Every year in observance of Arbor Day, the Town of Greece plants a tree to both honor a member of the community and to promote the importance of trees for our environment. The Town of Greece has been named a Tree City USA every year since 1998 by continued commitment from Supervisor Bill Reilich, the Greece Town Board, and the dedicated members of our Tree Council.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Bill Murphy, Josh Jensen, and Diana Christodaro, Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon, Greece Town Judges Brett Granville, Vince Campbell, and David Barry, and representative Aaron Baker from the office of Assemblyman Peter Lawrence for the Annual Town of Greece Arbor Day Memorial Tree Planting event this morning. This year’s tree was planted in memory of the late Eileen Coyle, founder and CEO of Monroe Ambulance. Many of Eileen’s family members, friends, and community members were present for the ceremony.
“Eileen was the founder and CEO of Monroe Ambulance and served in various leadership positions” said Supervisor Reilich. “She was very well-respected in her field and believed the best way to serve her customers was by providing well-trained professionals and the newest innovations in equipment. Everyone who had the honor of knowing Eileen knew that she had a zest for life and always made family her number one priority. She will be greatly missed in our community”.
The tree chosen by Eileen’s family to be planted in her honor was the Eastern Red Bud Tree. This beautiful tree boasts clusters of tiny magenta buds that bloom into pink flowers in early spring. Heart-shaped leaves 2-6 inches in length emerge a reddish color, turning dark green in summer and then a bright canary yellow in autumn.
The Eastern Red Bud Tree was planted on the Greece Town Hall Campus near the Kids Canyon Playground. This location was chosen by Eileen’s family because they knew it held a special place in her heart, as she would often spend time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren in that area.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and members of the Town of Greece Youth Board are pleased to announce the date for the Jerry J. Helfer Memorial Food Truck Rodeo will be Sunday, June 10th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Greece Town Hall Campus. This will be in conjunction with the first Town of Greece Summer Concert Series featuring the Elvis Lives!
Jerry Helfer was a man of exceptional character and virtue who always exhibited kindness to anyone he encountered. Throughout his life, Jerry dedicated his time and talents to making our community a better place. One of Jerry’s first positons in public service was being a member of the Greece Youth Board. Additionally, Jerry served as Town Councilman from 1998 until 2009 and as Deputy Supervisor from January 2014 until his untimely passing in July of the same year. Proceeds collected from the Food Truck Rodeo will go towards the Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship.
Wednesday evening, Supervisor Bill Reilich joined representatives from Vision Nissan Greece for an official ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the business. Vision Nissan Greece is located at 4000 West Ridge Road.
Supervisor Reilich was joined by Vision Nissan Greece owners Dan Edwards, Danielle DiLorenzo, and Mario Marino and many of their friends, family, and staff for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Vision Automotive Group offers a full selection of service areas including new vehicle sales, pre-owned vehicle sales, car loans and financing, certified service department, and a full selection of Buick, Chrysler, Dodge, GMC, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Nissan, RAM parts, and accessories. For more information, visit their website at www.visionnissangreece.com.
“I am always happy to welcome businesses to the Town of Greece” said Supervisor Reilich. “Ridge Road continues to host vibrant businesses, and we welcome further development to both existing spaces and new constructions. I wish Vision Nissan Greece owners Dan Edwards, Danielle DiLorenzo, and Mario Marino and their team great success!”
Tuesday afternoon, Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Councilmembers Josh Jensen, and Diana Christodaro, Judges Brett Granville and David Barry, and Something Delicious owner Mina Rivazfar-Hoyt and many of her friends, family members, and staff for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of Something Delicious in Greece. The business is located at 2455 Ridgeway Avenue.
Owner Mina Rivazfar-Hoyt opened Something Delicious in the City of Rochester 3 years ago, and recently decided to move her business to the business-friendly Town of Greece. Having always had a love of baking, Mina studied baking at BOCES and gained experience working at Wegmans Bakery and other area bakeries for 7 years before deciding to start her own business. Something Delicious offers wedding cakes, custom cakes, cupcakes, and French macaroons. For more information, check out their website at www.deliciousbakeshop.com.
“I was honored to host a ribbon cutting ceremony for Something Delicious” said Supervisor Reilich. “We work every day to ensure that the Town of Greece is a business-friendly place, and I am always happy to welcome new businesses to the area. I wish owner and operator Mina Rivazfar-Hoyt and her team great success!”
This morning, Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Mike Barry, Josh Jensen, Bill Murphy, and Diana Christodaro, Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon, and local Chick-fil-A Owner Alan Taylor and many of his family members, friends, and staff for the ribbon cutting ceremony announcing Chick-Fil-A is open for business! A crowd gathered to celebrate the grand opening, including all of the people who have been camping out these past couple days in hopes of winning free Chick-fil-A meals throughout the year. A constant flow of people were coming through both the restaurant line and drive-thru lanes for their first Chick-fil-A meal in Monroe County.
This Georgia-based fast food chain is located at 2140 West Ridge Road in Greece and includes two drive-thru ordering lanes and a two-story playground for children. The 5,056 square foot restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, is open 6:30am – 10:00pm Monday through Saturday, and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. More than 120 people have already been employed, and more could be hired depending upon demand.
Chick-fil-A prides itself on fresh food preparation, parenting-friendly menus, and environmental sustainability. Many of their items are hand-prepared daily, including hand-chopped salads made throughout the day, hand-breaded chicken, and hand-spun milkshakes. Owner and Greece resident Alan Taylor plans on giving back to the community by partnering the local franchise with area charities.
“I was honored to join Chick-fil-A representatives for the ribbon cutting ceremony of this highly-anticipated business” said Supervisor Reilich. “I am always excited to help bring new businesses to the area, and I was very pleased when the Town of Greece received an application from Chick-fil-A. I recognize that they could have established their business anywhere in Monroe County, but chose to establish in the business-friendly Town of Greece. I am incredibly proud that they chose our Town, and wish owner and Greece resident Alan Taylor and his team great success! I am delighted to declare on behalf of the Greece Town Board and all Greece residents that April 12, 2018 is Chick-fil-A Day in the Town of Greece!”
Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that Liberty Pumps has provided the Town of Greece with 9 new sanitary pump station units free of charge. The first two locations were installed in our pump stations on Lakeshore Drive and Edgemere Drive near the Kodak facility. These stations saw excessive use during last year's flooding events. Liberty Pumps will obtain readings from the locations to test their units.
At the peak of the flooding last year, Town of Greece DPW staff deployed and maintained, around the clock, approximately 41 pumps ranging from 4” to 8” in an effort to keep flood waters from making our roads impassable. Basically, pump hoses were placed in the storm sewer at the storm grates, which threw the surging waters back into the ponds and the lake. In continued efforts to limit potential floodwater damages this year, Supervisor Reilich is pleased to accept 9 new sanitary sewer pumps from Liberty Pumps. This will help both the Town of Greece with potential flooding and will provide Liberty Pumps with data as they will be obtaining readings for the pump locations to test their units. Headquartered in Bergen, NY, Liberty Pumps is a leading U.S. manufacturer of pumping products for ground water and wastewater removal in residential and commercial applications.
“I was pleased to work with Liberty Pumps to upgrade our facilities with their pumps at no cost to local taxpayers, while assisting them with gathering data from the units. I will continue my efforts to employ preventive measures to help ensure water front residents are not exposed to the devastating damages that occurred last year and to do all we can to limit damages in the event of a repeat of last year’s rising waters” said Supervisor Reilich.
The power at the Greece Public Library Main Branch is out. The library is now closed for the day. Thank you for understanding and stay safe!
Supervisor Bill Reilich has announced that a letter has been sent to International Joint Commission Chairwoman Lana Pollack calling on the board to maintain or increase Lake Ontario outflows.
The U.S. Chair of the International Joint Commission was issued a letter today requesting that the entity maximize outflows from the Lake Ontario system to reduce the flooding risk for New York shoreline residents and businesses. A copy of the letter sent by Supervisor Bill Reilich is attached to this release.
If the IJC reduces outflows, shoreline residents would face similar flooding situations as last year. The IJC must sustain or increase the outflow levels in order to decrease the chances of potential flooding. The letter sent to the IJC requests that the outflow decisions be made in accordance with the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty which call for the equitable sharing of this burden between New York and the Montreal region.
The Town of Greece has already begun deploying sang bags, sandbagging equipment, a berm structure, new piping, and other response assets to ensure minimal damage in the event of flooding this year. The Department of Environmental Conservation is also assisting residents through its continued efforts in the emergency permitting process, which allows property owners to bolster break-walls and other protective structures. The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has already started to install aqua dams and sandbags along portions of Lake Ontario in anticipation of flooding this spring.
“Since its launch, I have opposed the International Joint Commissions plan to raise the lake levels and advocated against its implementation. I have contacted International Joint Commission Chairwoman Lana Pollack asking her and the IJC Board to maximize outflows from the Lake Ontario system, which will minimize potential flooding this year. Town of Greece residents experienced significant damages during the flooding events last year due to the decisions made by the IJC. I am asking the IJC Board to start making decisions in accordance with the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty, which calls for equitable sharing between New York and the Montreal region. I will continue contacting the the IJC and other government officials until a plan that takes into account our water-front residents is adopted” said Supervisor Reilich.
April 3, 2018
Honorable Lana Pollack
Chairwoman, U.S. Section
International Join Commission
1717 H Street NW, Suite 801
Washington, DC 20006
Dear Chairwoman Pollack:
I am reaching out to you on behalf of Town of Greece shoreline residents and businesses to officially request the International Joint Commission Board to either maintain or increase Lake Ontario water outflows. Maximizing outflows from the Lake Ontario system will aid in reducing the flooding risk for New Yorkers living and working along the shoreline.
If the decision is made by the IJC Board to reduce Lake Ontario outflows, Town of Greece residents will face similar flooding issues as last year. Outflow levels must be increased in order to decrease the chances of potential flooding. I request that the outflow decisions be made in accordance with the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty. By adhering to this treaty, the IJC can once again equitably share the water flow burden between New York and the Montreal region. This will limit the potential of flooding and ensure the protection of the public for both regions.
The Town of Greece has already begun implementing proactive measures to assist residents and business owners in preparation for the potential of flooding this year. We have begun deploying sand bags, sandbagging equipment, a berm structure, a new piping system, and other response assets to ensure minimal damage in the event of flooding this year. Additionally, an aqua dam was recently requested and we are anticipating its arrival to help with the possible flooding.
With Greece water-front residents concerned about the potential for flooding this year, I implore you to take reasonable actions to minimize that possibility, including maximizing outflows from the Lake Ontario system to reduce the flooding risk for New York residents and businesses. The problems associated with high water levels should not fall disproportionately on New York’s shorelines.
Since its launch, I have opposed the International Joint Commissions plan to raise the lake levels and advocated against its implementation. In the best interest of my constituents, I implore you and the IJC Board to maximize outflows from the Lake Ontario system.Town of Greece residents experienced significant damages during the flooding events last year due to the decisions made by the IJC. From the start, I have been advocating for Greece residents and calling on the IJC to make decisions in accordance with the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty. I will continue contacting the IJC until a plan that takes into account our water-front residents is adopted.
If I can be of any further assistance to you please do not hesitate to contract my office at
(585) 723-2311 with any further questions.
William D. Reilich
Town of Greece
Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that work has begun on the Town of Greece’s Comprehensive Plan Update. The Town has hired the consultant team of Steinmetz Planning Group and Ingalls Planning & Design to perform the work involved in the Comprehensive Plan Update, along with input from an advisory committee which is comprised of residents of the Town and various businesses, groups, and organizations.
As the name “Comprehensive Plan” implies, the Town’s update is more than a master plan for a single issue, such as land use or parks. A Comprehensive Plan can include many elements that relate to quality of life for the Town’s residents, such as community character, civic design, public health, sustainability, resiliency, community resources, active transportation, aging in place, and economic stability. The plan will have to be somewhat flexible because the future cannot be predicted with certainty.
The Town’s Comprehensive Plan Update will incorporate information from several other long-range plans and studies that the Town has performed: the 2007 Dewey Avenue Corridor Study; the 2010 Dewey Avenue Traffic Calming Study; the 2014 Town-Wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan; the 2016 FloodSmart Communities Action Plan; the 2016 Hojack Trail Feasibility Study; the 2016 Parks and Recreation Master Plan; the 2016 Sanitary Sewer Master Plan; and elements of the existing 2001 Land Use Master Plan.
Supervisor Reilich noted that it’s important for the community to have realistic expectations of what the Comprehensive Plan is and is not. Although the plan is intended to be comprehensive in scope, it will not be comprehensive in detail. A Comprehensive Plan is not the same thing as zoning or land use regulations, and is not intended to take away property rights or to cause immediate changes. It can guide the future and recommend actions, but it cannot determine what the future will be or ensure that certain actions will occur. Supervisor Reilich also noted some of the benefits of having an updated Comprehensive Plan, such as having a statement of policies and priorities that provide direction for decision makers, and increasing the chances of obtaining grants or other funding for Town projects.
The consultants the Town of Greece hired will prepare preliminary findings and recommendations and present them at a community forum for public feedback. Following, a final version of the Comprehensive Plan will be prepared.
“I am pleased that with many of the prerequisite plans being completed that we can update the Town’s Comprehensive Plan” said Supervisor Reilich. “This document, once complete, will service as a guide as we commit to strive for a bright future for all our residents”.
For the fourth year in a row, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company - including Disney, ABC Television Group, and ESPN - to help fund local park improvement projects across the country through the national “Meet Me at the Park” Earth Month Campaign. The town that receives the most nominations will receive a $20,000 grant to improve a local park.
Local parks make Greece a better place to live and shape so many of our lives. Parks are essential to our town’s health and wellbeing. They provide safe places to be active and enjoy nature - and they help preserve the environment and bring people together. That’s why from April 1st to April 30th, Greece residents will have the opportunity to nominate our town to receive $20,000 in grant funding to make improvements at a local park.
By visiting NRPA.org/Disney, park supporters can nominate the Town of Greece. At the end of April, the town with the most nominations will receive the grant funding. Everyone who nominates a town will be entered into a drawing for a GoPro Prize Pack.
“Throughout my career, I have supported parks as a way to improve quality of life” said Supervisor Reilich. “In Greece, we have over 300 hundred acres of parkland available to us. These include playgrounds, trails, open space and athletic fields. Our parks have become gathering spaces for those young and old of any ability and it is my goal to keep improving these local treasures”.
“At NRPA we believe everyone deserves a great park. That’s why we’re proud to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company on this campaign,” said Lori Robertson, NRPA director of conservation. “Everyone is encouraged to join us in giving back to the places that shape so much of our lives by participating in this year’s campaign. A nomination for your favorite park is all it takes”.
During April, a public service announcement (PSA) supporting the Meet Me at the Park Campaign will be shared with audiences across Disney, including ESPN, ABC Television Network, ABC-owned and affiliate stations, Freeform, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, the ABC app and other digital platforms. The PSA will also be available to view on the voting site at www.NRPA.org/DisneyMeetMeAtThePark. Additionally, Radio Disney will support the campaign with an on-air radio spot.
This Earth Month, Greece can show what parks mean to our community by nominating our great town. Encourage your friends to nominate our town by taking a selfie in your favorite park and using the hashtags #MeetMeAtThePark, #Parkies and #CelebrateEarth.
For more information and to nominate your town, visit www.NRPA.org/DisneyMeetMeAtThePark.