PUBLIC NOTICE: Tyre Planning Board Meetings and Public Hearings Going Remote Starting January 26, 2021

Notice is hereby given that due to COVID-19 infection risk the Town of Tyre (Seneca County) Planning Board monthly meeting (4th Tuesday of the month) and any required Public Hearings by the Tyre Planning Board will be held remotely until further notice.  Meetings will begin at 6:30 PM and can be accessed via internet at or for telephone access please dial 646-518-9805 (toll charges may apply).  If needed, the meeting ID is 990 5232 0180 and the Passcode is 968050.  Once connected, participants will be held in a “waiting room” until admitted by the planning board chairman. 

Questions regarding this notice can be addressed at the Tyre Municipal office at 315-835-0206.

Robert C. Seem, Chairman



Due to COVID-19 protocols the Tyre Town Court will not be hearing any cases in person for the immediate future.

Any Criminal matters will be handled virtually  or adjourned (by mail) to a future date.

Civil matters will be adjourned to a future date.

Summary Proceedings and Evictions will be heard by the  Special COVID Intervention Part (SCIP)  of the Seneca County Court, with paperwork to be completed at Tyre Town Court  office.

Traffic matters will be handled by mail with the following options:

      You may plead “guilty as charged” by mail and the Judge will set the fine and send a notice to you.

      You may plead “not guilty” and request a bench trial – this will be adjourned to a future date.

       You may plead not guilty and communicate with the Seneca County District Attorney by mail concerning an alternate disposition. The District Attorney  will not be holding in-person conferences regarding routine traffic matters. Your “not guilty” plea must be sent to the Court.

         To request a reduction of the charges, go to:, print the form, complete it, and return it to the DA’s Office along with the additional documents indicated.

          Seneca County District Attorney’s Office

          44 W. Williams St  STOP 2

           Waterloo, NY 13165

           FAX 315 539 0531

         The District Attorney will send a reduction offer to you, if it is acceptable, sign it and return
it to the Tyre Town Court.

         You have the right to be represented by an attorney at each and every step of your case and may request an adjournment to retain an attorney at any time.

The Court may be contacted by mail: Tyre Town Court 1082 Gravel Road, Seneca Falls, NY 13148

Phone:  (315) 835-0043 ( if unavailable , please leave a message and we will get back to you. Please do NOT call the Town of Tyre, as they are a separate entity.)

or email:

Please include your Name,  date of birth and phone number and we will contact you as soon as possible.


                                                  DECEMBER 2020


It is once again that time of year to wish all the residents of Tyre a fantastic holiday season!  It has been quite a year, one that will not easily be forgotten, this year of 2020.  The various struggles, along with our lives being turned upside down with the reported COVID-19 Pandemic situation, the extreme economic impact it has had on our state and the nation, as well as the current attempts being made to rebuild businesses and lives, have certainly been a challenge for us all.  Moving forward into 2021 this is for sure a lot to absorb.  Throughout all of these challenges, your Town has been active in a variety of ways and it is our hope that this annual letter can share some of the accomplishments that have culminated in the year of 2020.

We do have a lot to be proud of and certainly a lot to be thankful for.

Let us discuss the Highway Department and their activities throughout 2020.  First and foremost, we are blessed to have replaced a number of our aging vehicles and related equipment.  Most recently we have taken delivery of a new ten wheel dump truck with snowplow, as well as a new excavator.  It is important to note that all of our recently acquired Highway Department purchases have been paid for, debt free. The Highway Department Building itself has had a new roof installed that will last for many years. This was a much needed repair.  Nearpass Road was completely repaved this year and actually came in under budget!  As with the purchase of equipment, all of our roadwork was completed and fully funded without taking on any debt to the Town.  Besides a full overhaul of Nearpass Road, the Town completed partial resurfacing of East Tyre Road, Lamb Road, Blackbrook Road, Dawson Road, Chase Road, and a small portion of East Road.  It is unknown if towns will receive much, if any, of the annual highway funding from New York State that it has been accustomed to in years past. To eliminate taking on any future debt, we will carefully consider our roadwork projects for the upcoming year. 

The Town continues to attract new development, and even throughout the craziness of 2020, Tyre has been busy working with several developers that wish to put down roots in our community.  We have been collaborating with the Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores throughout 2020.  All necessary approvals have been granted and Love’s advises us that their plan is to break ground in the Spring of 2021. Tyre has also attracted Dunkin Donuts and they plan on constructing a store on NYS Route 414 next to Love’s in the near future!  We may also see an IHOP (International House of Pancakes) locating here in 2021. These businesses will surely enhance our commercial corridor with exciting new establishments for our residents and travelers alike who come to visit our beautiful Finger Lakes area.  Considering the whirlwind of 2020 that everyone has been contending with, we consider ourselves incredibly lucky here in Tyre to be working with these developers at this point in our State’s uncertain future.  These businesses are certainly welcome in our community and they have a home here!

Our Planning Board members have certainly been busy throughout 2020, with a number of developers discussing their plans to establish new businesses in the Town of Tyre. In addition, The Town has made a change in legal representation in 2020.  We have engaged a new attorney to work with our Planning Board as well as other Town related matters.  Mr. Donald Young, Esq. has been engaged by the Town to join the team and help with a new direction the Town is taking with a “business friendly” initiative, to welcome investors and businesses alike.  Attorney Young has been a beneficial addition to our team and we are happy to welcome him.

This year, our country had a Presidential election and with this occurrence, it has brought up discussions concerning our own voting location here in the Town of Tyre.  For many years, our residents have voted at the Tyre Band Hall Building, located at 616 Lamb Road here in Tyre.  However, now that the Town has been fortunate enough to have built a new Municipal Building at 1082 Gravel Road, some residents are asking why our voting is not taking place in this new building.  There appears to be a mix of opinions, with some residents preferring to continue to vote at the Band Hall, while others voicing their wishes to have the location of voting changed to the new Municipal Building.  In order to ascertain what the majority of Tyre residents would prefer for their voting location in 2021, please contact us by January 31, 2021 either by phone at: (315) 835-0206 or email us at:  Please let us know your thoughts on this issue!  We will gather the feedback of the community and share the information, once obtained, on our website at:  Thank you in advance for your input in determining the location for future voting in Tyre.

In regards to the Band Hall, the Tyre Band Hall Committee has been in the process of changing the building into a Community Center for Tyre.  The interior was painted and repaired by Mark Travis, thanks to a grant from Senator Michael Nozzolio several years ago.  Rich Amidon was subsequently hired to rebuild the existing kitchen. The original pass-through was kept and the original kitchen shelf was salvaged and moved to the meeting room to be used for displays.  A handicap accessible rest room had also been added.  Dennis Stone volunteered his time and talents to replace the original blackboards and is rebuilding an oak cabinet.  Our committee members have given their time and efforts to work on this project and it is very much appreciated.  Because of the reported COVID-19 Pandemic situation we have been unable to use the building for programs and events that were planned for 2020, but we are hopeful that it will be possible to present an Open House in the fall of 2021.  The Band Hall Committee members are appointed by the Town Board and they are the following: Patsy Amidon, Marge Fahrenholz (chair), Jean Horton,  Pat Mahoney (treasurer) and Char Verkey.  The liaisons for the Town Board are Councilmen Jim Rogers and Ken Sutterby.

Financially, the Town is in a good position.  With years of careful and conservative fiscal budgeting, Tyre has put aside a portion of the NYS Gaming Tax Revenue funds it has received into a reserve account.  Unfortunately, we have had to use some of these funds to get us through the 2020 budget due to the unforeseen NYS shutdown of del Lago and many other businesses in our area due to the reported COVID-19 Pandemic.  It is helpful that we have recently received a very small portion of our allotted Gaming Tax Revenue that New York State shares with Tyre as the host community.  However, when the Governor mandated the shutdown of the casino for approximately 6 months, the funds we would have received earlier this year were obviously reduced by a very significant amount, over 1 million dollars.  With the unknown future of mandated shutdowns of businesses in New York State, our ability to plan for and budget for 2021 has been a difficult proposition.  We have not budgeted for any NYS Gaming Tax Revenue in 2021 in an attempt to plan for the worst, but hope for the best!  Our adopted 2021 budget expenses have been reduced by nearly 2 million dollars, and our recently enacted 2020 spending moratorium will likely continue until the overall economic situation stabilizes. It is hoped that 2021 will bring back the previously healthy financial situations we have enjoyed over the past few years.

Once again, del Lago Resort & Casino has funded the fire tax for The Town of Tyre in 2021 and therefore, you will not see a fire tax amount on your property tax bill.  The Town is incredibly grateful that del Lago assisted the Town by pre-paying the fire tax for 2021.  This way, the Town could budget in advance for this cost and be absolutely certain these funds would be available for this payment for fire protection which is due in January 2021.  This action, by itself will save our taxpayers from an additional cost on their property tax bill that otherwise would have been needed to be implemented. 

It should also be noted that the Town of Tyre has made a change in who we contract with for Fire Protection Services for the Town of Tyre Fire Protection District.  For many, many years Tyre has engaged the Magee Volunteer Fire Department for the annual fire protection contract.  As the result of numerous concerns raised, and after obtaining expert legal advice, the Town decided to explore options to determine what other opportunities there were for fire protection in the Town of Tyre. Much time and effort went into making this decision, always keeping the best interests and safety of our residents first and foremost.  During this process, the Galen-Clyde Fire Department offered the Town a contract that was, not only less in cost, but also offered fire protection that would ensure response on a timely and consistent basis, without all of the issues and uncertainties currently facing Magee.  We sincerely thank the Magee Volunteer Fire Department and its’ members for their years of service to Tyre, and we truly hope that the internal issues that they are currently facing can be resolved in the near future.

We would like to take this opportunity also to thank our Highway Department personnel, our Volunteers and Members who serve on our Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Band Hall Committee, Attorneys and Engineers, as well as all Staff Members and Elected Officials in our Town. Thank you for your service!

Finally, a very Special Thanks goes out to Elizabeth Sutterby (“Tootie”) for her 44 years of service and dedication to the Office of Tyre Town Clerk. A well deserved retirement!



Ronald F. McGreevy

Town of Tyre Supervisor



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 2021 Organizational Meeting of the Tyre Town Board will be held on Thursday, January 07, 2021 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Tyre Municipal Building located at 1082 Gravel Road, Seneca Falls, N.Y. 13148 in the Town of Tyre, Seneca County.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that this meeting topic is not exclusive and that the Tyre Town Board may consider other matters properly brought before it.

Carolyn Sosnowski
Tyre Town Clerk



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the End of Year Meeting of the Tyre Town Board will be held on Thursday, December 31, 2020 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Tyre Municipal Building located at 1082 Gravel Road, Seneca Falls, N.Y. 13148 in the Town of Tyre, Seneca County.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that this meeting topic is not exclusive and that the Tyre Town Board may consider other matters properly brought before it.

Carolyn Sosnowski
Tyre Town Clerk



The PROPERTY TAX RATE for the Town of Tyre was $9.84 per thousand dollars of taxable value in 2016. del Lago Resort and Casino was officially opened on February 1, 2017. With the projected revenue from del Lago, the Property Tax Rate for 2017 was reduced by 50% to $4.90 per thousand dollars of taxable value. 

Based on del Lago’s performance during 2017, the Property Tax Rate for 2018 was reduced again by nearly 50% to $2.50 per thousand. The Property Tax Rate for 2019 was further reduced to $2.25 and in 2020, it was reduced again to $1.63 per thousand.

Due to the current reported Coronavirus Pandemic, del Lago had faced a mandatory closure from mid-March until the Governor allowed the casino to reopen at 25% capacity on September 09, 2020. During this closure period, the Town of Tyre did not receive any of its allotted Gaming Tax Revenue from New York State. This loss of revenue is estimated to exceed 1 million dollars, significantly affecting the 2020 budget.

New York State Town law requires that the Town Clerk present a Tentative Budget for the following year by September 30 and it is to be adopted by the Town Board by November 20. The Town of Tyre’s Tentative Budget for 2021 was presented and accepted and then adopted as the Preliminary Budget by the Town Board at the Tyre Town Board meeting held on September 17, 2020.

Due to the uncertainty of del Lago’s performance for the remainder of 2020, and due to the ongoing reported COVID Pandemic along with very restrictive New York State regulations and guidelines, the Town has had to be especially conservative in the development of its 2021 budget. In setting the 2021 Tentative Budget, the Town of Tyre has opted not to include any projected revenues to be received from Gaming Tax Revenue in 2021. In effect, this has currently resulted in a Property Tax Rate of $5.66 per thousand dollars of taxable value for 2021, which is still $4.18 less than the pre-casino Tyre Property Tax Rate of 2016. Due to conservative budgeting with reserves over the past three years, the Town was able to hold the Property Tax Rate down from a much larger increase at the current time.

The Town expects that as the capacity limit is allowed to increase for the casino, their attendance and their performance should return to pre-shut down figures and the Town of Tyre will once again be able to reduce future property tax rates.



          NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a public hearing pursuant to Town Law Section 184 will be held by the Town Board of the Town of Tyre, New York at the Town of Tyre Town Hall, 1082 Gravel Road, Seneca Falls, New York 13148 on the November 19, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. prevailing time for the purpose of considering the contracting with one or more entities maintaining adequate and suitable apparatus and appliances for the furnishing of fire protection and emergency services within the Tyre Fire Protection District for the year 2021 upon the following general terms, to-wit: that the contracting entity or entities shall answer and attend upon all calls in said Town of Tyre Fire Protection District; that the consideration for such contract or contracts shall be in the total amount of one hundred fifty-five thousand dollars; together with such other incidental terms as may be necessary or proper in connection with such contracting for fire protection and emergency services.

          At such hearing, at which time and place said Town Board will consider such and hear all persons interested in the same and that a copy of the terms of the proposed contract may be inspected at the Town of Tyre Town Clerk’s Office during regular business hours.

Dated:  Tyre, New York                         By Order of the Town Board of the Town of Tyre

           November 09, 2020                    Carolyn Sosnowski, Town Clerk                           




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town of Tyre 2021 Preliminary Budget, the Tyre Fire Protection District 2021 Preliminary Budget, the Tyre Water District #1 2021 Preliminary Budget, the Tyre Water District #2 2021 Preliminary Budget for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2021 have been completed and filed in the office of the Tyre Town Clerk, 1082 Gravel Rd, Seneca Falls, NY 13148, in the Town of Tyre, where these are available for inspection by any interested person during normal business hours.

FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town Board of the Town of Tyre will meet and review said Town of Tyre 2021 Preliminary Budgets and hold a Public Hearing thereon at the Tyre Municipal Building, 1082 Gravel Rd, Seneca Falls, NY 13148, in the Town of Tyre, at 6:30 pm. on the 5th day of November 2020, and that said hearing, any person may be heard in favor of, or against, any item or items therein contained.

PURSUANT TO SECTION 113 OF THE TOWN LAW, the proposed salaries of the elected officials are set forth in said budget as follows:

Supervisor                                                       $20,000.00

4 Councilman – each                                      $  3,700.00

Town Justice                                                   $24,000.00

Town Justice                                                   $24,000.00

Tax Collector                                                   $  3,000.00

Town Clerk                                                       $21,000.00

Highway Superintendent                                $48,256.00

Dated: October 26, 2020

                                                                      Carolyn Sosnowski

                                                                      Tyre Town Clerk





PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that a public hearing will be held by the Town of Tyre Town Board at the Tyre Municipal Building, 1082 Gravel Road, Seneca Falls, NY 13148 in the Town of Tyre, on November 05, 2020 at 6:35 P.M. for the purpose of hearing public comments on proposed Local Law No.2 of 2020, which law would allow the Town of Tyre to override the tax levy limit established in New York State General Municipal Law Section 3-C as it pertains to the Tyre Town Budget for the fiscal year commencing January 1, 2021.

The Town Board invites written comments to be submitted regarding proposed Local Law No. 2 of 2020 as part of the record by sending the comments to the Town Clerk’s Office at 1082 Gravel Road, Seneca Falls, NY 13148 and invites submission of written and oral comments at the public hearing. Those wishing to speak on the subject should attend the public hearing.

Copies of proposed Local Law No. 2 of 2020 are available for public review at the Town of Tyre Town Clerk’s Office at 1082 Gravel Road, Seneca Falls, NY 13148 during normal business hours, and a copy is posted on the Town’s website at

 FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that immediately following the Public Hearing described above, the Town Board may consider any other business that is properly brought before it.

By Order of the Tyre Town Board

Ronald F. McGreevy, Town Supervisor

Dated October 26, 2020


                                    LEGAL NOTICE CANCELLATION OF PUBLIC HEARING

TAKE NOTICE that a Public Hearing previously scheduled by the Town Board of the Town of Tyre, Seneca County, N.Y. at the Tyre Municipal Building, 1082 Gravel Road, Seneca Falls, N.Y. 13148, in the Town of Tyre, for October 15, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. for the purpose of contracting with a fire department for fire protection in the Town of Tyre has been CANCELLED.

Dated: October 08, 2020                                            Ronald F. McGreevy
                                                                                          Tyre Town Supervisor