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

Tsatsawassa Monthly Breakfast

  • November 18, 2018
  • 8:00 am
  • Tsatsawassa Fire Company

The Tsatsawassa Monthly Breakfast will take place at the Tsatsawassa Fire Company from 8 am until 11:30 am. Cost is $7 for adults; $4 for children ages 5 – 12 and children under the age of 5 eat free.

Country Folk Art Craft Show

  • November 18, 2018
  • 10:00 am

The Country Folk Art Craft Show will take place on Sunday from 10 am until 4 pm at Hudson Valley Community College in the McDonough Sports Complex. Our fabulous fall, holiday-themed show will feature many top regional artisan-crafters from across the region! You’ll love the huge array of unique and creative decorating accents such as: wonderful handmade decorative accents and beautiful artwork, handcrafted furniture and furnishing reproductions, and lighting, handwoven rugs, repurposed antiques and treasures, lace, wood cutlery, primitive furniture, framed art, paintings, textiles, candles, signs, floral designs, wearable art, home and garden decor, jewelry, adult/children’s clothing and accessories, gourmet delights and so much more! So mark your calendar and bring all your friends…You won’t want to miss this fun and exciting shopping opportunity. Come see all your favorites and latest trends for the upcoming holidays and beyond . . . where you’re sure to find something special for everyone on your list and most importantly, yourself! YOUR HANDSTAMP RE-ADMITS YOU ALL 3 DAYS! Admission $8 — $1-Off Discount Coupons via: — FREE PARKING.

Troy Public Library Guided Meditation Class

  • November 20, 2018
  • 5:00 pm

The Troy Public Library will offer a Guided Meditation Class from 5 pm – 6 pm. Learn a surprisingly simple yet powerful practice that can help you reduce stress, get recharged, experience overall improved physical health and possibly get you “blissed-out” all while sitting comfortably in a chair. This program is led by Michael Fuselli, who has over 30 years of meditation teaching and practice experience. Beginners always welcome. Registration is encouraged, but not necessary! This program is free and open to the public. To register, call 518-274-7071 or go online at The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy.