Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was recently informed by the New York State Comptroller that the Town of Greece has scored a "0" on the Fiscal Stress Monitoring System. This score lists the Town of Greece as "no designation", which is the best designation a town can receive.
The Office of the State Comptroller uses the Fiscal Stress Monitoring System to examine the annual financial information reported by municipalities. The Comptroller's Fiscal Stress Monitoring System is in place to give an early warning of fiscal stress to local governments and school districts by examining their financial information and all aspects of their external environment. The town is required each year to submit extensive budgetary paperwork for analysis by the Comptroller. The determination is made by evaluating budgetary solvency, the ability of a locality to generate enough revenue to meet expenses and is the result of measuring year-end fund balances, operating deficits/surpluses, cash position, use of short-term debt for cash flow and fixed costs.
We have been and continue to work hard to keep our finances in check, paying for many projects in cash and refinancing old debt for lower rates wherever possible. We have also paid off several of our buildings and have healthy reserves which have assisted us in lowering the tax rate while continuing to offer more amenities to our residents. A great example of this is the addition of our new "Story Garden" Children's Library expansion. This project was budgeted for and paid for in cash.
Our reserve funds helped us to navigate the sometimes uncertain financial times during Covid as well as any other emergencies that we have faced like the flooding, wind storms and other weather-related events as.
“Our score on the Fiscal Stress Monitoring System indicated absolutely no indication of fiscal stress and affirms our budgeting processes and the ability to manage our expenses” said Supervisor Reilich. “This scoring is proof that our careful budgeting – while still increasing amenities to residents – has helped us achieve fiscal stability”.
Governor Hochul recently ordered a change to the Open Meeting Laws and returned to the orders that were in effect under then Governor Cuomo's executive order. As was stated in her order…
The legislation, which was initially implemented by Executive Order during last year's State of Emergency allows state and local government meetings that are normally held in person to be held remotely instead, as long as the public has the ability to view or listen to the meeting and as long as the meeting is recorded and later transcribed. This statutory change will reduce the need for congregation at public meetings while the Delta variant is prevalent, while ensuring public business can continue.
Therefore, the town will once again adhere to this change and monthly town board meetings as well as zoning and planning meetings will be broadcast via Facebook live.
Currently this order extends through January 15th. We will certainly keep you apprised of any changes.
We will as always continue to welcome input from our residents via email through the town's website or by calling 225-2000.
Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to partner with Work Place Vitality to offer Flu Clinics at Greece Town Hall. Please see below for the 2021 Flu Clinic dates and times.
9/13 – 12:00pm – 6:00pm
9/17 – 9:00am – 1:00pm
9/20 – 12:00pm – 6:00pm
9/29 – 9:00am – 1:00pm
10/8 – 9:00am – 1:00pm
10/13 – 1:00pm – 4:00pm
10/19 – 9:00am – 12:00pm
10/26 – 9:00am – 12:00pm
For questions or to learn more about Workplace Vitality, please visit their website at www.flupreventionpartners.com or call them at 585-568-8340.
Yesterday morning, Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Deputy Supervisor Michelle Marini, Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon and Councilman Bill Murphy for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of Byrne Dairy, located at 1305 Maiden Lane in the Town of Greece.
Byrne Dairy is owned by Mark Byrne. Byrne Dairy is a fourth generation family owned business that actually began back in 1933. They are known for high-quality products that come directly from local family farms. They have a direct relationship with all of their famers.
“Byrne Dairy management decided to open a location in our town after experiencing how pro-business Greece is” said Supervisor Reilich. “We are thrilled that Byrne Dairy has opened a location here in the Town of Greece to serve our immediate community!”
Supervisor Bill Reilich has instructed all flags on Town Hall properties to be lowered to half-staff as a sign of respect for the events in Afghanistan.
This decision is being made in response to the attacks against and deaths of the United States service members and civilians at Kabul’s airport in Afghanistan earlier today.
“I am deeply saddened by the news of 12 U.S. Service Members and dozens of civilians killed in a terrorist attack outside the Kabul airport in Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of this horrific event. Lowering the flags to half-staff in the Town of Greece is the least we can do at this time to show our deep respect and sorrow for all those affected” said Supervisor Reilich.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich is reaching out to residents to ask ideas for items to be included in the Town of Greece 200-year anniversary time capsule!
One hundred years ago, the US flag had forty-eight stars, the $5 bill featured a portrait of 23rd President Benjamin Harrison and the fountain pen was still present on many desks. What do you think we should include in a time capsule for future Greece residents to open in 2122? Our current flag? A computer flash drive? A smartphone? Coins?
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Council Members Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, Mike Bloomer, and Diana Christodaro for several proclamation ceremonies during the Town Board Meeting on Thursday, August 19, 2021.
The first proclamation ceremony recognized two outstanding members of our community: Ali and Joyce Farrokh. Dr. Alinaghi Farrokh and Edna Joyce Baker were married in 1962. In 1967 “Ali” and “Joyce” moved to the Rochester area, at which time Dr. Farrokh began practicing medicine. In 1968, they purchased their first home on Mt. Read Blvd. in Greece. In June of 1968, Dr. Farrokh opened his medical practice at 2080 West Ridge Road. The office remained at that location until 1988, at which time the practice relocated to 1790 Long Pond Road. Joyce Farrokh served as bookkeeper for the practice for a half century and office fill-in whenever needed. It is likely that over five decades the number of people served was well over 1,000. In 2017, Dr. Farrokh retired after 50 years of local medical practice. During that time, he was affiliated with Unity Health and Rochester General Hospital, and a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Ali and Joyce have four grown children: David, Fred, Zahra, and Aaron. All are Greece Arcadia graduates. They also have eight grandchildren: Tanya, David, John, AnneMarie, Grant, Daniel, Claire, and Paul. The Farrokhs were among the early members of the Islamic Center of Rochester, which met in various locations prior to finding its current home on Westfall Road. Joyce has been an active member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church on Dewey Ave, volunteering as a lay preacher, as well as a Crop Walk and craft show organizer. The couple are avid golfers and were members of Ridgemont for many years.
“I was proud to acknowledge Ali and Joyce and present them with a proclamation celebrating their lives and their positive impact on the health of many people in Greece and Greater Rochester” said Supervisor Reilich.
The second proclamation ceremony of the evening recognized a local dance studio that was celebrating its 50th year anniversary. Marilyn Caccamise is the owner and director of the Marilyn Schneider School of Dance, located on Long Pond Road in the Town of Greece. Marilyn and her husband, Jerry, raised their family in the Town of Greece and Marilyn chose to locate her dance school in our great town as well. The importance of family and community is emphasized through Marilyn’s studio. Community projects Marilyn has lead and participated in include a food drive for local food banks, delivering goodies to health care workers, presenting many shows at local nursing facilities during the holidays, honoring past dancers that are no longer with us by creating scholarships in their names, and hosting a benefit show for the hospice Journey Home. In addition to her family and community involvement, Marilyn is also a creative and innovative teacher. For example, during the Pandemic, her school never shut down. Marilyn embraced alternative options and technology to help the show go on by transitioning to online lessons. The Marilyn Schneider School of Dance offers a strong commitment to artistic integrity taught in a positive and nurturing atmosphere. The dance program Marilyn established blossoms talent and instills self-confidence and poise in all of her students. Marilyn’s students go on to do great things – including being featured on Broadway! This Thanksgiving season, Marilyn’s dancers will be performing at Disney World to kick off the holiday season.
“I was honored to recognize Marilyn and present her with a proclamation celebrating the 50th year anniversary of the Marilyn Schneider School of Dance” said Supervisor Reilich.
The final proclamation recipient of the evening was Warren Crandell. Mr. Crandell was celebrating a special birthday milestone: 95 years! He reached this milestone on July 27th of this year. Mr. Crandell was born on July 27th, 1926. He is a lover of music, children, literature, politics, and people in general! He also loves to dance, travel, sing, and ski. Having been an educator for 40 years, he understands the importance of knowledge, and he never wants to stop learning. He graduated from Oswego College and taught at Allendale Colombia School. He also helped establish the Industrial Arts Program at Olympia High School and helped expand the Industrial Arts Program at Britton Road School. He donates towards the Greece Teachers Scholarship Fund to help students who want to become teachers. Even after he retired, teachers would ask him to come and talk to their students and encourage them to go on and become teacher. Mr. Crandell’s love of music developed from his mother, who taught music in schools. His love of literature and poetry can be traced back to his mother’s side of the family as well, as there is a connection in the family to the family of William Shakespeare! Mr. Crandell is a proud supporter of the Eastman School of Music and loves to hear the students perform and grow as musicians. He is also a supporter of WXXI Public Television. Mr. Crandell has also been a member and program chairperson of the Retired Men’s and Women’s Club of Greater Rochester. Throughout his life, he has been a member of the Genesee Valley Barber Shop Group. Mr. Crandell is a veteran and served in the navy from 1944 -1946. He was married to Marion on December 26, 1958 and was married for 47 years before her passing.
“I was honored to present Mr. Crandell with a proclamation wishing him a very happy 95th Birthday” said Supervisor Reilich.
Supervisor Bill Reilich, along with Town of Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon and Greece Town Board members Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, Mike Bloomer, and Diana Christodaro announce Free Fall Shredding Event for Greece residents.
This free Shredding Event will be held Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm at the Greece Town Hall Campus. Services will be provided by Shred-Text.
“I am excited to join our Greece Receiver of Taxes and the Greece Town Council Members in scheduling another free shredding event for our residents” said Supervisor Reilich. “I, our Greece Council Members, and our Receiver of Taxes will all be on hand to assist residents with unloading their vehicles throughout the duration of the event. All documents will be shredded confidentially and on site”.