Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, the Greece Town Board, and the Library Board are pleased to announce plans for an expansion of our Children’s Library Section at the Main Library Branch, 2 Vince Tofany Boulevard.
The proposed expansion would double the footprint of the current Children’s Library, adding 3,300 square feet of space and will include a children’s programming room and many new amenities for our youngest residents, their parents and caregivers.
Our library is nearly 20 years old, and in fact, we made the final payment on the building this year. The age of the building and the growth of the town have shown increased numbers of patrons visiting the library and programming numbers, in particular our children’s programs have been steadily increasing.
“I made a commitment to our residents that we would take this great town and make it even better; our commitment to expanding the Children’s Library is another way we are delivering increased amenities to our residents while keeping our finances in order” said Supervisor Reilich. “There will be no borrowing to support this project. We have applied for a grant to offset some of the project costs and the remainder of the funds will be paid in cash as a result of careful planning and budgeting”.
We are in the early stages of planning and want to offer an opportunity for our residents to weigh in on any suggestions they may have for ways to enhance the Children’s Library space. Greece residents are invited to visit Bill Reilich Greece Town Supervisor’s Facebook Page to make suggestions and share ideas of things they may like to see at the library. Comment cards will also be available at the Main Information Desk at the library as well.
Once we have received resident input, we will start to put a conceptual design in place and share the progress with our residents throughout the entire process.
Town of Greece Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board have released the proposed budget for the town which again includes a reduction in the property tax rate from $6.285 per $1,000 in property value to $6.225 per $1,000 in property value, a 6 cent reduction.
“This is a continuation of our efforts to steadily reduce the town tax rate in the Town of Greece” said Supervisor Reilich. “Our tax rate is now lower than it was ten years ago, and we continue to keep our costs under control. We’ve paid off the debt on the Town Hall and the Library as well. Everything we have done has been to ensure the proper management of town finances. We fully expect to continue on this course for the foreseeable future”.
In addition to the proposed 2020 budget tax decrease, our capital plan includes the continuation of our commitment to public infrastructure. Over $2.25 million in cash will be put towards road maintenance and improvements. It includes additional improvements to our service mall area, an allocation for park and playground upgrades and a commitment to green energy initiatives. Most important to note perhaps is there is no borrowing for any capital improvements.
“We are proud of our 2020 proposed budget and believe it is good for our residents, our families and our businesses. It continues to strengthen our investment in the town’s infrastructure while controlling costs and reducing the tax rate” Reilich said. “We continue to maintain a balanced budget with reasonable estimates of costs and revenues. We have a high AA rating from Standard and Poor’s and they specifically referenced our strong financial management in their reviews. Additionally, the town received a 1.7 on the NYS Comptroller’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System that indicates a ‘no designation’ which is the most favorable listing”.
During last 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 a proclamation to a special member of our community.
This summer, Victoria Brice was eating breakfast when she noticed smoke coming from her neighbor’s house. Victoria immediately told her grandmother and they called 911. When the Ridge Road Fire Department arrived, they woke the sleeping family and helped them evacuate.
“The Town of Greece is proud to have community members like Victoria, whose keen awareness and observation helps save lives” said Supervisor Reilich. “Thank you, Victoria, for your swift and wise response to an emergency situation”.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Mike Barry, Josh Jensen, Bill Murphy, and Diana Christodaro for an official Eagle Scout Award Ceremony at last night’s Town Board Meeting. The Town of Greece Eagle Scout Recognition Medal is presented to all Boy Scouts who have recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in their local troop.
“It is an honor for me to present proclamations and medals to the hard working and determined young men who have shown that commitment and perseverance lead to success” said Supervisor Bill Reilich. “At last night’s Town Board meeting, I had the privilege of presenting a proclamation and medal to Erik Ervay who has recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop Number 240. Erik attained the rank of Eagle Scout through his efforts towards a habitat improvement program at Braddock Bay Park. He worked with local companies to secure donations of 88 plants, shrubs, and trees for this project. In addition to this project, Erik also conducted three food drives to benefit the Greece Food Shelf. He has collected hundreds of pounds of food from his neighborhood and brought it to the food shelf. Thank you for your kindness towards helping those less fortunate and for your dedication to a project that will benefit the wildlife in Braddock Bay Park!
The Boy Scouts of America, one of the United States largest youth organizations, is dedicated to promoting self-reliance, courage, and patriotism among young men. The Eagle Scout Award is attained after countless hours of hard work, sacrifice, and dedication to the scouting creed. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit their webpage www.scouting.org.
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:
“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.