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Greece (town), New York

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Town Council Area1   Total 5139 sq mi 13311 km2   Land 4752 sq mi 12308 km2   Water 387 sq mi 1003 km2 Elevation 424 ft 129 m Population 2010   Total 96,095   Estimate 20162 96,175   Density 2,02380/sq mi 78139/km2 Time zone EST UTC-5   Summer DST EDT UTC-4 ZIP code 14612, 14615, 14616, 14626 Area codes 585 FIPS code 36-055-30290 Website http://wwwgreecenygov/

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


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Government
  • 5 Education
  • 6 Communities and locations in Greece
  • 7 See also
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links


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 16693 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 99,9994

The William Payne House, Greece Memorial Hall, William Covert Cobblestone Farmhouse, and Our Mother of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church Complex are listed on the National Register of Historic Places56

Town supervisors
Name Term Name Term Name Term
John Williams 1822
Peter Larkin 1861–1862
Frank Vance 1902–Feb 14, 1903
Frederick Bushnell 1823–1825 Harry A Olmsted 1863 Willis N Britton Feb 25, 1903
Silas Walker 1826–1829 Nelson Lewis 1864–1869 Frank Truesdale 1904–1909
Elijah Hughitt 1831 Simon Butts 1870–1871 Frank Dobson 1910–1915
Giles H Holden 1832–1833 David Todd 1874–1875 Herbert J Paine 1916–1921
Asa Rowe 1834–1835
Alanson P Britton 1877–1878
April 29, 1901–December 31, 1901
Frank J Mitchell 1922–1927
Samuel Bradley 1836–1838 John Lowden 1879–1880 William F Schmitt 1928–1933
Lyman Langworthy 1839–1841
John Kintz 1881 Gordon A Howe 1934–1960
Abdial Carpenter 1843
Erastus Benedict 1882–1883 Vincent L Tofany 1960–1964
George C Salter 1844 Lucien A Rowe 1886 George W Badgerow 1965–1969
George C Latta 1845
John M Lowdon 1888–1889 Fred J Eckert 1970–1972
James S Stone 1846–1847
Thomas Eddy 1890 Donald J Riley 1973–1989
Levi H Parrish 1851–1852 Joseph R Beaty 1891–1892 Roger W Boily 1989–1997
Elias Avery 1854–1855 James B Castle 1894–1897 John T Auberger 1998–2013
Erastus Walker 1856–1857
Edward Frisbee 1898–February 27, 1901 William D Reilich 2014-present
Joshua Eaton 1858 William T Whelehan March 1, 1901–March 27, 1901
Alamander Wilder 1859 Charles H Banker March 27, 1901–April 24, 1901


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 514 square miles 133 km2, of which 474 square miles 123 km2 of it is land and 39 square miles 10 km2 of it 765% is water

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


Historical population
1830 2,574
1840 3,669 425%
1850 4,219 150%
1860 4,147 −17%
1870 4,314 40%
1880 4,848 124%
1890 5,145 61%
1900 5,579 84%
1910 7,777 394%
1920 3,350 −569%
1930 12,113 2616%
1940 14,925 232%
1950 25,508 709%
1960 48,670 908%
1970 75,136 544%
1980 81,367 83%
1990 90,106 107%
2000 94,141 45%
2010 96,095 21%
Est 2016 96,175 01%
US Decennial Census7

As of the census8 of 2000, there were 94,141 people, 36,995 households, and 25,748 families residing in the town The population density was 1,9850 people per square mile 7664/km² There were 38,315 housing units at an average density of 8079 per square mile 3119/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9337% White, 288% Black or African American, 024% Native American, 149% Asian, 003% Pacific Islander, 087% from other races, and 112% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 255% 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 325% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 556% were married couples living together, 104% had a female householder with no husband present, and 304% were non-families Of all households, 256% were made up of individuals and 111% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 252 and the average family size was 305

In the town, the population was spread out with 250% under the age of 18, 70% from 18 to 24, 284% from 25 to 44, 242% from 45 to 64, and 153% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 39 years For every 100 females there were 923 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 881 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 36% of families and 48% of the population were below the poverty line, including 63% of those under age 18 and 55% of those age 65 or over


Greece town hall

The town is governed by a town board consisting of a supervisor and four council members The supervisor is elected by all registered voters in the town, while council members are elected by and represent one of four wards Supervisors are elected for four-year terms, and by town law may not serve for more than twelve years consecutively, after which the individual is ineligible to serve for four years Councilpersons are elected for two-year terms, and may serve for a maximum of ten consecutive years in that position9

The town board's practice of opening each meeting with a prayer, which started in 1999, was legally challenged in 2008,10 on the grounds that all prayers offered to open the meetings had, until that point, been Christian ones11

The United States District Court, Western District of New York, ruled in favor of the town in 2010,12 and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision in 2012,13 setting the stage for a 2014 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States which ruled in favor of the town see Town of Greece v Galloway14

The town is also represented in congress by three different representatives, the State Assembly Representative, State Senatorial Representative and the Congressional Representative

The town's New York State Assembly Representative is Peter Lawrence who was elected to serve the constituents of the 134th Assembly District on November 4, 2014 The districts in which he represents include the towns of Greece, Ogden and Parma in western Monroe County

The town's New York State Senatorial Representative is Joseph E Robach who was elected to represent the 56th Senatorial District on November 5, 2002 The 56th Senatorial District encompasses the Towns of Brighton, Clarkson, Gates, Greece, Hamlin, Parma, as well as parts of the City of Rochester, including Charlotte, Historic Maplewood and the University of Rochester

Greece's United States Congressional Representative is Louise M Slaughter who has represented the 25th Congressional District of New York since 1987 The 25th Congressional District of New York comprises the towns of Irondequoit, Penfield, Webster, and Greece as well as the Onondoga and Wayne Counties, and a northern portion of Cayuga County


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 "One Vision, One Team, One Greece" Among the elementary schools, Brookside, Longridge, Paddy Hill, Pine Brook and West Ridge span K-5

Communities and locations in Greeceedit

  • Barnard—Community near Dewey Ave, Stone Road, and Maiden Lane
  • Braddock Bay—A bay off of Lake Ontario and a state park in the northwest section of the town, north of the Lake Ontario State Parkway on East Manitou Road
  • Braddock Heights—A community near Braddock Bay
  • Elmgrove—Area around Elmgrove Road
  • Grandview Heights—West side of Long Pond, off Lowden Point Road, just south of Edgemere Drive
  • Grand View Beach—Edgemere Drive west of Lowden Point Road, opposite Cranberry Pond
  • North Greece—Near Latta Road Rt 18 and North Greece Rd Zip Code 14515
  • West Greece—Near West Ridge Road Rt 104 and Manitou Road Rt 261; destination of the Route 14 bus

See alsoedit

  • 1978 Holiday Inn fire


  1. ^ "2016 US Gazetteer Files" United States Census Bureau Retrieved Jul 5, 2017 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates" Retrieved June 9, 2017 
  3. ^ "Town History" All About Greece The Town of Greece Retrieved 22 January 2013 
  4. ^ 13th Annual America's Safest and Most Dangerous Cities Archived 2007-01-05 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ National Park Service 2010-07-09 "National Register Information System" National Register of Historic Places National Park Service 
  6. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings" Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 6/18/12 through 6/22/12 National Park Service 2012-06-29 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Archived from the original on May 12, 2015 Retrieved June 4, 2015 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on 2013-09-11 Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  9. ^ "Code of the Town of Greece, chapter 45" Retrieved September 8, 2013 
  10. ^ Mehta, Hemant 2013-08-16 "Everything You Need to Know About Town of Greece v Galloway, the Supreme Court Case About Government Prayer" Friendly Atheist Patheos Retrieved 8 September 2013 
  11. ^ Lund, Christopher C 2013-08-15 "Legislative Prayer Goes Back to the Supreme Court" Slatecom The Slate Group Retrieved 8 September 2013 
  12. ^ "Galloway v Greece" Google Scholar Retrieved September 8, 2013 
  13. ^ "Decision of Court ofAppeals" Google Scholar Retrieved September 8, 2013 
  14. ^ Liptak, Adam May 5, 2014 "Town Meetings Can Have Prayer, Justices Decide" The New York Times Retrieved December 9, 2016 

External linksedit

  • Town of Greece webpage
  • Greece Chamber of Commerce
  • Greece Central School District
  • Hilton Central School District
  • Greece Historical Society and Museum

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