Thomas F. Wood, Esq., Town Attorney

Michael J. Cunningham, Deputy Town Attorney

Deborah Paul, Administrative Assistant

Town Hall
1 Heady Street
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
Main Number:

The Law Department is responsible for the following:
  • Supervises and directs the legal matters of the Town
  • Provide legal advice to Town Supervisor, Town Board members, all Boards, Councils, Departments, Offices and agencies of the Town concerning any matters affecting the interest of the Town.
  • Prepares and supervises the preparation of legislation
  • Appears in Court on behalf of the Town  
  • Drafts and reviews agreements and local laws
  • Coordinates with insurance carriers and their attorneys in defense of the Town against tort claims and defends the Town and its agencies against other claims and other suits.
  • Attends Town Board Meetings
  • Attends Planning Board Meetings
  • Attends Zoning Board of Appeals Meetings.
  • Answers citizen's queries
  • Pursues the collection of delinquent real property taxes through In Rem Foreclosure


The Legal Department does not render legal services to private citizens or the public at large. Persons in need of legal advice or services should consult with a private attorney or one of the following agencies:

Westchester County Bar Association(link is external)
Lawyer Referral and Information Service
One North Broadway, Suite 512
White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: 914-761-5151

New York State Bar Association(link is external)
Legal Referral Service
One Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 463-3200
Fax: (518) 487-5517

Association of the Bar of the City of New York(link is external)
Legal Referral Service
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 626-7373

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley(link is external)
4 Cromwell Place
White Plains, New York 10601
Phone: 1-877-574-8529 or 914-949-1305

The Legal Aid Society of Westchester County
One North Broadway
White Plains, New York 10601
Phone: 914-286-3400 (Criminal Division)
Phone: 914-286-3426 (Civil Division)