Friday, August 30, 2013

Back Soon ...

Will update as able ;)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

COMIDA Loan Request ...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Thank you for giving Midtown $18.6 million in tax relief. Obviously they didn't do their homework and didn't know how they were going to make a profit on the project unless we, the people, chipped in some dough.

And thanks also for getting the state to waive the rules to allow you to give COSTCO over $3 million in tax relief. They must use the same accounting firm that the Midtown developer used. I understand the difficulty in finding a way to skirt the law that says you can't give relief to retail sales places, and laud your work to get around that technicality. I do appreciate the fact that this place will create over 200 jobs, which we will have created at the tune of only $15,000 each, a bargain in today's job market.

Now I have one request. Could you please consider giving me just $1 million in tax relief over the next 20 years? I have lived here for over 40 years, paid my taxes on time, in full, including the surcharges to pay all the "relief" you have given away, and figure it is my turn to get REAL relief, not that chump change called STAR.

Waiting for your careful consideration and positive response, I remain,
Your de-voting servant       8/28/2013 7:37 AM

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Suggest A New Slogan For Greece

Anonymous said...
One would think that Reilich could be a little more creative and come up with a new slogan rather than use the same one Auburger coined which was a statement in search of an answer from the beginning. Riley declared in his slogan "GREECE IS THE LIFE". Really? Anyone have any ideas for Reilich in this regard? I don't! I have simply run out of descriptive adjectives that could adequately describe Greece in a positive representative way that wouldn't be a lie. My guess is that Reilich also has the same problem.    8/27/2013 12:17 PM


SCATS ~~  Well ... if we can't come up with something "positive" could we at least coin something that's truthful? How about: "Greece : Where our closets need a thorough cleaning" ?

Monday, August 26, 2013

So, Bill ... WHAT Is "The Promise?"

From Bill Reilich's Facebook page ~~ "... now he wants to restore the promise that is Greece."

SCATS ~~ I've yet to find anyone who could tell me exactly what "the promise" is/was! I just want to know what he PLANS TO DO FOR GREECE!

Time To Re-Apply For STAR

YNN: Homeowners statewide will start getting letters this week about re-applying for the basic school tax assessment relief (STAR) exemption.

STAR exempts the first $30,000 of a home's value from school taxes for 2.6 million people.

This year's state budget requires people to reapply so the state can weed out illegal recipients.

This does not affect seniors who get the Enhanced STAR exemption.

Those who make less than $500,000 as a family are eligible for STAR.

Applications are due December 31, 2013.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Arrest Warrant Issued For Greece Cop

13WHAM news reports: "A New Jersey court has issued a warrant for the arrest of a Greece police officer.

According to the Greece Police Department, Officer Hector Padgham is involved in a family court custody issue regarding his teenage child. The issue is being handled in two courts - one in New York and one in New Jersey.

On Friday, a judge in New Jersey issued a warrant for the arrest of Padgham for failing to comply with a court order.

The warrant is a civil warrant rather than a criminal warrant, which means New York officers do not have the authority to arrest Padgham, and New Jersey does not have the right to extradite him from New York.

The Greece Police Department has told Padgham to go to New Jersey and surrender himself for arrest.

Padgham is being placed on administrative duty."
Arrest warrant issued for Greece police officer

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Dem & Rep Slates Set For Greece Elections

The GREECE POST Reports:

The following candidates for local political offices have filed petitions with the Monroe County Board of Elections, meaning their names will appear on the ballot in November. This is a big year in Greece as several positions will be up for grabs.

At the top, former Monroe County Legislator Dick Beebe is running on the Democratic and Working Families lines while New York State Assemblyman Bill Reilich is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines to become Greece's next supervisor.

There are three Greece Town Justice spots open. Democrats Nicholas Clidas and Gregg Redmond, who is also running on the Working Families ticket, are seeking positions on the bench. Republican incumbents Gino Nitti and Vincent Campbell are seeking reelection and also running on the Conservative and Independence lines. Former Town Justice David Michael Barry, Sr. is also running on all three lines.

Barry's son, David "Mike" Barry, is running for his old seat representing the Town Board in the first ward. The Republican, Conservative and Independence candidates is facing off against Timothy Holler, Jr., who will appear on the Democratic and Working Families lines.

In the second ward, incumbent Brett Granville is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines and is being challenged by Democrat Wendy Wright. The third ward finds candidates Rita Garretson on the Democrat and Working Families lines fielding a challenge against incumbent Andrew Conlon, who is running one the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. Kirk Morris is hoping to retain his seat in the fourth ward. The Republican, Conservative and Independence parties' candidate is being challenged by Norma Cummings on the Democratic ticket.

Current Monroe County Legislator and former Town Board member Rick Antelli is running for receiver of taxes on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. Ellen Oberton, the Democratic and Working Families candidate, is also running, as is Walter J. Schiemann, who is running on the Independence party line.

In Monroe County, Patrick O'Flynn is seeking reelection as Monroe County sheriff. He is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. Emily Good is running on the Green Party line.

Kathy Taylor, currently the town's receiver of taxes, is running for a two-year term to represent the Monroe County Legislature in the 19th District. She is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines while Michael Bertolone is campaigning against her on the Democratic and Working Families lines. Primary Day will be held Sept. 10 while the general election is Nov. 5.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Deal Struck For SRO's

Town Board Agenda Item (Meeting tonight, 6PM)

Authorization to enter into an agreement with the Greece Central School District for School Resource Officer (SRO). Further authorization for the Supervisor to execute all related documents. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Discovery Charter School To Open

Elementary classes start Monday, 7:30AM in the former Odyssey at Hoover Dr. building.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Stupid Criminals

 UPDATE 8/19 ~ Police have arrested a 35-year-old Greece man in connection with the theft of electronics from Fix My PC in Greece.

John Boudreau is charged with grand larceny. Police say Boudreau and an accomplice stole a tablet and laptop on Saturday morning. The electronics are worth approximately $1,900.

Investigators say they were able to arrest Boudreau after receiving a tip from a citizen who saw the news coverage of the theft.

Police are still looking for the other male suspect.

Dominick Dinapoli -
Dominick Dinapoli
Hector Betancourt -
Hector Betancourt

Sean Seaman -
 Sean Seaman

Three Greece teens have been arrested and charged with breaking into a home.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The "Best" Job In GCSD

Anonymous said...
Scats, I want to be Julia's Mole/Board Clerk. She gets paid $50,000 with no experience, she gets to make mistakes with no repercousions and now she gets to come and go as she pleases. And the biggest bonus for spying and reporting on everyone at District Offices conversations and moves she gets to bring a dog to work. I have worked in this district a long time but I have never seen anything like the crap this woman is pulling. She comes into the office anywhere between 9:00 am - 10:00 am and on Friday she left at 2:00 pm her dog in tow. Apparently there wasn't anyone good at DO to spy on. A dog, really a dog? I guess it pays to be friends or family of Julia, you get a job and you get to do what you want whether you can do the work or not and in this case it's not.   8/17/2013 8:15 PM

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Greece Dems To Open Campaign Headquarters

Dick Beebe & Greece Democrats
To Open Campaign HQ
Thursday August 15, 2013 @2:00 PM
Greece Democratic Campaign Headquarters
2888 Dewey Avenue

Intervention For Poorly Performing Schools Sought

New York’s education commissioner wants the state Legislature to pass a bill giving the Board of Regents the authority to take over school boards in districts failing academically and/or financially.

Under the proposal, there would be benchmarks for state intervention, involving a three-step approach, with a takeover the last step if a district continues to fail to implement mandated changes.

“The Board of Regents has put forward a legislative proposal that would allow the board to remove a school board in a district that is chronically underperforming, and require the appointment of an education oversight board that would be similar to a fiscal control board,” Commissioner John King Jr. told WGRZ-TV.

“That control board would then have responsibility for managing the district,” King said. (D&C)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

While We Argue About Test Methods ...

"... Latvia, Chile and Brazil are making gains in academics three times faster than American students, while those in Portugal, Hong Kong, Germany, Poland, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, Colombia and Lithuania are improving at twice the rate."

"Just 6 percent of U.S. students performed at the advanced level on an international exam administered in 56 countries in 2006."


SCATS ~~ Of course, I'm SURE it's totally the fault of parents, students, free lunches ... Teachers could NEVER be a factor !    I also wonder ... if Greece students had and used adequate TEXTBOOKS, maybe they would learn to read better !?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

BOE Meeting Radio Broadcast Starts 1 Hour Late

Does WGMC Still Owe $$$?
BOE meetings are supposed to start at  
... not at  

What Is Proper Teacher Attire?

While watching the news over the last few days, I've seen a number of city classroom scenes and was impressed at how professionally dressed most of the employees appeared to be. In fact, the men I spotted were wearing nice shirts with neckties. Most of the women were wearing dresses or professional looking blouses with trousers, or pantsuits. One young teacher stood out though. Her brilliant green t-shirt emblazoned with a bank name & logo caused me to think she was a teen in an elementary classroom. She reminded me of what I see far too often in Greece: teachers under-dressed for the job.

How can you expect your students to respect you as an authority figure, if you don't dress the part? If you look like a student, you might be treated like a student by those you are charged with teaching. Worse yet, parents will likely respond differently than you would like.

Jeans, shorts, t-shirts, hoodies, sweats, camouflage or torn anything, bare shoulders, halter tops, exposed midriffs and spaghetti straps should be banned from district employee wardrobes.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

BOE Meeting, Tuesday @6:30PM

It is anticipated that the BOE will go into Exec. Session @5:30PM to discuss collective bargaining, the employment history of particular person(s), & pending litigation.

Agenda Items of Note

NYS Assessment Results: Grades 3-8 ELA & Math

Strategic Plan Update/Recommended District Goals*

School Bus Installment Lease/Purchase

E$tabli$h 2013-2014 Tax Levy

Annual Appointment of Emergency Disaster Coordinator for 2013-2014 ~ STEVE CHATTERTON


80% Say They Met With Teachers 1-2 Times During Year (So, Greece parents do participate!!)

71% Say They Are NOT Involved With PTA (Parents know that PTA is a WASTE of TIME!!)

55% Do NOT Help With Fundraising (The district budget should cover the needs!)

56% Felt School Prepared Children For Next School Year (This is beyond dismal, A FAILING BY TEACHERS!!)

34% Do NOT Feel Teachers Show Respect Towards Students (SURPRISED?? I'm not!! This issue is HUGE!)

50% Felt School's Evaluation Of  Kids Was Between VERY UNFAIR to SLIGHTLY UNFAIR (Another BIG problem that needs IMMEDIATE ATTENTION!)

Friday, August 09, 2013

Who Says There's No "Free Lunch"?

Aug 12, 2013
BOE Professional Development
2:00 - 9:00 PM
Rochester Marriott Airport
1890 Ridge Road West, Rochester
Thank you to Harris Beach and M&T Bank for providing for the
conference room and meal costs related to this Professional Development.
SCATS ~~ Is this meeting truly "open" to the community?

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Following In Webby's Footsteps ...

From the Greece Post, pg. A7 (8/8/13) ~ Jared A Tam (Grimshaw*), 17, of Wood Run was charged with aggravated DWI-Leandra's Law, 5th degree criminal possession of marijuana, 2nd degree criminal possession of a forged instrument on Flynnwood Drive.


SCATS ~~ If he doesn't want to become a hockey coach when he grows up, he could always become a superintendent ;)

*Grimshaw ~ name added by SCATS

Drunk Drivers NEVER Rest!

13WHAM reports: Just before 8 a.m. Thursday at Stone Ridge Plaza -

A masonry truck struck a car, then hit a fire hydrant and careened into Gruttaderia's Bakery.

Greece police said the driver of the car was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the truck, Timothy Hicks, 29, of Paradise, Texas has been charged with D.W.I.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

NY Standardized Test Scores Reported

How did YOUR child's school perform?
See GCSD results pages 515-518

Listed below: Greece Central's individual school test results compared to Greece Central's "Mean Scale Score" for each grade level tested and each subject area of ELA and Math. *
Schools that scored above Greece's mean scores in ELA & math in each grade level.

Paddy Hill
Pine Brook

Schools that scored above or even with Greece' mean scores in ELA & math in each grade level.

Craig Hill
Athena Middle School

Schools that scored below Greece's mean scores in ELA and math in each grade level.

Olympia High School

All other schools had a mixture of test scores above and below the district's mean scores. 
* Analysis provided by Doug Skeet

Monday, August 05, 2013

Come Add To Our Dysfunction!

Tuesday "Night Out Against Crime"
Dewey Avenue
SCATS ~~ Join Chief Todd & the gang in pretending the Dewey corridor is safe enough for your family to walk around  ;)

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Greece Burglary Taped



Friday, August 02, 2013

Fat Tuesday vs. Skinny Friday

Athena Class Schedule Rotation:
 "Can Be A Little Overwhelming"!!!
Not To Mention It Lacks Continuity & Is Confusing!


The New Athena High School Schedule - Student Version from Greece Athena High School on


The New Athena High School Schedule - Teacher Version from Greece Athena High School on Vimeo.

SCATS ~~ THANK YOU to the person who brought this to my attention :)