Town Justices Kimberly E. Ragazzo and Maritza Fugaro-Norton
1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
Main Number: 914-734-1090
Open Mondays through Fridays 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
No in person payments accepted after 3:30 PM
For your convenience, there is a drop box outside should you simply need to provide paperwork to the court.
Payments are accepted in person via cash (EXACT CHANGE ONLY), money order, or Mastercard and Visa. No personal checks are accepted. Money orders can also be mailed to the court. Payments are also accepted online at WWW.CORTLANDTTOWNCOURTPMTS.COM or through the following 914-742-8031. Interpreters are available through this phone number. This online and phone payment system through NCourts accepts Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. Please note that the use of credit cards and the online or phone system incur additional convenience surcharges. Neither the Justice Court nor the Town receive the convenience fees.
Important change in New York Law
Beginning June 29, 2021, you can pay fines, fees, and surcharges for vehicle and traffic cases on an installment payment plan with no extra charge or interest.
- Ask the judge about payment plans if you are sentenced for a vehicle and traffic charge.
- Minimum payment of $25 per month (full payment details available online).
- Financial disclosure form may be required; FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT FOR PAYMENT PLANS
For more details:
- go to www.nycourts/gov/LAW/vtl
- Ask the Court Clerk for additional information
- Scan the QR code
If the traffic infraction box is checked, you have the following options: You can plead guilty or not guilty. If your plea is guilty, complete the guilty section and either mail it to the Court or bring it to the Court. Be sure to include your current mailing address. You will then be notified by the Court about the amount of the fine due. You must contact the Court within 60 days of the issuance of the ticket in order to avoid a suspension on your driver’s license. You also will be subject to license suspension for failure to pay a fine set by the Judge after a guilty plea or finding of guilt at trial. If you receive a letter about license suspension, call the Court immediately to address the issue before additional lift suspension fees will be imposed by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
If your plea is not guilty, complete the not guilty section and mail it to the clerk’s office by the return date on the ticket. Again, be sure to include your current mailing address. A letter will be mailed to you indicating a specific date and time to appear. The Officer that issued the ticket also prosecutes the case except for tickets issued by New York State Police which are prosecuted by the Town Attorney.
It is your responsibility to give the court your new address if you move.
Please call the Court before coming in to file. To file a small claim in the Town Court, the person you are suing must reside, work, or have a place of business in the Town of Cortlandt. The filing fee is $10.00 for lawsuits for amounts up to $1,000 and $15.00 for lawsuits for amounts greater than $1,000 up to and including $3,000. Please click here to review the small claims guide.
You must be 18 years or older to bring an action in small claims; otherwise, the action must be brought by a parent or guardian. Small claims are mailed certified return receipt and first class mail, therefore, a proper mailing address is required. The small claims application can be found here, but no mail in applications will be accepted.