Lyons (village), New York
|Lyons, New York|
Wayne County Courthouse
|Incorporated||April 18, 1854|
|Named for||Lyon, France|
|• Mayor||Terry Vanstean (R)|
|• Trustee/Deputy Mayor||Richard Evangelist|
Dennis Alvaro; James Blandino (R);Sean Dobbins (R)
|• Total||4.1 sq mi (10.7 km2)|
|• Land||4.1 sq mi (10.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Elevation||438 ft (125 m)|
|Population (2000)|
|• Density||909.2/sq mi (351.4/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0956197|
Lyons is a village in Wayne County, New York, in the United States. The population was 3,695 at the 2000 census. The village of Lyons is located in the southern half of the town of Lyons. The village and the town are named after Lyon (sometimes spelled Lyons), France.
The village was settled around 1789 and incorporated as a village in 1854. The Erie Canal, which once went through the center of the village, was rerouted to the south when it was enlarged in the 1850s. Later, the canal conformed roughly to the bed of the Clyde River. On November 6, 2012, Lyons village residents passed a proposal to dissolve the village into the surrounding town by a 569–524 margin.
The H. G. Hotchkiss Essential Oil Company Plant, Grace Episcopal Church Complex, Broad Street-Water Street Historic District, and U.S. Post Office are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1986, parts of two films were shot in Lyons. The Spanish film Slugs filmed in Lyons for its quaint American look and Lady in White, to take advantage of the historic, preserved atmosphere.
The village celebrates Peppermint Days in mid-July to memorialize the region's past fame in producing this crop.
In 2012, a group of taxpayers made up of Conservative/Independent/Democratic/Republican taxpayers banded together in a loose coalition and formed a group they call OneLyons. They circulated a petition to force a dissolution vote after the village did not follow up on a 2010 Center for Governmental Research Study showing that significant tax savings were possible and further efficiencies could be achieved. In November 2012, the village voted to dissolve, beginning a process under the 2009 NYS Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act pushed by Governor Cuomo and Championed by Senators Nozzolio and Robach as well as local Assemblyman Bob Oaks of North Rose.
In 2013, the Village of Lyons formed a dissolution committee and chose a consultant. Per NYS Law, the Village of Lyons had until June 25, 2013 to prepare and approve a dissolution plan, and until July 2 to present it to the village residents. The OneLyons group continues to be active in the process and explains their concerns as well as posts links to the dissolution law on their website noted above.
On June 28, 2013 the OneLyons group filed a petition in New York State Supreme Court requesting the court declare the village in violation of GML 17-A. Acting Supreme Court Judge Nesbitt held two hearings, and ordered the Village of Lyons to complete a dissolution plan by October 20, 2013.
OneLyons appealed Judge Nesbitt's decision granting additional time to the village citing the New York State Law and asserting that the judge did not have a legal basis to grant time extensions, and that the judge exceeded the discretion he was allowed by law. The Village of Lyons responded to the appeal by asking the NYS Supreme Court Appellate Division, 4th Judicial Department out of Rochester NY to dismiss the Appeal as Moot. On December 6, 2013; five judges of the Appellate Division decided the case had enough grounds and merit to move forward, ordered the Village of Lyons to reply, but reserved the right to still dismiss the case as moot. All filings for the appeal must be received by January 21, 2014 and further decisions will be decided then.
There is a movement by a 'Save the Village of Lyons' group, organized by Police Chief Richard Bogan and Police Clerk Helen Weimer to pass petitions by December 18, 2013. The goal is to force another vote on dissolution with a hope of overturning the results of the November 6, 2012 vote and stopping the dissolution process until 2017 where it would have to start all over again, if ever. Updates to follow soon.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 4.2 square miles (10.7 km²), of which, 4.1 square miles (10.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (2.17%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,695 people, 1,500 households, and 906 families residing in the village. The population density was 909.2 people per square mile (351.4/km²). There were 1,668 housing units at an average density of 410.4 per square mile (158.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 85.14% White, 10.88% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.35% from other races, and 1.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.98% of the population.
There were 1,500 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.6% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the village the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $36,466, and the median income for a family was $45,781. Males had a median income of $30,750 versus $25,548 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,526. About 7.6% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.4% of those under age 18 and 14.5% of those age 65 or over.
- Cowles, George Washington; Smith, H.P. (1895), "XVII", Landmarks of Wayne County, New York, Syracuse, New York: D. Mason, p. 224, OCLC 2662553, retrieved 2013-08-02, "The first settlers in Lyons and the first in Wayne county were Nicholas and William Stanscll brothers and John Featherly their brotherin law with their families numbering in all twelve persons In the spring of 1789 they built and launched a boat on the Mohawk River and with an Indian trader named Wemple as a pilot the party came the entire distance by water arriving at the junction of Ganargwa Creek and Canandaigua outlet the head of navigation and the site of Lyons village in May 1789."
- Cowles, George Washington; Smith, H.P. (1895), "XVII", Landmarks of Wayne County, New York, Syracuse, New York: D. Mason, p. 243, OCLC 2662553, retrieved 2013-08-02, "Lyons village was incorporated April 18, 1854, and its limits were legally designated as follows:"
- Cain, Erinn (November 7, 2012). "Voting machine malfunctions delay Palmyra mayor, trustee results". Messenger Post (Canandaigua, NY). Retrieved November 7, 2012.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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