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

  • March 20, 2018
  • 12:00 pm

Tuesdays at Noon Concert Series:
45 Minute programs on the Third Tuesdays-Free
Bring your Lunch-Donations Welcomed!
William Jon Gray, conductor
For additional information, please call 518-273-7351.

St. Paul’s Church

58 3rd Street, Troy

Tuesday Ecumenical Lenten Lunches

  • March 20, 2018
  • 12:00 pm

The area churches of Schaghticoke, Melrose, Valley Falls, Johnsonville, and Pittstown are sponsoring their annual Tuesday Ecumenical Lenten Lunches every Tuesday beginning on February 20th and ending on March 20th. Each Tuesday during Lent at 12:00 noon a soup and bread will be served followed by Ecumenical conversation at the Transfiguration Church(north campus), 17 South Main Street, Schaghticoke, NY. All are welcome.


7th Annual Brunch with the Easter Bunny at Liberty Ridge Farm

  • March 21, 2018
  • 8:00 am

7th Annual Brunch with the Easter Bunny at Liberty Ridge Farm. Reservations for this event are required. To make a reservation, please follow this link: Hop into Spring at Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke for the 7th Annual Brunch with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, March 31. Brunch with the Easter Bunny guests will enjoy a buffet-style brunch, an Easter Egg Hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny and visiting with the baby farm animals. This year, our sweet and savory brunch selections include: French Toast Sticks, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Home Fries, Baked Mac & Cheese, Fresh Fruit Salad, Yogurt & Granola, Hard Boiled Eggs, Pasta Salad, Sautéed Green Beans & Corn Bread. Beverage selections include: Milk, Orange Juice, Coffee & Tea. Mimosas will be available at $5 per glass, cash only. After each scheduled Brunch seating is complete, children will proceed directly to participate in their Easter Egg Hunt in front of the Gifford Barn. Here, kids will receive an empty egg carton or they may bring their own baskets. Watch as they fill up with their treasure…candy-filled easter eggs! As well as hunting for eggs filled with candy, each hunt participant will receive a souvenir cup and golden egg ticket, good for one general admission Fall 2017 ($15 value). Every year, the Easter Bunny makes his way to Liberty Ridge Farm for pictures with all his friends. Throughout the event, guests will have the chance to visit with baby animals. Additionally, there will be a local farm hosting $5 pony rides as a fundraiser, cash only please. Reservations are required for this event. The cost is $27.95 per person, children under 2 are free. Tickets will not be available at the door. *Rain or shine event, no refunds, strollers are not permitted in the Gifford Barn. Stroller parking will be available in front of the Barn. Dress appropriately for the weather! Bring your baskets and empty stomachs, this event will be sure to egg-haust your little ones. For reservations: See you on the Farm. If you have questions, please call 518.664.1515.