The Village of Potsdam is nestled in the St. Lawrence River Valley near the northern foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The scenic Racquette River bisects the community and provides residents and visitors with panoramic riverine views, convenient recreational access and is a source of renewable energy for the Village’s generation of hydro-electric power. Settled in 1802, the Village was recognized as one of the industrial and commercial centers of St. Lawrence County given its hydropower assets, its agricultural and mineral wealth. Today the Village is best known as a center for health care, education and retail trade in Northern New York.
The Town of Potsdam is located in the Adirondack foothills, in the center of St. Lawrence County, New York. We are home to two villages, the Village of Potsdam and the Village of Norwood. Our Town Hall is located at 18 Elm Street and our Town Court 35 Market Street, Potsdam, NY.
Since its formation, Potsdam has been considered a cultural and educational center. We are rich in education and technology hosting the State University of Potsdam and Clarkson University, two exceptional learning institutions. Potsdam is also proud to have one of the state’s finest public school systems and a progressive medical facility St. Lawrence Health System.