Marty Lynch retired Friday after serving 30 years as the clerk treasurer for the village of Fayetteville. His party, held at dusk inside the Fayetteville Senior Centre, drew so many people that cars were forced to park across the busy street at the United Methodist Church of Fayetteville.
Three official letters of proclamation sat side by side on the piano rest, honoring Lynch for his three decades of village service. One came from the town of Manlius signed by Supervisor Mark Tetley, the second from the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) and Municipal Offices, and the third from the New York State Assembly. No speeches were given.
"This is what Marty wanted," said Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson, referring to a modest party, much like the man himself.
Olson told County Legislator Kevin Holmquist (District 10) to drop off a fourth resolution -- a gold star letter from the Legislature Chambers -- next to the others above the ivories.
Lynch spent most of his time talking in a reception line that wouldn't quit. Friends and family continued to approach him during the two-hour stay, while others mingled and enjoyed a wide array of food and drink.
Lynch, a Syracuse native, graduated from DeWitt's Christian Brothers Academy in 1966 and was a 1972 graduate of Kent State University. Prior to his tenure with the village, he worked at Carrier Corporation in East Syracuse and at Metropolitan Life as a sales associate. He has two sons, Christopher and Casey, and one daughter, Candy, with his wife Midge of almost 37 years.
So what are his immediate plans now that he's a free man? To carry out the "honey do" list with his wife, he said, smiling. His work may never cease.
Who's taking over?
On an early Friday morning in September, the Fayetteville Village Board called a special meeting to order, announcing Lorie Corsette as Lynch's replacement. Corsette worked under the title of deputy clerk treasurer alongside Lynch for three months before becoming the official clerk treasurer on Jan. 14.
Corsette comes from Central Square, where she worked as the village clerk for more than 18 years.