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Jeffry A. Jackson, Assessor                                                                                                                                              

62 Washington Street 

Rensselaer, NY 12144   

Phone:   (518) 462-5421 

Fax:  (518) 465-6803


Patrice Burek, Assessor’s Clerk

62 Washington Street

Rensselaer, NY 12144   

Phone: (518) 462-5421

Fax:  (518) 465-6803


Click on the following link to access the Current Assessment Roll

2015 City of Rensselaer Final Assessment Roll


Click on the following link to access Rensselaer County Tax Maps including the City of Rensselaer 

City of Rensselaer Tax Maps

The Assessor


The Assessor is appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Common Council as a local government official.  The assessor is obligated by New York State law to maintain assessments at a uniform percentage of market value each year.  To do this the Assessor’s Office maintains an inventory of all parcels located in the city.  The City of Rensselaer has approximately 3,300 parcels.  Our mission is to ensure fairness and equity in the valuation of all real property located in the City and to treat each property owner in a polite and professional manner.  


The Job of the Assessor

  • Inspects new construction and major improvements to existing structures
  • Approves and processes property tax exemptions
  • Reviews every transfer of real property for accuracy
  • Maintains all property inventory records and continually collects and records new data
  • Appears at all public hearings of the Board of Assessment Review (BAR)

Property Exemptions

There are several types of exemptions for homeowners. The most common are:
  • Basic STAR
  • Enhanced (Senior) STAR
  • Senior Citizen (Aged)
  • Persons with disabilities and limited income
  • Alternative Veteran
  • Cold War Veteran

The last day to file for these exemptions is March 1st. You may contact this office to obtain application forms or use the following links to download them. If you have any further questions regarding eligibility you may contact this office.


RP-425         RP-425 Application for School Tax Relief  (Used for Basic and Enhanced STAR)   

RP-467         RP- 467Application for Partial Tax Exemption for Real Property of Senior Citizens (And for Enhanced School Tax Relief (STAR) Exemption  (Used for the Aged Exemption)

RP-425 IVP  RP-425-IVP Senior citizens who would like to continue receiving Enhanced STAR in future years without having to reapply and submit copies of their tax returns to the assessor every year may sign up for the STAR Income Verification Program.     

RP-459c        RP-459-c Application for Partial Tax Exemption for Real Property of Persons with Disabilities and Limited Incomes  

RP-458a        RP-458-a Application for Alternative Veterans Exemption   

RP-458b        RP-458-b Application for Cold War Veterans Exemption     


Assessment Appeal Process

Any person aggrieved by an assessment may file a complaint (RP-524 below). You may complete the complaint yourself or your representative or attorney may complete it for you. This process can only be done once a year on the fourth Tuesday in May.

The following is a link to download the required form.

RP-524          RP-524  Complaint on Real Property Assessment 

RP-524 INS  RP-524-INS  General Information and Instructions for Filing Complaints on Real Property Assessments


The Assessor (or his designee) will be in attendance with the roll at

            City Hall, 62 Washington Street, on the following dates:

                        May 6 from 10AM to 2PM

                        May 13 from 10AM to 2PM

                        May 16 from 10AM to 2PM

                        May 20 from 4PM to 8PM

The Board of Assessment Review will meet at

           City Hall, 62 Washington Street

       TUESDAY, MAY 26 FROM 5-9PM

To hear persons that want to contest their 2015 tentative assessment.


You may file the complaint with the assessor on or before the first day the board of assessment review meets to hear complaints or with the board of assessment review on such day. The failure to file your complaint on time closes off your right for administrative and judicial review of this year's assessment.

Your written complaint should include statements, records and other relevant information to support your complaint.  

Assessment Questions

If you have any questions about your assessment, please feel free to contact this office.  If an appointment is needed, the following information may be helpful to have available.

  • Current appraisal of your property
  • Recent sales of comparable homes in your neighborhood