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Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, the Greece Town Board, and the Greece Youth Board yesterday recognized the recipient of the Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship. This year’s winner is Evan Anderson from Greece Athena High School. Evan received a recognition proclamation and a $2,000 scholarship check during the meeting of the Greece Town Board on Tuesday, July 18th.

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. This scholarship has been established by the Town of Greece to highlight Jerry’s exceptional character, virtue, and lifelong love of learning and public service. With over 25 years of public service, Jerry served on the Greece Youth Board, was elected as Town Councilman for 10 years, and served as Deputy Supervisor until his untimely passing in July of 2014.

“Jerry was an upstanding citizen, co-worker, and friend and the love he had for his community and public service are the foundations of this scholarship” said Supervisor Reilich. “Every year we had several applicants from all throughout the Greece community. Through careful consideration by the Greece Youth Board and the Helfer Family, this year’s winner provided an excellent example of leadership, public service, and volunteerism. I was proud to take part in Tuesday evening’s ceremony and congratulate Evan, who is an outstanding member of our community and who is helping to continue on the legacy of Jerry Helfer”.  

Evan is a student at Greece Athena High School. He has been heavily involved in school activities, including being a freshman student mentor to help incoming freshman transition into high school, a member of the National Honor Society, the yearbook editor in chief, the Production Assistant for Athena Middle Musicals where he oversaw volunteers for the backstage crew, and a performer in school musicals. In addition to school activities, Evan is also a great volunteer in the community as a student tutor, a religious education teacher, and a member of the Polish Festival planning crew. After graduating high school, Evan plans to attend the University of Kansas to study both broadcast journalism and political science. He would eventually like to run for public office.

Congratulations to Evan Anderson on being chosen as the top recipient of the Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship! The Town of Greece is very proud of you and stands behind you as you continue to set examples of volunteerism and leadership in our community.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and Greece Town Clerk Cheryl Rozzi would like to remind Town of Greece residents that they may obtain EZ Passes from the Town of Greece Clerk’s Office. This reminder is timely as the Governor just announced that a cashless tolling system will be added to the thruway by the end of 2020. This means that cash lanes will no longer be available – only EZ pass tags will be recognized. If a vehicle does not have an EZ pass, a picture of the license plate will be taken and a bill will be mailed to the registered owner.

E-ZPass is a program whereby a customer pre-pays funds, receives a transponder (tag) to mount on their vehicle, and as the vehicle passes through a toll plaza, an antenna in the lane “reads” that tag’s computerized information and the appropriate toll is deducted from the pre-paid funds. Currently, the benefit of an E-ZPass is that it expedites transactions at the toll plaza, thereby reducing congestion. Please note that tags sold are only for personal use two-axel cars, trucks, and vans. The tags are not for business or commercial use.  Once the cashless system is operational, use of an E-ZPass tag will be the better alternative to having a bill mailed, which then has to be handled at some point after your travel.

E-Z Passes may be purchased from the Greece Town Clerk’s Office during regular business hours for $25. Once you purchase an E-ZPass, you may register the tag by visiting www.e-zpassNY.com/register or by calling 1-800-697-1554.When you register your tag, you will be prompted to select one of two replenishment methods: credit card/checking account with automatic replenishment OR check or cash replenishment. Once registered, the $25 purchase fee will be moved to your account to start your toll balance.  

“As soon as I heard the Governor’s announcement of eliminating cash toll booths in 2020, I wanted to immediately remind residents that the Town of Greece has EZ Passes available to purchase in the Town Clerk’s Office” said Supervisor Reilich. “Visit the Town Clerk’s Counter during regular business hours (9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday) to purchase a tag and get ahead of the rush that will likely ensue as we near 2020”.

The Town of Greece will be conducting a major project to replace the Maiden Lane Bridge over Round Pond Creek, located just east of Long Pond Road.  This bridge is almost 40 years old and recent inspection reports indicated sections of the bridge were showing signs of deterioration. While there was no immediate cause for concern, the Town took the proactive approach and applied for and was awarded a $1.6 million New York State grant to replace the bridge before any major safety issues arose.

In an effort to have this project completed before the next school year and before winter comes, work on the bridge will begin on July 1st and is scheduled to be completed by August 31st.  To accommodate this condensed work schedule and in an effort to open Maiden Lane as quickly as possible, Maiden Lane will be closed to traffic at this location during the project. 

Access from Long Pond Road to Country Village Plaza and the gas station on the corner of Maiden Lane/Long Pond Road immediately west of the project will be maintained, as well as access to the Greece United Methodist Church and the Brookview townhomes on the eastern side of the project.

Detour signs will be installed and will direct traffic to utilize Long Pond Road, Vintage Lane and Fetzner Road during the project.  Pedestrian access across the bridge will be maintained and would only be closed for brief periods of time during certain phases of the project.

Residents can call the Department of Public Works at 225-4590 with any questions.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this important project as we work to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors to our community.

Yesterday afternoon, Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Josh Jensen and Bill Murphy and County Legislator Brian Marianetti for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of Coco Beauty Bar. The new business is located at 3811 Dewey Avenue across from Northgate Plaza.

Coco Beauty Bar is owned by Katie Coco. Katie was born and raised in the Town of Greece. She is a professional make up artist, esthetician, and bridal make up specialist with over 10 years of experience. She regularly attends workshops and classes to enhance her skills to service her clients on the latest beauty trends and techniques. The services Katie offers at the beauty bar include makeup, lashes, waxing, and facials. To learn more about the business and services offered, please visit Katie’s website: http://www.katie-coco.com/index.html.

“Congratulations to Katie Coco on the grand opening of her new business: Coco Beauty Bar” Said Supervisor Reilich. “I was honored to host the ribbon cutting ceremony and celebrate with Katie and her family and friends. I wish Katie the best of luck with her business!”

 

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and Greece Town Councilmembers Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, Josh Jensen, and Diana Christodaro yesterday hosted the first food truck rodeo of the year on the Greece Town Hall Campus. This event was in conjunction with the first summer concert of the year featuring Eddie Lee & Closing Time Band.                         

The event boasted several food truck participants, including Lugia’s Ice Cream, J&S Fried Dough, Daves Fine Food, Cheesed and Confused, Snowie Mobile, Macarollin’, and Taste the Roc. Eddie Lee & Closing Time Band entertained guests with a variety of live country music throughout the evening.

“It was a beautiful day for a concert and food truck rodeo” said Supervisor Reilich. “We host several food truck rodeos and concerts throughout the year, all of which are free for the public to attend. Our next concert series will be held during the Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration on Thursday, July 4th. Come out to the Greece Town Hall Campus for a day filled with food, music, and activities for the entire family”.

                  

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich this morning met with Governor Cuomo as he was in Monroe County to kick off his Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Plan.

 Supervisor Reilich was joined by a great team of Greece Department Heads and Engineers as he delivered the Lake Ontario Flood Mitigation Projects on behalf of the Town of Greece. He wanted to be proactive in getting our desired projects in as soon as possible.

Supervisor Reilich hand delivered the Town of Greece Lake Ontario Flood Mitigation Project request to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos. During the break out session, he delivered a copy to REDI Planning Chief for Monroe County Tim Walsh. This afternoon, he is mailing a copy of this proposal to Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Executive Director Vincent Esposito and New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Acting Commissioner Patrick Murphy. Supervisor Reilich has worked closely with these individuals and will do all he can to ensure that Greece residents get as much assistance as possible, and in this case that is in the form of shoreline resiliency.

The Lake Ontario Flood Mitigation Project will greatly strengthen our storm and sanitary sewer system along the shoreline and protect one of our great recreational treasures, Girlie Goodwin Park. The project consists of installing a total of 13,500 linear feet of piping for three new stormwater collection and distribution systems to relieve excessive strains on our shoreline sanitary sewers due to groundwater infiltration into our sanitary system.  Additionally, we hope to construct a 1,600 linear foot sheet piling wall to protect Goodwin Park which severely flooded during the 2017 flooding and has flooded once again this year.  The flooding makes this beautiful park virtually unusable and results in contamination of the play surfaces and equipment.

Supervisor Reilich has been working tirelessly to support the communities affected by flooding. Last month, he hosted a shoreline representative meeting for the new members of the International Join Commission and organized a shoreline tour so they could see first-hand the devastation the flooding has caused. He has been working with the Department of Public Works to provide sand bags to residents and has coordinated with community volunteers and the State Office of Emergency Management for distribution. Mailings have been sent out to every shoreline household and business in Greece with current information regarding water levels and how to effectively use sandbags. Late last year, the Town completed the installation of a flood control earthen berm along the shoreline of Round Pond. The berm, which is 420 feet long and 2.5 feet high with a top elevation of 250 feet, was constructed using Town work crews. Shut-off valves installed near the berm can be closed to prevent the pond water from backing up through the storm sewer pipes that drain into Round Pond and cause flooding in the road. In 2017, Supervisor Reilich joined representatives from surrounding shoreline communities to lobby in Washington, D.C. against Plan 2014. He has sent countless letters and made several phone calls to State and Federal Representatives in advocacy for shoreline residents. He has also worked to install an aquadam along lakeside residential properties.

“I have been in constant contact with all levels of government not only to seek assistance but to share what we have done in Greece to mitigate damage so that perhaps other communities could take advantage of so my our successful implementation” said Supervisor Reilich. “Today I am optimistic that many of us that represent the shoreline are finally getting on the same page. My number one priority is of course repealing IJC Plan 2014. However, because we need an immediate short term solution, all levels of government must band together, regardless of party lines, and do all we can for every homeowner, business and municipal asset. This starts with permanent infrastructure and shoreline preventative measures. The Governor issued a directive to get projects handed in for potential funding that would have a long term benefit. We submitted a plan on behalf of our residents dealing with flooding which fulfills the Governor’s directive and includes an Economic Development Benefit. We have lost shorelines, residents have lost businesses, homeowners have had their properties damaged and boaters are unable to even put their boats in the water. I am optimistic that if our plans are accepted for funding, we can start to change the current path we are on. Having a safe shoreline benefits all of us. In Greece, we try always to be proactive. By bringing this plan with us today, we are hopeful that we will be one of the first communities to receive consideration for funding”.

 

 

Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board members Bill Murphy, Josh Jensen, and Mike Barry, Library Board members Charles DeCamilla, Kevin Nasca, Jamie Anthony, and Tony Wechsler, Teen Advisory Board Facilitators Claire Talbot and Karen Dessinger, and several members of the Teen Advisory Board for a ribbon cutting unveiling ceremony for the new Teen Space furniture at the Greece Public Library Main Branch.

The previous furniture in the Teen Space was very difficult to clean. The Teen Space now includes new tables, stools, and booth space – the new seats on the café chairs are vinyl and all of the new furniture surfaces are easily cleanable. Also included is a new Tween book collection that features both fiction and graphic novels. The space will soon have a Nintendo Switch Gaming Systems.

“The Teen Space is a very popular area for our young residents” said Supervisor Reilich. “I would like to thank the library’s Teen Advisory Board and everyone involved in renovating and expanding this space for our teen and tween population!”

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and Greece Town Board Members Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, Josh Jensen, and Diana Christodaro invite all to attend the June Food Truck Rodeo and Summer Concert. The event will take place Tuesday, June 11th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Greece Town Hall Campus.

The Food Truck Rodeo will be in conjunction with the first Town of Greece Summer Concert featuring Eddie Lee & Closing Time Band, who perform a variety of country music hits. For more information about the band, please visit their website: http://www.eddieleeandclosingtime.com/. Vendors participating in the food truck rodeo include local favorite Daves Fine Food, Cheesed & Confused, Snowie Mobile, J&S Fried Dough, Macarollin’, and Lugias Ice Cream.

This event is free and open to the public. Information about the event can be found on the Town of Greece website at https://www.greeceny.gov/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2019/06/11/4349/-/food-truck-rodeo-summer-concert and Supervisor Bill Reilich’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/events/668398593605076/. We hope you will join us for this family-friendly event!

 

The flags on the Greece Town Hall Campus will be flown at half-staff until sunset, June 4, 2019, as a sign of solemn respect for the victims of the tragic shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. We grieve with those affected and pray for comfort and healing for the family and friends. We pray that they know that their nation is surrounding them with love and support.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich yesterday hosted a listening session with shoreline Elected Officials so that the new Commissioners of the International Joint Commission (IJC) could hear from elected officials about the shoreline impacts in their communities from high water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

The International Joint Commissioners assumed office last week. Yesterday was their first site visit to the Lake Ontario shoreline to meet elected officials and better understand their concerns. The following members of the IJC participated in the listening session:

Pierre Béland, Canadian Section Chair

Jane Corwin, US Section Chair

Robert Sisson, Commissioner

Lance Yohe, Commissioner

The listening session was held at Greece Town Hall from 1:00pm – 2:30pm. Following the listening session was an opportunity for members of the media to ask questions to the new members of the IJC. After the media session concluded, Supervisor Reilich and 4th Ward Councilwoman Diana Christodaro, who represents portions of the shoreline in Greece, brought the new IJC members on a shoreline tour so they could see firsthand the flooding of roads and properties.

“I was thankful that the Town of Greece was given the opportunity to host the listening session for IJC Commissioners and Elected Officials representing shoreline communities” said Supervisor Reilich. During the session, the new members of the IJC listened to representatives from shoreline communities across Monroe County, Niagara County, Orleans County, Wayne County, Cayuga County, and Oswego County. The IJC members heard about the devastating impacts that the high water levels have been having on these communities and also heard suggestions from representatives on how to combat the flooding. Following the listening session was a time for members of the media to ask questions to the IJC Commissioner to better understand the role they play in the water levels and what they will do differently from the former members of the IJC. The day ended with a shoreline tour organized for the IJC commissioners. During the tour, the commissioners were able to see and experience the significant flooding of shoreline roads and properties. They saw that the tour bus was not even able to go down certain roads because the water level was so high. I am grateful that the new members of the IJC took the time to listen to our concerns and see with their own eyes the devastating impacts that the high waters have caused in our communities. I am hopeful that the new IJC commissioners will listen more to resident concerns and begin working on a plan that will alleviate flooding for both American Shoreline Communities and Canadian Shoreline Communities”.