Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Mike Barry, Brett Granville, Andrew Conlon, and Diana Christodaro for an official ceremony at the October Town Board meeting recognizing the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf, Inc. for 40 years of service.
The Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf, Inc. is an organization that helps provide food to families in need living in the Greece and Charlotte areas. Their purpose is to acquire, warehouse and distribute donated and purchased food and household products to benefit the needy people residing in the Town of Greece and the City of Rochester, north of Ridge Road West and west of the Genesee River, including Charlotte.
This past year, the Greece Food Shelf has assisted 5,559 people. The Food Shelf is operated solely by volunteers, who generously donate their time and efforts to service. The Town of Greece is thankful to the Greece Food Shelf and all of the volunteers for the hours they dedicate to helping those in need in our community. If you are interested in volunteering with or donating to the Greece Food Shelf, please call 585-277-5370.
Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce that the Town of Greece is continuing the annual food drive this holiday season. From now until November 17th, there will be 2 bins located at Greece Town Hall: one in the atrium and one in the Service Mall area. You can drop donations in these bins, which we will give to the Greece Food Shelf. Please see below for the list of items most needed:
- Canned fruit
- Canned vegetables
- Chunky soups
- Tuna and canned meats
- Canned pasta
- Jelly (regular and sugar-free)
- Toilet paper, tissues, and paper towels
Supervisor Bill Reilich joined hometown hockey hero Brian Gionta and his wife, Harvest, in announcing that he is donating ice skates to the Town of Greece for our residents to use on our outdoor rink. His generous donation includes 50 pairs of brand-new ice skates ranging in sizes from youth to adult as well as one dozen helmets for optional use. Additionally, Brian has partnered with Locker Room Sports on behalf of the Town of Greece to have the skates regularly sharpened at no cost.
Ice skating is an activity Brian is passionate about. He joined the NHL New Jersey Devils in 2001 and was a member of their 2003 Stanly Cup Finals winning team. In addition, he has played for the Montreal Canadians and the Buffalo Sabres. Brian and Harvest Gionta are making these donations to help promote skating among the community, the town they love and are active members of.
The Town of Greece skating rink is located on the Pickleball Courts, just outside the Community Center at 3 Vince Tofany Blvd in Greece. The rink is open Monday – Friday, 3:00pm – 9:00pm and Saturday – Sunday, 10:00am – 9:00 pm. You can bring your own skates or use the donated skates, which are available for free at the Community Ice Rink Warming Hut during open skate hours. The skating rink is available for free to Greece residents and $1 for non-residents.
“Hundreds of people from the community enjoy our outdoor winter ice skating rink”. said Supervisor Reilich. “The Town of Greece is so thankful to Brian and Harvest Gionta for their generous donation and I encourage the families in our community to stop by and enjoy the ice rink this winter”.
Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board partnered with Monroe County to hold a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection at the Town of Greece Department of Public Works Facility on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The Town of Greece and Monroe County provided this service to all Greece residents at no charge.
Up to 30 gallons of the following materials were accepted per appointment at no charge:
- Oil-based & Latex Paint (for 1/3 gallon or less of Latex Paint you simply discard the lid, add kitty litter, let dry and dispose of the can in your regular trash receptacle)
- Wood Stain and Preservatives
- Automotive Fluids (antifreeze; brake power steering and transmission fluids)
- Pesticides & Fertilizers
- Flammable Products (gasoline, kerosene, thinners, strippers, solvents)
- Household Cleaners (liquid soaps & waxes, drain cleaners, etc.)
- Driveway Sealer
- Pool & Photo Chemicals
- Rechargeable (Ni-Cad) & Button Batteries
- Mercury (thermometers, thermostats)
- Syringes / Sharps (safely packaged)
The total amount of waste collected at the Town of Greece Department of Public Works Facility was 22,320 pounds. Over 350 people made appointments to drop off materials.
“I was pleased to partner with Monroe County to hold a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event at the Town of Greece Department of Public Works Facility”. said Supervisor Reilich. “I always enjoy offering these beneficial programs to the community, and am thankful that so many people took advantage of it!”
Supervisor Reilich was excited to join the Greece Public Library in hosting the third annual “How To” Festival. This festival was held at the Greece Public Library Main Branch on Saturday, October 14th, from 10:00am – 1:00pm, and was free and open to the public.
This fun and activity-packed festival featured activities ranging from how to make digital art to learning how to home-brew beer. Attendees had the opportunity to learn how to play the ukulele, how to adopt a rescue pet, how to wire an outlet or switch, and how to make a balloon animal. There was also several technology and life skill “how to” stations, including how to winterize your home and how to be safe with car seats. Altogether, there were 30 stations available for people to explore.
“I was very excited to join the Greece Public Library in offering this great festival to the community.” said Supervisor Reilich. “This festival was unique in the sense that it was not only entertaining, but also educational. With 30 activities available to explore, this festival had something for everyone of every age and ability to discover!”
Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that bocce courts are now available at the Greece Town Hall Campus. There are two bocce ball courts, each approximately 11.5 feet wide by 60 feet long. The courts are located on the north side of the Community and Senior Center building, just east of the Pickleball Courts. You can bring your own bocce balls or use the ones available at the C&SC, which are available to use during open hours:
Monday – Thursday, 8:00am-8:00pm
“Bocce is a fun game for all ages and skill levels, and I am happy to now have bocce courts available to the community!” said Supervisor Reilich.
Supervisor Bill Reilich would like to congratulate all of the senior citizens who participated in the Senior Citizen Police Academy Program. Supervisor Reilich and the Greece Community and Senior Center partnered with Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to host a free Senior Citizen Police Academy this Fall season. This academy offered senior citizens a unique look into the Sheriff’s office and operations. Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn, District Attorney Sandra Doorley, the Public Defender’s office, and Family Court Judges participated in this informative training opportunity. As part of the program, attendees spent eight weeks with the Sheriff’s Office touring the 911 Center, the Jail, the Hall of Justice, the Public Safety Training Facility, and they were given presentations from members of the following specialized teams: Scuba, S.W.A.T., K-9, Hostage Recovery, and the Bomb Squad. Last week, they graduated from the program and were presented with certificates from Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn and Undersheriff Drew Forsythe.
“I am thrilled that so many senior members of our community took advantage of the Senior Citizen Police Academy Program”. said Supervisor Reilich. “I enjoyed being able to partner with Sheriff O’Flynn to bring this valuable program to our seniors”.
Yesterday in the City of Buffalo, Supervisor Bill Reilich met with Vice President Pence, who was visiting Buffalo to talk about proposed tax cuts. In addition to his meeting with business executives and New York families for a discussion on tax reform, Vice President Pence also spent some time answering Supervisor Reilich’s questions regarding the IJC. Supervisor Reilich was following up on his letters and messages to the White House regarding his request that President Trump replace the current US members of the IJC board. Supervisor Reilich shared with Vice President Pence the importance of having at least one member if not all be residents of the South Shore so they would have direct experience and familiarity with the situation.
The International Joint Commission (IJC), a cooperative inter-governmental agency under the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty, has regulated Lake Ontario in a manner that has generally satisfied the collective needs of the various impacted interests in the US and Canada between 1959 and 2016. In the last weeks of the Obama administration, a new operational plan was initiated for Lake Ontario after a prolonged period of debate and evaluation. Plan 2014 was represented to be a minor enhancement of the prior plan, intended to mitigate the adverse environmental impacts of an overly narrow range of Lake Levels.
The presentations and analysis that were published during the public coordination of the 2014 plan indicated that slightly higher and lower levels would be experienced and for longer durations, but the analysis demonstrated that the change would not be so great as to make existing homes uninhabitable or destroy public infrastructure. The Plan 2014 fact sheet from the IJC website indicated, “… compared to 1958DD, the increase in the maximum Lake Ontario level under Plan 2014 is six centimeters (2.4 inches)”.
The Town of Greece assessed the total value of the 974 privately held parcels along the shoreline and bay exceeds $227 million. These investments in real property have been made with critical evaluations for risk management reliant on the demonstrated lake level management capabilities of the Board of Control since 1960. Certainly, as you incorporate other lake shore communities these numbers will continue to rise and ultimately create a potential infrastructure catastrophe. The Town of Greece, along with other communities along the lake shore, took the necessary steps to pass a resolution urging the International Joint Commission to draft a new plan, one that would ensure the protection of all lake shore communities from the impending damage of Plan 2014. Unfortunately, the International Joint Commission approved and implemented Plan 2014, thus disregarding the concerns of lakeshore residents and businesses.
The current flood event, which began in early April of this year and continues today, has resulted in the destruction of several homes. Additionally, the level of risk of future recurrence remains unclear. The actions of the Commission with regard to the regulation of the level of Lake Ontario has resulted in substantial damage and associated adverse impacts in the Town of Greece and across the entire Southern shore of the Lake. The regulation of the Lake this spring has damaged hundreds of homes, displaced many people and has cost businesses and municipalities millions of dollars and has endangered thousands of people.
Since the introduction of the proposed Plan 2014, Supervisor Reilich has been outspoken against its passage. When the hearing was held here in Rochester in 2013, he stood before the IJC and testified against it and pointed out the hazards it could pose our lakeshore residents. As Greece Supervisor, he also stood with the Greece Town Board members and passed a resolution against Plan 2014 proposal. He strongly urged the IJC to retract Plan 2014 and draft a new plan; one that would ensure the safety and needs of all communities along the Lake Ontario Shoreline.
At the conclusion of the meeting with Vice President Pence, Supervisor Reilich was told that he would indeed be seeing action on replacing the current board members of the IJC. Supervisor Reilich has also been invited to speak to a Panel being organized by Senator Pam Helming. This event will be held in Wayne County, and he will present testimony on the Town of Greece’s experiences with the IJC, Sheen Housing and the application project. Also to be discussed during that meeting will be future plans and safeguards in the event that the Town of Greece is faced with similar conditions in the future.
Since flooding issues began, Supervisor Reilich has made it a priority to assist waterfront residents in every way possible. The time line of evens so far have included repeatedly reaching out to Governor Cuomo’s office for financial assistance for those who incurred damages due to the high water levels. He has also 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 and invited them to Greece Town Hall to assist lakefront residents in answering questions and filling out Lake Ontario Flood Recovery applications. Additionally, he worked with the Governor to locate and implement a water-filled dam structure. Furthermore, the Town of Greece DPW Facility provided 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, he created an official petition through the White House to overturn IJC Plan 2014. Recently, Supervisor Reilich and the Greece Town Board 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. He has advocated in Washington, DC along with representatives from Niagara, Orleans, Ontario, Wayne, and Erie counties for the purposes of meeting 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.
“Since its launch, I have opposed the International Joint Commissions plan to raise the lake levels and advocated against its implementation. I will continue to do all I can to advocate for waterfront residents and provide resources to help them protect their property. I am taking every opportunity possible to help Town of Greece residents through these flooding events, and will continue to fight for new ways to protect shoreline properties”. said Supervisor Reilich.
Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by the Greece Town Board, Senator Joe Robach, Legislator Brian Marianetti, Greece Justice Shannon O’Keefe-Pero, Greece American Legion Post #468 Commander Mark Ostrander, the Color Guard, and other members of the Greece Legion Post for a special renaming and unveiling ceremony. Supervisor Reilich announced that the park formally known as “Badgerow Park North” has been officially renamed to “Veteran’s Memorial Park”, in honor of the great men and women of our military who serve our country.
“Today was truly a special day as we officially dedicated the park to be known from this day forward as Veteran’s Memorial Park. This portion of the park was formerly known as Badgerow Park North. The other part of this park with access from Latta Road is known as Badgerow Park South, and it will remain named after military service member George Badgerow. George Badgerow was a WWII U.S. Army Veteran and a 62-year member of the American Legion. He actually went door-to-door to raise money to build Post #468 in Greece”. said Supervisor Reilich. “I know there are many stories of bravery and service shown from thousands of military men and women who call this great Town of Greece home, and I am honored to re-dedicate this park to honor all of the veterans that have served and are currently serving our nation”.
Veteran’s Memorial Park connects to Badgerow Park South on Latta Road by an extensive trail system. The 33 acre park contains tennis and basketball courts, a softball field, a multi-purpose field, a toddler playground, and an open shelter for parties. The numerous amenities make this a widely-used park in the Town of Greece. Veteran’s Memorial Park is located at 4614 Dewey Avenue.
“Thank you to our Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board for making this Veteran’s Memorial Park possible. This is a proud moment in our Town’s history. Today, the Town of Greece not only thanks and honors our Veterans for their service, we are also dedicating a particular place to recognize and remember Veterans who have served our country in times of war and in times of peace. Our values and our love of and demand for liberty and justice stand safe today because of the brave men and women who were and remain ready to face intense, severe, and dangerous challenges. The residents of the Town of Greece and American Legion Greece Post #468 thank each and every one of them”. said Commander Mark Ostrander.
Supervisor Reilich is excited to join the Greece Public Library in hosting the third annual “How To” Festival. This festival will be held at the Greece Public Library Main Branch on Saturday, October 14th, from 10:00am – 1:00pm, and is free and open to the public.
This fun and activity-packed festival will feature activities ranging from arts and crafts “how to” stations to learning how to home-brew beer. Learn how to make balloon animals, wire an outlet, Irish Dance, and play the ukulele. Take advantage of the technology and life skill “how to” station. Learn how to make digital art and how 3D printing works. There will be 30 stations available, each featuring something new you can learn.
“I’m very excited to join the Greece Public Library in offering this great festival to the community.” said Supervisor Reilich. “This festival is unique in the sense that it is not only entertaining, but also educational. With 30 activities available to explore, this festival will have something for everyone of every age and ability to discover!”
The Town of Greece will be adding a new addition to the annual Family Halloween Party this year. Check out “Trunk-or-Treat” at this year’s party, where you will have the opportunity to decorate your vehicle’s trunk and hand out candy to our Halloween Party Guests! You provide the decorated car and we provide the candy. A prize will be given to the best decorated car. Businesses are welcome to participate, and we encourage you to bring any cool or classic cars! Activities will include a haunted house, games, crafts, DJ “Rockin Rick” for a dance party, and pizza. Families are encouraged to come in costume.
Please see below for details:
When: Friday, October 27th, from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.
Where: Greece Community and Senior Center, 3 Vince Tofany Blvd.
Registration: Is required. Please register by Wednesday, October 25th, by calling 723-2425 or by stopping by in person at the Greece Community Center. Register by October 21st for $2.00 per person. After October 21st and at the door the night of the event the cost will be $5.00 per person.