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For all residents who have sustained damage as a result of the recent flooding events, please take every step necessary to ensure that reconstruction and repairs are done in accordance with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations, NYS Building Codes, and Local Flood Damage Prevention Law in order to reduce the likelihood of damages from future flooding events. Please note that any construction along the shoreline will require various agency permits, including such activities as placement of new propane tanks, installing sheds and placing fill, in addition to repairing damaged buildings.

The focus of the NFIP is to require damaged structures within mapped flood hazard areas to be constructed in a manner that is reasonably safe from flooding. In order to accomplish this, proper building elevation and protection techniques are needed.  If your home has been “Substantially Damaged”, as defined in NFIP regulations, additional requirements may apply.

 “I was recently contacted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation with information regarding rebuilding requirements for structures located within the FEMA mapped special flood hazard areas within New York State” said Supervisor Reilich. “As shoreline residents work to recover from the damaging flood waters of 2019, Town of Greece staff will be ready to help you through the permitting process. Helpful information can be found at the links provided below, and residents should feel free to contact the town with any questions at 225-2000”.

To learn more about construction in flood zones, visit https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home.

To learn more about determining if the structure has substantial damage, visit https://planning.erdc.dren.mil/toolbox/library/EGMs/egm04-01.pdf.

As a newly appointed member of the International Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Board, Supervisor Reilich has promised to advocate on behalf of the shoreline community and to contribute to better management of water outflow and increased accountability for the IJC.

Within weeks of IJC Plan 2014 being implemented, the first flooding event occurred. The severity of the first flooding event of 2017 has only increased in 2019. Shoreline residents and businesses have sustained hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. It is unfair that New York taxpayers should be burdened with the cost.

The Department of Environmental Conservation has been directed to file a lawsuit against the IJC in order for the State to be compensated for the destruction the mismanagement has caused. This legal action comes in response to the IJC’s failure to maintain the lake level.

“Lake Ontario is too economically and environmentally vital to our communities to ignore this devastating flooding and lack of accountability” said Supervisor Reilich. “Thanks to the Governor’s support, we will fight every day to make the case for change and ensure we are protected from rising water in 2020 and for decades to come”.

In a constant effort to promote better communication between residents and the International Joint Commission (IJC), Supervisor Reilich would like to encourage waterfront residents to share details of flood damage experienced in 2019 through a survey prepared by the IJC’s Great Lakes Adaptive Management Committee (GLAM). 

The survey was developed in coordination with the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Control Board, to which Supervisor Reilich was recently appointed. The IJC and the Control Board will use survey results to improve models that are used to assess potential flood damage under a range of water level conditions. The survey can be completed at the link below:

https://ijc.org/en/glam/watershed/questionnaire/high-water-levels-2019

“When I was appointed to the International Joint Commission Board this summer, one of my top priorities was to help support better communication channels between waterfront residents and the the Lake Ontario-Saint Lawrence River Board” said Supervisor Reilich. “I would like to encourage all waterfront residents to complete the survey, as it will assist in getting information to stakeholders more quickly”.

The flags on the Greece Town Hall Campus will be lowered to half-staff in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service, which is held in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The flags will be lowered on Sunday, October 6, 2019, to honor the 92 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2018 and the 27 firefighters who died in the line of duty in previous years. We pay great honor and respect to the 1,200,000 men and women who comprise the American fire and emergency services.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and Greece Town Council Members Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, Josh Jensen, and Diana Christodaro are proud to join Greece Police Department Chief Patrick Phelan in supporting Blue H.E.L.P.

On July 24th of this year, I was honored to swear in our own Chief Patrick Phelan to the position of President of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police. During his acceptance speech, Chief Phelan shared that his platform for his time of service would be helping Police Officers and their families through the tragedies of suicide.

In 2019 to date there have been 142 suicides in Law Enforcement. Blue H.E.L.P. (Honor, Educated, Support, Prevent) is dedicated to honoring the service of Law Enforcement Officers who died by suicide. Their mission is to “reduce mental health stigma through education, advocate for benefits for those suffering from post-traumatic stress, acknowledge the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers we lost to suicide, assist officers in their search for healing, and to bring awareness to suicide and mental health issues” (bluehelp.org).

The national organization organizes a walk every September to raise awareness of Law Enforcement suicide. Proceeds from the walk fund care packages for families and departments after a suicide, grief camps, training, and other costs associated with awareness and prevention.

The Town of Greece is proud to serve as the New York State 2019 Law Enforcement Suicide Awareness Walk location. International Law Enforcement Suicide Awareness Day is Saturday, September 28th, 2019. You may register for the walk as an individual, team, or virtual fundraiser. Three winners who raise at least $1,000 will be chosen to escort the family of an officer lost to suicide to Washington, D.C. in May of 2020.

To register for the 2019 Law Enforcement Suicide Awareness Walk in the Town of Greece, please visit https://secure.qgiv.com/event/classification/251349/. The walk will be held Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at 10:00am at the Greece Town Hall Campus. Check-in/registration will begin at 9:00am. The walk will begin at 10:00am and will end at 1:30pm. This event is not timed and no number bibs will be provided. If you are unable to participate but wish to donate, there is a section to do so on the webpage. The goal is to raise $5,000, which will be donated to Blue H.E.L.P.

Before we kick off the walk, we will be hosting a ceremony at the Greece Police Headquarters at 9:00 AM. The focus of this ceremony will be to unveil our new monument and our announcement for a fundraising effort to support the Chief’s mission and help fellow law enforcement officers. All proceeds collected will support Blue H.E.L.P.

“Greece is a community that is known for helping our neighbors in need” said Supervisor Reilich. “Your Greece Town Board and I are proud to support Blue H.E.L.P. and Chief Phelan’s mission by supporting these officers and their families. I encourage residents in the Town of Greece and our surrounding communities to join us on September 28th for the 2019 Law Enforcement Suicide Awareness Walk”.