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

Book Club

  • October 18, 2017
  • 7:00 pm

Book Club

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 07:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park (Saratoga/Capital District)
They will be discussing “No Impact Man” by Colin Beavan. New members always welcome! Meets at park office. Use winter entrance.

Create a variety of art pieces

  • October 19, 2017
  • 1:00 pm

Create a variety of art pieces using natural items while visiting with fellow home schooled youth in a beautiful natural setting. Natural pigment transfer and gyotaku (fish prints) are two of the many techniques which we will practice in this class. Techniques learned can be used to create gifts for family and friends. For youth 5 and older. Pre-registration required, space limited to 15 youth. Cost $3 per youth/$12 per family. Two additional home school programs will be offered in November!

The Underground Railroad

  • October 19, 2017
  • 7:30 pm

The Underground Railroad: a New Interpretation of an Old Story is the title of a talk to be given on October 19th at 7:30 PM at the Pittstown Town Hall in Tomhannock. While the Underground Railroad is a piece of American history that is thought to be well known, research into period documents tells a very different story than the one that is traditionally taught and held in public memory. Mary Liz and Paul Stewart will revisit this fascinating period in history, examining its public side, the role of African Americans and women, the myths vs. reality, and more. The Stewarts are independent scholars and co-founders of Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc., a public history organization dedicated to the research, celebration and preservation of documented Underground Railroad history and its relevance for today, with an emphasis on African American abolitionists and freedom seekers.
For further information, email: or call Connie Kheel at 518-686-7514.