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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.

Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce that additional staff will be available to support Town of Greece residents in processing property taxes on Friday, December 29th, 2017. This will assist residents who chose to pay their taxes prior to January 1st, 2018.

After receiving information about the newly passed Federal Tax Plan and how New Yorkers may benefit by paying their 2018 town/county taxes prior to January 1, 2018, Supervisor Reilich wanted to provide as many resources as possible to residents interested in paying their 2018 tax bills on the last day of business in the year 2017.

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. 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.  

“We are always looking to improve service to our customers” said Supervisor Reilich. “I am hopeful that by utilizing additional staff that we can get folks on their way more quickly. I am also pleased to announce that Receiver-Elect Andrew Conlon, Town Clerk Cheryl Rozzi, and I have met and that the cross training of our Clerk and Receiver staff is currently underway. We certainly hope residents will appreciate an even higher level of service when coming to Town Hall for business that involves either office”.

During Tuesday evening’s Greece Town Board Meeting, Supervisor Bill Reilich presented plaques honoring current councilmembers Andrew Conlon and Brett Granville for their years of service in the Town of Greece.

Andrew Conlon is currently Councilman of the 3rd Ward in Greece. Elected in 2010, he has diligently served 3rd Ward residents for 7 years. Andrew is a lifelong Greece resident and graduate of Greece Athena High School. He received a bachelor's degree from St. John Fisher College. He currently serves as Constituent Services Coordinator for New York State Senator Joe Robach. This past election season, Andrew was elected to the position of the Town of Greece Receiver of Taxes.

Brett Granville currently serves as Councilman of the 2nd Ward in Greece. A longtime Greece resident, Brett received his bachelor's degree from St. Bonaventure University. He also holds a Law degree from the Notre Dame Law School. After serving Greece residents as a councilman since 2012, Brett was elected as a Greece Town Judge this past election season.

“I was honored to presents plaques of recognition to two outstanding members of our Greece Town Board” said Supervisor Reilich. “These individuals serve our community every day, and I am proud to work alongside them in the Town of Greece and wish them the best of luck in their new positions”.

Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board adopted a local law to extend the tax exemption for Cold War Veterans at the Town Board Meeting last evening.  

In October 2017, Chapter 290 of the NYS Municipal Law authorized taxing entities and Towns to extend the Cold War Veterans Exemption beyond the initial ten year limit. A “Local Law” was necessary to adopt the exemption extension. 

Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce that the local law was adopted at Tuesday evening’s Greece Town Board Meeting, thus extending the tax exemption for Cold War Veterans beyond the original ten year limitation as authorized by Section 458-b of New York Real Property Tax Law. Without this local law being enacted, the Cold War Vets exemption would expire after 10 years. Additionally, Chapter 376 now authorizes school districts to adopt the Eligible Funds Veterans Exemption as well. A resolution by the individual school boards would be required.

 “We have 153 Cold War Veterans registered in the Town of Greece” said Supervisor Reilich. “These heroes defend our rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and equally as important they defend the freedoms we hold so dear. We are committed to constantly looking for ways to serve those who have so selflessly served us, and this tax exemption extension is one way we can do that. I am pleased to be able to support this measure on behalf of the Cold War Veteran’s in our community”.

Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to join the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District in announcing the “Breaking Out of Winter and Gearing Up For Spring 2018 Conservation Tree & Shrub Program”. The purpose of this program is to provide seedlings for homeowners, which will help with erosion control, soaking up water, helping with storm water runoff and nutrient uptake, and improve wildlife habitat. The district has been hosting this annual program for over 41 years with more than 116,760 trees, shrubs, and plants being distributed in the last 5 years alone.

Property owners will have the opportunity to pre-order more than 42 different species of bare-root conifers, hardwood trees, shrubs, wildflowers and groundcovers, as well as seed mixes and other products used for conservation projects. Packages of all shapes and sizes are available, as well as editable fruit packs for attracting wildlife. Native species new to the program this year are Witchhazel, Gray Dogwood, American Hazelnut, and Eastern Sweetshrub.

Selections can be found by visiting the website catalog at www.monroecountyswcd.org. The deadline for ordering is March 2nd, 2018. A first come, first serve overstock sale will be held on April 21st, 2018 for those that missed the pre-ordering deadline. If you have any questions or would like a form sent to you, please contact the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District at 585-753-7380.

“I am excited to join the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District in offering the 2018 Conservation Tree & Shrub Program to our residents” said Supervisor Reilich. “Please consider participating in this cost-effective program and chose from a variety of trees, shrubs, and plants”.

Supervisor Reilich is excited to announce that Greece Public Library Children’s Librarian Jennifer Preisser has been invited to speak at the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC)! She will be hosted as a special guest in September of 2018 and will be presenting “Inspiring Sensory Play: Babies and Toddlers”. This program will provide participants with instructions on how to implement a sensory program on any budget, explore hands-on sensory stations, and learn how to turn a dollar store pool noodle into several early literacy activities. This presentation is based on Jen’s Baby Sensory Play program, which is offered at the Greece Public Library every month.

The Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. ALSC’s network includes more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, children’s literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members and other adults dedicated to engaging communities to build healthy successful futures for all children. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.ala.org/alsc/.

“We are incredibly proud of Jennifer Preisser and for the opportunity she has been given to present at the Association of Library Service to Children and to put our library on the map with the ALCS.” said Supervisor Reilich. “Our Greece Public Library boasts wonderful librarians and helpful staff like Jen who go above and beyond to provide innovative programs to the community”.

Supervisor Reilich has announced that the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management Committee (GLAM Committee) has extended the deadline for its survey on shoreline property damages until December 31st, 2017. Owners of New York State properties who did not get an opportunity to respond to the earlier Cornell/NY Seas Grant Survey, or who have more to tell, are encouraged to respond.

The GLAM Committee was established by the International Join Committee (IJC) in 2015 to examine the effectiveness of the existing rules for regulating the outflows from Lake Superior and Lake Ontario. It is charged with looking at the impacts of past, present, and potential future weather and climate conditions on water levels and outflow regulation, and how these factors affect socio-economic and environmental outcomes throughout the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River system. The GLAM Committee is working with Conservation Ontario to conduct an online survey to seek direct input from shoreline property owners and ensure all impacted shoreline residents and businesses have an opportunity to describe what happened to their properties.

If you have property on Lake Ontario or the St. Lawrence River and you suffered damage as a result of the high water levels this year, the GLAM committee is interested in hearing from you. The survey they have created asks a variety of questions on the extent of flooding, erosion, damage to shoreline structures, and related damage to residential and business shoreline properties. There is also an opportunity to upload pictures to document the extent of flooding/erosion impacts experienced. The survey should take about 10-25 minutes to complete, depending on the extent of damage being reported. To take the survey, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HLFSYV3 and look for the “Take the Survey” link.

“I would like to encourage all water front residents and businesses to take a few minutes to complete this on-line survey” said Supervisor Reilich. “2017 has been an incredibly challenging year for our shoreline residents, and this survey will help provide a more thorough understanding of vulnerable shoreline areas”.

Supervisor Reilich would like to remind residents that the Town of Greece “Giving Tree” will be up through Monday, December 18th. This project provides an opportunity for community members to help families in need during the holidays.

The “Giving Tree” is located at Greece Town Hall in the atrium. Tags have been placed on the tree indicating the specific item or items needed. Community members are invited to take a tag off the tree, purchase the item, and return the unwrapped item to the boxes located by the tree. At the conclusion of the project, the donated items will be given to Mission Share Outreach Center of Greece, NY.

Mission Share Outreach is a collaborative effort of 13 churches in the Town of Greece to serve those in need year round. If you are interested in learning more about Mission Share Outreach and volunteering with the organization, please visit their website at http://missionshareoutreach.org/.

“I am thrilled to be launching the “Giving Tree Project” this holiday season” said Supervisor Reilich. “I would like to thank the Walmart in Elmridge Plaza for donating the pre-lit tree for the project, and would also like to thank Mission Share Outreach for partnering with the Town of Greece as we bring the spirit of Christmas to those in need this holiday season. Time and again, I have witnessed residents in the Town of Greece stepping up and coming forward to help their neighbors in need. This is truly a caring community and I am so blessed to live in this Town”.

Yesterday, Supervisor Reilich was pleased to host a good old fashioned lighting of the Town’s holiday tree. This annual event, which took place just outside the back entrance of Greece Town Hall by the decorated pine tree, boasted a great crowd and lots of Christmas spirit.

Residents joined together with their neighbors to sing songs and revel in holiday cheer. A special visit by Santa was complimented by popcorn and hot cocoa for all in attendance. On hand to assist Supervisor Reilich with the ceremony were Greece Town Officials Brett Granville, Josh Jensen, Bill Murphy, and Vince Campbell. Assemblyman Peter Lawrence and Senator Joe Robach were also present. Following the tree lighting ceremony, residents had an opportunity to join our friends at the Community and Senior Center for their annual Family Christmas Party. The festivities included arts and crafts, music by the Greece Concert Band, light refreshments, and an opportunity to visit Santa Claus in the Pavilion!