There has been a lot of time and effort associated with the awarding of the Galen-Clyde contract regarding fire protection for the Town of Tyre. I would like to provide some background information in an effort to explain (and to clear up any misinformation) as to what led us to this current decision and also to take this opportunity to let our community know the facts regarding this particularly important decision.

As can be seen by this resolution below, the Town of Tyre Town Board voted unanimously, to contract with the Galen-Clyde Fire District. 

NOVEMBER 19, 2020


WHEREAS, there has been established in the Town of Tyre a fire protection district known as the “Tyre Fire Protection District” embracing the territory in the whole of said Town wholly outside of any city or village as such territory is more fully described establishing such district duly previously adopted by The Town of Tyre Town Board, and

WHEREAS, it is necessary to enter into a contract for the furnishing of fire protection to the said fire protection district, and

WHEREAS, due notice has been given of a public hearing to be held at the Town of Tyre Town Hall, 1082 Gravel Road, Seneca Falls, New York 13148 on November 19, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. prevailing time to consider a contract for the furnishing of fire protection to the said fire protection district, the notice duly specifying the time and place of the hearing as aforesaid, and giving in general terms the proposed contract, and the said hearing having been held, and all persons interested in appearing having been heard,


RESOLVED, That the Town of Tyre shall contract with the Galen-Clyde Fire District for the furnishing of fire protection to the Tyre Fire Protection District for the period commencing at January 1, 2021 through and including December 31, 2021 for the sum in the total amount of One Hundred Fifty-Five Thousand Dollars ($155,000.00) together with such other terms and conditions as are stated in such contract, a copy of which is attached hereto; and it is further,

RESOLVED, That such contract be executed on behalf of this Board by the Town Supervisor on behalf of members thereof.

The adoption of the foregoing Resolution was moved by Councilman Reginald Aceto, seconded by Councilman Kenneth Sutterby, and duly put to a vote, which resulted as follows:

Supervisor Ronald F. McGreevyP   
Councilman Kenneth A. SutterbyP   
Councilman James RogersP   
Councilman Thomas ThomsonP   
Councilman Reginald AcetoP   

The Resolution was duly adopted.

November 19, 2020                                                                                                                                                                 

Throughout the course of the past year it had become increasingly evident that action needed to be taken to assure comprehensive fire protection service to our Town.  At one point in time, Magee Fire Chief Craig Reynolds advised the Board that his department had not responded to 4 emergency calls and that he could not give any assurance that Magee firefighters would be able to respond to calls in the future as required in their contract with the Town. This information, in addition to the ongoing reports of nonstop in-fighting within that department, the constant threats to this office of fire fighters planning to quit due to this in-fighting, various New York State Agency Investigations taking place within that department, Workplace Violence Allegations, as well as a multitude of other matters, led to the difficult and heartbreaking decision to look elsewhere for reliable fire protection.

The Town Board then proceeded to seek the advice of Attorney Mark C. Butler in an effort to give us options for moving forward with future fire protection for our residents. Attorney Butler’s specialty is New York State fire department law. It was confirmed by legal counsel that the Town has No Legal Authority to intervene in Magee’s internal struggles. Again, after much research, time and effort, the Town Board decided to move in a different direction and seek an alternative to the Magee Fire Department for fire protection.

 As a result, the Town of Tyre has contracted with the Galen-Clyde Fire District for 2021. There has been a tremendous amount of work that has been completed in a noticeably short period of time by the folks in the Galen-Clyde Fire Department.  They have been working with Seneca County and Wayne County officials, Local Law Enforcement officials, the NYS Thruway Authority, neighboring fire departments (creating an updated mutual aid agreement), del Lago officials, all the while maintaining a clear and open path of communication with this office keeping us updated on this process. They have met with firefighters from Magee Volunteer Fire Department, offering them training, as well as outlining the process for them to apply for membership to Galen-Clyde with the associated expectations of their department. 

Galen-Clyde’s clear commitment to ensure all stakeholders are being brought to the table, to work together on the same mission, which is to offer fire protection to the Town of Tyre. This has been truly commendable, and at the same time, this work has been respectful of the long standing Magee Fire Department which has been an integral part of this community for so many years. 

It has also been quite commendable that Chief Tavano from the Galen-Clyde Fire Department has secured a bay at Petro to house a fire truck. This bay at Petro is being staffed with Volunteer fire fighters as often they can, ready to respond when called. Because of the comprehensive planning and leadership of this department, they have provided Tyre with a quicker response time in the majority of cases, simply because fire fighters are often times at their truck stationed here in Tyre. 

We look forward to working with Galen-Clyde and thank everyone involved for their continued commitment and dedication to working as a team to ensure proper and consistent fire protection for our town.

As always, please feel free to stop in and visit me at the Tyre Municipal Building with any questions or concerns you may have.  I look forward to hearing from you!



Ronald F. McGreevy / Town of Tyre Supervisor




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Tyre Town Board will have a special town board meeting on Wednesday, March 31, 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 the Tyre Town Board may consider additional matters properly brought before it.

Carolyn Sosnowski
Tyre Town Clerk

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 https://cornell.zoom.us/j/99052320180?pwd=TDcrSlE3c3hLYmJWWVAveXF2TThOQT09 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

Town of Tyre Board Meeting on May 21, 2020 (FULL VIDEO)

Due to the COVID restrictions at the current time, there is no public access to the town board meeting in May 2020. The meeting was live streamed and can be viewed in it’s entirety below:

The meeting can also be viewed by going to Fingerlakes1.com and viewing on their site or on YouTube.

We appreciate your understanding at this time and hope to be resuming public attendance at meetings in the near future!


The Town of Tyre Municipal Building will be closed to the public until further notice due to COVID reports. Town Business will be conducted by phone at: (315)835-0206 or e-mail at: adminassistant@tyreny.com.

You may contact the Tyre Town Justice Courts at: (315)835-0043 or e-mail at: courts@tyre.com. Court personnel may be contacted Monday – Friday from 9:00-4:00 only by phone or e-mail. You may drop off any paperwork in the COURT box outside of the municipal building. Make sure that you sign any forms and your contact information is correct. You will be notified of your next court appearance. Traffic matters may be handled by mail through the Seneca County District Attorney’s Office – see their website for instructions. At this time, we do not know when the justice courts will be able to hear cases. Thank you for your cooperation.

Notice of Planning Board Public Hearing 5/26/2020

Notice is hereby given that the Town of Tyre Planning Board will convene a Public Hearing May 26, 2020 at 6:30 PM at the Tyre Town Municipal Building located at 1082 Gravel Road, Seneca Falls, NY 13148 to review an application for an Amended Site Plan Review submitted by Martin’s Honey Farm and Meadery, LLC (Applicant) located at 2981 State Routes 5&20, Seneca Falls, NY 13148 (Tax Map # 17-1-06.11).  The public will only be able to access the meeting remotely by video or telephone.  Please consult the Town of Tyre website (www.tyreny.com) or call the town office (315-835-0206) for details.  On March 24, 2020 the Planning Board approved an application for a 1920 sq. ft. addition to expand distillery operations.  The Applicant amended the approved plan to move the new building 14 feet to the east.  Under Town of Tyre Local Law #2 of 2015, Site Plan Review, an amended site plan review application must be presented in a public hearing.  Under State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) 6 NYCRR Part 617, the project has been determined to be Type II and thus does not require environmental review.  Application detail can be viewed during normal business hours at the Tyre Town Municipal Building.
Robert Seem, Chairman, Town of Tyre Planning Board