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

Shorts Out Loud

  • July 19, 2018
  • 6:30 pm

Shorts Out Loud!
Thursdays, July 19 – August 16, 6:30pm

15 minutes of LIVE acoustic music followed by a contemporary short story read out loud, refreshments and discussion at the Troy Public Library.

July 19th: Reader – Sandra Rouse, Music – George Wilson
July 26th: Reader – Barbara Stubblebine, Music – Julia Alsarraf
August 2nd: Reader – Sid Fleisher, Music – William Simco
August 9th: Reader – Stanley Hadsell, Music – Ray Andrews
August 16th: Reader –  Patricia Carley, Music – Sulis Minerva

No registration is necessary. Join them in the courtyard (in the case of inclement weather we will move inside). Free & Open to the Public, Ages 16+

Schaghticoke Summers Eve’s Concerts

  • July 19, 2018
  • 6:30 pm

Schaghticoke Summers Eve’s Concerts will take place at 290 Northline Drive, Melrose, New York 12121. The concert starts at 6:30 pm and the 2018 Concert Schedule is:

6/21 Diva & the Dirty Boys
6/28 The Hands of Time
7/5 Emerald City
7/12 Lustre Kings & Car Show
7/19 The Refrigerators
7/26 Cryin Out Loud & Christmas In July
8/2 Skeeter Creek
8/9 Kyle Bourgault
8/16 String Theory
8/23 Back 40 Band & Fireworks

RCHS Exhibits

  • July 20, 2018
  • 12:00 pm

The Art of Childhood, selected works from the RCHS Portrait Collection. RCHS has a wonderful collection of portraits of children dating back almost two centuries. This exhibit will bring many of them out of storage and place them together for the first time allowing the viewer to see both individual faces and the changing face of childhood through time. Robison Family Meeting Room