Village of Croton-on-Hudson
The Village of Croton-on-Hudson is located in the southern end of the Town of Cortlandt. The village has a lot to offer-beautiful country homes, nostalgic shops and one of the busiest railroad stations (Croton-Harmon) north of New York City. Once home to some of the nation’s most famous artists and performers, Croton-on-Hudson today remains a thriving, creative community.
Local attractions include the 300-year-old estate, Van Cortlandt Manor; Croton Point Park, one of the region’s premier recreation areas; and the New Croton Dam, the largest hand-hewn structure in the Western world, surpassed only by the pyramid of Cheops and China’s Great Wall.
In the late 1600s, years after Henry Hudson anchored his ship off Croton Point, the land, including what is today Croton-on-Hudson, was purchased by Dutch settlers from the Kitchawanc Indians. A popular legend holds that Croton was named after a Kitchawanc Chief named Kloten or Knoten.
In 1677, Stephanus Van Cortlandt, who acquired a huge expanse of land in the area, became a Croton resident. During the Revolution, mills on his land produced flour to feed hungry patriots. Now a popular tourist attraction, Van Cortlandt Manor has been designated as a National Historic Landmark and is the site of many family-oriented events.
From 1892-1907, more than 1,000 immigrants stonemasons built the colossal Croton Dam and Aqueduct-a marvel of engineering-to provide New York City with a much needed supply of water. The dam and aqueduct remained in use as part of New York’s water system until 1950s. The dam and aqueduct have since been updated, and today it is formally known as the New Croton Dam and Aqueduct, although most folks refer to it simply as the “Croton Dam.”
In 1898, Croton-on Hudson was incorporated, and in 1930 the Harmon and Oscawana areas, and part of Mount Airy, were annexed.
Although, the Croton-Harmon train station is a major stop on MTA Metro-North Railroad’s Hudson Line, the village has remained small and charming, keeping alive the community spirit of generations past.
The Croton Recreation and Parks Department has something for everyone, from preschoolers to seniors.
Teen Program listings are available online, from the Recreation Department and at Pierre VanCortlandt Middle School.
Services for senior include holiday parties; trips to museums, dinner theaters and Atlantic City information sessions; driving courses and a shopping bus.
The Community Room, located in the Municipal Building, is the site for teen and senior citizens activities.
Village parks and facilities include: Black Rock Park; Duck Pond Park; Harrison Street Park and Firefighters Memorial Field; Senasqua Park and Boat Basin; Silver Lake; Sunset Park Playground; Vassallo Park; and a walking bike path alongside the Hudson River.
Other parks and facilities not owned/maintained by the village include: Croton Gorge Park; Croton Landing; Croton Point Park; Croton Sailing School; and Manes and Spencer fields.
Croton Recreation & Park Department
1 Van Wyck Street
Senior Citizens 914-271-5804
Youth/Teen Program 914-271-8562
The Croton Free Library
171 Cleveland Drive
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
Mayor - 914-271-4781
Board of Trustees - 914-271-4848
Village Manager - 914-271-4848
Village Clerk - 914-271-2013
Village Treasurer - 914-271-4781
Court Clerk - 914-271-6266
Public Works - 914-271-3775
Village Board of Trustees
The Village Board is comprised of the mayor and four trustees. The Board sets policy, approves the budget, adopts local laws and appoints the Village Manager to implement policies and supervise administration of local affairs. Each member serves two-year terms in a part-time capacity. The Village holds annual local elections in March to elect Mayor and Trustees, depending on which terms have expired. Residents may also vote on public referenda during these elections.
The board's meetings are open to the public and are usually held the first and third Mondays of the month at 8:00p in the meeting room on the second floor of the Municiple Building. Please see the Events Calendar to verify the date and time, especially during the summer months. The meetings are televised live on channel 78 at 8:00p on the night of the meeting and rebroadcasted at 8:00p the following Wednesday. The meetings are now also available online via live video webcast during the meeting and on-demand approximately 24-hours after the meeting ends.
As chief administrative officer, the Village Manager carries out the Village Board’s policies, manages the government’s staff, prepares the budget and serves as an advisor to the Village Board. The local government benefits from the Manager’s training and experience in administration of projects and programs, and citizens can count on the Manager to provide complete and objective information.
All Emergencies 911
Croton Police 914-271-5177
Croton Fire & Ambulance 914-271-2693
Westchester County Police 914-864-7701
New York State Police 914-769-2600
POST OFFICES and ZIP CODES
U.S. Postal Service 1-800-275-8777
50 Maple Street