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Today, Supervisor Bill Reilich participated in a ground breaking ceremony for Chick-Fil-A. The new business, located at 2140 West Ridge Road in Greece, will open in the Spring of this year.

This Georgia-based fast food chain will include two drive-thru ordering lanes and a two-story playground for children. The 5,056 square foot restaurant will offer indoor seating for 120 people and outdoor seating for 20 people. The business is expected to employ over 100 people.

Chick-Fil-A prides itself on fresh food preparation, parenting-friendly menus, and environmental sustainability. Many of their items are hand-prepared daily, including hand-chopped salads made throughout the day, hand-breaded chicken, and hand-spun milkshakes. Owner Alan Taylor plans on giving back to the community by partnering the local franchise with local charities.

“I was honored to join Chick-Fil-A representatives for the ground-breaking ceremony of this highly-anticipated business” said Supervisor Reilich. “I am always happy to welcome new businesses to the Town of Greece and am very excited that Greece was chosen to be the location for the first Chick-Fil-A in Rochester. I want to wish owner Alan Taylor and his team great success!”

Supervisor Bill Reilich was pleased to swear in the newest Elected Officials that will be representing the Town of Greece. The 2018 Town of Greece Organizational Meeting was held today and the first order of business was to swear in the new elected officials that will be serving the residents in the 2nd and 3rd Wards as well as our new Receiver of Taxes, Andrew Conlon.

Serving the 2nd Ward will be William Murphy. Councilman Murphy will begin his first term replacing former Councilman Brett Granville who was successful in his bid for Greece Town Justice. Murphy, a former Greece Police Officer and former Chief of the Holley Police Department, will bring his experience in public safety and community service to Town Hall. Murphy was joined by family members, including his wife, Cindy, and his son, Paul, who held the Bible, as he pledged to serve the residents in the 2nd Ward to the best of his ability.

Another new elected official, Joshua Jensen, will be representing residents living in the 3rd Ward. Andrew Conlon has held this seat previously. Councilman Jensen was joined by his wife, Casey, who held the bible, and his family as Supervisor Reilich delivered the oath of office. Councilman Jensen has served on our Traffic Advisory Committee and is a member of Senator Joe Robach's staff.

Taking on his position early in order to assist residents with the pre-payment of 2018 Town and County Taxes, Former Councilman and now Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon was sworn into office by Former Greece Receiver of Taxes Kathleen Taylor. Heather Halstead held the Bible for Andrew with his family by his side. Councilman Conlon has been a strong advocate for the residents in the 3rd Ward and will now be serving residents throughout the entire town. 

"The residents of Greece are so fortunate to have these new elected officials serving our town" said Supervisor Reilich. "Their combined experience in elected office, community service and civic involvement will make them excellent representatives for those that live in their respective districts. We have many new initiatives planned and we are all eager to work together to serve our residents".

At the conclusion of the Organization Meeting, the new Town Board members joined in for the first Agenda Review Workshop, which followed immediately after the Organizational Meeting. All meeting dates and times are posted on the Town of Greece website.

Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that after just one hour into our extended tax collection day that over 260 people have been processed and are on their way home. Additionally, our customer service counter is showing over 450 people on site since we opened.

“Receiver-Elect Andrew Conlon has assumed his position early and is being assisted by retired Receiver of Taxes Kathleen Taylor to oversee the operation today” said Supervisor Reilich.  “I am thankful for many members of my staff that we temporarily re-assigned to the effort today to process any Greece Resident wishing to pre-pay their taxes before the close of 2017. We have set up some "temporary" processing areas in our Service Mall and the crowds are moving along swiftly”.

Residents are encouraged to print their tax bills at home from the Monroe County website if possible. However, we are more than happy to print them for you on site. Take a number upon entering the building, head to the "Marriage Office" which is serving as our printing station for residents' bills, and then wait comfortably until your number is called. Readying your check, cash or money order prior to heading to the counter is also very helpful.

Our staff in the newly combined Clerk/Receiver of Taxes Counter is certainly being tested today and though it’s early - it has passed the test. Clerk Cheryl Rozzi has also been integral in the process and we are currently having staff cross-trained. 

"I am so pleased that we are able to offer this accelerated customer service experience today" said Supervisor Reilich.  "Time and time again, when there is any challenge, we see the people of Greece (both our employees and our residents) step up in busy or challenging situations and come together. I believe there is no better community spirit anywhere around and I am proud to serve as your Supervisor".

We have also extended our hours at Greece Town Hall to accommodate the demand. We will be open until 8:00pm today.  

Supervisor Reilich has announced that Greece Town Hall will be open from 9:00am – 8:00pm on Friday, December 29th, 2017. The decision to extend business hours was made to accommodate residents interested in early payment of property taxes. In addition to extended hours, additional staff will be available that day to support Town of Greece residents who chose to pay their taxes prior to January 1st, 2018.

Greece Receiver of Taxes elect Andrew Conlon will be in Greece Town Hall on Friday, December 29th, to assist residents with processing their property taxes. He will be joined by former Greece Receiver of Taxes Kathleen Taylor to ensure residents receive prompt and efficient assistance.

Please note that Property Taxes can be paid at the Town of Greece office via cash, check, or money order. Residents choosing to make their payments at Greece Town Hall should enter our Service Mall entrance, take a number at the Tax Counter, and then proceed to our “Marriage Office” area of the counter where we will have added staff to print out your tax bills. Once you have received the copy of your bill, we ask that you ready your check, money order, or cash payments and wait until your number is called. This is being done to streamline our service to you. If you are able, Supervisor Reilich would like to encourage you to print your tax bill prior to coming to Greece Town Hall, which will help us in assisting you more quickly. Your tax bill will be available to print on the Monroe County website after 12:00am on Friday, December 29th, 2017. If you are unable to print your tax bill at home, we will have staff available on site to print them for you. Residents choosing to pay via credit card payments can ONLY do so online at www.monroecounty.gov. Please note that payments made through the Monroe County website will be subject to a 3% credit card payment fee. Please consult your tax professional or accountant to discuss payment options prior to taking any action.  

Supervisor Reilich would also like to remind residents that property tax bill payments in the form of a check will be accepted via mail if they are post marked by Saturday, December 30th, 2017.

“We are always looking to improve service to our customers” said Supervisor Reilich. “I am hopeful that we can get folks on their way more quickly by utilizing additional staff and extending hours at Greece Town Hall on Friday, December 29th, 2017 for residents interested in processing their property taxes that day”.

For anyone planning on paying their property taxes at Greece Town Hall on Friday, December 29th, 2017, please note the following:

Greece Town Hall will be open regular business hours (9:00am – 5:00pm).

Greece Receiver of Taxes elect Andrew Conlon will be in Greece Town Hall to assist residents with processing their property taxes. He will be joined by former Greece Receiver of Taxes Kathleen Taylor, along with additional staff to ensure residents receive prompt and efficient assistance.

Please note that Property Taxes can be paid at the Town of Greece office via cash, check, or money order. Residents choosing to make their payments at Greece Town Hall should enter our Service Mall entrance, take a number at the Tax Counter, and then proceed to our “Marriage Office” area of the counter where we will have added staff to print out your tax bills. Once you have received the copy of your bill, we ask that you ready your check, money order, or cash payments and wait until your number is called. This is being done to streamline our service to you. Residents choosing to pay via credit card payments can ONLY do so online at www.monroecounty.gov. Please note that payments made through the Monroe County website will be subject to a 3% credit card payment fee. Please consult your tax professional or accountant to discuss payment options prior to taking any action.

Your property tax bill will be available to print online the morning of Friday, December 29th. I strongly encourage you to print your tax bill prior to coming to Greece Town Hall, which will help us in assisting you more quickly. If you are unable to print your tax bill at home, we will have staff available on site to print them for you.

Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce that additional staff will be available to support Town of Greece residents in processing property taxes on Friday, December 29th, 2017. This will assist residents who chose to pay their taxes prior to January 1st, 2018.

After receiving information about the newly passed Federal Tax Plan and how New Yorkers may benefit by paying their 2018 town/county taxes prior to January 1, 2018, Supervisor Reilich wanted to provide as many resources as possible to residents interested in paying their 2018 tax bills on the last day of business in the year 2017.

Greece Receiver of Taxes elect Andrew Conlon will be in Greece Town Hall on Friday, December 29th, to assist residents with processing their property taxes. He will be joined by former Greece Receiver of Taxes Kathleen Taylor to ensure residents receive prompt and efficient assistance.

Please note that Property Taxes can be paid at the Town of Greece office via cash, check, or money order. Residents choosing to make their payments at Greece Town Hall should enter our Service Mall entrance, take a number at the Tax Counter, and then proceed to our “Marriage Office” area of the counter where we will have added staff to print out your tax bills. Once you have received the copy of your bill, we ask that you ready your check, money order, or cash payments and wait until your number is called. This is being done to streamline our service to you. Residents choosing to pay via credit card payments can ONLY do so online at www.monroecounty.gov. Please note that payments made through the Monroe County website will be subject to a 3% credit card payment fee. Please consult your tax professional or accountant to discuss payment options prior to taking any action.  

“We are always looking to improve service to our customers” said Supervisor Reilich. “I am hopeful that by utilizing additional staff that we can get folks on their way more quickly. I am also pleased to announce that Receiver-Elect Andrew Conlon, Town Clerk Cheryl Rozzi, and I have met and that the cross training of our Clerk and Receiver staff is currently underway. We certainly hope residents will appreciate an even higher level of service when coming to Town Hall for business that involves either office”.

During Tuesday evening’s Greece Town Board Meeting, Supervisor Bill Reilich presented plaques honoring current councilmembers Andrew Conlon and Brett Granville for their years of service in the Town of Greece.

Andrew Conlon is currently Councilman of the 3rd Ward in Greece. Elected in 2010, he has diligently served 3rd Ward residents for 7 years. Andrew is a lifelong Greece resident and graduate of Greece Athena High School. He received a bachelor's degree from St. John Fisher College. He currently serves as Constituent Services Coordinator for New York State Senator Joe Robach. This past election season, Andrew was elected to the position of the Town of Greece Receiver of Taxes.

Brett Granville currently serves as Councilman of the 2nd Ward in Greece. A longtime Greece resident, Brett received his bachelor's degree from St. Bonaventure University. He also holds a Law degree from the Notre Dame Law School. After serving Greece residents as a councilman since 2012, Brett was elected as a Greece Town Judge this past election season.

“I was honored to presents plaques of recognition to two outstanding members of our Greece Town Board” said Supervisor Reilich. “These individuals serve our community every day, and I am proud to work alongside them in the Town of Greece and wish them the best of luck in their new positions”.

Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board adopted a local law to extend the tax exemption for Cold War Veterans at the Town Board Meeting last evening.  

In October 2017, Chapter 290 of the NYS Municipal Law authorized taxing entities and Towns to extend the Cold War Veterans Exemption beyond the initial ten year limit. A “Local Law” was necessary to adopt the exemption extension. 

Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce that the local law was adopted at Tuesday evening’s Greece Town Board Meeting, thus extending the tax exemption for Cold War Veterans beyond the original ten year limitation as authorized by Section 458-b of New York Real Property Tax Law. Without this local law being enacted, the Cold War Vets exemption would expire after 10 years. Additionally, Chapter 376 now authorizes school districts to adopt the Eligible Funds Veterans Exemption as well. A resolution by the individual school boards would be required.

 “We have 153 Cold War Veterans registered in the Town of Greece” said Supervisor Reilich. “These heroes defend our rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and equally as important they defend the freedoms we hold so dear. We are committed to constantly looking for ways to serve those who have so selflessly served us, and this tax exemption extension is one way we can do that. I am pleased to be able to support this measure on behalf of the Cold War Veteran’s in our community”.

Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to join the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District in announcing the “Breaking Out of Winter and Gearing Up For Spring 2018 Conservation Tree & Shrub Program”. The purpose of this program is to provide seedlings for homeowners, which will help with erosion control, soaking up water, helping with storm water runoff and nutrient uptake, and improve wildlife habitat. The district has been hosting this annual program for over 41 years with more than 116,760 trees, shrubs, and plants being distributed in the last 5 years alone.

Property owners will have the opportunity to pre-order more than 42 different species of bare-root conifers, hardwood trees, shrubs, wildflowers and groundcovers, as well as seed mixes and other products used for conservation projects. Packages of all shapes and sizes are available, as well as editable fruit packs for attracting wildlife. Native species new to the program this year are Witchhazel, Gray Dogwood, American Hazelnut, and Eastern Sweetshrub.

Selections can be found by visiting the website catalog at www.monroecountyswcd.org. The deadline for ordering is March 2nd, 2018. A first come, first serve overstock sale will be held on April 21st, 2018 for those that missed the pre-ordering deadline. If you have any questions or would like a form sent to you, please contact the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District at 585-753-7380.

“I am excited to join the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District in offering the 2018 Conservation Tree & Shrub Program to our residents” said Supervisor Reilich. “Please consider participating in this cost-effective program and chose from a variety of trees, shrubs, and plants”.

Supervisor Reilich is excited to announce that Greece Public Library Children’s Librarian Jennifer Preisser has been invited to speak at the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC)! She will be hosted as a special guest in September of 2018 and will be presenting “Inspiring Sensory Play: Babies and Toddlers”. This program will provide participants with instructions on how to implement a sensory program on any budget, explore hands-on sensory stations, and learn how to turn a dollar store pool noodle into several early literacy activities. This presentation is based on Jen’s Baby Sensory Play program, which is offered at the Greece Public Library every month.

The Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. ALSC’s network includes more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, children’s literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members and other adults dedicated to engaging communities to build healthy successful futures for all children. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.ala.org/alsc/.

“We are incredibly proud of Jennifer Preisser and for the opportunity she has been given to present at the Association of Library Service to Children and to put our library on the map with the ALCS.” said Supervisor Reilich. “Our Greece Public Library boasts wonderful librarians and helpful staff like Jen who go above and beyond to provide innovative programs to the community”.