Updated 03/01/2013 04:49 PM
Reilich Announces Run for Greece Town Supervisor
State Assemblyman and Monroe County Republican Committee Chairman Bill Reilich made it official. He's running for Greece Town Supervisor. The town's Republican Committee believes Reilich is the right person to succeed John Auburger.
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Bill Reilich has served the residents of Greece for nearly 16 years; first as a member of the Monroe County Legislature, and most recently, in the New York State Assembly.
Now, Reilich is looking to continue serving the town as its Supervisor.
Flanked by a number of Republican leaders from Monroe County, including County Executive Maggie Brooks, Reilich announced his candidacy.
Current Supervisor John Auburger has reached his term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Reilich belives leaving the State Assembly for town government is an opportunity to better serve the people of Greece.
"At the state level, you're dealing with issues such as gun control and issues along those lines. In a town, it's closest to the people, dealing with the problems of everyday, living in a great town and these are the issues that sometimes are more important to the people. What happens in Albany does affect them, what happens in their backyard is very important to them," said Reilich, (R).
The Greece Republican Committee wouldn't say whether other candidates were considered, only that Reilich is the best candidate at this time.
"When I was made aware that he was interested, I immediately let him know that I was fully supportive of that decision and would do everything I can to work with him for his election and obviously he has the opportunity to be elected," said Kirk Morris, Greece Republican Committee.
Greece Democratic Committee Chairman Dave Garretson says the town needs a new face and a fresh approach. He doesn't believe Reilich is the change the people are looking for.
"Bill Reilich is the boss. When you think about any of the scandals, any of the people going to jail, any of the investigations, any of the things that are connected to county government and town government, Bill Reilich is not a new beginning. He's just the next chapter of the same old story," Garrettson said.
Greece Democrats meet in April to select their candidate.
Reilich has another year remaining on his term in Albany and says if elected Supervisor, he'll resign his Assembly seat December 31, and he will stay on as County GOP Chair.