About Judge Dan McCarthy

Judge Dan McCarthy’s personal and professional experiences have shaped him into a loving husband, caring father of three daughters and one son, and proud Cortlandt resident who is dedicated to working in the service of his hometown.



Dan received his B.A. in History from Fairfield University in 1981 and his J.D. in 1985 from the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Touro College School of Law, where he graduated with honors as a member of the Law Review. Dan was also elected by his classmates as a Notes and Comments Editor on Law Review.


Professional Career

Upon admission to the New York State Bar, Dan moved back to Cortlandt to begin his career as a Trial Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Westchester County, where he represented individuals charged with felonies who could not afford to retain counsel. 

Since then, Dan has worked in the service of our community, first on the Town of Cortlandt Zoning Board of Appeals, then as Acting Village Justice of Buchanan, handling all aspects of the court calendar for approximately four years.  Dan subsequently served for eight years as the Buchanan Village Attorney, ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal laws.

Dan brought this wealth of experience to the bench when he was elected Town Justice for the first time in 2008, succeeding his father who proudly served the community as Judge for 30 years, from 1977 to 2007. Dan continues to proudly serve as the Town Justice, constantly learning and evolving in the role. 

While Town Justice, he was appointed by the Chief Administrative Judge to serve temporarily as Acting City Court Judge in Peekskill, a reflection of the respect he earned from his peers even beyond the Cortlandt Town Court.

As a private attorney, Dan, along with his father, Daniel A. McCarthy, formed The McCarthy Law Firm, PC, further contributing to the already thriving small business community in Cortlandt/Croton.

Dan and his father focused on trials and litigation in Federal and State courts, handling cases involving Civil Rights, Defamation, Personal Injury, as well as Estates and Real Estate transactions. His continues to practice law at his office in Croton-on-Hudson. 

Personal Life

Raised in the Town of Cortlandt from the age of 5, Dan was educated by the local public school system and is a graduate of Hendrick Hudson High School.

Dan worked throughout his college years for a commercial painting contractor and spent his summers working with the ballfield maintenance/sanitation crew for the Town of Cortlandt. He also worked as a relief (union) worker on the General Motors assembly line to pay for his undergraduate and law school tuitions.

Born the son of an Officer of the United States Navy and an incredibly hardworking and patient mother of five children, Dan credits his drive, determination, and unwavering work ethic to the example set by his parents, Maureen and Dan.

Dan and his wife, Mitra, have lived in Cortlandt for 30 years where they raised their four children, Jackie, Molly, Megan and Jimmy.