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

Annual Veterans Day Celebration

  • November 13, 2018
  • 10:00 am
  • Berlin Middle/High School

All area Veterans are invited to the Annual Veterans Day Celebration at Berlin Middle/High School at 10 am. This is a special occasion for our school community to recognize the service and contributions of our local veterans. Rensselaer County Executive Steven McLaughlin will be joining us and our students will be resenting a special program, which will include art and music. Following the presentation brunch will be served in the cafeteria from 11:15 am until 12:15 pm. Veterans are welcome to bring a spouse, family member, or other guest.

Troy Public Library Guided Meditation Class

  • November 13, 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.

Systemic Training For Effective Parenting Class

  • November 14, 2018
  • 6:30 pm

Systemic Training For Effective Parenting Class will take place at the Stephentown Memorial Library at 6:30 pm. This course, taught by Bruce Weiner and Ryan Stellar, consists of the basics tenets of Parent Effectiveness Training. The positive character education focuses on problem solving with children and other issues brought up by parents during the course. The cost is $15 for course workbooks however this can be waived for those with financial need. Please call the library at 518-733-5750 to register for this program.