Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich announces that the Town of Greece applied for and has been awarded a $175,000 grant to combat and maintain zombie properties within the town. The Grant provided by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a not for profit, is one of the largest organizations across the county supporting projects to revitalize communities. The grant will provide necessary funding to continue on the Town’s already aggressive approach when dealing with vacant and abandoned properties.
On April 18, 2016, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board adopted the toughest ordinance in the area to deal with the issue of vacant and abandoned properties, commonly referred to as Zombie properties. That ordinance established a registry whereby the Town receives notice of vacant properties and useful contact and property maintenance information that has served as a valuable tool to our code enforcement team. The ordinance further requires banks or lenders who commence a foreclosure proceeding in the Town to give prompt notice and provide a cash bond or letter of credit in the amount of $10,000 to secure the continued maintenance and safety of the property. To date, the Town has received nearly $2,000,000 in cash bonds and letters of credit, which has served as incentive for lenders to bring quick resolution to any property maintenance issues. Lastly, the ordinance created increased penalties for owners of vacant and abandoned structures that are repeatedly noncompliant with the existing property maintenance code.
Following adoption of this ordinance the Town of Greece contracted with Community Champions, a third party company that creates and maintains this vacant property registry at no cost to the Town or its taxpayers. The revenue collected by this company is simply a percentage of the administrative registration fee charged to banks and lenders upon registration.
Since this vacant property ordinance was adopted, communities from across the area and throughout New York State began reaching out to the Town of Greece expressing interest and seeking information. In response, Supervisor Bill Reilich hosted a Zombie Property Forum on June 1, 2016 with 40 local community leaders from nearly all of Monroe County’s towns, villages and the city of Rochester, as well as local code enforcement personnel from the Town of Cheektowaga and Erie County. At the meeting, the Town of Greece shared the details of the recently adopted local law and highlighted the necessary tools needed for municipal code enforcement departments to address and enforce existing property maintenance codes.
“Since passing our own aggressive Zombie Property law earlier this year, the Town has seen early successes with the proper maintenance and care of abandoned homes within our town. While our effort is strong, we continue to find new sources of funding that support our effort to combat zombie properties. The 175k grant from Local Initiatives Support Corporation is a great addition to our already strong zombie property initiative and will aid in the continued efforts to properly maintain these neglected structures and turn them over to potential buyers in the future.” said Supervisor Reilich.
In addition to strict code enforcement on properties throughout the town; Supervisor Reilich instituted dedicated court time to deal with property maintenance issues. Greece Administrative Judge David Michael Barry oversees this court which typically deals with over 100 cases each month. This is another method the town has put in place to insure that properties that fail to meet our code standards are dealt with in a timely manner.
The grant received from LISC will go towards necessary funding within the towns already stalwart Zombie Property initiative. The overall grant will go towards the hiring of additional code enforcement officer, a foreclosure prevention service that helps at risk residents who are facing foreclosure of their home to help find ways to keep them in their homes, as well as outreach initiatives to help educate Greece residents on what to do to report a problem with a Zombie property and directing any at-risk residents to work with the foreclosure prevention services. Supervisor Reilich believes that this three pronged approach of increased compliance, counseling and education will have a significant and lasting impact on the problem of Zombie homes in our town.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich announces early successes in the recently passed Zombie Property Legislation that was adopted by the Greece Town Board on April 18th of this year. Since its adoption and implementation, the Town of Greece has received over two million dollars in both bonds and letters of credit towards the continued maintenance and care of these vacant and abandoned homes.
“On April 18th of the year, the Town of Greece took the necessary steps in passing one of the most aggressive pieces of legislation throughout the state on the topic of zombie properties. Since then, I am pleased to announce that the Town has received two million dollars in both bonds and letters of credit on these vacant structures towards the continued maintenance and care of these deteriorating homes.” said Supervisor Reilich. “A bulldozer should be the last resort when dealing with these structures. In order to create vibrant neighborhoods we must maintain and in turn make these homes into livable spaces for potential families. In light of the recent success of this legislation, the Town is in the process of installing new roofs on three vacant structure and we are prepared for additional improvements as they come in.”
The recently adopted Vacant and Defaulted Mortgage Property Registry provision takes the issue of dealing with vacant and abandoned properties one step further. The new ordinance requires banks or lenders who commence a foreclosure proceeding in the Town to give prompt notice and provide a cash bond or letter of credit in the amount of $10,000, to secure the continued maintenance and safety of the property. Additionally, this ordinance creates increased penalties for owners of vacant and abandoned structures that are repeatedly noncompliant with the existing Property Maintenance Code and would require owners to provide notice of such vacancy and up-to-date contact information.
Today Supervisor Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Michael Barry Jr., Brett Granville, and Andrew Conlon in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly constructed lodge at Braddock Bay Park.
Located at the heart of Braddock Bay Park, the new lodge comes complete with a full chef’s kitchen including sink, range, microwave and refrigerator, tables and chairs that can seat up to 99 guests, as well as a covered and open porch. Lodge 1 is conveniently situated among plenty of open space which includes a playground, walking trails, hawk watch and stunning views of Braddock Bay.
“Here in the Town of Greece we take great pride in our parks and the many great amenities they provide for our residents. While running for office I made a pledge to our residents that we would take a good town and make it great. Today’s ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly constructed Braddock Bay Lodge 1 is a culmination of planning for the future and providing new facilities for families, businesses, and residents to utilize. With over 30 confirmed rentals, Braddock Bay Lodge 1 is on the path to becoming one of the most successful lodges in our parks system. I encourage everyone stop by Braddock Bay Park and take a look at this great addition. ” said Supervisor Reilich.
Reservations for the new lodge, in addition to current town lodges, can be completed online or in person at the Greece Community Center. Please call 723-2425 or visit www.greeceny.gov for details and reservations.
**Town of Greece Field Closure Notice** Soccer Fields at Basil Marella Park will be closed today, September 29th, due to inclement weather.
Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce that the Town of Greece has official opened registration for the newly constructed Braddocks Bay Lodge for actual use to begin on Saturday September 24th
The new lodge located at Braddock’s Bay Park is complete with a full kitchen with sink, stove, microwave and refrigerator, tables and chairs to seat up to 99 guests, covered and open porches. Lodge 1 is situated among plenty of open space which includes a playground, walking trails, hawk watch and views of Braddock Bay. While final improvements are currently ongoing, the lodge will be ready in time for official use by Saturday September 24th.
Reservations for the new lodge, in addition to current town lodges, can completed online or in person at the Greece Community Center. Please call 723-2425 or visit www.greeceny.gov for details and reservations.
The Greece Police Department’s Special Police Unit is currently accepting applications from candidates interested in becoming Special Police Officers.
The Greece Special Police are New York State certified Peace Officers. Duties may include but are not limited to: traffic and crowd control during emergencies and special events, high visibility patrols during special events, and monthly patrols of town parks and schools. All training, uniforms, and mandatory equipment are provided for Special Police Officers.
If you are interested in volunteering to serve the community in a positive and rewarding way, please consider this opportunity. The Special Police Unit offers flexible schedules that can accommodate most people’s lifestyles.
Those interested in becoming a member of the Special Police Unit must satisfy the following qualifications:
- Be at least 21 years of age,
- Be a United States Citizen,
- Have a high school diploma or GED,
- Possess a valid New York State driver’s license,
- Must be medically and physically fit,
- Applicants must be able to volunteer a minimum of 12 hours per month and be a resident of Monroe County
“The Special Police Unit is a valued group of individuals that support the Police Department and the Town of Greece by providing additional manpower. We assist with Special Events needs such as traffic and crowd control which allows full time Officers to continue to respond to calls for service in the community. With a community the size of Greece, it is important that we can provide qualified individuals to assist year round as needed.” said Special Chief Michael DiCataldo.
For more information or to apply to the Special Police Unit, please mail a letter of interest including your full name, address and phone number to: Greece Special Police, Attention: Recruitment Office, 647 Long Pond Road, Greece, NY, 14612, (585) 581-6325.
Due to heavy rainfall all baseball fields at Badgerow Park North, Barnard, and Carter Parks will be closed this evening.
Supervisor Bill Reilich revealed the event schedule for the upcoming Town of Greece Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. As previously announced, the 5K Freedom Run will kick off the day’s festivities and lead into a day filled with family friendly activities including the Scooby Stars and Stripes Fun Run, bouncy-houses, musical performances, a featured set by rock band “Ambrosia” and concluding with a fireworks spectacular. The full schedule can be found below:
Tentative Schedule of Events – As of 6/27/16
7:00 AM – 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)
7:30 AM -- 5K Race Begins
9:00 AM -- Scooby Stars and Stripes Fun Run
4:00 PM – Children’s Activities Begin
6:00 - 7:30 PM – Opening Act Boomers
8:00 PM – Our Featured performer “Ambrosia” will take the Main Stage
9:45 PM – Fire Works Display
Yesterday, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, the Greece Youth Board and Greece Town Board announced the recipients of the Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship. This year’s winners are Madalyn Bowen from Greece Olympia and runner-up Evan O’Hara from Greece Athena.
The Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship provides the Greece community with the opportunity to recognize a student that regularly upholds exemplary moral values, devotes time and energy into helping serve the Greece community, and consistently displays outstanding leadership skills. This scholarship has been established by the Town of Greece to highlight Jerry’s exceptional character, virtue and his lifelong love of learning and public service. With over 25 years of public service, Jerry served on the Greece Youth Board, was elected as Town Councilman for 10 years and served as Deputy Supervisor until his untimely passing in July of 2014.
“Jerry was an upstanding citizen, co-worker and friend and the love he had for his community and public service are the foundations of this scholarship” said Supervisor Reilich. “This year we had a total of 30 applicants from all throughout the Greece community. Through careful consideration by the Greece Youth Board and the Helfer Family, this year’s winners both provided excellent examples of leadership, public service and volunteerism. I was proud to part take in last nights’ ceremony and congratulate both Madalyn and Evan for their great leadership and volunteerism and to help continue on the legacy of Jerry Helfer.”
This year’s winner, Madalyn Bowen, is a senior at Greece Olympia High School. Throughout her high school career, Madalyn has been active in numerous clubs and groups and has taken an active role in her high school’s student council. She served as class president during her senior year and was treasure of the National Honor Society. Throughout the year, Madalyn helped to organize homecoming week, a spring fling fundraiser and spirit week. Additionally Madalyn teamed up with the rest of the student council and dedicated a week in May to mental health awareness in conjunction with the National Alliance on Mental Health. After graduation, Madalyn will be attending SUNY Geneseo in the fall.
This year’s runner-up, Evan O’Hara, is a senior at Greece Athena High School. Evan graduated with valedictorian honors from Greece Athena. He is the Mechanical Team Leader of his school’s Robotics Club, is member of the National Honor Society and is the 1st chair bassoonist in the Greece Athena symphonic band. Outside of school, Evan is active in his local Boy Scout Troop and has attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He also donates his time to Foodlink and is a Red Cross Blood Drive Organizer. After graduation Evan hopes to attend SUNY Polytechnic and study Mechanical Engineering.
The state of New York has 1,500 communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), but only 32 (2%) currently participate in the Community Rating System (CRS) and none rank better than Class 7. Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that the Town of Greece is the only local municipality in Monroe County that participates in the National Flood Insurance Community Rating System Program and has received a reduction in our Class rating from 8 to 7 providing additional savings for taxpayers.
CRS is a voluntary incentive program managed by the Insurance industry and recognized by FEMA that highlights communities that enforce floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum National Flood Insurance Program requirements. Our participation as a Class 7 CRS Community will provide Greece residents within the FEMA Special Flood Hazard Area with a fifteen percent discount on their flood insurance policies. Benefits also include improved public safety, property loss reduction, open space and natural resource protection, and better post-disaster recovery.
“Since first taking office, saving taxpayer dollars has been my top priority. Today, I am pleased to announce that through the efforts of our Public Works and Development Services Departments our Town has received full approval from the NFIP for a class reduction from 8 to 7 resulting in the savings of fifteen percent for all Greece residents who currently have flood insurance. We are the only municipality within Monroe County to receive this class reduction and the first town across the state to have a Class 7 rating. This news comes at a time when the cost of flood insurance has increased dramatically across the nation and has become a burden for many communities that are situated in a flood plain.” said Supervisor Reilich.
The Town of Greece’s level of participation currently provides policy holders within the FEMA Special Flood Hazard Area (FEMA Mapped 100-year Floodplain) with a ten percent discount. While ten percent is the standard, our new fifteen percent reductions will provide cost savings for residents with flood insurance policies. This reduction may become more significant as flood insurance rates continue to increase due to recent laws aimed at making the program self-funding and the elimination of subsidies.