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Former Ogdensburg fire captain charged in mayor tire-slashing

Published: Nov. 10, 2021 at 10:22 AM EST
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OGDENSBURG, New York (WWNY) - Former Ogdensburg Fire Captain Gerald Mack has been accused of slicing a tire on Mayor Mike Skelly’s Corvette and stalking him at his home.

Police on Tuesday filed a criminal mischief and stalking charge against Mack.

The alleged incidents took place November 3 outside Skelly’s home. Both charges are misdemeanors.

The 52-year-old Mack was arraigned in Ogdensburg City Court and pleaded not guilty. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to stay away from the mayor.

Ogdensburg’s city manager, Stephen Jellie, who also serves as the fire department’s chief, issued a statement which read, in part, “As Fire Chief, I am deeply disturbed by the alleged conduct and criminal charges alleged against an individual that was so recently responsible for maintaining public safety and I assure the community that the current active employees of the Ogdensburg Fire Department protect and serve the city with the highest level of integrity and honor.”

Mack has been at loggerheads with the Skelly Administration ever since they began implementing staff cuts at the fire department.

Mack was suspended from his firefighter job for a time in December over Facebook posts he made. A week later, he was demonstrating at city hall when it’s alleged Skelly shoved him on his way into a council meeting.

Skelly faces a harassment charge in that incident. The charge is a violation and is pending in Fowler town court. The trial date is set for December 7.

Mack later retired from the fire department.

When contacted by 7 News, Mack declined comment. Skelly also declined comment.

Court papers say police have video footage of the tire-slashing incident. Police say they had warned Mack previously to stay away from Skelly’s house.

“This particular individual has had multiple episodes of unruly behavior and now culminating in what appears to be a serious act of vandalism and stalking of the mayor of the city of Ogdensburg,” said Jellie.

“There’s definitively two sides to the story on unruly,” said Dan Skamperle, Ogdensburg city councilor and frequent opponent of Skelly .

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