Bill Reilich is the Republican candidate for Greece Town Supervisor. He has a long resume in the political arena. Reilich is currently chairman of the Monroe County Republican Committee and a New York State Assemblyman. Now the former town board member is looking to return to local government.
"This is my home, a town I love very much. I felt this is the time where I could make a difference in town, take a good town and make it great once again," said Reilich, R-Greece Supervisor candidate.
Dick Beebe is Reilich's Democratic opponent. He served four years in the Monroe County Legislature. Beebe also served as mayor and village trustee in his hometown of Homer in Central New York. Beebe says he'll bring change to Greece town government.
"There's a culture that seems to be very closed government. There's not a very good interaction with the citizens and definitely want to bring that back. My municipal experience in the past, most people will tell you that I'm very bipartisan and in order to advance the good of the people we need to work across the aisle," said Bebee, D-Greece Supervisor candidate.
Reilich says he's had an open door policy for every office he's held. He vows that will continue if elected town supervisor. Reilich says any resident or town employee that needs to speak with him directly will have that opportunity on a regular basis.
"For 11 years, I've had an open door policy in the Assembly office. People visit me not only locally but in Albany. I've met with thousands of people, I listen to their concerns and from that I've very often drafted legislation or assisted them in other ways," Reilich said.
Beebe believes the pattern of closed government will not change unless he's the winner Nov. 5.
"I don't see anything really changing. At the end of the day, we've got incumbents that are running and they've allowed the culture of the closeness here to continue on, so I don't see anything that's going to change at all," Beebe said.
Republicans have controlled Greece government for years and Reilich looks to continue that trend.
Beebe says it's time for a fresh atmosphere at town hall.