Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Another School Day, Another Rumble ...




Two Greece Arcadia High School Students were arrested after a fight during lunch break on Monday and charged with disorderly conduct.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Hidden In Plain Sight



From Craigslist: 

rub n tug in Greece (long pond and english)


What's with the new rub and tug going in on Long pond and English rd? Am I the only one that thinks we do not need this in our community? It is 100 yard from Doodle Bugs which is a UPK for Greece. Even closer to Athena. In the same Plaza as Other family hang outs like Yo Lickety and DD. Let's get this place shut down. 
 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Just For Fun ...



WHO WOULD YOU SUPPORT TO BE NEXT US PRESIDENT?
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Bored With Education Meeting, Tuesday 6:30PM


Time to start singing the annual budget blues!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

'Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies ... '


On the topic of the appointment by Cuomo of the next Monroe County Clerk ... 


The Democrats anticipate anybody who would be appointed would also plan on running for a full-term in the fall. Reilich believes they're looking even farther ahead.
"I know the other side is scouting future county executives," he said. "We're not doing that. We want somebody who is dedicated to the clerk's job."
The last two clerks, Dinolfo and fellow Republican Maggie Brooks, have gone on to become County Executive.
"We're not interested in somebody that's looking at this for four years from now to run for county exec," Reilich said. "We want somebody that says I'm going to do a good job as a clerk and is committed to the task at hand."

Friday, January 22, 2016

That's A GREAT Question!!


SCATS ~~ The same question goes for Greece BOE meetings? Where & when are they broadcast??


Unknown said...
Does anyone know when the Town Board meetings are re broadcast on TW ? When the guy on Ridgeway had the contract you could see it several times a week. Now no one seems to know when it's scheduled and the town will not publicize the schedule.  1/22/2016 10:34 AM

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Watch 'Em Squirm


Greece BOE Faces Property Tax Cap of 0.12% Due To Reduced Inflation 

Will They Try For An Override Requiring 60% Voter Approval?

Last Call For Barnard Carnival


Poor Attendance, Costly Security & Audit Blamed

13WHAM Reports:


The Barnard Fire Department has put on an annual carnival for people in Greece for decades. There are food, rides and entertainment. But the Department has decided this will be the last year for the carnival. They said security is expensive and attendance is way down. So they said it is no longer making a profit for them. The final event will be held this June.
It will be replaced as a fundraising tool by Bands on Barnard . An event hosting local live bands every Wednesday during the summer.
Barnard Fire Chief John Driscoll said his firefighters worked hard on the carnival, setting up and helping it run smoothly - but he said it's hard work.
It had been the main fundraising tool for the department. Some of the money raised has purchased fire trucks, a van and other firefighting equipment.
The department rewards its carnival volunteers with stipends and its members with service awards and gift cards for their efforts.
These expenses totaled more than $200,000 and raised red flags for auditors with the New York State Comptrollers Office. They said there wasn't proper documentation for many of the expenses and no receipts or explanation for how half of that money was spent.
Chief John Driscoll blames this on poor bookkeeping and old bylaws. He said auditors have asked the department to correct 11 items, and they are doing that. This includes setting up a financial committee and keeping track of all expenses with written receipts and documentation.
Driscoll said he was surprised they were not doing things properly but said all of the changes have been made.
Auditors concluded that because there was no oversight of the finances, it was difficult to conclude the money was spent appropriately.
The department has 37 volunteers who respond to over three-thousand calls a year. Driscoll said his firefighters worked one or two paid jobs and volunteer their time to fight fires. He said that is why the department has given them service awards and gift cards in the past. He said they will keep fighting fires, and will do a better job keeping track of their finances as well.
SCATS ~~ One more festival bites the dust thanks in part to the inability of local PD's to keep gang activities from taking over what used to be family events. This carnival joins the ghosts of past annual, warm weather rituals including the Festival for Youth held at the mall, The Harborfest and the Charlotte Ribfest to name a few.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

New Police HQ Won't Cost You A Penny


"We're able to do this now because it made financial sense. We just retired the debt on our town hall and in two years we'll retire the debt on the library. Financially, we're able to afford it without any increase to the tax payers, any further burden. It's something that's long overdue." ~~ Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich

SCATS ~~ Where does ALL this money for the extras come from? Pavilions, skating rinks, pickleball courts, spray parks ... now a new HQ for GPD ?! How high will assessments climb??

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Does Greece Need More Section 8 Housing?



Anonymous said...

What? No comments on the upcoming Apple Annie section 8 housing spectacular? I'm shocked.    
1/19/2016 3:21 PM
Grease Boosters said... 

For the newcomers, Apple Annie Giborski's son was once very high up in Greece Republican politics. He is also related to the mother of the current Popo Chief. Sec 8 housing on the former apple farm will save Diesel fule for Greece Central Sports District providing local housing for students who otherwise would have to ride from the City. Reduced taxes on the sec8 project will enable taxpayers to make up for the loss. A traffic light already exists on Latta Road, so money will be saved on the project by aligning the driveway. English Village crapped out, so new hovels need to be built to attract better athletes.It's a short run from 2 NGFD Firepalaces so response times should be short for IAFF Members once they get the call from 911. This is a POSITIVE for Greece. It may even increase the number of Registered Democrats in Greece.    1/19/2016 6:02 PM

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Poor Roads Irk Resident


From Craigslist: 


 Greece Highway (Greece)


What a shit job this morning! The roads were awful. And what was with the salt trucks driving around without dropping the salt???? The town just seems to keep declining. What is going on???


Bored With Education Meeting Tonight, 6 PM



Come watch as our BOE potentially seals the fate of the next budget vote by eliminating current polling locations.
   

Monday, January 11, 2016

Wegmans Cashier Robbed At Knifepoint


13WHAM Reports: "Greece Police said around 12:30 a.m., a man walked into the Wegmans store in Ridgemont Plaza on W. Ridge Road and approached a cashier.
The man pulled out a knife and demanded money from the cashier.
After he was able to get about $200 in cash from the drawer, the man left the store. He was last seen in a dark colored sedan leaving the scene.
Police said the man is described as a white man in his 20s, with a mustache, a gray hooded jacket, ball cap and dark pants."

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Greece Police Warn Community After Home Invasion


SCATS ~~ Apparently, it was a RANDOM ACT of VIOLENCE
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Isn't this SPECIAL!
Greece cops are now telling us to assume a French posture so nasty men of ill intent don't slip into our Assessment Targets and hurt our ability to pay taxes.

WHEC
Created: 01/09/2016 5:26 PM

Greece police are offering safety tips following a home invasion that happened earlier this week.

Police say two men forced their way into a home on Squareview Lane Tuesday night and hit the homeowner on the head.

Police have not yet determined a motive but want to remind you to pay attention to your surroundings as you enter your home.

If anything seems suspicious, call 911 and go to a neighbor’s house or public area. When you're home, they ask you to keep your doors locked and never open the door for a stranger.


Now I gotta hope the neighbor lets me in as I pound on his door instead of shooting me if the cops don't shoot me.
I'm buying my own damn gun!
1/09/2016 8:18 PM

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Greece Fire Taxes Unfettered By 2% Tax Cap



  • Greece's Four Fire Districts Can Raise Taxes Without Heeding To Tax Cap
  • Greece Ridge FD Raised Taxes over 7% last year, over 2% this year
  • NY State audit of Barnard FD criticizes budget practices & lack of financial plan
  • Notice to residents of Fire District Elections Needed

Who Paid The "Extra" $320K In Greece Taxes?



Letter To Editor of Greece Post:

Finance Director Paul Holahan’s recent letter to the editor, “2016 town budget...” (GP 12/10) was a welcome addition to public discussion.  I hope he continues.

Readers may also recall another pertinent essay by Supervisor Bill Reilich and Greece Town Board (GP 11/12).  Their headline read, “The 2016 proposed budget – No tax increase for residents”.

Tax bills (2016 Combined Town and County...) have now arrived and the record is clear – taxes collected in Greece will be up.  The bill shows a total levy of $32.1 million... up 1.0% (Col 4).  Looking back, there’s a discrepancy/omission.  If it’s true the Town collects an additional $320,000 dollars and residents pay ‘no increase’, then who pays?

Two years ago, I recall a political slogan/commitment, “...to take a good town and make it great once again”.  Spinning ‘no increase’ in November was a step backwards - NOT GOOD.  Increasing the budget 1%, no small fete in tough times - could be GOOD.  But, not explaining the increase with verifiable facts... including who pays was a missed step toward GREATNESS!

The public deserves clear, concise, and accurate facts on taxes.

George Hubbard
Greece Resident
227-2503

One Injured In Home Invasion; Vacant Homes Targeted



WHEC Reports: "Greece police are looking for two men in a home invasion robbery.
Just before 10 p.m., investigators say the suspects forced their way into a home on Squareview Lane -- off Fetzner Road near Greece Olympia -- and hit the homeowner in the head.
He was taken to the hospital but is expected to recover. Police say it's not clear if anything was stolen and have not shared a motive for the crime.
Police say one suspect was a male in his 20s and the other was not identified."

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Copper Thieves Target Vacant Greece Homes
There has been a significant increase in copper burglaries from vacant homes. We would like to ask the residents of Greece, who might have vacant homes on their street, to call 911 if they see any suspicious vehicles or activity in or around the vacant residence. It would be useful if a description of the vehicle, plate number (if possible) and direction of travel can be given to the 911 dispatcher as well - so the responding officers can coordinate and approach the area from whatever direction the suspects were last seen heading and hopefully cut the suspects off before they leave the area. 
Calling 911 is the best means to getting the information to the police department as an officer can be dispatched to the area while the incident is occurring. If significant time has passed from being able to report the incident via 911, please call the GPD tip line at 585-581-4016 or email gpdtips@greeceny.gov.

Greece Police Department
would like to thank the community in advance for its vigilance and cooperation in keeping a watchful eye on their neighborhoods.