ALBANY COUNTY NY REAL ESTATE
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Albany County NY real estate is in a prime area of commerce for upstate NY. Albany County NY homes for sale are located within the urban center for the capital region, providing jobs, recreation, and some of the best hospitals in upstate NY. The City of Albany is a cultural center with many performing arts venues at the architectural wonder know as “the egg”.
The primary urban areas of Albany County consist of the City of Albany, Colonie, Green Island, Guilderland, New Scotland, and Watervliet. Albany County also has a large rural area including the towns of Berne, Bethlehem, Coeymans, Knox, Rensselaerville, and Westerlo
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Albany County NY History
The Capital District was first settled by the Dutch in the early 17th century and came under British control in 1664. Albany County was created on November 1, 1683 by New York Governor Thomas Dongan, and later confirmed on October 1, 1691.The act creating the county vaguely defined its territory “to containe the Towns of Albany, the Collony Rensselaerwyck, Schonecteda, and all the villages, neighborhoods, and Christian Plantaçons on the east side of Hudson River from Roelef’s Creek, and on the west side from Sawyer’s Creek (Saugerties) to the Sarraghtoga.”
The confirmation declared in 1691 was similar but omitted the Town of Albany, substituted “Mannor of Ranselaerswyck” for “Collony Rensselaerwyck”, and stated “to the uttermost end of Sarraghtoga” instead of just “to Sarraghtoga”. Livingston Manor was annexed to Albany County from Dutchess County in 1717. Albany’s boundaries were nailed down more specifically as various state statutes would add land to the county, or more commonly subtract land for the formation of new counties.
Albany has been the permanent capital of the state of New York since 1797. The Capital District is notable for many historical and industrial events, including the Battle of Saratoga and the Albany Plan of Union.
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Albany County NY real estate is bordered to the North by Schenectady and Saratoga Counties, to the east by Rensselaer County, to the south by Columbia and Greene Counties, and to the west by Schoharie County.
Major employers in the Albany area include the State of New York, General Electric, the U.S. Government, Albany Medical Center, St. Peter’s Health Care Service, Northeast Health, Verizon, the County of Albany, Stewart’s Ice Cream Company, KAPL, Inc., Key Corp., Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Albany City School District, Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, the City of Albany and Seton Health System.
Many multinational corporations were founded in the Capital District including New York Central Railroad, American Express, General Electric, American Locomotive and International Paper.