Today, Supervisor Bill Reilich called a meeting of the members of the Town of Greece Emergency Response Team to discuss preparations in the event that the water levels in Lake Ontario continue rising. This meeting was called and conducted at the new Town of Greece Police Precinct 1 Facility.
The Supervisor was joined by Greece Town Board Members Diana Christodaro, Mike Barry, Andrew Conlon and Brett Granville. Also present from the Town were Deputy Supervisor Michelle Marini, Chief Patrick Phelan, Department of Public Works Commissioner Kirk Morris, Technical Services Director Paul Mousso, Fire Marshall Rob Drexler and their respective deputies. There was also complete attendance from all four Greece Fire Departments as well.
Supervisor Reilich discussed with all parties gathered the process for emergency preparedness and provided general instructions and guidance so that we can all work together as we prepare the Town for potential and continued stresses as a result of unnaturally high lake levels. Sand bag availability and updates were provided, as well as potential emergency evacuation plans and scenarios if water levels continue rising.
“During Hurricane Agnes, water levels rose to 247.2 in Lake Ontario. Current lake levels have been measured at 247.6, and it was agreed that we could potentially be facing levels of 248 as the waters continue rising. We want to be certain that all of our emergency services are coordinating so that we are prepared for any event that occurs. I want our residents to know that we are doing everything we can to ensure their safety first and foremost and, of course, all we can to assist them in protecting their property and businesses.” stated Supervisor Reilich.
Today, Supervisor Bill Reilich met with representatives from Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Ontario, Wayne and Erie counties to discuss the negative effects surrounding Plan 2014. The group developed a plan to travel to Washington, D.C. for the purpose of lobbying against Plan 2014 on the behalf of their lakeshore residents.
Since its introduction by the International Join Commission, many of the municipalities along the Lake Ontario shoreline have opposed the plan since day one and citied the many risks and potential damages it will have on their communities. Those who attended the meeting have been leaders in opposing Plan 2014 from the beginning and although it has been enacted against the wishes of lake shore communities, collectively each leader has spoken out against the plan. In an attempt to create a unified front against Plan 2014, representatives from these communities have met collaboratively throughout the past year to develop a strategy to speak out against the International Joint Commissions implementation of Plan 2014.
“Since its launch, I have opposed the International Joint Commissions plan to raise the lake levels and advocated against its implementation. In order to create a collaborative approach against Plan 2014, we have decided to travel to Washington D.C. for the purposes of speaking with members from the State Department about replacing Plan 2014 with one that ensures the livelihood of all lake shore residents and businesses.” said Supervisor Reilich.
In the coming months Supervisor Reilich will be joining representatives from the communities of Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, and Erie Counties as they travel to Washington to lobby against Plan 2014. Those gathered at the meeting included; Greece Town Supervisor William D. Reilich, Deputy Supervisor Michelle Marini, Majority Leader of the Monroe County Legislature Brian Marianetti, Sodus Point Mayor Chris Tertinek, Niagara County Legislator David E. Godfrey, Orleans County Legislator Lynne Johnson, Congressman Katko’s Regional Coordinator Christina Cornell, Congressman Collins Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Kracker, and Sodus Town Supervisor Steve LeRoy.
Monday evening, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Town Board Members Mike Barry, Brett Granville, Andrew Conlon, and Diana Christodaro for a proclamation ceremony honoring the appointment of Mr. Sam DeRosa as Fire Chief for the North Greece Fire District and declaring April 18th as Chief Sam DeRosa Day.
November of last year, Mr. DeRosa was sworn in by the Board of Commissioners of the North Greece Fire District as the first full time Fire Chief. Mr. DeRosa has been tasked with the responsibility to lead the District’s Administrative and Operational branches. Having recently held the position of Interim Director for the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management and prior to that the position of Monroe County Fire Coordinator, Mr. DeRosa’s background and experience in fire safety made him a qualified candidate to lead the district. During last month’s wind storm, Mr. DeRosa’s skills were put to the test when wind gusts surpassed 80 mph causing downed power lines and trees, and leaving nearly 100,000 people in the Rochester area without power. Mr. DeRosa was instrumental in working with Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, the Greece Town Board, and the Greece Police Department in properly ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Greece residents.
“The leadership and professionalism exemplified by Chief DeRosa during the wind storm last month made him a necessary asset during the state of emergency. The Town of Greece is thankful and honored to have an individual like Chief DeRosa as Fire Chief of the North Greece Fire District. I look forward to continuing to work with Chief DeRosa in the future.” said Supervisor Reilich.
President Trump has ordered the flags to fly at Half-Staff today in honor of final funeral rites for astronaut John Glenn taking place at Arlington National Cemetery.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich announced today that signup forms for the Third Annual 5K Freedom Run are now available on the Town of Greece website and the Run Sign Up website (https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Rochester/Greece5KFreedomRun). The 5K Freedom Run will be a part of the Town of Greece Old Fashioned Fourth July Celebration. Additionally below is a tentative schedule of events for this year’s 4th of July.
Tentative Schedule of Events – As of 3/30/17
- 5K Freedom Run Registration
(Forms for Registration are available on our website or online at
RunSignUp.com and search for Town of Greece Freedom Run 5k)
- 5K Race Begins
- Scooby Stars and Stripes Fun Run
- Our Featured performer Mickey Dolenz the Voice of the Monkees
will take the Main Stage
- Fire Works Display
Supervisor Bill Reilich would like to invite the public to participate in the 12th Annual Erie Canal Clean Sweep, April 22nd from 8:30 AM to Noon at the town’s Historic Junction Lock Trail, located on Ridgeway Avenue just west of Long Pond Road.
This event is part of the statewide canal clean up coordinated by the New York State Canal Corporation and Parks & Trails New York in recognition of Earth Day. Supervisor Reilich would like to encourage as many folks as possible to assist in this effort.
Upon registering for the 2017 Erie Canal Clean Sweep, volunteers will receive further instructions on where to meet to receive assignments and supplies, as well as go over safety precautions.
Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce Micky Dolenz the voice of the Monkees will be taking center stage as this year’s featured performance at the fourth annual Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. Local favorites, Beatlemagic will be kicking off the night as the opening band.
The morning will once again kick off with our 5K Freedom Run followed by the Scooby Stars and Stripes Kids Fun Run.
Beginning in the early evening bounce houses, musical performances and delicious food vendors will pave the way to the concerts and then of course the grand finale of the evening will be our fireworks spectacular.
"This is our fourth year of bringing this celebration to our community." Reilich said. "I am honored to join with our town board members in hosting the 4th of July at the Greece Town Hall Campus for all of our families to enjoy."
Please keep a look out for the full schedule and additional information of this year’s event.
The Greece Town Court Building is open today, however, there will be no court taking place - Because of the County's closure, there are no Public Defenders or District Attorney's available.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich this morning will be lifting the Travel Ban in the Town of Greece. However, due to current conditions throughout the town, the State of Emergency is still in effect.
Currently North Greece and Post Road is closed and Latta and Long Pond is also closed but is expected to open today. Six traffic lights remain out; one is flashing but not fully operational.
The National Guard has been deployed. They arrived at the Greece Community and Senior Center this morning. We appreciate their assistance.
To date, we have accommodated well over a hundred at the Greece Community and Senior Center, many seeking shelter from the cold throughout the day. Many families are making the Center their temporary home and staying over at night. We have distributed over 500 bags of dry ice and countless cases of water as well since this wind event has started.
Supervisor Reilich reminds residents to be very cautious when travelling throughout the Town of Greece as well as surrounding communities. There are several active restoration sites and fallen trees and debris continue to be a problem.
“Though I am lifting the Travel Ban, our residents should be aware we are still under a state of emergency. We have thousands of people still without power and there is much work ahead of us.” Reilich said.
We continue to welcome any and all residents into the Community and Senior Center to get out of the cold. Dry Ice and Bottled water are also still available at our DPW Facility, 647 Long Pond Road around the clock.
“My thanks to Chief Patrick Phelan and the entire Greece Police Department, our Town of Greece Department of Public Works, our Community and Senior Center employees, all of our Emergency responders from our Fire Departments as well as GVA and Monroe Ambulance and all of the Town employees and our entire community for everything that they have done thus far. This has been a daunting effort, but we are not done yet.” Said Reilich.
Supervisor Bill Reilich has designated the Community and Senior Center as a warming center for all Greece residents who are out of power and are in need of a warm facility. This action takes effect at 12:00pm. Those who are in need of assistance are encouraged to call the North Greece Fire Department at 865-2887 ext. 260 for transportation.
No Pets are allowed in the building. Only Service Animals are allowed.
If residents have any additional questions regarding the warming center, they are encouraged to call Town Hall at 225-2000 or the Community and Senior Center at 723-2425.