Today, Supervisor Bill Reilich will meet with Congressman Chris Collins, Congressman John Katko, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, members of FEMA, and members of the Army Corps of Engineers to discuss federal reimbursement options for waterfront residents who have experienced property damages due to high water levels. During the meeting, each county/town will have an opportunity to discuss the damages/issues in their county/town. Below are the planned agenda items.
- FEMA members speak on ways they can assist
- Questions to FEMA
- Army Corp of Engineers speak on ways they can assist in times of emergency
- Questions for Army Corp of Engineers
Supervisor Reilich has been working tirelessly to assist and advocate for residents who have experienced property damages due to the high water levels. The plan to lobby in Washington, D.C. was developed in April of this year, when representatives from Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Ontario, Wayne and Erie counties met at Greece Town Hall to discuss the negative effects of the rising water levels and how IJC Plan 2014 was contributing to that. Supervisor Bill Reilich facilitated the meeting, and those in attendance 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. 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.
“Since its launch, I have opposed the International Joint Commissions plan to raise the lake levels and advocated against its implementation. In the meeting held at Greece Town Hall back in April with representatives from Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Ontario, Wayne and Erie counties, it was decided that we would collectively travel to Washington D.C. for the purposes of speaking with members of Congress, FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about replacing Plan 2014 with one that ensures the livelihood of all lake shore residents and businesses.” said Supervisor Reilich. “I have and will continue to do all I can to advocate for waterfront residents and provide resources to help them protect their property. Since flooding issues began, I have constantly reached out to Governor Cuomo’s office for financial assistance for those who have incurred damages due to the high water levels. I have coordinated with the New York State Department of Financial Services for their Insurance RV to come to the Town of Greece and also coordinated with representatives from Sheen Housing to assist lakefront residents in answering questions and filling out Lake Ontario Flood Recovery applications. I also worked with the Governor to locate and implement a water-filled dam structure. Furthermore, the Town of Greece DPW Facility continues to provide sand bags to all waterfront residents. Over 250,000 sandbags have been distributed to date. Knowing that not only the folks in the Town of Greece, but all lakeshore communities, are being negatively affected by IJC Plan 2014, I created an official petition through the White House to overturn IJC Plan 2014. Recently, the Greece Town Board and myself requested an official inquiry reviewing the steps that led 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 am reviewing every opportunity possible to help our residents through these flooding events, and will continue to find new ways to protect shoreline properties. I am looking forward to advocating in Washington today, and will ensure that we have a productive discussion”.
Supervisor Bill Reilich would like to invite all to attend the Town of Greece Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. This annual event takes place on July 4th and is open to the public. 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, food trucks, the Library Book Mobile, musical performances, and concluding with a fireworks spectacular. ADA compliant buses will be available at Greece Athena High School to transport people to the festivities, as there is no parking at the Greece Town Hall complex. Shuttles will begin departing at 4:30PM and will run continuously throughout the evening until 11:30PM. The full schedule can be found below:
Tentative Schedule of Events – As of 6/23/17
7:00 AM – 5K Freedom Run Registration
(Call the Office of the Supervisor at 723-2450 to register)
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 Beatlemagic
8:00 PM – Our Featured performer “Micky Dolenz the Voice of the Monkees”
9:45 PM – Fire Works Display
(Supervisor Reilich would like to remind all viewing the fireworks display to please bring lawn chairs or blankets)
For more information regarding the Town of Greece Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration, please contact the Office of the Supervisor at 723-2450 or visit our website at www.greeceny.gov.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich would like to remind everyone that registration for the 5k Freedom Run is still available. Signup forms can be found on the Town of Greece Website under the Community/Senior Center & Parks Department section. Interested parties are also able to register by calling the Office of the Supervisor at 585-723-2450. Registration will be available online through Friday, June 30th. Registration will be available in person the morning of the race until 7:00AM. 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 6/23/17
- 5K Freedom Run Registration
- 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
Please visit Bill Reilich’s Facebook page or our website at www.greeceny.gov for more information.
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.