Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Mike Barry, Mike Bloomer, Bill Murphy, and Diana Christodaro for an official Eagle Scout Award Presentation Ceremony during the Town Board Meeting on Thursday, April 15, 2021. 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 Thursday evening’s Town Board meeting, I had the privilege of presenting a proclamation and medal to Nick Novellin who has recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop Number 48. For his Eagle Scout Project, Nick decided to pursue a project that would benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. Nick spent several hours coordinating, organizing, and helping to produce over 500 cloth masks that were needed by Golisano Children’s Hospital. During the height of the pandemic, Nick organized volunteers to sew the masks, collected them, packaged them, and presented them to the hospital. Helping the hospital was near to Nick’s heart, and he was thankful to have the opportunity to help in a very significant way. Thank you for choosing a project that helped benefit and protect our essential healthcare workers!”
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.
The flags on the Greece Town Hall Campus will be flown at half-staff until sunset on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 as a mark of respect for the victims of the tragedy in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims of this senseless act of violence.
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.