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Posted on: May 6, 2022

Town of Rush

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Program

The Town of Rush is planning to join the Monroe Community Power renewable energy program. This community choice aggregation (CCA) program would enable the Town of Rush to provide residents and small businesses with the benefits of renewable electricity supply.

Formed in partnership with Joule Community Power, a division of Joule Assets, Inc., Monroe Community Power is a community choice aggregation (CCA) program that enables participating communities to pool local electricity demand in order to leverage the collective buying power of their residents and small businesses in an effort to secure more favorable terms on their energy supply, protect consumers, and choose renewable generation sources.

The Town of Rush is planning to join an upcoming bid for a CCA electricity supply rate for an expected program launch date in January 2023. If the Town of Rush selects an electric supplier, eligible residents and businesses will receive a letter in fall 2022 with information about the program, their choices and info about how to opt-out.

Public information sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, June 8th at the normal scheduled Town Board Meeting that will be both in-person and via Zoom; and Thursday, July 7th at 7 PM at an in-person session in the Town Pavilion. These sessions will provide general information, explain the benefits of participation by our residents and small businesses, and answer your questions.

For more information about the Monroe Community Power program, please visit www.monroecommunitypower.comabout:blankabout:blank, call the helpline at (585) 244-0244 or email the Local Organizer, Roctricity, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Providing Today, Protecting Tomorrow
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE……………………..…December 27, 2021
TO: Media of Greater Rochester Area
CONTACT: Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District
RE: 2022 Conservation Tree & Shrub Program
QUESTIONS: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 585-753-7380 for details
Plant Native This Spring
Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District Launches
2022 Conservation Tree & Shrub Program
It’s time to do your part in helping local conservation! The Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District has released their spring 2022 species list for their annual Conservation Tree & Shrub program. For 46 years, the District has hosted this successful program, with over 17,650 native and naturalized trees and shrubs being distributed to landowners last year alone!
With almost 40 different species including hardwoods, bare-root conifers, shrubs, wildflowers, and variety packs, The District is doing their part is making our communities green. Don’t miss out on getting your species – be sure to pre-order them, along with other products great for conservation projects including bat and bluebird houses, seed mixes, and more!
The District added 6 new trees and shrubs, 2 new conservation packs, 1 herbaceous flowering plant and 1 new mix to one of our best-selling conservation packs! Our new items are all showy, beautiful trees and shrubs, sure to liven up your yard and attract a variety of wildlife! All native, these species produce wildlife-attracting fruit and flowers, provide quite the fall scenery with their stunning foliage, and can be used for various home projects like furniture. Some of these new species include White Cedar (Arborvitae), Paper Birch, American Cranberry, and Red Osier Dogwood. By planting these native plants you can increase wildlife habitat, provide a windbreak, reduce erosion, reduce stormwater runoff, do your part in being climate resilient, and help create habitat for pollinators! Check out all the benefits of these and our other selections by visiting our website catalog (link included below).
The Conservation Tree & Shrub Program is a pre-order program with a deadline for ordering on March 4, 2022. We have a limited availability for plant stock so in order to ensure we can meet your needs, please order early! We offer mail-in, email, and online ordering. The distribution of the plant material will occur at the Monroe County ecopark on April 21-22, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We will also hold a first come, first serve overstock sale on April 23, 2022 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. where you can come in and purchase trees without having to preorder.
Please note that many of our tree species come as young, small rooted clumps – we do not sell full grown trees. Once planted the small seedlings should take to the soil and grow leaves once spring arrives. This year, three of the conifers we are offering are transplants, meaning they are stronger and more mature when you plant them!
Those interested in this program can find the order form and our full color catalog on the District’s website: If you have any questions or you’d like a form sent to you, contact the Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District at: (585) 753-7380, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District
145 Paul Road, Bldg. 5, Rochester, NY 14624
Phone: (585) 753-7380  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A copy of the Press Release:  pdf Monroe County Soil and Water Tree program News Release 2022

October 12, 2021

A Public Information Meeting on Improving Access to Public Water was held on October 6.  The goal of the meeting was to introduce Rush residents who do not have public water, and want it, what the steps and estimated cost could be to create a water district.  

Link to the Water Forum:

This is the "Audio Only" version of the Water Forum:

An update letter to residents hat includes answers to some of the questions that have been asked is being developed and will be sent out soon.  

For more information, please call the Town Supervisor, Gerry Kusse, at 585-533-9058.  



Monday, October 11, 2021 at 11 AM the William Udicious Town Hall Pavilion, 1900 Rush-Scottsville Road, Rush, NY 14543

More details on the flyer:   pdf Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration Flyer

Everyone is welcome to be a part of Indigenous People’s Day in the Town of Rush   Highlights of the event include: 

Michael Oberg is a distinguished Professor of History at SUNY-Geneseo and director of the Geneseo Center for Local and Municipal History and a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1998. Professor Oberg's research interests are in Native American studies. Professor Oberg is at work on a history of the Onondaga Nation, from the time of the formation of the Iroquois League to the present.▪

ProclamationRush Town Supervisor Gerald Kusse will read the Proclamation.▪

Richard Hamell, Rush resident, will share his personal interest in the concerns of the history and reproduction of wampum belts originally created by the First Nation, particularly the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). He retired from Monroe Community College after a career of 39 years with the Department of Geosciences.Masks are required to be worn and social distancing maintained, inside and outside.

There have been most recent sightings were near Pinnacle Road and Rush-Mendon Road. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)  was contacted to find out more information and resources for residents who are concerned about the recent bear sightings in our town.   Below are links to find more information about black bears and ways to reduce conflicts between people and bears.  The "Living with Bears" Brochure is available online or in the town hall. 

If you have additional questions or concerns, you can reach out and contact Felicia Paradise, Wildlife Technician I, Division of Fish & Wildlife, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 6274 East Avon-Lima Rd, Avon, NY 14414, P: (585) 226-5380 | F: (585) 226-6323 | C: (585) 764-7627, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


August 20, 2021 Message From Rick Tracy, Emergency Preparedness Officer, Regarding Masking and Social Distancing 

I am concerned about the Delta variant of the Covid 19 virus and the increasing infection / positivity rate in our area. I am especially concerned about young children who are unable to be vaccinated due to age as well as immunocompromised individuals. After consulting with health care officials and communicating with the Supervisor, the following will take effect as of the opening for business on Friday 08/20/2021. 

All occupants of the Rush Town Hall complex as well as any facilities owned / operated by the Town of Rush are required to be masked at any point in time when social distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination status. To be clear if you are in your office / work area and are alone or properly distanced, you do not need to have a mask on. If you are in any situation where you may not be able to be socially distanced, you must have a mask on (for example sitting next to one another in a meeting, traveling thru common area's, etc.). This policy will remain in effect until further notice. 

Take time out to read a wonderful article that recognizes our long-time resident, Dick Updaw, and his efforts to both protect his land with the Genesee Land Trust and remember the soldiers who served our country.  His memorial to Bob Hodes with a statue on Dick's front lawn is a wonderful tribute and a reminder of the sacrifice of so many to protect our freedoms we often take for granted.   Here is the full article.   pdf Remembering A Forgotten Soldier



From Supervisor Kusse, The non-stop rain we have received over the past few days made me nervous about flooding in the Hamlet, so went to to have a look. I am pleased to report that the retention pond constructed by the Chase Family on their property is working very well.

Chase Farms Retention Pond                                  PIcture of Drainage


Donations are now being accepted for the Town of Rush approved Eagle Scout Project to build a GaGa Ball Pit.  Nathan Zuber, a Rush resident, has developed the project and as soon as he has raised sufficient funds, he will start to construct a Gaga Ball Pit on the Town Hall campus near the Pavilion. 

Donation checks can be made out to Troop 750 and mailed to Todd Buzard, 206 Woodleaf, Pittsford, NY 14534.  Please note on your donation the Rush GaGa Project.  In addition,  you can donate your returnable bottles and cans for the project.  Return your bottles and cans  to Upstate Bottle Return or Bottle & Can Retrieval Center on East Henrietta Road in Henrietta, NY and let them know that the returns are for the “Nathan Zuber’s Eagle Project.”

For more information, please contact the Town Supervisor's Secretary, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 585-533-9058.  Thank you.