Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich has issued a State of Emergency for the Town of Greece Lakefront and Pond Front until further notice. The State of Emergency has been declared due to rising waters and the possibility of flooding. This is not a travel ban, however, we are restricting travel to residents only along the waterfront roads.
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Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and members of the Town of Greece Youth Board today revealed the list of food truck vendors to date who will be participating in this year’s Jerry J. Helfer Memorial Food Truck Rodeo.
The Jerry J. Helfer Memorial Food Truck Rodeo is Sunday, June 11th, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Greece Town Hall. This will be in conjunction with the first Concerts at the Hall event featuring the Boomers. The food vendors to date who will be participating this year are Lugia’s Ice Cream, Barb-B-Que Inc, J&S Fried Dough, Daves Fine Food, Abbott’s Frozen Custard, Cheesed and Confused, Robs Kabobs, Midnight Smokin’ BBQ, and Red Osier. Please check out the event details on Supervisor Bill Reilich’s Facebook page.
Proceeds collected from the Food Truck Rodeo will go towards the Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship, which 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. Please join us for music, a delicious meal, and an opportunity to support the Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, in conjunction with the American Legion Post Number 468, hosted the Town of Greece Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony yesterday. This event is hosted annually and is open to the public.
The day started off with a remembrance ceremony hosted by the American Legion Post. The Memorial Day Parade kicked off at noon and featured such participants as Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board, Elected Officials, Legion Posts, the Rochester Honor Flight, Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops, Fire and Police Departments, Ambulance Services, Marching Bands, the Taekwondo School, Rochester Street Machines, and many more. Following the parade was the Town of Greece Remembrance Ceremony, held at the Greece Town Hall Pavilion. During the Ceremony, Supervisor Bill Reilich and American Legion Post Commander Number 468 Mark Ostrander gave remarks in memory of those who served our country and paid the ultimate price. Conflict names were also read in remembrance of those who lost their lives serving our country. Those in attendance also had the opportunity to visit the Gary Beikirch Veterans Memorial Wall, located on the east side of Greece Town Hall, where 28 new veteran names were recently inscribed. The day concluded with a post event luncheon hosted by the American Legion.
“Since the dedication of our Veteran’s Memorial Wall on May 31, 1999, we have added thousands of names to the wall.” said Supervisor Bill Reilich. “The Town of Greece is honored to have so many brave men and women who have fought for our freedoms and our great Nation. It is my privilege to pay tribute to all Greece residents, and all of our military men and women, who served our country.”
Supervisor Bill Reilich today is pleased to announce that Governor Cuomo made a visit to the Town of Greece this Memorial Day to answer our pleas for help. Since the first signs of the ill effects of the rising waters on Lake Ontario, the Greece Town Board and the Supervisor have been all hands on deck.
The Governor made a visit a few weeks ago and declared the shoreline along the Town of Greece and throughout the entire shoreline as a State of Emergency. This allowed affected towns the ability to receive help from the US Army National Guard and also many additional services to help our residents cope with flooding, rising waters and mounting potential damage to their homes.
When the lake levels first showed signs of rising, Supervisor Reilich and the Greece Town Board gathered in their new Emergency Response Center inside of Precinct One before the official opening of the building. There our Police, Department Heads and representatives from all of our first responders met to plans in motion.
To date, with the assistance of the US Army National Guard, our employees and so many of the individuals from the community, we have filled and distributed over 200,000 sand bags.
However, Supervisor Reilich’s constant theme has been that we must get financial relief to our residents. The Governor has previously committed $5M for small business who have incurred damages, as well as a commitment to assist municipalities
“Today’s announcement is the answer to my number one concern and top priority on behalf of our lakefront neighbors: financial assistance.” said Supervisor Reilich. “First and foremost we have looked out for the safety and security of our residents, and the next step has always been financial help so they can repair their beloved lake front properties. Governor, what you have delivered to our residents is hope – I’ve told them the Town Board and I would not stop trying and though we have a long way to go, there is one choice they won’t have to make, and that is whether to stay in their homes or be forced to abandon them.”
In an effort to gather the overwhelming support to overturn Plan 2014 from the International Joint Commission (IJC), Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board have created an official petition seeking 100,000 signatures to send to President Trump.
The petition is a result of last night’s meeting between numerous lakeshore neighborhood associations in the Town of Greece at Lakeview Community Church. Supervisor Reilich and the Town Board were invited to speak to the group about issues, concerns and any potential or available further action to address the rising waters on Lake Ontario. A Beattie Beach Association member made the suggestion during a question and answer session that was attended by over 200 lakeshore and pond-front residents.
“Starting this petition allows not only our residents in the Town of Greece to combat this failed policy perpetrated by the IJC, but all residents in surrounding towns and counties to let our President know the need to overturn Plan 2014,” stated Supervisor Reilich. “We have been fighting Plan 2014 since it was first being discussed by the IJC under the Obama administration, and this petition will allow President Trump and his administration to recognize the concerns directly from those affected by the plan. We hope he will hear our plight and get this plan overturned and get these lake levels lowered.”
The petition is an official function recognized by the White House. The Town of Greece hopes to garner the 100,000 signatures needed for consideration. Over the past month, lakeshore residents in the Town of Greece along with many other towns and counties have been ravaged by high winds and the high lake levels from Plan 2014. Supervisor Reilich invites ALL similarly affected towns and counties along all of the shores of our Great Lakes to join in the fight and sign the petition to secure the 100,000 signature threshold within a 30 day period which will commence as of today.
“By enlisting the support of our fellow lakeshore communities and securing their residents’ signatures, we have the opportunity to show unity for our cause and overturn Plan 2014,” said Supervisor Reilich. “This is another step the Town of Greece is taking in getting the help our residents need, and undue the harm that has befallen them.”
People looking to sign the petition can go to https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/overturn-ijc-plan-2014 and sign their names. Please note that this is a 2-step process. You will need fill in your name, e-mail address, and once submitted, you will be sent an e-mail asking you to confirm your signature. Please click to verify your signature.
Supervisor Bill Reilich revealed the updated event schedule for the upcoming Town of Greece Memorial Day Celebration. The full schedule can be found below:
Tentative Schedule of Events – As of 5/26/17
10:00 AM – Remembrance Ceremony, hosted by the American Legion at 344 Dorsey Road
11:15 AM Sharp – Mobilization Time for Parade Participants
12:00 PM – Memorial Parade, which will proceed down Long Pond Road from Janes Road to the Greece Town Hall Campus
1:15 PM – Town of Greece Remembrance Ceremony, held at the Greece Town Hall Pavilion
2:00 PM – Post Event Luncheon, hosted by the American Legion at 344 Dorsey Road
Supervisor Reilich and the Town Board were invited to speak to the lakefront and pond-front neighborhood association meeting on May 25, 2017 regarding issues, concerns, and possible further action to address the rising waters on Lake Ontario.
The following packet was distributed at the meeting. However, many of you were interested in additional copies for friends and neighbors who could not attend the meeting.
Please feel free to download the packet. The Town of Greece Estimated Property and Damage sheet should be filled out by each resident and returned to the Town of Greece at 1 Vince Tofany Blvd, Attn: Office of the Supervisor.
Edgemere Drive between Lowden Point and Cranberry Pond is closed.
Edgemere Drive between Long Pond Road and Island Cottage is closed.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Today, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board held a Special Meeting at 5:30 at Greece Town Hall. The purpose of the meeting was to pass a resolution regarding ongoing issues associated with the increased water level of Lake Ontario. At the meeting, Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board discussed details of the resolution and voted to pass it at the Special Meeting.
The resolution outlines the challenges that Greece lakefront residents and businesses have been facing with regards to rising water levels and how the adoption of Plan 2014 by the International Joint Commission (IJC) has substantially contributed to the damage. The Greece Town Board concluded the meeting with the decision to request the County of Monroe to explore any and all possible and appropriate legal actions, including litigation, in order to prevent further damage to properties along the lakeshore and to compensate homeowners and local businesses for damage already caused.
“As Greece Town Supervisor, I am committed to continuing my efforts to advocate for lakeshore residents. Tonight’s meeting was an effort to pull together ideas and resources that will continue to assist those who live along the lakefront.” said Supervisor Bill Reilich.