Schenectady County, New York

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Schenectady County Courthouse is located at 620 State Street, Schenectady NY 12305; phone: 518‑388‑4220.


Schenectady County was formed from Albany County on March 7, 1809. It has a population exceeding 150,000 residents. It covers 210 square miles, making it the second smallest in the state. The name Schenectady is derived from Schau-naugh-ta-da, which in the language of the Iroquois signifies "over the pine plains," or "across the pine plains," and is said to have been used by them at first to designate Fort Orange (now Albany). [1]

  1. Chamber of Commerce of Schenectady County, Welcome to Schenectady County: 2006 New Residents Guide, 2006, Schenectady NY

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