This morning, Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Council Members Mike Barry, Mike Bloomer, and Bill Murphy for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of BTB Wood Fired Pizza Bar and Grill, located at 134 Greece Ridge Center Drive.
BTB Wood Fired Pizza Bar and Grill is owned by Connie MacLeod. Connie was born and raised in the Town of Greece and actually bought her parent’s house right here in town! She chose to open the restaurant in Greece because she loves this community and wanted to bring another great business to the area. Even as a high schooler, Connie wanted to go into the restaurant business. At Paul Smith’s College, she studied Hotel Restaurant Management and Culinary.
“The Town of Greece is proud to be home to BTB Wood Fired Pizza Bar and Grill” said Supervisor Reilich. “The restaurant is open for dine-in and take-out. Stop by for some of the best wood-fired pizza around!”
The Greece Public Library seeks a Library Systems and Network Administrator to coordinate the installation, maintenance and operation of its public access and staff computers and other information technology equipment and systems. Working in coordination with Town of Greece Information Services staff and the Monroe County Library System Automation Services Department, the position will include the analysis and the resolution of library hardware and software network problems. Library experience is preferred.
The position will be available on or about April 15, 2021.
Hours: 35 hours per week (full-time)
Salary range: $45,569 - $66,570 commensurate with experience and skills with competitive benefit package and New York State Retirement.
Candidates must presently have competitive permanent status as a Network Administrator, or be willing to accept a provisional appointment and be reachable on a future civil service list in the title of Network Administrator.
Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from high school or possession of an equivalency diploma plus EITHER:
- Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Technology, Data Processing, Management Information Systems, plus two (2) years paid full-time or its part-time equivalent experience responsible for the maintenance, configuration or installation of micro-computer hardware and software; OR,
- Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with an Associate’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Technology, Data Processing, Management Information Systems, plus four (4) years experience as defined in (A) above; OR,
- Six (6) years paid full-time or its part-time equivalent experience as defined in (A) above; OR,
- Any equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A), (B) and (C) above.
Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce that the Town of Greece will complete phases 1 and 2 of an inclusive playground project, which was announced earlier this year. In February, the Town of Greece welcomed it’s partner, Endless Highway Inc., when the non-profit announced they would be funding the We-Go Round, an inclusive playground piece designed for wheelchair users.
Building off of that enthusiasm, Supervisor Reilich has committed the efforts of his team to install 5 more pieces of equipment along with surfacing and shade systems to the project.
“We are excited to bring not one but two never before seen playground pieces to our area. The We-Go-Round is a covered merry-go round type piece and will be supported by Endless Highway Inc. The We-Go Swing will be our areas first inclusive swing designed for those in wheelchairs and will be supported by the Town of Greece. The We-Go-Swing allows children and adults in wheelchairs to swing together with friends and family” said Supervisor Reilich. “I believe inclusion and inclusive play should be at the forefront of our community. The ability for children of all ages and backgrounds to play together in a safe environment with their friends and family is important now, more than ever.”
A June 2021 opening is expected. Stay tuned to Supervisor Reilich’s Facebook page (Bill Reilich Greece Town Supervisor) for more exciting news regarding this project.
The Greece Town Board is giving notice of a Special Meeting to be held on Thursday, March 25th at 5:00 P.M. The Special Meeting will be held at the Greece Town Hall, in the Eastman Room and viewable by live Facebook feed under “Bill Reilich Greece Town Supervisor”.
The purpose of the meeting is to authorize the adoption of the Town of Greece Reform and Reinvention Plan.
As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on March 22, 2021, in Boulder, Colorado, the flags on the Greece Town Hall Campus will be flown at half staff until sunset on March 27th.
On April 15th, 2016 the Town of Greece welcomed the Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Terence Nikolas Quick, for a diplomatic presentation ceremony honoring the people and the Town of Greece. This historic visit by Mr. Quick marked the first diplomatic visit to the Town by the nation of Greece since the Town’s inception in 1822. Mr. Quick’s visit was coordinated between the Hellenic American National Council and the nation of Greece in an attempt to honor the Town for taking the name of the Country of Greece during its struggle for independence against the Ottoman Turkish Empire in 1821.
The idea of freedom and liberty was not unknown to the founders of the Town of Greece, many of whom once fought for independence and freedom during the American Revolution. That human struggle for independence was something which was admired by the founders of the Town of Greece and, as a sign of support and respect towards the people of Greece, adopted the name Greece as our own. The Ceremony on April 15th of 2016 highlighted the mutual understanding of freedom and liberty.
On March 22, 1822 the New York State Senate and Assembly passed a resolution authorizing the creation of the Town of Greece which was formed out of the town of Gates. The founders of the town adopted the name after the nation of Greece who had been fighting for their independence against their Ottoman Turkish oppressors. To many in the United States at the start of the 19th century, freedom and liberty were two common ideologies. Having fought and ultimately gaining our independence in 1781, many Americans were sympathetic to the Greek cause for freedom and liberty.
During the ceremony on April 15th of 2016, the Town of Greece presented a commemorative plaque as a symbol of international friendship between the people from the Town of Greece and the Hellenic Republic to commemorate the historic visit. In return, Mr. Quick presented the town with the official flag of the Hellenic Republic of Greece, a proclamation, and a sterling silver box as a token of their appreciation. The flag that was presented to us will be flown on the Greece Town Hall Campus.
March 25, 2021 marks the Country of Greece’s 200th year of independence. In honor of this significant anniversary on Thursday, March 25th, 2021, the Town of Greece will exhibit a special display in the service mall area of Greece Town Hall. The national flag of Greece that was presented by Mr. Quick will be flown on the Greece Town Hall Campus and at dusk, we will “light up the sky” blue, standing in celebration alongside much of the world, which also will be joining in this historic recognition. We will also have an exhibit in the Service Mall area of Greece Town Hall with memorabilia (including the sterling silver box) from the historic visit of 2016. In addition, we will also be preparing a proclamation that will be sent to the Prime Minister on behalf of all of the residents of the Town of Greece.
As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on March 16, 2021, in the Atlanta Metropolitan area, we will be lowering the flags on the Greece Town Hall Campus until sunset on March 22, 2021.
The Town of Greece today released its required draft Police Reform and Reinvention Plan in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 203 issued regarding the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative. The draft plan is available for download and community member comment at https://greeceny.gov/news/1186-ny-executive-order-203-reform-and-reinvention-plan
As required by Executive Order 203, municipalities across New York State are required to prepare a plan in response to the Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative structured by the State. The plans are created collaboratively with the police department and the public, adopted by the legislatures of each municipality, and submitted to the State for review and approval.
The Town of Greece is excited to introduce its draft plan for yet another stage of community review. This plan has been developed by a team of individuals from the Town, Police Department leaders, and community members from various stakeholder groups. The cohort groups have been working tirelessly on the plan. Town and Police Department officials are thankful for all of the voluntary participation from community members and community groups. This plan could not have been completed without community input and support.
With the release of the full draft plan today, the Town is issuing another survey to seek further community input and additional feedback on the police accountability plan prior to Town Board review and submission to the State on April 1, 2021. The Town further announced today that community involvement will not end once the draft is submitted to the State because police accountability, like all government employee accountability, is an ongoing conversation and involvement and input of Town residents is continuously a priority for the Police Department and all departments. Accordingly, the Town of Greece's plan for the Greece Police Department will be a living document open for continuous feedback from Greece residents. The Greece Police Department understands and appreciates that its police officers and civilian staff provide a service to the public, and therefore, feedback regarding our service is essential to continuous improvement.
A link to the Town’s most recent survey is found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3THXXNN
The Town’s draft document provides answers to specific questions posed by the State and lays out multiple initiatives and actions to continue progress and improvement on police reform and police-community relations. The plan covers transparency and accountability, community engagement, policies and procedures, and an emphasis on police training and wellness, which was a huge priority for the Town of Greece stakeholders.
The plan included work by several committees and sub-committees with many individuals volunteering their time to this initiative. Input for the draft plan was derived from multiple discussion from the Police Reform and Reinvention Committee. The plan was worked on extensively by the Police Reform and Reinvention Committee established by Supervisor Reilich.
The Town extends its thanks and gratitude for everyone’s hard work on this plan during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To comply with the Governor’s order, a final plan will be adopted by the Town Board before April 1, 2021.
The Town of Greece Police Department handles over 85, 000 calls for service annually while providing law enforcement services to the 95,499 people (2019 US Census Bureau) who reside within the 47.52 square miles of Town land area. The Department has provided law enforcement services to the community since 1932.
The Greece Police Department is a New York State Accredited agency. The Department was initially accredited in 1994 and has maintained its accreditation status since. The accreditation program encompasses four principle goals, those being: To increase the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement agencies utilizing existing personnel, equipment and facilities to the extent possible; To promote increased cooperation and coordination among law enforcement agencies and other agencies of the criminal justice services; To ensure the appropriate training of law enforcement personnel; and To promote public confidence in law enforcement agencies (New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services). An agency must demonstrate to New York State Assessors compliance with the 110 standards as established by the New York State Accreditation Council.
On August 17, 2020, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed Executive Order 203 – the ‘New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative’ which required local police agencies to develop a plan that reinvents and modernizes police strategies and programs in their community based on community input. The Town of Greece formed a Police Reform and Reinvention Committee to perform the above duties. This Committee included members and leaders of the Greece Police, members of the community, and members of the non-profit and faith-based community, the local office of the district attorney, the local public defender, and local elected officials. The committee was charged with:
- Reviewing the needs of the community served by its police agency;
- Evaluating the police agency’s current policies and practices;
- Establishing policies or recommending adjustments to current policies that allow police to effectively and safely perform their duties;
- Developing policy recommendations resulting from this review;
- Offering a plan for public comment, and;
- Presenting the plan to the Town Board to ratify or adopt it.
Supervisor Reilich and the Greece Town Board invited the residents of Greece to participate in a Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Survey. The survey was available to Greece residents from January 2nd until January 16th. The survey was launched as a way to give the community a voice at a time when groups and gatherings were prohibited due to COVID restrictions. The results served to focus the committee on topics important to the Greece Community. They are as follows:
- Investigation of Crimes, including crimes against people and property and those involving drugs.
- Targeted patrols of high crime areas.
- Vehicle and Traffic Law enforcement.
- Response to quality of life issues (noise complaints, nuisance locations, loitering, etc.)
- Programs geared toward developing and maintaining positive relationships with community members.
- Participation in Police-Community forums.
- Victim support services.
- Social media presence/outreach.
In developing this plan, the Town of Greece Collaborative Committee and/or committee members considered, among other topics of study and research, all of the following areas relevant to police reform as set forth in the Governor’s Executive Order Number 203: Evidence-based policing strategies, including but not limited to, use of force policies and procedural justice; Studies addressing systemic racial bias or racial justice in policing; Implicit bias awareness training; De-escalation training and practices; Law enforcement assisted diversion programs; Restorative justice practices; Community-based outreach and conflict resolution; Problem-oriented policing; hot spots policing; Focused deterrence; Crime prevention through environmental design; Violence prevention and reduction interventions; Model policies and guidelines promulgated by the New York State Municipal Police Training Council; and Standards promulgated by the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program. Although all of these areas were considered, not all of these items were deemed to be imperative topics set forth in the initial improvement goals recommended by the Collaborative Committee. Because this plan is intended to be a continuous improvement plan and a living document, any topics not made an immediate priority may become priority topics to be addressed in the future.
The committee considered that change can be viewed as not something which is imposed, but rather a voluntary on-going process of evaluation and improvement. The committee also considered an empowered police officer is best prepared to serve and empower members of the community. The following recommendations and associated commentary were agreed upon by members of the committee:
- Enhance community outreach to reach a larger and more diverse group of people by participating in community meetings and enhancing social media outreach by enlisting faith-based organizations and community groups as networking force multipliers.
- Implementation of an on-going customer service survey program geared toward reaching a larger and more diverse group of people. The results to be considered in the Police Department internal evaluation and improvement processes.
- Improved focus on Department member well-being so they are best prepared to serve the community. The focus will encompass:
- Training regarding available mental health services, identifying signs and symptoms of a person struggling psychologically and how to effectively intervene.
- Fostering a culture of self-evaluation, empathy, caring for one another, and freedom to feel and talk about emotions.
- Implement procedures wherein Department members are provided more opportunities to provide input and receive feedback related to the policy development and personnel-related decision making processes.
- Implement a Department Chaplain Program wherein members readily have access to Clergy.
- Provide members free access to enhanced exercise facilities on the Town Hall Campus.
- Enhance ability to effectively interact, and develop positive relationships, with diverse groups of people
- Obtain training for Department members related to cultural differences and effective communication with diverse groups of people.
- Implement Chaplain Program and offer as a resource to community members in need.
- Develop the Victim and Witness Advocate program into a more proactive program.
- Strive to ensure all Patrol Officers receive Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) within the next several years via sending groups to training on a regular basis, subject to open classes per the Monroe County Public Safety Training Facility.
- Update the Vehicle Pursuit policy to reflect enhanced risk management language.
- Research tools that can be utilized to reduce risk of injury in force situations
- Establish a grant search/writing program to obtain funding enabling the Department to obtain devices and de-escalation training designed to reduce risk of injury to all involved during potentially volatile encounters.
- Enhance current Crime Analysis/Info Sharing program via designating personnel to focus on tracking trends and pattern recognition. Disseminate information accordingly to be used in developing targeted enforcement strategies.
- Enhance Crime Prevention through environmental design initiatives. Utilize Community Services Unit-sponsored events to educate community members regarding how to “police the community “and deter crime.
- Law-enforcement assisted diversion programs
- Establish liaison/POC with County agencies (DA/Family Court, etc.) to foster having the most up to date information related to diversion programs and related procedures.
The Department will strive to implement the aforementioned recommendations within the next twelve months unless otherwise noted, notwithstanding superseding Executive Orders or Legislation.
Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that Town-Sponsored DMV-Approved Defensive Driving Courses have been scheduled for the months of April, May, and June. Each course will be held in two separate session (6:00pm – 9:00pm) on weeknights. You must attend both sessions in order to complete the course.
Greece Residents who are interested in attending Defensive Driving Courses may sign up via the Town of Greece website. Visit the Town of Greece website at www.greeceny.gov, click the “Residents” tab on the upper right hand corner of the home page, select “Defensive Driving Course”, and follow the link to submit the online registration form. You may also access the registration link directly by clicking here: https://greeceparksandrec.greeceny.gov/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/splash.html. Please note that the online registration form is submitted through the Town of Greece Community Center. This means that a few of the registration questions may be irrelevant, but are nonetheless mandatory that you answer in order to complete the online registration process. There will be a section on the registration webpage to input your credit card information. Accepted credit cards are Visa/Mastercard/Discover. If you have any pre-registration questions, please call 723-2425.
*Please note that new online registrants to the Town of Greece Community Center must complete all required sections. Any optional questions may be left blank if the registrant so chooses.
Defensive Driving Courses are currently being offered to Greece residents only at a rate of $18/student. Class sizes are limited to the first 20 students who register, which means that registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please note that there are no refunds for these courses.
Defensive Driving Courses will be held at Greece Town Hall – Vince Tofany Boulevard, Greece, NY 14612. Please see below for the schedule of upcoming classes:
Tuesday, April 13th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (first session)
Thursday, April 15th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (second session)
Tuesday, May 11th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (first session)
Thursday, May 13th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (second session)
Tuesday, June 15th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (first session)
Thursday, June 17th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (second session)
All course material questions will be covered during the extensive class sessions. Additional information regarding the course and point and insurance reduction can be found on the DMV website at https://dmv.ny.gov/brochure/point-insurance-reduction-program.
What is defensive driving? The DMV defines defensive driving as a safe driving technique that all drivers should use, which includes:
- Looking ahead and expecting the unexpected.
- Controlling your speed.
- Maintaining a safe following distance.
- Preparedness for the reactions of other drivers.
- Driving safely for weather and/or road conditions.
- Being alert and distraction-free.
- Watching and respecting other drivers.
Benefits associated with completing the Defensive Driving Course according to the National Safety Council and the Department of Motor Vehicle:
- Reduction in fines associated with a traffic ticket.
- Offsetting ticket points on your driving record.
- Up to a 4-point reduction with NYS DMV.
- An insurance rate reduction.
- Mandatory insurance premium reduction of up to 10% for 3 years.
- Prevention or reinstatement of a suspended driver’s license.
- The opportunity to be part of a program that sets the standard for accident prevention and vehicle safety in New York State.
Benefits associated with completing the Defensive Driving Course in the Town of Greece Police Headquarters classroom setting:
- You will have direct access to an instructor for questions and thorough explanations.
- You will have multiple visual aids in differing formats.
- You will be sharing the room with other drivers you may learn and receive support from.
- You will have a structured learning environment.
“I am pleased to start bringing back our popular Defensive Driving Courses for Greece residents, which were on pause for the past several months due to Pandemic safety concerns. We have secured a large room to hold our upcoming classes and will be following all safety and social-distancing protocols” said Supervisor Reilich. “Bringing cost-efficient services to Greece Town residents has always been one of my top priorities, and I am pleased to offer these courses at the very reasonable rate of $18/student, which covers the cost of the materials provided. I hope you will take advantage of this great service the Town of Greece offers!”