Supervisor Bill Reilich has received several calls from concerned Town of Greece residents regarding the length and difficulty of the Lake Ontario Flood Recovery Application that was issued by Governor Cuomo’s Office last month. After learning that the application was originally 90 pages long, Supervisor Reilich contacted the Governor and was able to work with him to have the forms significantly reduced. However, Supervisor Reilich has continued receiving calls from anxious residents who continue struggling with the length and difficulty of the application. Supervisor Reilich once again contacted the Governor’s office on behalf of the Town of Greece residents to form a new application that would be easier to navigate. Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce that a new version of the application is now available on the New York State Homes and Community Renewal website under their Lake Ontario Flood Recovery page (http://www.nyshcr.org/Programs/NYS-Flood/).
“After hearing from concerned residents about the overwhelming length and difficulty of the Lake Ontario Flood Recovery application, I contacted the Governor’s office and worked with them to make the application easier to navigate. It should be a simple process to receive financial assistance for damages incurred by the flooding. I encourage everyone – regardless of how much or little damage they have incurred – to fill out an application for financial assistance”. Said Supervisor Reilich.
After receiving calls from concerned residents in the Town of Greece, Supervisor Bill Reilich spoke with Governor Cuomo’s office today regarding recreational activity on Town of Greece ponds. Because all ponds connect to Lake Ontario, the same speeding restrictions apply to the ponds as they do the lake. Therefore, anyone participating in recreational activities on the pond should keep in mind that it is a “No Wake” area.
Please see below for the boating speeds and restrictions for the Town of Greece.
Excerpts on Town of Greece Boating Laws (Chapter 65)
Boating Speeds and Restrictions
- No vessel shall be operated within the channel of Braddock Bay in a manner or at a speed that unreasonably interferes with or endangers any vessel or person or that passes any vessel proceeding in the same direction, but in no event at a speed exceeding five miles per hour.
- No vessel shall be operated in Buttonwood Creek in a manner or at a speed that causes a wake that unreasonably interferes with or endangers a dock, pier, raft, floating object, or anchored or moored vessel, swimmer or freshwater wetland feature, but in no event at a speed exceeding five miles per hour.
- No vessel shall be operated within 100 feet of the shore of Braddock Bay and Salmon Creek in a manner or at a speed that causes a wake that unreasonably interferes with or endangers a dock, pier, raft, floating object, anchored or moored vessel, swimmer or freshwater wetland feature, but in no event at a speed exceeding five miles per hour.
- No vessel shall be operated in Lake Ontario contiguous to the Town of Greece within 200 feet of the shore, a dock, pier, raft, floating object or an anchored or moored vessel at a speed exceeding five miles per hour.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich has issued a State of Emergency for the Town of Greece until further notice. The State of Emergency has been declared due to increased water levels and flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline. This is not a travel ban, however, residents are advised to use caution when traveling along waterfront roads, due to potential situations that could threaten public safety.
Supervisor Bill Reilich was just informed that Sheen Housing, which is a not-for-profit housing organization, is no longer available today to assist lakeshore residents with answering questions and helping residents fill out Lake Ontario Flood Recovery Applications. However, the Insurance RV representatives are available until 5pm today. The Insurance RV is located in the Greece Town Hall parking lot with professionals who can help answer questions about how to handle claims and other insurance-related matters.
Supervisor Bill Reilich today is pleased to announce that Governor Cuomo made a visit to the Town of Greece to visit areas of flood damage and speak with victims. Since the first signs of the ill effects of the rising waters on Lake Ontario, the Greece Town Board and Supervisor Reilich have been all hands on deck.
While here, the Governor announced a $500,000 payment to reimburse the Town of Greece for infrastructure damages incurred by the town. This is great news for our Town of Greece taxpayers. Additionally, the Governor has joined our voices to have the IJC release as much water as possible. While this is good news, we are far from done as we continue to fight the IJC and provide information and resources to our Greece residents who have been affected by the rising lake levels. Additionally, the Governor was here for the installation of a new aqua dam. The aqua dam is much wider and denser than the previous one and is holding well.
Here today at Greece Town Hall is the Insurance RV and representatives from Sheen Housing. If your property has been damaged due to the lake levels, please stop by. The Insurance RV is located in the Greece Town Hall parking lot with professionals who can help answer questions about how to handle claims and other insurance-related matters. The representatives from Sheen Housing, which is a not-for-profit housing organization, are answering questions and assisting lakefront residents in filling out Lake Ontario Flood Recovery applications. They are located at the Greece Town Hall First Floor Community A Conference Room. They will be here until 5pm today.
“Today’s announcement of a $500,000 reimbursement to the Town of Greece for infrastructure damages incurred by the town is great news for our taxpayers. Financial assistance to lakefront residents continues to be my top concern and priority.” said Supervisor Reilich.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and members of the Town of Greece Youth Board hosted the Jerry J. Helfer Memorial Food Truck Rodeo yesterday, June 11th, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Greece Town Hall Campus. This was in conjunction with the first Concerts at the Hall event featuring the Boomers.
The event hosted several food truck participants including are Lugia’s Ice Cream, Barb-B-Que Inc, J&S Fried Dough, Daves Fine Food, Abbott’s Frozen Custard, Cheesed and Confused, Robs Kabobs, and Red Osier. The Town of Greece is grateful to all food trucks that participated this year and all of the people who came out to support the event. The Town of Greece is also thankful for the band “The Boomers”, who entertained guests of all ages with their terrific mix of music that ranged from ballads to boogies.
It was a beautiful day for a concert and a food truck rodeo, with all the proceeds collected going towards the Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship. 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 2004 until 2013 and as Deputy Supervisor from 2014 until his untimely passing in July of 2014.
Today Supervisor Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Brett Granville, Diana Christodaro and Andrew Conlon in a special dedication for the Street Machines Pavilion at Badgerow Park South. Supervisor Reilich and the Greece Town Board were joined by the Executive Board of the Street Machines of Rochester and many of their members in the unveiling of the sign.
"From this point forward, the pavilion at Badgerow Park will be known as "The Street Machines Pavilion”. said Supervisor Reilich. "On behalf of the Town Board and I, thank you for showcasing our town to so many of the car enthusiasts and for providing this family-friendly event for our residents as well".
The Street Machines of Rochester have hosted their annual car show for 40 years in the Town of Greece. This annual outdoor auto show is held the second weekend of June each year, and this year had a record number of 500 cars on display, drawing people from throughout the community and as far away as Canada and surrounding states to the Town of Greece. These folks take advantage of our restaurants, shops and hotels, giving the town a big economic boost. Proceeds from this event are donated to groups and services within the community, such as Greece parks and Recreation and the Greece Volunteer Ambulance.
Badgerow Park South has been the home of the show each and every year, and Supervisor Reilich and the Town Board wanted to recognize their support of our community and acknowledge their 40 years here hosting the show in Greece by dedicating a pavilion in their name.
Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that the Wild Over Water Splash Park is open for the season. This is the region’s largest municipal splash pad, and is open 10am – 7pm every day until Labor Day. The W.O.W Zone is located on the Greece Town Hall Campus to the left of the Community and Senior Center.
Entrance to the W.O.W Zone is free for Greece residents, with photo ID and proof of residency. There is a $5 fee per child for non-residents. Ice Rink is free for residents, with photo id and proof of residency.
“We are excited to open the W.O.W Zone for its third season”. said Supervisor Reilich. “I am happy that we can provide our residents with free entrance to this fun facility”.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich has rescinded the State of Emergency for the Town of Greece that was previously executed on the day of June 6, 2017, at 3:30pm, which did proclaim that a state of emergency did exist within the territorial limits of the Town of Greece. The order rescinding the proclamation of the local state of emergency has been executed on June 8, 2017, at 12:15pm.
Supervisor Bill Reilich is reminding everyone interested in overturning IJC Plan 2014 to sign and share the petition. 100,000 signatures are needed for the White House to even consider this effort. There are no residence restrictions for signing the petition – anyone is able to sign. You do NOT need to live along the lakeshore in order to qualify to sign.
Please remember that signing the petition is a two-step process. You will need fill in your name, e-mail address, and once submitted, you will be sent an e-mail asking you to confirm your signature. Please click to verify your signature. If you are interested in signing, please visit https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/overturn-ijc-plan-2014. Please SHARE this petition with your friends, family, and neighbors. Your support is vital in our continued efforts to overturn IJC Plan 2014.
This Sunday, June 11, the Town of Greece is hosting the Jerry J. Helfer Food Truck Rodeo Event from 1pm-4pm at the Greece Town Hall Campus. At this event, the Greece Public Library will have a tent and Ipads available for people interested in signing the petition.