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Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Mike Barry, Josh Jensen, Bill Murphy, and Diana Christodaro for the official ground breaking ceremony of the Children’s Library Expansion Project. This project is a culmination of several months of planning to create a new state-of-the-art space for our young residents.
Because of COVID restrictions, the entire event will be made available to the public on Supervisor Reilich’s Facebook Page and the Town of Greece Website.
Also in attendance for the Ground Breaking Ceremony were Library Board Members, Library personnel, and representatives from all of the project construction and design teams involved in the expansion project.
In October 2000, the Ribbon was officially cut on the library and in its day it was considered state-of-the-art. The final payment on the library was made in November, 2019. In July, 2008, renovations were made to the children’s area, which included an expansion of the collection, more computer spaces and a new color scheme. However, the footprint of the original building has not changed until now.
The addition will be paid in cash and, because of careful planning and budgeting, will not require any borrowing.
“The Town of Greece is home to nearly 100,000 residents. Roughly more than 300,000 patrons pass through the doors of our library each year and this number is trending upward” said Supervisor Reilich. “While many of you have seen the dramatic improvements made on the Town Hall Campus, this one is sure to wow the families and taxpayers of Greece. Residents have asked for expanded features and amenities, and once again the Town Board and I are happy to answer the call”.
COVID has certainly been a factor that has changed many people’s lives, many more are sticking close to home and that helped solidify the decision to move forward with this project which actually was well in the planning stages before March.
The Children’s Library Expansion, located in the Greece Public Library Main Branch at 2 Vince Tofany Boulevard, included an additional 6,575 square feet, for a total of 10,125 square feet of the Children’s Library area. New features include a covered outdoor children’s story time patio, a mezzanine play area, energy efficient LED lighting, dedicated children’s bathroom, a new story and craft room, centrally located staff offices, new play area rotunda, skylights and added natural lighting, and new children’s librarian reference desk.
Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board are pleased to announce the appointment of current Town Judge, Justice Brett C. Granville, as the Acting Administrative Judge for the Greece Town Court effective September 28, 2020. Further Town Board action will be taken at the October Town Board Meeting where it is expected his position will be confirmed to serve in the role of Administrative Judge.
“Judge Granville is known to be fair-minded and professional at all times. He exhibits patience and compassion and carefully listens to all sides of a case when rendering a decision” said Supervisor Reilich. “The residents of Greece are fortunate to have Judge Granville serving in this capacity”.
Judge Granville is a graduate St. Bonaventure University where he graduated cum laude in May of 1988. He received his Juris Doctor in May, 1991 from The Notre Dame Law School, and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1993.
Judge Granville has been a member of the Greece Town Court since January 2018. As one of our elected justices, he has jurisdiction over all misdemeanors, violations and infractions along with preliminary jurisdiction over felonies. He is also responsible for the handling of small claims, parking, Town Code violations, violations of the Environmental Conservation Law, and evictions.
Judge Granville has a great deal of legal experience; serving most recently as the Second Deputy County Attorney as Supervising Attorney for Family Court Divisions. In that capacity he was responsible for all aspects of the supervision of staff and attorneys (approximately 32 in total) in the Family Court Division of the County Law Department. He was also responsible for providing legal advice and analysis and litigation support to various County departments, including Probation, Sheriff, and Veterans Service Agency.
Judge Granville also served as Town Councilman in the Town of Greece from January, 2012 until December, 2017, at which time he sought the election for Town Justice.
Judge Granville is also very active in our community. He is a Trustee, member of Parish Council and serves on the Finance Committee at Our Mother of Sorrows Church. He is a coach and former board member of Greece Youth Soccer and the former member of the Executive Advisory Board for Bivona Child Advocacy Center.
Judge Granville and his wife, Kate, reside in Greece with their four children.
Flags throughout the Town Hall Campus have been lowered as a tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing. A role model to so many, she served honorably as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States since August 10, 1993.