Friday, April 11, 2014

Reilich's First 100 Days ...


Outlines Plans For & Changes Coming To Greece Including:

  • Town code inspections for rental properties
  • Expects three new car dealerships coming to Ridge Rd.
  • New HQ for Greece Police @Vince Toffany complex
  • Changing back to black & white police cars
  • New restrooms @Badgerow Park South
  • New lodge @Braddocks
  • New town park on Lake Ontario with access to water
(STORY)

SCATS ~~ OK, I get the "need" to inspect rentals with absentee landlords. However, what will he do about all of the other code violations that are plaguing Greece neighborhoods, many of them away from the targeted Dewey corridor?

Do we REALLY need three more car dealers on Ridge Rd?? How many more shysters can we support?

Aren't we wasting $$ going back to the B&W cruisers for GPD? He didn't say as they need replacing ...

I'm all for upgrading Town parks, BUT what's the plan to keep the vandals from ruining things yet again??
  

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can auto dealers get COMIDA dollars and use to pay $3K Patron Sponsor tickets for luncheon May 1st?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Albany politics... serve steak to insiders... through a bone to the public.

Anonymous said...

I like the traditional look of black & white police cars but the fiscally responsible way to do it is to order them that way when they get replaced. Attrition, I suppose.

Anonymous said...

For those who don't remember, GPD headquarters was moved to an abandoned sewer plant under the administration of Daddy Chief when Don Riley was Supervisor.

Much consideration was given to locating GPD in a tank that had formerly contained shit, and the decision was it was a good fit. Guess where the Chief's desk sits?

Later on truckloads of money were spent when GPD learned it sat in the middle of a flood. Chief Daddy & drinking bud Don didn't listen when the farmer told them it would flood again.

More money was spent building a shooting range behind Headquarters, and a storage building.

Then Shakey Rahn came along, and the location in the tank proved to have been the right choice.

Today we have "little" Chief, and a precinct in another flood zone.
GPD has proven locating it in a building that can be flushed is a good idea.

Greece doesn't need a new Police Headquarters. The container is appropriate to the contents.

Charlie Hubbard said...

to 9:38 - keep an eye open as COMIDA has already given tax breaks to an auto dealership on Ridge Rd.

Anonymous said...

not much to see here. Cosmetic changes. The real action is going on behind the scenes

SCATS said...

To Charlie ~~ I had forgotten about that. Is it Doan?

To 10:03AM ~~ I would not say that cleaning house including replacing the top cop is a "cosmetic change!" Obviously, Big Bill's priorities aren't the same. Maybe he won't get re-elected, because taking services away from the seniors WILL be long remembered ;)

Charlie Hubbard said...

The dealership I was referring to moved here from another suburb (Irondequoit) and COMIDA gave them tax breaks. This is COMIDA's idea of progress although others may also be getting breaks. The way this organization is being allowed to be run with little to no records and ZERO oversight - making their own rules as they go along it's like they are practicing to go to work for the White House.

Anonymous said...

3:18 you are full of it. You have no idea what you are talking about. Here is what really took place.
1 The PD out grew the basement if the town hall . Building a new facility was not in the cards.
2 It was uggested that the abandoned disposal plant site be converted . Finance Director Ken Reif, allotted Phelan the grand total of$168,000 to do the job. This amount barely would cover the cost of changes to the interior to accommodate the PD. No money given for landscape work. So Inorder to get it done, on duty detectives were assigned to landscape duty using borrowed equipment from the DPW. A s a result, no additional costs were involved.
3 The fact that this facility was in a designated flood plain was known at the time.This fact was driven home when Agnes paid us a visit in '73. This would result in the adjacent creek to overflow its banks and would result in a foot of water flooding the building running in the front door and out the back doors along with waste from the tanks that could not be removed. MAYHEM as you ca imagine.
4Phelan would ask for money to build a berm around the property that is there today. He was turned down with instructions to figure out how to do it without money .
5. GPD Contractors were dispatched to do the job as they did before with the land scaping. The entire 7 man detective division put on their work uniforms and boots and after two weeks the job was done, Again no extra money was spent to do this job as on duty personnel were used with an assist from the DPW who supplied the dirt and equipment. Very creative on the part of the chief.
6. The pole barn for the range was built the same way. The only cost involved was the materials used.
As you can see,you know nothing about the subject you are depicting

Anonymous said...

Gee' 2:16, I don't know what I'm talking about.
Don & Dave were on the job from the beginning, followed by Tom who actually knew how to operate a transit.

Donnie did get ordered to climb and cut a tree down on the North side of the driveway.

Phil had to explain to the Contracted dozer owner that the Chief wasn't really insane, he really believed ramming the concrete tank to the South with the D-6 would knock it down. The wall is still there, and the flag pole welded up from scrounged pipe still stands in the middle of the tank.

I could keep typing, but I don't feel like it. As I recall Joey, you were real good at hiding.

BTW, the berm has a gigantic hole under it called a storm drain, and Tommy did tell the Chief it needed to be equipped with a valve, which was never installed. The "planks" that slide into the slots to close off the driveway got bent to hell from improper storage, and scrapped, so the berm is completely useless.

Now, you want to talk about the switch cabinet in the Chief's closet and why there were 2 PA/music speakers in every room in the building, and how Jim had to call in a favor after the Chief went off and cut wires with a hedge clipper disabling the building PA system while Don & Phil were Salmon fishing on the West Coast?

BTW, the Police department had already consumed the Town Hall Garage for additional sit on your ass office space before the crap tank project began.
Also the Motorpool was in the garage at the old treatment plant on the North side of Latta Rd and DaddyChief was sure his cops were hiding out there.
AND, there was Precinct 3 on E Manitou, in the former Park Super's house where Ronnie spent 5 months remodeling a building that was never used.

Yup Joey, I'm full of good information. You remember the pay phone hanging on the South wall of the construction project with the 5 pound rawhide mallet under it, and Don teaching people how to thump the phone on the bottom so they could save a dime?

Anonymous said...

Bob Johnson Chevrolet just bought that dealership, Ideal Nisson. Does the tax break carry over to Johnson?
Probably not but this is another joke by these politically driven COMIDA crooks. Rob Peter to Pay Paul. Leave Irondeqoiut with an empty building and create a new revenue source for Greece.

Anonymous said...

Don't look now, but the Penguin has surfaced again in his Duck Mobile and that fishy smell as he strikes again. He needs the money saved to buy a new umbrella.

Anonymous said...

To those who say we don't need more car dealerships and car washes, these business owners would not spend millions building them if there was not a demand. That being said I personally would rather see more restaurants and shops, similar to how Jefferson Rd has been developed up in the last 5-10 years.

SCATS said...

To 2:16PM & 12:31PM ~~ I always love a good story ...

To 6:24AM ~~ That's a great question. You might have to ask Maggie to find out.

To 10:25AM ~~ I would like to see more PRIVATELY-OWNED restaurants somewhere in Greece. The franchises on Ridge are tiresome, mundane and offer barely average fare for prices that keep rising.

Anonymous said...

Boy are you screwed up, Talk about insane. Your comments are right on target. You think you know who I am but you don't but I was involved in the actual planning and production . Your comments tell me you were not and are full of 3 rd party gossip that was circulating at the time.One thing I do know for sure, you were not a cop, maybe a disgruntled DPW guy who had to put in a full days work instead if your usual 4 hours, Or maybe you fixed cars or swept the floors as a custodian.
By the way, if you are talking about the cop named Joe, we had a couple. One of them tried to stop the use of on duty cops to do the work because they were supposed to be investigating crimes, not driving bull dozers. It was his job . He wasn't successful because non of those appointees would refuse to do it and file a grievance . Does that ring a bell in your " pay phone" story.

Anonymous said...

12:31 Do yourself a favor along with the rest of us and please stop typing and stop making a complete fool of your self. Dropping all those names and your rambling all over the place about things you think you know about have nothing to do with this thread and a believable source you are not. Trust me !

Joey?f


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SCATS said...

To 12:31PM & 2:44PM ~~ Shall I decide who wins this peeing contest?

Anonymous said...

Naw, I quit. Thank you for your patience scats. 2:16.

George Hubbard said...

To: SCATS

The title of D&C article says, “Reilich: Focus on absentee landlords.

1. So, is the focus to be on all absentee landlords - regardless of the condition of their property, or all ill-maintained property - regardless of who owns it?

2. And, where has the purported ‘destabilization’ occurred (streets) and what’s the magnitude (how many houses)? How did this come to be in the face of current code/enforcement on the books?

3. Seems the situation deserves some definition and analysis for the public… before presuming a path forward of more staff, more paperwork, new municipal court etc. Could this be more government to solve a problem that may have been caused by too much (ineffective) government to start with?

George Hubbard

SCATS said...

To George: Great questions! I suspect we both already can guess at the answers. Regardless that, I'd love to hear Reilich go on the record with some details. But then, I'd like to see the stock market rise by 250 points tomorrow, too.

Anonymous said...

SCATS

Where was this issue last fall at campaign time?

SCATS said...

To 10:31PM ~~ Which issue? Absentee landlords? Bringing that up would make it sound like Greece wasn't the paradise Auggie wanted us to believe it was ;) Besides, this gives Reilich the chance to return Greece to its "former greatness" lol

Anonymous said...

Code enforcement has been a joke in this town since it was put on the books some time ago. It caused the creation of a "Code Enforcement" Department.
To call this department inept would be kind. They are a complete waste of tax dollars and virtually invisible.
How many of us seen one of these violations in our neighborhoods to name a few. Commercial vehicles in residential driveways owned by property owner, Unlicensed motor vehicles. And the big ones, Monster motor homes parked in driveways along with boats completely obscuring your view of your neighborhood and parked in what is called by code " the right away"
Aquick ride around town will prove this scenario.They see it but do nothing about it because instead of strict enforcement at the out set, they let it get out of control and no longer have the ability to deal with the enormity of the problem
This type of lax oversight is what illustrates the difference between the culture of Greece as oppossed to Say zPittsford or for that matter any other upscale east side town vs the "Shanty. Town" appearance of Greece.

Anonymous said...

I think it is a big mistake going going forward with black & white police cruisers. The gray ghosts now in service are very hard to pick out as patrol vehicles. They have the reflective markings so they are visible at night. The troopers, sheriffs & some other towns have gone to darker colored cars as well.

Why make it easier for violators & criminals to identify our law enforcement vehicles? I'm for giving our Police Officers any advantage in their daily tasks.

SCATS said...

To 6:27AM ~~ I agree 100%! Greece has essentially NO "CODE ENFORCEMENT" at all. Remember how the powers that be allowed Northgate Plaza to self-destruct FOR YEARS?? In my own neighborhood, there are folks I had to complain about repeatedly before I could get anyone off their duff to come have a look see. In one instance, the family had NO PERMITS for work that had gone on for MONTHS! After they tore down part of the house (with no permit!) then began constructing a new addition with a much larger footprint, I went directly to the building dept. in person. Even then, there was hesitation until I insisted that one of them break away from their session of shooting-the-breeze to go have a look-see. Only then did work stop ... for about 10 days, then right back at it. How do you "inspect" wiring, plumbing, etc. already hidden inside a wall?
You don't!

To 10:23AM ~~ Please tell me, what darker color is there than black?

Anonymous said...

in the first place black and white are not colors, whereas grey is. On the national news this morning coming out of Kansas City, I could not help but notice the color of their police cars. GREY, Looks to me that they too got it right and I predict more departments around the country will do the same for the same reason.
On the local scene, take a good look at out black and white cop cars, See how much black you will see as oppossed to white. bout 90% of the cars are white with a black stripe about a foot wide adorning the mid section like a racing stripe? They hardly qualify as black and whites.

SCATS said...

To 1:42PM ~~ Actually, white is the presence of ALL colors, while black is the absence of any color.

I noticed the grey cars in Kansas yesterday, too.

Anonymous said...

The new police cars and explorers are starting to arrive. They are all black and the doors will be shrink wrapped in white with graphics. They will go to this as cars are replaced. Made in north America by union workers. They are Fords and most electronics transfer from the current Crown Vics. They replace the Chevy's that are made in Australia. P.S. the department only has 5 gray cars in service.

SCATS said...

To 11:18PM Only five because they demolished a few, right?

Anonymous said...

Right these kids couldn't handle the horsepower of the new Chevys so back to old dogs the grown Vic. Hold on. I thought ford mothballed the Crown Vic in favor of the Taurus 500,s for PD packages.
Baxter told me that they had originally considered the Dodge Charger but test drives indicated that the new centurions would be challenged by the power so opted for the Caprices instead. Turned out to be a mistake just the same as a few found themselves in salvage yards anyway. Oh well, enough of this color controversy as it will be as the Relic wants it.in his way or no way category.