Monday, September 29, 2014

Reilich Says ...



Canal Ponds ~~  100 jobs are expected with a new photovoltaic manufacturing facility and it might  generate 400 additional jobs as other companies look to take advantage of the facility's resources.
"If that develops as anticipated I think we'll see a housing boom because people need a roof over their head."
Town-wide development ~~   about two dozen sites where new business or construction is in various stages of development.
"The commercial development is, for the most part, what pays the bills. They pay town taxes yet don't draw on very little, if any, town services."
West Ridge Road remains as the main commercial corridor in the town, but Reilich expects to see more growth in the Long Pond/Latta Road area.
"We're seeing areas that have maybe been stagnant in the past, like around the old Northgate Plaza (on Dewey Avenue) with Walmart opening there a couple of years ago. Now we're seeing the businesses all in that area really perk up and come to life with the new Dairy Queen that's there and Verizon, AT&T and all the activity that's occurring in that corridor."

(Excerpted from this D&C article)

Comments & questions raised by a BLOG reader:
  • Who owns buildings at Canal Ponds?
  • Who pays taxes on Canal Ponds? Specifically what Eastman Kodak Co. building is referred to in article (street address)?  
  • Who owns building now?  (References to buildings are always by who occupies vs who owns.)
  • Who paid taxes 2013?  
  • If facility is operated by State Univ. of NY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering as part of federally-funded efforts to develop solar energy-related projects, who will pay taxes 2014, 2015 and after?

SCATS ~~ If commercial development pays the bills, why are we giving away COMIDA reductions and other tax abatements in our attempts to lure businesses? Don't these businesses make use of police, fire & other services to a greater extent than the average residence?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

VADIR* Data By School 2012-13


OLYMPIA ~ 349

ARCADIA ~ 470

ODYSSEY ~ 153

ATHENA ~ 273

Longridge ~ 79

English Village ~ 26

West Ridge ~ 22

Holmes Rd ~ 17

Brookside ~ 15

Lakeshore ~ 14

Paddy Hill ~ 9

Pine Brook ~ 7

Buckman Hts. ~ 7

Craig Hill ~ 4

Autumn Ln ~ 2

*Violent & Disruptive Incident Reports  (Bullying statistics can also be searched by school)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Oops! I did it again ...


 

John Casey III, TWC News

 
 
According to a criminal complaint and other court papers filed Sept. 5 but unsealed on Tuesday, John Casey III is accused of having images of child pornography on his laptop computer and sharing them via a peer-to-peer (P2P) downloading service.
The charges stem from a two-year investigation that included federal agents downloading videos from Casey's computer and a search of Casey's home on Long Pond Road.
Casey was hired by the Greece Police Department on Feb. 7, 2011 and resigned on May 23, 2014, according to department spokesman Sgt. Jared René.
Chief Patrick Phelan said he could not provide any details of a criminal investigation being conducted by another agency. He said he was aware of the investigation when Casey resigned.
The charges are apparently not linked to Casey's employment.
According to court documents, Department of Homeland Security investigators looking into peer-to-peer file sharing programs in 2012 identified a user making available numerous files with digital fingerprints linked to child porn with an IP address that traced back to Casey. While agents downloaded a file apparently containing child pornography from that IP address at the time, no judicial action followed.
However, in March 2014, when an agent was again investigating P2P file sharing services, the agent came across a user — with an IP address that also later traced back to Casey — who had 64 porn-associated files available for download. The agent downloaded five of the video files, and determined that four of them "contained depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct."
A search warrant was executed at Casey's home on Long Pond Road on April 22 and two laptop computers were seized, according to court documents. Investigators found the same P2P downloading program that agents had used on one of the computers, and they also found digital links and other traces showing that child pornography had at one time been present on the computer.
A second computer taken from Casey's home, which investigators say had registered user information that not only linked back to Casey but also to his profession, contained "multiple images depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct," including at least one image of a female infant being violated by an adult male.
Casey was arrested on Sept. 17 in Iowa and is scheduled to appear Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan W. Feldman in Rochester.

SCATS ~~ How ludicrous that the head of GCSD "security" (also a former Greece cop) claims parents want a system to keep Registered Sex Offenders out of the schools, especially when this had NOT been an issue. Plus, we had another Greece cop, the K-9 handler, who picked up young men from the internet, bought them drinks (illegally) ... etc. Now, we find another cop was allowed to possess child porn for 2 YEARS without intervention!! MAYBE parents should be more worried about the cops (SRO's) IN the schools! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MCDC's New Chair: Dave Garretson


Replaces Joe Morelle;
Gantt & McFadden Walk-Out




“We are Democrats. We’re already having differences, but when we do, remember what we have in common vastly outweighs our differences.” ~ Dave Garretson

Over-Assessed?


You Aren't Alone!

Many Homes Are Listed For Sale 
BENEATH Their Assessment.

Many Homes Eventually Sell For 
MUCH Below The Assessment.

Address                List Price         Assessment

149 St. Andrews St.               $122,000                             $133,400

47 Stonewall Ct.                      $89,500                             $118,000

39 Wheatfield Dr                      $112,900                           $142,000

184 Elmgrove Rd.                    $84,900                             $97,200

201 Black Walnut                    $124,000                            $131,700

195 Drumcliff Way                   $119,900                           $127,000

329 Sweet Birch Ln                $ 92,900                             $140,000

128 Stoney Path Ln.               $124,900                            $142,000

217 Andiron Ln.                       $185,900                            $215,000

278 Pepperidge Dr                  $84,900                              $100,500

80 Norway Dr.                           $183,000                            $200,000

160 Guinevere Dr.                     $115,000                           $143,000

235 Whispering Pines Cir.     $139,900                            $151,800

210 Kartes Dr.                          $120,000                             $127,000

34 E. Manitou Rd.                     $94,900                              $133,100

121 Grecian Pkwy.                   $105,000                            $119,500


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Special BOE Meeting Tuesday, 7:30PM


AGENDA ITEMS of NOTE

Veteran's Exemption Presentation
(Will shift tax burden to all other households)

BOCES2 Capital Improvement Presentation
(Vote Date 12/16/14 - Cost will add to taxes!)

Amended Employment Agreement - Deputy Supt.
(Another raise for fogging the mirror?)

District Safety Plan
(Of course, no info for what we want to hear about most!)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"You're A Hypocrite" ...


"No, You're A Hypocrite!"

Susan Galloway & Bill Reilich Exchange Words At Town Board Meeting





For full disclosure, the author of this article, Susan Galloway, was one of the litigants against the Town of Greece in the SCOTUS case, Town of Greece vs Galloway and Stephens.

On Sept. 16, 2014, at the Greece Town Board meeting citizens spoke out about the new written prayer policy. Some of the criticisms of the policy were lack of transparency, the infuence outside organization on authoring legislation and policies, the lack of notification that the policy was being voted on at the town board meeting and lack of community involvement in creating the prayer policy.

After the citizen, Susan Galloway, addresses the Town Board during the public forum part of the meeting, the Greece Supervisor, Bill Relich, makes the comments, " The hypocrisy, we won the lawsuit. We are allowing Atheists to come and pray because they want us to be tolerant, but their not tolerant of Christians, their not tolerant of others, the hypocrisy".

Here is some back ground on the issues addressed in this video. On August 18, 2014, at the Greece Town Board meeting, the board passed a written prayer policy, which had no citizen input and was almost word for word from an outside organization, Alliance Defending Freedom. This organization is a fundamental Christian Organization that's website states, "We must continue the fight for religious liberty, so that the life-changing message of Jesus Christ can be proclaimed and transform our culture. Each win for the Body of Christ is a loss for the opposition. It’s that black and white." The written prayer policy adopted by the town of Greece, NY is almost word for word the ADF's model prayer policy minus a couple of lines. ADF represented the Town of Greece in the SCOTUS case Town of Greece vs Galloway and Stephens. They have also filed lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs national and internationally against equal marriage for gays and lesbians, and women's reproductive freedom including abortion and birth control, and separation of church and state, Also, for school prayer, public education funds going to private schools and religious schools, and the ability to discriminate against LGBTQ people. This is only a sampling of lawsuits they have filed.

In the SCOTUS lawsuit, Town of Greece vs Galloway and Stephens, the litigants argued that the town of Greece violated the establishment clause of the constitution and aligned itself with Christianity with regard to their opening town board meetings with overwhelmingly Christian sectarian prayers for over 10 years. During those 10 years, only 3 token non-Christians ever gave the prayers , which coincidentally occurred at the time the lawsuit against the town was being filed. This new prayer policy will effectively make two of the three token prayer givers ineligible, despite the town holding up these tokens as examples of how open and inclusive they are during the lawsuit. The town of Greece did win the lawsuit in a 5 to 4 decision. Which Supervisor Relich states during his comments after Susan Galloway spoke.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Greece Man Steals Deliveries


WHEC-TV reports: "A 34-year-old Greece man is facing charges in connection with the theft of a package from a home in Irondequoit that was caught on camera.

We’re told Michael Schneider was arrested in Greece on Friday. Police say he’s charged with three counts of petit larceny in connection with three separate incidents – two on Simpson Road in Irondequoit and another on Franklin Road.

Police advise people who are planning to receive deliveries to ask that they be placed out of sight."
  

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Beware Using Schools After Hours


Your Safety & Security Are At Risk

I've received some private messages about an incident that happened on the Athena campus last weekend. 

I'm told that:
  • A Greece resident rode his bike to Athena's track where he wanted to go for a run.
  • Afterwards, he returned to where his bike was parked. 
  • He surprised two African-American males who were in the process of stealing the bicycle.
  • They pulled a gun on him and took the bike.
  • The Greece Central School District wants this "problem" kept quiet, because Athena has had enough "bad press" in recent times.


I guess keeping the flood of Registered Sex Offenders out of the buildings is Administration's idea of providing school security.
   

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Town Sues Insurer Over Pignato Case


Letter from Lloyd's of London in May says Pignato was "off-duty" at time of alleged sexual assaults and that "policy exclusions" apply to other bodily injury claims.

Town of Greece says insurer violated NY State insurance laws by waiting too long to disclaim coverage.

SOURCE 

SCATS ~~ Auberger, Rahn, Pignato, Joseph & others ... they just keep on "giving" and "giving" and "giving" to Greece taxpayers. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Why Did Town Replace Roof?


According to the document linked here, the Town of Greece sought bids to replace the roof on the Dewey library branch in Oct. of 2013.

WHY WOULD WE DO THIS IF WE DIDN'T OWN THE BUILDING??

WAS A NEW ROOF ACTUALLY INSTALLED??

WHY WOULD WE DO THIS IF OUR LEASE WAS ALMOST UP??

WHY WOULD WE DO THIS IF WE DIDN'T INTEND TO STAY??


Animal Hoarder Still Trying



Applicant: Patricia Kendrick
Location: 224 Mount Ridge Circle
Mon. Co. Tax No.: 075.14-3-2
Zoning District: R1-E (Single-Family Residential)
Request: An area variance to allow seven (7) dogs to be kept at a residence, where not more than three (3) dogs shall be permitted per dwelling unit. Sec. 211-30 A


BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS 
Meeting, 6:30PM 
September 16, 2014
  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Future Of Barnard Library Uncertain





I am concerned about the future of the Barnard Crossing Branch of the Greece Public Library.

On September 16th, Greece Town Board will consider moving the Barnard Crossing Library Branch to a new location, the Chatfield Engineers Building. The new location is significantly smaller and has less space for parking.

Unfortunately, there has been no public discourse regarding this plan.

How will this significant reduction in space impact the ability of the library to serve the people in the community? We deserve to have a say!

If you have concerns about this plan, please voice your concerns at the Public Forum that precedes the Town Board Meeting.

Please ask the Town Board to vote NO, or at least to table this item and schedule a Public Hearing where patrons of the library can be informed, ask questions, and voice their opinions.

Rita Eygabroad Garretson
   

Top 10 MOST DANGEROUS JOBS * ...


1 - Loggers
2 - Fishing
3 - Pilots
4 - Roofers
5 - Iron & Steel Workers
6 - Refuse/Recyclable Collectors
7 Power line workers
8 - Drivers/Travelling Sales People
9 - Farmers/Ranchers
10 - Construction

* Emergency responders (police, fire & EMTs) didn't even make the list!

SOURCE

Monday, September 08, 2014

Mall Thieves Chased In Stolen Car


Crash Ends Escapade At Mt. Read & 104
Four Arrested

WHEC-TV: A robbery at the Greece Ridge mall led to a crash on Sunday, and the car involved was stolen.
Officers say they arrived to the mall just before 2 p.m., and they saw four young women running from the mall and get into a car. Police say they tried to pull them over, but they took off and eventually crashed at the corner of Mount Read Boulevard and Ridge Road. Investigators say they ran the license plate and were able to determine the car had been stolen.
We spoke with Cassie Johnson, who owns the car, at the scene of the crash. She said her car was taken Thursday night on Portland Avenue.
“Me and my family have been riding through the city, and we’ve seen them riding in it, but we can’t seem to catch them. So look, this is what happened,” said Johnson.
Police say no one was injured in the crash.
Officers recovered several stolen items from the car. We’re told all four girls in the car at the time have been taken into custody.
  

BOE Meeting Tuesday, 6:30PM


It is anticipated that the BOE will go into Exec. Session at 5:30PM to discuss the employment history of a particular person &  the acquisition, sale, or lease of real property.

AGENDA ITEMS of NOTE


2014-2015 Data Review/Analysis & Plans for 2014-2015


92 PAGE Minutes* of Aug. 12th meeting (No way the BOE read this!!)


56 PAGE Minutes of Aug. 26th Meeting**  (Includes sale of Barnard School for $750,000)


District Goals 2014-2015


Board Goals 2014-2015


Revised BOE 2014-2015 Meeting Schedule



* Includes tens of thousands of dollars for teacher stipends each time they lift a finger outside the classroom. 


** Taxpayers take note: Barnard School was assessed for $2,614,900, was listed for sale at $1,270,000 and sold to Urban Choice Charter School for $750,000!! The bargain basement sale prices of our empty school buildings makes a very strong case that properties in Greece are OVER-ASSESSED! 

   

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Dog Census Needed In Greece




A recent article in the D&C discussed the upcoming Dog Census planned in Henrietta. It described the process and the previous outcomes to having done prior counts. It strikes me that it's an idea whose time has come for the Town of Greece though I'm not completely onboard with the described methodology. A good tweek and it would provide a sensible tool.

We've previously and frequently reported on numerous residents hoping to get approval for zoning variances to keep 4, 5, 6 or even 7 dogs or more. Typically, these requests come AFTER someone (a neighbor) complains about the noise, the odor, etc. to the Town of Greece. If all of those animals were properly licensed, vaccinated and tended to under existing laws, then the Town would know at licensing time that someone already had three other beasts residing at the address. However, it doesn't seem to work that way.

In fact, I have one neighbor who "hides" the fact he has two dogs. He waits until dark, then lets them out his front door to go poop on the neighbor's lawn.  I'm pretty sure that neither one is licensed. I have another neighbor who "hides" his 4th dog, likely because others frequently complain about the noise the other three make. Animal control was told the details by several people, but 4 dogs remain. I doubt that #4 is licensed.

Greece is a big town with lots of pet lovers. For everyone's sake, it's time to get a handle on how many dogs really live in this suburb. I bet the coffers will swell as unlicensed pets are "discovered" by a census.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Ask It Differently So Kids Respond


Parent ~ "HOW WAS SCHOOL TODAY?"

Son/Daughter ~ "Fine ..."



Friday, September 05, 2014

Remembering A REAL Hero*


Daryl Pierson, RPD


Calling hours at Bartolomeo & Perotto
Funeral Home
Vintage Lane in Greece
Monday 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m.
Tuesday 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m.
Funeral services 11 a.m. Wed. Blue Cross Arena on Exchange Boulevard in Rochester.
* A person admired for great or brave acts


Kirk Rd. Sold!


Greece Central School District Lands $1.47 Million Deal With Charter School

Details Coming Soon ... 

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The Red Kettle Campaign ...


 
WHAT DOES YOUR CONTRIBUTION
OF TIME OR MONEY SUPPORT?
 
Thomas Johnson III

Michael Caruthers

Wrong Number Leads To Child Porn Charge


WHEC-TV reports: "A Greece man could be facing up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

The U.S. Attorney says Gordon Link, 77, has pled guilty to attempted possession of child pornography. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, a woman texted a photo of her 10-year-old daughter, fully clothed with a doll at her birthday party, to her friend. However, the woman accidentally sent the photo to the wrong phone number, which belonged to Link. The court papers say Link then sent several suggestive texts back to the woman about the child’s image. The woman contacted police who then contacted the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force for assistance.
The U.S. attorney says a federal task force officer pretended to be the young child, claiming to be 15 years old, and chatted online with Link. We’re told during several sessions, Link asked the girl to send him nude photos and asked her to meet in person.
We’re told federal agents arrested Link in his home and seized his cell phone. The child pornography charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 or both."

SCATS ~~ IMHO, cell phones should probably be kept for emergencies only! Keeping your info/data safe is NOT guaranteed and difficult to do even for those with technical expertise. Most people don't realize the potential dangers they expose themselves & others to by what they use their cells to do. In addition, too many people are multi-tasking on a cell phone and making themselves vulnerable to accidents/injuries as pedestrians or motorists.
   

Greece: Among The Last Schools To Open




 

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

'Security Film' Slows Entry To Schools


"Security Film is like thick plastic bonded to the glass, making it tough like rubber. It takes a few minutes to break through and there’s the risk of getting cut."
 


STORY

SCATS ~~ This is a MUCH BETTER security investment than the one for keeping Registered Sex Offenders out of schools. This film will deter vandals, too, a better application, but less "newsworthy" than keeping an armed intruder out ;)  

Realistically, it's just another product with limited usefulness. Do you think an intruder with a gun will give up & go away when firing at the glass doesn't gain him entry? Or do you suppose he just MIGHT turn his attention to shooting at the door lock? Maybe it depends on whether he had a public education and let the Common Core curriculum keep him from advancing ... ;)
   

Monday, September 01, 2014

Buying Into A False Sense Of 'Security'


New Security System To Keep 
Sex Offenders Out Of Schools*

13WHAM reports:

Greece, N.Y. - People who visit Greece Central Schools will have to present a valid, government-issued photo ID to be scanned through the National Sex Offender Registry. 


Director of school safety and security Steve Chatterton said, “It gives us the ability to notify everybody within the building that there is somebody that’s not supposed to be standing at the front desk within a matter of seconds.” 


At all 17 of the district’s schools, the new system scans each visitor through the same database. The visitor management system called Raptor collects a person’s name, phone** and birthdate from the ID. If cleared to enter the building, the software prints out a visitor badge. 


“It’s got where you are, where you’re going and you’re picture is clearly visible,” Chatterton said the new badges will help security guards make sure someone is not where they are not supposed to be. 


Chatterton said with the new system and the surveillance camera, he can see every visitor at every school. It creates an electronic record of who is in the building and when.  Chatterton said, “I’d be able to tell you the time you went in the time you left and we keep that forever.” *** 


If an unwanted visitor shows up, one click of a button on the main office computer will send a text to all the administrators in the building.  


Chatterton said, “It’s definitely the wave of the future and we spoke with parents, we went to conference, we checked with people and people like this, **** they like the system they like the fact that everyone has got an ID, the fact that we are checking the sex offender registry.” 


Visitors only have to scan their ID on the first visit and the Sex Offender Registry is updated every week. 


Chatterton said, “Every time they come into the building and we click submit it runs them back through that database.”  *****


Much more sophisticated that the sign in sheet that was used before, the system costs a couple thousand dollars per machine and GCSD has one at the entrance of every school. 


Chatterton said, “If we stop one sex offender from entering the schools then the system is worth it.” ******


According to the software company’s website, the screening system has stopped 15,000 sex offenders from entering schools all across the country.



* ~~ When did Greece have a problem with this? How many times was this a problem in the past 3 - 5 years?

** ~~ How do they get a phone number from a driver's license?

*** ~~ "FOREVER"!? WHY?? Even if grandma comes to see a Christmas play in the afternoon? What about that senior citizen who comes to read to the youngest kids?

**** ~~ Again, how often have we had sex offenders visiting schools during class time? What if a parent is a sex offender? Don't they have a right to go to conferences, etc?

***** ~~ This has a big brother feel to it!

****** ~~ GCSD spent $2000 (info that WHAM removed when they "updated" the original story) at each of 17 schools, plus the costs for software & other items to solve a problem we never had!

SCATS ~~ I think we've uncovered a great reason why a cop should NOT be heading up district security! It's fairly obvious Chatterton is very excited by this acquisition. In reality, the sex offenders the district had REAL problems with were ALL EMPLOYEES!  (Yes, I know we shoo'ed away the voters with records.) I hate to burst his bubble, but I don't think Greece schools are any safer now, than last year! The money would have been better spent on funding more SRO's!!