Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, the Greece Town Board, and the Town of Greece Parks and Recreation Department are pleased to inform residents that plans are in place to improve Basil Marella Park athletic spaces.
The plans for Basil Marella Park will focus on improving the soccer and football fields as well as the disc golf course. Improvements began in the Fall season of 2018 with the fields being aerated and over seeded to encourage thicker grass growth. In addition, crew members cleared many down branches and trees that fell along the disc golf course. New bleachers were also purchased for both the soccer and football field. This Spring season, new soccer goals will be placed on two fields with plans to purchase additional replacements in the coming years. The Town is also excited to accept new soccer goals purchased by the Greater Greece Soccer Club.
“Basil Marella Park is one of the most heavily used parks in Greece for athletic activities” said Supervisor Reilich. “I am excited for the planned updates to the park this Spring Season. Our local parks help to make Greece a great place to live, and I am always excited to enhance these beautiful areas to make them even more enjoyable for our residents”.
Greece Town Employees John Gauthier and John Caterino have been invited to present at the 19th Annual Meeting on the New York State Flood Plain and Stormwater Managers Association (NYSFSMA) on April 16th, 2019 in Suffern, New York on the topic of Lake Ontario Flooding.
Both John Gauthier, the Town of Greece Associate Engineer and John Caterino, the Greece Department of Planning and Development Junior Planner, are Certified Flood Plain Managers. During their presentation, they will discuss such topics as the history of Lake Ontario regulation, Plan 2014 and the associated controversy, the 2017 flooding events with photos and graphs, an overview of the damage and measures undertaken for the future, and GIS analysis of impacts of the new Risk mapping.
The NYSFSMA is a professional organization dedicated to promoting floodplain and stormwater management practices that reduce flood damages and protect water quality. In addition to presenting to the Association, Mr. Gauthier and Mr. Caterino will also have the opportunity to expand their knowledge by participating in such activities as a roundtable discussion of floodplain resiliency with the American Planning Association, an afternoon bus tour of sites of interest regarding floodplains, storm water management, and historic preservation, a discussion of the Community Rating System with colleagues, and attendance of nearly 30 presentations and workshops.
“I am incredibly proud that two of our Town of Greece employees were invited to present to the hundreds of people attending the New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association” said Supervisor Reilich. “The extensive knowledge and experience that both John Gauthier and John Caterino have surrounding flood plains and stormwater management makes them excellent candidates for a presentation to people who represent thousands of residents state-wide. I know that they will represent our Town well and will do an outstanding job presenting on the topic of Lake Ontario flooding and plans for the future”.
Greece Council Members Diana Christodaro, Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, and Josh Jensen and Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon, along with representatives and volunteers from the UR Medicine Home Care Program participated today in a nationwide March for Meals Campaign, which is a part of the Meals on Wheels Program.
Established during the 1970’s, the Meals on Wheels Program has grown to become one the largest volunteer-based programs in the country. Every day, millions of meals are delivered across the country to senior citizens in need. Every March, the Meals on Wheels program kicks off a month-long campaign to help encourage local organizations to get involved and assist in delivering meals to senior citizens in the community. This will be the 17th year the March for Meals Campaign has been organized locally.
“The March for Meals Campaign is a wonderful campaign that helps to generate public awareness about senior hunger and isolation and celebrate the critical role the Meals on Wheels Program has in our community” said Supervisor Reilich. “With over 1,400 seniors throughout Monroe County served by Meals on Wheels, I would like to encourage all municipalities and residents to step up and volunteer their time to participate in the March for Meals Campaign and help bring meals to their community’s senior citizens”.
For more information about the March for Meals Campaign and how to volunteer, please contact the UR Medicine Home Care Program at 585-787-8397 or visit their website at https://urmhomecare.org/meals-on-wheels/.
During the meeting of the Greece Town Board on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 the following item was on the agenda:
Authorization to enter into an intermunicipal agreement with the North Greece Fire District whereby the Town will permit the District to use the Town’s diesel fueling facilities and will receive reimbursement for the District’s fuel usage. Further, authorization for the Supervisor to execute any necessary documentation.
Supervisor Bill Reilich and Greece Town Council Members Mike Barry, Josh Jensen, Bill Murphy, and Diana Christodaro are pleased to announce that the motion passed. The North Greece Fire District may now use the Town’s fueling facilities located at the Department of Public Works. The Fire District will be reimbursing the Town for its fuel usage.
The North Greece Fire District serves a large population in the Town of Greece. The department is composed of both volunteers and career firefighters who dedicate their time to providing outstanding service to our community.
“When representatives from the North Greece Fire District approached me with concerns that the School District was no longer in a position to provide diesel fuel for their vehicles, I immediately began researching how the Town could be of assistance” said Supervisor Reilich. “Last night’s approval of the intermunicipal agreement with the North Greece Fire District is an example of how local government can work more efficiently through shared services. I am pleased that the Town is able to assist in making sure the District’s fire service vehicles remain ready to protect our residents”.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and members of the Town of Greece Youth Board would like to remind residents that there is still time to submit an application for the Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship. Jerry Helfer was a man of exceptional character and virtue who always exhibited kindness to anyone he encountered. Throughout his life, Jerry dedicated his time and talents to making our community a better place. One of Jerry’s first positons in public service was being a member of the Greece Youth Board. Additionally, Jerry served as Town Councilman from 1998 until 2009 and as Deputy Supervisor from January 2014 until his untimely passing in July of the same year.
“Jerry was an upstanding citizen, co-worker, and friend” said Supervisor Reilich. “It is an honor for me to announce this scholarship in memory of Jerry. His respect for public service and his love for learning are the foundations of this scholarship. Jerry loved his community and we want to be able to engage our youth to enable their participation in local government and community service. I encourage all seniors in high school to apply for this scholarship and continue on Jerry’s lifelong legacy of public service and learning”.
The Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship provides the Greece community with the opportunity to recognize a student that regularly upholds exemplary moral values, devotes time and energy into helping serve the Greece community, and consistently displays outstanding leadership skills.
Scholarship applications can be found on the Town of Greece website: https://www.greeceny.gov/departments/cscparks/jerry-j-helfer-youth-engagement-scholarship. The scholarship deadline is Friday, May 3, 2019.
Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that Town-sponsored DMV-approved Defensive Driving Courses have been scheduled for the months of April, May, June, and July. 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://is.gd/Q1l9th. 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.
Residents who wish to register in person must do so at the Town of Greece Community Center counter. Accepted forms of in-person payment include cash, check, and credit card.
Please see below for the Town of Greece Community and Senior Center open hours:
September - May
Monday – Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 1:00pm
June - August
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Defensive Driving Courses are currently being offered to Greece residents only at a rate of $17/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 the Town of Greece Police Headquarters at 6 Vince Tofany Boulevard, Greece, NY 14612. Please see below for the schedule of upcoming classes:
Tuesday, April 9th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (first session)
Thursday, April 11th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (second session)
Tuesday, April 23rd, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (first session)
Thursday, April 25th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (second session)
Tuesday, May 21st, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (first session)
Thursday, May 23rd, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (second session)
Tuesday, June 18th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (first session)
Thursday, June 20th, 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 happy to report that our first two Defensive Driving Course sessions for February and March booked up very quickly” said Supervisor Reilich. “I was excited to see so many residents show interest in these Town-sponsored courses! Seeing such a high level of interest from residents for our first two courses, I worked with our Greece Police Department to schedule courses out through June of this year. I am pleased to announce that registration is now open for April, May, and June classes. Bringing cost-efficient services to Town of Greece residents has always been one of my top priorities, and I am pleased to offer these courses at the very reasonable rate of $17/student, which covers the cost of the materials provided. I hope you will take advantage of this great service the town now offers!”
Thursday morning, Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Bill Murphy and Diana Christodaro for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of a new Burger King restaurant location in Greece located at 45 Greece Center Drive.
Carolyn Sek is the General Manager of the 45 Greece Center Driver Burger King location. She has over 35 years of service with Burger King and is excited to spearhead the effort to open the newest location. Mike Abrams, the District Manager, has been with Burger King for over 30 years and is pleased to be working in Greece and providing employment and support to the community.
The Town has been working with the Burger King site developer since 2014 when portions of the site were rezoned for retail. In 2017, when the developer’s plans came into focus, the Town worked closely with them to lay out a road and utility network for multiple pad sites at one of Greece’s most prominent intersections. Burger King is the first of more than a half dozen development sites at this location ready to bring commerce to the heart of Greece and services to its residents. Several Town of Greece Departments worked with the developer for planning board site approval and building permits, in addition to assisting them with necessary negotiation approvals and working with them to meet their project timeline.
“I was honored to host a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of the new Burger King location at 45 Greece Center Drive, which has already employed 40 local people!” said Supervisor Reilich. “I am always looking to bring new food and service options to Greece residents. The Latta/Long Pond corridor is an excellent location for business, and I am pleased that developers have chosen to begin working in this area and serving the residents of this community”.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich asks that all developers with active job sites throughout the Town of Greece make every effort to secure their materials ahead of the predicted windstorm. Unsecured materials can easily become projectiles and potentially cause significant damage to area homes and properties.
“Immediately after being contacted by a concerned resident who lives next door to a new construction project here in Greece, I wanted share with all of you that may have active construction nearby that we are trying to reach out to local builders and developers in the area and ask them to please secure all materials ahead of the projected winds” said Supervisor Reilich.
All Greece residents and every developer with active projects in the Town of Greece are advised to take the proper steps needed to prepare for high wind and weather-related challenges. Safety is of upmost importance during this projected winter windstorm, and everyone must play their role in ensuring the safety of their neighbors.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich has activated the Emergency Response Center and has gathered all town-wide stakeholders from our GPD, Fire Departments, EMS and School Districts to monitor the impact of the strong winds and snowfall beginning at 2:00 pm. If the conditions warrant, we will open sooner as all agencies are on standby.
All Greece residents are advised to take the proper steps needed to prepare for high wind and weather-related challenges.
Please check the Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich Facebook Page for live updates throughout the potential wind storm events. NYSEG and RG&E encourage customers to sign up for Outage Alerts to receive updates throughout the day automatically by phone, text, or e-mail as the company updates the status of any restoration process in their area. This information is also available online at http://www.nyseg.com/Outages/outageinformation.html and www.rge.com.
Our DPW Dispatch will be operational throughout the weather event. In the event of downed trees in neighborhoods or any other town issues please call 225-4590.
Residents are urged to report any known incidents of downed power lines to ensure the safety of others. All NYSEG customers are asked to call 1.800.572.1131 to report downed power lines or other hazardous situations wires, and RG&E customers are asked to call 1.800.743.1701. To report a power interruption, please contact NYSEG at 1.800.572.1131 or RG&E at 1.800.743.1701.
Due to the potential for power outages throughout the area, the Greece Public Library Main Branch at the Greece Town Hall Campus has been directed to open at 12:00 noon today and serve as a warming center for anyone without power. The library will remain open as long as necessary. In the event that sustained power outages occur, we are prepared to open the Town of Greece Community and Senior Center, as we did during the wind storm of 2017. Ensuring that residents remain safe and warm during this winter wind storm is the top priority.
“Due to the potential for extremely high winds throughout Sunday and into Monday, I strongly urge all residents to take proper measures to ensure their safety. If you are in an emergency please call 911 immediately for assistance” said Supervisor Reilich.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to inform residents that the Governor has announced budget amendments to the Proposed 2020 Executive Budget which will ensure towns and villages are not adversely impacted by the elimination of the Aid and Incentives to Municipalities Program.
“As soon as the Governor’s proposed 2020 Executive Budget was released, I voiced my concerns about the proposal to eliminate AIM funding, as well as the timing of the cuts. I joined with several elected officials throughout Monroe County in my opposition to the proposed elimination” said Supervisor Bill Reilich. “Our voices were heard. Today, I am pleased to inform residents of the executive budget revision to restore the grant funds. Year after year we have worked to lower taxes and spending, if this proposal would have gone through it would have made that process much more difficult”.