June 4th, 2021
It’s a very busy time of year here in Irondequoit. We have worked quickly to take steps towards executing our community engagement strategy for the Town Hall Master Plan process. Further details can be found below.
We had a very nice Memorial Day weekend in Irondequoit, and it was so nice to see so many familiar faces in-person, once again. Most importantly, I was grateful that we were able to pay tribute to those who gave their lives for our great nation.
We had a mid-Summer-like turnout for our opening day of the Irondequoit Farmers’ Market. Here’s to many sunny Thursdays on our horizon!
The Town of Irondequoit has received a considerable allocation in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan. One focus area of the Town Board will be helping our small businesses. We are looking to garner input to help shape priorities.
Finally, the Town of Irondequoit is mourning as a community with the loss of longtime Town Judge Joseph Genier – a man who gave much to the Town he loved. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
We are now in June,15 months into COVID, a period of time that has changed many of our lives. Brighter days are before us, and I wish you good health as we move towards summer.
Town Hall Campus Master Plan– Public Engagement to Commence This Month
We will soon be commencing our public engagement process to assist with the reimagination of the Irondequoit Town Hall campus, including the formation of a resident-driven steering committee to help move the process along.
The first of multiple community engagement sessions will take place on Thursday, June 24th from 5pm -7pm at the Town Hall Broderick meeting room, 1280 Titus Ave, and will be done in concert with the Irondequoit Farmers' Market that evening, where residents will be engaged for feedback as well.
This is one of the most exciting opportunities we’ve had as a community in some time: to shape the future of our Town Hall campus and transform it into a public park. Whatever the final product looks like, it will be the result of feedback received by the community as it once again demonstrates how Irondequoit excels at turning challenges into opportunities.
Last month, the Town announced plans to transform the rear portion of its municipal campus on Titus Ave. The Town is seeking to repurpose roughly seven acres of land on the town campus into public parkland and recreational space, including the site of the former Department of Public Works facility, which was relocated following a devastating 2016 fire.
The Town Board has tentatively earmarked approximately $2 million for the implementation of the project, which it hopes to complete by mid-2022. At its May meeting, the Town Board contracted with EDR to spearhead the Master Plan process, which will take place throughout this summer.
As it did with the development of the future Irondequoit Community Center, the Town, working with EDR, will utilize a steering committee – made up of a diverse cross-section of Town residents and also Town Staff – to synthesize community input to generate a blueprint for moving forward.
Steering Committee membership is as follows:
| Kimie Romeo - Town Councilmember|
Greg Benoit - Library Director
Kerry Ivers - Director of Development
Robert Kiley - Commissioner of Public Works & Superintendent of Highways
Erin Magee - Deputy Commissioner of Public Works
Memorial Day Weekend
Things seemed to be back to normal in Irondequoit, as we were once again able to come together as a community to pay tribute to those who, as President Lincoln once said, gave “their last full measure of devotion” to their Country. Last Sunday, we came together for a Reverse Parade that allowed our veterans, first responders and officials to come together on the lawn to observe this important day. Hundreds of cars drove by on Titus Ave to show their appreciation. On Memorial Day (Monday), as we always do, our community convened in the town cemetery for our annual Memorial Day ceremony. Beautiful tributes on both days, and many thanks to American Legion Post 134 for organizing.
American Rescue Plan- Small Business Survey
Last week, I joined Rep. Joe Morelle, State Assembly Member Sarah Clark, Members from the Irondequoit Town Board and Chamber of Commerce to host a virtual meeting of local businesses to talk about recovery efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the Town is looking to help. If you missed the zoom conference click here to watch.
Please take a moment to fill out this survey to help the Town gather your input on how the Town Board can best allocate resources to help our small business economy recover and move forward, even stronger.
Farmers’ Market starts off strong
Last week, our opening day at the Irondequoit Farmers’ Market saw over 1100 visitors – we normally don’t see that kind of turnout until after school ends. A reminder that the market runs every Thursday from 4pm-8pm until mid-October. It grows larger every year, with more offerings. Come check it out, and buy local!!!
Remembering Judge Joseph Genier.
I join the entire Irondequoit community in mourning the passing of Town Justice Joseph T. Genier. Joe was a force of nature and it is simply impossible to imagine an Irondequoit without him. He leaves behind a legacy of service that few can match.
Judge Genier served in Irondequoit Town Court for nearly 28 years and was completing his seventh term in office, running unopposed this Fall for an eighth term. Prior to his election as Town Justice, he served our community as a Sergeant in the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office for two decades and was also a military veteran, serving three years as a Sergeant in the Military Police.
If there was a civic cause in Irondequoit, Joe was likely an active participant. He was a dedicated member of the Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce, organizing an annual scholarship for graduating high school seniors. Among other efforts, he volunteered his time in causes such as the Irondequoit Rotary, Irondequoit Youth Bureau, and was a driving force in the planning, advocacy and development of the new Irondequoit Library. Joe was committed to his Town, and willing to invest his time and energy on its behalf.
Personally, Joe was a longtime friend, to both myself and my entire family. I’ve known him ever since I could dribble a basketball, and some of my youngest memories are of he and my Father running IAA basketball together. I am sure there are so many of us who had a similar friendship and connection with Joe, who, like me, are filled with sadness today.
On behalf of the Town of Irondequoit, I offer my condolences to Joe’s family.
Rest in Peace, Joe. And, Thank You. Irondequoit is a better place because of you.