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Yesterday, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, the Greece Youth Board and Greece Town Board announced the recipients of the Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship. This year’s winners are Madalyn Bowen from Greece Olympia and runner-up Evan O’Hara from Greece Athena.

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 his 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. “This year we had a total of 30 applicants from all throughout the Greece community. Through careful consideration by the Greece Youth Board and the Helfer Family, this year’s winners both provided excellent examples of leadership, public service and volunteerism. I was proud to part take in last nights’ ceremony and congratulate both Madalyn and Evan for their great leadership and volunteerism and to help continue on the legacy of Jerry Helfer.”   

This year’s winner, Madalyn Bowen, is a senior at Greece Olympia High School. Throughout her high school career, Madalyn has been active in numerous clubs and groups and has taken an active role in her high school’s student council. She served as class president during her senior year and was treasure of the National Honor Society. Throughout the year, Madalyn helped to organize homecoming week, a spring fling fundraiser and spirit week. Additionally Madalyn teamed up with the rest of the student council and dedicated a week in May to mental health awareness in conjunction with the National Alliance on Mental Health. After graduation, Madalyn will be attending SUNY Geneseo in the fall.

This year’s runner-up, Evan O’Hara, is a senior at Greece Athena High School. Evan graduated with valedictorian honors from Greece Athena. He is the Mechanical Team Leader of his school’s Robotics Club, is member of the National Honor Society and is the 1st chair bassoonist in the Greece Athena symphonic band. Outside of school, Evan is active in his local Boy Scout Troop and has attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He also donates his time to Foodlink and is a Red Cross Blood Drive Organizer. After graduation Evan hopes to attend SUNY Polytechnic and study Mechanical Engineering.    

The state of New York has 1,500 communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), but only 32 (2%) currently participate in the Community Rating System (CRS) and none rank better than Class 7.   Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that the Town of Greece is the only local municipality in Monroe County that participates in the National Flood Insurance Community Rating System Program and has received a reduction in our Class rating from 8 to 7 providing additional savings for taxpayers.  

CRS is a voluntary incentive program managed by the Insurance industry and recognized by FEMA that highlights communities that enforce floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum National Flood Insurance Program requirements. Our participation as a Class 7 CRS Community will provide Greece residents within the FEMA Special Flood Hazard Area with a fifteen percent discount on their flood insurance policies.  Benefits also include improved public safety, property loss reduction, open space and natural resource protection, and better post-disaster recovery.

“Since first taking office, saving taxpayer dollars has been my top priority. Today, I am pleased to announce that through the efforts of our Public Works and Development Services Departments our Town has received full approval from the NFIP for a class reduction from 8 to 7 resulting in the savings of fifteen percent for all Greece residents who currently have flood insurance. We are the only municipality within Monroe County to receive this class reduction and the first town across the state to have a Class 7 rating. This news comes at a time when the cost of flood insurance has increased dramatically across the nation and has become a burden for many communities that are situated in a flood plain.” said Supervisor Reilich.

The Town of Greece’s level of participation currently provides policy holders within the FEMA Special Flood Hazard Area (FEMA Mapped 100-year Floodplain) with a ten percent discount. While ten percent is the standard, our new fifteen percent reductions will provide cost savings for residents with flood insurance policies. This reduction may become more significant as flood insurance rates continue to increase due to recent laws aimed at making the program self-funding and the elimination of subsidies. 

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich announced today that signup forms for the Third Annual 5K Freedom Run are now available on the Town of Greece website and the Run Sign Up website (https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Rochester/Greece5KFreedomRun). The 5K Freedom Run will be a part of the Town of Greece Old Fashioned Fourth July Celebration.

Packet pickup will take place on July 1st and 2nd. Check-In will take place at 7:00 AM and the race will begin at 7:30 AM. The course will begin and end near the Town of Greece Court House (4 Vince Tofany Blvd). Timing for this run will be conducted by Yen Timing Services, and our newly certified USATF course map is available on our website.

In addition to the 5K Freedom Run, the Town of Greece will also be hosting a “Scooby Stars & Stripes Fun Run” for children. This event will begin at 9 AM and will be one mile in length. The cost per child will be $5, and parents will be able to participate at no charge. Prizes will be awarded to all runners. Registration will take place at the Community and Senior Center.

For more information regarding the 5K Freedom Run, please contact Michelle Marini at 723-2463 or visit our http://www.greeceny.gov/departments/cscparks/old-fashioned-4th-of-july-celebration/freedom-run-5k.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members David Michael Barry Jr., Brett Granville, Andrew Conlon, and Diana Christodaro for the Annual Town of Greece Arbor Day Memorial Tree Planting event earlier today. This year’s tree was planted in memory of Greece employee, Mr. Paul J. Czapranski.

“Paul was an integral part in the Greece Town Hall Family. His unwavering dedication to his work was something that was and will continue to be admired by all who had the privilege of working with him. I can speak for many who knew Paul that he will be greatly missed. ” stated Supervisor Reilich.

The tree chosen by Paul’s family, a White Oak Tree, which was a personal favorite of Paul’s, will continue to grow next the Greece Town Hall and ensure that Paul’s memory lives on.

 

Supervisor Bill Reilich would like to invite the public to participate in the 11th Annual Erie Canal Clean Sweep, April 23rd from 9:00 AM to Noon at the town’s Historic Junction Lock Trail, located on Ridgeway Avenue just west of Long Pond Road.

This event is part of the statewide canal clean up coordinated by the New York State Canal Corporation and Parks & Trails New York in recognition of Earth Day. Supervisor Reilich would like to encourage as many folks as possible to assist in this effort. 

Upon registering for the 2016 Erie Canal Clean Sweep, volunteers will receive further instructions on where to meet to receive assignments and supplies, as well as go over safety precautions.

If you would like to participate, please contact Scott Copey by phone at 723-2356, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On Friday April 15th, the Town of Greece welcomed the Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Terence Nikolas Quick, for a diplomatic presentation ceremony honoring the people and the Town of Greece. This historic visit by Mr. Quick marks the first diplomatic visit to the Town by the nation of Greece since the Town’s inception in 1822. Mr. Quick’s visit was coordinated between the Hellenic American National Council and the nation of Greece in an attempt to honor the Town for taking the name of the Country of Greece during its struggle for independence against the Ottoman Turkish Empire in 1821.

“Friday’s historic visit by Mr. Quick is a first between our Town and the nation of Greece” said Supervisor Reilich.  “195 years ago in 1821, the people from the country of Greece began their struggle for independence and freedom from the Ottoman Turkish Empire. The idea of freedom and liberty was not unknown to the founders of our town whom many themselves once fought for independence and freedom during the American Revolution. That human struggle for independence was something which was admired by the founders of our Town and as a sign of support and respect towards the people of Greece, adopted the name Greece as our own. Today’s ceremony highlights our mutual understanding of freedom and liberty, and future generations will look back on today as an example of respect and honor between our Town and the nation of Greece.”

On March 22, 1822 the New York State Senate and Assembly passed a resolution authorizing the creation of the Town of Greece which was formed out of the town of Gates. The founders of the town adopted the name after the nation of Greece who had been fighting for their independence against their Ottoman Turkish oppressors.  To many in the United States at the start of the 19th century, freedom and liberty were two common ideologies.  Having fought and ultimately gaining our independence in 1781, many Americans were sympathetic to the Greek cause for freedom and liberty.

“On behalf of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, we would like to extend our gratitude and respect to both the people of the Town of Greece and the founders of the Town for adopting the name of our nation as your own” said Deputy Minister Quick. “Today we are celebrating the 194th Anniversary of the naming of the Town of Greece. The significance of this event is our common understanding that both freedom and liberty are important to the development of any nation.  I am proud to have had this opportunity and share this historic event with the residents of the Town.”   

In a display of international friendship, Deputy Minister Quick, on the personal request from the President of the Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, has requested the Supervisor to attend a reception and diplomatic visit to the Country of Greece next year to continue on the diplomatic friendship between the Town and the country of Greece. 

 

Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that the Town of Greece, in its continued effort to streamline services for Greece residents, has designed a new office in the clerk’s area for the purpose of issuing Marriage Licenses to newly engaged couples.

 Recently, you may have noticed some construction around the clerk’s area at Town Hall. In late fall the Town began the initial steps in separating and clearly defining our Clerk’s Office and our Tax Receivers office. This phase has helped to ensure that the services of both departments are defined for residents utilizing them on their visit to Town Hall. The next stage is the renovation of the combined office for marriage licenses and passport issuance, just in time for what tends to be our busy wedding and travel season. As always passports will continue to be provided every Thursday from 9am to 4pm for the convenience of residents.

“Since taking office I have made it a priority to help streamline services for the residents of our town” said Supervisor Reilich. “I am pleased to say that I am keeping to my promise in making these services at Town hall user-friendly and convenient for everyone. The creation of the Marriage License/Passport Office will improve customer service and provide additional convenience. We are now offering the ability to schedule your appointment with the Clerks staff for the purpose of applying for a marriage license prior to your visit. Walk-in appointments are also available throughout the week.  I encourage all residents to utilize these offices and the many other services at Town Hall.”

To schedule an appointment for the issuance of a Marriage Office please call 723-2364 or 723-2389 or visit our website www.greeceny.gov/departments/town-clerks-office and click on marriage license.

 

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and members of the Town of Greece Youth Board, are pleased to announce the official kick off 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 2004 until 2013 and as Deputy Supervisor from 2014 until his untimely passing in July of 2014. 

“Jerry was an upstanding citizen, co-worker, and friend,” said 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.

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 pleased to announce that the Town of Greece will be launching a monthly construction electronic newsletter on the new Greece Police Department Headquarters. Residents will now be able to sign up via email and get an up-to-date status on the various construction phases of the new headquarters.

             If you are interested in getting updates regarding the construction of our new Police Department Headquarters, make sure to sign up through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

           Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that the Town of Greece was named a 2015 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The Town of Greece is one of more than 3,400 Tree City USA’s across the country to be given this title. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the United States Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

           The Town of Greece achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements which include a tree board, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

           “Preserving our town’s natural beauty is a very important mission. I am honored that the Arbor Day Foundation has granted our Town with this distinguished title and is a testament to our community’s commitment in conserving our forestry and protecting the natural beauty of our town.” said Supervisor Reilich. “The presence of trees in our urban and suburban centers is vital to the public infrastructure of our town and helps to provide an abundant of environmental, social and economic benefits.”

           The Arbor Day Foundation is a multi-community non-for-profit conservation and educational organization with the task to inspire people to plant, nurture, and respect trees. For more information on various initiates by the Arbor Day Foundation please visit www.arborday.org.