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


  • March 23, 2017
  • 5:30 pm

POLLY MASON AWARDS DINNER: Join the Junior League of Troy in recognizing two outstanding women for their contributions to our community: Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino and Former Director of the Commission on Economic Opportunity Karen Gordon. The Polly Mason Community Service Award Dinner will be held on March 23 at the Franklin Plaza in Troy. The Polly Mason Community Service Award was established in 2000 in honor of an amazing volunteer and past president of our League, Polly Mason. Recipients are recognized for their contributions to social, economic, educational, cultural and civic conditions of the community. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m.; tickets are $75. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or email

LENTEN DINNERS: The Poestenkill Christian Church

  • March 24, 2017
  • 11:00 am

LENTEN DINNERS: The Poestenkill Christian Church, 721 Snyder’s Corners Rd., Poestenkill, will be serving fish fry or clam roll dinners from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, March 1, and every Friday during Lent including Good Friday. Dinners include French fries, cole slaw and beverage. Cost is $9.50. Also served are hot dog dinners, including French fries and beverage for $4.50. Individual food items can be purchased separately. Dine in or take­-out. Call 286-2773 for reservations or take-outs. For more information, call Barbara at 279-9458.

Rensselaer Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fries

  • March 24, 2017
  • 5:00 pm

The Rensselaer Knights of Columbus will serve Lenten Fish Fries on all Fridays during Lent.  Lunch hours are 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Dinner hours are 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm.   The fish fry dinner is $8, which includes: fish fry and your choice of two sides.  Side choices are: macaroni salad, cole slaw and French fries.  Fishy Fry only cost is $5; Chicken Tenders with French Fries are $8.  Kids Menu: $5 for Chicken tenders with Fries.  To order a pick-up, call 694-0702 or just stop in and experience one of the best Fish Fries around located at 200 East Street, Rensselear.