Sunday, September 30, 2012

More Crime All Around Greece

Sept. 18th ~ Police chase K-Mart electronics thieves; ends with crash in Irondequoit (STORY)

Sept. 22nd ~ A robber armed with a semi-automatic handgun demanded money from a clerk at the Family Dollar, 550 Stone Rd. The robber escaped on foot. ( STORY )

Sept. 27th ~ Cops arrest Gerald Smalls after two robberies, including attacking an off-duty cop with scissors in Greece recently. ( STORY )
The Greece Post of Sept. 27th Reports :
Sept. 14th ~ Four men brandished handguns and stole a large amount of cash from a Celtic Ln. residence.
SCATS reports ~ After talking to a relative of one of the victims in the above incident, this story is actually much more terrifying than the newspaper reveals. My understanding is that two individuals were taken from outdoors and held at gunpoint by these thugs within the residence during daytime hours. Others arrived home during the incident and also held captive at gunpoint. The victims were initially forced to lie face down on the floor and were later taken at gunpoint to the basement and again ordered to lie facedown on the floor. After one of the victims offered to retrieve and give their captors a large amount of cash, the robbers fled the scene in a grey Dodge Durango.
  • Thefts from the area of the new Walmart on Dewey Ave. including:
Sept. 15th ~ Two suspects were charged with grand larceny for stealing $2000 in merchandise from a Dewey Ave. retailer.
Sept. 17th ~ A suspect was arrested for stealing $200 worth of clothing from a Dewey Ave. retailer.
  • Thefts from the Greece Ridge Mall including:
Sept 14th ~ A suspect was charged with petit larceny after stealing $391 in merchandise from a mall retailer.
Sept. 15th ~ A suspect was charged with petit larceny after stealing $100 in merchandise from a mall retailer.
Sept. 20th ~ A suspect was charged with petit larceny after stealing $30 in merchandise from a mall retailer.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Is Our Chief MIA? Was Peters Badly Hurt?

Chief Todd's last apparent Q & A Interview with media -
8/9/12 on 13WHAM - just 2 days before the BOHA boxing match against Lt. Scott Peters from Rochester PD.

Since then, he has issued press releases & made appearances only where there were no open Q & A sessions with media ... Ex. ~ handing out dictionaries to 3rd grade students with Joe Robach.

First, Capt. Chatterton (now retired) and now Capt. Uhrmacher have been visible, frequent Greece PD spokespersons for the Summer ... especially since the Karen Klein incident in June.

Now, Lt. Scott appears to be MIA from RPD as well. This begs the question of just how badly was his shoulder injured by Chief Todd during that boxing match that was reported to have been stopped before it was completed?



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Our Supt's Rapidly Rising Star ...

... Is A Man With A Past

Jeff K.Henley ~
Exec. Dir. of Instructional Technology & Strategic Initiatives,
Greece Central School District.

Before coming to Greece, Jeff was very involved:
"A member of the Rochester City School Board is claiming he is innocent of the driving while intoxicated charge he is currently facing. Democrat Jeff Henley was selected to join the board in February to replace Darryl Porter. Henley is also a teacher in Penfield. Police records show Henley was pulled over on Meigs Street earlier this month and was later charged with a misdemeanor DWI. The Rochester City School Board has not released a statement about the arrest." ( )

Sadly, drinking & driving changed all of that:
"A Rochester School Board member has decided not to seek re-election.

Commissioner Jeff Henley told Rochester Democrats that he's declining their nomination. He said he'll serve the rest of his term and then leave the school board at the end of the year.

Henley was appointed to fill the remaining term of Commissioner Daryl Porter, who became assistant to Mayor Bob Duffy.

Henley said family committments and time pressure led him to drop out of the race. But he also received considerable media attention when he was stopped for driving while intoxicated just over a month ago.

Henley pleaded "not guilty" to that charge.

Monroe County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Morelle says the party has endorsed businessman Allen Williams as its candidate in Henley's place." ( wxxinews )

Just 1 year ago, he was merely our K-12 Coordinator for Social Studies

Today, Jeff is Bab's right hand man as the Executive Director of Instructional Technology & Strategic Initiatives. His bio fails to mention his stint on the Rochester City School Board. We can only guess why ... ?
SCATS ~~ A personal thank you to those who brought this information to our attention.

A Bullet Dodged ...



13WHAM reports: "The Warsaw Board of Education  accepted the resignation of Superintendent of Schools Valerie Burke Tuesday evening. The resignation is effective immediately.

The resignation comes one week after her 2011 DWI arrest came to light.

Elementary Principal Stephen Saxton will serve as Acting Superintendent of Schools, as board members immediately begin a search for a permanent successor."

Monday, September 24, 2012

Is Mall's Movie Theater Struggling?

I just got a Groupon offer to purchase tickets to either of two local Regal theaters, including the one at the Greece Ridge Mall. Groupon offers seem to closely precede total doom (i.e. closing, bankruptcy, etc.) for a lot of businesses, like Perkins. Could our movie theater be teetering on the edge of economic ruin?

Wegmans Paves Way For New Retail Space

Plans additional 15,000 sq ft facility on Mt. Read Blvd.

New Liquor Store Might Be Planned


SCATS ~~ I think Greece needs another liquor store. It will help us forget how badly we get reamed twice a year when we pay our taxes ;)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Greece's Poverty Rate Jumps 75% in 1 Year!


"Census data out this week shows the poverty rate in the Town of Greece jumped 75 percent from 2010 to 2011. The poverty rate went from 7.6 percent in 2010 to 13.3 percent in 2011.

What happened?

The rich got richer and the poor got poorer, as seen in Monroe County as a whole. Twenty percent of Greece households earned less than $25,000 a year in 2010, up a full percentage point from 2010. There were fewer households in the middle incomes, with a 4 percent drop in households earning between $35,000 and $75,000. There were more households earning above $100,000, up 4 percent to 21 percent. That could explain why the median income in Greece jumped in one year from $51,934 in 2010 to $57,541 in 2011.

The town’s demographics didn’t changed much over the one-year period. The population increased by fewer than 200 people to 96,239. The proportion of people over 65 years old in 2011 was relatively flat – down .4 percent to 16.5 percent of the population. The racial makeup is the same. The unemployment rate is the same at 6 percent.

The only big changes were a 3 percent jump in 25 to 34 year-olds, to 13.8 percent and a 2.8 percent increase in single mother-headed households to 8.1 percent.

The data shows a big increase of families in poverty. The rate of families in poverty went from 5.3 percent in 2010 to 9.2 percent in 2011. There was a giant increase in the rate of single mothers in poverty, jumping from 18.4 percent in 2010 to 47.2 percent in 2011."

New Tool Helps Compare School Districts

A new online map allows New Yorkers to compare how school districts spend their money per student.
The Citizens Budget Commission released an interactive map last week.

Viewers can search for a school district and see breakdowns in how it spends its budget and how it compares to state averages per pupil.

Overall, New York state school districts spend nearly twice the national average.

Statewide, schools spend nearly three times the national average for fringe benefits for employees including pensions and health care.

The CBC is a nonprofit watchdog of public spending.

District Name:Greece Central School District
Total General Aid Per Student:$6,436
Foundation Aid Per Student:$3,691
Categorical Aid Per Student:$2,745
Property Value Per Student:$142,530
Percent Of Students Eligible For Free or Reduced Price Lunch(FRPL):39%
District Need Resource Capacity Index:1.01
Public School Enrollment:11,565


Saturday, September 22, 2012

BOE Meeting Tuesday, 6:30PM

It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session at 5:30PM to discuss the employment history of particular person(s) & collective bargaining.
2012-13 Course Offering Guide - Review & Discuss
District Committees / Task Force Update

Thursday, September 20, 2012

In Case You Missed This ...

"The FBI and the Town of Greece"

Audio tape verifies information previously posted on SCATS ...

@7:00  minute mark it starts getting REALLY good ;)

Watch this at WBZA

Monroe County Income Falls About 3%

But Taxes Rise From 2008 to 2011

Census data shows that Monroe's income declined from $51,762 to $50,204. Median property taxes in Monroe County grew from $3,705 in 2008 to $4,052 in 2011, or 9.37 percent.

Video Shows How Monkeys React To Income Inequality


Tuesday, September 18, 2012


6PM @ Greece Town Hall

Monday, September 17, 2012

School Success = Students + Teachers Must Attend School Regularly

Ensuring Teachers Are In School Regularly Ensures Consistency In Student Education
Substitute Teachers Don't Have The Same Impact
From GCSD Website: More than thirty educators and district leaders spent Saturday knocking on doors in Greece conveying the message that being a good student starts with good attendance. The U.S. Conference of Mayors in June announced a National Call to Action to make chronic absenteeism a priority in the new school year. The outreach effort is part of the GreeceCentral School District’s Expectation Graduation model where strong support and intervention services are provided for students with academic, attendance and behavioral needs. The district is using the Attendance Works strategies to bring this national initiative to Greece.
Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams kicked off the walk, the first of its kind in Greece, at Odyssey Academy this morning by motivating staff and thanking them for helping to make a difference. Greece Police Sgt. Chuck St. John provided a safety briefing and event organizer Carol Pallas, Greece Central’s Chief Academic Officer, provided an overview of the research supporting this initiative and the guidelines for conversations with students and their parents.
“We’re here today to connect with families and students and encourage them to take advantage of programs available at Greece Central that will put them on a path toward graduation,” Deane-Williams said. “We also want them to know that student success is a team effort and we are here to help.”
Teams comprised of teachers, administrators, Board of Education members, and parents and community members visited homes of students from English Village and Longridge elementary schools and Odyssey and Olympia secondary schools. Parents were given brochures with information about the importance of regular school attendance and were able to ask questions of representative from their child’s school.
“Students who regularly attend school are more likely to be academically successful and graduate,” Board President Julia VanOrman said. “If there are reasons a child may not be coming to school such as anxiety, bullying or a life-changing event, we want to know that, too. This is our community; these are our kids; and we need to let them know we care.”
Saturday’s home visits successfully connected Greece school representatives with more than 20 families. More visits will be planned periodically throughout the year.

SCATS ~~ So "more than thirty educators and district leaders" connected "with more than 20 families." Not a very good return on the effort, was it? Why don't we get this same effort to get our teachers into the classroom? Maybe more kids will enjoy attending school if they don't have a series of subs to deal with!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

How Many Dogs Is Enough?

September 18, 2012 
3. Applicant:
Courtney and Christopher Infantino 
71 Talnuck Drive 
Mon. Co. Tax No.:
Zoning District:
R1-E (Single-Family Residential)

An area variance to allow five (5) dogs to be kept at a residence where not more than three (3) dogs shall be permitted per dwelling unit. Sec. 211-30 A

§ 211-30. Animals and animal training facilities.

A. Dogs. Not more than three dogs shall be permitted per dwelling unit. However, the offspring of any resident female dog shall not be counted, provided that said offspring are less than four months of age.
SCATS ~~ I can think of NO GOOD REASON to make an exception to the three dog rule in a suburban neighborhood where homes tend to be situated relatively close to each other. In fact, three dogs is TOO MANY on many of the smaller lots in Greece! If you have several neighbors with two or three dogs each, it soon becomes very noisy with any barking in such a confined space. This isn't about loving animals, it's about quality of life for the masses.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Bullying, Weapons & Fights, OH MY!

Based on a variety of sources & reports, it appears that Greece Schools began the new year facing a wide variety of problems related to school & bus consolidation, as well discipline related incidents.

With 7 full days of school under their belts, bussing issues remain with some bus runs requiring young children to be on the buses for long periods of time. Some routes regularly feature standing room only. Inexplicably, aides were only assigned to buses hauling students with IEP's at the start of the year.

I'm told Olympia HS was on lockdown due to a fight earlier this week, while GPD responded to an elementary student with a weapon on a bus run earlier today. Parents are complaining about: long lag times for teachers to return communications regarding their concerns; students being assigned lunch seats (for no apparent reason); screaming teachers; over-crowded hallways; and general chaos within the buildings.

We can be thankful Babs has it ALL under control!

Home Buglaries Rise Near New Walmart

13WHAM News reports: " Greece police report a recent spike in home burglaries.
Neighbors in the area of Chalford Road and Delmar Road tell 13WHAM the crimes have been happening during the day.

Police say there's an increased level of burglaries in that area, and plan to release more information on Friday."


"Greece Police say they deal with burglaries on a regular basis, but this latest spike caught their attention. Over the last month about a dozen homes have been targeted; all in the same general area. It’s that part of town east of Dewey Avenue between Denise and Britton Roads."

SCATS ~~ Guess what folks? Walmart opened August 15th, just ONE MONTH AGO!!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Just 5 Reported Bus Incidents/Day For 10,500 Students

Greece Central Schools Stats on Bus Incidents Shows Some Interesting Trends

Unsafe student behavior or a safety-related incidents accounted for about 40 percent of all referrals last year.

The second-highest number of referrals, 163, came from the use of bad language. Fights accounted for 136 referrals, property damage for 27 referrals, possession of a hazardous object accounted for 8 and spitting accounted for 14.

GCSD's Bullying Reporting Process
SCATS ~~ The day after Karen Klein became known to all, Deb Hoeft told us at a press conference held at the transportation dept. that JUST 50 INCIDENT REPORTS related to busing had been received for the entire school year! Something's NOT right with the figures given to the reporter ... or could it be that Deb Hoeft doesn't know what she's talking about??

Karen Klein, Part II

13WHAM will be updating us on their 5 & 6PM newscasts.

According to a BLOG by Patrice Walsh, the money she received is almost gone & Max Sidorov wants her to loan him $50,000!

Bill Reilich Jr. Pleads Not Guilty To Grand Larceny

YNN Reports:

"The son of the chairman of the Monroe County Republican Party pleaded not guilty to charges related to unemployment fraud.

William Reilich Jr. is charged with Grand Larceny, Falsifying business Records and Offering a False Instrument.

Reilich Jr. is accused of claiming unemployment benefits from June 2009 through January 2010 in the amount of $7,700 while he was employed by the Greater Rochester International Airport.

Reilich's attorney says his client has a gambling problem and has enrolled in a rehabilitation program."

SCATS ~~ I know it's probably just some legal technicality, but are we expected to believe he's not guilty of a crime where restitution was made BEFORE the case was heard in court?


Bullying Continues on Greece Bus


D & C Editorial:

"Last week, my 13-year-old grandson got on his bus for his first day of high school in Greece and had trouble finding a seat because the bus was so crowded. He didn’t know anyone on the bus and sat beside a girl who was sitting alone, and she yelled at him, “This is my seat!” and shoved him off the seat and into the seat opposite.

Of course everyone laughed, and now he doesn’t want to get on the bus again. The bus driver did nothing about the situation.

Last year, my grandson walked almost two miles back and forth to school because of the obnoxious behavior of kids on the bus, and things don’t seem to have changed in spite of all the publicity and the new “no tolerance for bullying” policy. How disappointing."


SCATS ~~ This is the same story that WHEC-TV (Ch. 10) pulled (without explanation) from their website yesterday afternoon. Oddly, the story was hyped via Twitter by their reporter telling everyone to look for it at 5 & 6PM on their newscasts ... then BAM ... story pulled.

I was told by another person that news trucks were spotted at Greece's Transportation Bldg. yesterday. Unless or until I hear otherwise, I'll assume that Greece Central managed to say the right verbiage to get the media to not air this story, once again. The shame continues, only now we've spent loads of $$ "training" busdrivers who still do NOTHING!

Just an FYI ~~ My private message to the Ch 10 reporter was ignored!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bullying Story Pulled ...

News10NBC is asking that you please remove our story regarding the bullying on Greece School buses. The story was posted prematurely on our website and we are not reporting this story at this time. If you have any questions, please call our newsroom at 232-1010 and ask for Steve Richards, our news director. Thank you.

SCATS ~~ As requested, the story (and comments associated with it) has been removed from the BLOG. If they decide to go ahead with it, I'll repost at that time.

Top 10 Signs GCSD Is Still Dysfunctional

10 ~ They ask NO questions

9 ~ They have NO discussion.

8 ~ They ALWAYS vote to approve, usually unanimously!

7 ~ The BOE & DO FAIL to follow their own policies.

6 ~ The Supt. delegates EVERYTHING to others, thereby keeping her hands clean.

5 ~ They spend more time trying to convince a new BOE member to become a NYSSBA delegate than they spend on ANY OTHER AGENDA ITEM!

4 ~ They believe in "free money"

3 ~ Every meeting is preceeded by an Executive Session

2 ~ They make no apologies for showing up late (sometimes over 30 minutes!) to start their meetings!

1 ~ They wonder why so few people get involved!

TOTAL ENROLLMENTS FALL AGAIN TO 11,657 which includes ALL in-district, out-of-district and UPK students.

On Saturday, BOE members, the Supt. & leadership teams will visit students' homes to find out why they are absent from school. (Thank God Bolgen Vargas gave them this idea!)

SCATS ~~ Could we get them to visit the homes of absent teachers too? There MIGHT be a connection between the two ;)

Laughing All The Way To The Bank


Photo: National Post

“I’m just hoping the kids get something out of this. I know I have." ~~ Karen Klein 
SCATS ~~ Is her 15 minutes up now?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Update On Walmart

Wed. Sept. 12th
@Dewey Corridor Neighbors Meeting
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
 4115 Dewey Avenue

Speakers: Wal*Mart's asset protection manager John Norcross, Captain Steve Chatterton of the Greece Police Dept. & First Ward Councilperson Shannon O'Keefe

If you build it, they will come ;)

BOE Meeting Tues, 6:30PM

Regular Meeting & Public Hearing on Contract for Excellence 2012-13 Budget Presentation , 6:30 pm

It is anticipated that the Board will go into an Exec. Session at 5:30PM to discuss collective bargaining, the employment history of particular person(s) & pending litigation.
School Opening Update
Summer School Report
Budget Advisory Committee Presentation
Approval of Updated District Safety Plan
Approval of Minutes **
* Apparently our BOE & DO have gone further underground with information related to BOE business. There were NO meaningful links provided to ANY of these topics this month, unlike in the recent past.
** Finally, we can confirm Karen Klein's retirement became effective Sept. 1, 2012 after 23 years (not the 25+ reported by media) in GCSD's Transportation Dept.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

"Vacant" School Vandalized

Criminal mischief: Someone broke a window at the former West Ridge Elementary at 200 Alcott Road and stole a piece of concrete from a pillar.

SCATS ~~ Again, I'll ask, what was caught on the video cam/security system??

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Bill Payment Address Changed

I got my ever-anticipated Monroe County Water Authority bill in the mail. I was rather surprised to see that the bill payment address has been changed from a local one to a Post Office Box in Buffalo! The question is, why?

It was rather amusing to see that AFTER showing up to do 5-year meter reads (following a 13- year hiatus!!), the Water Authority enclosed info on how to ID an MCWA employee!! Wasn't this a little late ... like the "5-year reads?"

What was NOT funny is the fact that the 5-year meter read didn't result in generation of a bill! Nope! They sent out someone a few weeks later to read the meters so they could mail their bills!



Friday, September 07, 2012

Bill Reilich Jr. Charged With Fraud

Accused of Collecting Unemployment
Benefits While Working

YNN Reports: "According to the New York State Department of Labor, the son of Monroe County GOP Chairman Bill Reilich, is facing charges of unemployment fraud.

William Reilich Jr., who is a Monroe County employee, is accused of claiming unemployment benefits from June 2009 until January 2010, in the amount of $7,700.

According to the Department of Labor, Reilich Jr, certified every week during that time period for unemployment benefits through the state's unemployment system, despite being employed.

County spokesman Justin Feasel says the county has not been notified about the charges, and would only confirm Reilich Jr.'s employment. He is currently working at the Greater Rochester International Airport."

Statement from Bill Reilich Sr., on the Charges Against His Son Bill Reilich, Jr.

"Regardless of the fact that my son is 31 years old, anyone with children knows you never stop being a parent. To that note, I am obviously greatly disappointed by my son's actions. I was only recently made aware of the charges against him and immediately upon being informed, my advice to him was to stand up and do the right thing. At this point in time, he has already made full restitution, and he will comply with whatever the judge asks of him."

"I would ask that his privacy, not unlike any other individual, be respected as he deals with his legal matter. As his dad, I will support him through this difficult time and support his decision to return to professional treatment for his gambling addiction as well."

SCATS ~~ Hey, Bill, you might want to ask him again about that plow accident ;)


Thursday, September 06, 2012

Reilich Denies Rumors About Son

Claims Greece Police Investigated
Allegations 4 Years Ago

13WHAM Reports: County Legislator Rick Antelli was inside in hair salon on North Greece Road Thursday morning, but he wasn't talking. He told us everything will come out later.

It was Antelli who first revealed there was an F.B.I. probe in the town of Greece. He confirmed that during a recent zoning board hearing.

Antelli appeared before the board as a businessman, requesting a variance and then went on the record at the taped meeting about the investigation saying:

"A lot of that information should stay right within this board because there is an FBI investigation going on about that...There's an investigation going on and I'm a federal witness, so make sure you mark that down."

Those comments unleashed rumors that had first surfaced four years ago on a blog. Those rumors allege there was a cover-up of an accident involving a town worker in 2003, who was allegedly drunk, operating a town plow, when he crashed into a car.

That worker was allegedly the son of State Assemblyman Bill Reilich. Reilich denied the rumors saying Greece Police investigated the same allegations four years ago and found them to be nothing more than "vicious rumors."

Reilich says he was in the middle of a heated election when those rumors first surfaced so he wrote them off as dirty politics. Now, he doesn't know what to think. He says whoever is spreading these rumors is trying to deflect from the fact that there is an F.B.I. probe.

Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter says he can't comment on the F.B.I. investigation except to say: "It does not involve the current Police Department."

SCATS ~~ Four years ago, Greece Police was still headed by Merritt Rahn. Maybe we need a "do over" of that investigation to clear the air now and put any rumors to rest ...?

Some Students "Scared To Death"

Beyond the usual opening day jitters, parents & bus drivers are reporting some Greece students fear starting school at Olympia Middle School, Odyssey Academy and other "consolidated" Greece schools. I wonder how much of this reaction has been projected onto the students by the adults in their lives ...?


Wednesday, September 05, 2012

TOPS Elmridge Store Closing

WHEC Reports: "Tops Friendly Markets will close one of its stores in Greece next month.

The grocery market chain announced Wednesday that it will close its Elmridge store on Elmridge Center Drive on October 20, prior to its lease expiring at the end of November. Officials say the decision was made based on economic performance standards at the store.

Employees have been offered jobs at other Tops locations in the area. Customers can shop at Tops nearby stores in Gates, Spencerport, Hilton and Mt. Read Blvd in Greece."

SCATS ~~ Don't look now but Elmridge is already on its way to becoming the next Northgate Plaza. The loss of TOPS will just hasten the decline.


6 - 1 x 0 + 2/2 = ?

Is the answer 1?

Or is it 7?

Or is it some other number?

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Auberger Still Unavailable To Comment

Buzz Continues Regarding FBI Investigation Into Greece

From WHEC: "The FBI is not saying what it is looking at, and reached today by phone, Antelli declined to comment.
Several sources with knowledge of the inquiry tell I-Team 10 that part of it involves trying to run down rumors of a 2003 traffic accident involving a former town employee, who is also a relative of a local politician.
I-Team 10 was first contacted about the supposed crash more than two years ago, but has been unable to document that an accident or cover-up occurred. Whether federal investigators have been able to turn up proof is not clear."

Greece Among Latest To Start School

Most Districts Open Tues-Wed. 
Short School Days + Short School Year = POOR RESULTS!

Monday, September 03, 2012

School Tax Calculations Questioned

Anonymous said...
Has anyone else calculated the enhanced star reduction using only the data supplied on the bill, and come up with a reduction in their total bill that is 3.94% less than the reduction should be. Enhanced S Value shown on bill times Tax Rate Per 1000 shown on bill does NOT equal the Star Savings Credit shown on my bill. The credit shown is over $50 less than the reduction I believe I am entitled to. WHY? Is there a mysterious formula that is different from the data shown? Surely the GCSD BOE cannot overturn the laws of mathematics....or can they?
Is this calculation performed by GCSD, the town assessors office, or a contacted service vendor?    9/03/2012 7:57 PM

Sunday, September 02, 2012

School Supply Costs Emptied Your Wallets ...

and the
SCATS ~~ A friend commented about how glad they are for the STAR exemption. I pointed out that we're paying for STAR (same with COMIDA) through other NY State taxing opportunities. What if we get rid of STAR and let people know honestly how much they are paying in property taxes? (Wegmans can't put milk "on sale" every day of the year, because pretty soon the "sale price" becomes THE price.) Don't you think NY State will be pressured to get their spending under control then?