Receiver of Taxes, Mary E. Breining
Main Number: 914-734-1030
Town Hall
1 Heady Street
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM


Message from Mary E. Breining

The Receiver of Taxes is responsible for collecting of taxes for the Town, County, and Special Districts such as  fire districts, ambulance services, recreational areas, etc. The Receiver also collects for all of Croton Harmon and Hendrick Hudson School Districts, and proportionate amounts for Lakeland, Putnam, and Yorktown School Districts.  The Office serves 15,300 tax parcels and is governed by New York State Real Property Law and the Westchester County Charter.              


Important Update Regarding Prepayment of 2018 Taxes- 12/26/2017

The Governor’s Executive Order On Friday, December 22, 2017, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 172-2017, which temporarily suspends the application of certain provisions of the New York Real Property Tax Law and the Westchester County Tax Law governing the levy and collection of real property taxes and replaces them with interim authorization with respect to the prepayment in the remaining days of 2017 of certain property taxes which otherwise would become due in 2018. The Executive Order was issued in response to federal tax law changes signed into law on December 22, 2017 that will limit the amount of state and local tax deductions in 2018 by Congress. As made clear in the preamble of the Executive Order, its intent is to facilitate the prepayment of 2018 real property taxes by property owners in Westchester County.

In making a Prepayment , The Town of Cortlandt will apply the temporary authorizations under the Executive Order to allow it’s property owners to prepay certain real property tax payments that would ordinarily be billed in 2018. As we are unable at this time to compute the actual 2018 County, Town, Fire and Special District taxes, we request  that you remit payment in the amount equal to your 2017 Town and County Tax Bill (you can find this amount on line, though we regret that we are unable to accept prepayment online). To find your 2017 Tax Payment  go to www.townofcortlandt.com/tax and go to “Payment History” and follow the prompts. Please print the page and bring it with you if you are paying in person or include it with your check if paying by mail. Make the check payable to Mary Breining, Receiver of Taxes, and mail it to 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567 being sure it is postmarked on or before December 31, 2017. You also may call our Tax Receiver at 914-734-1030  for the amount (please be patient as we expect a heavy volume of calls).

The payment of school taxes to be levied in September 2018 may not be prepaid as such taxes relate to a future fiscal year that runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 and for which a budget has not been adopted. However, the Tax Office will accept the second half of currently levied 2017-18 school taxes before December 31, 2017, in accordance with standing practice and procedure (please issue a separate check for such payment – you also may prepay this  online). Due to the timing of the Executive Order, the Town will not be able to issue tax bills, nor are we able to accept payments online. Under the Executive Order, certain estimated taxes may be prepaid and accepted in person at Town Hall until the close of business on Friday, December 29, 2017 or by mail provided they are postmarked no later than December 31, 2017. The Office hours are 8:30 to 4:00pm.

If Your Taxes Are Escrowed, you may consider prepaying , If your financial institution or mortgage servicer escrows for taxes, you may consider making prepayment yourself and notifying your lender due to the fact that there may be insufficient funds in your escrow account to make the prepayment (the lender is not expecting to make any such prepayment) and/or your lender may not be able to effectuate the prepayment made in time.

Expect Adjustments in 2018 .  As mentioned above, we are unable to determine the actual 2018 property taxes which will be due. As such, your prepayment may be less than or more than what ultimately is determined to be owed. We will be issuing property tax statements in 2018 to reconcile such differences. They will be issued in accordance with the normal schedule provided under law (the Executive Order suspensions expire after December 31, 2017).

No Tax Opinion, although the Town is allowing the prepayment as permitted under the Executive Order, we offer no opinion concerning the deductibility of any taxes paid for federal tax purposes. Property owners should consult with their own tax professionals for guidance with regard to the federal tax implications associated with these payments.

Linda D. Puglisi, Town Supervisor

Mary E. Breining, Receiver of Taxes


Tax Receipts and Reminders Via Email

Payment receipts and billing reminders for both School and Town and County taxes are available for your convenience. By creating an e-mail account you may register your parcel(s) and receive your tax receipts and billing reminders via e-mail.  
Click here to sign up or log in for receipts or reminders


Paying Taxes Online

ON-LINE PAYMENT: (click here
*  Select Collection (School/Town)
*  Enter Bill Number
*  Confirm Information
*  Select Payment (first half/full payment)
*  Select Payment Method 


Payment in Person

You are always welcome to come to the Tax Office and pay in person. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4 PM, as well as the last Saturday in April and September from 9 AM to noon.   


Payment by Mail

Payments may be mailed to the Receiver of Taxes at the Town Of Cortlandt, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567. Please be sure to witness a timely United States post mark dated no later than the due date.  Payments without a post mark arriving after the due date are deemed to have been made on the date they are received and subject to penalty by State law.


Billing Schedule 
  • The General Tax bill is mailed March 31 and due on or before April 30.
  • The School Tax bill is mailed August 31.
    • The first half is due on or before September 30.
    • The second half is due on or before January 31.

Property tax payment history is now availble online.  You can search by owner name, address, or Section/Block/Lot.