Lyons is a village in Wayne County, New York, in the United States. The population was 3,619 at the 2010 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.
Lyons is part of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Erie Canal Lock 27 is located below the bridge on Leach Road, just off N.Y. Route 31. It was built around 1913, and has a lift of 12.5 feet (3.81 m) to the west.
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.