Town of Cortlandt

Town of CortlandtThe Town of Cortlandt is bounded on the west by the Hudson River, the north by Putnam County, the east by the Town of Yorktown and on the south by the Towns of New Castle and Ossining. Cortlandt includes two incorporated villages, Croton-on-Hudson and Buchanan and several hamlets including Montrose, Crugers and Verplanck.  The Hudson River, the New York City Watershed Lands, numerous wooded hills and steep slopes, wetland areas and streams define the rural character of the Town.

The Cortlandt Town Hall, home to all town offices, is located on Heady Street, off of Oregon Road in Cortlandt.


When Europeans arrived in the early 17th century, the Cortlandt area was Kitchawanc Indian territory.

In 1677 Stephanus Van Cortlandt acquired a patent for 86,000 acres in this area.

In 1788, the Town of Cortlandt was established. Originally, Peekskill was part of the Town of Cortlandt.

In 1839, the State Legislature approved the incorporation of the Village of Peekskill.

In 1940, Peekskill separated from the Town of Cortlandt, becoming an incorporated city.

In the 1800s, Cortlandt grew more industrialized. Large estates were broken up and connected by highways. Trolley lines and electric train service developed.


Cortlandt residents enjoy dozens of fun-filled and relaxing activities year-around at many different locations throughout the town.

The villages of Croton-on-Hudson and Buchanan have their own recreation and parks departments.

Park and facilities in Cortlandt include Charles J. Cook Recreation Center, Cortlandt Community Recreation Area, Cortlandt Roller Hockey Rink, Cortlandt Town Center Community Room, Cortlandt Town Hall, Cortlandt Youth Center, Hudson Highlands Gateway Park, Lake Meahagh Park, Lake Street Tennis Courts, Lents Cove Ball Fields, Letteri Field, Lynwood Gardens Field, Muriel H. Morabito Community Center, New Park at the Cortlandt Roller Hockey Rink, Old Pond Park, Old Toddville School Field, Sprout Brook Ballfields, Sprout Brook Park, St. Columbanus Little League Field, Steamboat Riverfront Park, Steven Hebert Memorial Skate Park, Sunset Park and Playground, Tommy Thurber Playground and Verplanck Schoolhouse Community Center.

Today, Cortlandt is a pleasant mix of modern conveniences, friendly people and rural charm.

Town of Cortlandt Recreation
1 Heady Street
Cortlandt Manor 914-734-1050
Muriel H. Morabito Community Center 914-528-1464
Youth Center 914-736-0498


Hendrick Hudson Free Library has more than 68,000 items, including books, CDs, videocassettes and DVDs, books on tape and CD, large-print books and periodicals.

In addition to rooms for quiet study - the library’s reference section has eight online computers with access to variety of databases and the Internet. The Community Room seats 100 and serves as gallery space for art exhibits and community meetings.

The Children’s Room has story programs, guest speakers and special arts programs. Adult activities include book discussion groups, craft programs and seminars.

Hendrick Hudson Free Library
185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose


Four public school districts serve residents in the Town of Cortlandt:

  • Croton-Harmon School District
  • Hendrick Hudson School District
  • Lakeland Central School District
  • Yorktown Central School District



The Westchester County Police, under the direction of Commissioner Ken Hoch, code Enforcement is located on 1 Heady Street. The department provides uniform patrol services to the town, as well as the D.A.R.E. program at two of the town’s elementary schools. The department maintains a vast array of specialized support services available for emergency responses, 24-hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. The department is comprised of officers, who have specific training in a variety of law enforcement tactics.

The New York State Police are located in the Mohegan Lake Station, on Main Street in Cortlandt Town Center. Station Commander Sergeant James Kranik oversees a force of 25 troopers and three sergeants. Senior Investigator Hof oversees seven investigators. 


The town of Cortlandt is served by six volunteer Fire departments, four volunteer Ambulance Corps as well as the Cortlandt- Peekskill Regional Paramedics.


All Emergencies 911

Non-Emergency Numbers
Buchanan Police 914-739-6776
Buchanan Fire 914-737-5010
Continental Village Fire 845-739-1020
Croton Fire & Ambulance 914-271-2693
Cortlandt Volunteer Ambulance 914-739-0881
Mohegan Volunteer Fire 914-526-0823
Mohegan Volunteer Ambulance 914-526-1005
Montrose Fire 914-737-8919
Verplanck Fire & Ambulance 914-788-6943
Westchester County Police 914-741-4400
New York State Police 914-737-7171


Town of Cortlandt, Westchester County State of New York. Includes the Villages of Buchanan and Croton-on-Hudson and the Hamlets of Crugers, Montrose and Verplanck.

Town Hall
1 Heady Street
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
Telephone: (914) 734-1000
Fax Line: (914) 734-1025

Supervisor - 914-734-1002
Town Board - 914-734-1002
Town Clerk - 914-734-1020
Comptroller - 914-734-1071
Town Attorney - 914-736-0930
Town Assessor - 914-734-1040
Deputy Director, Planning - 914-734-1081

Dept. of Environmental Services
Highway Division 914-737-0047
Sanitation 914-737-0100


U.S. Postal Service 1-800-275-8777

Buchanan Post Office 10511
252 Tate Avenue

Croton-on-Hudson Post Office 10520
50 Maple Street

Crugers Post Office 10521
2042 Albany Post Road

Montrose Post Office 10548
13 King Ferry Road

Verplanck Post Office 10596
174 Sixth Street

Major Transportation routes:

  • State Routes 9 and 6
  • Metro North Train
  • Bee Line Transit Bus


Town Demographics: (2000 Census Survey)

  • Area in Square Miles: 40.9Density
  • (no. of People/sq.m.): 941
  • Number of Households: 10,808
  • Median Household Income: $83,328
  • Median Value (single family): $312,000
  • Average Value (single family): $356,244
  • Total Population: 38,467


Distribution by Age:

60 plus6,462

Distribution by Race:

African American1,765