Monday, December 15, 2014

Ready For Another Tax Increase?

Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Proposed Capital Project Vote Dec. 16

On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES will be seeking voter approval for capital improvements to its main campus on Big Ridge Road in Spencerport. Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES serves students from the Brockport, Churchville-Chili, Gates Chili, Greece, Hilton, Holley, Kendall, Spencerport, and Wheatland-Chili school districts.

The proposed $29.2-million project is the first of its kind for Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES in its nearly 60-year history. The project work will improve building infrastructure, upgrade technology in classrooms to support quality instruction aligned to career preparation for students, accommodate student enrollment increases and continuing program expansion, increase capacity for professional development, improve security measures, reconfigure traffic flow on the BOCES campus and increase parking capacity.

The Capital Project Vote will be held on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Room #2 at the Educational Services Center, 3599 Big Ridge Road, Spencerport, NY 14559. Anyone 18 or older who is a United States citizen living in the Brockport, Churchville-Chili, Gates Chili, Greece, Hilton, Holley, Kendall, Spencerport or Wheatland-Chili school districts for at least 30 days prior to the vote date is eligible to vote.

Q. How will the project be financed?

A. The State of New York will be contributing
approximately 63.2% of the project cost. The nine
component districts will be responsible for the remaining

Q. How will my taxes be affected?
A. BOCES 2 serves nine component districts that have
differing tax structures. Contingent on the component
district’s tax structure, the average tax range on a home
with a $100,000 assessed value ranges are as follows:
• Senior STAR exemption............................$2-$3 per year
• Basic STAR exemption.............................$4-$6 per year
• No STAR...................................................$6-$8 per year
More exact tax computations are shown in the Capital
Project’s Public Presentation within each component
district’s website and the BOCES website.

Q. What will it take to pass the vote?
A. A simple majority of the total votes cast by eligible
voters in the nine component districts is needed.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Greece Town Budget & Assessments

Greece Post (12/11/14 pg. A18) ~ "Early on in my administration I realized that in order to hold the line on property taxes in 2015 I had to close a budget gap of over $2.5 million." ~~ Greece Supervisor Bill Reilich

Cited as one of the key components of the 2015 Greece Town budget: "Strong assessment growth of $117 million generates $724,000 of additional revenue without increasing the tax rate."

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

McCabe: Lauds GCSD Response To Olympia Fights

At last night's Greece Board of Education meeting, Greece school board Prez. Sean McCabe patted GCSD & Greece Police employees on the back for stomping out the racially-charged fire that caused a dozen Greece Olympia students to rumble in the streets a week ago.
  • There was NO MENTION of the underlying problems, or their causes, at Olympia HS.
  • There was NO MENTION of the total failure of GCSD's anti-bullying efforts.
  • There was NO MENTION of what GCSD needs to do to prevent further gang fights.

Monday, December 08, 2014

BOE Meeting Tuesday, 6:30PM

It is anticipated that the Board will go into an Executive Session at 5:30 pm to discuss the proposed acquisition sale or lease or real property and collective negotiations persuant to Article 14 of the Civil Service Law.


Rollover Budget Process

Reserve Fund Report and Analysis

Strategic Data Report

Veteran's Exemption Update

Shuttle Bus Approval for Polar Plunge

RRFD Commission Elections

A Facebook friend asked me when they are planning to hold the RRFD elections.

I responded I hadn't heard a word.

  • The RRFD.ORG website has NO INFO on this topic, none at all!
  • I've seen NOTHING in the Greece Post.
  • I'm told by those who live in the RRFD area they've received NO mailings, either!

Sunday, December 07, 2014

The Urban-Suburban Program

Spencerport Plans A January Vote On The Issue

 Why, or why not?

Friday, December 05, 2014

Making Sense of Video Evidence In Greece


  • We want the video/s of the Olympia fight found & destroyed
  • We want the person who recorded it found & punished
  • GCSD: does not want to deal with the facts or the reality of what happens within their schools ~~ Parents would freakout if they knew how inept they really are at protecting their kids or keeping them safe.

  • Used video of fight to arrest and/or get about a dozen Olympia students suspended for their violent acts
  • Has tested body cams on police officers
  • Will let cops voluntarily wear body cams in the future
  • Phelan ~~ About a week ago, he couldn't tell us if Jared Rene was wearing a cam when he shot Thomas Manza. "It's part of an ongoing investigation."
  • Helfer ~~ This week told a reporter that Jared Rene was NOT wearing a body cam when he shot Thomas Manza. Refused to say if the other officer/s were wearing body cams that day because "It's part of an ongoing investigation."
  • Manza has been charged; Rene is back to work
  • GPD: will use the video cams to their advantage ... when the cops can benefit, not when the public can use it against them...

Thursday, December 04, 2014

GPD Charge Manza

Thomas Manza, 34, was shot by Greece Police Officer Jared René in early November during an incident at his home.
Manza is charged with menacing a police officer, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminal possession of a weapon.

Can GCSD Get Their Story Straight?

13WHAM reports: "Ten students are under arrest and 20 others suspended from school after a fight outside Greece Olympia that was caught on cell phone video... The investigation isn't over. School officials and police are still looking for the person who took the video. He or she will likely be charged."

WHEC-TV reports: "Ten arrests have been made in connection with a fight caught on video involving Greece Olympia students ...  In addition to the arrests, Greece Central School District officials tell News10NBC 12 students have been suspended in connection with the video."

TWC News reports: "At least five teens are facing either arrest or tickets ... A total of 12 Greece Olympia students have been suspended for two to five days."  

D&C reports: "The fight prompted the suspension of 12 high school students. Ten were criminally charged Thursday."

SCATS ~~ What are we, the community, to believe when the district can't get their own story straight?

3 Arrested, 12 Suspended ...

Investigation into Olympia gang fight continues ...

SCATS ~~ A question for GCSD administration: If you didn't know about the fight until Wednesday, how could you possibly declare that it wasn't racially motivated when you hadn't begun investigating it? 

I did also note that you didn't deny it was gang related. Maybe you've raised one eye above the sand your head is stuck in ...?

Olympia Students: Fights Are Racially Motivated Gang Violence


WHEC-TV reports: 

"Olympia students say this is gang violence. They also say it is racially motivated. The students they say started this fight are African American and the victims are Caucasian. "Michael" (whose identity we have shielded for his safety) says he afraid to go to school." 

In a written statement, the Greece Central School District denies it:

Statement from district:
The fight happened after school and off school grounds. Any time we are made aware that a fight may occur, we contact Greece Police and routinely work with them to resolve potential altercations before they escalate.
This incident was not reported to us in advance and it was not racially motivated. We were made aware after the fact. Because the fight did not occur on school grounds, Greece Police are overseeing the investigation.
As a district, we are working to identify all students involved. Participants will be subject to criminal action and school disciplinary measures.

SCATS ~~ Olympia HS has had BIG problems with racial tensions for at least the last 25 years, and the Greece Central School District remains in TOTAL DENIAL about the problems that result. If student safety were a top concern, something would have changed by now, but it hasn't.