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Greece Member Of Town Council Ward 1

The Town Council is the legislative appropriating, governing and policy determining body of the Town. The Town Council determines the types and levels of service to be provided in the Town. The Council annually adopts the Town budget which reflects the cost of conducting operations and monitors Town operations. In its legislative capacity, the Council passes resolutions and enacts ordinances and laws which govern the functions of town government and ensure the safety and well-being of all residents.
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    Mike Barry (Rep, Con, Ind, Rfm) Greece Town Councilman - 1st Ward

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Biographical Information

If you could achieve one major improvement for our town, what would it be and how would you accomplish it?

How would you balance the promotion of development in our town with protection of the environment?

What are your views on housing issues such as affordable housing, code enforcement, and zoning?

What, if any, shared services do we have with other towns (or villages) and what other shared services would you pursue?

Beyond measures already in place, what can be done in our town to meet the challenges of climate change?

Campaign Phone (585) 315-5823
Profession Executive Director Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau
Since the beginning of my tenure as Town Councilman I have worked to make the Town of Greece the best place possible to live, work and raise a family. Our town is blessed to be served by all of the hard-working and dedicated individuals on staff within all of our departments. Supervisor Reilich, myself and our entire town board will keep working with our departments to bring our residents the best services, supports and quality of life possible. As always, the teamwork between the town and its residents is what makes our community great. I appreciate hearing any concerns or issues you may have in making Greece even better. I will work even harder to improve this relationship in my next term.
Our town is pro-business while still preserving our parks and green spaces. In fact, our town has more green space than any other town in Monroe County. Since 2014, we have acquired 30 additional acres for the town. In addition to preserving our environment, developers and business can expect welcome arms in the town of Greece, but they must also prove to be good neighbors. They must follow all SEQRA requirements and pass our Zoning and Planning Board before even being considered by our Town Board for final approval. They are also encouraged to use previously owned buildings and structures before building new facilities.
In 2016, our Town Board adopted an ordinance to combat vacant and abandoned properties, or “Zombie” homes. Our Vacant and Defaulted Mortgage Property Registry ordinance requires banks or lenders who commence a foreclosure proceeding in Greece to give notice and provide a cash bond to secure the continued maintenance and/or safety of the property. Failure to comply with this requirement is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000. This ordinance creates penalties for owners of vacant and abandoned structures that are repeatedly noncompliant with town code and requires owners to provide notice of vacancies and current contact information.
There are numerous examples of how the Town of Greece is there to help any of our neighboring towns and City of Rochester when disaster or need rises. As we showed during our wind storm recovery, city residents and folks from other towns flocked to Greece and received with a kind work and resources. When the Irondequoit DPW lost their highway building and many trucks to a fire, Greece loaned them a plow truck until they were able to replace what they lost. We also borrow and loan equipment with Monroe County and other towns which saves the municipalities money due them not needing to purchase expensive equipment. We also work with higher levels of government as well as such working with Senator Schumer town to secure funding for the Braddocks Bay project and with Governor Cuomo securing help and resources for our lakeside residents.
Our town has been put through the proverbial weather-ringer this year with a destructive wind storm, heavy snow storms, lake flooding and a very wet Spring. I am proud of the resilience and strength of our Greece town residents. In spite of all the wind, snow, rain and high-water levels, our Town comes together and rallies around one another unlike any other. It is an honor to be a part of this community and to serve it as 1st Ward Town Councilman. Supervisor Reilich, myself, my fellow Town Board members and our entire town staff are proven to be ready for any weather system in the future. logo


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