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Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich is excited to share the news that two new businesses will soon be calling the Town of Greece home. Welcome Hobby Lobby and Tom Wahl’s!

Hobby Lobby will be locating in the former Ashley Furniture store in Ridgecrest Plaza at the corner of West Ridge and Fetzner Roads. Construction will begin soon on a 12,000 square foot expansion, making the new store almost 70,000 square feet in size. Zoning provisions adopted last year as part of our new economic development initiative made the expansion possible, sealing the deal for Hobby Lobby to come to Greece and following through on our Comprehensive Plan strategy of encouraging “Growth without Sprawl”.  We are so excited to welcome them to town, giving residents another choice to shop without having to venture out of Greece. Additionally, operating in their Maiden Lane location since 1999, Carmines became a household name in Greece. Sadly with the closing of this cherished location, we are happy to be able to announce that Tom Wahl’s will be moving into their former location and they will be adding on 1,800 square feet to the space. Backfilling vacant spaces is always a priority. Town officials met with Tom Wahl’s representatives to help them obtain necessary approvals so that construction can start before the holidays for a springtime opening.  

“Greece continues to be a very desirable place to live, work and raise a family – we have great eateries, activities and shopping options” said Supervisor Reilich. “The town’s new economic development focus is making Greece more attractive to business, bringing investment to existing commercial areas, and attracting quality retailers and restaurants like Hobby Lobby and Tom Wahl’s. We’ll continue, through our newly formed Economic Development department, to work to bring new businesses into town for our families” Reilich concluded.

Earlier this year, Supervisor Bill Reilich announced that the Town of Greece was in the process of seeking a grant from The Skate Park Project. Founded in 2002 as the Tony Hawk Foundation and later renamed, this organization has contributed funding and built over 600 skate parks worldwide.

Over the past several months, Supervisor Reilich and the Town of Greece Parks and Recreation Department have been creating a detailed plan for a new Skate Park in the Town of Greece. This plan included ensuring the town had an appropriate location, engaging with a local architect to discuss size, options, feasibility, and potential layout. Additionally, the town has been reviewing the grant rules and stipulations to be certain the plan adheres to all application guidelines.

“I am thrilled to announce that our grant application for a new Skate Park in the Town of Greece is moving forward!” said Supervisor Reilich. “The grant process is heavily driven by community support and engagement. Many community members have personally reached out to me expressing their desire for a skate park that would help build healthy and active lifestyles. After being selected for the first round of applications, the Town of Greece was officially invited by the Skatepark Project to apply for funds to build a skate park. I am thrilled that we are to this stage of the application process. The Town of Greece was actually one of only a few towns from a 16 county region asked to apply. I would like to take this exciting announcement and opportunity to ask you – our skate park community – for your input through a letter of support to assist us in our grant application. If you are interested in submitting a letter of support that would help ensure that we receive the grant, please contact our Parks and Recreation Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.”.

The mission of The Skatepark Project is to develop quality places to practice the sport of skateboarding and provide a healthy outlet and recreational challenge to like-minded individuals. To date, 575 recipients of the The Skatepark Project grants have opened their skate parks. These parks receive more than 6-million visits annual by youth who benefit from the active lifestyle and camaraderie the facility promote. To learn more about this organization, visit skatepark.org. 

Supervisor Reilich is honored to once again participate in the “Matt’s Coats for Kids” giving opportunity. Matts Coats for Kids was established in 2004 in honor of Matthew J. Fitton who lost his life in a tragic car accident at the age of 20. Over the years, the organization has helped distribute thousands of coats to children in need. Please see the attachment for the full story of Matt’s Coats for Kids.

Please consider donating new or gently used winter outerwear to help keep our local kids warm this winter. Donations needed are new and gently used coats, NEW (only) mittens, hats, and gloves, and NEW (only) socks. The donation box is located in the Greece Community and Senior Center, 3 Vince Tofany Boulevard. The box will be available thru Tuesday, November 16th.

The Greece Community and Senior Center is open the following dates/times:

Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 8am-5pm

Tuesday/Thursday: 8am-8pm

“I would like to encourage all to consider donating used or gently used outerwear towards this worthy cause” said Supervisor Reilich. “Thank you for your generosity. I am proud to live in a community where people come together time and again to help those in need”.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board highlighted their 2022 Budget last night at the Town Board Meeting. The 2022 Budget will again decrease the town tax rate this year. The new town tax rate will be lowered by $0.16, bringing the rate down to $5.99 per thousand of assessed value. This will be the largest decrease we have proposed and an affirmation of the fiscal stability of the town.

Having recently received a “0” rating from the NYS Comptroller on the Fiscal Stress Scale was another major milestone we are celebrating. A zero rating means there are no signs of fiscal stress attributed to the Town of Greece. As an example of the significance of this accomplishment, the Comptrollers begins to monitor any government entity who approaches a score of 40-45 on the scale.  This is the level (40 and above) when the Comptroller’s Office begins to monitor the direction of stress on the community’s budget. Our rating of zero is something to be very proud of, especially as we continue to navigate the negative effects the COVID-19 pandemic has caused both economically and for many on a personal level as well.

Additionally, there is always the debate of tax rate versus levy. For the first time in at least over 32 years, this is the first time the tax levy has never gone down. This year, the Town of Greece Tax Levy will decrease by $326,725.

And while all of this is good news, there is still more. We are over $1.8M below the state regulated Tax Cap. 

“We have worked hard to keep our finances in check, we have paid cash for our amenities; the ice rink, the new Children’s Library Expansion, the soon to start Community and Senior Center renovation, and with good planning we are able to present this significant tax decrease” Supervisor Reilich said. “With prices on so many of our everyday items like food and gasoline on the rise, we wanted to be sure that your taxes were not. The Town Board and I are so proud of all of our department heads and our employees for helping us work smarter and more efficiently and again justifying every expense. It was a team effort and I couldn’t be prouder to present this budget to the hardworking taxpayers in our community” Reilich concluded.

The Town Budget will be available for public viewing on October 31st and the Town Board will accept comments from the public. The Tentative Budget is scheduled to be voted on in November. Prior to the October 31st availability of the complete budget, the Tentative Budget Presentation documents will be available on the town website later this morning.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich this afternoon was joined by Matthew Mastowski for an official Eagle Scout Award Presentation Ceremony. 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. “This afternoon, I had the privilege of presenting a proclamation and medal to Matthew Mastowski who has recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop Number 18. For his Eagle Scout Project, Matthew decided to pursue a project that would benefit the children who visited YMCA Camp Northpoint. Matthew wanted to choose a project where he was able to build something – and he was able to do just that with this project. Matthew built benches and a TV communication stand at YMCA Camp Northpoint. Thank you, Matthew, for choosing a project that helped enhance the experience of children attending YMCA Camp Northpoint”.

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.

We are saddened by the news of the death of General Colin Powell. He truly lived out the American Dream. The son of immigrants, born in New York City, raised in Harlem and the South Bronx, and a graduate of the City College of New York, he rose to the highest ranks of the United States military and to advise four presidents. As a mark of respect for General Powell, the flags on the Greece Town Hall Campus will be flown at half-staff until sunset on October 22, 2021. Our country lays to rest a great man and leader. Our thoughts and prayers are with General Powell’s friends and family.