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


  • December 17, 2017
  • 2:30 pm
  • Sand Lake Center for the Arts

Book by Thomas Meehan
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Original Broadway Production Directed by martin Charnin
Directed by Claudia DiMartino and Brooke Hutchins
Based on “Little Orphan Annie”
By Permission of Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
Dec. 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16th at 8:00 p.m
December 10 and Dec. 17 at 2:30 p.m.
$20.00 adults – under 18 $10.00
For additional information, please call 518-674-2007

2880 NY 43 Averill Park, NY 12018


  • December 17, 2017
  • 4:00 pm

AVERILL PARK COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA: Join the Averill Park Community Orchestra for a December concert filled with a fun variety of traditional holiday and classical music, along with selections from “Les Miserables” The performance is on Sunday, December 17 at 4 p.m. at Algonquin Middle School, 333 NY-351. There is no admission fee, but any donations to help offset costs is greatly appreciated. Any questions can be directed to Christina Desmond at 518-948-0565 or

Tuesdays at Noon Concert Series

  • December 19, 2017
  • 12:00 pm

Tuesdays at Noon Concert Series:
45 Minute programs on the Third Tuesdays-Free
Bring your Lunch-Donations Welcomed!
Presenting Music of the Christmas Season
For additional information, please call 518-273-7351.

St. Paul’s Church, 58 Third St. Troy