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Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by the Greece Town Board and the Library Board for the unveiling of the new paludarium display in the Greece Public Library, located at 2 Vince Tofany Boulevard in Greece.

A paludarium is a part aquarium, part terrarium ecosystem composed of such plants as Malaysian driftwood, moss, and orchids. This biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment are becoming popular as a tool to teach biology and earth science. Being the first of its kind in the area, the Greece Public Library’s paludarium features technology that allows it to simulate weather events, including lightning storms, fog and rain. It holds about 350 gallons of water and features a waterfall on each side. The paludarium contains several fascinating specimens, one of the most interesting being the freshwater fish from Lake Malawi in Africa. A unique feature of these fish is that they are mouth brooding, which means that the mother fish protects her young by keeping them in her mouth. The paludarium is an ideal habitat for mouth brooding fish, as the terrarium elements provide hiding spaces for the mother fish.

The library’s new paludarium was previously an aquarium. Most of the fish that were in the aquarium now live in the paludarium, along with some new friends. A few of the larger fish that were in the aquarium – including the fish that visitors to the Greece Public Library affectionally named “Nemo” – have retired to bigger homes at ABC Aquarium.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, the Greece Town Board, and the Library Board will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony TOMORROW, TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017 AT 4:00pm at the Greece Public Library for the unveiling of the new paludarium display.

WHAT: Supervisor Reilich, the Greece Town Board, and the Library Board hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Greece Public Library Paludarium

WHEN: TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017 at 4:00pm

WHERE: Greece Public Library

                 2 Vince Tofany Boulevard

                 Greece, New York 14612

Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that the Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence Seaway Flood Relief and Recovery Grant Program Homeowner Recovery Fund Application is now available. At 3:30pm this afternoon, Governor Cuomo came to town and signed the legislation that will help provide financial reimbursement to residents and businesses along the water front who have incurred damages due to the high water levels. Please see a description of the bill below.

Description:

  • This bill would establish the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence Seaway Flood Relief and Recovery Grant Program, for small business, farms, owners of multiple dwellings, owners of residences, neighborhood associations, not-for-profit corporations and municipalities, to receive grants for damage as a result of flooding.
  • Covers Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, Seneca Lake, the Seneca Rivers, the Oswego River, the Oneida River, Oneida Lake and Cross Lake.
  • Small businesses, farms, owners of multiple dwellings, HOAs and not-for-profit organizations ($15M total) (Administered by the NYS Urban Development Corporation).
  • Up to $20k per multiple dwelling grant.
  • Up to $50k per grant for small biz, farms, HOAs and not-for-profits.
  • Owners of residences ($15M total) (Administered by the Affordable Housing Corporation).
  • Owners of non-primary residences shall only be eligible with respect to the nonprimary residence if the owner has a qualified gross inform of no greater than $275,000 for the 2016 taxable year.
  • Up to 50k per grant.
  • Counties, cities, towns, villages and special districts ($15M total) (Administered by the Housing Trust Fund Corporation).
  • Up to 1M per grant for flood-related repairs and restoration.
  • Up to 500k per grant for flood mitigation.
  • The bill would establish a grant program for municipalities and special districts in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties from direct physical flood related damages as a result of a severe storm and flooding that occurred on July 14-15, 2015.
  • Not less than $6.8M
  • This bill would establish a grant program for municipalities and special districts in Monroe County from direct physical storm related damages as a result of a severe storm that occurred on March 8-9, 2017.
  • Not more than 2M
  • This bill would establish a program authorizing a taxpayer who has incurred severe damage to his/her primary residence to subtract from his/her Federal AGI, distributions from an eligible retirement plan.

Justification:

This past spring has seen numerous incidents of serious flooding in upstate New York along Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, Seneca Lake, the Seneca River, the Oswego River, the Oneida River, Oneida Lake and Cross Lake.

This bill would establish a grant program to promote recovery from such natural disaster, by allowing much needed financial resources to flow to small businesses, farms, owners of multiple dwellings, owners of residences, not-for-profit corporations and municipalities from the empire state development corporation.

 Modeled after a highly successful program implemented after the state-wide flooding in the wake of the Irene and Lee Storms of 2011, this program is hoped to equally provide the important relief to these devastated New Yorkers, who have seen serious flooding damage over the last few months.

Supervisor Reilich wrote letters to the Governor on behalf of all waterfront residents supporting him to sign this legislation, and would like to thank all Greece residents who reached out to the Governor’s office urging him to sign the legislation. The Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence Seaway Flood Relief and Recovery Grant Program Homeowner Recovery Fund Application is available on the Town of Greece Website under the “News” section. Supervisor Reilich would like to encourage all Greece residents who have been affected by the flooding to submit their paperwork as soon as possible.

Application: Application

Supervisor Bill Reilich was contacted by the Governor's Office yesterday afternoon inviting him to join with several elected officials for the signing of the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence Seaway Flood Relief and Recovery Grant Program Legislation at 3:30 today. Please download and complete the applicationIf you live along the water front and have incurred damages due to the high water levels. 

Application: Application

Please note that the Town of Greece at declaration of the Governor will join in lowering our flags to half-staff in memory of New York City Police Officer Miosotis Familia, who died on July 5, 2017, after being shot in the line of duty. Flags will be flown at half-staff beginning Thursday, July 6 and remain in that position until Officer Familia’s interment.

Law Enforcement Officers across New York put their lives on the line to protect and serve their communities every day. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Familia.

On July 4th, 2017, Supervisor Bill Reilich hosted the 4th annual Town of Greece Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. This event is open to the public and takes place at the Greece Town Hall Campus. The day kicked off at 7:30am with the Town of Greece Freedom Run 5k. Supervisor Reilich would like to thank all who participated, and gives his congratulations to Brandon Miller, who came in first place this year. Following the 5k was the Scooby Doo Stars and Stripes Fun Run for kids, where our young residents had the opportunity to race “Scooby” around the Greece Town Hall Campus. Children’s activities, including bouncy houses and the Library Book Mobile, opened around 4:00pm. Food trucks also opened at that time. The food trucks that participated this year were Lugias Ice Cream, Sullivan’s Charbroil, We Squeeze to Please Lemonade, Robs Kabobs, J&S Fried Dough, Daves Fine Food, and Red Osiers. At 6:00, the first act of the night – Beatlemagic – performed at the Greece Town Pavilion. Following Beatlemagic, Supervisor Bill Reilich took the stage and recognized local representatives who were present at the celebration and introduced the main act of the night: Micky Dolenz the Voice of the Monkees. Around 9:45, an approximately 30 minute long fireworks display began.

“The Town of Greece Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebrations draws thousands every year.” said Supervisor Reilich. “From the 5k in the morning to the fireworks display at night, the day is filled with fun activities for people of all ages. Thank you for all who came out to celebrate with us. I am happy to announce that for the 4th year in a row, we have been able to provide the best fireworks show around and at no cost to taxpayers.”

Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce the opening of the new Greece Kids Canyon Playground at the Greece Town Hall Campus. This new ADA compliant 11,000 square foot playground will be a fun environment for kids both in the Town of Greece and in surrounding communities. State funding for the project, secured by Senator Joseph Robach, accounted for 70% of the total project cost. The remaining costs came from the Recreation Trust Fund, which is a restricted fund that can only be used for Parks and Recreational expenditures. The new playground far exceeds minimum ADA standards by including surfacing that will accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.

This is the very first playground in the area which features a 'linked play' layout, meaning the playground equipment is connected for optimum use and play. It is the first and only Rocks & Ropes Playground in New York State, and with over 160,000 pounds of precast concrete, it is one of the largest nature-themed playgrounds in the country. Also included in this new playground is an ‘expression swing’, which allows adults and children to swing together. Designed with children’s natural play in mind, this playground will develop balance and coordination in our young residents, as well as providing them with exercise. Children can enjoy imaginative adventures and challenge themselves by hopping across rocks and logs, swinging on ropes, and getting lost in a wilderness adventure.

The latest technology was used when designing this playground to ensure the safest, most accessible surface while maximizing the level of fun. For example, the playground is installed with Hydro Chill, which is a synthetic turf cooling system that can reduce surface temperatures by 50 degrees. As the turf surface is heated by solar radiation, moisture stored in the turf is released, leaving a cooler, more comfortable surface. This allows for increased playing time and greater comfort and safety for playground users.

The new Greece Kids Canyon Playground will also be the first playground in our region to use BIBA, which is interactive technology of augmented reality, imagination-driven playground games for parents to play with their children. The BIBA app is available on both iTunes and Google Play and is free to download. The app offers games such as treasure hunts and obstacle courses to keep kids engaged and active. Custom designed for our new playground, BIBA follows a strict “90/10” rule, which ensures that kids are physically active for at least 90% of the game with only 10% of their attention being spent on the screen. There are “markers” installed on the playground, which are considered “play stations” where BIBA users can unlock new content, activate mini-games, and reveal new treasures, as well as enjoy obstacle courses.

The new playground is located on the Greece Town Hall Campus at 1 Vince Tofany Boulevard on the left side of the Community and Senior Center. It will officially open Wednesday, July 5th, 2017.

Supervisor Bill Reilich would like to remind everyone that the Town of Greece Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration is happening soon. This annual event takes place on Tuesday, July 4th, and is open to the public. As previously announced, the 5K Freedom Run will kick off the day’s festivities and lead into a day filled with family friendly activities, including the Scooby Stars and Stripes Fun Run, bouncy-houses, food trucks, the Library Book Mobile, musical performances, and concluding with a fireworks spectacular. ADA compliant buses will be available at Greece Athena High School to transport people to the festivities, as there is no parking at the Greece Town Hall complex. Shuttles will begin departing at 4:30PM and will run continuously throughout the evening until 11:30PM. The full schedule can be found below:

Tentative Schedule of Events – As of 6/28/17

7:00 AM   – 5K Freedom Run Registration
(Call the Office of the Supervisor at 723-2450 to register)

7:30 AM   -- 5K Race Begins

(All race participants must move their vehicles off the Greece Town Hall Campus by 10am)

9:00 AM -- Scooby Stars and Stripes Fun Run

(All race participants must move their vehicles off the Greece Town Hall Campus by 10am)

4:00 PM – Children’s Activities Begin

(The Library Book Mobile will be at this year’s celebration)

4:30 PM – Food Trucks Open

6:00-7:30 PM – Opening Act Beatlemagic

8:00 PM – Our Featured performer “Micky Dolenz the Voice of the Monkees”

9:45 PM – Fire Works Display

(Supervisor Reilich would like to remind all viewing the fireworks display to please bring lawn chairs or blankets)

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich would like to remind everyone that registration for the 5k Freedom Run is still available. Signup forms can be found on the Town of Greece Website under Special Events section. Interested parties are also able to register by calling the Office of the Supervisor at 585-723-2450. Registration will be available online through Friday, June 30th. Registration will be available in person the morning of the race until 7:00AM. The 5K Freedom Run will be a part of the Town of Greece Old Fashioned Fourth July Celebration. Additionally below is a tentative schedule of events for this year’s Town of Greece Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration.

Tentative Schedule of Events – As of 6/28/17

7:00 AM   – 5K Freedom Run Registration

7:30 AM   -- 5K Race Begins

(All race participants must move their vehicles off the Greece Town Hall Campus by 10am)

9:00 AM -- Scooby Stars and Stripes Fun Run

(All race participants must move their vehicles off the Greece Town Hall Campus by 10am)

 4:00 PM – Children’s Activities Begin

(The Library Book Mobile will be at this year’s celebration)

4:30 PM – Food Trucks Open

6:00-7:30 PM – Opening Act Beatlemagic

8:00 PM – Our Featured performer “Micky Dolenz the Voice of the Monkees”

9:45 PM – Fire Works Display

(Supervisor Reilich would like to remind all viewing the fireworks display to please bring lawn chairs or blankets)

Please visit Bill Reilich’s Facebook page or our website at www.greeceny.gov for more information.

Today, Supervisor Bill Reilich will meet with Congressman Chris Collins, Congressman John Katko, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, members of FEMA, and members of the Army Corps of Engineers to discuss federal reimbursement options for waterfront residents who have experienced property damages due to high water levels. During the meeting, each county/town will have an opportunity to discuss the damages/issues in their county/town. Below are the planned agenda items.  

  • FEMA members speak on ways they can assist
  • Questions to FEMA
  • Army Corp of Engineers speak on ways they can assist in times of emergency
  • Questions for Army Corp of Engineers
  • Wrap-up


Supervisor Reilich has been working tirelessly to assist and advocate for residents who have experienced property damages due to the high water levels. The plan to lobby in Washington, D.C. was developed in April of this year, when representatives from Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Ontario, Wayne and Erie counties met at Greece Town Hall to discuss the negative effects of the rising water levels and how IJC Plan 2014 was contributing to that. Supervisor Bill Reilich facilitated the meeting, and those in attendance included: Greece Town Supervisor William D. Reilich, Deputy Supervisor Michelle Marini, Majority Leader of the Monroe County Legislature Brian Marianetti, Sodus Point Mayor Chris Tertinek, Niagara County Legislator David E. Godfrey, Orleans County Legislator Lynne Johnson, Congressman Katko’s Regional Coordinator Christina Cornell, Congressman Collins Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Kracker, and Sodus Town Supervisor Steve LeRoy. The group developed a plan to travel to Washington, D.C. for the purpose of lobbying against Plan 2014 on the behalf of their lakeshore residents.

Since its introduction by the International Join Commission, many of the municipalities along the Lake Ontario shoreline have opposed the plan since day one and citied the many risks and potential damages it will have on their communities. Those who attended the meeting have been leaders in opposing Plan 2014 from the beginning and although it has been enacted against the wishes of lake shore communities, collectively each leader has spoken out against the plan.

 “Since its launch, I have opposed the International Joint Commissions plan to raise the lake levels and advocated against its implementation. In the meeting held at Greece Town Hall back in April with representatives from Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Ontario, Wayne and Erie counties, it was decided that we would collectively travel to Washington D.C. for the purposes of speaking with members of Congress, FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about replacing Plan 2014 with one that ensures the livelihood of all lake shore residents and businesses.” said Supervisor Reilich. “I have and will continue to do all I can to advocate for waterfront residents and provide resources to help them protect their property. Since flooding issues began, I have constantly reached out to Governor Cuomo’s office for financial assistance for those who have incurred damages due to the high water levels. I have coordinated with the New York State Department of Financial Services for their Insurance RV to come to the Town of Greece and also coordinated with representatives from Sheen Housing to assist lakefront residents in answering questions and filling out Lake Ontario Flood Recovery applications. I also worked with the Governor to locate and implement a water-filled dam structure. Furthermore, the Town of Greece DPW Facility continues to provide sand bags to all waterfront residents. Over 250,000 sandbags have been distributed to date. Knowing that not only the folks in the Town of Greece, but all lakeshore communities, are being negatively affected by IJC Plan 2014, I created an official petition through the White House to overturn IJC Plan 2014. Recently, the Greece Town Board and myself requested an official inquiry reviewing the steps that led up to the decision of the IJC to adopt Plan 2014 and its lack of timely response as conditions continue to result in rising waters and damages to our homeowners and local businesses. I am reviewing every opportunity possible to help our residents through these flooding events, and will continue to find new ways to protect shoreline properties. I am looking forward to advocating in Washington today, and will ensure that we have a productive discussion”.