Greece (town), New York

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Town of Greece
Town
Greece Town Seal
Motto: Discover the Promise
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyMonroe
Elevation424 ft (129.2 m)
Coordinates43°12′34″N 77°41′43″W / 43.20944°N 77.69528°W / 43.20944; -77.69528
Area51.4 sq mi (133.1 km2)
 - land47.4 sq mi (123 km2)
 - water3.9 sq mi (10 km2), 7.59%
Population96,095 (2010)
Density2,022 / sq mi (780.699 / km2)
Established1822
Town SupervisorJohn T. Auberger (R) First Elected 1997
TimezoneEST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code14612, 14615, 14616, 14626
Area code585
Location of Greece in New York
Location of New York in the United States
Website: http://www.greeceny.gov/
 
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Coordinates: 43°12′34″N 77°41′43″W / 43.20944°N 77.69528°W / 43.20944; -77.69528
Town of Greece
Town
Greece Town Seal
Motto: Discover the Promise
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyMonroe
Elevation424 ft (129.2 m)
Coordinates43°12′34″N 77°41′43″W / 43.20944°N 77.69528°W / 43.20944; -77.69528
Area51.4 sq mi (133.1 km2)
 - land47.4 sq mi (123 km2)
 - water3.9 sq mi (10 km2), 7.59%
Population96,095 (2010)
Density2,022 / sq mi (780.699 / km2)
Established1822
Town SupervisorJohn T. Auberger (R) First Elected 1997
TimezoneEST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code14612, 14615, 14616, 14626
Area code585
Location of Greece in New York
Location of New York in the United States
Website: http://www.greeceny.gov/

Greece is a town in Monroe County, New York, United States. As of the 2010 United States census, the town had a total population of 96,095. The town motto is "Discover the Promise."

The Town of Greece is in the northern part of the county and borders the City of Rochester on the east, the Town of Gates on the south, the towns of Parma and Ogden on the west, and Lake Ontario on the north. The town is a contiguous suburb of Rochester. The area known as Charlotte, on the eastern border, was formerly part of the town until it was annexed by the City of Rochester in 1916.

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History

The Town of Greece was established in 1822 from part of the Town of Gates and was previously called Northampton. The name "Greece" was selected because of the contemporary struggle of Greece for independence from the Ottoman Empire.

The region that the town now occupies was originally settled by the Algonquian and Iroquois Native Americans in the 14th century. The first European to visit the area was the French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier, who visited in 1669.[1] European settlers began to arrive in the area in the 1790s, and French and British soldiers passed through on multiple occasions during this time period as the two colonial powers struggled to control the region.

According to the Morgan Quitno Awards, Greece was rated the ninth overall safest city in America and the sixth safest city with a population of 75,000 to 99,999.[2]

Town supervisors
NameTermNameTermNameTerm
John Williams1822
1830
Peter Larkin1861–1862
1872
1876
Frank Vance1902–Feb 14, 1903
Frederick Bushnell1823–1825Harry A. Olmsted1863Willis N. BrittonFeb 25, 1903
Silas Walker1826–1829Nelson Lewis1864–1869Frank Truesdale1904–1909
Elijah Hughitt1831Simon Butts1870–1871Frank Dobson1910–1915
Giles H. Holden1832–1833David Todd1874–1875Herbert J. Paine1916–1921
Asa Rowe1834–1835
1842
Alanson P. Britton1877–1878
1884–1885
1887
1893
April 29, 1901–December 31, 1901
Frank J. Mitchell1922–1927
Samuel Bradley1836–1838John Lowden1879–1880William F. Schmitt1928–1933
Lyman Langworthy1839–1841
1850
John Kintz1881Gordon A. Howe1934–1960
Abdial Carpenter1843
1848
Erastus Benedict1882–1883Vincent L. Tofany1960–1964
George C. Salter1844Lucien A. Rowe1886George W. Badgerow1965–1969
George C. Latta1845
1849
John M. Lowdon1888–1889Fred J. Eckert1970–1972
James S. Stone1846–1847
1853
Thomas Eddy1890Donald J. Riley1973–1989
Levi H. Parrish1851–1852Joseph R. Beaty1891–1892Roger W. Boily1989–1997
Elias Avery1854–1855James B. Castle1894–1897John T. Auberger1998–present
Erastus Walker1856–1857
1873
Edward Frisbee1898–February 27, 1901
Joshua Eaton1858William T. WhelehanMarch 1, 1901–March 27, 1901
Alamander Wilder1859Charles H. BankerMarch 27, 1901–April 24, 1901

Geography

Greece is located at 43o 14' N latitude, 077o 42' W longitude.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 51.4 square miles (133.0 km²), of which, 47.4 square miles (122.8 km²) of it is land and 3.9 square miles (10.2 km²) of it (7.65%) is water.

Major highways in the town include NY 390 and the Lake Ontario State Parkway. As that suggests, the town borders Lake Ontario.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 94,141 people, 36,995 households, and 25,748 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,985.0 people per square mile (766.4/km²). There were 38,315 housing units at an average density of 807.9 per square mile (311.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.37% White, 2.88% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 1.49% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.87% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.55% of the population.

J & F Fetzner Carriage and Blacksmith shop on West Ridge Road, by Raymond Getzner, 1877

There were 36,995 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $48,355, and the median income for a family was $57,102. Males had a median income of $41,563 versus $29,864 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,614. About 3.6% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.

Government

Greece town hall

The town is governed by a town board consisting of a supervisor and four board members, all elected by registered town voters.

Emergency Services

Police

The Greece Police Department is the principal law enforcement agency in the Town of Greece. It is headquartered on Island Cottage Rd. and has a second precinct on Maiden Lane, adjacent to Barnard Park. The department operates a patrol division, a traffic division, and a criminal investigations division. The fleet is composed mainly of Ford Crown Victorias.

Fire Protection

There are five fire districts that provide fire protection services in the Town of Greece

The Ridge Road Fire District covers the southern portion of the town and is a career fire department. It is staffed by 60 firefighters and officers who work a four-group schedule. The District operates three firehouses. Headquarters, located at 1299 Long Pond Road, houses an Engine, a light rescue, and a battalion chief. Four firefighters, one company officer, and one battalion chief are assigned there. The Stoneridge station is located at 200 Stoneridge Dr, and houses one engine which is staffed by two firefighters and one company officer. The Ridgeway Avenue station is located at 2300 Ridgeway avenue and houses an engine and a quint. It is staffed by three firefighters and one company officer.

The North Greece Fire District covers the northern and central portions of the town. The district is staffed as a combination fire department that supplements manpower from the North Greece Fire Department, Inc. There are three fire stations, all of which are staffed 24-hours a day by career personnel. Station #1 is located at 645 North Greece Rd, Station #2 (headquarters) is located at 1766 Latta Rd., and Station #3 is located at 2030 English Rd.

The Lake Shore Fire District covers the northernmost portion of the town, which borders Lake Ontario. The district operates three fire stations. Headquarters, located at 1 Long Pond Road is staffed by one career firefighter. All other staffing is supplemented by volunteers and part-time laborers.

The Barnard Fire District covers the southeastern portion of the town and operates one fire station, located at 3084 Dewey Avenue. This station is staffed 24-hours per day by career firefighters and officers who operate an engine and light rescue. Volunteer staffing supplements the Barnard Fire District.

The Hilton Parma Fire District, based in neighboring Hilton, covers a small portion of the Town of Greece, north of Manitou Beach Rd. and east of Payne Beach Rd.

EMS

Emergency Medical Services are provided by all fire districts in a first-response capacity. Ambulance service in the North Greece and Lakeshore fire districts is provided by Greece Volunteer Ambulance. In the Barnard and Ridge Road districts, Monroe Ambulance provides ambulance service. All ambulance providers employ both paramedics and EMT's.

Education

There are three school districts serving the Town of Greece: the Greece Central School District, the Hilton Central School District and the Spencerport Central School District.

There are twelve elementary schools, four middle schools, and four high schools in the Greece Central School District, educating approximately 13,000 students. The post-elementary schools have Classical Greek names: Arcadia, Athena, Apollo, Odyssey Academy, and Olympia. The school district's motto is "Student Learning is the Goal." In Elementary schools 2 Schools are K-5; Pine Brook and West Ridge.

Communities and locations in Greece

See also

References

  1. ^ "Town History". All About Greece. The Town of Greece. http://greeceny.gov/aboutgreece. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  2. ^ 13th Annual America's Safest (and Most Dangerous) Cities
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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