May 8, 2017
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, New York 12224
Dear Governor Cuomo:
I am writing to respectfully request that you apply to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for the current Lake Ontario water level conditions to be designated as a qualifying disaster under the SBA’s low-interest disaster loan program.
As you are aware, if the SBA declares the currently elevated lake level as a disaster, homeowners and businesses along the south shore of Lake Ontario may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans to aid them in repairing any property damage not covered under an existing insurance policy. I know that you have personally visited the Town of Greece to see first-hand the devastation that the continually rising lake levels have caused, and I thank you for that. As you could see during your visit, our local residents and businesses are suffering and they will most certainly need any assistance available to repair the severe property damage that this disaster continues to cause on a daily basis. It is my hope that you will be as proactive as possible in seeking the appropriate SBA declaration so that our local homeowners and businesses will have access to the low-interest disaster loan program.
Thank you for your anticipated attention to this urgent matter. Please know that I have also contacted Senator Chuck Schumer to request any assistance he may be able to provide in this effort. Should you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (585) 225-2000.
Very truly yours,
William D. Reilich
Supervisor Bill Reilich revealed the event schedule for the upcoming Town of Greece Memorial Day Celebration. The full schedule can be found below:
Tentative Schedule of Events – As of 5/04/17
10:00 AM – Remembrance Ceremony
11:15 AM Sharp – Mobilization Time for Parade Participants
12:00 PM – Memorial Parade
1:15 PM – Town of Greece Remembrance
2:00 PM – Post Event Luncheon
Notice is hereby given that the Tentative Assessment Roll for the Town of Greece, located in the County of Monroe, for the year 2017 has been completed by the Assessor and is available for review in the Town of Greece Assessors Office, starting the 1st Day of May 2017, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday May 13, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Tuesday May 16, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and at any time on the Towns website.
Dated this 1st Day of May 2017
Richard Baart Assessor
Supervisor Bill is pleased to announce the re-opening of Maines Food Party Warehouse, which is the retail division of Maines Paper & Food Services.
Shoppers lined up at the doors this morning awaiting the official return of Maines. Supervisor Reilich was joined by Maines employees and the Greece Manager Bradley Burlburt to cut the ribbon and declare that Maines was once again open for business.
“I am always happy to welcome new and returning business to the Town of Greece. Ridge Road is a vital economic corridor and Maines was a popular store when it originally opened in town. I’m glad they’ve decided to return to their location and I wish them great success.” stated Supervisor Reilich.
Maines offers a 5% discount off the price of their purchases to all Veterans in the community. In addition, as part of the Maines “Give Back” program, upon registering, not-for-profits can receive a 5% donation to their charity from purchases made by their members. Details can be found in store.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members David Michael Barry Jr., Brett Granville, Andrew Conlon, and Diana Christodaro for the Annual Town of Greece Arbor Day Memorial Tree Planting event earlier today. This year’s tree was planted in memory of the Department of Public Works employee, Mr. Lance Towner.
“Lance was a loved member of the DPW family. He took great pride in his job and his work ethic was admired both by his fellow coworkers, and the residents of Greece he served. He befriended so many people here at Greece Town Hall, and he will be greatly missed by all.” stated Supervisor Reilich.
The tree chosen by Lance’s family was an Eastern Bud Tree, which is known for it’s unique branching patterns. It is a beautiful tree to represent Lance.
Today, Supervisor Bill Reilich called a meeting of the members of the Town of Greece Emergency Response Team to discuss preparations in the event that the water levels in Lake Ontario continue rising. This meeting was called and conducted at the new Town of Greece Police Precinct 1 Facility.
The Supervisor was joined by Greece Town Board Members Diana Christodaro, Mike Barry, Andrew Conlon and Brett Granville. Also present from the Town were Deputy Supervisor Michelle Marini, Chief Patrick Phelan, Department of Public Works Commissioner Kirk Morris, Technical Services Director Paul Mousso, Fire Marshall Rob Drexler and their respective deputies. There was also complete attendance from all four Greece Fire Departments as well.
Supervisor Reilich discussed with all parties gathered the process for emergency preparedness and provided general instructions and guidance so that we can all work together as we prepare the Town for potential and continued stresses as a result of unnaturally high lake levels. Sand bag availability and updates were provided, as well as potential emergency evacuation plans and scenarios if water levels continue rising.
“During Hurricane Agnes, water levels rose to 247.2 in Lake Ontario. Current lake levels have been measured at 247.6, and it was agreed that we could potentially be facing levels of 248 as the waters continue rising. We want to be certain that all of our emergency services are coordinating so that we are prepared for any event that occurs. I want our residents to know that we are doing everything we can to ensure their safety first and foremost and, of course, all we can to assist them in protecting their property and businesses.” stated Supervisor Reilich.
Today, Supervisor Bill Reilich met with representatives from Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Ontario, Wayne and Erie counties to discuss the negative effects surrounding Plan 2014. The group developed a plan to travel to Washington, D.C. for the purpose of lobbying against Plan 2014 on the behalf of their lakeshore residents.
Since its introduction by the International Join Commission, many of the municipalities along the Lake Ontario shoreline have opposed the plan since day one and citied the many risks and potential damages it will have on their communities. Those who attended the meeting have been leaders in opposing Plan 2014 from the beginning and although it has been enacted against the wishes of lake shore communities, collectively each leader has spoken out against the plan. In an attempt to create a unified front against Plan 2014, representatives from these communities have met collaboratively throughout the past year to develop a strategy to speak out against the International Joint Commissions implementation of Plan 2014.
“Since its launch, I have opposed the International Joint Commissions plan to raise the lake levels and advocated against its implementation. In order to create a collaborative approach against Plan 2014, we have decided to travel to Washington D.C. for the purposes of speaking with members from the State Department about replacing Plan 2014 with one that ensures the livelihood of all lake shore residents and businesses.” said Supervisor Reilich.
In the coming months Supervisor Reilich will be joining representatives from the communities of Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, and Erie Counties as they travel to Washington to lobby against Plan 2014. Those gathered at the meeting included; Greece Town Supervisor William D. Reilich, Deputy Supervisor Michelle Marini, Majority Leader of the Monroe County Legislature Brian Marianetti, Sodus Point Mayor Chris Tertinek, Niagara County Legislator David E. Godfrey, Orleans County Legislator Lynne Johnson, Congressman Katko’s Regional Coordinator Christina Cornell, Congressman Collins Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Kracker, and Sodus Town Supervisor Steve LeRoy.
Monday evening, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Town Board Members Mike Barry, Brett Granville, Andrew Conlon, and Diana Christodaro for a proclamation ceremony honoring the appointment of Mr. Sam DeRosa as Fire Chief for the North Greece Fire District and declaring April 18th as Chief Sam DeRosa Day.
November of last year, Mr. DeRosa was sworn in by the Board of Commissioners of the North Greece Fire District as the first full time Fire Chief. Mr. DeRosa has been tasked with the responsibility to lead the District’s Administrative and Operational branches. Having recently held the position of Interim Director for the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management and prior to that the position of Monroe County Fire Coordinator, Mr. DeRosa’s background and experience in fire safety made him a qualified candidate to lead the district. During last month’s wind storm, Mr. DeRosa’s skills were put to the test when wind gusts surpassed 80 mph causing downed power lines and trees, and leaving nearly 100,000 people in the Rochester area without power. Mr. DeRosa was instrumental in working with Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, the Greece Town Board, and the Greece Police Department in properly ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Greece residents.
“The leadership and professionalism exemplified by Chief DeRosa during the wind storm last month made him a necessary asset during the state of emergency. The Town of Greece is thankful and honored to have an individual like Chief DeRosa as Fire Chief of the North Greece Fire District. I look forward to continuing to work with Chief DeRosa in the future.” said Supervisor Reilich.
President Trump has ordered the flags to fly at Half-Staff today in honor of final funeral rites for astronaut John Glenn taking place at Arlington National Cemetery.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich announced today that signup forms for the Third Annual 5K Freedom Run are now available on the Town of Greece website and the Run Sign Up website (https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Rochester/Greece5KFreedomRun). The 5K Freedom Run will be a part of the Town of Greece Old Fashioned Fourth July Celebration. Additionally below is a tentative schedule of events for this year’s 4th of July.
Tentative Schedule of Events – As of 3/30/17
- 5K Freedom Run Registration
(Forms for Registration are available on our website or online at
RunSignUp.com and search for Town of Greece Freedom Run 5k)
- 5K Race Begins
- Scooby Stars and Stripes Fun Run
- Our Featured performer Mickey Dolenz the Voice of the Monkees
will take the Main Stage
- Fire Works Display