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Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich yesterday hosted a listening session with shoreline Elected Officials so that the new Commissioners of the International Joint Commission (IJC) could hear from elected officials about the shoreline impacts in their communities from high water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

The International Joint Commissioners assumed office last week. Yesterday was their first site visit to the Lake Ontario shoreline to meet elected officials and better understand their concerns. The following members of the IJC participated in the listening session:

Pierre Béland, Canadian Section Chair

Jane Corwin, US Section Chair

Robert Sisson, Commissioner

Lance Yohe, Commissioner

The listening session was held at Greece Town Hall from 1:00pm – 2:30pm. Following the listening session was an opportunity for members of the media to ask questions to the new members of the IJC. After the media session concluded, Supervisor Reilich and 4th Ward Councilwoman Diana Christodaro, who represents portions of the shoreline in Greece, brought the new IJC members on a shoreline tour so they could see firsthand the flooding of roads and properties.

“I was thankful that the Town of Greece was given the opportunity to host the listening session for IJC Commissioners and Elected Officials representing shoreline communities” said Supervisor Reilich. During the session, the new members of the IJC listened to representatives from shoreline communities across Monroe County, Niagara County, Orleans County, Wayne County, Cayuga County, and Oswego County. The IJC members heard about the devastating impacts that the high water levels have been having on these communities and also heard suggestions from representatives on how to combat the flooding. Following the listening session was a time for members of the media to ask questions to the IJC Commissioner to better understand the role they play in the water levels and what they will do differently from the former members of the IJC. The day ended with a shoreline tour organized for the IJC commissioners. During the tour, the commissioners were able to see and experience the significant flooding of shoreline roads and properties. They saw that the tour bus was not even able to go down certain roads because the water level was so high. I am grateful that the new members of the IJC took the time to listen to our concerns and see with their own eyes the devastating impacts that the high waters have caused in our communities. I am hopeful that the new IJC commissioners will listen more to resident concerns and begin working on a plan that will alleviate flooding for both American Shoreline Communities and Canadian Shoreline Communities”.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, in conjunction with the American Legion Post Number 468 and Commander George Dadson, Jr., hosted the Town of Greece Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony on Monday, May 27, 2019. This event is held annually and is free and open to the public.

The day started off with a remembrance ceremony hosted by the American Legion Post. The Memorial Day Parade kicked off at noon and featured such participants as Greece Post 468 Color Guard, local Legion Posts and Veteran groups, the Rochester Honor Flight, Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board, Elected Officials, Boy Scout, Girl Scout, and Cub Scout Troops, Fire, Police and Ambulance Departments, Greece Athena Marching Band, the Taekwondo School, Dependable Medical Transportation, and the Rochester Street Machines.

Following the parade was the Town of Greece Remembrance Ceremony, held at the Greece Town Hall Pavilion. During the Ceremony, Supervisor Bill Reilich and American Legion Post Number 468 Commander George Dadson, Jr. gave remarks in memory of those who served our country and paid the ultimate price. Supervisor Reilich also recognized all in the crowd who have had their names engraved on the Gary Beikirch Veterans Memorial Wall. All in attendance had the opportunity to visit the Veterans Memorial Wall, located on the east side of Greece Town Hall, where 13 new veteran names were recently inscribed. Conflict names were read in remembrance of those who lost their lives serving our country. Those reading conflict names were Assemblyman Peter Lawrence, Senator Joe Robach, Councilman Mike Barry, Councilman Bill Murphy, Councilman Josh Jensen, Councilwoman Diana Christodaro, and Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon. A beautiful rendition of America the Beautiful was sung by Marisa DeMario and the Greece Post 468 Color Guard performed the Presentation of Colors and the Laying of Wreaths and Gun Salute. The day concluded with a luncheon hosted by the American Legion Post at 344 Dorsey Road.

 “Since the dedication of our Veteran’s Memorial Wall on May 31, 1999, we have added thousands of names to the wall” said Supervisor Bill Reilich. “The Town of Greece is honored to have so many brave men and women who have fought for our freedom and our great Nation. It is my privilege to pay tribute to all Greece residents, and all of our military men and women throughout our country, who so selflessly served our nation”.

Supervisor Bill Reilich invites all to attend the 2019 Town of Greece Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony co-hosted with the Greece American Legion Post #468 on Monday, May 27th, 2019. The full schedule can be found below:

10:00 AM – Remembrance Ceremony, hosted by the American Legion at 344 Dorsey Road

11:15 AM Sharp – Mobilization Time for Parade Participants

12:00 PM – Memorial Day Parade, which will be led by our own Greece Post 468 Color Guard and will proceed down Long Pond Road from Janes Road to the Greece Town Hall Campus

1:15 PM – Town of Greece Remembrance Ceremony, held at the Greece Town Hall Pavilion

All events are free and open to the public.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich will host a listening session with shoreline Elected Officials on Tuesday, May 28th so that the new Commissioners of the International Joint Commission (IJC) can hear from elected officials about the shoreline impacts in their communities from high water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

The Commissioners, who assumed office last week, will make their first site visit to the Lake Ontario shoreline to meet elected officials and better understand their concerns. The following members of the IJC will participate in the listening session:

Pierre Béland, Canadian Section Chair

Jane Corwin, US Section Chair

Robert Sisson, Commissioner

Lance Yohe, Commissioner

The listening session will be held at the following time and location:

From 1:00-2:30 PM on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Greece Town Hall

One Vince Tofany Boulevard
Greece, New York 14612

*Please note that this meeting will be for invited elected officials of shoreline   communities only.

Shoreline Elected Officials from all levels of government along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline are encouraged to attend.

There will be media availability at 2:45pm at the Greece Town Hall Atrium, 1 Vince Tofany Boulevard.

Following the media availability, the Town will be providing transportation for a shoreline tour for the new IJC commissioners and several shoreline Elected Officials.

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 Tuesday evening’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.

“At Tuesday evening’s Town Board meeting, I had the privilege of presenting a proclamation and medal to two brothers – Eli and Weston Ransom – and their cousin – Zane Thieleman” said Supervisor Bill Reilich. “All three young men are members of Troop Number 18. Eli helped to restore fire hydrants in the Village of Hilton in order to complete his Eagle Scout project. He worked with the Hilton Department of Public Works and organized a team of nearly 50 people to complete this 3-day long project. For Weston’s Eagle Scout project, he installed 4 benches at the Hilton Village Park near Quest Elementary School. He organized a group of 30 volunteers and spend over 250 hours completing this project. In order to complete his Eagle Scout project, Zane organized a fundraiser and put together comfort kits for children in traumatic situations. These kits, which contain crayons, an activity pad, and a stuffed animal, have been delivered to local law enforcement and are distributed by officers in appropriate situations. I would like to thank all three young men for their dedication to making our community a great place to live”.

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.

 

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and Greece Town Board Members Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, Josh Jensen, and Diana Christodaro invite all to attend the June Food Truck Rodeo and Summer Concert. The event will take place Tuesday, June 11th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Greece Town Hall Campus.

The Food Truck Rodeo will be in conjunction with the first Town of Greece Summer Concert featuring Eddie Lee & Closing Time Band, who perform a variety of Country music hits. For more information about the band, please visit their website: http://www.eddieleeandclosingtime.com/. Vendors participating in the food truck rodeo include local favorite Daves Fine Food, Cheesed & Confused, Snowie Mobile, J&S Fried Dough, Macarollin’, Lugias Ice Cream, and Heintzelmans BBQ Pit.  

This event is free and open to the public. Information about the event can be found on the Town of Greece website at https://www.greeceny.gov/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2019/06/11/4349/-/food-truck-rodeo-summer-concert and Supervisor Bill Reilich’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/events/668398593605076/. We hope you will join us for this family-friendly event!

Supervisor Bill Reilich, along with Town of Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon and the Greece Town Board, hosted a free Shredding Event for residents today. This bi-annual event takes place in both the Spring and Fall.

The Shredding Event was held at the Greece Town Hall Campus. Services were provided by Shred-Text, which is a confidential document shredding company that provides on-site shredding services. Shred-Text is also an environmentally-friendly company, as they bring 100% of the shredded paper to an authorized recycler. For more information about the company, please call 247-5250 or visit their website at www.shredtext.com.

 “The Greece Town Board Members, Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon, and I were happy to offer another free shredding event to residents this Spring” said Supervisor Reilich. “Hundreds turned out for this event where they were able to watch their confidential documents be shredded on site. It can be very expensive to have a shredding service come to a resident home, so I was glad to be able to provide this service for our residents free of charge. We will be scheduling another free shredding event for Greece residents this Fall – stay tuned for details! This will be our late afternoon/evening event”.

Due to the above-average water levels along the shoreline, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich is reminding residents about speed limit restrictions for recreational activities.

In addition to the restrictions that are detailed in the County’s State of Emergency Declaration, please familiarize yourself with our Town of Greece Boating Speeds and Restrictions.

Excerpts on Town of Greece Boating Laws (Chapter 65)

Boating Speeds and Restrictions

  • No vessel shall be operated within the channel of Braddock Bay in a manner or at a speed that unreasonably interferes with or endangers any vessel or person or that passes any vessel proceeding in the same direction, but in no event at a speed exceeding five miles per hour.
  • No vessel shall be operated in Buttonwood Creek in a manner or at a speed that causes a wake that unreasonably interferes with or endangers a dock, pier, raft, floating object, or anchored or moored vessel, swimmer or freshwater wetland feature, but in no event at a speed exceeding five miles per hour.
  • No vessel shall be operated within 100 feet of the shore of Braddock Bay and Salmon Creek in a manner or at a speed that causes a wake that unreasonably interferes with or endangers a dock, pier, raft, floating object, anchored or moored vessel, swimmer or freshwater wetland feature, but in no event at a speed exceeding five miles per hour.
  • No vessel shall be operated in Lake Ontario contiguous to the Town of Greece within 200 feet of the shore, a dock, pier, raft, floating object or an anchored or moored vessel at a speed exceeding five miles per hour.

Supervisor Bill Reilich invites all to attend the 2019 Town of Greece Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony on Monday, May 27th, 2019. The full schedule can be found below:

10:00 AM – Remembrance Ceremony, hosted by the American Legion at 344 Dorsey Road

11:15 AM Sharp – Mobilization Time for Parade Participants

12:00 PM – Memorial Parade, which will be led by our own Greece Post 468 Color Guard and will proceed down Long Pond Road from Janes Road to the Greece Town Hall Campus

1:15 PM – Town of Greece Remembrance Ceremony, held at the Greece Town Hall Pavilion

All events are free and open to the public.

The Town of Greece plants a tree each year in observance of Arbor Day. Again this year, Greece has been named a Tree City USA for the 22nd consecutive year. This commitment has continued because of the support of Supervisor Bill Reilich, the Greece Town Board, and the dedicated members of our Tree Council.

The Town of Greece marks Arbor Day with an annual tree planting on the Greece Town Hall Campus. The Town of Greece has been recognized by Tree City USA, which is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. Greece has been committed to remaining a Tree City USA, we have an active tree council, a community tree ordinance, as a town we spend at least $2 per capita on forestry, which culminates with our participation in celebrating Arbor Day.

To learn more about Arbor Day, explore educational resources, and read about its history, please visit the Arbor Day Foundation Website at https://www.arborday.org/celebrate/. If you are interested in learning more about Tree City USA and the benefits associated with the Town of Greece maintaining this status, please click here: https://www.arborday.org/programs/treecityusa/benefits.cfm.

In honor of Arbor Day this year, we have planted a tree near our new outdoor community walk track on the Greece Town Hall Campus. The tree that was chosen to be planted this year is the flowering crabapple tree. When it matures, it will bloom with bright pink flowers which will provide, in addition to the natural shade from its branches, a beautiful backdrop to our campus.

“We are proud to have once again been recognized as a Tree City USA Community” said Supervisor Reilich. “The Tree Council, our Greece Town Board, and I are committed to attaining this goal every year. The tree planted in the walking track area is the first of several trees we will be planting in the area to provide some shade to the many residents and their families who take advantage of the walking trail”.