Former Ogdensburg fire captain plans libel lawsuit against mayor and city manager


OGDENSBURG, New York (WWNY) – A former Ogdensburg fire captain plans to sue the city, mayor and city manager for defamation.

Gerald Mack and his wife, Tammy, filed a subpoena and complaint in the state Supreme Court on October 27. This is the first step in filing a civil complaint.

The documents name the City of Ogdensburg, Mayor Jeffrey “Mike” Skelly and City Manager Stephen Jellie as defendants.

The scheduled trial stems from a November 2021 incident in which Gerald Mack was accused of cutting a tire on Skelly’s Corvette and stalking Skelly at his home.

Skelly and Mack were at odds in a fierce debate over downsizing the Ogdensburg Fire Department when the tire puncture occurred.

In May this year, all charges against Mack were dropped after video evidence surfaced indicating Mack was at a nearby Stewart store at the time.

In August, the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office brought charges against Skelly after its “investigation revealed that Mr. Skelly provided two false written statements to Ogdensburg police officers during a subsequent police investigation.”

According to the Macks’ complaint, Skelly and Jellie made false and defamatory statements against Gerald Mack in November 2021.

See the subpoena and complaint below:


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