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Greece Town Supervisor contest first in 15 years
Greece, N.Y. - For the first time in 15 years, Greece will have a new town supervisor. Term limits mean an end to the administration of Republican, John Auberger. Former Monroe County legislator Dick Beebe (D) faces State Assemblyman and Republican Party Chairman Bill Reilich in the general election.
Reilich has been a fixture in the Assembly for 11 years, but said leaving state office will give him a chance to have a greater and more immediate impact on the town in which he lives.
We need to provide a high level of service that residents have expected whether its making sure the roads are clear during a snowstorm, repairing the roads when theres potholes, said Reilich.
Beebe chose to run for supervisor because he said he did not like how the town had been run in recent years.
By running for this position, Id really have an opportunity to come back and change the dynamic of the government here and have it a lot more open, said Beebe.
Each candidate pointed toward jobs and the opportunities that exist to grow business at Eastman Business Park.
Weve seen the new Eastman Park where theres over 1,000 jobs in the Greece portion alone between two different companieswe want to see more of that, said Reilich.
I will work with all organizations, not only on the county level, but the state and federal level to bring the jobs here to Greece, because as that goes, things get better in the community, said Beebe.
Reilich has greater name recognition among voters because of his time as a state lawmaker.
When asked about his chances in the race, Beebe said he has beat odds at other points in his political career and is not intimidated by the strength of the Republican party in Greece.
There are 21,920 registered republicans in Greece, according to the Monroe County Board of Elections.
A total of 19,517 registered voters are democrats and there are 2,998 registered independent voters in Greece.