There seems to be some candidate contention in the town of Greece. With less than a week until Election Day, an opposing candidate who is a former cop is taking shots at the Greece supervisor by questioning why the town's leaders have public safety perks usually reserved for law enforcement.
With less than a week until Election Day, a former cop is taking shots at the Greece supervisor.
He's questioning why the town's leaders have public safety perks usually reserved for law enforcement. But Supervisor Bill Reilich wants you to question the source.
The Greece supervisor and deputy supervisor told us this is political. But they also told me, it's true. They have flashing red lights on their cars and the lights went off when the deputy supervisor was driving on 490 in Brighton.
The Greece deputy supervisor says she was driving on 490 near the Linden Avenue exit in July 2015 at 8:30 p.m.
Candidate criticizes Greece supervisor and deputy for police lights on their cars
On the phone, Michelle Marini told me she accidentally flipped on her emergency lights when she reached for her sunglasses.
This record shows other drivers called 911 to say they had to "pull over quickly" and it "almost caused an accident."
"Why was a non-emergency service employee driving a vehicle equipped with emergency lights?" says Jim Leary, candidate for Greece supervisor. Leary is a former Greece police officer and he's running for Greece supervisor as a Democrat.
Then there is this incident. On Election Night 2014, a Greece police sergeant was sent to Republican Party headquarters on State Street in Rochester because Supervisor Bill Reilich was in an argument with a man over a parking spot.
The 911 record shows the sergeant was there for nearly an hour.
"That 45 minutes that he wasn't available for service in the town of Greece and to serve the Greece taxpayers," says Leary.
I wanted to talk on camera with Supervisor Reilich and Deputy Supervisor Marini. Instead, they gave me the town attorney.
"These are political bombs about non-incidents, non-issues," says Brian Marianetti, Greece town attorney.
Marianetti says the supervisor and deputy supervisor have lights for emergency response and they used them during the wind storm and flooding this year.
The county executive, the district attorney, the mayor of Rochester and the supervisors in the large towns of Amherst and Colonie don't have lights on their cars.
"I can't speak to other towns," the attorney replied. "What I can tell you is that in the town of Greece, both the supervisor and deputy supervisor, the safety of the residents are their number one priority."
Greece Police Chief Pat Phelan said he sent his sergeant into the city four years ago when he learned the supervisor was in an argument. He doesn't exactly remember who called him about it. He thinks it was Bill Reilich. Chief Phelan says he thought the supervisor was in trouble and it was prudent to send help and he told me -- he'd do it again.