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


  • May 1, 2017
  • 6:00 pm

HISTORY OF TROY ACTIVISM: The Troy Public Library is hosting a series of three History Talks on activism in Troy this spring. Each lecture will be followed by a writing and drawing session that will allow participants to react to the topic. On May 1, Jennifer Burns will speak on Abolition and Suffrage: Trojan Activism before 1861. 6 p.m., Main Library, 100 Second Street. This program is free, but preregistration is required at or 274-7071, as seating is limited.


  • May 2, 2017
  • 8:30 am

DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE: Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road in Grafton, will hold an AARP Safe Driving course on Tuesday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a break at noon for lunch. Save up to 10% on your car insurance. $20 for AARP members, $25 for non-members. $3 suggested donation for lunch. Spaces are limited: please call Penny at 279-3413 or stop at the center to make reservations.


  • May 3, 2017
  • 6:00 pm

JOB SEARCH BIG 3: On Wednesday, May 3, at 6 p.m., The Troy Public Library will offer a workshop entitled The Big 3: Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews. Presented by Dr. Tom Denham of Careers in Transition. For any successful job search, you need three critical tools: a solid resume, a tailored cover letter, and exceptional interview skills. This interactive program will teach you how to master all three. This program is free and open to the public. Please make reservations by calling the library at 274-7071 or online at The Troy Public Library is located at 100 2nd Street , Troy.