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

  • January 26, 2018
  • 5:30 pm

5TH Annual Feed Your Soul, Feed Your Neighbor. In the spirit of community helping community, this heart-wrmong and stomach- filling event benefits those most in need in our community.  All proceeds go to local food programs.

80 Church Street, Hoosick Falls

Grafton Lakes State Park

  • January 27, 2018
  • 12:00 am

Grafton Lakes State Park:  Polar Plunge at 33rd Annual Winter Fest.

Winter Concert Hosted by Hoosick History

  • January 28, 2018
  • 2:00 pm

Winter Concert Hosted by Hoosick History – Town Historical Society, 166 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090 featuring Fou of Us – Sax Quartet. There is a suggested minimum donation of $5