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

Drone Licensing Prep Course

  • June 25, 2018
  • 6:00 pm

Drone Licensing Prep Course will be held at Tech Valley Center of Gravity, 30 3rd Street, Troy, NY 12180 on Mon., June 25, Thurs. June 28 and Mon, July 2.  Since 2016, federal law has required a license for anyone flying a drone for commercial purposes- from site inspection to wedding photography and package delivery to crop monitoring and more. This three session course will prepare participants to successfully pass the FAA Part 107 written exam and provide information needed to safely operate a sUAS (small Unmanned Aircraft System) vehicle. The course covers the topics outlined in the FAA’s “Remote Pilot- Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Study Guide.” Your instructor, Dave Page, has Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor ratings in single engine airplanes and gliders, as well as a Remote Pilot rating. With over twenty years’ experience in aviation, Dave is intimately familiar with the aviation regulatory environment, and is well-positioned to instruct future commercial drone pilots to safely integrate with the FAA system. THIS CLASS IS A 3-SESSION CLASS OVER MULTIPLE DAYS – Mon., June 25, Thurs. June 28 and Mon, July 2. All sessions will be held from 6 – 9 pm. You must attend all sessions to earn a certificate of completion and there are no refunds for missed sessions. Course fee: $250. Registration closes June 18.

Rensselaer County and Troy City Historian Kathy Sheehan

  • June 25, 2018
  • 7:00 pm
  • 605 Brunswick Road

The Brunswick Historical Society, 605 Brunswick Road will hear Rensselaer County and Troy City Historian Kathy Sheehan speak.  This is an illustrated lecture on the Wild Women of Renssealer County. Suffrage, anti-suffrage, education, labor and temperance are but a few of the historic subjects associated with famous women like Emma Willard and not so famous women like Julia Blanche Stover Clum and Evanetta Hare.

Brunswick Summer Concerts 2018

  • June 26, 2018
  • 6:30 pm

Brunswick Summer Concerts 2018

The Brunswick Summer concert series take place Tuesday evenings at the Brunswick Family Community Center starting on the last Tuesday in June and running through the last Tuesday of August. The 18th season will kick off on Tuesday June 26th.

Our vendors will be set up for 6:00 pm so you can get something to eat and drink before the concert starts at 6:30 pm.

6/26/18 The Refrigerators – A horned Fueled party band

7/3/18 Wylder – Party / Dance Music

7/10/18 The Tiche Boys – #1 Father Son Rockabilly Band#

7/17/18 Big Fez & The Surfmatics – 1 Beach Party Band in the Land

7/24/18 Kyle Bourgault Band – Country

7/31/18 Diva and the Dirty Boys – Party / Dance Music

8/7/18 Stray Dogs – Classic Rock

8/14/187 Get Up Jack – Irish Folk Band

8/21/18 The Lustre Kings – Rockabilly and performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

8/28/18 Whiskey Highway – Country