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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”.

 

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and members of the Town of Greece Youth Board are pleased to announce the official kick off of 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.

For more information, please contact the Greece Youth Board at 723-2934 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Supervisor Bill Reilich is consistently exploring new and convenient services to offer to Town of Greece residents. Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce that the Greece Police Department will now be hosting Defensive Driving Courses for residents. These Town-Sponsored Defensive Driving Courses offered through the National Safety Council are DMV-approved for point and insurance reduction. After hearing from residents about how costly Defensive Driving Courses can be through other organizations, Supervisor Reilich began looking into how the Town of Greece could offer these courses at a reasonable price to residents.

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 in the Town of Greece Police Headquarters at 6 Vince Tofany Boulevard, Greece, NY 14612. Several courses will be scheduled throughout the year - please check the Town of Greece website for updated information on upcoming courses.

Due to the required length of the course, Defensive Driving Courses will be held in two separate session on weeknights (ex: 3 hours on Tuesday evening and 3 hours on Thursday evening of the same week). The course is 6 hours in length total. The first scheduled Defensive Driving Course will be held Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 from 6pm – 9pm (first session) and Thursday, February 28th, 2019 from 6pm – 9pm (second session). You must attend both sessions in order to complete the course.

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 very excited to announce that the Town of Greece has been approved to offer Defensive Driving Courses at a reduced rate to our residents” said Supervisor Reilich. “This means that residents may now take Defensive Driving Courses at the Town of Greece Police Headquarters, which has been approved as an official National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course location. Bringing cost-efficient services to Town of Greece residents has always been one of my top priorities. Other organizations that offer Defensive Driving Courses range from $24.99/student all the way to $44/student. 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! Safety is a top priority, and having well-trained drivers is beneficial to all residents”.

Thursday evening, Councilwoman Diana Christodaro spoke with a group of girl scouts on the topic of local government. The Junior Girl Scout Troop and their leaders wanted to meet with Diana to talk about local government as part of the process to earn their Inside Government Badge.

“I was so excited to meet with the Junior Girl Scout Troop and their leaders last Thursday evening!” said Councilwoman Diana Christodaro. “The girls asked me a bunch of interesting questions about how local government works and what kind of work I do as a Councilwoman. I was able to talk with them about how I became a Councilwoman, what being a Councilwoman entails, and how decisions are made by the Greece Town Board. I hope the presentation and discussion left the girls with a more comprehensive understanding of local government. I was happy to show the girls that elected officials here in the Town of Greece are accessible, involved in the community, and happy to interact with our wonderful residents – no matter the age!”

With over 2.6 million members nation-wide, the Girl Scouts mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. For more information about the Girl Scouts of Western New York or to get involved, please visit their webpage www.gswny.org.

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 Medal Presentation 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 Timothy Morris who has recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop Number 48. In order to complete his Eagle Scout project, Tim gathered a team of volunteers to design and build a GaGa Pit on the grounds of Northstar Christian Academy. GaGa Ball is a physical activity that incorporates agility, dodging, jumping, and striking. Thank you for your efforts towards a project that will be enjoyed by all students at Northstar Christian Academy!”

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.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Mike Barry, Josh Jensen, Bill Murphy, and Diana Christodaro for two recognition ceremonies at last night’s Greece Town Board meeting.

“I was honored to present a proclamation and medal to Karlee Auld, who has achieved the significant status of Gold Award in the Greece Girl Scout Troop” said Supervisor Reilich. “Since taking office, Karlee is the first young woman I have had the honor of recognizing for achieving the Gold Award. Very few complete all of the requirements needed to achieve this status, as it involves a great deal of planning and effort towards a community project. Karlee received the Gold Award for her efforts towards a project to create care packages to send to troops overseas and to also educate elementary children on the jobs that soldiers perform. In order to complete the project, Karlee spent several weeks visiting a 5th grade classroom and educating the children on the different jobs that soldiers perform. The students were also involved in writing letters and donating an item for the care packages. Karlee then reached out to different community organizations for care package donations and worked with friends, relatives, and co-workers to complete the care packages. I would like to congratulate Karlee on completing this project. The Town of Greece is proud of all you have accomplished!”

“During last night’s Town Board meeting, I also had the privilege of presenting a proclamation and medal to Bailey Sykes, who recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop #195” continued Supervisor Reilich. “It is an honor for me to recognize the hard working and determined young men who have shown that commitment and perseverance lead to success. In order to achieve Eagle Scout ranking, Bailey installed 3 cedar benches in the Natural Burial section of Ascension Garden Cemetery. This project took over 250 hours to complete. A Butterfly Release Event in honor of First Responders was being held the day the benches were installed, and the people in attendance were able to enjoy the benches after the event. Thank you for your dedication to a project that will be enjoyed by all who visit their loved ones at the cemetery!”

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 only 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.

With over 2.6 million members nation-wide, the Girl Scouts mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious status a girl scout can attain and is achieved by following a rigorous 7-step community project process. For more information about the Girl Scouts, please visit their webpage www.girlscouts.org.

Supervisor Reilich would like to thank everyone who participated in the Town of Greece Giving Tree Project this year. This project provided an opportunity for community members to help families in need during the holiday season. Ornament tags were placed on the tree indicating the specific item or items needed, and community members were invited to take an ornament off the tree, purchase the item, and return the item to the box located by the tree in the Greece Town Hall atrium.

At the conclusion of the project, the donated items were given to Mission Share Outreach Center of Greece, NY. Yesterday afternoon, Supervisor Reilich was joined by Mission Share Outreach members Dan and James, Community and Senior Center Director Peter O’Brien, Deputy Director Lisa Letta, and members of the Constituent Services team Linda Sofia and Michele Fiannaca as the Mission Share van was loaded with the donated items.

Mission Share Outreach is a collaborative effort of 13 churches to serve those in need year round. If you are interested in learning more about Mission Share Outreach and volunteering with the organization, please visit their website at http://missionshareoutreach.org/.

“I have had the honor of witnessing community members selflessly give this holiday season as they bring the spirit of Christmas to those in need” said Supervisor Reilich. “This is truly a caring community and the ways in which our community comes together to support one another makes me very thankful to live in this town”.

On the evening of Thursday, December 7th, 2018, Supervisor Reilich hosted the popular Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Family Christmas Party. This year, the Tree Lighting Ceremony took place under the pavilion on the Greece Town Hall Campus. Hundreds of residents both young and old gathered for this special ceremony and to watch the festively decorated tree to the left of the pavilion light the night sky in a beautiful array of colors.

Special guests joined us for the Tree Lighting Ceremony portion of last night’s event: the U of R Yellowjackets! This Rochester-based a Capella group, which has been featured on NBC’s The Sing-Off, gave the crowd an amazing performance. Following the show, Supervisor Reilich took the stage along with Councilmembers Josh Jensen, Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, and Diana Christodaro, Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon, Greece Judge Barry, Judge Campbell, and Judge Granville, and Senator Joe Robach. A silence fell over the masses when Supervisor Reilich announced the arrival of Santa Claus. All heads turned to watch as Santa made his way through the crowd and took his place in “Santa’s Chair” on the stage. It was then time for the official Tree Lighting Ceremony! Supervisor Reilich then encouraged the crowds to join him in counting down as the official Tree Lighting Ceremony took place! Children then began to gather for a chance to visit Santa and receive a treat from him: a Christmas ornament filled with candy! 

Following the Tree Lighting Ceremony portion of the event, residents gathered in the Community Center for the Family Christmas Party. Activities included face painting, a giant inflatable snow-globe, games, Rockin’ Rick DJ, crafts, free coffee from Starbucks, cotton candy, and hot chocolate! A special thank you to the Greece Public Library Director and staff members who helped distribute 500 free books to kids during the event. For those who wanted to continue braving the cold weather, a marshmallow roasting station was set up outside.

“Despite the chilly weather, this is such a festive time of year” said Supervisor Reilich. “I would like to thank the staff at the Community Center and all others who had a role in organizing the increasingly popular Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Family Christmas Party. It makes me happy to see so many residents brave the winter weather to come out and enjoy a time of fun, community, and fellowship.

Supervisor Reilich would like to remind residents that the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Family Christmas Party is this Thursday, December 6th, 2018. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on the Greece Town Hall Campus at the pavilion next to the Greece Community Center at 3 Vince Tofany Boulevard. Attendees will be treated to a performance by the U of R YellowJackets. Complimentary popcorn and hot chocolate will be available.

Following the Tree Lighting Ceremony, all are invited to the Family Christmas Party. The festivities will feature visits with Santa, light refreshments, crafts, an inflatable snow globe, face painting, coffee from Starbucks, and more. Guests are encouraged to dress warmly, as activities will take place both inside and outside. All events are free to the public.

Please see below for the timeline of events:

5:45pm – U of R YellowJackets Performance.

6:15pm – Official Tree Lighting.

6:15pm – 8:00pm – Festivities at Greece Community Center.

If residents have access to Facebook, we ask that they please indicate their interest in the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/528759197942859/. This is to ensure that enough treats will be available for the children. For more information, please call the Town of Greece Community and Senior Center at 585-723-2425.

Supervisor Reilich will be hosting the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Family Christmas Party on Thursday, December 6th, 2018. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on the Greece Town Hall Campus at the pavilion next to the Greece Community Center at 3 Vince Tofany Boulevard. Attendees will be treated to a performance by the U of R YellowJackets. Complimentary popcorn and hot chocolate will be available.

Following the Tree Lighting Ceremony, all are invited to the Family Christmas Party. The festivities will feature visits with Santa, light refreshments, crafts, an inflatable snow globe, face painting, coffee from Starbucks, and more. Guests are encouraged to dress warmly, as activities will take place both inside and outside. All events are free to the public.

Please see below for the timeline of events:

5:45pm – U of R YellowJackets Performance.

6:15pm – Official Tree Lighting.

6:15pm – 8:00pm – Festivities at Greece Community Center.

If residents have access to Facebook, we ask that they please indicate their interest in the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/528759197942859/. This is to ensure that enough treats will be available for the children. For more information, please call the Town of Greece Community and Senior Center at 585-723-2425.