Supervisor Bill Reilich has announced that FEMA has included Monroe County in the Federal Lake Ontario Flooding Disaster Declaration. This will help local governments receive funding for damages incurred by the high water levels and flooding along Lake Ontario this past year. Public assistance will be made available on a cost-sharing basis and will provide assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.
“I have been working diligently with Federal and State officials to ensure that the Town of Greece, and all of the municipalities in our area affected by the flooding, would be included in the Disaster Declaration” said Supervisor Reilich. “Many water-front residents in Greece experienced significant damages as a result of the flooding this past year. Being included in the Lake Ontario Disaster Declaration will help provide assistance for emergency work and for critical repairs to facilities and infrastructure. I will continue working closely with officials and advocating for all water front residents affected by the flooding”.
A Public Hearing was held on January 10, 2018 during the Greece Town Board Meeting to consider the adoption of a proposed local law to repeal and remove Chapter 83, Coastal Erosion Hazard Area, of the Code of the Town of Greece in order to authorize the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to manage coastal erosion hazard areas as prescribed by Article 34 of Environmental Conservation Law. The proposal was brought forth at the request of the Town of Greece Engineering Department. It was placed on the agenda in December, setting forth a hearing to discuss the proposal.
The Town Engineer gave a presentation on the Department of Environmental Conservation program that regulates building activity in coastal erosion hazard areas near Lake Ontario. The program requires DEC sign-off on any “regulated activity” in the coastal erosion management zone. The program is designed to protect fragile beaches and dunes and control building in areas vulnerable to flooding and erosion. The current program rules require property owners to obtain permits before moving ahead with construction, grading or other disturbances of soil. The Town of Greece currently administers the program within their own borders rather than leaving it to the State to administer, though they are monitored closely by the DEC.
At the close of the presentation, Supervisor Reilich and the Greece Town Board listened carefully to neighbors who reside along the lake and lake front neighborhood groups like the Grandview Beach Neighborhood Association who spoke out and shared their concerns during the hearing. In consideration of the concerns of the lake front neighbors and the overall success the Town of Greece has had addressing issues in-house for residents in and around the lake front, No Motion was made to support the change and thus the current language in Chapter 83 remains in place and no changes will be made.
“The Town of Greece currently administers a State Department of Environmental Conservation program that regulates building activity in coastal erosion hazard areas near Lake Ontario” said Supervisor Reilich. “If continuing to administer this program internally is a benefit to our residents, we will not be changing our practices. I am committed to standing side by side our residents and providing them the best service possible and that is why the Town Board and I decided not to move forward with the proposal”.
For Reference, Chapter 83 Coastal Erosion Hazard Area of the Town of Greece Code currently states:
The Town of Greece hereby assumes the responsibility to implement and administer a coastal erosion management program within its jurisdiction pursuant to Article 34 of New York State Environmental Conservation Law. In addition, it is the purpose of this chapter to:
- Establish standards and procedures minimizing and preventing damage to structures from coastal flooding and erosion and to protect natural and protective features and other natural resources.
- Regulate in coastal areas subject to coastal flooding and erosion, land use and development activities so as to minimize or prevent damage or destruction to man-made property, natural protective features and other natural resources and to protect human life.
- Regulate new construction or placement of structures in order to place them a safe distance from areas of active erosion and the impacts of coastal storms to ensure that these structures are not prematurely destroyed or damaged due to improper siting, as well as to prevent damage to natural protective features and other natural resources.
- Restrict public investment in services, facilities or activities which are likely to encourage new permanent development in erosion hazard areas.
- Regulate the construction of erosion protection structures in coastal areas subject to serious erosion to assure that their construction and operation will minimize or prevent damage or destruction to structures, significant improvements to structures, property, natural protective features or other natural resources.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Mike Barry, Josh Jensen, Bill Murphy, and Diana Christodaro for an official Eagle Scout Award Medal Presentation Ceremony at Wednesday 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. “I would like to congratulate Peter Burke on his achievement of Eagle Scout ranking through his efforts in building a 24 hen mobile chicken coop trailer for Homesteads for Hope”.
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.
Yesterday, Supervisor Bill Reilich welcomed Ruby Gordon Furniture and Mattresses to Greece. The new business is located at 140 Greece Ridge Center Drive and is open daily.
With 81 years of experience in the designer furniture industry, Ruby Gordon is Rochester’s largest owned family furniture store. In fact, their original store was founded by Frank Ruby in 1936 and was located at the entrance of Rochester’s most popular downtown movie house, the RKO palace. Ruby Gordon has over 300 room settings on display in the store and boasts a selection of living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, entertainment options, accent furniture, and mattresses. To view their full selection, please visit their website at www.rubygordon.com.
“I am always happy to welcome new and returning businesses to the Town of Greece”. said Supervisor Reilich. “The Mall at Greece Ridge continues to host vibrant businesses, and we welcome further development to both existing vacant spaces and new constructions. I wish Ruby Gordon owners Raymond Ruby and Aaron Ruby and their families and team great success in their new location!”
The Governor has directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, in honor of New York State Police Trooper Michael J. Anson.
Today, Supervisor Bill Reilich participated in a ground breaking ceremony for Chick-Fil-A. The new business, located at 2140 West Ridge Road in Greece, will open in the Spring of this year.
This Georgia-based fast food chain will include two drive-thru ordering lanes and a two-story playground for children. The 5,056 square foot restaurant will offer indoor seating for 120 people and outdoor seating for 20 people. The business is expected to employ over 100 people.
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 Alan Taylor plans on giving back to the community by partnering the local franchise with local charities.
“I was honored to join Chick-Fil-A representatives for the ground-breaking ceremony of this highly-anticipated business” said Supervisor Reilich. “I am always happy to welcome new businesses to the Town of Greece and am very excited that Greece was chosen to be the location for the first Chick-Fil-A in Rochester. I want to wish owner Alan Taylor and his team great success!”
Supervisor Bill Reilich was pleased to swear in the newest Elected Officials that will be representing the Town of Greece. The 2018 Town of Greece Organizational Meeting was held today and the first order of business was to swear in the new elected officials that will be serving the residents in the 2nd and 3rd Wards as well as our new Receiver of Taxes, Andrew Conlon.
Serving the 2nd Ward will be William Murphy. Councilman Murphy will begin his first term replacing former Councilman Brett Granville who was successful in his bid for Greece Town Justice. Murphy, a former Greece Police Officer and former Chief of the Holley Police Department, will bring his experience in public safety and community service to Town Hall. Murphy was joined by family members, including his wife, Cindy, and his son, Paul, who held the Bible, as he pledged to serve the residents in the 2nd Ward to the best of his ability.
Another new elected official, Joshua Jensen, will be representing residents living in the 3rd Ward. Andrew Conlon has held this seat previously. Councilman Jensen was joined by his wife, Casey, who held the bible, and his family as Supervisor Reilich delivered the oath of office. Councilman Jensen has served on our Traffic Advisory Committee and is a member of Senator Joe Robach's staff.
Taking on his position early in order to assist residents with the pre-payment of 2018 Town and County Taxes, Former Councilman and now Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon was sworn into office by Former Greece Receiver of Taxes Kathleen Taylor. Heather Halstead held the Bible for Andrew with his family by his side. Councilman Conlon has been a strong advocate for the residents in the 3rd Ward and will now be serving residents throughout the entire town.
"The residents of Greece are so fortunate to have these new elected officials serving our town" said Supervisor Reilich. "Their combined experience in elected office, community service and civic involvement will make them excellent representatives for those that live in their respective districts. We have many new initiatives planned and we are all eager to work together to serve our residents".
At the conclusion of the Organization Meeting, the new Town Board members joined in for the first Agenda Review Workshop, which followed immediately after the Organizational Meeting. All meeting dates and times are posted on the Town of Greece website.
Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that after just one hour into our extended tax collection day that over 260 people have been processed and are on their way home. Additionally, our customer service counter is showing over 450 people on site since we opened.
“Receiver-Elect Andrew Conlon has assumed his position early and is being assisted by retired Receiver of Taxes Kathleen Taylor to oversee the operation today” said Supervisor Reilich. “I am thankful for many members of my staff that we temporarily re-assigned to the effort today to process any Greece Resident wishing to pre-pay their taxes before the close of 2017. We have set up some "temporary" processing areas in our Service Mall and the crowds are moving along swiftly”.
Residents are encouraged to print their tax bills at home from the Monroe County website if possible. However, we are more than happy to print them for you on site. Take a number upon entering the building, head to the "Marriage Office" which is serving as our printing station for residents' bills, and then wait comfortably until your number is called. Readying your check, cash or money order prior to heading to the counter is also very helpful.
Our staff in the newly combined Clerk/Receiver of Taxes Counter is certainly being tested today and though it’s early - it has passed the test. Clerk Cheryl Rozzi has also been integral in the process and we are currently having staff cross-trained.
"I am so pleased that we are able to offer this accelerated customer service experience today" said Supervisor Reilich. "Time and time again, when there is any challenge, we see the people of Greece (both our employees and our residents) step up in busy or challenging situations and come together. I believe there is no better community spirit anywhere around and I am proud to serve as your Supervisor".
We have also extended our hours at Greece Town Hall to accommodate the demand. We will be open until 8:00pm today.
Supervisor Reilich has announced that Greece Town Hall will be open from 9:00am – 8:00pm on Friday, December 29th, 2017. The decision to extend business hours was made to accommodate residents interested in early payment of property taxes. In addition to extended hours, additional staff will be available that day to support Town of Greece residents who chose to pay their taxes prior to January 1st, 2018.
Greece Receiver of Taxes elect Andrew Conlon will be in Greece Town Hall on Friday, December 29th, to assist residents with processing their property taxes. He will be joined by former Greece Receiver of Taxes Kathleen Taylor to ensure residents receive prompt and efficient assistance.
Please note that Property Taxes can be paid at the Town of Greece office via cash, check, or money order. Residents choosing to make their payments at Greece Town Hall should enter our Service Mall entrance, take a number at the Tax Counter, and then proceed to our “Marriage Office” area of the counter where we will have added staff to print out your tax bills. Once you have received the copy of your bill, we ask that you ready your check, money order, or cash payments and wait until your number is called. This is being done to streamline our service to you. If you are able, Supervisor Reilich would like to encourage you to print your tax bill prior to coming to Greece Town Hall, which will help us in assisting you more quickly. Your tax bill will be available to print on the Monroe County website after 12:00am on Friday, December 29th, 2017. If you are unable to print your tax bill at home, we will have staff available on site to print them for you. Residents choosing to pay via credit card payments can ONLY do so online at www.monroecounty.gov. Please note that payments made through the Monroe County website will be subject to a 3% credit card payment fee. Please consult your tax professional or accountant to discuss payment options prior to taking any action.
Supervisor Reilich would also like to remind residents that property tax bill payments in the form of a check will be accepted via mail if they are post marked by Saturday, December 30th, 2017.
“We are always looking to improve service to our customers” said Supervisor Reilich. “I am hopeful that we can get folks on their way more quickly by utilizing additional staff and extending hours at Greece Town Hall on Friday, December 29th, 2017 for residents interested in processing their property taxes that day”.
For anyone planning on paying their property taxes at Greece Town Hall on Friday, December 29th, 2017, please note the following:
Greece Town Hall will be open regular business hours (9:00am – 5:00pm).
Greece Receiver of Taxes elect Andrew Conlon will be in Greece Town Hall to assist residents with processing their property taxes. He will be joined by former Greece Receiver of Taxes Kathleen Taylor, along with additional staff to ensure residents receive prompt and efficient assistance.
Please note that Property Taxes can be paid at the Town of Greece office via cash, check, or money order. Residents choosing to make their payments at Greece Town Hall should enter our Service Mall entrance, take a number at the Tax Counter, and then proceed to our “Marriage Office” area of the counter where we will have added staff to print out your tax bills. Once you have received the copy of your bill, we ask that you ready your check, money order, or cash payments and wait until your number is called. This is being done to streamline our service to you. Residents choosing to pay via credit card payments can ONLY do so online at www.monroecounty.gov. Please note that payments made through the Monroe County website will be subject to a 3% credit card payment fee. Please consult your tax professional or accountant to discuss payment options prior to taking any action.
Your property tax bill will be available to print online the morning of Friday, December 29th. I strongly encourage you to print your tax bill prior to coming to Greece Town Hall, which will help us in assisting you more quickly. If you are unable to print your tax bill at home, we will have staff available on site to print them for you.