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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”.

During Tuesday night’s meeting of the Greece Town Board, Supervisor Reilich and Greece Town Board members Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, Josh Jensen, and Diana Christodaro recognized and presented proclamations to some influential members of our community.   

Greece residents Joe Janowicz and Ken Wheaton collaborated to create a comic book titled “Dreamer”, which tells the story of 14-year-old Franklin Johnson who suffers serious injuries while saving children from a hospital fire. His injuries force doctors to put him in a coma, during which time Franklin wakes in a dream state and discovers that he can travel into handicapped children’s dreams and help them overcome their fears by harnessing their inner strength. While his doctors debate whether or not to end his coma, Franklin races against time to help and encourage as many children as possible.

“Dreamer” will be available in hospitals, schools, and comic book shops, and part of the proceeds will be donated to the Golisano’s Children’s Hospital. Plans have been made to continue the series and future issues will explore the lives of different children and their individual disability.

“I would like to thank both Joe and Ken for their collaborative work to create a comic book that will be an encouragement to children with disabilities” said Supervisor Reilich.

Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Councilmembers have partnered with the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services to hold an appointment-only Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection at the Town of Greece Highway Garage, 647 Long Pond Road, on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 7:45a.m. to 12:00p.m.

Most HHW (paint, flammables and other chemicals from home-use) is safe when used and stored properly. When they become unwanted and are disposed of improperly, these household wastes can become environmental hazards.

To ensure safety and reduce waiting times, appointments are required at all HHW collections.  Appointments for this HHW collection will be accepted until October 10th. To schedule an appointment, go on-line to http://www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark/. Waste from businesses will not be accepted.

Up to 30 gallons of the following materials will be accepted per appointment at no charge:

  • Oil-based & Latex Paint (for 1/3-gallon or less of latex paint: discard lid, add kitty litter, let dry, place can in trash)
  • Wood Stain & Preservatives
  • Automotive Fluids (antifreeze; brake, power steering and transmission fluids)
  • Pesticides & Fertilizers
  • Flammable Products (gasoline, kerosene, thinners, strippers, solvents)
  • Household Cleaners (liquid soaps & waxes, drain cleaners, etc.)
  • Driveway Sealer
  • Pool & Photo Chemicals
  • Rechargeable (Ni-Cad) & Button Batteries
  • Mercury (thermometers, thermostats)
  • Syringes/Sharps (safely packaged)

Do Not Bring: used motor oil & vehicle batteries (contact service station or retailer); Pharmaceutical wastes, Propane tanks (permanent HHW facility only), cans with dried paint (if it rattles when shaken – remove lid and place in trash); empty containers (trash or recycle); everyday alkaline batteries (trash); glazing/spackle & joint compounds (trash).

If residents are unable to take advantage of this one day HHW collection, the County offers other collections throughout the year. For more information or for business waste disposal options go on-line at http://www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark/.

Supervisor Bill Reilich, along with Town of Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon and Greece Town Board members Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, Josh Jensen, and Diana Christodaro, announce the annual Fall Shredding Event for Greece residents.

This free Shredding Event will be held Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm at the Greece Town Hall Campus. Services will be provided by Shred-Text. For more information about the company, please call 247-5250 or visit their website at www.shredtext.com.

 “This is the second year we have organized a free shredding event for Greece residents” said Supervisor Reilich. “Turnout for this event last year was huge, and we are prepared for volumes of participation at this year’s event as well. I, our Greece Council Members, and our Receiver of Taxes are excited to yet again offer this free service to Greece residents. We will all be on hand to assist residents with unloading their vehicles throughout the duration of the event”.

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”.

Supervisor Bill Reilich and Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon are pleased to announce that they will be extending business hours for tax collection purposes on Monday, September 16, 2019. Since the last day to pay school taxes without any interest charges is September 15, 2019, which falls on a Sunday (a non-business day), an extension is authorized or required to be granted to the next business day. Monday marks the last day to pay without interest ONLY if the individual is paying by installments. Full payments are due without interest October 1, 2019.

Regular business hours for the Tax Department are 9:00am – 5:00pm, but because we anticipate there may be a heavier volume of residents coming in, we will be offering extended hours. Therefore, the Greece Town Hall Tax Receiver’s Office will be open from 9:00am – 7:00 pm on Monday, September 16, 2019 to assist residents. Additionally, the post mark date for those residents choosing to mail in their tax payment is also September 16, 2019.

“We are happy to extend our regular business hours in an effort to assist our residents in making their school tax payments in a timely manner” said Supervisor Reilich and Andrew Conlon. “Customer service is always a top priority and we hope that the extended hours will be a convenience for residents looking to pay their taxes on Monday the 16th.