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Dedicated public servant, Greco will be missed in Geneva

Op-Ed Printed in the Finger Lakes Times

Our region lost one of its finest last week with the passing of Geneva City Councilman, the Honorable John Joseph Greco. And I lost a dear friend. Many nice tributes are being given to John, as they should be, because John gave all he had each and every day to the things he loved most … his family, his friends and his community.

Geneva was where John grew up, played sports, and married JoAnn, his wonderful partner
for over 56 years. John served his nation in the Marine Corps and came home to Geneva to live, work and raise his family.  It was always a pleasure to say hello to John, spend time with him, and especially work
with him on behalf of the City he represented as a councilman for over 25 years. John made it his mission to attend functions everywhere in the community in order to be with as many of his constituents as possible. He accomplished a great deal as a councilman, and I was honored to have worked with him all through those years. The state senate district I represented stretched across over six counties in the Finger Lakes
region, with over 55 towns and a half dozen cities. Many fine people have represented those communities, and none were more caring than John about the place they represented.  Over the past 17 years the City of Geneva has held, on the morning of September 11th, a ceremony that commemorates the fallen, and
especially honors those brave men and women first responders in our community. John’s leadership has made that ceremony one of the finest tributes anywhere to those who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.

What I admire most about John was how he cared about serving the people. He didn’t care about personal notoriety and did all he could to avoid any mention about him. Most importantly, John never engaged in the partisan pettiness we see so much of in today’s political landscape. He was all about, as he would say, “getting things done.”  John was a genuine patriot, a great booster for his community, and a dedicated public servant. All of Geneva will miss him very much.  And so will I. It was my honor to be his friend.

Michael F. Nozzolio represented the Finger Lakes in the New York State Senate and Assembly for over three decades. He is a partner in the law firm Harris Beach, a member of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Advisory Board, and CEO of the economic development initiative, LOCATE Finger Lakes. Visit the website at
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