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

Troy Night Out

  • November 24, 2017
  • 5:00 pm

Troy Night Out- Downtown Troy

Troy Night Out

  • November 24, 2017
  • 5:00 pm
  • Downtown Troy

Troy Night Out-Troy Night Out is a monthly arts and culture event that takes place on the last Friday of every month from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  The streets are busier than usual for this event as the evening draws in thousands of locals and visitors alike.  Attendees are able to get a true taste of Troy by enjoying live music and entertainment, trying new restaurants with a wide variety of food and drink specials, taking a look in different galleries and shopping at unique boutiques with great deals!  Troy Night Out will feature a changing theme each month, so be sure to check their event page for new details.

Makers Market

  • November 25, 2017
  • 9:00 am

Join the Makers Market every Saturday morning.  A market composed of artisans from across the region selling unique handmade goods.  Come see what they have to offer while exploring downtown Troy and all of its restaurants and retailers!  The Troy Makers Market is held in conjunction with the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market, which takes place Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm (Monument Square May-October and Uncle Sam Atrium November-April).
The application for the 2017-2018 Indoor Season is now available.