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Late last month, Supervisor Reilich asked for the resignation of former Chief of Police Drew Forsythe after he was finally made aware of some of the facts surrounding the motor vehicle accident. The criminal investigations that were conducted by the District Attorney have come to a close and the matter is in the hands of the court. Additionally, the town’s internal investigation, being led by outside investigators, are also close to completion. 

Today, however, we are taking the steps to move to the critical work of bringing in a new Chief to lead the Greece Police Department. We have been seeking referrals from the District Attorney’s office as well as from respected members of the law enforcement community in making this important decision.

After appointing two Chiefs from within the department, all parties consulted concluded that we needed to seek someone from outside the department. 

While former Chief Forsythe was doing a great job working on officer morale and boosting training programs and initiatives, his actions on the night of the accident were not indicative of the type of individual that would be able to continue in his leadership position at the Greece Police Department. We continue to be proud of the men and women in the Greece Police Department who serve our community. We have not lost site that the actions of a few do NOT represent the actions of the many.

Today, we are pleased to be announcing that the Town Board will be appointing Michael R. Wood to the position of Chief of the Greece Police Department. Mr. Wood is currently the Deputy Commissioner for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).  He has extensive experience, knowledge and a background rich in service to the community. He has a prolific record of collaborative leadership achievement across an array of operational, administrative, and executive positions, 34 years of comprehensive law enforcement experience, including 14 years in executive positions with three large New York State agencies.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Wood served as the Lieutenant and Administrative Aide to Chief of Police for the Rochester Police Department (2000-2003); the Lieutenant, Homicide, and Major Crimes Unit for the Rochester Police Department (2003-2007); the Commander for the Rochester Police Department (2007-2008); the Chief of Court Security for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (2009-2011); and the Deputy Chief of Operations for the Rochester Police Department (2011-2014).

His recent achievements, just to name a few, include: successfully pitching a police reform agenda leading to the enactment of the Professional Policing Act of 2021, playing a key role in DCJS receiving Top Workplace Honors for 5 years in a row, and overhauling the Basic Course for Police Officers (BCPO) to enable officers to best serve their communities.

 “Mike Wood’s experience is unique, his skill set is unmatched and his qualifications are on point with exactly what the Greece Police Department needs to lead us into the future” said Supervisor Reilich. “I could not be more thrilled to bring a police leader of Mike’s caliber to the Town of Greece”. 

The appointment will be before the Town Board this evening and Michael Wood will officially join the Town of Greece Police Department on January 10th.  His ceremonial swearing-in ceremony will be announced shortly.

The Town of Greece will be hosting a free COVID-19 rapid test kit distribution event for Greece Residents. On Monday, December 13 and Tuesday, December 14 from Noon until 4:00 PM (or until supplies are exhausted), Greece residents can head to Greece Town Hall and plan on entering through the “Meeting Room” entrance to pick up their test kit. One test kit (which contains two tests in total) will be available per household (there will be no exceptions) and proof of residency will be required. Residents will need to bring either a valid driver’s license or a current utility bill to prove residency. 

“We are happy to partner with the County on this distribution” said Supervisor Reilich.  “We join towns throughout the county in disseminating these kits to our residents ahead of the holiday season when some may choose to test before attending gatherings or to attend functions where they have been required” Reilich concluded.

These test kits are being made available through the Monroe County test kit distribution program. The Town of Greece received just over 23,000 kits and we will distribute the kits on a first come, first-serve basis until the supply is exhausted. Instructions for usage is contained in each kit and should be specifically followed. If you have specific testing questions or need testing assistance, please contact Monroe County at (585) 753-5555 or visit monroecounty.gov.

Because Greece Town Hall will be open on each of these two days, we ask that residents be respectful and realize that our employees will do the best they can to issue the test kits as quickly as possible.  It will be most helpful if you are prepared with your proof of residence so we can get everyone through the line as soon as possible. 

 

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich is excited to announce that the Town of Greece is publishing and distributing a commemorative 2022 calendar in celebration of the Town’s 200 year anniversary.

Earlier this year, the community was invited to submit photographs to be featured in the calendar. Submitted photographs must have been taken within the geographical boundaries of Greece; images were accepted from August 18th through October 30th. Many thanks to the Town’s Historian, Keith Suhr, for gathering and evaluating all the photos that were submitted. He has done an amazing job on the project in honor of our 200th anniversary.

The calendar consists of historical photographs from our residents and records. They offer a window into the past and a view of the treasured elements of our narrative, as told and seen by the residents who lived it. The collection of photographs serves to both memorialize and honor that story and may our tale continue to be celebrated by our residents long into the future.

Calendars will be available to purchase starting Tuesday, December 7th, 2021. You must order online through the Town of Greece RecTrac System. Here is the direct link to the purchase site: https://bit.ly/anniversarycalendargreece . The calendar is available to Greece residents only and is FREE, however, a postage and handling fee of $2.50 per calendar will be required. Please note calendars will not be available for pickup.

“We are so excited to create a calendar in celebration of our great town’s 200th birthday!” said Supervisor Reilich. “Thank you to everyone who submitted historical photographs that depict the long and rich history of the Town of Greece”.

Per the previous proclamation, the flags on the Greece Town Hall Campus are being flown at half-staff. Today, the flags remain lowered as we stand in remembrance of Pearl Harbor. The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 took the lives of 2,403 service members and civilians. It was a day that still lives in infamy 80 years later. As we mark National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor the patriots who perished and commemorate the valor of all those who defended our Nation.

Please note that in honor of Robert Joseph Dole (Bob Dole), the flags on the Greece Town Hall Campus will be lowered to half-staff through sunset on Thursday, December 9th, 2021. Robert "Bob" Joseph Dole was a WWII Veteran as well as a great bipartisan leader – representing Kansas in the House for eight years and the Senate for more than 27 years. In 2018, he became only the eighth senator to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. We honor and remember the legacy left by Robert "Bob" Joseph Dole.

 

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich has announced that the Town of Greece is accepting applications in an effort to assist local non-profit food distribution services.

In response to combating the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated to the Town of Greece supplemental Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to be used to prevent, prepare, and respond to the impacts created by the pandemic. As a result, the Town of Greece is soliciting proposals from local non-profit organizations which offer food distribution services (e.g. food banks/shelves), to help offset the increased demand for services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible organizations wishing to submit proposals for funding assistance should complete the attached form and return it to Ivana Casilio, CDBG Administrator, in the Office of Community Development, One Vince Tofany Boulevard, Rochester, New York 14612, no later than 4:00pm on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. Questions may be directed to 585-723-2284 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 “The financial impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic was felt by organizations across our community” said Supervisor Reilich. “We are thankful to receive funds to assist our Greece community food distribution centers in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the impacts of the pandemic. I invite all Greece food distribution centers to submit an application to be considered for assistance”.

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