James P. Ryan Mayor, Village of Montour Falls, NY
Elected September 2020
Previously served as a Trustee since 2011 and Deputy Mayor since 2018
Served on the Zoning Board of Appeals 2009 - 2011
Served as Village Asst. Fire Chief and then Chief from 1997 - 2009
Chair of the Montour Falls Sustainability Committee 2018 - present
NY State University Broome, AAS in Fire Science
NY State Empire State College, BPS Fire Department Administration
Arizona Grand Canyon University, MS of Executive Leadership
41 years working in state government retiring in 2017, as an Investigator for the NYS Div. of Homeland Security / Office of Fire Prevention and Control.
Experience includes serving on state technical working group for fire debris analysis;acting as Lead Investigator conducting high profile investigations; and developing courses and training materials in the area of fire and explosion investigation.
During the 41 years of work experience, served as an Adjunct Professor to 3area community colleges and as an online Professor and Course Leader at Purdue Global University.
Serving on the Chemung Valley Montessori Executive Board as Chair of the Fundraising Committee and a member of the Facilities Committee
Serving on the Southern Tier Regional Planning and Development Board since 2019
I believe being an effective leader relies on my passion for commitment and innovation. In order to build a strong community, as a leader, I am focused on reaching goals and creating advanced strategies that will propel the village community forward. My leadership style involves being determined to see everything through to completion and having the creativity to inspire new ways of thinking. I care about making an impact by doing what’s needed for the community and our environment as a whole. I value dedication and persistence and listen to the needs of others along the path toward goal completion. I strive to be a leader that inspires others to do the same.
Schedule The Village Board meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month* at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall, 408 W. Main St., Montour Falls, NY.
*Please Note: During the summer months, the Village Board only meets 1 time per month. This schedule is determined at the organizational meeting in April and will be posted here. Last minute changes will be posted on the Home page under News & Announcements and a notice will be posted at the Montour Post Office and Village Hall.
Agenda If you would like to address the Village Board for a specific topic or concern, please contact the Village Clerk's Office to be placed on the Agenda. Your request must be received by the Monday prior to the meeting.
Minutes Board Minutes will be prepared within 7 days of the board meeting, and will be posted here immediately. If you need a copy of board minutes that you do not see posted on this website, please contact the Village Clerk's Office to obtain a copy.
The Village Sustainability Committee is comprised of community members and members of the Montour Falls Village government. The aim of the Committee is to assist with and consult on sustainability actions taken by the Village in order to help Montour Falls achieve its climate resilience and sustainable development goals.
Schedule The meeting schedule will be posted here as far in advance as possible. Check back often and join our mailing list to receive updates about upcoming initiatives and meetings. All meetings are open to the public, and all residents are welcome to participate!
The next meeting of the Sustainability Committee is scheduled for March 14 at 11 a.m. in person in the Village Board Room and via Zoom for virtual participation. A Zoom Link will be provided prior to the date.
What Have We Been Up To? For a summary of the Committee's actions to-date, please visit our Reports and Actions page! To see our ongoing public engagement campaigns, see our Initiatives page!
Members Jim Ryan, Mayor Emily Byers, Village Clerk Dean Hillyard, DPW Superintendent Amanda Rodriguez Demaria, Community Development Consultant Brian Toy - Climate Smart Communities Program Elizabeth Watson, Schuyler County Public Health Heather Gilbert, Compost Hauler Jess Westlake - Library and Montour Falls Resident Katherine Herleman - Cornell University and Montour Falls Resident Mark Wilber, Business Owner of Montour Market Michael Brown, Clean Energy Communities Program Michelle Benjamin, Schuyler Hospital Nancy Doniger, Montour Falls Resident Osamu Tsuda -WSP