Greece Residents, I am happy to report that the former inmates that were listed as level 2 and level 3 sex offenders that were being housed at a Greece Hotel have been removed. As you are aware, I spoke out strongly about this issue and my dissatisfaction with the entire situation. I felt that with all the burdens our residents were facing relating to the COVID-19 pandemic we didn’t need one more concern.
I want to particularly thank each and every one of you who rallied with me and against this action. This shows that by speaking out and joining our voices together we can bring about change. And in this situation those who had the ability to make the change listened and for that I am grateful on behalf of all of our residents.
These former inmates were not residents of the Town of Greece, I was, however, made aware one of them was from Olean. Additionally, I have not been told where they have been relocated. I do know that the law requires notification of residency be made whenever those on the sex offender registry move to any given location. Once we were made aware of their original placement in Greece we sent out our notices. The receiving community will need to do the same to comply with the law.
I have always placed the safety and security of our residents as a top priority. I made a commitment to the residents that I would be their voice and I would take action every time there was a threat. Thank you all for your continued support.
We are all trying to navigate through these uncertain times. This generation has never faced a pandemic of this magnitude and there is great concern from everyone. As your Supervisor, I have been monitoring the conditions and restrictions brought forth by the COVID-19 virus. We have made adjustments in how we serve the public as there are many services that are deemed essential and we are providing them. These changes were made using guidelines that have been set forth, but first and foremost we are holding the safety of our residents and their families as our top priority.
I am outraged by the recent release of the 51 incarcerated individuals, 9 of who now reside in our town. They went from a prison cell, where they were serving their time as they were sentenced to living in a hotel, with more amenities than some of our families. They are not worried about running out of supplies, where their next meal will come from and of course the new (but part-time) social distancing. I would tend to believe that as we have all had to adjust limiting personal contact that the jails would adjust as well. And the answer isn’t “set them free”. In fact, I would think that perhaps minor adjustments in the amount of contact would be much easier with individuals in their cells. Limit time when the general population gathers and yes invoke what we all have to, strict social distancing.
We are all struggling, there is great uncertainty and yes we are all learning as we go how to get as much “normal” as we can while keeping in mind the safety of ourselves, our families and our neighbors.
This action was reckless; we now have 9 individuals who have been “dropped off” in our town. Three of them are sex offenders and the other 3 I am uncertain what their background is. But what I do understand is that while we are working to keep our residents safe, the job just got a bit more interesting. A simple press release from the Sheriff was the notification, I received no phone call, no information, but most importantly I was not given the opportunity to debate my feelings on the entire directive.
Greece residents did not deserve another burden on their minds, I did not need to divert time and attention away from doing all I can to lead and navigate through this virus and its effects on residents, businesses and the viability of our community. This was an unjust distraction and action that I do not support; it was simply the wrong decision. I am calling on Sheriff Baxter and all law enforcement agencies to join me in contacting the Governor and insisting he reverse this directive and remove these inmates from our towns and neighborhoods and return them to their jail cells.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Mike Barry, Josh Jensen, Bill Murphy, and Diana Christodaro for a ceremony recognizing the Greece Marching Band during the February 25, 2020 meeting of the Greece Town Board.
The Greece Marching Band is composed of students in grades 7 – 12 from the 4 Greece Middle and High Schools. The Greece Marching Band competed at the 46th Annual New York State Field Band Conference Championship in Syracuse, New York and finished in 2nd place in the state in the Large School 3 Division with a score of 83.55. They competed against over 50 high school marching bands from across the state and 3 out-of-state bands. Over the 14 hour long competition, each band was evaluated on their visual and musical performance. The Greece Marching Band has been competing for over 14 years and this score and placement is the highest ever in program history. Furthermore, the Greece Marching Band was undefeated through the regular season, placing 1st in all 8 competitions they competed in.
“Congratulations to Band Director Nicholas Coirazza and the members of the Greece Marching Band” said Supervisor Reilich. “The members of the Greece Marching Band are a dedicated group of individuals who practice countless hours. They participate in many community events – including the Town of Greece Memorial Day Parade. We congratulate them on their outstanding accomplishments!”
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and the members of the Greece Town Board passed a resolution during the Meeting of the Greece Town Board held Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
Greece Town Board Agenda Item No. 5 reads:
Authorization for the Town’s Building Department to administratively collect reduced building permit fees for shoreline projects being performed under exigent circumstances, such as residential shoreline projects funded through the New York State Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative.
The adoption of this item means that both the Flood Management Permit Fee and the Coastal Erosion Hazard Permit Fee would be reduced by 50%. The Flood Management Permit Fee will be reduced from $50 to $25. This affects any properties that border a floodplain and any resident having break wall work completed. The Coastal Erosion Permit Fee will be reduced from $200 to $100. This affects any resident living in the Coastal Erosion Hazard Area (such as all properties along Lakeshore Boulevard).
“The Greece Town Board members and I were pleased to pass a resolution to reduce permit fees for our residents who have been affected by shoreline flooding. We understand the devastation that shoreline residents have faced due to recent flooding events. Passing this resolution is one of our many efforts to assist residents in maintaining, rebuilding, and enhancing protection structures” said Supervisor Bill Reilich.
Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce a public forum to be held as another opportunity for input on the town’s proposed 2020 Zoning Ordinance and Map. The forum will be held from 4:00pm – 7:00pm on Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Community Rooms A and B in Greece Town Hall, 1 Vince Tofany Boulevard, Rochester, New York 14612.
There will be no formal presentation; instead, the town is asking for additional input on the proposed changes. Town officials and the consultant team will be on hand to answer questions and collect additional public input.
The proposed 2020 Zoning Ordinance and Map are intended to implement the recommendations of the town’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan, such as accommodating economic growth without sprawl, and maintaining the character of existing residential neighborhoods.
After more than a year of studying and meetings with local stakeholders, our citizen advisory committee, the consultant team, and two public forums, Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce that Greece’s Draft 2020 Comprehensive Plan and proposed Zoning Ordinance updates are available for review. A public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at 6:15 PM in the Eastman Room at Greece Town Hall, 1 Vince Tofany Boulevard, Rochester, New York 14612.
Greece’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance were last updated in 2001 and 2003 respectively. The new plan is subtitled “Land Use, Community, and Economic Development” and it serves as a capstone to a collection of studies completed in recent years covering topics such as bicycle and pedestrian transportation, utilities, parks and recreation, and resiliency, among others. The new plan draws on those efforts and will be a starting point for follow-up efforts including programs for infrastructure and technology, waterfront planning, and a focused economic development strategy. The Comprehensive Plan process should cycle at least once every ten years.
“Like many Upstate communities, Greece has experienced changes that affect housing, retail, and industry” Greece Supervisor Bill Reilich said. “These changes offer new and different opportunities and the 2020 Comprehensive Plan provides guidance to help the town keep pace with housing trends, adapt to a changing retail market, and maintain quality infrastructure. We also seek to protect community character, balance the tax base, become more sustainable and resilient, support local business, and continue to attract good-paying jobs for our highly skilled workforce”.
In conjunction with the 2020 Comprehensive Plan update, Greece is updating the town’s Zoning Ordinance and Official Zoning Map to implement plan recommendations. The changes are designed to guide development and land use patterns, provide flexibility in a changing economy, and protect and enhance community character.
“We’ve taken a hard look at the issues shaping our community and the 2020 Comprehensive Plan presents a path forward” Supervisor Reilich said. “I’d like first and foremost to thank our citizen’s advisory committee for volunteering their time and providing critical insight during this process. Additionally, I’d like to thank our Development Services Director, his staff, and the members of my management team for their dedication toward completing this comprehensive plan. Greece is a safe community with great housing stock and a high quality of life that attracts young families. We have a skilled workforce that is attracting employment opportunities in fields like health care, food and beverage production, and clean energy, to name a few. Our solid infrastructure and services, award-winning parks, and unique waterfront areas make Greece a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Periodically, as conditions and markets change, we may need to take stock, make adjustments, and strengthen our strengths, and that’s what this plan is all about”.
Draft documents are now available on https://greeceny.gov/residents/draft-2020-comprehensive-plan-and-proposed-zoning-ordinance-updates. We welcome your input on this important process. Written comments should be provided to:
Scott Copey, Director of Development Services
Town of Greece
1 Vince Tofany Boulevard
Rochester, New York 14612
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 Presentation Ceremony during the Town Board Meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. 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 present proclamations and medals to the hard working and determined young men who have shown that commitment and perseverance lead to success” said Supervisor Bill Reilich. “At Tuesday evening’s Town Board meeting, I had the privilege of presenting a proclamation and medal to Gavin Watt who has recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop Number 31. In order to complete his Eagle Scout project, Gavin planned and constructed a 10x12 foot storage shed that will be used to store donations to the Greece Ecumenical Clothing Closet. Several hours were spent designing the structure, raising donations, and constructing the shed. After the completion of the shed, Gavin installed gutters, erosion rocks, and wire mesh around the bottom and cleared out vines that grew near the fence. Gavin organized family, friends, schoolmates, and sports teammates to assist in completing the project. In addition to constructing the shed, Gavin also repaired the existing donation drop off shed by reroofing, painting, and installing new gutters and trim work. Thank you for choosing a project that will be very useful to the Greece Ecumenical Clothing Closet!”
The Boy Scouts of America, one of the United States largest youth organizations, 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.
This morning, Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Council Member Diana Christodaro and Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of Jose Joe’s, located at 2570 Ridgeway Avenue.
Jose Joe’s is owned by Thomas Ban, Anna Maria Ban, and Robert Buono. This the family’s second Jose Joe’s location. They recently celebrated their 5th anniversary in Hilton and have been looking to expand the restaurant. Once the location in Greece became available, they realized it was exactly what they were looking for. Learn more about their family-owned business and view their vast menu on their website: http://josejoes.com/.
“The Town of Greece is proud to be home to the second Jose Joe’s in Monroe County” said Supervisor Reilich. “We are very excited that the owners are expanding to Greece, and we wish owners Thomas Ban, Anna Maria Ban, and Robert Buono great success in their new location!”
As we prepare to say goodbye to 2019, I wanted to make residents aware of our continued disappointment in the new criminal justice reforms set to take place on January 1. Despite our outcry and that from countless elected officials and law enforcement agencies asking for a delay in implementation of its current form, it seems this dangerous legislation is moving forward.
At our November town board meeting I was joined by my fellow Town Board Members in formally opposing the reforms. Greece Town Board Members David Michael Barry, Joshua Jensen, William Murphy, and Diana Christodaro all joined me in voting in favor of our resolution, which stands in opposition to the New York State Criminal Justice reforms.
The November 19, 2019 Greece Town Board Agenda Item Number 24 reads in full:
The Greece Town Board hereby expresses its opposition to the New York State Criminal Justice reforms set to take effect on January 1, 2020. These reforms include the elimination of cash bail for most offences, and requires detailed information about victims and witnesses to be provided to defendants within fifteen days of arraignments. Law enforcement agencies across New York State have expressed public safety concerns regarding these reforms. The Town Board expresses its strong opposition to this legislation.
“The Criminal Justice Reform embedded in the State Budget will have a dramatic effect on public safety” said Greece Chief of Police Patrick Phelan. “The failure to take input from law enforcement professionals prior to crafting these laws is a grievous error that resulted in flawed laws that create a dangerous environment for crime victims, witnesses, and the general public. I urge the New York State government to put in place common sense adjustments to these laws”.
“We have conducted a great deal of research regarding this legislation and have concluded that its implementation would not be in the best interest of the safety of our community” said Supervisor Reilich. “One of the most disturbing aspects of this legislation is that the confidentiality of informants, the safeguarding of witness, and the privacy of citizens potentially unrelated to the case, yet somehow identified in the materials will all be at risk. Furthermore, the new bail laws require that defendants must be released on non-monetary conditions, regardless of criminal record, ties to the community or previous bench warrants on other cases. Criminal justice professionals had no fair opportunity to provide insight or expertise into these major changes of the criminal justice policy. The safety and security of our Greece residents is always a top priority of the Greece Town Board, our Chief of Police and his officers and I. We fear this legislation does nothing to deter criminals and instead puts everyday law-abiding residents at risk”.