Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich received a call from American Legion Post #468 Commander George Dadson, Jr. late last week. They discussed the Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony plans. As far back as anyone can remember, the Town has partnered with the Post to honor and pay respect for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while wearing the colors of our great nation.
In light of all that is happening in the world right now, fears of inadequate social distancing and gathering of large crowds coupled with the vast amount of planning that we typically begin several months out, Supervisor Reilich and Commander George Dadson, Jr. made the difficult decision to cancel this year's Memorial Day activities.
“As the son of a twice-wounded WWII vet myself, I know the importance of this day and the lifelong impact the loss of these fine men and women takes on a family and an entire community. We will reach out and pay tribute to these fine Americans, but not in the way we have for so many years. Please stay tuned as we will be bringing you a remote ceremony this year and we will share the details in the days to come. God Bless our men and women on our front lines. Thank you all for your understanding of this difficult decision the Commander and I have had to make” said Supervisor Reilich.
Supervisor Bill Reilich reached out in late March and offered to assist the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf in collecting food and supplies for our neighbors in need. At the time, they felt there was some uncertainty with regard to the length of the event and how we could safely interact with those wishing to give. Furthermore, there was concern that many people may not be able to help either financially or because they, too, were having a hard time finding supplies for their families. Yesterday, Supervisor Reilich reconnected with the Food Shelf and agreed this was the right time to partner with an event and help the families in need in our great Town.
Over the past 6 weeks the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf has seen quite an increase in requests for assistance - many from people who have not previously requested food. Since church services are canceled and organizations are not meeting, their usual food donations are down and their shelves are getting bare.
Supervisor Reilich and the Greece Town Board will be hosting a Drive-In Drop-Off food collection on behalf of the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf. Please consider stopping by and helping your neighbors in need. The event will take place on Thursday, May 7th from 10 am to 2 pm, at One Vince Tofany Blvd, The Greece Town Hall.
This will be a no contact event and donors are asked to bring items in bags or boxes and drop them off at the designated area in the Town Hall Parking Lot. Supervisor Reilich and the Greece Town Board will join with staff and Food Shelf volunteers in collecting the donations. To help ensure everyone's safety, we are requesting that everyone wear a face-mask or covering and maintain at least a 6' distance. Financial donations are also being accepted so that perishable goods can be purchased. We will have envelopes available for these donations and we will be providing receipts for residents that need one as well.
The following items are in the highest demand: chunky soup, rice, cold cereal, canned tuna & chicken, canned vegetables and fruit, pasta sauce and dry pasta, peanut butter, canned stew, chili, or pasta, instant mashed potatoes and shelf-stable milk. Regular size cans and packages (rather than large or family-size) are most needed.
“Thank you all for stepping up and helping out during these uncertain times” said Supervisor Reilich. “There are many people in our community that are depending on a helping hand. Please help us spread the word. I am always humbled to represent a community that comes together in times of challenge. Help us help those in need. I know we will prevail and once again stand strong and shoulder-to-shoulder as a community. Thank you all for your help”.
Greece Residents, I am happy to report that the former inmates that were listed as level 2 and level 3 sex offenders that were being housed at a Greece Hotel have been removed. As you are aware, I spoke out strongly about this issue and my dissatisfaction with the entire situation. I felt that with all the burdens our residents were facing relating to the COVID-19 pandemic we didn’t need one more concern.
I want to particularly thank each and every one of you who rallied with me and against this action. This shows that by speaking out and joining our voices together we can bring about change. And in this situation those who had the ability to make the change listened and for that I am grateful on behalf of all of our residents.
These former inmates were not residents of the Town of Greece, I was, however, made aware one of them was from Olean. Additionally, I have not been told where they have been relocated. I do know that the law requires notification of residency be made whenever those on the sex offender registry move to any given location. Once we were made aware of their original placement in Greece we sent out our notices. The receiving community will need to do the same to comply with the law.
I have always placed the safety and security of our residents as a top priority. I made a commitment to the residents that I would be their voice and I would take action every time there was a threat. Thank you all for your continued support.
We are all trying to navigate through these uncertain times. This generation has never faced a pandemic of this magnitude and there is great concern from everyone. As your Supervisor, I have been monitoring the conditions and restrictions brought forth by the COVID-19 virus. We have made adjustments in how we serve the public as there are many services that are deemed essential and we are providing them. These changes were made using guidelines that have been set forth, but first and foremost we are holding the safety of our residents and their families as our top priority.
I am outraged by the recent release of the 51 incarcerated individuals, 9 of who now reside in our town. They went from a prison cell, where they were serving their time as they were sentenced to living in a hotel, with more amenities than some of our families. They are not worried about running out of supplies, where their next meal will come from and of course the new (but part-time) social distancing. I would tend to believe that as we have all had to adjust limiting personal contact that the jails would adjust as well. And the answer isn’t “set them free”. In fact, I would think that perhaps minor adjustments in the amount of contact would be much easier with individuals in their cells. Limit time when the general population gathers and yes invoke what we all have to, strict social distancing.
We are all struggling, there is great uncertainty and yes we are all learning as we go how to get as much “normal” as we can while keeping in mind the safety of ourselves, our families and our neighbors.
This action was reckless; we now have 9 individuals who have been “dropped off” in our town. Three of them are sex offenders and the other 3 I am uncertain what their background is. But what I do understand is that while we are working to keep our residents safe, the job just got a bit more interesting. A simple press release from the Sheriff was the notification, I received no phone call, no information, but most importantly I was not given the opportunity to debate my feelings on the entire directive.
Greece residents did not deserve another burden on their minds, I did not need to divert time and attention away from doing all I can to lead and navigate through this virus and its effects on residents, businesses and the viability of our community. This was an unjust distraction and action that I do not support; it was simply the wrong decision. I am calling on Sheriff Baxter and all law enforcement agencies to join me in contacting the Governor and insisting he reverse this directive and remove these inmates from our towns and neighborhoods and return them to their jail cells.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Mike Barry, Josh Jensen, Bill Murphy, and Diana Christodaro for a ceremony recognizing the Greece Marching Band during the February 25, 2020 meeting of the Greece Town Board.
The Greece Marching Band is composed of students in grades 7 – 12 from the 4 Greece Middle and High Schools. The Greece Marching Band competed at the 46th Annual New York State Field Band Conference Championship in Syracuse, New York and finished in 2nd place in the state in the Large School 3 Division with a score of 83.55. They competed against over 50 high school marching bands from across the state and 3 out-of-state bands. Over the 14 hour long competition, each band was evaluated on their visual and musical performance. The Greece Marching Band has been competing for over 14 years and this score and placement is the highest ever in program history. Furthermore, the Greece Marching Band was undefeated through the regular season, placing 1st in all 8 competitions they competed in.
“Congratulations to Band Director Nicholas Coirazza and the members of the Greece Marching Band” said Supervisor Reilich. “The members of the Greece Marching Band are a dedicated group of individuals who practice countless hours. They participate in many community events – including the Town of Greece Memorial Day Parade. We congratulate them on their outstanding accomplishments!”
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and the members of the Greece Town Board passed a resolution during the Meeting of the Greece Town Board held Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
Greece Town Board Agenda Item No. 5 reads:
Authorization for the Town’s Building Department to administratively collect reduced building permit fees for shoreline projects being performed under exigent circumstances, such as residential shoreline projects funded through the New York State Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative.
The adoption of this item means that both the Flood Management Permit Fee and the Coastal Erosion Hazard Permit Fee would be reduced by 50%. The Flood Management Permit Fee will be reduced from $50 to $25. This affects any properties that border a floodplain and any resident having break wall work completed. The Coastal Erosion Permit Fee will be reduced from $200 to $100. This affects any resident living in the Coastal Erosion Hazard Area (such as all properties along Lakeshore Boulevard).
“The Greece Town Board members and I were pleased to pass a resolution to reduce permit fees for our residents who have been affected by shoreline flooding. We understand the devastation that shoreline residents have faced due to recent flooding events. Passing this resolution is one of our many efforts to assist residents in maintaining, rebuilding, and enhancing protection structures” said Supervisor Bill Reilich.
Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce a public forum to be held as another opportunity for input on the town’s proposed 2020 Zoning Ordinance and Map. The forum will be held from 4:00pm – 7:00pm on Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Community Rooms A and B in Greece Town Hall, 1 Vince Tofany Boulevard, Rochester, New York 14612.
There will be no formal presentation; instead, the town is asking for additional input on the proposed changes. Town officials and the consultant team will be on hand to answer questions and collect additional public input.
The proposed 2020 Zoning Ordinance and Map are intended to implement the recommendations of the town’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan, such as accommodating economic growth without sprawl, and maintaining the character of existing residential neighborhoods.
After more than a year of studying and meetings with local stakeholders, our citizen advisory committee, the consultant team, and two public forums, Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce that Greece’s Draft 2020 Comprehensive Plan and proposed Zoning Ordinance updates are available for review. A public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at 6:15 PM in the Eastman Room at Greece Town Hall, 1 Vince Tofany Boulevard, Rochester, New York 14612.
Greece’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance were last updated in 2001 and 2003 respectively. The new plan is subtitled “Land Use, Community, and Economic Development” and it serves as a capstone to a collection of studies completed in recent years covering topics such as bicycle and pedestrian transportation, utilities, parks and recreation, and resiliency, among others. The new plan draws on those efforts and will be a starting point for follow-up efforts including programs for infrastructure and technology, waterfront planning, and a focused economic development strategy. The Comprehensive Plan process should cycle at least once every ten years.
“Like many Upstate communities, Greece has experienced changes that affect housing, retail, and industry” Greece Supervisor Bill Reilich said. “These changes offer new and different opportunities and the 2020 Comprehensive Plan provides guidance to help the town keep pace with housing trends, adapt to a changing retail market, and maintain quality infrastructure. We also seek to protect community character, balance the tax base, become more sustainable and resilient, support local business, and continue to attract good-paying jobs for our highly skilled workforce”.
In conjunction with the 2020 Comprehensive Plan update, Greece is updating the town’s Zoning Ordinance and Official Zoning Map to implement plan recommendations. The changes are designed to guide development and land use patterns, provide flexibility in a changing economy, and protect and enhance community character.
“We’ve taken a hard look at the issues shaping our community and the 2020 Comprehensive Plan presents a path forward” Supervisor Reilich said. “I’d like first and foremost to thank our citizen’s advisory committee for volunteering their time and providing critical insight during this process. Additionally, I’d like to thank our Development Services Director, his staff, and the members of my management team for their dedication toward completing this comprehensive plan. Greece is a safe community with great housing stock and a high quality of life that attracts young families. We have a skilled workforce that is attracting employment opportunities in fields like health care, food and beverage production, and clean energy, to name a few. Our solid infrastructure and services, award-winning parks, and unique waterfront areas make Greece a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Periodically, as conditions and markets change, we may need to take stock, make adjustments, and strengthen our strengths, and that’s what this plan is all about”.
Draft documents are now available on https://greeceny.gov/residents/draft-2020-comprehensive-plan-and-proposed-zoning-ordinance-updates. We welcome your input on this important process. Written comments should be provided to:
Scott Copey, Director of Development Services
Town of Greece
1 Vince Tofany Boulevard
Rochester, New York 14612