOUS LADIES’ TEA: Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County celebrates women’s history month with the Famous Ladies’ Tea, Sunday, March 26, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the elegant Hilton Garden Inn, 235 Hoosick Street, Troy. As tea, gourmet sandwiches and pastries are served, local actresses will visit each table, portraying nine notable women including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Rosa Parks, Juliette Gordon Low, and Hedy Lamarr. A silent auction will feature gift certificates and gift baskets from local restaurants, spas, health and beauty providers, booksellers, and more. Tickets are $45 per person or $360 for reserved tables of 9. Payment is required in advance, online at or by check: Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County, 1915 Fifth Avenue, Troy, N.Y. 12180. All proceeds to benefit LVORC. For more information, visit

Free Fourth Sunday Dinner at Blooming Grove Reformed Church

  • March 26, 2017
  • 1:00 pm

Free Fourth Sunday Dinner at Blooming Grove Reformed Church off Route4 in Defreestville from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Dinner includes pasta with a choice of plain or meat sauce, a fresh tossed salad with a choice of dressing, bread and butter, beverage and dessert.  Come in from the cold and enjoy a warm meal, bring a friend! All are welcome!