Monday evening, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Town Board Members Mike Barry, Brett Granville, Andrew Conlon, and Diana Christodaro to receive a plaque recognizing the Town of Greece’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System.
The Town of Greece is the only local municipality in Monroe County that participates in the National Flood Insurance Community Rating System Program (CRS), which is a voluntary incentive program managed by the insurance industry and recognized by FEMA. CRS recognizes communities for enforcing floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum National Flood Insurance Program requirements. There are many benefits to participating in CRS, such as improved public safety, property loss reduction, open space and natural resource protection, and better post-disaster recovery. CRS credit points are earned for a wide range of floodplain management activities, which are organized under four categories: (1) Public Information Activities, (2) Mapping and Regulations, (3) Flood Damage Reduction Activities, and (4) Warning and Response.
In 2014, Supervisor Bill Reilich’s participation in the CRS program provided Greece residents within the FEMA Special Flood Hazard Area with a 10% discount on their flood insurance policies due to the Class 8 rating held by the Town of Greece. As a result of Supervisor Reilich’s direction, policies and continued efforts, the Town of Greece was officially acknowledged at this year’s annual meeting of the New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association for advancing the Town’s status in the Community Rating System to Class 7, which is currently the highest rating in New York State. This makes the Town of Greece one of only a small handful of municipalities in New York State to hold the highest rating for its efforts to protect its citizens from losses caused by flooding and notes that the Town has significantly exceeded the requirements for NFIP participation and effective floodplain management.
At the CRS’s Annual User Group Meeting, the Regional Insurance Systems Organization Auditor recognized Greece’s program as the best in New York State, the Northeast, and among the best in the entire Country. He went on to tell the group that Greece will definitely receive the Class 6 rating at next year’s meeting. This will put the Town of Greece at what will then be the new highest rating in the State of New York, making the Town the only municipality in the entire State with a Class 6 rating, and providing residents with a 20% discount on their flood insurance.
“I was honored to receive a plaque from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security acknowledging Greece’s impressive status in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System”. Said Supervisor Reilich. “I am always looking for ways to save Greece residents money, and look forward to continuing to participate in CRS’s program to ensure lower flood insurance rates”.
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 Richard Yolevich on receiving the award of the New York State Medal for Merit and New York State Conspicuous Service Star. The Conspicuous Service Star is awarded to a New York State Citizen whose entire service was honorable and who were recipients of a unit commendation arising from combat while serving in the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard. On March 29, 2017, Richard “Dick” was informed that he received a New York State Medal for Merit with Two Silver Star Shields, New York State Conspicuous Service and Companion Certificates.
“It was an honor to present Dick with a proclamation and medals from the New York State Medal for Merit and New York State Conspicuous Service Star”. said Supervisor Bill Reilich. “The Town of Greece is proud to have service people like Dick, who exemplify valor, strength, selflessness, and leadership”.
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 Chima Alice Dimgba from Greece Athena High School and runner-up Ryan Ozzello from Odyssey Academy. Chima received a $2,000 scholarship check and Ryan received a $500 scholarship check.
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 several 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 Monday nights’ ceremony and congratulate both Chima and Ryan for their great leadership and volunteerism and to help continue on the legacy of Jerry Helfer.”
This year’s winner, Chima Dimgba, is a senior at Greece Athena High School. Chima’s goal is to be a physician. This goal was formed when she visited her father’s village in Nigeria, West Africa when she was only five years old. Over the years, she often returned to Nigeria to volunteer through playing with the sick children and their siblings in an effort to relieve some of the stress being in a hospital gave to them. Chima wants to become a physician in order to help those who cannot afford or who do not have access to proper medical care. During her senior year of high school, Chima was selected to participate in the highly competitive New Visions Program – Medical Field with the University of Rochester, where she shadowed and learned from physicians. At Greece Athena, she is the Presidents of the National Honor Society, VP of Varsity Volunteer Club, and Captain of the Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track Teams. She will graduate with Valedictorian Honors.
This year’s runner-up, Ryan Ozzello, is a senior at Odyssey Academy. Ryan is passionate about community service and volunteering. His most passionate leadership activity is being a tutor and friend to children at Orchard Place Affinity Apartments. Each Monday, he has the privilege of talking to the kids about their day, helping them complete homework, and playing games with them. Ryan also has a leadership position in student government, where he takes on such responsibilities as managing people as a resource to complete tasks, designing concise and informational announcements, and participating in strictly labor oriented tasks such as boxing goods.
Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board continue their efforts to address not only the damage that’s been occurring to water front homes, but also the ongoing threats of rising waters. They have again reached out to President Trump.
Supervisor Reilich and the Greece Town Board, on behalf of our residents and all those who are experiencing damages due to flood waters, are requesting an official inquiry. This inquiry will include the steps leading up to the decision of the IJC to adopt Plan 2014 and its lack of timely response as conditions continue to result in rising waters and damages to our homeowners and local businesses.
“I cannot and will not sit idly while these folks, our neighbors, watch their homes and properties continue to suffer damage and loss as a result of the rising floodwaters. Someone must be held accountable. I am hoping this action ensures that a full investigation is launched”. said Supervisor Reilich. “We cannot have our lake and pond front residents expect to suffer year after year with rising waters and the threat of continued damage”.
Supervisor Bill Reilich announced that representatives from Sheen Housing will be assisting lake front residents at Greece Town Hall First Floor Community Room A Thursday, June 22, from 4pm-7pm. Sheen Housing is a not-for-profit housing organization, and the representatives will be assisting lakefront residents in filling out Lake Ontario Flood Recovery Applications and answering any questions they may have.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Mike Barry, Brett Granville, Andrew Conlon, and Diana Christodaro for an official Eagle Scout Award Medal presentation ceremony at Monday evening’s Town Board meeting. The Town of Greece Eagle Scout Recognition Medal is presented to all Boy Scouts who have recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in their local troop.
“It is an honor for me to be able to present these medals to the hard working and determined young men who have shown that commitment and perseverance lead to success.” said Supervisor Bill Reilich.
The Boy Scouts of America, one of the United States largest youth organization, is dedicated to promoting self-reliance, courage, and patriotism among young men. The Eagle Scout Award is attained after countless hours of hard work, sacrifice, and dedication to the scouting creed. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit their webpage www.scouting.org.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich would like to remind everyone that signup forms for the Third Annual 5K Freedom Run are 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 6/19/17
- 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 Micky Dolenz the Voice of the Monkees
will take the Main Stage
- Fire Works Display
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.