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After more than a year of studying and meetings with local stakeholders, our citizen advisory committee, the consultant team, and two public forums, Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce that Greece’s Draft 2020 Comprehensive Plan and proposed Zoning Ordinance updates are available for review.  A public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at 6:15 PM in the Eastman Room at Greece Town Hall, 1 Vince Tofany Boulevard, Rochester, New York 14612.

Greece’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance were last updated in 2001 and 2003 respectively. The new plan is subtitled “Land Use, Community, and Economic Development” and it serves as a capstone to a collection of studies completed in recent years covering topics such as bicycle and pedestrian transportation, utilities, parks and recreation, and resiliency, among others.  The new plan draws on those efforts and will be a starting point for follow-up efforts including programs for infrastructure and technology, waterfront planning, and a focused economic development strategy. The Comprehensive Plan process should cycle at least once every ten years.

“Like many Upstate communities, Greece has experienced changes that affect housing, retail, and industry” Greece Supervisor Bill Reilich said. “These changes offer new and different opportunities and the 2020 Comprehensive Plan provides guidance to help the town keep pace with housing trends, adapt to a changing retail market, and maintain quality infrastructure. We also seek to protect community character, balance the tax base, become more sustainable and resilient, support local business, and continue to attract good-paying jobs for our highly skilled workforce”.

In conjunction with the 2020 Comprehensive Plan update, Greece is updating the town’s Zoning Ordinance and Official Zoning Map to implement plan recommendations. The changes are designed to guide development and land use patterns, provide flexibility in a changing economy, and protect and enhance community character. 

“We’ve taken a hard look at the issues shaping our community and the 2020 Comprehensive Plan presents a path forward” Supervisor Reilich said. “I’d like first and foremost to thank our citizen’s advisory committee for volunteering their time and providing critical insight during this process. Additionally, I’d like to thank our Development Services Director, his staff, and the members of my management team for their dedication toward completing this comprehensive plan. Greece is a safe community with great housing stock and a high quality of life that attracts young families. We have a skilled workforce that is attracting employment opportunities in fields like health care, food and beverage production, and clean energy, to name a few. Our solid infrastructure and services, award-winning parks, and unique waterfront areas make Greece a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Periodically, as conditions and markets change, we may need to take stock, make adjustments, and strengthen our strengths, and that’s what this plan is all about”.

Draft documents are now available on https://greeceny.gov/residents/draft-2020-comprehensive-plan-and-proposed-zoning-ordinance-updates. We welcome your input on this important process. Written comments should be provided to:

Scott Copey, Director of Development Services

Town of Greece

1 Vince Tofany Boulevard

Rochester, New York 14612

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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 an official Eagle Scout Award Presentation Ceremony during the Town Board Meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. 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 Tuesday evening’s Town Board meeting, I had the privilege of presenting a proclamation and medal to Gavin Watt who has recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop Number 31. In order to complete his Eagle Scout project, Gavin planned and constructed a 10x12 foot storage shed that will be used to store donations to the Greece Ecumenical Clothing Closet. Several hours were spent designing the structure, raising donations, and constructing the shed. After the completion of the shed, Gavin installed gutters, erosion rocks, and wire mesh around the bottom and cleared out vines that grew near the fence. Gavin organized family, friends, schoolmates, and sports teammates to assist in completing the project. In addition to constructing the shed, Gavin also repaired the existing donation drop off shed by reroofing, painting, and installing new gutters and trim work. Thank you for choosing a project that will be very useful to the Greece Ecumenical Clothing Closet!”

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.

 

This morning, Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Council Member Diana Christodaro and Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of Jose Joe’s, located at 2570 Ridgeway Avenue.

Jose Joe’s is owned by Thomas Ban, Anna Maria Ban, and Robert Buono. This the family’s second Jose Joe’s location. They recently celebrated their 5th anniversary in Hilton and have been looking to expand the restaurant. Once the location in Greece became available, they realized it was exactly what they were looking for. Learn more about their family-owned business and view their vast menu on their website: http://josejoes.com/.

“The Town of Greece is proud to be home to the second Jose Joe’s in Monroe County” said Supervisor Reilich. “We are very excited that the owners are expanding to Greece, and we wish owners Thomas Ban, Anna Maria Ban, and Robert Buono great success in their new location!”  

As we prepare to say goodbye to 2019, I wanted to make residents aware of our continued disappointment in the new criminal justice reforms set to take place on January 1.  Despite our outcry and that from countless elected officials and law enforcement agencies asking for a delay in implementation of its current form, it seems this dangerous legislation is moving forward.

At our November town board meeting I was joined by my fellow Town Board Members in formally opposing the reforms. Greece Town Board Members David Michael Barry, Joshua Jensen, William Murphy, and Diana Christodaro all joined me in voting in favor of our resolution, which stands in opposition to the New York State Criminal Justice reforms.

The November 19, 2019 Greece Town Board Agenda Item Number 24 reads in full:

The Greece Town Board hereby expresses its opposition to the New York State Criminal Justice reforms set to take effect on January 1, 2020. These reforms include the elimination of cash bail for most offences, and requires detailed information about victims and witnesses to be provided to defendants within fifteen days of arraignments. Law enforcement agencies across New York State have expressed public safety concerns regarding these reforms. The Town Board expresses its strong opposition to this legislation.

“The Criminal Justice Reform embedded in the State Budget will have a dramatic effect on public safety” said Greece Chief of Police Patrick Phelan. “The failure to take input from law enforcement professionals prior to crafting these laws is a grievous error that resulted in flawed laws that create a dangerous environment for crime victims, witnesses, and the general public. I urge the New York State government to put in place common sense adjustments to these laws”.

“We have conducted a great deal of research regarding this legislation and have concluded that its implementation would not be in the best interest of the safety of our community” said Supervisor Reilich. “One of the most disturbing aspects of this legislation is that the confidentiality of informants, the safeguarding of witness, and the privacy of citizens potentially unrelated to the case, yet somehow identified in the materials will all be at risk. Furthermore, the new bail laws require that defendants must be released on non-monetary conditions, regardless of criminal record, ties to the community or previous bench warrants on other cases. Criminal justice professionals had no fair opportunity to provide insight or expertise into these major changes of the criminal justice policy. The safety and security of our Greece residents is always a top priority of the Greece Town Board, our Chief of Police and his officers and I. We fear this legislation does nothing to deter criminals and instead puts everyday law-abiding residents at risk”.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Mike Barry, Josh Jensen, Bill Murphy, and Diana Christodaro for an official Eagle Scout Award Ceremony at Tuesday evening’s Town Board Meeting. 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 Tuesday evening’s Town Board meeting, I had the privilege of presenting a proclamation and medal to Nicholas Tammaro who has recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop Number 197. For his Eagle Scout Project, Nicholas chose to help modernize John Knox Presbyterian Church in the Town of Greece by painting sections of the interior. He organized and directed a group of volunteers in order to complete this project. Throughout the project, Nicholas enhanced his skills in leadership, responsibility, and creativity. Thank you for your efforts towards a project that will be enjoyed and appreciated by both visitors and regular attendees of John Knox Presbyterian Church!”

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.

Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that Town-sponsored DMV-approved Defensive Driving Courses have been scheduled for January, 2020 thru June, 2020. Every 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

Saturday: Closed

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, January 14th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (first session)

            Thursday, January 16th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (second session)

            Tuesday, February 11th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (first session)

            Thursday, February 13th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (second session)

            Tuesday, March 24th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (first session)

            Thursday, March 26th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (second session)

            Tuesday, April 21st, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (first session)

            Thursday, April 23rd, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (second session)

            Tuesday, May 12th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (first session)

            Thursday, May 14th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (second session)

            Tuesday, June 23rd, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (first session)

            Thursday, June 25th, 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 the roll out of our Defensive Driving Course sessions were a huge success in 2019!” said Supervisor Reilich. “We’ve been receiving an incredible amount of response from residents interested in taking these courses through the Town. I’m excited to announce that we have now scheduled several courses for 2019. 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 offers!”

Please note that the flags on the Greece Town Hall Campus will be flown at half-staff tomorrow, Saturday, December 7th in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. We honor and remember the 2,334 service men and women who died and the 1,143 who were wounded. We will always be thankful for the sacrifices they made so that we may have freedom in this country.

Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce the second of two public forums to be held in conjunction with the town’s 2019 Comprehensive Plan Update. The forum will be held from 4:00pm – 7:00pm on Thursday, December 12, 2019 in Community Rooms A and B in Greece Town Hall, 1 Vince Tofany Boulevard, Rochester, New York 14612. 

There will be no formal presentation; instead, the town is looking to hear from residents on a variety of topics that continue to shape the town, including housing, jobs and economic development, and the changing face of retail. The town’s Comprehensive Plan Update Advisory Committee has been meeting to discuss these issues and Town staff has met with key stakeholders. The next critical step is to seek additional input from town residents. Town officials and the consultant team will be on hand to answer questions and collect additional public input.

The 2019 Comprehensive Plan Update is a capstone document that includes by reference other recently completed plans like the 2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, the 2015 Sanitary Sewer Master Plan, and the 2016 Parks Master Plan.  

For more information please contact Scott Copey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone at 723-2356.

During Tuesday night’s meeting of the Greece Town Board, Supervisor Reilich and Greece Town Board members Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, Josh Jensen, and Diana Christodaro recognized and presented a proclamation to members of the Bryce Marine team in honor of the many awards and recognitions they have recently received.

Bryce Marine team members Craig Bryce, Dave Willis, and Tom Sinclair were present at the Greece Town Board Meeting to receive a proclamation detailing their many accomplishments. The dealership, which is located on Manitou Road in the Town of Greece, was recently awarded the Sea-Doo National Dealer of the Year Award at the Annual Awards Ceremony held in Las Vegas, Nevada. This prestigious honor, which considers over 850 dealerships, is awarded annually to the dealer that leads the nation in sales, market penetration, customer satisfaction, quarterly performance levels, and attaining platinum level certification standards. Bryce Marine was also awarded the Eastern Regional Dealer of the Year and the District Dealer of the Year.

“I would like to congratulate Bryce Marine on their outstanding accomplishments” said Supervisor Reilich. “We are proud to celebrate their achievement of these awards and to celebrate their 40th year in the Marine Retail Business”.