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This morning, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich hosted a proclamation ceremony in recognition of Greece resident and Greece Arcadia Senior Adam Strand. Present at the ceremony were Adam’s mother, Diana, father, Greg, and sister, Audrey. Also attending the ceremony were Greece Arcadia Principal Gina Larsen and Superintendent Kathleen Graupman.

Adam was named a National Merit Finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. His Finalist status qualified him for full-ride offers from several universities. Adam’s 2019 PSAT score of an outstanding 1500 gave him program eligibility and his application enabled him to advance from Semifinalist to Finalist. Adam has a cumulative GPA of 98.958 and has earned High Honor Roll with Distinction every quarter.

Adam has been very involved at Greece Arcadia. He played Varsity Soccer for 3 years, earning Co-MVP and Second Team All County honors this past Fall. He has also been the captain of the JV Soccer Team. Adam also plays clarinet and was selected for the District Honor Band. He is also on the Chess Team and often plays first board position. Adam has received some noteworthy awards, including the Clarkson Leadership Award, the College Physics Award, and the AP Scholar Award. Outside of school, Adam is very involved in his church – Hope Church. He serves as co-leader of the Kids Sundays Tech Team and is a volunteer at Flower City Work Camp and the annual summer mission trip. Adam has been offered full tuition scholarships from several universities and has decided to attend Washington State University. He is interested in studying mechanical engineering and has committed to the Honors College.

“Adam is 1 of only approximately 15,000 high school seniors to be named a National Merit Finalist” said Supervisor Reilich. “I was proud to acknowledge Adam and present him with a proclamation recognizing his outstanding achievement!”

Supervisor Bill Reilich is inviting Greece Town residents to submit original renderings for the official logo to be used as we prepare to celebrate the Town’s 200th Birthday.

March 22, 2022 marks the two-hundred-year anniversary of the Town of Greece! Originally called Northampton, the town was named after the country of Greece, which was fighting a war of independence from Turkish rule. Planning for this historic bicentennial celebration has already begun and we look forward to celebrating Greece's rich history as one of the largest municipalities in New York State. 

To officially kick things off, we wanted to open up this opportunity to all Greece residents and businesses who would like to submit a logo idea which, if selected as the finalist, will be used on all official literature, documentation and social media relating to the Town’s plan to celebrate this historic event. 

“We are anxious to engage our community in this historic milestone” said Supervisor Reilich. “We have so many events that will delight our community as we gather together to celebrate what makes our town so unique.”

In the upcoming months we will begin to organize activities and events all in honor of the Town Of Greece 200th birthday celebration.  There will be many opportunities for members of the community to participate in the planning and development of what we foresee will be nearly a year-long celebration which we will kick off in 2022. 

“Greece residents wishing to submit their logo idea can email their design to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Entries will be accepted until March 25th, at which time a selection will be made and the logo revealed to the community. I encourage you all to get your creative juices flowing and participate in this unique opportunity” said Supervisor Reilich.

Keep tuned to Bill Reilich Greece Town Supervisor Facebook page and the Town website for future announcements as we work to celebrate 200 years together.

The Town of Greece has always looked for ways to engage ALL of our residents, to provide amenities and opportunities for young and old alike – regardless of their abilities or challenges.

“My team and I always look for ways to think outside of the box, and today we want to grow that box – we want to help pave the way for a playground that is not only accessible, but one that is inclusive. Inclusive play is a powerful experience that impacts childhood development, family bonding, and social perspectives” said Supervisor Reilich. “It is with great inspiration that I announce our partnership with Endless Highway, Inc., an organization that works every day to ensure that goals of local youth with disabilities - and the needs of their families - are matched with equipment, funding, opportunity and friendship”.

Our project, Build to Include, will build something in Greece that will transform experiences for kids and families of all ages and abilities. We encourage you to start by visiting this link: http://bit.ly/endlesshighwaybuildtoinclude to see the story of a young Greece resident, an organization with a great vision, and our Town of Greece that will connect the pieces.

“Stay tuned: the support from the Town of Greece is just beginning. In the coming weeks, look to my Facebook page – Bill Reilich Greece Town Supervisor - to learn how we will invest in the aspirations and inclusive environments of our younger generation and their families” said Supervisor Reilich.

During last Thursday night’s meeting of the Greece Town Board, a special Oath of Office ceremony was held for the newest member of the Greece Town Board. Michael Bloomer has been appointed to represent the Third Ward of the Town of Greece. Joining Supervisor Reilich and Michael Bloomer for the ceremony were Michael’s family members and Greece Town Councilmembers Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, and Diana Christodaro.

Michael Bloomer resides in the Town of Greece Third Ward. He is a life-long Greece Resident and graduate of Greece Olympia High School. He is a life-long Greece Resident and graduate of Greece Olympia High School. He received his associate’s degree in Fire Protection from Monroe Community College. Mike recently retired after serving more than 30 years with the Ridge Road Fire District. During his time with the fire district, he served in many capacities from dispatcher to interim fire chief, including 19 years as chief officer. While with the fire district he served as the Accreditation Manager, managed the 2015 Capital Improvement Project, served as a fire district liaison to the Unity Hospital Emergency Management Team, and represented the fire service on the Town of Greece Traffic Advisory Committee from 2010-2018. Michael is married to Lynn and together they have 2 sons – Jeffery and Matthew.

 “I am honored to welcome Michael Bloomer as the appointed representative of our Third Ward in the Town of Greece” said Supervisor Reilich. “This seat was previously held by Joshua Jensen, who was elected in 2020 to the 134th Assembly District. Michael is an outstanding individual who will work hard to represent every voice the Third Ward. We are proud to have him as a member of our team”.

To view the full swearing-in ceremony, please visit the Facebook page of Bill Reilich Greece Town Supervisor: https://www.facebook.com/488197104572689/videos/210372360781616 

For a link to Mike’s bio on the Town of Greece website, click here: https://greeceny.gov/government/town-board-members

During last Thursday’s meeting of the Greece Town Board, a special oath of office ceremony was held for incoming chief of the Greece Police Department Andrew P. “Drew” Forsythe. Joining Supervisor Reilich and Chief Forsythe for the ceremony were Drew’s family members and Greece Town Councilmembers Mike Barry, Mike Bloomer, Bill Murphy, and Diana Christodaro.

 Drew Forsythe has had an “up-through-the-ranks” career in law enforcement. Drew recently served as the Greece Police Department Deputy Chief of Operations and Special Services, second in command of a $17 million organization with roughly 120 employees. Prior to his service in Greece, Drew served as the Undersheriff of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office where he was a member from 1991 until 2017. This position included the oversight of all day-to-day operations and four bureaus within the Sheriff’s Office. This service included the handling of a $150 million budget and the oversight of approximately 1,100 employees. Prior to him serving as Undersheriff, he gained valuable experience within the Sheriff’s Office. He served as Chief Deputy of the Police Bureau, Captain of Zone C, Captain of Criminal Investigation Section, and Unit Commander of the Internal Affairs Unit.

“Drew’s experience with strategic partnerships, program development, tactical deployment, program innovation, and community relations will all be valuable tools that he will bring to the table as the next Chief of Police in the Town of Greece. The Town Board and I have the utmost of confidence in his ability to serve our community and to help navigate the new challenges that are being faced throughout our Country. Of Note, in December of 2017, Drew earned the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office highest honor, The Purple Heart Medal, for injuries sustained and service above and beyond the call of duty. This is the model of the selfless service that we believe personifies the individual who should lead our department” said Supervisor Reilich. 

An Oath of Office Ceremony was also held for Jason Helfer, who was appointed to the full time position of Deputy Chief of Police. Jason was joined by his family members for this special occasion.

“Jason is an outstanding individual who has dedicated his service to ensuring our community is kept safe. He is a valuable member of the Greece Police Department, and we are proud to appoint him to Deputy Chief of Police” said Supervisor Reilich.

Oaths of Office ceremonies were also held for additional members of the Greece Police Department. Andrew Potter was appointed to the full time position of Police Lieutenant and Kathryn Ritchie was appointed to the full time position of Police Sergeant.

“I would like to congratulate the outstanding members of our Greece Police Department on their appointments and promotions. We are honored to have them as members of our team” said Supervisor Reilich.

To view the full swearing-in ceremony, please visit the Facebook page of Bill Reilich Greece Town Supervisor: https://www.facebook.com/488197104572689/videos/210372360781616 

The governor has ordered that the flags on the Greece Town Hall Campus be lowered to half-staff in honor of the three New York Army National Guard soldiers killed in a military helicopter crash that occurred this past Wednesday evening in Mendon, N.Y. Our hearts go out to the friends and families of these National Guard members. We will always remember these brave individuals who dedicated their service to protecting our nation.

Please note that the flags on the Greece Town Hall Campus will be flown at half-staff until sunset on January 13, 2021 as a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice of United States Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, and all Capitol Police Officers and law enforcement across our nation.

Supervisor Reilich and the Greece Town Board invite the residents of Greece to participate in the State Mandated Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Survey. The survey will be available to Greece residents beginning January 2nd until January 16th to receive input from our residents. The survey idea was launched as a way to open the process at a time when groups and gatherings are still being prohibited due to COVID restrictions.

Some background information for our residents: 

On August 17, 2020, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed an Executive Order – the ‘New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative’ which required local police agencies to develop a plan that reinvents and modernizes police strategies and programs in their community based on community input. Each police agency’s reform plan must address policies, procedures, practices and deployment, including, but not limited to, use of force.

Each local government must convene stakeholders for a fact-based and honest dialogue about the needs of their community. The charge of each local committee is:

  • Review the needs of the community served by its police agency;
  • Evaluate the police agency’s current policies and practices;
  • Establish policies or recommend adjustments to current policies that allow police to effectively and safely perform their duties;
  • Develop policy recommendations resulting from this review;
  • Offer a plan for public comment;
  • Present the plan to the local legislative body to ratify or adopt it, and;
  • Certify adoption of the plan to the State Budget Director on or before April 1, 2021.

In September, The Town of Greece formed a Police Reform and Reinvention Committee to perform the above duties. This Committee is comprised of members and leaders of the Greece Police, members of the community, members of the non-profit and faith-based community, the local office of the district attorney, the local public defender, and local elected officials.

The Town of Greece Police Reform and Reinvention Committee will meet regularly through March 2021. During these meetings, the Committee will identify top policing concerns in the Town of Greece, review policies and procedures associated with those concerns, and hear from community members and professionals about policing in the Town of Greece. The information received as a result of the surveys will assist this group in addressing any areas of concern as they work to formulate a plan for submission.

“I have appointed Jason Helfer to serve as our Liaison. Jason will be charged with collecting and sharing information as is gathered from the survey, mediate overall discussions at the meetings and work with the Town Board team throughout the process. He will be the point of contact for the Town of Greece” said Supervisor Reilich.

The survey can be reached via https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9CB5B57 . Please note that the identity of respondents will be kept confidential, however the information and responses of course will be shared with the entire committee so they can use it as a basis for consideration. 

Our Town of Greece Parks and Recreation Team are blazing trails! Just this past month, they cleared several miles of trails that were greatly overgrown. Below you will see Bisig Trail, off Manitou Beach Road, which was recently cleared. As you can see, a family and their dog are enjoying the cleared path!

“I am proud of our Parks and Recreation Team for the great work they have been doing in clearing trails so residents can safely use them as a fun outdoor activity” said Supervisor Reilich. “Our local parks help make Greece a great place to live, and I am always excited to announce enhancements to these beautiful areas to make them even more enjoyable for our residents”.

On August 23, 1994, the United States Congress designated December 7th as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Today, all across our great nation, we lower the American Flag to half-staff in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and the 2,334 service members and civilians who were killed and the 1,143 people who were injured during the attack on Pearl Harbor. We will always be thankful for the sacrifices they made so that we may have freedom in this country.